Native bred three-year-old fillies hold centrestage at Caymanas Park today in the annual renewal of the Flossie McNeil Memorial Cup over 1200 metres, this confined to non-winners of two.A large field of 15 has been declared, including the unbeaten FEARLESS FURY, who made a smashing debut in a fast-run 1100-metre race (1.06.3) as a two-year-old last December.Trained by Fitzroy Glispie, the chestnut filly by Fearless Vision out of Raging Fury is obviously of good ability and despite a 10-month absence from active competition, has been steadily prepared to meet this engagement and will only go down fighting. But she will have to put every foot right against some very fit rivals, notably JESSE’S FAVORITE, YOGA and LOVE TRAIN from the in-form stables of Harry Parsard.third outingThe lightly raced JESSE’S FAVORITE, in particular, impressed on her third outing on October 3 when winning over the straight in sub-minute time, However, a week later, the speedy filly by Adore The Gold out of Angela’s Favorite could only manage fifth to GOLD MEMBER and subsequent winner DINNER BY SEVEN in a fast-run (58.0) straight five race.She was not really disgraced in finishing 51/2 lengths fifth after leading for most of the way and having worked really well for this race, is preferred to FEARLESS FURY, under former champion Wesley Henry, and LOVE TRAIN, with four-time champion Omar Walker aboard.JESSE’S FAVORITE, who carries a mere 48.5kg, will be ridden by promising 4.0kg claiming apprentice ‘Dino’ Edwards for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny.Other firm fancies on the 10-race programme are down in class ITALIANO in the first race over 1300 metres, the Feanny-trained PIANO MAN to make a winning debut n the fifth for maiden and untried two-year-olds, ABOGADO in the sixth and MERU to stave off DOC HOLIDAY in the eighth race over 1500 metres.
National Petroleum (NP), a 100% privately own Sierra Leonean firm, has opened one of its station in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. The opening ceremony took place on Tuesday, October 28 where the Managing Director, Mr. Mohammed S. Kanu, assured the people of Grand Bassa that his company is there to stay. The Buchanan filling station is NP’s 6th station in the country and the first outside the capital, Monrovia. “NP is here to stay and it is a privilege for Grand Bassa County to have us here,” said Mr. Kanu. The Sierra Leonean businessman reminded the people of Grand Bassa that NP is a very small company from Sierra Leone. “But what we have done here is how to challenge a giant as long as God is with you,” Kanu added. NP faces competition from global petroleum giant TOTAL and other petroleum companies. But Kanu said that if David can challenge Goliath and defeat him, smaller companies can also challenge bigger ones and survive. He explained that NP met petroleum giants on the ground when it came to Liberia. “We have lived by example and shown Liberian companies how to compete against bigger firms. What they need to do is not be everywhere, but they must occupy well before moving to another place and this is exactly what NP is doing here in Liberia.” Mr. Kanu disclosed plans by NP to build modern filling stations in Katata, Margibi County, Ganta, Nimba County and Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County as soon as the Ebola epidemic is over. “We [NP] have already secured sites in the three counties and will move in soon to begin the project,” he said also announcing plans by NP to invest in neighboring Guinea and Ivory Coast in the soonest possible time. “We will be inaugurating branches in La Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea as soon as the Ebola crisis ends because we feel that is what we have to do as Africans—taking the development of our continent in our own hands. We shouldn’t be waiting for westerners to develop our countries because they [Westerners] would leave us in time of crisis, but we [Africans] won’t because we have nowhere else to go,” Kanu added. The NP boss also used the occasion to announce a new line of product for his company. “We at [NP) have included cooking gas in our line of products and will import and sell the product in Liberia at a cheaper price,” Kanu declared. He disclosed that NP has already invested US$5 million on the Monrovia Industrial Park in Garnerville and modernized the facility to store the cooking gas which is expected to be imported soon. The Garnerville Industry Park is owned by the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), which Mr. Kanu considered a key partner in the promotion of the country’s petroleum industry. Cooking gas is very expensive in Liberia where some businesses sell the product for US$45 even though it is sold for US$5 and less outside of the country. Mr. Kanu wondered why Liberians