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SLU’s O’Callaghan, NSU’s Arevalo Take Season-Opening Track & Field Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Grant O’Callaghan and Northwestern State’s Marco Arevalo are the Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.O’Callaghan kicked off the indoor track & field season with a bang, earning a pair of first-place finishes for the Lions at the LSU Purple Tigers Invitational in Baton Rouge, La., last weekend. The SLU junior took top honors in the one-mile race with a 4:20.55 clip as the Lions occupied the top four spots. He then concluded the weekend in the 3,000-meter event with a time of 8:46.42.Arevalo also took home first-place distinctions at the LSU Purple Tiger meet with a 50-7.5-foot (15.43 meter) heave in the shot put event. His toss marks the longest of any Southland shot put participant so far in the 2020 indoor season and was enough to beat out the competition by over four feet.Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Grant O’Callaghan, Southeastern Louisiana – Jr. – Flowery Branch, Ga.O’Callaghan competed in his first race in over a year after redshirting the 2019 outdoor track & field and cross country seasons. Without missing a beat, the junior took part in the mile and 3,000-meter events and blew the competition away with a pair of first-place finishes. O’Callaghan topped the one-mile race with a 4:20.55, pacing a quartet of Lions’ runners that occupied the top-four finishing spots. He concluded his weekend with an 8:46.42 performance in the 3,000-meter race, beating the field by a four-second differential.Honorable Mention: Harrison Coleman, New OrleansMen’s Field Athlete of the Week – Marco Arevalo, Northwestern State – So. – Falfurrias, TexasArevalo collected his first career victory at the LSU Purple Tiger meet, recording the longest throw by a Southland shot put competitor in the 2020 indoor season. Each of his final four throws would have won the event, which he won by more than four feet, with a toss of 50-7.5 (15.43 meters).Honorable Mention: Aaron Worrell, New OrleansSouthland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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Ibiza finalizes preparations to receive Barça

first_imgThe club still recovers from the shock it suffered a couple of nights ago when criminals stormed the offices. They did not take much loot but about 40 entries that had to be deactivated. Also some money from the club shop.What Ibiza has not had to improvise is the installation of the VAR cameras, which will not come into operation in the Copa del Rey until the next tie. The artificial turf of the stadium is apparently in very good condition. It has endured the rain of the last days and the forecast of precipitation has fallen from 80 to 20 percent in the last hours. The storm seems to remit in Ibiza. A news that will thank Barça. Anyone who appeared for Can Misses this Tuesday morning of dogs in Ibiza was aware that It is not another day for UD Ibiza. Barça’s visit has turned Amadeo Salvo’s club upside down, which gives the final touches to the stadium before Wednesday’s game at 7:00 p.m. The 7,000 tickets put up for sale They sold out in hours. 2,400 spectators will sit in portable stands that have arrived by boat from Barcelona and Valencia and that about thirty operators paid for Ibiza have been commissioned to install in recent days. This Tuesday morning they were almost ready.last_img read more

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Perez, Zark’s-Lyceum halt slump, fend off struggling Go for Gold

