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Release of last journalist held hostage in Iraq

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first_img RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Help by sharing this information —————————————————————————–14.04.2004 – French journalist released, four reporters remain hostages in Iraq News Follow the news on Iraq News News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Following the release of a Japaneese reporter and the likely abduction of one of his colleagues on 13 or 14 April, four journalists are believed to be held against their will in Iraq – three Czechs and a Japaneese. Reporters Without Borders urged the forces involved in the conflict to make every effort possible to obtain their release as quickly and safely as possible. Freelance photographer Soichiro Koriyama, 32, was released on 15 April along with two other Japanese civilians abducted on the road between Amman and Baghdad on 8 April. Morover another Japaneese journalist was probably kidnapped. The Japanese authorities today were still trying to confirm whether two more Japanese citizens, a humanitarian worker and a journalist, have been taken hostage. If confirmed, this would maintain the number of journalists currently held against their will in Iraq to four.A Japanese opposition legislator in the Jordanian capital of Amman said Junpei Yasuda, 30, a freelance journalist and regular contributor to the daily Tokyo Shimbun, was apparently kidnapped with his fellow-countryman in Abu Ghraib (a suburb of Baghdad) on 13 or 14 April. They were travelling in a taxi to the site of a forced landing by a US helicopter.In Tokyo, the Japan Visual Journalists Association (a network of freelance photographers and cameramen) reported that it had received an e-mail message from a colleague of Yasuda referring to the two abductions. “There has been a major disaster today,” the message said. “Watanabe and Yasuda were kidnapped before my very eyes.”A Tokyo Shimbun spokesperson said Yasuda had contacted the newspaper on 13 April asking if he should go to the besieged city of Falluja. When a colleague advised him not to go, he decided to cover the flight of civilians out of Falluja and, for that, to go to Baghdad. December 28, 2020 Find out more RSF_en February 15, 2021 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the release of the last journalist still held hostage in Iraq, Japanese freelancer Jumpei Yasuda, 30, a regular contributor to the daily Tokyo Shimbun. center_img Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders has learned from the Czech public television channel CT that three Czech journalists have been freed after being held hostage for five days in Iraq. CT reporter Michal Kubal, CT cameraman Petr Klima and Vit Pohanka, a staff reporter with the public radio station Cro are safe and sound inside their embassy in Baghdad. Reporters Without Borders called for the release of Soichiro Koriyama, a contributor to Asahi Weekly.—————————————————————————————- 15.04.2004 – Japaneese reporter released, concern over fate of four journalists still held hostage Alexandre Jordanov (picture), a 40-year-old French journalist with the TV news agency Capa, was released today. He was kidnapped three days ago south of Baghdad with his cameraman, Yvan Cerieix, who was released after being held just a few hours. They were preparing a documentary for the French TV channelCanal+. Four foreign journalists – a Japanese and three Czechs – are stillbeing held against their will in Iraq. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” ——————————————————————————-14.04.2004 – Concern over fate of five journalists kidnapped Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today at the fate of five journalists – one Japanese, three Czechs and a Frenchman – who are currently held hostage or reported missing in Iraq. One of them has been held for six days.The organisation called on their abductors to release them and all the other civilians held against their will. It also urged the forces involved in the conflict to make every effort possible to obtain their release as quickly and safely as possible. The abductions are part of a wave of kidnapping in the past few days in which about 40 people from 12 different countries are currently held.Although primarily determined by the nationality of the victims, the abductions of journalists are having a dramatic impact on press freedom. They make the conditions of work for the news media especially dangerous. Journalists are forced to restrict their movements and safety becomes their overriding concern.With at least eight media workers – four journalists and four assistants – killed since the start of the year, Iraq is currently one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists.Reporters in the field are already comparing Iraq to Beirut at the worst moments of the 1975-1990 civil war, when many foreign journalists became the targets of attacks or kidnapping by various armed groups. Whether the demands of the abductors are political or financial, such actions are unacceptable, cowardly and contrary to the most basic norms of international law.Reporters Without Borders stressed that journalists carrying out dangerous work in war zones are regarded as civilians and must be “protected” as set out in the Geneva Conventions (article 79 of supplementary protocol 1 of 1977).Details of the abductions:Alexandre Jordanov, 40, of the French TV news agency Capa was apparently kidnapped in Latifiya, 30 km south of Baghdad on 11 April. He was preparing a documentary for the French channel Canal+ with his cameraman, Ivan Cerieix, who was held for a few hours by an Iraqi guerrilla group before being released that night. Jordanov, Cerieix, an Iraqi driver and an Iraqi interpreter had been driving towards Hilla to see the Polish contingent when they stopped to film fighting between US soldiers and Iraqis following an attack on a supply convoy.Three Czech journalists went missing in Taji, a locality north of Baghdad, on 11 April. Reporter Michal Kubal, 27, and cameraman Petr Klima, 40, of the public TV channel CT and reporter Vit Pohanka, 37, of the public radio station Cro were travelling together in taxi bound for the Jordanian capital of Amman.Three Japanese civilians were abducted on the road between Amman and Baghdad on 8 April. They include freelance photographer Soichiro Koriyama, 32, who is currently working for the Asahi Weekly. News April 17, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Release of last journalist held hostage in Iraq Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the release of the last journalist still held hostage in Iraq, Japanese freelancer Jumpei Yasuda, 30, a regular contributor to the daily Tokyo Shimbun.The Japanese authorities confirmed today that Yasuda and another Japanese civilian, humanitarian worker Nobutaka Watanabe, 36, had been freed. They were handed over to the Association of Iraqi Ulemas, a Sunni group that has helped obtain the release of other foreign hostages. Both were reported missing on 14 April although Japan never officially confirmed their disappearance.______________________________________________16.04.2004 – Iraqis release three Czech journalists, Japanese photographer believed still held Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Organisation December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Alleged $8.4m, N4b fraud: Court frowns at NFF officials for refusing to appear

