FSJ Murder Trial continues in PG

first_imgThe B.C. Supreme Court trial for Leonard Freedom Ballantyne, charged with second-degree murder, continued into its second regular day yesterday, in Prince George .The charge arose from a Fort St. John shooting death, on Sept. 12th, of 2006.The Prince George Citizen reports defence counsel closely questioned a tenant of a Fort St. John apartment complex, who said he went out into the hallway from his suite that day.He saw a man in the hallway and, at first thought there had been a fight and, the man had been punched in the stomach.Later he testified he smelled gunpowder and, the man told him he was shot.The tenant also said that, in an earlier incident at the apartment complex, he saw a man with a chainsaw, outside a vehicle in the parking lot.The trial continues today.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Familiar foe Sterling prime threat to Liverpool’s title charge

first_imgSterling shot to fame as a teenager in the 2013/14 season as a rollercoaster ride took Liverpool agonisingly close to ending their long wait to win a league title.Two years later, he left in acrimonious circumstances with Liverpool going backwards on the field and disputes over his contract off it.Four-and-a-half years on, there is no doubt who got the better end of the £50 million deal that took him to City.Sterling has flourished under Pep Guardiola, becoming a vital part of City’s two title-winning campaigns in the last two seasons, while Liverpool’s wait for a league crown has now stretched to 30 years.The England international is one of many tales of what might have been for Liverpool over the past three decades, but is also symbolic of how times have changed at Anfield.Sterling left just three months before Jurgen Klopp arrived to revitalise the Reds after a season in which they finished sixth, 17 points behind City.Liverpool have still yet to finish above the English champions in Klopp’s four seasons in charge, but the gap was down to a single point as City edged a titanic title race last season.– ‘All the credit’ for Sterling –Raheem Sterling has won the Premier League twice since leaving Liverpool for Manchester City © AFP / Paul ELLISAnd it is Liverpool who will start Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash with an early six-point lead over City in the title race.Sterling cannot be faulted for a sloppier start to the season by Guardiola’s men after two near-perfect campaigns.For club and country, Sterling has already scored 18 goals in 20 appearances, including his first against Liverpool as City won the Community Shield in August.“All the credit is for him,” said Guardiola after Sterling’s recent Champions League hat-trick against Atalanta. “His physicality is incredible. He’s strong the day after the game, he could play another game. He can play on both sides, is fast, defensively help us a lot, so is an extraordinary player.”Sterling’s input at both ends of the field will be key if City are to somehow halt Liverpool’s momentum and inflict a first league defeat at Anfield for the hosts since April 2017.City’s defence has been decimated by a long-term injury to Aymeric Laporte, while goalkeeper Ederson is a doubt.Attack is likely to be the best form of defence for the visitors, but Sterling will also be forced to keep an eye on one of Liverpool’s most potent attacking outlets in right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.“He’s crucial for us, you need this type of player, a game-changing player, and he is probably the one player who can change everything for us,” said City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan on Sterling’s influence.“Just now it’s about consistency but he has shown in the last 12 to 18 months that he is able to be that consistent. He is among the five best attacking players in the world, definitely.”Sterling has won five major trophies and plenty more plaudits since moving to Manchester, but is yet to score or win in a City shirt at Anfield.End that drought and City will be well back in the hunt to inflict more title pain on his former employers.0Shares0000(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Raheem Sterling has scored 18 goals in 20 games for club and country this season © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 8 – Manchester City and Liverpool’s ascension to the two top dogs in the Premier League has seen every meeting in recent seasons met with increasing animosity, ahead of Sunday’s latest battle for supremacy.No player bears the brunt of that bad blood more than Raheem Sterling on his return to Anfield.last_img read more

Bosa hopes to silence those who call 49ers ‘fake, undefeated team’