first_imgGO FOR GOLD 94 — Salem 24, Haruna 22, Leutcheu 12, Desiderio 8, Alejandro 7, Gaco 5, Naboa 5, Gutang 4, Dixon 3, Domingo 2, Ocampo 2, Pasturan 0.Quarters: 36-23, 63-44, 83-66, 108-94.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MJ Ayaay chipped in 16 points, six rebounds, and six assists, while Jaycee Marcelino dropped six of his 15 markers in the fourth period to put away the Scratchers for good.“It’s been a while. Again, we’re happy that we got back in our winning ways. We just have to play our game, nothing is gonna change. What’s important is we learn from our mistakes and try to get better all the time,” said a relieved coach Topex Robinson, as Zark’s-Lyceum improved to 5-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Jawbreakers easily overturned a 15-20 deficit after staging a 21-3 blast to take a 36-23 lead at the end of the first quarter. They continued to pounce on the listless Scratchers, stretching their lead to as high as 27, 81-54, with 3:07 left in the third quarter.The Scratchers made one last rally behind Matt Salem, whose barrage of treys cut the Jawbreakers’ advantage to eight, 91-83, midway through the payoff period. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil PBA IMAGESZark’s Burger-Lyceum put the brakes on its three-game losing skid after scoring a 108-94 drubbing of Go for Gold Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.CJ Perez paced the Jawbreakers with 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals, while Mike Nzeusseu recorded a double-double with his 21 markers, 11 boards, and three dimes in the victory.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Naomi Osaka on her way up with first pro tennis title LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Twins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino, though, came to Zark’s-Lyceum rescue late as they strung six straight points to restore oder, 97-83, with 4:53 remaining.“The joy was gone in our game,” admitted Robinson of his team’s struggles that led to their slump. “Joy means that you’ll make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. I just let them play today.”Salem went 6-of-12 from three to top Go for Gold (4-6) with 24 points and six rebounds. Yankie Haruna added 22 markers and nine rebounds, but their efforts weren’t enough as the Scratchers incurred their third straight defeat.The scores:ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 108 — Perez 23, Nzeusseu 21, Ayaay 16, Jc. Marcelino 15, Pretta 9, Jv. Marcelino 8, Caduyac 6, Baltazar 3, Tansingco 3, Marata 2, Yong 2, Ibañez 0, Santos 0, Serrano 0.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerismlast_img read more

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Singh, Brassington charged for sale of Sanata Textiles Complex

first_img…despite property sold for more than 3 times higher than Govt valuationMore charges have been filed against former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) head Winston Brassington; this time over the sale of the Sanata Textiles Complex.Singh and Brassington are already before the courts on similar charges, but these latest charges were filed without even the knowledge of the two parties.As a consequence, they were not in court to answer the charges when it was read to acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Issacs-Marcus.Dr Ashni Singh and Winston BrassingtonThe charge alleges that Singh and Brassington, while performing the duties of Finance Minister and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NICIL respectively, between October 26 and December 20, 2010, they acted recklessly when they agreed to the sale of the Sanata Textiles Complex to Queens Atlantic Investment Inc. According to the charge, the 18.976-acre property was sold for $697.8 million but it was valued at $1.04 billion.However, according to privation documents published by NICIL, the property was valued at $245 million by the Government’s Chief Valuation Officer, Compton Autar, but QAII paid $809.5 million for the property, which is almost four times the Government valuation.In court on Friday, Attorney Stanley Moore, representing the interests of the two, informed the court that he had no prior information of the specific charges. It was then that Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) prosecutor also acknowledged that Singh and Brassington were not informed of the new charge.Attorney Moore then assured the court that the two men will be back in Guyana on June 29, when the matter is to be called before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.SOCU had previously brought charges against the two former Government officials in April. The two men were arraigned on charges of allegedly selling several plots of land on the East Coast of Demerara to National Hardware Guyana Ltd for over $598 million. In addition, the charge includes selling land to Scady Business Corporation at a cost of $150 million, and to Multi-cinemas Guyana Inc at a cost of $185 million.Many political and social commentators, even those in the legal fraternity, have argued that the charges against the two former Government officials may be unconstitutional on the basis that they are not “public officers” in accordance with the Constitution.Following these events, former Finance Minister Sasenarine Kowlessar, who served from 1999 to 2006, was taken in for questioning at SOCU’s Kingston, Georgetown head office, and was interrogated for close to five hours before being released on $200,000 station bail.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said the decision to charge the duo for the sale of the lands, is nothing more than a “frivolous” attempt to keep a campaign promise made by the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) to jail members of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).“It is all frivolous… This Government campaigned on a promise that they will jail all of us when they get into power because we’re massively corrupt… We were told that we had assets that we were not declaring to the integrity Commission. We’re told that the People’s Progressive Party and its leaders had stolen so much money they couldn’t stash it in Guyana, they had to stash it abroad. These were the campaign. This was in the mouth of every person who spoke on the APNU platform. Jail, Jail these people,” Jagdeo told the media last month.Former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh expressed confidence that the charges brought against him will be disposed of in the near future because he feels they are frivolous and have no bearing.Singh said he discharged his functions as a Minister of Government and public servant diligently and in accordance with the law at all times.“I have no fear whatsoever about the discharge of my duties being subjected to the ultimate degree of scrutiny… I have absolutely no reservation about that and I have absolutely no fear,” he added.Meanwhile, Guyana Times, along with its sister companies Television Guyana (TVG-CH 28) and Radio Guyana Inc (RGI), is housed at the Sanata Complex, Ruimveldt Industrial Site, Georgetown which is owned by QAII.Only recently, this publication received a number of threats from persons who claimed to be agents of the Government to stop publishing news items which are critical of the Administration.These persons have threatened that should this newspaper continue to pursue articles which are critical of the Government, its owners, management and affiliate companies will face dire consequences. In the past, this media house has been threatened by Government officials. In particular, one Government official called for the torching of Sanata Complex.last_img read more

