Editorial – Home help cuts a false economy

first_imgPrint Email AS hundreds of home help care workers, supporters, trade unions and political representatives march on Dail Eireann to demand the Government and HSE reverse the cuts to home help hours, it begs the question yet again – what is a false economy? The people who have home help are in a position where they can have a much better quality of life with minimal cost to the taxpayer. Small things, which most of us take for granted but which are impossible for people with reduced mobility, are the very things that are being taken away.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The difference between being able to stay in the home which the elderly or infirm have loved all their lives and going into care could be as little as being able to wash the dishes.Cuts to an already sparse home-help service will leave many clients in a position where they have no choice but to go into institutionalised care. And it is well known that the cost of paying for a person in nursing home care runs to thousands each month.Compare that to the €14 per hour it costs to have a home help come in and make a house livable.  With clients getting between ten and twelve hours home-help a week, it’s not rocket science to choose the most cost-effective solution.Already at the start of this year, 500,000 hours were taken out of the home-help system, which has huge ramifications for both the clients and the home-helps who were on a part-time footing already.And that’s just the economics. Personal security and the knowledge that someone will be calling during the day is an integral part of the home-help system. The friendly housekeepers bring much more than a clean sweep.They bring company, conversation and human contact to people who may be otherwise isolated and alone. Facebook Linkedin Twittercenter_img Advertisement WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsEditorial – Home help cuts a false economyBy admin – October 22, 2012 549 Previous article“Munster are not contenders” – Donal LenihanNext articleJanesboro takes Gold adminlast_img read more

Women lead this year’s CEO SleepOut

first_imgThis year, the annual CEO SleepOut urges women leaders to take part in its one night in the cold event. Each participant must pledge R100,000 that will go to beneficiaries of the initiative.The SheEO SleepOut, a part of the CEO SleepOut, is hosted this year at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. This year the focus is to bring South Africa’s influential women together to grow empathy for vulnerable communities and to celebrate each other’s commitment to change. (Image supplied)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa’s CEO SleepOut initiative this year focuses on female leaders and calls on women in executive committees to spend a night outdoors on 22 June 2017.The CEO SleepOut is part of a global movement for positive social change. Founded in Australia in 2006, it is now a global event, with SleepOuts taking place in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US and the UK.This global movement aims to effect positive social change for vulnerable and homeless communities. The initiative asks business leaders to spend a winter’s night on the streets, raising funds and increasing empathy for the homeless.The South African SleepOutThe founding partner of the CEO SleepOut in South Africa is The Philanthropic Collection, and the inaugural event in the country took place in 2015 when 247 chief executive officers and senior company executives spent the night on Gwen Lane, Sandton. More than R26-million for the childcare organisation, Girls & Boys Town, was raised.The following year, 672 current and future business leaders spent the night on the iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg City.There was also a national call to action, #SouthAfricaMustRise. Companies, universities and schools were able to host a SleepOut in solidarity on their own Sympathy, Student and School SleepOut events, collecting items for the chosen beneficiary.Donations were given to primary beneficiary partners, namely The Asha Trust, Columba Leadership and The Steve Biko Foundation.In the past two years, more than R35-million has been donated to the beneficiary partners of the South Africa CEO SleepOut, representing 73% of the project’s income revenue.This year’s CEO SleepOut is seen as “a special chapter” and is called the SheEO SleepOut, because of its focus on female leaders. The aim is for 250 female chief executive officers or women on executive committees to participate in the event, taking place at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.Those companies who do not have female leaders can nominate another woman, but must also pledge a donation towards fundraising for the beneficiary. To participate in SheEO SleepOut, each registered person or company should pledge R100,000.The funds raised at the SheEO SleepOut will be awarded to this year’s primary beneficiary, Door of Hope. This organisation works in the area of this year’s focus pillar: shelter, especially for abandoned babies and children.The secondary beneficiaries benefit from the affiliated brands and projects. The secondary beneficiaries this year are Homeless Talk, the street newspaper; The Salvation Army; and Gift of the Givers.Funeral donationThe CEO SleepOut initiative had its media launch on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 in Rosebank, Johannesburg.Among the guests were Prof Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, former justice at the