should pay US$45 for a cooking gas. “Cooking gas should be accessible to everybody in Liberia because it is easily accessible by the peoples in other West African countries including Ghana and Ivory Coast, amongst others.” He thanked the county authority and people Grand Bassa County for giving NP an opportunity to provide services to their county. In brief remarks, Buchanan City Mayor Rt. Gen. Madam Julia Bono, thanked NP for choosing Grand Bassa as the first county to invest outside of Monrovia. Madam Bono assured the NP Managing Director and staff of Buchanan City’s preparedness to do business with them. “This is a dream come true,” said Madam Bono. “NP has demonstrated that it is a true business friend of the people of Grand Bassa, in particular the fact that the company can choose to construct and inaugurate this modern facility during the Ebola crisis which has created serious economic effect on our people,” the Mayor added. For his part, Lone Star Cell/MTN Communications Director Dr. Laurence K. Bropleh observed that by constructing a modern gas station in Buchanan, NP has contributed to the urbanization and brought hope to the people of Grand Bassa County. He praised the Managing Director of NP for his innovation and said “Kanu brings geo-economic and business sensitivity to NP.” Dr. Bropleh also thanked NP for recruiting local staff from Grand Bassa to work with its Buchanan gas station. Also making remarks at the ceremony was NP Buchanan gas station manager Wellington VanPelt thanked NP for the opportunity to serve and pledged to do his utmost best in running the station. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
At a party convention in Voinjama City, Lofa County, Liberty Part (LP’s) newly elected standard bearer, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, declared that the LP is ready to win and lead the nation in 2017.The party’s national convention took place at the Voinjama Free Pentecostal Mission High School (VFPMHS).Cllr. Brumskine emphatically declared: “We can assure you, partisans, supporters and members, that we are ready to win and lead the nation and its people to a new era of prosperity, rule of law and genuine democracy.”On the convention theme, “Turning Vision into Reality,” Cllr. Brumskine pointed out that the LP has learned to govern, lead and steer the affairs of the nation at the highest office of the country.He said the LP is not a tribal and religious-based party, and as such, would strive to intersect all sections of the political and socio-economic spectra of the Liberian society through massive mobilization and recruitment. Cllr. Brumskine also added that the state of the LP in the political arena is strong and ready. He, therefore, urged partisans and supporters to remain steadfast, focused and forthright for the political quest for the nation’s highest seat of governance.The LP Standard bearer also reminded the partisans that Liberia is taking a second look at the opposition Liberty Party as a “democratic and change political vehicle of the country.”“We have taken much of our time to learn, and we are ready and prepared in every aspect of our political life, to lead the nation to ensure that all Liberians are given the opportunity to live under the rule of law, freedom of expression, press and economic advancement,” Cllr. Brumskine asserted. Mr. Brumskine, who retired as LP standard bearer following his second defeat in the 2011 elections—the first being in 2005—further reminded LP partisans, supporters and sympathizers that the party is not of the elite class. LP is a party for all, regardless of religion, economic or social status. In his key note address, Lofa County District #1 Representative, Eugene Fallah Kparka said the LP is on the irreversible verge of victory in 2017, and this could be accomplished by binding together cohesive partisans and supporters.Lawmaker Kparka cautioned both the partisans and supporters to hold together and buttress one another’s capabilities, harnessing collective strength to ascend to state power.He also intimated that the LP leadership would transcend all political and economic boundaries that will see Liberia as one of the major success stories among the comity of nations.He urged the supporters to cultivate the spirit of openness and work across ethnic, religious and partisan inclinations that are detrimental to unity, peace, democracy and reconciliation.For his part, the re-elected National Chairman Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa, disclosed plans to reorganize the LP’s political structures in the 15 counties.He said Voinjama City was chosen for the LP convention because the party has produced a Senator and therefore has considerable stake in the political journey in 2017.He disclosed that effective immediately, the LP will embark on