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Linden hosts Riverfront Festival 2019

first_imgLinden’s Annual Riverfront Festival 2019 was on Friday evening launched under the theme “Embracing the river” with several activities planned for the momentous occasion.A section of the gathering on Friday eveningThe celebration brings to light the uniqueness of Linden being a town and more so one that has a river which runs through it.Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon in declaring the festival open said the riverfront development is part of the development envisioned for a “Green Guyana” and is part of the Green State Development Strategy which will see Guyana transformed into a “Green State” and economy within the next thirty years.As such, he said the attitude towards the environment which includes rivers, creeks, trees and the air that we breathe has to significantly change in keeping with that strategy.“Guyana, as you are aware, is now deemed the number one ecotourist destination in the world, and this means that our ecotourist product that as a people we have to take the benefits that accrue from such a status. We have to seek the benefits that would see tourists coming to Guyana to enjoy that product that we have here…to enjoy this waterfront. So, when people come to Linden… to Guyana they know that there’s a waterfront festival that takes place every year…”, he noted.Harmon added that Government supports the initiative, which he deemed an important one, and will continue to do so in an effort to develop the waterfront.The initiative was Samuel Wright’s brainchild. He was also the coordinator and in delivering an overview of the festival, he said the idea of working towards the development of the Linden riverfront was developed after travelling overseas.He reminisced on his younger years swimming in the river and pointed to ways in which it is utilised for simple things.Wright said the idea for the riverfront development came after the realisation that not much attention is paid to the water these days.He said it is important to have an understanding of the river and how it contributes to our way of life, and also to be mindful of the harm it can have on future generations.He said the Riverfront Development Plan which was created aims at protecting the river and the need for a comprehensive development plan to enhance it.“The riverfront festival is simply an attempt to bring us to the river in a very conscious way. What do we do for the riverfront festival? We simply do the things we do all the time over a shorter period of time…The riverfront festival says we’re bringing to the river [and] we’re doing the things which are important to us…and we’ll celebrate the river by doing the things we always do”, he said.Meanwhile, Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell stressed the need for all to realise and understand the importance of the river, noting that it is so much more than we imagine. She said the river aids in the commerce and diversification of Linden’s economics.“It’s a lifeline for development, for the development of our community. It stands as the main water source for our community. And the connection that bridges the gap between Wismar and Mackenzie and sometimes sends the significant message of how two persons across the river can unite. Two varying cultures as you walk along. This river connects that culture together to call it Linden and we are proud of that”, the Mayor said.She also pointed to the need to turn to ecotourism by utilising available resources one of which is the river, more so since Guyana has been named number one destination for ecotourism. She also urged all to think of ways of developing the riverfront and waterways.The Linden Riverfront Development Plan focuses on working towards goals such as access along the riverfront (parks, open spaces, marinas, cultural facilities, etc), environmental stewardship and green designs of facilities, historic preservation, economic access and opportunity and the development of a working riverfront supporting aspects such as shipping, transportation, fishing and recreation amongst others.On opening day, the festival also featured the Linden Riverfront Development Forum and live boxing and music at the Wismar Market tarmac.On Saturday, a Market Day was hosted at the Wismar Market tarmac. Also, on the calendar of activities are a bike parade along Republic Avenue to Burnham Drive, fishing competition along the riverfront, cross country races at Wismar, kids’ fest at Co-op Crescent, street football at the Mackenzie Market tarmac and club hopping at clubs along the river.On Sunday, June 30, church services were held along the riverfront, a senior’s brunch at the Pensioners Hall, an open river swim activity at Dejonge’s Landing at Co-op Crescent, Colours event featuring jazz, fashion, poetry and wine tasting at the Watooka lawns.On Monday, July 1, a regatta, river sports, food fair and wash down events are scheduled to be hosted at the Egbert Benjamin Centre.last_img read more