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Nick Bosa is ready for his prime-time debut, and so is his right ankle, the one he sprained Aug. 7 but is now seemingly healthy.Bosa practiced every day and did not appear on the 49ers’ injury report this past week. The draft’s No. 2 overall pick looks primed to break out when the 49ers (3-0) host the Cleveland Browns (2-2) on Monday night.“Everybody is going to have an impression of us after this game,” Bosa said. “We want it to be a 4-0 good impression, not  as a ‘fake, …last_img read more

Ohio State Fair 2018 Outstanding Market Exhibitors

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tiffany Sunday, 16, from Pickaway County was the first place Outstanding Market Goat Exhibitor. The other Goat Outstanding Market Exhibitors were: Gabrielle McDade, Butler Co., 9; Briley Ashcraft, Athens Co., 10; Wyatt Borer, Fulton Co., 11; Jaden Snyder, Clinton Co., 9; Molly Barber, Franklin Co., 13; Adam Bensman, Miami Co., 14; Trenton Prasuhn, Darke Co., 15; Talen Coriell, Scioto Co., 17; and Shelby Williams, Clinton Co., 18. Seth Abel, Licking Co., 17, was the first place Outstanding Market Poultry Exhibitor. Johnathan Woodward, Coshocton Co., 12, was second and Hayden Johnson, Jefferson Co., 15, was third. The other Poultry Outstanding Market Exhibitors were: Carter Henderson, Logan Co., 9; Alexandra Kinney, Logan Co., 10; Isabel Henderson, Logan Co., 11; Erika Grum, Licking Co., 13, Carmen Corcoran, Ross Co., 14; Malia Jones, Licking Co., 16; and Zac Ortman, Perry Co., 18. Ian Johnson, 15, Union Co., was the first place Outstanding Market Lamb Exhibitor. Seth Wasilewski, Richland Co., 17, was second and Morgan Evans, Union Co., 12 was third. The other Lamb Outstanding Market Exhibitors were: Delaney Dudte, Wayne Co., 9; Jada Shroyer, Logan Co., 10; Nick Johnson, Union Co., 11; Bailee Amstutz, Union Co., 13; Hanna Delong, Champaign Co., 14; Tiffany Sunday, Pickaway Co., 16; and Taylor Muhlenkamp, Mercer Co., 18. Kayla Scott, Tuscarawas Co., 16, was the first place Outstanding Market Barrow Exhibitor. Micah Smock, Shelby Co., 18, was second and Gracee Stewart, Clinton Co., 14, was third. The other Barrow Outstanding Market Exhibitors were: Wade Smith, Clinton Co., 9; Blake Vollrath, Clark Co., 10; Maddie Caldwell, Highland Co., 11; Grayden Sproull, Harrison Co., 12; John Smock, Shelby Co., 13; Lindsey Dore, Delaware Co., 15; and Jenna Siegel, Marion Co., 17. Lance Brinksneader, Darke Co., 9, was the first place Outstanding Market Beef Exhibitor. Carly Sanders, Highland Co., 10, was second and Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford Co., 17, was third. The other Beef Outstanding Market Exhibitors were: Taylor Poff, Geauga Co., 11; Harrison Blay, Portage Co., 13; Dawson Osborn, Highland, 14; Case Barton, Holmes Co., 15; Allison Davis, Carroll Co., 16; and Erica Snook, Noble Co., 18.last_img read more