massive mobilization and recruitment throughout the country.Cllr. Koffa further stated that from all indications, Liberians across the country have confidence in the political ability of the LP to govern, lead and move Liberia forward as a beacon of hope and genuine democracy on the continent of Africa.On the incident in which LP was not permitted to use the Voinjama City Hall, Cllr. Koffa said it was indeed a sad day in Liberia. Gone are the days of one party state with draconian laws and bad governance.Cllr. Koffa then urged the Unity Party administration to do away with things of the ugly past and create an atmosphere of political moderation, tolerance and a stress free democratic environment for all Liberians.He described the just ended LP National Convention as the most organized, mature and political bickering-free democratic exercise ever held in the history of Liberia.During the three-day convention, delegates from the 15 counties elected the executive committee of the LP, who were subsequently sworn into office.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…after returning home from CubaOne day after President David Granger and First Lady Sandra Granger returned to Guyana, the Head of State on Wednesday expressed gratitude to all his well-wishers and those who have lent support while he was away in Cuba, where he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and was receiving treatment.It was a somber atmosphere at State House when Cabinet Ministers visited President Granger.During the welcome home and prayer ceremony on Wednesday morning, the President expressed profound gratitude to his Cabinet members, staff and the rest of the nation for their support, prayers and well wishes for his complete recovery.“Thank you for your expressions of concern over the last three weeks…Throughout that time, I received greetings from you all and from other well-wishersPresident David Granger at State House the morning after returning homeand, more than the greetings, prayers and I am truly grateful,” the Head of State said.Accompanied by his wife, the Head of State travelled to the Republic of Cuba on October 30, to undergo a medical investigation. However, while there the President was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma after an intensive series of tests by specialist doctors at the Centro de Investigaciones Medico Quirugicas (CIMEQ) in Havana.The President’s medical team performed a number of medical interventions, including the first round of chemotherapy treatment last week.According to the Ministry of the Presidency, the Guyanese leader has responded well to the treatment and was given approval to return to Guyana. As such, President Granger and his wife returned home late Tuesday night, minutes before midnight.In a statement from Guyana’s Embassy in Cuba earlier this week, it was noted that the Head of State would continue his daily routine of work, treatment, and rest under the supervision of his medical team while back home.The Embassy also noted that the President may be required to return to Havana at a time prescribed by his medical team in order to evaluate the progress of his recovery and to extend his schedule of treatment. Guyana Times understands that the President may be travelling back and forth between Guyana and Cuba until May next year.Since the announcement of his diagnosis, well-wishes for the President’s full and complete recovery have been pouring in. President Granger, in a statement on Monday, assured all citizens that he was receiving the best possible medical advice and attention.Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is a cancer that starts in your body’s lymph system. Lymphoma occurs when the lymph node cells or the lymphocytes begin to multiply uncontrollably, producing cancerous cells that have the abnormal capacity to invade other tissue throughout the body.The two main types of lymphoma are Hodgkin Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is further classified into a variety of subtypes based on the cell of origin (B-cell or T-cell), and the cell characteristics. The subtype of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma predicts the necessity of early treatment, the response to treatment, the type of treatment required, and the prognosis. The risk of developing Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma increases with age.In May of this year, the Guyanese leader and his wife had travelled to Trinidad and Tobago to undergo what was referred to as their annual medical check-up. At the time, and in response to reports in the press, the Government had revealed that the couple did their examinations under a Caribbean medical insurance scheme at the Good Health Medical Centre. Those results, Government had said, indicated a clean bill of health.
