Follow the news on Uzbekistan Two journalists who covered the bloody repression in Andijan have been vilified in the press and called “liars” and “traitors to the country”. A crackdown on independent journalists has been stepped up as the authorities consolidate their grip on the news. Reporters Without Borders expressed dismay at a campaign of denigration against independent journalists in Uzbekistan who covered the bloody events in Andijan in May.”It is unacceptable that journalists who have covered news events at risk of their lives should become the targets of witch-hunts systematically orchestrated by the authorities,” the organisation said.”We urge President Islam Karimov to immediately halt this campaign of denigration, which uses the crudest ideological clichés against independent journalists and only strengthens the blockade on news and information in the country”, it said.The Uzbek secret services (SNB) has been instructing newspapers to carry ready written unsigned articles that vilify independent journalists who covered events in Andijan, calling them “traitors to the country” and “liars”.The sole journalist who managed to remain in Andijan after the events of 13 May 2005, Alexsey Volosevich, correspondent for the website www.fergana.ru, was targeted in an article carried on 3 June by the weekly Mokhiyat, portraying him as a hooligan. The newspaper Zerkalo XXI also carried an extremely virulent article on 9 June 2005 against independent radio Ozodlik (Radio Liberty), giving biased details about the personal life of journalist Hamroqul Qarshiev. The article concluded, “We will not abandon our country to foreign enemies”.Reporters Without Borders pointed out that the there has been a growing crackdown against journalists for the past two months. Tulkin Karaev, an independent journalist working for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), was arrested in Karshi in the south of the country on 4 June 2005 accused of hooliganism. His warders reportedly attempted to inject him with heroin in his cell, so as to charge him with being a drug addict.Sabirjon Yakubov, a journalist on the independent weekly Hurriyat (Freedom) with a circulation of 3,500, was arrested in the capital Tashkent on 11 April 2005. He was charged with “infringing the constitutional order” and “membership of an extremist religious organisation” under Article 159 of the criminal code. He faces up to 20 years in prison.”Two to three months from now, all the independent journalists will have been arrested and put in prison,” said and independent journalist, based in Karshi.The Uzbek authorities have completely expropriated news and information.It is still impossible to access Russian television stations REN-TV and TV-Tsentr in Uzbekistan and the country’s Internet providers have blocked all independent Internet websites. Radio remains the best source of independently sourced news but is limited to just a few hours in the Uzbek language on the BBC, Ozodlyk (Radio Liberty) and the Voice of America. The US public radio resumed its half-hour daily broadcasts on 12 June after a year of interruption. June 14, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities foment a denigration campaign against independent journalists Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term RSF_en Receive email alerts News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Help by sharing this information News News More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption Organisation to go further May 11, 2021 Find out more News UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia February 11, 2021 Find out more October 15, 2020 Find out more
Statewide—DNR campgrounds, property and inn operated cabins, camper cabins and our state park inns/lodges will now reopen this Friday. Inn restaurants will open as well. If you have a current campsite or property-operated cabin reservation for this Sunday, you will be contacted with a message by phone or email about your options.Unfortunately, camping reservations cannot be reinstated that were canceled, regardless of the cancelation date. About half of the sites across the state are currently open for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights during Memorial Day Weekend. If you do NOT have a current campsite reservation for any night this Memorial Day weekend, you can make a new reservation online only by clicking here, beginning at 10 am today. No new reservations will be accepted until that time. There will be a 3-night minimum (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) required for new reservations.If you have a reservation for an inn room or inn-operated cabin for this Sunday, and wish to expand your individual room or cabin reservation to include Friday and/or Saturday night please contact the Inns Call Center at 1-877-LODGES1 or reserve online at IndianaInns.com. Check-in time for inn-operated cabins will be 8:00 a.m. on Friday, 5/22 only, and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
