first_imgA guide to the correct usage of South Africa’s National Flag, compiled by the Southern African Vexillological Association.Treat your flag with respectThe National Flag must at all times be treated with dignity and respect. In the Regulations Regarding the Flying of the National Flag, published just before the flag was adopted in 1994, the dos and don’ts are clearly spelled out.The flag must never:Be allowed to touch the ground or floor.Be used as a table cloth, or draped in front of a platform.Be used to cover a statue, plaque corner stone etc. at unveiling or similar ceremonies.Be used to start or finish any competition, race or similar event.Be manufactured or used as underclothes, bath and floor mats or any similar demeaning application.Be used for any commercial advertising in a manner that will distort or show disrespect to the flag.Use of the flag in artefacts and products is subject to the approval of The Presidency and, in the case of manufactured items, the Department of Trade and Industry.Traditional rules for handling the flagThere are a number of traditional rules of respect that should be observed when handling or displaying the National Flag: The flag should always be hoisted at the start of the working day and lowered again before or at sunset. It is not to remain flying at night unless suitably illuminated. In South Africa, this rule still applies to government-designated flag stations, while through common usage the flag can be displayed 24 hours a day outside of official stations.  The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.  Whenever a person sees an official flag hoisting or lowering ceremony in progress, he or she should come to a halt and stand respectfully to attention for the duration. If a hat is worn, it should be removed and the right hand should be placed over the heart in salute. Persons in uniform should salute in the manner prescribed by their service. (The same rules apply when the National Anthem is being played or sung.)  The flag should never be depicted, displayed or flown upside down. Flying a flag upside down is the traditional sign of surrender! When displayed horizontally, the black triangle should be to your left and the red band uppermost.  When draped vertically, a flag should not merely be rotated through 90 degrees, but also reversed. In the case of the South African flag, the black triangle must be uppermost and the red band to your left. (One “reads” a flag like the pages of a book – from top to bottom and from left to right – and after rotation the results should be the same.)  It is also insulting to display the flag in a frayed or dirty state. The same rule applies to the flagpoles and halyards used to hoist the flag – they should always be in a proper state of maintenance. The flag may never be defaced by placing slogans or any writing or design directly on the field of the flag.Correct display of the flag When two flags are fully spread out horizontally on a wall behind a podium, their hoists should be towards each other with the red stripes uppermost.  When the flag is displayed on a short flag pole, this should be mounted at an angle to the wall with the flag draped tastefully from it.  When two national flags are displayed on crossed staffs, the hoists must be towards each other and the flags must be fully spread out.  The flag should never be used as a cloth to cover tables, lecterns or podiums, or be draped from railings. In company with other national flagsWhen the National Flag is flown outdoors in company with the national flags of other countries, the following rules apply: It must always occupy the position of honour. This means it must be the flag furthest to the right (observers’ left) of all the flags on display, with the flags of other countries being arranged alphabetically.  All the flags should be approximately the same size, with no flags being larger than the South African flag.  Each country’s flag should be on a separate pole, with no national flag being flown on top of another from the same pole.  The South African flag must always be hoisted first and lowered last.  If the South African flag is displayed on crossed poles, the South African flag’s pole should be in front and the flag to the right (observers’ left) of the other flag. In company with non-national flagsWhen the National Flag is displayed in company with other flags that are not national flags, such as corporate flags and advertising banners: If on separate staffs, the National Flag should be in the middle, or the furthest left from the viewpoint of the onlookers, or at least one flag’s breadth higher than the other flags in the group, or its flagpole must be in front of the other poles in the group.  If on the same staff, it must be the uppermost flag.  If carried in procession with other flags, it must be at the head of the marching procession.  If carried with a row of flags in line abreast, it must be carried to the marching right of the procession. Displaying the flag indoorsWhenever the National flag is displayed indoors in halls at public meetings or gatherings of any kind, it should: Always be on the right (observers’ left), as this is the position of authority. So when the flag is displayed next to a speaker in a hall or other meeting place, it must be placed on the speaker’s right hand; when displayed elsewhere in the hall, it should be to the right of the audience.  The flag should be displayed completely spread out with the red stripe on top. If hung vertically on the wall behind the podium, the red stripe should be to the left of the onlookers facing the flag with the hoist cord at the top. Parades and ceremoniesThe flag, when carried in a procession or parade or with another flag or flags, should be on the marching right or alone in front in the centre.The flag may form a distinctive feature of the unveiling of a statue, monument or plaque, but should never be used as the covering for the object.As a mark of respect to the flag, it should never be dipped to a person or thing. Regimental colours, organisational or institutional flags may be dipped as a mark of honour.During a ceremony where the flag is hoisted or lowered, or when the flag is passing in a parade, all persons present, except for those in uniform, should face the flag while standing at attention with the right hand over the heart. Hats should be removed and held in the right hand at the left shoulder with the hand over the heart. Those present in uniform should salute. The same rules apply when the National Anthem is played.Half mastingThe South African flag should be half-masted as a sign of mourning only on instructions from The Presidency, who will also give a date ending the mourning period. When the flag is to be flown at half-mast, it must first be raised to the top of the mast and then slowly lowered to half-mast.Before being lowered at sunset or at the appropriate time, the flag is first raised to the top of the pole and then lowered. ONLY the National Flag is half-masted. All other flags remain at normal height.DisposalWhen no longer in a fit condition to be used, a flag should be disposed of in a dignified manner, preferably by burning.Source: Southern African Vexillological Associationlast_img read more

