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In Stay Order Saga: NEC Cites Threat to Supreme Court Bench

By on January 14, 2020

first_imgOne of the lawyers representing the National Elections Commission (NEC) yesterday, during an oral argument, openly alleged that those Liberians who are opposing the holding of the Special Senatorial Election were interested in unseating the Full Bench of the Supreme Court.“If you were to accept their petition and halt the holding of the December 16 Special Senatorial Election, all of you Justices will be losing your respective jobs, because there will be a change of government,” Cllr. Theophilus Gould emphasized during eight (8) hours of intense deliberation on whether not or to lift the stay order and allow the NEC to conduct its planned election.“Their action is beyond the Ebola crisis.  They are opting for an interim government; this is their motive and you have to stop them from doing so. They must be stopped now and immediately,” Cllr. Gould further stressed.However, in counter argument, Cllr. Laveli Supuwood told the court that they were not interested in the establishment of an interim government, but they were interested in the violation of the constitution by the NEC and the National Legislature basing their arguments on Article 86 (a, b)  and Article 88 of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia.In their ruling, Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor declared that “the High Court Judges will go into their robbing room and, as soon as possible, we would indicate which way we will go. Matter is suspended.”Before the argument and subsequent reservation of its ruling, the Justice in Chamber, Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks on November 28 placed a stay order on all elections activities, after two political parties and eminent citizens, including Blamo Nelson, former minister of Interior Affairs, Emmanuel Bowier, former information minister in the regime of former President Samuel K. Doe, as well as civil society asked him to do so.But, addressing the Full Bench at the Temple of Justice, Cllr. Gould reminded them that those individuals were opting for a Liberian conference, where they would call for an interim government, if the election fails to take place.“They are interim government specialists; they are former government officials who want to see the setting of a transitional government, where they would have a part to play,” the NEC lawyer further alleged.He went on to say that the ex-officials were protesting against the election so that the government can declare a vacancy at the House of Senate and subsequently a by-election can take place.Delving into the Ebola crisis, Cllr. Gould clarified that NEC has put every mechanism into place to protect the spread and transmission of the virus, “NEC has put into place hand washing, temperature taking among other measures during the election and the campaigning process.”The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) was one of the major issues. The petitioners (complainants) were asking for the postponement of the December 16 election.In counter argument, Cllr. Laveli Supuwood told the court that they were not interested in the establishment of interim government, but they were interested in the violation of the constitution by the NEC and the National Legislature basing their arguments on Article 86 (a, b) and Article 88 of the 1986 Constitution of LiberiaArticle 86  (a states that “the President may, in consultation with the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, proclaim and declare the existence of a state of emergency in the Republic or any part thereof. Acting pursuant thereto, the President may suspend or effect certain rights, freedom and guarantees contained in this constitution and exercise such other emergency power as may be necessary and appropriate to take care of the emergency, subject, however, to the limitations, contained in this chapter.”  Also 86 (b) states that “the state of emergency may be declared only where there is threat or outbreak of war or where there is civil unrest affecting the existence, security or wellbeing of the republic amounting to a clear and present danger.”Article 88 also  states that  “The president shall immediately  upon the declaration of a state of emergency, but not later than seven days , thereafter lay before the Legislature its regular session at a  specifically convened session, the facts and circumstance leading o such declaration.”It further states that “the legislature shall within seventy-two hours, by joint resolution either by two-thirds of the membership of each house, decide whether the proclamation of a state of emergency is justified or whether the measures taken thereunder are appropriate.  If the two-thirds vote is not attained, the emergency shall automatically be revoked.  Where the Legislature shall deem it necessary to invoke the state of emergency or to modify the measure taken there under, the president shall accordingly and immediately carryout the decision of the Legislature.”In their argument, Cllr. Supuwood said, the Articles do not allot any power to the National Legislature to set election date contrary to the Legislature’s action to set the December 18 date for the holding of the Special  Senatorial Election, which they alleged is a violation of the constitution. “There is no provision in these articles that say the Legislature should set election date, it gives the President the right to suspend or affect any rights and not the legislature. They are only there to approve the declaration of a state of emergency,” he added, “if there is any constitutional crisis like this one, it is the people who have the right to set a new date and not the Legislature.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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NoHo festival has real drama