COLTS NECK – The Colts Neck Reformed Church Mission Committee presented a $5,000 check to the borough of Union Beach through its Operation Provide Comfort effort.The money will be used to help victims of Super Storm Sandy who reside in the borough, one of the towns hardest hit by the storm. One hundred percent of all donations will go to the residents of Union Beach. The fund at Colts Neck Community Church provides a rapid response to the requests from Union Beach residents.The purpose of the effort is to develop a long-term relationship between Union Beach and Colts Neck that will endure long after the storm. The approach is to leverage the resources of the township to help the residents of Union Beach who suffered the most devastation and to help collect and coordinate donations of money, physical goods and services to aid in the rebuilding effort.Additional information about Operation Provide Comfort is available by visiting the Colts Neck Township website or Operation Provide Comfort’s Facebook page.Pictured are Borough Administrator Jennifer Maier (left) and Clark Petrie, a member of the Colts Neck Reformed Church’s Mission Committee.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health has opened the application process for ‘Imagine Community Grants’ (ICG).ICG helps projects that support community-based initiatives that focus on chronic disease prevention and or health promotion priorities. Taking a healthy community idea and working towards making it happen.Applications for the grant are being accepted September 1st to September 30th, 2019.- Advertisement -Projects must support community-based initiatives that focus on one or more of the following chronic disease prevention or health promotion;Healthy Eating and Food SecurityPhysical Activity/ Active LivingInjury PreventionTobacco-Free CommunitiesPositive Mental HealthPrevention of Substance HarmsHealthy Early Childhood DevelopmentHealthy AgingHealthy School ActionPreference will be given to;Support partnerships and build relationships – will encourage different groups to work together, connecting people to each other and their communityIdentify a community need – will address something that is missing that could benefit the community and its residents to improve health and well-beingPromote healthy outcomes – will include activities that reduce the risks and impacts of chronic disease and injury through education, awareness and collective actionReduce health inequities – will help those who are disadvantaged or vulnerable to improve their access to supports and resources for better healthBuild capacity – will develop and strengthen skills and resources within the communityLast – will have a good chance of living on after the funding endsFor more information on the grant; CLICK HEREAdvertisement
Daniel O’Donnell says his close friend Sir Cliff Richard should never have been named after a recent sex abuse claim was made against him.Daniel and Majella are raging that their friend’s Cliff name has ben made public amidst sex abuse allegations.Daniel described Cliff as a “really genuine, good person who would do nothing to anybody, least of all a child”.The English singer strongly denies allegations that he was involved in sexually assaulting a boy at a rally by US evangelist Billy Graham in Sheffield in 1985. Daniel said he felt it was “absolutely unfair and unjust” that Cliff’s name was made public before the case had been fully investigated.“In my limited knowledge of the law, I don’t think we should know at this stage who the accused is,” he said.“I think the way it has all been conducted is definitely unfair and not in keeping with the law. It is like there is some kind of witch- hunt,” he said.The Kincasslagh star said steps should be taken to ensure that the name of an accused person was protected until they were charged with an offense. “It’s not the first time this has happened and an individual’s name has been made public before being charged. In some of those cases, the person was later deemed not to have a case to answer. But, by then, the damage was done to the person’s reputation,” he said.“As well as everything else, this also diminishes the legitimate cases of people who have been abused.”Daniel added: “In Cliff’s case, his name should not have been revealed until good investigative work is done to see if there are any grounds for the case to go any further. And I believe that Cliff will not have a case to answer.”Last week Daniel’s wife Majella took to Twitter to defend the singer.Sir Cliff has now been interviewed under caution by South Yorkshire Police detectives investigating the sex crime claim. DANIEL SAYS PAL CLIFF RICHARD SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN NAMED IN SEX ABUSE CLAIMS was last modified: August 25th, 2014 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:Cliff Richarddaniel o’donnelldonegalsex abuse allegaitons
Unesco director-general Irina Bokova andUN goodwill ambassador Herbie Hancocklaunch International Jazz Day. (Image: United Nations) The 2012 International Jazz Day is acultural event aimed at fostering peaceand unity.(Image: Unesco) Jazz veteran Hugh Masekela is one of themany stars who have given their timeand talent to support the initiative.(Image: Wikipedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Damir Dijakovic Unesco regional office, Windhoek + 264 61 291 7225 RELATED ARTICLES • Music fest in SA’s Darling • Local music festivals rock in SA • SA youth orchestra set to wow Europe • Jazz festival brings stars to Cape Town • SA quartet plays for peaceMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterThe last day of April marks the first-ever International Jazz Day, proclaimed by Unesco during the global organisation’s 36th general conference in November 2011.Legendary musicians Hugh Masekela and Angélique Kidjo were two of the many stars who took to the stage to celebrate the day.International Jazz Day is intended to raise awareness around the world of the virtues of jazz as the “universal music of freedom and creativity”, as an educational tool, and as a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.Many governments, civil society, educational institutions, and private citizens will use the opportunity to foster greater appreciation not only for the music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies.“Jazz has been a force for positive social transformation throughout its history, and it remains so today,” said Unesco director-general Irina Bokova. “This is why Unesco created International Jazz Day.”Bokova said that jazz, with its roots in slavery, has always raised a passionate voice against all forms of oppression.“It speaks a language of freedom that is meaningful to all cultures,” she said. “The same goals guide Unesco in its efforts to build bridges of dialogue and understanding between all cultures and societies.”Unesco’s message, she said, is that “jazz connects people, cultures and the world”.The UN named numerous reasons for its declaration of the international musical day. Jazz breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance, said the organisation; it’s a vector of freedom of expression, and a symbol of unity and peace.Jazz also reduces tensions between individuals, groups, and communities, while fostering gender equality. It reinforces the role youth play for social change, stimulates intercultural dialogue, and empowers young people from marginalised societies.Finally, it encourages artistic innovation, improvisation, new forms of expression, and inclusion of traditional music forms into new ones.The power of musicInternational Jazz Day launched officially on 27 April at the Unesco headquarters in Paris.The celebration included photography exhibitions; screenings of legendary jazz performances; live performances all through the day; jazz masterclasses with top technicians such as South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, soprano Barbara Hendricks and pianist supremo Herbie Hancock; and a series of jazz talks.“Jazz is a response to oppression that is not bullets and blood,” said Hancock, a UN goodwill ambassador. “Jazz is the expression of harmony, and at the same time of hope and freedom.”The day concluded with a concert featuring Hancock, Masekela, guitarist Marcus Miller, and a host of other stars.Around the world, events were in full swing from early in the morning on 30 April, with two more star-studded official Unesco concerts and many others on the programme – in New Orleans, known as the birthplace of jazz, a sunrise concert during that city’s Jazz and Heritage Festival saw the likes of Hancock, Dianne Reeves and Ellis Marsalis celebrating the power of music.“Jazz is truly a positive diplomatic force because of its cultural contributions,” said Hancock.Later in the day, a sunset concert at the UN general assembly hall in New York featured Hugh Masekela, Beninese guitarist Lionel Loueke, and his compatriot Angélique Kidjo sharing the stage with music veterans such as Terrence Blanchard, Robert Cray, Wynton Marsalis, Jack de Johnette, India’s Shankar Mahadevan, Chinese piano sensation Lang Lang, and Herbie Hancock.The event was be co-hosted by Robert de Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Quincy Jones.The concert started at 19h30 (eastern time) and jazz lovers around the world were able to see it live via video streaming on the UN’s YouTube page, the UN webcast page, the Jazz Day website and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.Jazz in South AfricaThe country has a proud jazz history that goes back to the vibrant days of the old Sophiatown and beyond. It came to South Africa just after the end of World War One, in the form of a visiting Dixieland band from New Orleans. This, together with technological innovations such as radio and the gramophone, helped drive the development of early township music and during the 1920s the genre grew in popularity.“It was during the late 20s that Boet Gashe, an itinerant organist from Queenstown, popularised the three chord system, the forerunner to the marabi and mbaqanga styles that were later to be perfected in the township shebeen environments of Johannesburg and Pretoria,” wrote the late jazz pianist and academic Hotep Idris Galeta.As with other countries, the growing system of racial oppression in the country only made the jazz voices stronger, even though many of them, such as Abdullah Ibrahim and the late Miriam Makeba, were forced to ply their trade in exile.Sophiatown in Johannesburg played a major role in the refinement of South Africa’s township music between the 1930s and 1950s, until the apartheid system caused the dance halls to close and the musicians to go underground.During the struggle years jazz became the voice of the oppressed, and was played at political rallies in townships and today the new generation of young jazz musicians is carrying the spirit of their predecessors. Events such as the annual youth jazz festival at the National Arts Festival ensure that the standard remains as high as it ever was.Notable South African jazz musicians include Jonathan Butler, now well-established overseas; pianist Paul Hanmer; the late saxophonist Basil “Manenburg” Coetzee; bassist Carlo Mombelli; trumpeter s Marcus Wyatt and Feya Faku; and many more.