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first_imgRelatedPosts Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday frowned at the refusal of four officials of the Nigeria Football Federal to appear in court over alleged 8.4 million dollars and N4 billion fraud case.News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu had on July 1, issued a warrant of arrest for the four men following their repeated refusal to appear in court to answer to the fraud case charges against them.The Federal Government had through the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property charged them over alleged misappropriation of the sums of 8.4 million dollars and N4 billion belonging to the NFF.The five officials are NFF President, Amaju Pinnick’s, NFF Secretary, Sunusi Mohammed; the 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi; the 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive member, Yusuff Fresh, as the 1st to 5th respondents respectively.Pinnick was exempted from the ordered arrest due to his official roles as a member of the Confederation of African Football’s organising committee at the African Cup of Nation in Egypt.Justice Ojukwu said that their duty was to be in court when ordered as the charges against them before the court had not been cancelled.She said that when an order was given, it was expected that such order be obeyed otherwise matters from such agencies will no longer be entertained in her court.“Nobody is bigger than the law,” she said.Counsel to the defendants, Mohammed Katu, said that the respondents were absent because the president had instructed that the Attorney General of the Federation took over the case from the office of Special Presidential Investigation Panel and had ordered all activities be before the AGF.He said that the AGF had earlier called the attention of the respondents to his office and in view of the recent development he believed the AGF will do justice to prosecute the matter.He said: “During dependency of this matter, the same complainants wrote another petition in respect of the same facts against the defendant and on the basis of which they sent to ICPC,EFCC.“We wrote a letter to the AGF that it would constitute an abuse of processes and the administration of law for same persons as complainants , using the same facts in a petition against the defendants in various investigative agencies.“The AGF deemed it necessary that the matter before the Court be brought back to him, the matter before EFCC and ICPC should also be brought back to him so that he will look at them and find out then consolidate them with the view of giving it one meaning.”Justice Ojukwu said that the defendants had no reason to appear before any agency thereby constituting a parallel hearing in disobedience to the court when the matter was already before a judge.She said that if files had been handed over to the AGF and he wanted to make further investigations, they could appear before him after the matter was no longer in court.Abubakar Musa, Counsel to AGF, said the AG was just coming into the matter today as he was not aware of what the special panel had done.He said: “But now according to the instruction of the president, the AG is taking over the matter and all the files are meant to be in transition because I cannot tell you now if they have deposited the file to the AGF as he has not told me that.“I don’t blame the court, the AGF is the chief law officer of the state and he is bound to ensure that the federal republic of Nigeria obeys court orders.“But he is not aware of this order and by so saying we can’t say he is bound now to bring the defendants before the court.“The files have to be reviewed, if there is sufficient evidence that warrants prosecution,but the decision now is for the AG to take.”Justice Ojukwu adjourned the matter to October 5 for arraignment and ordered that all affected parties be in court.Tags: NFFlast_img read more