Lessons Learned on a Living Roof

first_imgWe have a wee living roof on our home. After a couple of false starts, it’s looking quite winsome. Since it has posed a number of challenges, I thought I’d share our experience. Mistakes, after all, are more instructive (and entertaining) than successes.How it startedNot well, actually. I was excited about the project—not only were we going to do something new; the result, a wildflower meadow, was going to be on view from our master bedroom. Ready to grow! Planting day #2: wildflower and grass seeds Planting day #1: sedums But when it came time to build it, our general contractor, Bob Vetter of Pacific Circle Construction, informed us that the bids were astronomical—about six times what it would cost us to put on a conventional roof.Getting the cost downI relayed this news to Bill Wilson and Apryl Owens, our living roof design team, and they were hugely disappointed too. So we all put on our thinking caps. Bob consulted with several roofing subs and advised us to consider a conventional 5-ply built-up roof (BUR) as the base layer. This was beefier than the normal 3-ply BUR, but because we really didn’t want to have any leaks, we felt that the extra measure of protection was a worthwhile investment, even though the living roof protects the BUR from its worst enemies, the sun and puncture risks.Bill and Apryl determined that they could build up a custom assembly of filter fabric, drainage medium, and engineered soil mix. This would eliminate the proprietary, off-the-shelf living roof system that might have been cost-competitive for a large commercial installation but was far beyond our budget. They also decided to install it themselves, lacking qualified installers for their custom system. And they managed to scrounge up a roll-end of the critical component, the drainage medium, from a larger job. It’s something like bubble wrap, designed to retain a small amount of moisture at the bottom of the assembly just long enough for the plants to absorb it.All that brought the price down to roughly double what a garden-variety (yes, pun intended—sorry, I couldn’t help myself!) flat roof would cost. We were getting not just a roof, but a roof with an exceptionally long life expectancy and a whole new annex to our garden (complete with irrigation system), so we deemed this a good value.A little dramaConstruction went mostly without a hitch—that is, if you don’t count the fact that our roofing sub ended up in jail before finishing our job. Frankly, we were glad because, before that happened, he thoroughly creeped us all out. But that really has nothing to do with the living roof, so I’ll skip the gory details.He did complete the 5-ply part of the job, fortunately. The rest of the roof (standing-seam metal, which we also quite like) was finished up by an off-duty firefighter who moonlighted doing sheet metal work. He did a fine job, although he did forget to button down a skylight, which we only learned upon finding it on the back porch one morning, after a particularly gusty storm. Our first clue? A puzzling patch of water on the stairs. Amazingly, the skylight suffered only a minor dent on one corner.Bill and Apryl installed the living roof assembly and drip system themselves, as planned, and did a beautiful job.A few more hiccupsIt was a while after the whole project was done before I got around to planting—it’s been about two years now. I purchased a bunch of sedum (four varieties) from Rana Creek, now famous for the living roof on the new LEED Platinum California Academy of Sciences, and planted them with help from my neighbor Dawn and our kids. Then I seeded with California native annual and perennial wildflowers and grasses from Larner Seeds. Then I watered, then I waited.As it happens, I didn’t water enough, and I waited too long.We had planned to install an automatic timer on the irrigation system but hadn’t gotten around to doing it, so I had to activate the system manually. In general, my garden policy is one of benign neglect. In this climate, if you’re not drought tolerant, you will wither and die pretty quickly if you’re in my garden. Even though the roof garden was right under my nose, I’m sorry to say that it was no exception.I can now attest that sedum is, as billed, extremely drought-tolerant, albeit slow-growing. I don’t think I lost a single one. All the wildflowers and grasses I’d chosen were also drought tolerant—but they did require moisture to germinate, and that’s the part I muffed. I tried, mind you. I’m just a lousy plant parent. (This is why I don’t have many plants in pots: They really must have access to a scintilla of moisture in the ground if they’re to have a prayer of surviving.)Take 2After several months of good intentions and seriously flawed follow-through, I reseeded. This time I was a bit better about the watering, and got some wildflowers going. Not a stunning crop, but enough to cheer me considerably and alleviate my sense of shameful negligence.I should mention that not all of this was my fault. There was a conspiracy to thwart me on the part of my irrigation system. It was finicky. In fact, for a long time I thought it was broken. After the first planting, I succeeded in getting it to deliver water only a couple of times, then the valve—mysteriously—failed to produce water. So I resorted to hose-watering. This is what really foiled me. If maintenance is not easy, I confess to being easily deterred; there are too many other maintenance tasks that demand my attention but don’t represent such a challenge—laundry, for instance. I can pretty much do laundry in my sleep (which is a good thing).I talked to Bill about the @#$#% valve, and he suggested that I take a closer look at it; perhaps it just needed a tweak. I tweaked, with no luck, and another few months went by with me watering sporadically. Then one day when I could no longer remember all the details of my challenges with the @#$#% valve, I resolved to have another look. So look I did, and tinker, and lo and behold, the valve cooperated—and has ever since.Go figure.Third time’s the charm!Having conquered the watering challenge (lame as it was), I seeded for the third time, and watered somewhat diligently. I also enlisted the help of my gardener, who up until that time had no responsibility for the roof. I’m quite prepared to admit that his attention is probably what turned the tide. And so we now have a roof full of vibrant color, well into its second spring. The grasses have been slower to start than the wildflowers, but they’re coming along nicely. I had a fair amount of lupine last summer, and I’m hoping we’ll get some repeats. My first batch of California poppies for the year bloomed a week or so ago, and we have a couple of varieties I don’t remember from last year.All in all, I’m quite pleased with the view.last_img read more