By on January 11, 2020

first_imgIt’s unclear when the issue might be resolved. The festival typically has been in May or June. During the past 14 years, the arts festival became a rite of spring. Centered around Magnolia and Lankershim boulevards, it was a showcase for local theaters and art galleries, a way to promote culture in the San Fernando Valley. “We were looking to create a street festival where people would come in, but then get exposed to art where they might not otherwise get exposed to this,” said Bruce Spiegel, a former president of the chamber and owner of Jewelry Factory. “They would pick up fliers and come back and see a show later in the year.” It’s been an important part of NoHo’s slow rebirth, and a nominal recipient of the $40 million the Community Redevelopment Agency has poured into the neighborhood during the past five years. “These things are important,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “They help brand a community.” That’s why officials say they have no intention of pulling the plug. They are just unsure how much funding they can put into the festival. “We would like to see it continue,” said Gazala Pirzada, project manager for the CRA’s North Hollywood Project Area. This year, the CRA budgeted $25,000 for the festival. But Pirzada said the chamber requested significantly more, which will require CRA board approval. The other uncertainty is who will produce the festival. In the early years, that duty had fallen to the chamber. But three years ago, it hired Pageantry Productions to organize and operate the blossoming festival for 2005-2007. But complaints quickly arose. Pageantry’s bread and butter is parades and street fairs. And under its governance, the NoHo Theatre and Arts Festival took on too much of a circus atmosphere and became too much of a hassle for nearby businesses, said Annie Reed, past chamber president. “It was too much of a barrage of complaints about Pageantry,” she said. “About what they did, about who they brought in, about a whole list of things. It was a nice event, but it was just too much of a carnival. “What the hell does that have to do with art?” So in June, Reed and her board voted to cancel the last year of the contact with Pageantry, which did not return calls for comment Monday, and to look for a new operator who could refocus the festival on celebrating art. “We have not downgraded it but really put it back to its roots,” Reed said. “So it will promote the community, promote the dance, promote the galleries, promote the actors, the live theaters that are there.” brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HOLLYWOOD – With redevelopment of this once thriving East Valley community finally moving forward after years of delays, boosters have something new to worry about: the future of the NoHo Theatre and Arts Festival. Increasingly popular since it began in 1993 as an effort to attract people to the year-old NoHo Arts District, the festival is in search of a new operator and a calendar date. “We’re not releasing any specific information at this time because we don’t have the details,” said Tony Safoian, board president of the Universal City North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “If it happens, it will be in early June this year, the first week of June,” Safoian added. “I want to be optimistic.” last_img read more

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Hayes can appreciate shape he’s in

By on December 30, 2019

first_img Justin Rose had a hole-in-one in his 1-under 70 in the first round in Sotogrande, Spain, and is one shot ahead of Padraig Harrington in the Order of Merit race.Graeme McDowell led with a 3-under 68. Paul McGinley of Ireland was one stroke back.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services J.P. Hayes is feeling better about his health than the last time he was in these parts on the PGA Tour. And thanks to a 7-under-par 65 Thursday at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., his prospects for keeping his card are good, too. Hayes had a one-shot lead in the Children’s Miracle Network Classic. Hayes is No. 123 on the money list with a $16,599 lead. This is the last event of the PGA Tour season. Cameron Beckman raced to a bogey-free 66 on the Magnolia course. He was joined by Scott Verplank and Ryuji Imada, who played the Palm Course. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Hayes, 42, was far more worried about his heart this spring. He was outside Tampa in March when he felt heart palpitations during the PODS Championship. He was taken to a hospital overnight, wondering if he had suffered a stroke. After days of tests at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, doctors diagnosed him with vaso-vagal syncope, in which his blood pressure drops when it should be rising. Singapore Open Australia’s Gavin Flint and Kane Webber and Jin Park of the United States upstaged the big names, shooting 5-under 66s to share the first-round lead. Flint and Webber both had five birdies in bogey-free rounds, and the South Korean-born Park had six birdies and a bogey to top the leaderboard ahead of players such as Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and Ernie Els. Mickelson was at 3 under. Volvo Masters last_img read more