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first_imgBuilders who install rigid foam insulation need to know what type of fasteners to use for a variety of substrates. One challenging situation involves installing rigid foam or furring strips over concrete, as might happen when rigid foam is installed on the interior of a basement wall. But even builders who are familiar with fastening methods for concrete might wonder if the same techniques are appropriate for brick walls.In this article, I’ll try to provide advice on the best mechanical fasteners for concrete, brick, or CMU (concrete masonry unit) walls. I’ll consider a variety of scenarios, including the attachment of furring strips directly to the wall, the attachment of rigid foam without furring strips, and the attachment of furring strips through a layer of rigid foam. I’ll also look at the best fasteners for OSB or plywood subfloor panels when the subfloor is installed over continuous rigid foam above a basement slab. Types of fasteners There are two basic types of fasteners for concrete and masonry: Drilling a hole in concrete If you’re using a fastener that requires a pre-drilled hole, you’ll need a hammer drill with a depth stop. (Although it’s possible to drill holes in concrete with an ordinary electric drill, the work is far faster with a hammer drill.) Use a high-quality bit designed for concrete.In most cases, the hole needs to be 1/2 inch deeper than the fastener will penetrate. Once the hole has been drilled, use a turkey baster or a baby’s ear syringe (available at drug stores) to blow the dust out of the hole. It’s also possible to vacuum out the dust or to blow it out with an air compressor.If you’re fastening furring strips… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

first_imgThe crisis over Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh seems to have passed with the BJP high command in New Delhi having taken a decision that there will not be a change of leadership in the State’s government. According to top sources in the BJP, Mr. Singh along with other MLAs met with BJP president Amit Shah, working president J.P.Nadda and general secretary organisation B.L.Santhosh late on Wednesday evening and had a patient hearing from all the three.He had been facing dissidence from within his own government and also protests over the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), which home minister Amit Shah had declared would be coming soon, before undertaking a National Registration of Citizens (NRC) exercise in several parts of the country.Cabinet reshuffleBJP leadership told Mr. Singh that a senior leader from Delhi will be sent to Manipur soon to settle the internal issues within the party, including, possibly effecting a Cabinet reshuffle in the State that could go a long way in calming tempers.The issue of CAB has also led to protests in the State, with some dissidents raising this as an issue that requires sensitive handling. Sensitive issueAccording to senior BJP leaders in the know, Mr. Shah has assured that there would be nothing done to affect the culture and rights of the indigenous population in the State, but while the hill areas are protected under Article 371(c) of the Constitution, those residing in the Valley, the Sanamahi and Hindu Meiteis both, are sensitive over the issue.The Manipur Assembly had passed the Manipur People’s Protection Bill, 2018 in July last year aimed at providing protection to the Meiteis in the Valley. That measure is still pending with the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The State unit is hoping that it goes through and some of the negative perception over the CAB in the State can be ameliorated. The CAB aims at providing a path to Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Christians, Parsis and Buddhists fleeing religious persecution from India’s neighbouring countries. With a porous border with Bangladesh, north-eastern States have been nervous that it could lead to swamping by Bengali Hindus.last_img read more

first_imgMOST READ Ajax players celebrate after the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Ajax at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Ajax won 4-1. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)Yet again, Ajax has assembled a young, entertaining team — one that fans want to watch but rivals want to avoid.Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs de Ligt have a chance to continue a not-so-proud Dutch tradition of playing beautiful soccer before being sold to wealthier clubs.That’s what happened back when Ajax won three straight European Cup titles from 1971-73 with players like Johan Cruyff and Johan Neeskens, and again in 1995 with Clarence Seedorf, Edgar Davids and Patrick Kluivert.Ajax, which beat defending champion Real Madrid 4-1 in Spain to advance, is the only quarterfinalist that started in the qualifying rounds, way back in July.BARCELONAADVERTISEMENT View comments P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Phisgoc reopens talks with MOA for SEA Games basketball venue Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyon at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)Surprisingly, Barcelona has reached only one Champions League final in the last seven years — even with Lionel Messi on the field.Messi was certainly a key component