By Andrew CarmichaelMayor of Rose Hall Town, Vijay Kumar Ramo, is calling on President David Granger to fire Town Clerk Natasha Monroe. The Mayor made the call during the town’s 175th anniversary celebrations, attended by many residents and also by Head of State, President David Granger.Mayor of Rose Hall, Vijay Kumar Ramo“I had to call a meeting this morning; having to call a meeting for a grant that you gave to the sports club to develop that ground, Mr President. The contractor submitted his bid and the Town Clerk refused, with the advice of the Minister of Communities, to pay the contractor. This is just one example of the condition and oppression facing the Municipality of Rose Hall. This town should have been moving a far way in 2017; we should not have been at this stage here today.“The residents are suffering because of administrative deficiencies, Mr President. It the same way that your Government acted in removing the REO [Regional Executive Officer] of Region Six [East Berbice/Corentyne], you must act responsibly and remove the Town Clerk of this town with immediate effect. We cannot continue like this; it has to happen,” the Mayor said in a brief speech on Thursday last at the Area ‘H’ ground, where the anniversary celebrations were held.“So I am asking the residents to stand firm, and we must have the leadership that we deserve in this town. Mr President, please act responsibly and give Rose Hall the leadership that is needed. We cannot move forward, although we have made tremendous strides in the last few months, things have taken a turn for the worse. I don’t want to make a speech, I just want to deal with the facts that we have here…,” Mayor Ramo said to conclude his address.Acting Town Clerk, Natasha MonroeAs he made the call, some residents chanted that it was not the appropriate forum for that. However, they sat silent when Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTYSC), Hilbert Foster, said he was going to stop supporting the development of the town because of the way the local administration had treated him.Speaking with this publication on Thursday, Foster said that when he went to the office, the Town Clerk had shouted at him as in he were a child.President Granger addressed the issue when he spoke. He said the Town Clerk will have to be “given her medicine”.Back in September 2016, the Town Clerk had slammed the door of her office in the faces of media operatives who had gone to the Municipality under the instruction of the Mayor to uplift information on the town. Moments before that incident, the Mayor had told reporters that he had stopped going to his office because of abuse being meted out to him by the Town Clerk.According to Ramo, acting Town Clerk Natasha Monroe started her abuse at the very first statutory meeting of the council she had attended. At that meeting, in her capacity as Clerk of the Council, she began pointing her fingers in the Mayor’s face and had used language unbecoming of an officer of the council.After analyzing her actions, Ramo said, he has come to the conclusion that Monroe is undermining the development of the council.“At that first meeting, she stood up and said, ‘You know who am I? I am a mother of three, and I have a husband who is a big strong blackman.’ And that has been her pattern at several meetings. Then a few meetings she did it to the deputy, then she did it to the deputy a couple days after again, then she did it to me at the last meeting, and said that I hijacked the Town Day activity and give it to Foster, and she went on, with a busing, that she is the person with the authority and is in charge. And (she) told me that I have no authority, and then (she) walked out of the meeting and never returned,” the frustrated Mayor related.He continued saying, “She went on to make statements about the Minister: ‘Who the hell is Bulkan?’ The next day I went back there, and was in the treasurer department and she came to me and said, ‘Let me tell you something: I am in charge here, you have no authority here and you cannot write me no letter. If you want to write me, you have to write the Minister and let the Minister send it to me’.”Ramo says he is afraid of the Town Clerk, and goes to the office at about 6:30h each day to meet with staff, and leaves at about 8:30, when the Town Clerk arrives.The Mayor’s outburst on Thursday came days after Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communities, Jaisingh Jaigobin, met with the Town Clerk and Councillors to give the Town Clerk a hearing. Following the meeting, he expressed the view that the allegations against the Town Clerk were personal.Meanwhile, in December 2015, six months after the new Administration took office, the then Town Clerk, Jenny Allicock, was given a one-month notice of her dismissal by the Minister, despite no allegation coming from the council.The Minister’s actions were criticised by the council and the regional administration.When this publication went to the Town Clerk’s office to get a comment from her on the allegations, she slammed the door without admitting or denying the allegations.
Avram Grant believes Chelsea have made a mistake by letting Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard leave the club..The former England duo both departed Stamford Bridge on free transfers this summer, with Cole joining Roma and Lampard agreeing a move to New York City FC.The former West Ham midfielder has, subsequently, agreed a loan switch to Premier League rivals Manchester City, who own the new MLS franchise.And former Blues boss Grant claims the 36-year-old, along with Cole, could have benefited the west London side.“Chelsea could have used both Lampard and Cole for one or two more years,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “They are still in good shape.“You need a big squad because Chelsea are playing in all the competitions.“They could have used them like John Terry. You need young and experienced players in your squad.”