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S. Leone govt rejects Ghanaian chosen to coach national team

first_img0Shares0000Sierra Leone’s football federation picked Sellas Tetteh over Spanish-Swiss Raoul Savoy, Dutchman Tahseen Jabbary and Englishman Peter Butler © AFP / KHALED DESOUKIFREETOWN, Sierra Leone, Aug 14 – The Sierra Leone government on Wednesday rejected the nomination of Ghana-born Sellas Tetteh to head the national football team, which has recently emerged from suspension by FIFA for political interference.On Tuesday the West African nation’s football federation chose 62-yeard-old Tetteh as the national coach, announcing that he would take up the post “in 48 hours”. The federation’s recruitment commission picked him over Spanish-Swiss Raoul Savoy, Dutchman Tahseen Jabbary and Englishman Peter Butler.The sports ministry said it did not recognise Sellas Tetteh as the national team’s head coach because the application process was “incomplete”, according to a letter published by the director of sports Kenneth Brima on Wednesday.The ministry alleged that representatives of the FA’s interview panel had entered the process with a premeditated idea of who they wanted and so it “did not lead to a logical conclusion”.Tetteh has previously served as national team coach in a caretaker capacity.In June FIFA lifted the suspension of Sierra Leone after the authorities in the country acquitted the national football federation’s former president and secretary general of corruption.Football’s world governing body FIFA had suspended the Sierra Leone Football Association in October due to “government interference”.The Confederation of African Football (CAF) then disqualified the country from the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifying competition.The row stemmed from the decision of Sierra Leone’s anti-corruption commission to sack Sierra Leone Football Association president Isha Johansen and general secretary Christopher Kamara during an ongoing probe into corruption and mismanagement.The two men were acquitted by a court in Freetown on May 27.0Shares0000(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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‘He showed tremendous bravery and courage’ – Harry Arter hailed for heroic Man United display

first_imgJunior Stanislas has hailed Bournemouth teammate Harry Arter as ‘remarkable’ for his performance against Manchester United.Arter started for the Cherries on Saturday despite the death of his newborn daughter just days earlier and was outstanding as he helped his side secure a famous 2-1 win.“He showed tremendous bravery and courage to go out there and play,” said Stanislas, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“As soon as we heard the news, we were all around him, giving him calls and messages and supporting him in training as well. But to deliver a performance like that under the circumstances was remarkable.”Stanislas scored the opener against United direct from a corner as Bournemouth, winners over Chelsea earlier this month, picked up another prized Premier League scalp.On his goal, the ex-West Ham man admitted: “I never meant to score it. I meant to put it in the box but the manager said to try and get as much whip and pace on the ball as you can and thankfully it has gone in.”The win over United stretched newly-promoted Bournemouth’s unbeaten run to four matches and moved Eddie Howe’s side up to 14th.“We are going into every game confident now,” added Stanislas. “Morale within the group and staff is very good. We are enjoying it and looking forward to the next one.“We have got pace on the counter and can cause problems and upset teams.”last_img read more