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Dedeaux’s Trojans reigned in baseball

By on December 29, 2019

first_img Dedeaux was a three-year letterman and starting shortstop at USC from 1933-35 and appeared in two games at shortstop for the 1935 Brooklyn Dodgers, going 1 for 4 with an RBI. Dedeaux also spearheaded the development of amateur baseball nationally and internationally. He was instrumental in bringing baseball to the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles as a demonstration sport and coached the silver medal-winning U.S. team. He also coached the U.S. amateur team that played in Tokyo in conjunction with the 1964 Olympics. “Rod not only was college baseball’s greatest coach, he was the sport’s and USC’s greatest ambassador,” said current USC baseball coach Mike Gillespie, an outfielder on Dedeaux’s 1961 national championship squad, in the release. “… All of us in the USC baseball program mourn his loss and send our heartfelt feelings and prayers to the Dedeaux family.” Away from baseball, Dedeaux served as president of Dart Transportation, Inc., a trucking firm that specializes in worldwide distribution. He founded the company in the 1930s. Dedeaux is survived by his wife, Helen, sons Justin and Terry and daughters Michele and Denise, and nine grandchildren, including current USC freshman first baseman/outfielder Adam Dedeaux. Funeral services for Dedeaux have not been announced. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, which promotes amateur athletics, at 1430 So. Eastman Ave., Los Angeles 90023. At the same time UCLA’s basketball team and USC’s football team were dominating their respective sports in the 1960’s and 1970’s, one could make the argument the greatest Los Angeles dynasty of them all was operating quietly and efficiently far beyond those glaring lights. The USC baseball team under Rod Dedeaux was every bit as dominating as Wooden’s basketball teams and McKay’s football teams, winning a record 11 NCAA championships and turning out a who’s who list of major-league stars. Dedeaux died Thursday in Glendale at the age of 91 from complications of a stroke that he had Dec. 2. “A giant has passed away,” said USC athletic director Mike Garrett in a school press release. Garrett was an outfielder for Dedeaux in 1965. “This is a tremendous loss to USC and the entire baseball community. It leaves a huge void in all of baseball.” Nearly 60 USC players under Dedeaux went on to big-league careers, including Mark McGwire, Randy Johnson, Tom Seaver, Dave Kingman, Fred Lynn and Roy Smalley. Dedeaux had a record of 1,332-571-11 the most wins in Division I history until Cliff Gustafson of Texas surpassed him in 1994 and had winning seasons in 41 of his 45 years with the Trojans. Under Dedeaux USC once went 37 years without a losing season. The Trojans’ national championships included five in a row from 1970-74. Dedeaux was named Coach of the Year six times by the American Baseball Coaches Association and was inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame in 1970. Dedeaux was a three-year letterman and starting shortstop at USC from 1933-35 and appeared in two games at shortstop for the 1935 Brooklyn Dodgers, going 1 for 4 with an RBI. Dedeaux also spearheaded the development of amateur baseball nationally and internationally. He was instrumental in bringing baseball to the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles as a demonstration sport and coached the silver medal-winning U.S. team. He also coached the U.S. amateur team that played in Tokyo in conjunction with the 1964 Olympics. “Rod not only was college baseball’s greatest coach, he was the sport’s and USC’s greatest ambassador,” said current USC baseball coach Mike Gillespie, an outfielder on Dedeaux’s 1961 national championship squad, in the release. “… All of us in the USC baseball program mourn his loss and send our heartfelt feelings and prayers to the Dedeaux family.” Away from baseball, Dedeaux served as president of Dart Transportation, Inc., a trucking firm that specializes in worldwide distribution. He founded the company in the 1930s. Dedeaux is survived by his wife, Helen, sons Justin and Terry and daughters Michele and Denise, and nine grandchildren, including current USC freshman first baseman/outfielder Adam Dedeaux. Funeral services for Dedeaux have not been announced. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, which promotes amateur athletics, at 1430 So. Eastman Ave., Los Angeles 90023. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Nearly 60 USC players under Dedeaux went on to big-league careers, including Mark McGwire, Randy Johnson, Tom Seaver, Dave Kingman, Fred Lynn and Roy Smalley. Dedeaux had a record of 1,332-571-11 the most wins in Division I history until Cliff Gustafson of Texas surpassed him in 1994 and had winning seasons in 41 of his 45 years with the Trojans. Under Dedeaux USC once went 37 years without a losing season. The Trojans’ national championships included five in a row from 1970-74. Dedeaux was named Coach of the Year six times by the American Baseball Coaches Association and was inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame in 1970. At the same time UCLA’s basketball team and USC’s football team were dominating their respective sports in the 1960’s and 1970’s, one could make the argument the greatest Los Angeles dynasty of them all was operating quietly and efficiently far beyond those glaring lights. The USC baseball team under Rod Dedeaux was every bit as dominating as Wooden’s basketball teams and McKay’s football teams, winning a record 11 NCAA championships and turning out a who’s who list of major-league stars. center_img Dedeaux died Thursday in Glendale at the age of 91 from complications of a stroke that he had Dec. 2. “A giant has passed away,” said USC athletic director Mike Garrett in a school press release. Garrett was an outfielder for Dedeaux in 1965. “This is a tremendous loss to USC and the entire baseball community. 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How Mexico’s win over Germany has given Vinnie Jones a World Cup headache