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Road to provincials just got a whole lot tougher for LVR

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first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers Bombers now realize booking tickets to the B.C. High School AAA Boy’s Soccer tournament will not be as easy as in past years.Mount Baker took advantage of a short-staffed Bomber squad to squeak out a 1-0 victory in at the Wild High School Boy’s Soccer Tournament Saturday in the East Kootenay City.“We watched Baker play and knew we need some pace to stretch their wing/backs,” said Bomber coach Keith Williams. “Opportunities we had in the last few minutes proved worthless with errant shots,” Williams added. “A very excited and proud Baker team celebrated a well-deserved 1-nil victory.”The Bombers were missing Sean Hickson, Luis Loeschnik, Bruno Moro and Conrad Lanaway for the entire tournament.LVR opened the five-team, round robin tournament by stomping Selkirk Storm of Kimberley. Mitch Melanson had four goals to lead the Bombers.The Bombers then dumped Prince Charles Comets of Creston by the same 6-0 score in a very chippy contest. Luke Mori and Melanson each scored twice with Cormac Southam and Simon Sheppard adding singles. LVR’s Russell Ray was ejected from the contest.A tired and weary Bomber squad concluded the tournament by sneaking past Fernie Falcons 2-0. Mori and a converted defender to striker Kevin Lewis scored for LVR.“We were tired and sore after playing three games with one to three subs, so we took it easy (against Fernie),” Williams explained. “It was a nice way to conclude the tournament .  . . playing good patient defending (against) a weaker side.”The silver medal concludes the tournament season for LVR. The squad finished 12th at the Best of the Best High School Boy’s Soccer Tournament in Chilliwack before capturing top spot the weekend previous in Summerland.LVR now prepares for the Kootenay Zone Final set for Wednesday, November 3 in Cranbrook.  Game time is 1 p.m. MDT.The winner advances to the Provincial AAA Tournament November 25-27 at the Burnaby Lake Sport Complex. [email protected]last_img read more

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Leafs, Rebels play to 1-1 tie

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first_imgNelson played to its second tie in as many games Sunday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition play in Castlegar, playing the Rebels to a 1-1 draw.The game is the third in four preseason contests for the Green and White. Nelson concludes the exhibition season Tuesday at the NDCC Arena against the same Rebels.Head coach Frank Maida reduced the roster following a two-game set last week against Beaver Valley.The same two teams open the KIJHL regular season Friday at the NDCC Arena.Game time for both games is 7 p.m.last_img

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SONGBIRD ‘HORSE OF MEET’ IN MEDIA POLL