Constitutional Court; Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng’s MEC for education; entrepreneur and radio host Brent Lindique, who is also known as The Good Things Guy; and Leanne Manas, the SABC anchor.Yusuf Abramjee, social activist and chief ambassador of the CEO SleepOut, said the initiative had donated R50,000 towards the funeral costs of the victims of the taxi accident outside Bronkhorstspruit on 21 April 2017, in which 18 children and two adults died.Speaking at the launch of the School SleepOut 2017 in Johannesburg, Lesufi said the donation would help with funeral costs and “we are grateful”. A moment of silence was observed to remember the dead.People tweeted their thoughts about the SleepOut:As a social enterprise, we want corporate South Africa to do more to help those in need, which is why we do what we do. #CEOSleepOutZA— The CEO SleepOut™ (@SleepOutZA) April 26, 2017In 2017,we highlight women in leadership &encourage men to support them by contributing to their pledge.Details here:https://t.co/ib4nLh1XJb— The CEO SleepOut™ (@SleepOutZA) April 26, 2017MEC @Lesufi is humbled to be part of the School SleepOut in general. He says Future CEOs are today’s students. #CEOSleepOutZA pic.twitter.com/SZThpcRXnT— The CEO SleepOut™ (@SleepOutZA) April 25, 2017#TshepoMotaung “nice to be important but far more important to be nice” message to the youth @SleepOutZA #activecitizen— Katie Mohamed (@KayteeBM) April 25, 2017Take partJune 2017 has also been declared SleepOut month in South Africa. For the satellite solidarity events – the Sympathy, South Africa and School SleepOuts – businesses, groups and schools spend any night during June 2017 outdoors, collecting items for satellite beneficiaries across the nine provinces.For the School SleepOuts, 13 learners have been chosen countrywide to be school ambassadors of the initiative. They share the message of change and encourage schools to take part.Companies can also host a SleepOut at their premises on any day during June 2017. They can register for the Sympathy SleepOut. Last year, 65 schools and 44 companies participated.Thirdly, this year the South Africa SleepOut was introduced. This is for any group of South Africans — such as running clubs, book clubs, family and friends — can spend a night outdoors anywhere.All these events are to collect items for the beneficiaries. The list of items to collect and donate to the beneficiaries is found on the website.Anyone who wants to participate can register on the site.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Warmer weather will persist into fall

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest All data suggests above normal temperatures will persist into autumn. However, it should be noted that the above normal temperatures will be driven more from the night time lows than daytime maximum temperatures. This means we do not expect many days above about 90 for the maximum temperatures. So that is some good news.There is also some more good news. There are rain chances in the next seven to 10 days across Ohio. However, confidence is low on the placement of rainfall. It appears the heaviest rain will be along and east of Interstate 71. Rainfall totals of one to three inches are possible east of I-71 the next two weeks. Normal rainfall is about 1.5 to two inches inches so above normal rainfall is expected there. West of I-71 it is more unclear on how much will fall. We do expect rainfall but the further northwest in the state of Ohio the less. Indiana will see even less rainfall. Rainfall totals northwest of I-71 will be more common less than 1 inch than more. Isolated places could get limited amounts.The outlook for the rest of August calls for temperatures 1 to 5 degrees F above normal and rainfall below normal northwest half and normal or slightly above southeast half.  The outlook for September calls for continued above normal temperatures and rainfall at or below normal.  Evapo-transpiration will also continue at or above normal into September.Looking further ahead, the main pattern change from warmer and drier to cooler and wetter may not come until November or December as a possible La Nina influence kicks in.last_img read more

Walls Without Water-Resistive Barriers

first_imgUnless a builder has opted for a Zip System wall or is willing to ignore building code requirements, a layer of housewrap or building felt typically covers any exterior sheathing before the siding is applied. This water-resistive barrier, or WRB, helps to protect the sheathing from damage in the event that water is driven past the siding.But as Richard Baumgarten explains in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor, there may be circumstances where the builder would just like to skip it. Under a rainscreen, for example.“I’ve avoided the use of a WRB on my roof, and would like to go without on my walls,” Baumgarten writes. “Covering an entire house with a WRB seems excessive in a rainscreen system. Capillary water seems to be the only enemy of a rainscreen wall. Impermeable furring strips, or an impermeable strip at the furring strip layer, would appear adequate at preventing capillary moisture from migrating into the wall from wet siding. Asphalt felt or plastic housewraps do not seem ideal for this task.”Baumgarten presents the question not as a dollars-and-cents issue, but as part of an effort to build a house that minimizes its “toxic imprint.” Baumgarten says he knows what building codes require and what the experts say, but doesn’t find it convincing. Using a WRB assumes that bulk water will get past the siding, “which shouldn’t happen,” and flashing can be integrated directly with the siding.