By on December 26, 2019

first_img Mexican fans celebrate in Mexico City 2 2 While Mexico players celebrated their huge win in Moscow center_img But Mexico’s joy has given former footballer turned Hollywood hard-man Jones a bit of a headache, as he explained on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast…“I’ve had a nightmare with the Mexico result – all the staff at my house are Mexican!“I’m going to have a dirty swimming pool, the grass is going to grow up round my ears and the cleaners aren’t going to turn up.“It’s going to be a nightmare week for me now!” While half the world may have been cheering on Mexico as they shocked Germany in the World Cup on Sunday, it appears their 1-0 victory wasn’t good news for everyone – just ask Vinnie Jones.Hirving Lozano’s goal at the Luzhniki Stadium was said to have caused a minor ‘artificial earthquake’ back in his homeland, and it seems the aftershocks have been felt in Los Angeles.Germany lost their opening game of the World Cup for only the second time in history as PSV star Lozano finished a lethal counter-attack to stun the defending champions.There were shouts of elation, tears of joy and even a proposal after the final whistle in the Moscow stadium, while the celebrations in Mexico City were so fierce that local geographic sensors picked up a large amount of seismic activity.last_img read more

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Grebeshkov’s stock is falling

By on December 25, 2019

first_img Instead of Grebeshkov, the Kings chose to go with Nathan Dempsey and Mike Weaver, a fourth-year defenseman who made his Kings’ debut Wednesday in Dallas and impressed coach Andy Murray with a scrappy effort. That leaves Grebeshkov in the unenviable position of sitting, watching, and waiting for Norstrom to return just so that he likely can be shipped to the American Hockey League. Once Mattias Norstrom’s body heals, Denis Grebeshkov likely is headed out of town. The Kings, who would prefer to send Grebeshkov to the minors for more seasoning after a disappointing training camp, have had to keep him around this week because Norstrom has been suffering from the flu. Grebeshkov was a healthy scratch Thursday for the second consecutive game. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I should have done better in the preseason games,” Grebeshkov said. “I’ll play wherever (Murray) needs me to play, but hopefully I’ll get a chance to show I can play here.” The Kings hoped Grebeshkov would be able to crack their top six defensemen and be a major part of their power-play unit, but he didn’t inspire the confidence of Murray. The coach said he wouldn’t keep Grebeshkov in the NHL if he didn’t think Grebeshkov could play at least 16 minutes per game. “I think the feeling was that we have some players ahead of him right now,” Murray said, diplomatically explaining why he chose Weaver over Grebeshkov on Wednesday. As always, one player’s misfortune is another’s opportunity. Weaver, who signed with the Kings in July 2004 and played 79 games for Manchester last season, will get his chance. “We like him (Wednesday),” Murray said. “He stepped up and cracked (Dallas’ Bill Guerin) in the middle of the ice. He’s very competitive.” center_img Norstrom came to the Kings’ practice facility Thursday morning but was sent home because he continued to suffer effects of the flu. Norstrom is eligible to come off injured reserve at any time. Norstrom was too ill to even attend the Kings’ home opener on Thursday. “We were hoping he was going to be available but he’s still not feeling well,” Murray said. “We’re hopeful that he will be available