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first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 10, 2016) – Undefeated champion two-year-old filly of 2015 Songbird, who rolled to her seventh consecutive victory in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 9, was unanimously named Horse of the Meet in Santa Anita’s annual Winter Meet Media Poll.The three-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro trained by Jerry Hollendorfer for Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm earlier in the meet won the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes and the Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes.“We’re very grateful and we really appreciate it,” Hollendorfer said of the honor.Songbird also outpolled Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator to be named Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly and outstanding Three-Year-Old overall.Phil D’Amato, in contention for training honors throughout the 63-day meet, finished with a flourish to overtake Doug O’Neill and capture the crown, his first ever, with 41 winners, seven more than O’Neill.A 40-year-old resident of South Pasadena, D’Amato also led all trainers in stakes wins at the meet with eight. His horses earned $2,133,810, also best for the meet.“It’s an honor, and I have to give a lot of the credit to my owners and my crew,” D’Amato said of his achievement. “Without the horses, I couldn’t do this. I have a great bunch of hard-working members of my staff, from my assistants down to my grooms.”With 74 victories, Peruvian riding star Rafael Bejarano captured yet another Southern California riding crown, his 30th overall, his 26th in the Golden State and his 13th at Santa Anita, outdistancing Flavien Prat, who overtook injured Santiago Gonzalez late in the meet to finish second with 51 wins. Bejarano also led in purse earnings with $3,527,071.Bejarano tied Gary Stevens for most stakes wins at the meet with eight.Honored in other categories were Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin (Older Horse), who registered a 16-1 upset in the historic race under Joe Talamo for trainer David Hofmans and owner Tarabilla Farms; Kobe’s Back (Sprinter), who took down the Palos Verdes Stakes and the San Carlos Stakes, each a Grade II event, for the C R K Stable, trainer Peter Eurton and jockey Gary Stevens; Tara’s Tango (Older Filly/Mare), who captured the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes under Bejarano after taking the Grade II Santa Maria with Martin Garcia up for Stonestreet Stables, LLC and Hollendorfer.Also, Paulina’s Love (Grass Filly/Mare), winner of the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes for KM Racing Enterprise, Inc. and Head of Plains Partners, trainer Richard Baltas and Stevens; David C. Lopez, (Apprentice), who won 26 races despite missing more than a month with injuries; Santa Anita Derby (in which Exaggerator pummeled his rivals with a 6 ¼-length victory, Race of the Meet); and D’Amato winning his first training crown, Achievement of the Meet.The Hronis Brothers, Reddam Racing and Fox Hill Farms shared laurels as Owners of the Meet.Guns Loaded, who won a $40,000 claiming race on Dec. 27, stepped up to win at the $62,500 level two races later on Feb. 20, followed by the $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes on Feb. 28, capped his run by winning the Grade III San Simeon Stakes on April 2 to be named Claiming Horse of the Meet.Trained by O’Neill, the five-year-old D’wildcat gelding bred in Florida is owned by Westside Rentals.com, Neal Haymes, Leo Rodriguez and Steve Rothblum.2016 Santa Anita Winter Media Poll Horse of Meet: SongbirdSprinter: Kobe’s BackOlder Horse:  Melatonin                               Older Filly/Mare: Tara’s TangoClaimer: Guns LoadedGrass Horse: What a ViewGrass Filly/Mare: Paulina’s Love3-Year-Old: Songbird3-Year-Old Filly: SongbirdTrainer: Phil D’AmatoJockey: Rafael BejaranoApprentice: David C. LopezRace:  Santa Anita DerbyOwner: Fox Hill Farm, Hronis, Reddam RacingAchievement: D’Amato First Title D’Amato, Bejarano Earn Honors as Top Trainer and Jockeylast_img read more

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DONEGAL LADIES COME UP SHORT IN BATTLE WITH LAOIS

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first_imgDONEGAL’S Senior Ladies put in a battling performance away against Laois in their opening game of the season, but were overpowered by their hosts in the end.Laois had raced into a five points to one lead early in the first half, aided by a strong wind in Crettyard.Although Donegal pulled a goal back, Laois led 1-08 to 1-02 at the break. The hosts increased their lead in the second half, with two more Donegal goals keeping them in touch.But Laois piled on more points to win 2-18 to 3-05. DONEGAL LADIES COME UP SHORT IN BATTLE WITH LAOIS was last modified: February 2nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegal ladiesLaoislast_img read more

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Two escape injury after Letterkenny crash

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first_imgTwo motorists had a lucky escape when their vehicles collided outside Conwal Graveyard on the outskirts of Letterkenny last night.Damage was caused to the front of both vehicles, a van and a  car.The accident happened just before 8pm. Gardai and the emergency services attended the scene and there was a build-up of traffic in the area for a time.However, it is understood that neither of those involved in the collision were injured. Two escape injury after Letterkenny crash was last modified: September 28th, 2019 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:conwalcrashGardailetterkennylast_img read more

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A’s observations from day two of MLB Winter Meetings

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first_imgLAS VEGAS — After a quiet opening day of winter meetings, the A’s activity at winter meetings began to heat up on day two.— Chris Herrmann was signed to a one-year to possibly serve in a platoon role with Josh Phegley at catcher next season. A’s GM David Forst did not rule out the possibility of adding another catcher in addition to Herrmann, but said he’d be comfortable entering the regular season with the current platoon. — Rumors about how the A’s might address the second base opening …last_img

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Australian international fares down 8pc in 2016