The digitalisation of the economy offers a huge leapfrogging opportunity to Africa, as the continent bypasses older technology to immediately embrace the new. This was the starting point of a World Economic Forum on Africa discussion on the economic potential of digital technology, held on 11 May 2016.From left, Siyabonga Cwele, Tobias Becker, Elizabeth Migwalla, Pascal Lamy and Charles Muritu discuss technology and economic growth in Africa at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda, on 11 May 2016. (Image: WEF Flickr)How, the panellists were asked, can this economic potential be unleashed?The session was moderated by Pascal Lamy, political consultant, businessman and former director-general of the World Trade Organisation.The other speakers were South African Minister of Telecommunications Siyabonga Cwele; Charles Muritu, the head of African telecoms and strategic partnerships at Google; Elizabeth Migwalla, senior director of government affairs at Qualcomm; Tobias Becker, senior vice president and director for Africa at ABB Ltd; and Cote d’Ivoire government spokesperson Bruno Nabagne Kone.In discussing how technology can transform Africa’s digital marketplace, the panel examined the fostering of online entrepreneurs, enabling cross-border data exchange, and overcoming traditional barriers to trade.Watch the full session:
23 February 2015The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town attracted more than one million visitors in 2014.“The milestone achieved by Kirstenbosch is a tribute to the hard work and vision of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI),” Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said 19 February, in announcing the visitor numbers.Attaining this historic milestone had secured Kirstenbosch’s status as one of the most important tourist attractions in South Africa. Hanekom said South Africa’s conservation and biodiversity assets depended on tourism for its survival.“The tourism footprint in conservation areas and botanical gardens generates the income to support the sustainability of these assets.”SANParks – South African National Parks – generated 85% of its operational costs through tourism revenue, while less than 1% of the Kruger National Park’s two million hectares was dedicated to tourism infrastructure.The income generated from tourism enabled SANParks, which manages the country’s wildlife reserves, to maintain its reputation as a world leader in the management of protected areas. “The success of tourism underpins the sustainability of our conservation efforts,” Hanekom said.Taleb Rifai, the secretary-general of the World Tourism Organization, a unit of the United Nations (UNWTO), said tourism could be one of the effective tools used for conservation by providing resources for environmental preservation and by raising awareness among millions of people every year of the immense value of the country’s natural heritage and the responsibility to protect it.SANBI chief executive Dr Tanya Abrahamse said Kirstenbosch was an example how tourism and biodiversity could build a beneficial partnership and contribute to a more sustainable economic model.“Kirstenbosch is well-known as a ‘must see’ destination when planning a trip to South Africa, so when international tourism experts visit the country it’s no surprise that they would like to visit this iconic spot.”Source: SAnews.gov
15 April 2015Environmental Management Inspectors, commonly known as the Green Scorpions, have been deployed by the Department of Environmental Affairs at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg in an effort to help combat wildlife crime.“The Green Scorpions will work closely with other law enforcement agencies and departments at the airport, including the SA Police Service (SAPS), customs, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Department of Health and Department of Home Affairs,” said Albi Modise, Environmental Affairs spokesperson, said in a statement on Monday.He said the Green Scorpions and the police had already detected “non-compliance” with the Alien and Invasive Species Regulations related to reptiles and action would soon be taken.Enforcement“Shops trading in the International Departure Hall of OR Tambo have been checked to ensure that they comply with Nemba [National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act] regulations in order for people buying CITES [Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora] listed products to comply with permit requirements. A number of shops are currently in non-compliance,” Modise said. Notices would soon be issued.“It is critical to understand that permits are required for the export and import of Cites- listed species, such as cosmetic products made from Aloe Ferox and crocodile leather products, such as watch straps, handbags and belts.”A Green Scorpions team of 10 compliance officials have been deployed at the airport since 1 April to ensure compliance with current regulations regarding threatened or protected species, as well as the import of alien and invasive species.