“I just installed a slate roof,” he says. “It doesn’t need a WRB to be waterproof, just proper laps. Why can’t siding, which isn’t nearly as vulnerable as the roof, be detailed the same way? I’m exempt from building to code, thankfully.” Skipping the WRB isn’t worth the risk“A WRB is required by all building codes,” GBA senior editor Martin Holladay tells Baumgarten. “It is also recommended by all building experts.”If Baumgarden wants to avoid using plastic housewrap or asphalt-saturated felt, he could choose a liquid-applied WRB, Holladay says. “But a WRB is not optional,” he adds. “You have to have a WRB so you know where you can tie in the flashing. All flashings must be integrated with your WRB.” RELATED ARTICLES RELATED MULTIMEDIA Video: Vented Rain Screen Siding Assemblies Using rigid foam as a weather barrierThe discussion prompts Jeff Nelson to ask whether foil-faced polyiso board could be used under a rainscreen as the WRB.Holladay replies that most building codes allow the use of some brands of polyiso as a WRB, “as long as the flashing method for the top of the windows is to use tape — the same type of tape used by the manufacturer during their AC71 testing…” Holladay isn’t a big fan of taping over foam as a way of flashing because he worries about the long-term durability of the tape adhesive.“Of course, you can always go outlaw, and ignore the AC71 details, and instead come up with your own (better) flashing methods,” he adds. “After all, very few code officials even understand the AC71 approval process. However, that approach puts you at the mercy of any code official who wakes up one morning and does his homework.”Holladay says that most leaks occur at windows, and that window flashing works best with a WRB. “I’m not saying that it’s impossible to flash a window directly to the siding,” he says, “but to do it right, you would have quite a bit of visible metal flashing at the window perimeter, and the results would depend strongly on the skill of the installer and the quality of the flashing materials chosen.”Michael Maines, however, isn’t convinced Baumgarten is on the wrong track. “With all the right details, well executed, I bet it’s possible to build without a WRB,” Maines writes. “The building code is the minimum standard as agreed upon by a bunch of experts, but that doesn’t make it gospel. I would use large siding overlaps, soldered sill pans and head flashings, vertical shiplap sheathing, an insulation that can take some amount of wetting such as dense-pack or mineral wool, airtight drywall on the inside, and good humidity control. Actually I would just use a WRB but appreciate the desire to think outside the box.” Providing a capillary breakAs to Baumgarten’s notion that using “impermeable” furring strips in the rainscreen, or inserting an impermeable layer beneath the strips, would prevent moisture from wicking into the sheathing — not so. Holladay tells him that neither housewrap nor felt is a capillary break. “A 3/4-in. air space is a capillary break,” he says. “A 4-in. thick pile of crushed stone is a capillary break. Ice & Water Shield is a capillary break.”And in this case, using a WRB looks like a concession that’s probably worth making, even if Baumgarten’s goals are admirable.“I think we all understand, admire and empathize [with] your not wanting to use man-made (generally toxic, to some degee) materials,” John Klingel says. “But if you or the next cat have to rebuild the house, that has its negative impact, too. Sometimes we just have to lose a battle to win a war. When the house is, eventually, demo’d, the housewrap can go to the recycle center. Put it in and sleep well.”Baumgarten has to agree. “I’m convinced to use a WRB,” he says.center_img Cheap insuranceBut James Morgan agrees with Holladay. “I think you are making two mistakes,” he writes. “First, assuming that gravity and capillary action are the only conditions affecting bulk water movement in your wall assembly; second, that you are capable of achieving a perfect lapped siding/trim/flashing assembly that will last indefinitely.“A WRB is a protection against wind-driven rain or snow working its way past the lapped assembly. It’s also an inexpensive insurance against any imperfection in a critical assembly detail which may be compromised by future conditions which you cannot predict. If it never rains and the wind never blows where you live, a WRB-free assembly will be fine. Otherwise, proceed at your own risk.” Rainscreen Siding All About Water-Resistive BarriersUsing Rigid Foam as a Water-Resistive BarrierAll About Wall Rot Q&A: Rainscreen Wall with Insect Screen Q&A: What is Preferred, Rainscreen or Rigid Foam Insulation? CONSTRUCTION DETAILS Our expert’s opinionHere’s what Peter Yost, GBA’s technical director, views it:I don’t disagree with ANY of the perspectives in this discussion; they are all well thought out. And if only all design, specification, and construction were done with this level of understanding and reflection!My knee-jerk reaction is: of course you need a WRB. But if you asked me which is more important for the long-term hygrothermal performance of building assemblies — the WRB or the rainscreen free-draining airspace — I would have to say the latter not the former!But I don’t think it is about the choice, it’s about balancing the risk and benefit. ASHRAE 160 — “Criteria for Moisture-Control Design Analysis in Buildings” — assumes that 1% of the liquid water reaching the wall cladding gets past the cladding