…set to draw high-profile casesThe judicial backlog is slated to see a reduction as the October Criminal Assizes opened at the Demerara High Court on Tuesday with traditional horsemen and marching policemen. It is expected that several high-profile cases currently before the court could come up for hearing.Acting Chief Justice Roxane George, the High Court’s most senior judge, was onActing Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, in the process of inspecting the guard of honour at the South Road entrance of the High Court in Georgetown (Adam Baksh photo)hand to take the salute and to inspect the guard of honour at the final opening of the Demerara Criminal Assizes for 2018. Justice Sandil Kissoon is sitting once again in the Demerara High Court, while Justices Jo-Ann Barlow and James Bovell-Drakes have been also placed at the October session.Several high-profile matters are pending, including the case of former Bishops’ High School teacher Coen Jackson and popular transgender personality Otis “Otisha” Pearson who were separately committed to stand trial for separate charges of sexual activity with a child under 16. In the case of Jackson, the Virtual Complainant is female while Pearson’s accuser is male.Another pending case relates to that of La Parfaite Harmonie pastor Joseph Persaud, who was accused of allegedly raping one of his female church members. High-profile death row inmate for the 2008 Bartica massacre, Mark Royden Williams, called Smallie, also has to be tried for his alleged involvement in the murder of Kumar Singh, known as “Mango Man”, who met his demise in August 2007.It was reported that four gunmen terrorised his Craig Milne, Cove and John, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home and shot at the man and nine other family members. This case was scheduled to be heard at previous sessions, but was frequently delayed owing to pre-trial matters.
Chelsea want to sign Everton youngster Ross Barkley for £10m this summer and then loan him back to the Merseysiders for next season, according to The People.It is claimed Chelsea are optimistic about their chances of doing a deal for the 18-year-old, who signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at Goodison Park in December.Manchester United are also said to be keen on Barkley and several other clubs have watched him.The Sun on Sunday suggest Everton and Fulham are interested in highly-rated Watford youngster Sean Murray – he signed a new three-year contract only last month.Meanwhile, QPR want to replace Shaun Wright-Phillips with Blackburn winger Junior Hoilett, the Sunday Mirror say.It is claimed that Rovers will demand £5m compensation for Hoilett, who will be out-of-contract this summer but is too young to move on a Bosman free transfer.Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes is said to have told manager Mark Hughes that he can move for Hoilett, 21, if the club stay in the Premier League.Click here for the Chelsea v QPR quiz Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Not since 2013 have the 49ers:a.) Won in Arizona.b.) Won a Thursday night game on the road.c.) Enjoyed an eight-game win streak. d.) Been a playoff team.Tonight, the 49ers (7-0) can change all that, aside from officially securing a playoff berth, which shouldn’t be far off even though, gosh, half the season awaits.Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner scoffed at playoff talk Sunday, even after a 51-13 rout of the Carolina Panthers. If ever the one-game-at-a-time …
On the benefits of Passivhaus“We’ve been following PH for a few years, and are rather excited to see this post-LEED standard reach critical mass. Passivhaus is not only a proven route towards net zero, but a green building standard that routinely outperforms LEED where it counts: energy efficiency. And while having bike racks, ZEV parking, low/zero-VOC paints and recycled construction waste are good things – to us, that is really the starting point.” On rethinking our fixation on multiple bathrooms“The upper floor features 3 bedrooms and one bathroom shared by the entire household. I know my parents and half of the United States just collectively freaked out – but this is fairly common in Europe. It is one of the best ways to keep energy and water use (as well as construction costs) down. Yes, it does take better planning in the morning, but really, wouldn’t you rather have one incredible bathroom instead of 3 mediocre ones?” On the importance of high performance windows“We can’t reinforce this enough, Passivhaus windows should be energy positive, which can potentially reduce the amount of thermal insulation (and therefore carbon footprint) needed.” On discovering that buying European windows saves C02“This was shocking to us, as we expected the numbers to be significantly closer. Of course, the locally manufactured windows had the lowest transportation CO2 production – that only makes sense. However, the superior frames and glazing from Europe require significantly less insulation in the envelope.“This definitely seems backwards and goes against conventional wisdom, but in this instance, shipping windows from Europe saves CO2 – a whole lot of CO2. In fact, with an average of 14,634 lbs CO2 for the three North American options, the European windows can save six tons of CO2 emissions. That is not insignificant, and something to keep in mind if North American manufacturers don’t think that developing high performance glazing is a worthwhile venture.” One of the most appealing things about the web are the unplanned side trips you take on the way to somewhere else, which is how I found myself at Brute Force Collaborative, a blog with a special focus on Passivhaus projects.BFC is the work of two Passivhaus designers, Michael Eliason and Aaron Yankauskas, who went to school together at Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies, and then worked for a time in Germany. Both eventually settled in Seattle.“We’re initiating this blog to provide an outlet for opening up green dialog beyond LEED and associated greenwashing,” they write. “It is our goal to advance the green discussion beyond ‘sustainable’ carpets and bike racks – and moving it towards sensible, intelligent green design. This will manifest itself through the documentation of green architects, projects and building techniques that hopefully some of you may find useful.”Both designers have a “major soft spot for small, green and well-detailed projects,” and, it seems, for Passivhaus, the ultra-low energy building standard that originated in Germany and is now making headway in the U.S. In addition to projects around the Pacific Northwest you also can read about ongoing work on the other side of the Atlantic, and that gives BFC unusual breadth.One section of their blog is Passivhaus-only. Here you’ll find a good description of what the building standard is all about, and also a number of links to Passivhaus projects that are currently underway. Included are links to explanations of common terms, such as “thermal bridging” or “heat-recovery ventilator,” that will be useful to those just starting their forays into green building. (Full disclosure: GreenBuildingAdvisor is among the sources they cite.)There are other sections as well, such as “elevating the discourse,” “greener architects,” and “sustainable practices.” In all, you’ll find plenty to read and some excellent leads to a variety of other blogs, designers and web sites.And the unusual name for the blog?“We were in a studio that designed and built a rammed earth house,” Eliason explained in an e-mail. “We were the guys who were always on site — rain or shine — digging trenches, moving dirt, trying to keep things moving along. Often quickly, albeit without much grace. Eventually, our professors dubbed us ‘brute’ and ‘force.’ We prefer to work collaboratively on a lot of things and are able to bounce ideas off each other rather well, and so ‘brute force collaborative’ just seemed to fit.” On discovering new building materials“As a young architecture praktikant in Germany, I quickly realized everything I knew about wooden construction was outdated, inefficient and irrelevant. My first experience with modern European timber practices was a polycarbonate-wrapped house that utilized brettstapel (mfr: Bresta).“Brettstapel is, effectively, 2x boards mounted on dowels that are fabricated off-site and erected as panels. Quick, easy, effing brilliant. Brettstapel can be utilized for walls, floors and roofs. The products are available in various dimensions for acoustic and visual preferences.“From here, my spidey-intern senses went nuts, and I realized that there was something very desirable, very sexy about these panels. It comes pre-finished, installs quickly, incorporates low-grade rapid-growth lumber effectively, sequesters carbon and can be optimized for thermal storage (a topic for the next post). Amazingly, building with CLT is like building study models with chipboard – you place a window wherever you want.” Mike Eliason has written a guest blog for GBA: A Passivhaus Rebuttal. On getting away from petroleum-based products“We’re not big fans of the ‘thermos’ analogy for Passivhaus (probably stemming from my insulation-free days in Freiburg), and are highly motivated and interested in developing strategies to build Passivhaus buildings without layers of petroleum-based insulation above, below and outside of the home.”