Pedro Chirivella is a highly-rated Liverpool youngster 1 Jordan Rossiter scored a belter for Liverpool in the Capital One Cup on his debut, aged just 17, before being replaced by 18-year-old Jordan Williams. But there is another young midfield talent emerging on Merseyside who didn’t feature against Middlesbrough, who you may not have heard of yet, but is making waves.In Spain it is being reported that Real Madrid want Liverpool teenager Pedro Chirivella, so talkSPORT’s Talent Spotter takes a closer look at the talented youngster.Name: Pedro ChirivellaDate of birth: 23/05/97Born: Valencia, SpainClub: LiverpoolPosition: MidfieldThe nitty gritty:1) Chirivella has only been at Liverpool since July 2013 after moving from Valencia where he’d been playing since the age of seven. He apparently turned down a switch to Barcelona in 2011 and the player signed his first professional contract at Anfield in the summer.2) Although it’s early in his career for comparisons, Chirivella’s fondness for playing in the middle of the park has seen him compared to Kop hero Xabi Alonso. His profile on the Liverpool website claims he possesses fantasic vision and can read the game brilliantly.3) It is said he admires Alonso as well as Sergio Busquets, while Chirivella has used Twitter to declare his love of Andrea Pirlo and claimed Xavi is Spain’s greatest player. The 17-year-old describes himself as a player who ‘likes to have the ball, is more offensive than defensive, gets into the area’ and whose strength is ‘short and long passing’.4) Talk from fans on the Liverpool forums, meanwhile, has been littered with excitable talk of a future partnership between Chirivella and fellow whizz-kid Jordan Rossiter.5) He starred for the Reds in the Milk Cup, a prestigious youth football tournament in Northern Ireland with a history stretching back more than 30 years. Liverpool beat Newcastle 2-0 in the final to lift ‘the Globe’, with Chirivella being the happy captain. He has also skippered his national side at U16 and U17 level.Video evidence:
Classed as one of Ireland’s toughest and best stage races for A2 & A3 cyclists, Rás Dhun na nGall 2013 promises to be bigger and better than every before. Entries for this years event are nearly full, and entries will close at midnight this coming Friday 24th May.Based in Ardara, Co Donegal, on the June Bank holiday weekend,the race will take the same format as last year starting with a Friday night stage, a Saturday morning TT/Hillclimb, a Saturday afternoon stage and the Sunday stage which finishes on the famous Glengesh Climb.Four Masters Cycling club who promote this event are urging anyone who wishes to enter to do so asap, as no entries will be accepted after Friday as the entry list is going to print on Saturday. For more information on this event or to enter please log onto www.fourmasterscycling.com or contact Liam on 087 2902515 CYCLING: ENTRIES DUE TO CLOSE FOR RAS DHUN NA nGALL was last modified: May 20th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CYCLING: ENTRIES DUE TO CLOSE FOR RAS DHUN NA nGALL
The 27th MS READaTHON is approaching and schools in County Donegal are encouraged to sign up for a month of reading to directly support people with multiple sclerosis locally.MS Ireland have said a big ‘thank you’ to the young MS READaTHONers, teachers and principals in 24 schools across Donegal who helped raise funds for vital local services last year.An estimated 8,000 people have MS in Ireland, with thousands more family members affected. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease and is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults in Ireland. MS READaTHON school ambassadors, local people living with MS, will visit schools as part of the campaign to help students understand more about the condition.MS READaTHON is the key annual fundraising campaign of Multiple Sclerosis Ireland, the services, information and research organisation supporting people affected by MS. MS Ireland is saying a big ‘thank-you’ to 24 schools in County Donegal who participated last year. The students joined more than 14,500 young readers across Ireland in the MS READaTHON to raise funds for vital local services.Schools around the country will be contacted by MS Ireland from the beginning of September, with information brochures and entry forms to sign up for MS READaTHON 2014. The 27th MS READaTHON reading month will take place for one month from October 10th to November 10th 2014.Please visit www.msreadathon.ie to find out more, check out reading lists, book reviews, competitions and content from Irish authors. Irish authors including Cecilia Ahern, Sarah Webb, Eoin Colfer, Derek Landy, Oisin McGann, Nicola Pierce, Marita Conlon