Tales From Armenia

first_imgIn this week’s blog, I’m going to take a break from building science. Instead of providing advice to green builders, I’m simply going to reminisce about my time as a construction volunteer in Armenia.To introduce this topic, I might have discussed some of the common mistakes made by international aid agencies and charitable organizations. I might have elaborated on the truism that Americans who volunteer overseas often get more lasting benefits from their work than the villagers they try to serve. I might have presented a cogent thesis explaining why green building must have a social justice component.Instead, I decided to just tell my story, without any morals or conclusions.If you are a builder, and your schedule and financial situation are flexible enough to allow you to volunteer overseas, I urge you to do so. Just go — to Haiti, to Central America, to Africa, to Asia. Go for a week, for a month, or for a year. Your skills are needed. You won’t regret it. A family tradition When I was growing up, I was influenced by role models in my family. In 1947, my mother and father joined a group of volunteers on a construction project in a war-ravaged region of France. Years later, my mother was a Peace Corps volunteer in St. Kitts. My sister Cathy and brother-in-law Mike were Peace Corps volunteers in Tunisia; my brother Peter and sister-in-law Elana have volunteered in Tanzania and Mexico; my niece Mara has volunteered at a women’s center in Bolivia; my sister Meg is now volunteering at a school in Haiti; and my son Moses is now a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador.Between April 1990 and March 1992, I spent 17 months in Armenia. I worked on… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members 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.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Three arrested in Bengal for murder of mentally-challenged woman

first_imgThree persons have been arrested for suspected rape and murder of a 30-year old mentally challenged woman Guria whose body was exhumed on Wednesday from a privately-run rehabilitation centre at Dhaniakhali in West Bengal’s Hooghly district.The arrests were made late Wednesday night. The police are also on the lookout for the key accused Shyamal Ghosh who is on the run. Inmates of the home alleged that Ghosh had seriously tortured Guria a few days before her mysterious disappearance, sources said.The authorities of the asylum said that Guria was admitted to the rehabilitation centre for mentally ill people (women) on May 22, 2012. She died on June 26 and buried five days later in a makeshift grave in the backyard of the rehabilitation centre.Women and child development and social welfare minister Sabitri Mitra has ordered a probe into the murder.”Three people including the secretary of the home Uday Kumar Konar have already been arrested in connection with case. Police is investigating into the matter thoroughly,” Mitra said.The minister said that the state government has shifted as many as 80 mentally-challenged inmates from that home to other asylums. “We have also cancelled their licence to run the rehabilitation centre for mentally deranged women,” Mitra said, pointing out that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the case by her department.The body of the victim was sent to Chinsurah in the district for post-mortem examination. The post mortem report will come out in next few days, police sources said.The National Commission for Women (NCW) has also sought an action taken report (ATR) from the district administration on the incident.advertisementSenior CPM leader and former West Bengal sports minister Kanti Ganguly dubbed the incident as gross negligence on the part of the state administration and demanded higher level inquiry into the matter. “I want a CBI probe into the incident as the primary investigation suggests it was not a natural death. The question is why her body was buried without giving any information to the police or the woman’s family members,” Ganguly said.last_img read more