and deposits on the WRB. That number was not arbitrarily selected; it’s based on considerable research and experience from some of our leading building scientists.Can various wall sheathings handle that 1%? I bet if we did a series of computer simulations using WUFI we would find that indeed many if not most assemblies could tolerate that level of wetting. But my bet is that each of us would sleep a lot better at night knowing that we included a dedicated concealed drainage plane — the WRB tied into flashings — to manage whatever moisture gets past our claddings.And when I think of the environmental footprints of all the various materials we include in our buildings, the asphalt-impregnated building papers and spun-bonded polyolefins we can choose for our WRBs are simply not the drivers of environmental impact that I worry about.last_img read more

Dhoni gets Spirit of Cricket award, England rule ICC honours

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni winning the Spirit of Cricket trophy was the lone highlight for India at the ICC Annual Awards where English cricketers walked away with the top honours in a glittering ceremony in London.Dhoni was chosen for the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award for his fine gesture of recalling Ian Bell after the England batsman was run out under controversial circumstances during the second Test at Trent Bridge in July.Sachin Tendulkar, who was named Cricketer of the Year in 2010 when the awards function was held in Bangalore, missed out this time as England’s Jonathan Trott won the top award.Trott beat competition from his team-mate Alastair Cook and South Africa’s Hashim Amla, besides Tendulkar. India’s opening batsman Gautam Gambhir also missed out the ODI Player of the Year Award which was won by Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara.Another England player Alastair Cook won the Test Cricketer of the Year Award for his superb form in the longest format of the game in the past 12 months.Dhoni turned out to be the lone Indian to win an ICC award this year. Despite being wrapped up in an intense and difficult Test series in England, Dhoni showed the right spirit in agreeing to allow Bell to continue batting when he was run out.On what was the last ball before tea on the third day, Bell hit the ball towards the boundary. He mistakenly thought it had gone for four, left his crease and headed towards the pavilion assuming the session was over and the ball dead. The ball, which had not reached the rope and therefore was still in play, was returned to the middle, the bails removed and Bell was correctly given run out. .advertisementUpon reflection during the tea interval and following a request from the England team, Dhoni withdrew the appeal and recalled Bell thus turning boos into cheers from the appreciative Nottingham crowd.Commenting on Dhoni’s gesture, ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said, “While the initial appeal and umpire decision were correct to the letter of the law, the decision by Mahendra and his team to withdraw the appeal shows great maturity. To see players and officials uphold the Great Spirit of cricket, which has underpinned the game for more than a century, is very special.”Dhoni’s gesture was voted as the winner ahead of that of South Africa’s Jacques Kallis, who twice demonstrated such spirit during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 by walking once he had clarified with opposition fielders directly that they had caught the ball cleanly rather than waiting for the umpires to decide.This award is voted by the members of the Emirates Elite Panels of ICC Match Referees and Umpires.Trott, on the other hand, had an extraordinary 12 months as a batsman. In 12 Tests, he compiled 1,042 runs at an average of 65.12, including four centuries and three half-centuries. In addition, he played 24 ODIs, hitting 1,064 runs at an average of 48.36 with two centuries and nine 50s.In that time he has helped his team retain the Ashes in Australia, reach the quarter-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and also register other Test series victories against Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan.Trott follows in the footsteps of India’s Rahul Dravid (2004), Andrew Flintoff of England and South Africa’s Jacques Kallis (joint winners in 2005), Ricky Ponting of Australia (2006 and 2007), West Indies’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul (2008), Mitchell Johnson of Australia (2009) and Tendulkar (2010) to take the top award.Trott accepted the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy from ICC President Sharad Pawar at the ceremony.His teammate Cook played 12 Tests and in 18 innings, he compiled 1,302 runs at an average of 51.74, including six centuries and four half-centuries. His highest score of 235 not out against Australia at Brisbane helped his team towards series victory as it won the Ashes away from home for the first time since the 1986-87 season.The independent voting academy of 25 highly credentialed cricket experts put Cook first, ahead of an impressive group of players that had been short-listed, including England team-mates Jonathan Trott and James Anderson, as well as Jacques Kallis of South Africa, who previously won this award in 2005.Sangakkara had a superb year of ODI cricket. During the performance period, he played 25 ODIs and compiled 1,049 runs at an average of 55.21, including one century and seven half-centuries.As wicketkeeper, he also took 36 victims comprising 26 catches and 10 stumpings. Despite that busy