“Officials will ensure that prohibited invasive species do not find their way into the country without being detected and are destroyed, where necessary. People who do not comply with the Alien and Invasive Species Regulations will either be prosecuted or issued with Compliance Notices and Directives,” he said.Trade bansAction, such as the issuing of notices and fines, would be taken against non-compliance. Prosecution would follow criminal investigations, where necessary, he said.“Trade bans for commercial purposes relating to Cites-listed species have been put in place since 19 March 2015 for Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria due to non-compliance with Cites plans and the Green Scorpions need to ensure that these bans are enforced,” Modise said.The Green Scorpions will also be deployed at South Africa’s other designated ports of entry and exit over time, Modise said.Report non-compliance with environmental laws by phoning the Environmental Crime Hotline at 080 020 5005Source: SAnews.gov.za
Goodbye, UniluxStill, the Hancock window team never seemed to grasp our need, and how the Unilux windows could best fit that need. Would matters improve after ordering, through preparing shop drawings, shipping, importing, customs, delivery, install, and any potential warranty issues? We lost confidence in the product and the distributor last October and decided to move on, despite having sunk much time and money in design and consultant fees.We looked at Thermotech windows, which are made of pultruded fiberglass. This material is said to be as strong as but less costly than wood. It’s also stronger than vinyl, but unlike vinyl, expands and contracts to temperature changes at the same rate as glass, thus ensuring a better long term seal between glass and sash. We heard mixed views from a few builders and homeowners we met with Thermotech windows. But after seeing the beauty of the Unilux wood core/aluminum clad windows, we knew we would not want to get a uPVC or fiberglass window. Intus or Bieber?We only looked at Passivhaus-certified wood-core, aluminum-clad windows. We narrowed our search to Intus and Bieber windows. (Intus also manufactures a Passive House certified uPVC window at a much lower cost.)Intus is manufactured in Lithuania, with a U.S sales office located in Washington D.C. Intus is a visible presence at many Passivhaus events. Maine Green Building Supply, located in nearby Portland, Maine, recently became an Intus retailer. How convenient! RELATED ARTICLES Bieber is manufactured in the Alsace region of France, and has U.S. sales offices in Newport Beach CA and New York City.Both Intus and Bieber are European-style tilt/turn windows. Both use high quality hardware with multiple locking points between the sash and frame and several gaskets around the perimeter to securely close the window. Both have thermal breaks in the window frame and sash: Intus uses foam between the aluminum cladding and the wooden frame; Bieber uses an inert material routed into the core. Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus ProjectGoodbye Radiant FloorSelecting a General ContractorPlans and Pricing for Our House in MaineLooking Through Windows — Part 1Looking Through Windows — Part 2Looking Through Windows — Part 3Looking Through Windows — Part 4Looking Through Windows — Part 5Looking Through Windows — Part 7 Pluses and minusesThat’s not to say there are not differences between the two. The Intus windows can be factory stained (you choose from among a handful of stain options) at no additional cost, and overall the Intus windows were less costly than those from Bieber.Bieber offers a very attractive concealed hinge for venting units at no additional cost, but there is an an additional charge for factory staining. Bieber also offers slightly better glazing (0.63 vs. 0.62 SHGC). Spread across an expansive south-facing glass, that 0.01 improved SHGC makes a noticeable difference in a cold climate when trying to attain the very low Passivhaus heating goal of 4.75 KBTU.Bieber offers other customization options, such as milling an angled slot to receive the side jambs when the window is installed in the rough opening. The window also features a very narrow exterior cladding profile; it’s designed to be “packed” with exterior styrofoam insulation during installation. This improves the frame U-factor, eliminating a thermal bridge within the window frame. The first article in this series was Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus Project. Roger Normand’s construction blog is called EdgewaterHaus. Bieber it isSo we decided to go with Bieber windows. The photo at the top of the page shows the Bieber Passivhaus window that we have selected for Edgewaterhaus: Bieber Optiwin window Wood/Aluminum series.Our architect, Chris Briley, started to replace the Unilux windows in the CAD drawings with Bieber windows. The Bieber window has a much narrower exterior aluminum clad profile than the Unilux, as it is designed to be “packed” with exterior insulation. Chris said packing the frames would slightly reduce the thermal bridge in the wood frame, but would also move the window frame further into the wall, complicating exterior weatherproofing