Sunday (against Minnesota at Staples Center).” Jeff Cowan, who missed the opener with a groin injury, returned Thursday and took Michael Cammalleri’s place in the lineup. Valeri Bure (back) and Richard Petiot (ribs) remain sidelined. Good start: It’s not all bad news for the defensemen, as Murray had high praise for second-year man Tim Gleason. Murray called him one of the Kings’ three best players during Wednesday’s loss in Dallas. “Gleason played very physical; he’s a workhorse,” Murray said. The Kings are counting on Gleason, who had an excellent camp, to blossom into one of their top defensemen this season after he showed promise in 47 games with the Kings in 2003-04. “Things are rolling along pretty well right now, other than (Wednesday) night’s game” Gleason said. “We need to be more disciplined. This is a game of mistakes and a game of thinking and knowing roles.” Vision problems: One of the lower-profile rules changes this season restricts the ability of defenders to clear offensive players from the area in front of the net, which means goaltenders face more screens on shots from the offensive zone. Kings goalie Mathieu Garon was victimized by screens on at least two Dallas goals Wednesday. “It’s a lot different now,” Garon said. “There were about five other shots that could have been goals.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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CASSIDY – “GAOTH DOBHAIR GAA CLUB IS IN THE ‘GUTTER’ DUE TO BACK-STABBING

By on December 22, 2019

first_imgFormer Donegal GAA star Kevin Cassidy has voiced his dismay at the current state of his own GAA club Gaoth Dobhair.Cassidy launched a venomous attack on the club’s hierarchy and said many club volunteers involved in the boardroom are responsible for destroying the club. He said the current climate of back-stabbing and politics behind closed doors has resulted in the club being left as he describes as in the ‘gutter’.Cassidy doesn’t hold back in the hard hitting column in the GAA paper – ‘The Gaelic Life’ earlier this week.Cassidy has said it’s inexcusable for a club that has so many talented players at their disposal to be performing so poorly year-on-year.Gaoth Dobhair had SIX players on the Donegal minor team that reached the All-Ireland final in 2014, and have THREE on the current Donega senior panel . Cassidy said, “As I sit here today I wonder how my club went from where it was, to where it is now. In my eyes we are one of the biggest clubs in Ulster never mind Donegal and we should be competing in Donegal year in year out.“To give you a sense of the talent at our disposal we had six players on the county minor team that got to the All-Ireland final last year.“We had five on this year’s minor panel and then you have Neil and Eamonn McGee and Odhran McNiallais on the senior panel.“When you put those players along with the rest of us we should have enough to at least to compete in any county, but for a number of reasons we haven’t been doing that.“Our senior teams have failed to get out of our group this past three years and haven’t contested as much as a semi final since 2008.“Whether we like it or not, the GAA is the most political non-political party in the country and it is those type of back-stabbing politics that destroy good clubs. “Some people in our club may not like me for saying this but our club is in the gutter at the minute and it’s time something was done about it.CASSIDY – “GAOTH DOBHAIR GAA CLUB IS IN THE ‘GUTTER’ DUE TO BACK-STABBING was last modified: October 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAHome-page Sportnewslast_img read more