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first_imgInternational airfares to and from Australia fell by about 8 per cent in real terms in 2016 but an airline industry group has warned rising fees could endanger the bonanza.The Board of Airline Representatives of Australia, which represents 32 international airlines, said real airfares to and from Australia had fallen by almost 40 per cent since 2006.“in 1994, an economy flight from Sydney to Singapore cost about $A2300 in today’s terms,’’ the group said. “Now the same flight ranges from $A320 to $A720.’’Drawing on data from the International Air Transport Association and sources such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics, BARA found overseas visitor trips had grown by 2.4 million over 11 years while the number of overseas trips taken by Australians had grown by 4.9 million over the same period.It said the growth in passenger volumes to and from Australia had benefited from the sustained reduction in real international airfares as well as income growth.Real average air fares had dropped by 38 per cent for Australians heading outbound and 34 per cent for overseas visitors to the country, the group’s analysis found.Airfares are largely affected by the amount of capacity and competition in a market, including the presence of low-cost carriers, but many airlines have also worked hard to improve productivity in recent years.BARA executive director Barry Abrams said competition ensured that productivity improvements at airlines were passed through to passengers but he warned the industry could not keep cutting airfares indefinitely, particularly in an environment where other aviation fees were increasing.An annual report by the Australian Competition and  Consumer Commission recently found that  Australia’s biggest airports were recovering substantially more aeronautical revenue per passenger than a decade ago as they moved to offset increased costs per passenger and grow profit margins.The ACCC estimated that over the past decade, the nation’s four biggest airports had collected $A1.57 billion more in revenue from airlines than they would otherwise have collected if average prices were held constant in real terms.   “Infrastructure charges and everything else can’t keep going up if you want to maintain airfare affordability and support that downward trend that we have,’’  Abrams told AirlineRatings.“With the continual modernisation of aircraft and the efficiency of flight and these sorts of initiatives, there’s still an underlying productivity trend within the airlines.“The question then is will the fees and the charges and the increases from everybody else going to start overwhelming that efficiency trend.’’International airfares to and from Australia fell by about 8 per cent in real terms in 2016, according to an airline industry group.last_img read more

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How to Insulate a Cathedral Ceiling with Mineral Wool