around the window frame. Bad tradeoff. So, no “packing” for us.But the Bieber design also lent itself to be installed higher in the window rough opening, effectively adding several inches in height of higher performing glass within the same rough opening dimension. Now several inches of additional glass doesn’t seem like much, but spread it across the entire south facade, and now we’re talking something more substantial. The redesign of the west wing of the house, described in my previous blog, “cost” us 25 square feet of glass. Moving from Unilux to Bieber recaptured nearly all of this glass, which will surely help in the Passivhaus certification analysis.Equally important, Chris has designed a recessed cavity to conceal shades above each window (at the interior side of the header). The detail still leaves some 6 inches of wall showing above the window. A very nice touch. The detail drawing (below) shows the recessed cavity. [Editor’s note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the tenth article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.]Enough suspense on windows.It’s a Bieber! And yes, that’s our final decision. We’ve made a sizable cash deposit and started precise shop drawings for the windows.It had been a tortuous four, yes, four long months working with the local Unilux window retailer, Hancock Lumber, to get the right configuration of these German manufactured windows to meet our performance requirements. And that was only to specify the windows.In defense of Hancock Lumber, this was a new line of windows recently added to their more traditional line of Andersen and Eagle windows. And there was certainly a learning curve on our part, particularly regarding the importance of high Solar Heat Gain Coefficient glazing – a high SHGC enhances the interior heat gain we need in winter to meet the Passivhaus standard. Bieber windows have better screensThey are both very nice windows that would offer performance, comfort and elegance if installed in Edgewaterhaus. So how did we decide?Screens! Screens were the primary tipping point in favor of Bieber. Screens are an absolute necessity here in Maine from late spring to the first frost. Mosquitos, gnats, horse flies, deer flies, and black flies abound, feasting on warm blooded skin. These tiny to large size buggers leave a bite trail of rose colored pinpricks to large welts on your exposed skin.If you don’t have window screens in Maine, you might as well get non-venting windows. Edgewaterhaus is perched on a bend along the intertidal area of the Saco River, and the large marshy area by the river bank provides a prolific breeding ground for ‘squitos. So having screens on all venting windows was de rigueur.As well made as the Intus windows appear, the fixed screens seem to be an engineering afterthought. (In our travels to Europe, we have noted few buildings had window screens.) The Intus fixed screens attach to the frame with a series of brackets that overlap and compress the outermost gasket on the window. At best, they look clunky when the window is open, and I wondered if the compressed gasket affects performance. Intus offers an exterior mount pull-down screen, but Edgewaterhaus has many windows units with a mix of fixed and venting window panes. We did not like the aesthetics of an exterior screen mounted over just the venting pane. The Intus sales rep said the factory is working on an improved fixed screen design.In contrast, the Bieber screen mounts from the inside with a clasp that fits into a slot in the frame. We also liked the concealed hinge option for the sash. With this no cost option, all you see from inside is the wood sash and frame with no visible “door style” hinges typical of European style tilt-turn windows. Very nice! Visiting the Intus and Bieber showroomsI traveled to the Intus sales office in Washington DC, and then the Bieber sales offices in Manhattan New York in early December. What a refreshing change: the sales staff were thoroughly knowledgeable about the technical details of their windows, AND were conversant with the Passivhaus standard.I looked at window samples and asked dozens of questions: How is the frame assembled? Can the glazing be replaced without replacing the sash? Can gaskets be replaced? How is the cladding applied to the wood core? How do you adjust the hinges so the sash aligns perfectly within the frame? What glazing options are available? Can the windows be factory stained? What is the shipping, customs, and delivery process? Will a factory rep be present for unloading and offer technical assistance to install the first few windows? How are the windows installed? What is the warranty? How are warranty and replacement issues handled?I liked what I heard and saw about both the Intus and Bieber windows. My overall impression was that these windows were exceptionally beefy, well engineered, meticulously assembled, and very attractive European-style windows. Since both windows were Passivhaus-certified (Unilux was not), both had reasonably similar performance in terms of frame widths, frame and sash U-factors, glazing U-factors, SHGC, and VT factors for PHPP input.