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Garda chief urged step up efforts to tackle increasing incidences of border crime

By on December 21, 2019

first_imgA Donegal TD has today (Friday) written to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to ask what measures are being taken to ensure the force is adequately resourced to deal with a worrying increase in incidences of crime along the border region.Pearse Doherty’s actions come following mounting reports from business people operating businesses in several border towns across Donegal of a spike in criminality and anti-social behaviour over recent months.In a letter to Commissioner Harris, Deputy Doherty is urging the head of the force to outline the steps being taken to address the current situation. Teachta Doherty said: “I have today (Friday) written to the Garda Commissioner asking him to provide details of the various steps and actions which An Garda Síochána are taking in order to address what has been a surge in criminality in a number of small towns across Donegal dotted along the border over recent weeks and months.“In fact business owners who operate companies on or close to the border have been contacting me over recent weeks to express their concerns over an apparent increase in incidences of crime, not least of which the issue of anti-social behaviour.“For example one such proprietor has been in touch with me recently and spoke of his concern for the welfare and safety of his employees following a number of very serious verbal and physical assaults having been perpetrated against his staff on an almost daily basis now.“Business owners are also claiming that the response they’ve received by An Garda Síochána to such incidences when reported has been far from satisfactory, and it’s claimed that this is due to there being insufficient Garda personnel stationed on the ground. “Worryingly, those living, working and operating businesses along the border now fear that a failure to remedy this alarming situation will inevitably lead to the criminality of a far more serious nature, including loss of life.“Given the substance of these reports I’ve been receiving I have now written to Commissioner Drew Harris to call on him to ensure that all the necessary resources, including the appropriate Garda numbers, are and will be made available to border communities going forward to ensure that both law and order is upheld and that the public is protected.“Clearly, the safety of the public is paramount and so I intend to stand up for all communities across Donegal where local residents and business people feel threatened by the reckless actions of a small number of individuals who feel that they are above the law.”Garda chief urged step up efforts to tackle increasing incidences of border crime was last modified: November 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

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Crusaders ready to challenge again

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first_imgThe Crusaders are young, enthusiastic and ready for another run at the Little 4 championship in 2018.But then again, we probably shouldn’t expect anything different from St.Bernard’s when it comes to baseball.The Crusaders are not just the defending league champions, but have been the team to beat for most of the past decade and beyond.In fact, dating back to the 2006 season they have an incredible 129-13 record in conference play and have won 11 of the 12 league crowns in that time. …last_img read more

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Building an Energy-Efficient Home on a Budget