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first_imgOur expert’s opinionPeter Yost, GBA’s technical director, had this to say:Roof assemblies, like wall assemblies, should be designed and insulated to dry in at least one direction. We tend to focus on how building assemblies get wet from interior moisture during the cold winter months, but more importantly, we have to focus on how they dry from any of a variety of moisture sources, not just wintertime interior relative humidity.Roof assemblies are like wall assemblies that never get stood up straight. So, while they do see more bulk water, they can be designed and insulated without back-venting the roof sheathing (“hot roofs”), just as walls are. There are two critical elements, however: selecting materials for ALL layers that collectively create directional drying AND a continuous and contiguous (to the insulation) air barrier in the unvented roof assembly.On the other hand, back-venting the roof sheathing is a more forgiving approach, if the soffit-to-ridge vent chutes are continuous and well-sealed with respect to the roof cavity insulation.You can “decouple” the roof cladding and roof sheathing (in terms of wetting and drying) from the rest of the cathedral roof assembly with either a top-side air space or a vent chute underneath the roof sheathing. Each presents construction detail challenges, and costs. And frankly, the choice of roof cladding material and your climate can strongly suggest just how important some sort of venting is to the performance of the roof assembly. For examples, see this article from Building Science Corp. as well as this one.For more information on vapor profiles and drying, take a look at this blog. CONSTRUCTION DETAILS RELATED ARTICLES First, will that be enough insulation?Whether unvented cathedral ceilings should be dense-packed at all is a question that’s generated plenty of discussion in the past. Leaving that aside for the moment, a key question for Roy is whether mineral wool packed into a 2×10 rafter bay will provide enough thermal insulation for his locale, and the answer is no, it won’t. What about a vapor-permeable chute?If the ventilation chute carries away any excess moisture from the cavity insulation, Thomas Jefferson says, it would seem “wise” to make the baffle with a vapor-permeable material.“Foil-faced polyiso does add R-value but it’s not permeable,” Jefferson says. “I’d suggest hardboard (Masonite) or another fiber panel to just hold back the dense pack without impeding water vapor. The dense-pack will be only ~R-31, so you’ll need to furr out below the joists or add polyiso below, as Martin suggested.”Holladay disputed Jefferson’s opinion that “this vent chute serves partly to carry out any excess moisture from the cavity insulation.” According to Holladay, “No one wants interior moisture migrating through the insulation to the ventilation cavity — certainly not deliberately,” he says. The idea is to prevent any moisture from getting into the ventilation cavity and to provide a mechanism that helps keep the roof sheathing dry.“The purpose of the ventilation channel is to lower the humidity of the roof sheathing — in case some sloppy carpenter did a bad job of caulking the ventilation chutes in place, or in case some electrician mistakenly installs wiring or a can light in your ceiling,” Holladay says.Isn’t the purpose of a ventilation chute to prevent the accumulation of moisture? asks Jefferson. “Moisture can come from a few different sources, and one could be below the chute,” he says. “Why design a vent chute to intentionally exclude water vapor that just might find itself in the cavity insulation? Not that it’s intentional for the insulation to be damp and need drying to the exterior, but the opportunity of drying reduces risk.”Not really, Holladay says: “The purpose of the ventilation channel is as a last-ditch method of keeping your sheathing dry in case your assembly has flaws. But you don’t want to build in any paths that allow or encourage vapor to flow toward your cold sheathing.” Spray-in foam works, tooGiven the difficulties of building in an effective ventilation chute, Roy asks, what about the possibility of using closed-cell foam directly on the underside of the roof sheathing?Closed-cell foam provides an air barrier, but to control condensation it must be applied to a minimum R-value, depending on what climate zone you’re building in, Holladay says. That ranges from R-5 in zones 1-3 to R-35 in zone 8. Making airtight ventilation chutesThe most effective ventilation chutes will be site-built, Holladay says. “Usually, the builder starts by tacking up 1″x1″ sticks in the upper corners of the rafter bays,” he writes. “Then rigid material (Celotex, thin plywood, or rigid foam) is installed against the sticks, with caulk or spray foam to make the installation airtight.”While providing an excellent air seal, these chutes are not the fastest to install, Holladay says.M S says chutes might be made from sheets of polyisocyanurate foam insulation, sealed at the seams with spray foam. The foam would simultaneously serve as baffle and insulation. By dense-packing the remainder of the rafter bays with cellulose, at R-4 per inch, the roof would be rated at R-39.“Now, as Martin suggests, overlay the face of your studs with rigid insulation, either polyiso or XPS,” M S says. “Putting up another 2 in. of polyiso gets you close to R-52.”center_img As GBA senior editor Martin Holladay points out, a 2×10 is really 9¼ in. deep. Using the values published by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center, mineral wool at a density of 2½ pounds per cubic foot would have an R-value of about 34 if it completely filled the rafter bay.The 2006 International Residential Code requires ceilings in Roy’s area (Climate Zone 5) to be insulated to at least R-38, Holladay says.If part of each rafter bay is dedicated to an air chute, reducing the amount of insulation that can be added, the numbers get worse. This means that whether Roy adds air chutes or not, he’ll need to find a way to add more insulation if he wants to meet IRC requirements. Q&A: Joe Lstiburek says, Don’t dense-pack unvented cathedral ceilings Q&A: Green way to insulate cathedral ceilings? Q&A: Is dense-packed cellulose an air barrier?Insulation Overview Debating the merits of ventilationDespite assurances from the insulation contractor, building codes won’t allow the kind of roof assembly Roy is contemplating.“According to my understanding of the International building codes, you can’t install an air-permeable insulation like mineral wool in a cathedral ceiling unless you first install ventilation chutes on the underside of the roof sheathing,” Holladay says. “Styrofoam ProperVents are too flimsy to withstand the pressure of dense-packed insulation, so you’ll probably want to install plastic AccuVent or site-built ventilation chutes.“It doesn’t make any sense to install soffit vents if you don’t have ventilation chutes between the top of the insulation and the bottom of the roof sheathing,” he adds. “If it were my house, I would install ventilation chutes (well sealed to prevent air leakage). I would also install 2 inches of foil-faced polyiso under the rafters, held in place with 1×4 strapping, and I would blow the mineral wool through holes in the polyiso.”A poster named M S directs Roy to an article by building scientist Joseph Lstiburek of the Building Science Corp., who says flatly: “As fantastic as the dense-pack approach is for walls, it is a pretty dumb approach for unvented cathedral ceilings and flat roofs. And, no matter how hard some of us work to try to stop people from going ahead and doing it, they persist on doing it. First, it is a building code violation. Second, it violates the physics.”It would seem Roy should abandon ship on whatever plans he had for dense-packing an unvented cathedral ceiling. So what’s the best way of adding ventilation? John Roy is building a house in southeastern Massachusetts, and at least part of it will have a cathedral ceiling. He’s thinking of insulating the ceiling with dense-packed rock wool.The president of a local insulation company tells him there’s no need to install air chutes in the rafter bays before the insulation is blown in because the insulation does not absorb water. The local building inspector is prepared to go along with the recommendation providing soffit vents are installed.Is Roy getting good advice? That’s what he’s asking in this Q&A post, the subject of this week’s Q&A Spotlight. Roof/Wall Connections for a Cold Climatelast_img read more

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