in the last 16 against Lyon on Wednesday, scoring two goals in the 5-1 rout and keeping Barcelona on track for another treble of titles.Barcelona also leads the Spanish league and recently beat Real Madrid to reach the final of the Copa del Rey.JUVENTUSJuventus’ Leonardo Bonucci, centre left and Cristiano Ronaldo hug at the end of the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)Juventus’ offseason move to sign Cristiano Ronaldo was intended to end a 23-year wait for a third European title.It’s working so far.Ronaldo delivered another career-defining performance, scoring a hat trick against Atletico Madrid to overturn a 2-0 first-leg loss. His legal issues in the United States, where he has been accused of rape, seemed a world away.Ronaldo is looking to join Seedorf as the only players to win the European Cup or Champions League with three different clubs. Veteran Juventus defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, along with coach Massimiliano Allegri, just want a first title after losing in the final in 2015 and ’17.LIVERPOOLA finalist last season and now in the quarterfinals again, Liverpool is back at Europe’s top table. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The plan for the Super League was traced back to Real Madrid, while Bayern Munich has previously been revealed as another team seeking a breakaway.Both of those teams were eliminated in the last 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHere’s a look at the teams that did make it through to the quarterfinals:AJAX Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy GENEVA— Three of the eight teams in Friday’s draw for the Champions League quarterfinals are three of the hundreds of teams that would have been excluded from a proposed Super League.Ajax, Porto and Tottenham were all left off the list of 16 teams included in the breakaway proposal — a proposal exposed last year and widely denounced.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TOTTENHAMTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino smiles prior the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Wembley stadium in London, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)Tottenham is in the quarterfinals for only the second time, despite not buying any players in the past year.That highlights the extraordinary job coach Mauricio Pochettino is doing with a tight-knit squad — headlined by England striker Harry Kane and Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen — and an ever tighter budget.Tottenham’s new stadium, built on the site of its former White Hart Lane ground in north London, should finally get to host a Champions League game after season-long construction delays and safety concerns.If Tottenham is drawn at home for the first leg on April 9-10, it could even officially open the new arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manchester United caretaker head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates after the Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)Twenty years after scoring the winning goal for United in a Champions League final, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to lead the team to the title as manager.After his understrength team’s amazing comeback at Paris Saint-Germain from a 2-0 first-leg loss, who would bet against them?There’s a “nothing to lose” feel about United, which was a huge outsider when qualifying for the knockout stage under Jose Mourinho.Solskjaer has restored some of the team’s belief and attacking swagger in three months in charge. See especially Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.It might not be enough for a fourth European title but it should be fun watching.PORTOPorto is, perhaps, the team everyone else in the draw wants to face.Coached by former player Sergio Conceicao, Porto is looking to go beyond the quarterfinals for the first time since 2004 when Jose Mourinho led the team to its second title.Porto has flavors of South America and Mexico in the team, plus a foundation of Champions League-winning former Madrid veterans: 37-year-old goalkeeper Iker Casillas and 36-year-old defender Pepe, who returned to his former club in January.Like Liverpool, Porto has a strong African influence in attack with Mali forward Moussa Marega its top scorer with six goals in the competition. The mature way the five-time European champions dealt with Bayern Munich in their 3-1 away win in the last 16 showed how far they have come under Juergen Klopp over the past two years.It was fitting that a goal by Virgil van Dijk proved to be key in Munich, with the arrival of the center back for $99 million in January 2018 shoring up a defense that had been shaky in Klopp’s first two years in charge. Liverpool also now has a world-class goalkeeper in Brazil international Alisson Becker.Few will relish going to Anfield in the last eight. Just ask Manchester City, which was swept aside 3-0 in the first leg last year to virtually end its Champions League ambitions.MANCHESTER CITYThis season seems like City’s best chance to become European champion since being taken over by its Abu Dhabi owners in 2008.No longer Champions League novices, City is in the quarterfinals for the third time in four years.The depth in Pep Guardiola’s squad is fueling a challenge for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies, having already won the English League Cup.City has benefited from benign draws, with Schalke shaping up as the weakest round of 16 option. City won 10-2 over two legs.A two-leg quarterfinal against Liverpool, its Premier League title rival, or against Manchester United, its neighbor, would be quite an experience.MANCHESTER UNITED Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endlast_img read more

first_imgCody Riley dunks so hard the rim breaks.YouTube/Marcus WilliamsFew basketball players have the raw power to destroy a basketball hoop with a dunk. Add 2017 power forward Cody Riley to that small fraternity. The 6-foot-7 five-star out of California went up for a big slam at this weekend’s 2015 Summer Block Party, and brought the rim down with him. Try not to be impressed by the raw power here—it is impossible. Riley is rated as a four star player by Scout and five stars by Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN. His impressive list of suitors includes offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, UCLA, and USC. He is also receiving interest from Duke and Kentucky.[Scout]last_img