By on December 16, 2019

first_imgDouble-Stud Walls Is Double Stud-Wall Construction the Path to Efficiency on a Budget?Choosing a High-Performance Wall AssemblyChoosing the Right Wall Assembly (2013)Choosing the Right Wall Assembly (2015)All About Larsen TrussesA Superinsulated House in Rural Minnesota A Thick Cocoon of Cellulose Protects This Superinsulated HouseSix Proven Ways to Build Energy-Smart Walls Q&A: Moisture Control in Double Stud Wall Q&A: Double Wall Construction Q&A: Questions about the Larsen Truss for retrofit applicationsEnergy Solutions: Cellulose Insulation RELATED ARTICLES John Holscher has done enough research to know there are many ways of building and insulating an energy-efficient home. Options include double-stud walls, 2×6 walls with rigid foam on the exterior, and structural insulated panels.Now he has to figure out which one makes the most sense for his Cape-style home in New England.“So many options, so little time,” he writes in his Q&A post.“I’d also like to avoid (as much as I can) petrochemical-based products and use as many natural and/or recycled products as possible,” Holscher adds. “I understand the argument that using foam insulation in the end saves more oil than is used to produce it, but if I can get equal or better results using natural/recycled, all the better.”First, start with a smaller, simpler house“The most cost-effective approach to an efficient home is to build only the space actually required for basic shelter, which is generally no more than half of what the typical American believes they need,” writes Robert Riversong.center_img No matter what materials you use, or how the house is built, using fewer resources by building smaller lowers both operating and maintenance costs, Riversong says. “A half-sized house can have half the R-value and still be energy efficient.”Riversong’s recommendations for the most cost-effective approach are simplicity over complexity. “The most cost-effective building system for a temperate climate?” he asks rhetorically. “Structural straw bale with earthen plaster, cordwood masonry with earthen floor, or scribed log construction, with no interior plumbing or wiring, a simple woodstove or Rumford fireplace, a shallow well with windlass bucket or gravity-fed spring and a rain barrel, and a pleasant composting outhouse.”James Morgan likes the “small” part, but not all of Riversong’s details. “The very first concern for an aspiring green builder should be to build no larger than necessary,” Morgan writes. “Sadly, most of the featured ‘green homes’ we see, including even the plans featured on Sarah Susanka’s ‘Not so Big’ Web site, set expectations of well over 2,000 s.f. for a modest three-bedroom home.“Oddly, as a result of poor planning and fussy detailing, many of these oversized homes feel anything but spacious.”Double-stud walls or a Larsen truss?“When it comes to high-R walls, the most cost-effective option in most areas is a double 2×4 wall with a total thickness of about 12 inches, insulated with dense-packed cellulose,” writes GBA senior editor Martin Holladay.But in areas with very high labor costs, he adds, it may be less expensive to build 2×6 walls covered on the exterior with 2 in. to 3 in. of polyisocyanurate foam.Riversong still designs double-stud walls for some customers, but he prefers another approach. “I’ve modified the Larsen Truss to make a 12 in. thick, nearly thermal bridge free wall, out of locally-sourced rough-sawn (often green) lumber, which uses no more wood than a standard 2×6 house,” he says. “And all above grade insulation is dry cellulose with borates, the very best of all the commonly available insulation options (short of straw bale and earthen plasters).”Riversong also includes a link explaining his approach to building.The house he describes can be heated with a cord of wood, even in New England.Insulating the roofHolscher is planning on using the second floor of his Cape for bedrooms, so what he needs is an insulated cathedral ceiling. What’s the best way of tackling that?Here, says Holladay, the best option isn’t necessarily the most cost-effective. “As far as I’m concerned, the best option would be a [structural insulated panel] roof covered with a layer of 2-in.-thick rigid foam above the SIPs, with the top layer of foam lapping over the SIP seams,” Holladay wrote. “Then 2×4 sleepers, eaves to ridge, for ventilation. Then another layer of roof sheathing (ideally plywood or boards, not OSB), followed by roof underlayment and the roofing of your choice.”Holscher asks, Why not a thicker SIP, without the extra layer of foam?First, says Holladay, adding 2 in. of polyisocyanurate foam to a 12-in. panel gets the R-value up to 56. And second, the failures in SIP roofs in Juneau, Alaska, occurred at the seams, where effective air sealing is tough. Adding the foam layer on top of that solves the problem.Graham Mink, who is building a double-stud wall house in Vermont, had another idea. “For the cathedral roof we used 2×12 rafters, then gussetted 2x4s to the interior to create an extra 12 in. cavity,” he writes. “This 23-in. cavity will then be dense-packed like the walls. We chose to go unvented in order to align the air barrier (Zip system roof sheathing) with the insulation layer. A vented assembly can be done this way as well. I am not sure if its the best way, just the way we are doing it.”Hang on a minute, says Rivesong. An unvented, non-breathing roof is “not the best partner for cellulose.”His suggestion: “Rather than extending the frame outward with a truss chord, extend the rafters inward with an additional non-structural framing member under each rafter connected by gussets (or webs) to reduce thermal bridging and create a deep enough insulation cavity to still leave room for venting under the roof sheathing, which would require continuous baffles from eave to ridge.”last_img read more

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