McKenna and Darren Shan support each year with tips and advice for young readers and budding writers. Paul Dietrich, MS READaTHON manager commented: “The longest running sponsored schools reading campaign is coming around again and we want to say a big thank you to the students that took part last year and their families, teachers and principals. Funds raised by these young readers directly benefit people with multiple sclerosis locally, enabling one-to-one support for those newly diagnosed or struggling with their MS; physiotherapy and exercise classes to help stay independent; and respite to help the person recharge and to give their family a break from providing around the clock care. The other great part of MS READaTHON is that it’s an opportunity for children to immerse themselves in reading, finding great authors and stories and improving their literacy skills at the same time.”To help young readers in County Donegal to get their reading lists ready, here are some of MS READaTHON’s favourite books:For 5-8 year olds: The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss; Mad Grandad and the Mutant River by Oisin McGann; The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton; The Legend of Captain of Captain Crow’s Teeth by Eoin Colfer; The Minpins by Roald Dahl; The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey; The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo; Famous Five series by Enid Blyton; Horrid Henry’s Sleepover by Jacqueline Wilson; My Naughty Little Sister Collection by Dorothy Edwards; The Sheep-pig by Dick King-Smith; The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle; Judy Moody by Megan McDonald; Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire by Andy Stanton; A Cat Called Penguin by Holly Webb; Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren.For 8-11 year olds: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer; The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne; Gangsta Granny by David Walliams; Armageddon Outta here by Derek Landy; Hagwitch by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (CBI Book of the Year Award 2014 winner); The Famine Trilogy by Marita Conlon McKenna; Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney; Wonder by RJ Palacio; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling; Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy; The BFG by Roald Dahl; Charlotte’s Web by EB White; The Butterfly Heart by Paula Leyden; St Clare’s by Enid Blyton; Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson.11 plus and teenagers: Ask Amy Green series by Sarah Webb; Skellig by David Almond; The Real Rebecca by Anna Carey; Divergent by Veronica Roth; The Fault in Our Stars by John Green; Looking for Alaska by John Green; The Gone Series by Michael Grant; Brilliant by Roddy Doyle; Sweet Honey by Cathy Cassidy; The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; The Outsiders by SE Hinton; The weight of Water by Sarah Crossan; A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle; Northern Lights by Philip Pullman; Zom-B by Darren Shan; The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman; The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. Must-read children’s classics include: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett; The Railway Children by E Nesbit; The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame; and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.For participating schools around the country, the 27th MS READaTHON will provide:· Individual gift or certificate for each reader· School and Library awards · 10 per cent of the money raised goes back into much needed resources for each participating school· The “Great Teacher Holiday draw”DONEGAL SCHOOLS URGED TO SIGN UP FOR MS READaTHON was last modified: August 25th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:booksdonegalKidsMS Readathon
Insulating Low-Slope Residential RoofsHow to Build an Insulated Cathedral CeilingHow to Install Rigid roam on Top of Roof SheathingGetting Insulation Out of Your Walls and CeilingsIn Cold Climates, R-5 Foam Beats R-6Airtight Wall and Roof Sheathing The roof plan is problematicIce & Water Shield is a brand of peel-and-stick membrane made by GCP Applied Technologies. It’s commonly used in roof assemblies, particularly in snow country and areas where wind-driven rain is a problem. It’s usually applied directly to roof sheathing.But Steve Knapp sees problems ahead for this particular assembly. “Typically you would have an airtight drywall layer at the ceiling, and your T&G would be installed over this,” he writes. “Are you planning to use Ice & Water on the interior as the air barrier?”Further, there’s