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook A production crew works a scene for the TV series Bates Motel, which was filmed in B.C., including this setting in Aldergrove. (STUART ISETT/NYT) Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img When veteran TV writer and producer Carlton Cuse decided to set his TV series Bates Motel in Oregon, he never thought of actually shooting the show there.“There’s no support services there. Or tax incentives,” the prolific Mr. Cuse said of the Pacific Northwest state in an interview ahead of a forum at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival. Instead, it was a no-brainer, he said, to execute his TV spin on Psycho‘s Norman Bates in Vancouver, producing five seasons of Bates Motel before closing it down earlier this year.“It’s a great town. It’s beautiful. There’s great food,” he said. “It checks a lot of the boxes that you want to have for a location-based shoot.” And he’s not finished with the city, in part because of the province’s program of tax incentives and its highly specialized crews.Still, he has some advice for the new B.C. government, which carefully courted the film industry before the election but whose Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture has yet to indicate how the government will manage incentives for the production sector.“I think that it is just really important that [the new government] understand that the tax incentive program as structured really matters tremendously and [that] studios pay great attention to the tax incentives, right down to the smallest detail. It becomes a huge determining factor in where shows shoot,” said Mr. Cuse, whose credits also include the long-running series Lost.READ MORE Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

The Yankees rank third even by this standard. But the Red Sox are a clear No. 1 and are about three times as popular as you’d guess from the size of the Boston media market. The Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Pirates and Reds also over-perform relative to their market size.Red Sox haters might complain that the team’s market is much bigger than Boston alone: They are also the “local” team in the rest of New England (except for western Connecticut).But extent to which a team’s popularity expands may have a lot to do with how well the team is run — and how often it wins. The Toronto Blue Jays theoretically have a whole country to themselves — but they are unpopular relative to the size of the Toronto market itself, let alone as compared to the population of Canada. The correlation between a team’s Google search popularity and its number of post-season appearances since 2004 is .62, a fair amount higher than that between its popularity and its market size (.38).Performing worst relative to its population are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I’m somewhat suspicious of this datapoint, however. There are so many variations on the team’s name (“LA Angels,” “Anaheim Angels,” “That Team With Mike Trout and 24 Other People”) that Google Trends might not be picking up on all the ways to search for them, even with its new-and-improved algorithms. Facebook maps of sports fandom, such as the one Facebook just published about Major League Baseball, are one of my favorite things:But as Will Oremus of Slate notes, this approach conceals important information. Facebook’s map, which identifies the team with the most “likes” in each U.S. county, might give you the idea that the Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins are exceptionally popular. Indeed, they are reasonably well-liked over a broad geographical area. But most of the counties in their territories are rural and have low populations. The problem is analogous to looking at maps of presidential election results by county, which might convey the impression that Mitt Romney won the 2012 election when he did not.Another way to evaluate a baseball team’s popularity is to look at data from Google Trends.Google Trends recently unveiled a beta feature in which it aggregates search terms into topics. For example, searches for “St. Louis Cardinals,” “Saint Louis Cardinals,” “cardinals baseball” and so forth, are grouped under the same topic heading. (The feature can also theoretically avoid false positives; for example, searches for “Texas Ranger” that were seeking information on the defunct television show will not be confused with those for the baseball team.) In most cases, this functionality seems to be quite smart; the topic “Miami Marlins” seems to pick up searches for “Florida Marlins” as well, as the team was known prior to 2012.The chart below lists the number of Google searches for the topic associated with each MLB team. The figures listed are relative to the league average. (The Atlanta Braves’ popularity, for example, is listed as 1.14, which means that they are searched for 1.14 times as often as the average MLB club.) They reflect Google searches worldwide since 2004, except in the case of the Washington Nationals, where I’ve run the numbers from April 2005 forward, because the team played in Montreal before that time.By Google searches, the Rangers have only about average popularity, while the Twins and the Rockies are below average. Conversely, the New York Mets, who didn’t win a single county in the Facebook map, are the sixth-most searched for team worldwide.The most striking feature of the Google data, however, is the dominance of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. They are searched for 3.8 and 3.7 times, respectively, more often than the league average, and more than 10 times as often as the least popular teams.The Yankees, of course, have a large population to draw from: There are roughly 20 million people in the New York metro area. How does each team’s Google search popularity compare to the size of its television market?We make that comparison in the table below. I’ve listed each team’s popularity on Google, the relative size of its TV market (markets with two teams are divided evenly between them), and then taken the ratio between the two. read more