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Bristol City boss bemoans ‘disgraceful’ decision

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesBristol City boss Lee Johnson insisted his side were denied a perfectly good goal by a “disgraceful” offside decision in their 1-0 defeat at QPR.Lee Tomlin appeared at first glance to be offside when he netted midway through the first half.But Johnson said: “I’ve seen it (on video). I wouldn’t be as strong as that had I not seen it it.“Tonight we’ve scored a good goal. It was onside. Poor officiating. It was a goal.“We ride out the early storm, do some things we’ve worked on in training, and then that happens.”He added: “Bobby Reid is a good player but he has missed a very good chance.“But you have to say it was a very good save. Sometimes you just have to give credit to the opposing goalkeeper.“It was a key point in the match really because it got their tails up and made them believe they could go on and win it.“It was a good game. It had quality in sporadic patches, and had aggression.“I’ve got a good group of lads and we’ve got a lot of players now back fit, so our squad looks strong and healthy.” See also:Sylla’s goal gives QPR victoryHasselbaink hails QPR’s persistence after deserved winQPR v Bristol City player ratingsQPR hopeful on Cousins injuryHasselbaink plays down play-off prospectsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Things Have Changed: Facebook to Open Public Messages to Search

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Facebook began as a place for college connections, secluded from the prying eyes of the outside world, but today that era is officially over. Major Facebook investor Microsoft announced this afternoon at the Web 2.0 Summit that it has closed deals to bring status messages from both Twitter and Facebook into the search results of Bing.com. Twitter search is live now, Facebook is forthcoming.Facebook is opening up to a search engine – that’s very big news. Only content from accounts marked public will be indexed by Bing, but it’s a sea change none the less. Facebook has an explicit, acknowledged agenda to make more people comfortable sharing more information publicly – once they do, that information will be searchable on Bing. This ‘aint your big sister’s Facebook anymore.Facebook opened on-site search across user profiles and messages late this summer. The company has been careful to only expose information from people who have opted-out of their own default privacy settings and we don’t expect this Bing deal to be any different. While some people like Facebook because of the privacy settings, a growing number of users like it for the promotional and networking advantages that can be maximized with a public profile. You don’t want to be public with your Facebooking? Facebook will respect that, but the company does hope you’ll change your mind. Seeing some peoples’ Facebook status messages show up in Bing search is likely to freak out people who aren’t familiar with public profiles and have a strong interest in their own data remaining private.It’s very unlikely that Bing will be allowed to cache the Facebook messages it serves up.Facebook status messages used to be entirely closed to outside search engines – and now they will not be. Even these public search results won’t be full participants in the open web, though. It’s very unlikely that Bing will be allowed to cache the Facebook messages it serves up. Facebook prohibits other software from keeping user data in cache because the company says users must be allowed to change privacy settings and have those reflected everywhere around the web that Facebook data could be found. That’s an unusual arrangement for a search engine. It breaks one of the fundamental laws of the internet – that what you publish publicly once is public forever.Will the company make a similar deal with Google? Probably not. Twitter may have gone both ways, but Facebook’s long-term ambition to challenge Google and its Microsoft backing will probably mean that the world’s leading search engine will never be allowed to index activity on the world’s leading social network. The public parts of profiles, yes, but activity? No.Say hello to the new Facebook, now a partial player in one public part of the rest of the web. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#NYT#search#web last_img read more