a question of whether the roof assembly as proposed would have enough insulation to meet code requirements. Sievewright says that his plan to install 1 inch of polyisocyanurate and another 6 inches of expanded polystyrene (EPS) should yield an R-value of about 37. But the R-value is probably going to be less than that, and if he eliminates the polyiso because of cost, the total R-value could be closer to 26 or 27, based on an R-value for EPS of about 4 per inch.That’s roughly what Sievewright says is required for a flat roof in that area. Knapp, however, says that R-49 is recommended for a roof in Climate Zone 4. He suggests that Sievewright look for reclaimed rigid foam insulation, which costs about one-third as much as new. Using Ice & Water Shield is fineUnlike Knapp, GBA senior editor Martin Holladay sees no problems in using a layer of Ice & Water Shield as an air barrier above the tongue-and-groove ceiling. In fact, he says, that’s a “time-honored method” pioneered by builders using the PERSIST construction method in the late 1960s.“It’s a standard approach, and you apparently understand the principles behind the need for an interior air barrier,” Holladay says. “The only worry that I’ve heard (especially among people who call themselves ‘chemically sensitive’) is the worry that some brands of peel-and-stick may have an odor. Whether this is a problem or not is a subject of debate.“If you worry about odor, you can always install a layer of plywood or OSB above the tongue-and-groove ceiling as your air barrier,” he continues. “Of course, the seams would need to be taped. If you decide to use plywood or OSB as your air barrier, you could skip the peel-and-stick.”Holladay adds that if Sievewright goes with EPDM roofing, there’s no reason to include a peel-and-stick membrane to protect against ice dams.“If you are worried about ice dams, you need (a) an airtight assembly, and (b) enough R-value,” he says. “Your plan to install R-37 of rigid foam is OK (if legal), but R-49 would be better.” Adding 2x8s for roof ventilationThe conversation has prompted Sievewright to huddle with the designer, who now wants to add some 2x8s on the flat across the top of the insulation (and under the plywood) to introduce some ventilation to the roof.“There would then be vents in the exterior soffit front and rear,” he says. “Is there any merit in that approach in such a low-pitch roof assembly?”No, says Taylor, the plan doesn’t make sense.Holladay adds this: “If you want a vented roof assembly, you should follow the recommendations in this article: Insulating Low-Slope Residential Roofs. (Here’s the short version: 2x8s on the flat won’t work.)“The approach we have been talking about up until now is an unvented approach. It’s routine for commercial roofs. If your designer and contractor have no familiarity with commercial work, that might explain their confusion on this issue.” RELATED ARTICLES Including a vapor barrier in the assemblyOne problem Sievewright is running into, says Malcolm Taylor, is that British Columbia building codes are not always aligned with best practices from a building science perspective.“You do need an interior vapor barrier,” he writes, “although that could be a number of materials and doesn’t have to be ‘fully adhered,’ although that will help during construction. Depending on the permeability of the foam you choose it could be the foam, it could be poly, or it could be an underlayment like Grace Tri-Flex. I’d be inclined to use the [Ice & Water Shield].”Although Jon R sees a potential problem with “sandwiching plywood between two impermeable layers,” Taylor does not. “There wouldn’t be any sandwiching,” he replies. “Both membranes would be on the exterior of the roof sheathing.”Taylor adds that the building code recommends that the vapor barrier be “close enough to the interior to avoid condensation at design conditions.”“In other words,” he says, “if you push it toward the outside, you need to be able to show it won’t be a problem. Your stack-up with the insulation above would be fine.” Insulation and structural questionsOn the question of choosing insulation, Dana Dorsett suggests that both the polyiso and EPS have about the same cost per R, so there’s no advantage to the layering Sievewright is suggesting. Using two layers of polysio, each 3 to 3 1/2 inches thick, is probably going to be cheaper than 1 inch of polyiso and two layers of 3-inch EPS, as Sievewright originally proposed, Dorsett says.“If you used reclaimed roofing foam (both 3-inch and 3.5-inch are common standard thicknesses), it’s greener, too,” Dorsett adds. “Rigid foam of all types shows up regularly with reclaimers, surplus and salvage materials dealers, often at a small fraction of virgin stock goods at the local distributors, which can extend the budget quite a bit.”Tim Rudolph adds two other considerations for the roof: structural stability in a seismic zone and fire resistance.