workload, he still managed to lead his country to the ICC Cricket World Cup final in Mumbai where they lost narrowly to home team India.He beat competition from Australia’s Shane Watson, and South Africa’s Hashim Amla, besides that of Gambhir.advertisementSangakkara also became the second-ever recipient of the LG People’s Choice Award. Sangakkara was voted to the award by the general public and beat off strong competition for the award from South Africa’s Hashim Amla, England’s Jonathan Trott, West Indies’ Chris Gayle and Dhoni. .The award, which was introduced last year at the LG ICC Awards in Bangalore, was chosen by cricket fans around the world who, over the course of four weeks had the opportunity to vote for their favourite player.The cricketers were selected on the basis of some really innovative parameters, in sync with the values that embody brand LG, by a five-man ICC selection panel chaired by former West Indies captain and current chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee Clive Lloyd.The values by which the winner was judged include innovation, dynamism, strength in decision-making, performing well under pressure and executing a plan to distinction. The winner of this award should demonstrate an ability to engage spectators and should also embody the game’s unique spirit, both on and off the field.Up-and-coming West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo was named as the Emerging Player of the Year 2011.The 25-year-old, who played in five Test matches in the voting period and took 21 wickets with an average of 35.42, has made an impact within the West Indies side with his attacking approach that yields considerable turn and bounce.He also played in 11 ODIs, bagging 19 wickets at an average of 21.57. Bishoo was the top choice of the 25-person voting academy, coming in ahead of team-mate Darren Bravo, and Pakistan pair of Wahab Riaz and Azhar Ali.Netherlands all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate has become the ICC Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year for the second successive year.The voting academy chose ten Doeschate over other top Associate and Affiliate players including Afghanistan?s Hamid Hassan and the Ireland duo of Paul Stirling and Kevin O?Brien.It is the third time ten Doeschate has claimed the award, the first time he picked up the title was in 2008 while he also won the award last year. .The 31-year-old Essex player scored both his ODI centuries during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, the first against England in Nagpur and the second against fellow Associate side Ireland in Kolkata.The Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year award serves to recognise and reward the efforts in all international matches of the outstanding cricketers from the teams outside the ICC Full Members.New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee was chosen for the ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year in recognition of his five wickets for 18 runs against Pakistan last year.On December 26, 2010, during the Black Caps’ Twenty20 International match against Pakistan in Auckland, Southee ripped through the Pakistani top order in a performance that saw him take 5-18 in his four overs including one maiden. He also claimed a catch to dismiss the then Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi and the side went on to win the game by five wickets.advertisementHe beat competition from England’s Tim Bresnan (four wickets for three runs against Pakistan in Cardiff in September 2010); South Africa’s JP Duminy (96 not out in 54 balls against Zimbabwe in Kimberley on October 10, 2010) and Australia’s Shane Watson (59 runs in 31 balls against England in Adelaide January 12, 2011).West Indies all-rounder Stafanie Taylor won the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year Award. .During the voting period Taylor played 10 ODIs for the West Indies scoring 610 runs at the top of the order at an average of 76.25, while the off-spinner also claimed 15 wickets. She also scored 49 runs and took five wickets in Twenty20 Internationals in the period.The 20-year-old took the accolade ahead of England duo Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway and last year’s winner of the title, Australia’s Shelley Nitschke.Pakistan’s Aleem Dar won the David Shepherd Trophy for third time after being named ICC Umpire of the Year.43-year-old Dar was voted to this award by the 10 Full Member captains as well as the eight-man Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, based on his decision statistics and officiating skills over the past 12 months.It is the third year in a row that he has received the ICC award which was renamed last year after the late England umpire David Shepherd.Dar beat off strong competition from his colleagues on the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires Steve Davis, Ian Gould and five-time ICC Umpire of the Year Simon Taufel.Dar, who made his international debut as an umpire in 2000, joined the Emirates Elite Panel in 2004. In the voting period of these awards, Dar stood in five Tests and 13 ODIs.He stood in the ICC Cricket World Cup in the India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, where he was an on-field umpire in eight of the matches, including the final between India and Sri Lanka.Based on the period between August 11, 2010 and August 3, 2011, the LG ICC Awards 2011 — presented in association with FICA — take into account performances by players and officials in a remarkable period for the game.last_img read more