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How to Insulate a Raised Floor

first_imgPeter Danube is planning to build a detached workshop in northern Delaware, a Climate Zone 4 locale. The 20-by-32-foot building will be constructed on concrete piers, rather than on a slab or over a crawlspace, and therein lies the dilemma. How should he insulate the floor? “It is important that the shop have a warm wood floor and the project has to be something I can build myself,” Danube writes in a Q&A post. “I would like the building’s heating and cooling to be as efficient as possible and would like to apply best practices in building efficiency given this situation. ” Danube explains that the bottom of the floor assembly will be too close to the sloping ground underneath the shop to allow him to insulate from below. Instead, as the drawing at the top of this column shows, he wants to do the job from above, after the floor has been framed. First, he would install pieces of 1/2-inch pressure-treated plywood between the joists. Next, mineral wool between the joists; and finally, a continuous layer of 1 1/2-inch-thick foam on top of the joists to slow down thermal bridging. The shop floor will be made from tongue-and-groove OSB 3/4 inch thick.RELATED ARTICLESRigid Foam InsulationA Green Building Workshop in NebraskaIn Vermont, an Energy Retrofit WorkshopChoosing Rigid Foam An alternative would be to add 2×4 sleepers across the tops of the joists on 24-inch centers and fill the voids in between with extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam. The floor could be laid over the 2x4s. “The above plan (and even the alternative) will allow me to set my joists and build everything from the top as I do not have access to the underside of the joists for attaching foam or plywood directly,” he says. “Over what little space there is available under the building, I intend to put down a permeable fabric on the ground and cover that with a few inches of gravel.” Is this plan Danube’s best option? That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. The foam needs to go on the bottom While Malcolm Taylor acknowledges that working that close to grade is a pain in the neck, he also warns Danube that his initial approach won’t be successful. “Foam doesn’t have sufficient compression strength to be placed over the joists without a subfloor underneath,” Taylor says. “It will crush. Unfortunately, the place for the continuous foam is on the underside, where you don’t have easy access.” Taylor’s solution is to build the floor upside down in sections, then flip them over to create the finished floor system. The continuous layer of foam would be on the bottom of the assembly,  protected by plywood. He suggests dividing the floor into four sections, perhaps small and light enough to be handled by Danube and a couple of helpers. If Danube works by himself, dividing the floor into even smaller sections would be an option. Sharpening his pencil, Danube figures each of those four sections would weigh about 1,000 lb., and flipping them over would require “several friends and some frosty beverages.” He produces a modified construction sketch (see the image below) that incorporates Taylor’s suggestions and breaks the floor into eight 500-lb. pieces to make them easier to handle. This is the wrong approach “I have a lot of respect for Malcolm’s experience,” writes GBA Editor Martin Holladay, “but I don’t recommend the approach he’s endorsing. There are a lot of problems with wood-framed buildings with floor joists close to grade. Buildability is only one of them. You need access under your joists for a variety of reasons.” Holladay has two other bones to pick with the plan. First, Danube should not place a permeable fabric over the ground under the shop. It should, instead, be a vapor barrier — perhaps EPDM roofing, a pond liner, or polyethylene sheeting. Second, placing the entrance to the shop on the uphill side of the building so that it’s at grade level is a mistake because it puts earth in contact with the floor framing. He could raise the level of the entrance a foot or so and build a long wheelchair ramp up to the entrance, but even this doesn’t seem like a good idea. “Here’s my rule,” he says. “Only build a crawlspace if it is high enough for a human being to access for maintenance purposes. If you don’t have enough room for an adequate crawlspace, you need a slab.” A framed floor close to grade is always a second-best option, Taylor replies, adding, “However, the downsides are mitigated in outbuildings which typically don’t include plumbing or mechanical systems, and if you decide to build that way, the method I describe yields good results.” A way to keep water away from the entrance Given Holladay’s comments about keeping earth away from the floor framing near the entrance, Danube says that he may build an overhang from the main roof and frame a 10-foot-deep deck below it. The idea, he says, is that replacing deck parts would be