“A T&G ceiling may not provide an adequate diaphragm for seismic forces on the West coast,” he says. “This would lead to the solution of placing sheathing over the T&G for the roof diaphragm and thus the air barrier. You didn’t indicate the spacing of the 3×8 beams, but you may need to use staples on the roof diaphragm if there are not framing members at the correct spacing for the panel edges, or increase the 2×6 to 3×6 or 3×8 to be able to create an adequate roof diaphragm with staples.”Good point, Taylor says, adding that in coastal seismic zones roofs must be sheathed with panel goods such as plywood or OSB and fastened according to an approved nail or screw schedule. “It’s unlikely that having the plywood separated from the structure by foam would meet this requirement.”Rudolph raises one last point: fire resistance. If a fire-rated roof assembly is required, he says, a layer of DensDeck Roof Board from Georgia-Pacific could be added below the EPDM roofing. It could replace the top layer of plywood over the foam. Plans are taking shape for Quinn Sievewright’s holdiay home: a small retreat with a shed roof that will be built in Climate Zone 4 near Vancouver, Canada. During the winter, the building won’t be occupied full-time, but enough so that Sievewright has included several layers or rigid foam insulation in the design for his low-pitch roof. (The drawing at right shows how he’s proposed to build it.)Inside, the roof assembly will include exposed 3×8 Douglas fir beams topped by 2×6 tongue-and-groove boards. That’s followed by two or three layers of rigid foam insulation, plywood sheathing, and EPDM or another type of membrane roofing.“The house designer (not necessary a qualified architect or experienced builder) says we need Ice and Water Shield for ice dam protection,” Sievewright says in a Q&A post at Green Building Advisor. “I fail to see in what layer of the build-up that would go in the ‘warm,’ unvented assembly we are proposing, and what it would achieve when one has a fully-adhered type roof like an EPDM membrane.”Sievewright says that he recognizes that the air seal would typically be located on the bottom of the rafters, but that won’t be possible with the construction he’s now considering.“The open-rafter architecture is beyond my control but is commonly done, even though it’s perhaps not the ideal method,” he writes. “As such I am trying to come up with the best solution.”Has he? That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Our expert’s opinionGBA technical director Peter Yost added this:To prevent ice dams, you need continuity in the thermal (insulation) layer as well as continuity in the air control layer. You need to maintain this continuity within the roof assembly and at the transition from the wall to the roof at the eave.For the roof assembly, the key is to manage convection and conduction at penetrations, given that you have configured the roof with adequate insulation. On the wall-roof transition, the key is to have a robust and continuous overlap of the wall and roof air barriers.There is nothing wrong with designating an exterior air control layer. But how will it be connected for air barrier continuity at the eave?The biggest issue with this sort of tongue-and-groove roof deck is when — as is typical — this deck runs on the exposed roof beams from inside to outside the structure. Beams and a T&G roof deck that extend through the eaves and even the gables can be an air leakage and thermal bridge nightmare. It’s best to treat the eave and gable overhangs as completely separate add-on ladder overhangs instead of extending the roof assembly from inside to outside conditioned space.In terms of the code or an inspector requiring an interior vapor retarder: 6 inches of any rigid foam insulation qualifies as an interior vapor retarder. Six inches of EPS has a vapor permeance of around 0.6 perms; six inches of XPS, around 0.16 perms. Either of these Class II vapor retarders provides at least some drying potential to the interior for the 1/2-inch plywood layer, while the Ice & Water Shield — a Class I vapor retarder — provides none. I think it is important to either tape the rigid insulation or install a non-Class I, taped, flexible sheet good to double up the air barrier and connect this layer to the wall air barrier.And as for roof venting: it’s really hard to get much driving force in a 1:12 pitch shed roof. Introducing a vent channel in this roof assembly is not worth the added expense, in my book.