easier than floor parts if contact with soil causes problems. He also plans to rest the floor sections on girders, and thereby gain a little more room under the building than he had originally thought. There will be no plumbing or wiring under the shop, so he does not foresee the need to crawl around under the floor. “I like your idea of upping the ground cover to a pond liner under the floor,” he says. “That eases several concerns. I will probably run buried perforated pipe across the high side of the slope ahead of the building to deal with any water that might one day come through this part of my yard. I would probably also tie my downspouts into such a drain.” Reconsider your choice of foam Another concern is Danube’s choice of rigid foam. XPS is manufactured with a blowing agent with a high global-warming potential, Holladay points out, while expanded polystyrene (EPS) is not. Although XPS has a slightly higher R-value per inch than does EPS, its chemical makeup often makes it a second choice among green builders. The trouble is, Danube has a ready supply of XPS close to home while EPS is a special order item. Further, a change in the formula for XPS Danube has read about will make this type of rigid foam environmentally friendlier by 2020. If he delays construction, that would be an option. Dana Dorsett points Danube to a source of reclaimed EPS and polyisocyanurate not too far away from where he lives. Repurposed Materials seems to have a good inventory of polyiso in stock, which could be used in the shop walls, he says. “There are many foam reclaimers out there, but it takes some sleuthing to figure out where they are in your local area,” Dorsett adds. One company to check with is Nationwide Foam. Permeable or impermeable ground cover? Holladay has already weighed in on the choice of a ground cover under the shop (a vapor-impermeable barrier), but Peter Engle disagrees. “If the space under the building is going to be open to the outside, I don’t think it matters much whether you use a permeable or impermeable ground cover,” Engle writes. “My preference would be a permeable one. With impermeable ground covers, I often see water pooling on top of the cover, due to blowing rain, surface drainage and/or condensation. Ponds under your building will just breed mosquitoes.” He suggests grading and raking the soil before putting down the ground cover. A smooth, slightly crowned surface will shed water to the outside of the building. Holladay still thinks Danube would get a better night’s sleep if an impermeable material separated the floor system from moisture-retaining soil. “A compromise would be to use a vapor-impermeable membrane on the uphill side of the crawlspace, and a vapor-permeable membrane on the downhill side of the crawlspace,” he says. Think concrete Walter Ahlgrim has two more thoughts on the project: Danube might reconsider his use of wood framing for the floor altogether and go with concrete instead, and make the building two full stories instead of the original plan of 1 1/2. Today’s formulations for pressure-treated wood haven’t been around for very long, he says. “We have no history to tell us how the new formulas will hold up in 50 or 100 years,” he says. “Some of your wood will be very close to the ground. Consider what would be necessary to replace that wood.” His objections to 1 1/2-story buildings have to do with the difficulty of air sealing the ceiling properly. Although Danube faces some deed restrictions on height, Ahlgrim suspects the plans could be tweaked enough to satisfy local building officials. Our expert weighs in GBA Technical Director Peter Yost also had some thoughts: The part of the structure I am most concerned about is the uphill side. Water management details there are more important than whether the sloped grade underneath your structure includes a vapor-permeable or vapor-impermeable barrier. On a similar project we used metal grating to transition from finished grade to the structure for a fully draining clean break. In terms of which rigid insulation to choose, there’s excellent GBA guidance here. For EPS, there is a really wide range of materials that various materials suppliers carry. Here is a link to an EPS industry document with a useful summary and properties table:  Compressive Strength of EPS. Standard XPS has a compressive strength of 25 psi, almost certainly adequate for this workshop. But if compressive strength is a big concern (particularly if you wanted to create a thermal break between the structure and each concrete pier), there is always Foamglas, rated at 90 psi. Any exposed rigid foam (except for Foamglas) should be wrapped in insect screening. Finally, capillary breaks are important at the top of each concrete pier. When I built my SIP kitchen addition I used a sturdy membrane as the capillary break at each pier (in the photo below, you can see the bright blue membrane cap break between each 6-by-6 pressure-treated post and the concrete pier).last_img read more