Pratt Is Discus Throw Winner

first_img Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Bio Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport Golden Buck boys placed fifth and the girls sixth as they hosted a pair of outdoor track meets at Carmichael Field on Monday.In the girls’ competition, it was the John Bapst Crusaders placing first with 202 points, followed by Central 89, Hermon 70, Presque Isle 53, Dexter 45, Bucksport 30, Piscataquis 23, Machias 6 and Narraguagus 2.For the Golden Bucks:Britney Eberhardt was fourth in the 100-meter dash in 14.40 seconds and sixth in the 200-meter dash in 31.18.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSam Boothby was sixth in the 400-meter dash in 1:14.55.Nelly Winship was second in the 1,600-meter run in 5:53.99 and fifth in the 800-meter run in 2:43.16.Lisa Tapley was third in the shot put with a throw of 25 feet, 6 inches; fourth in the high jump at 4 feet, 4 inches; and fourth in the javelin with a throw of 63 feet, 5 inches.In the boys’ meet, it was Central the winner with 130 points, followed by Presque Isle 114, Hermon 109, John Bapst 63, Bucksport 58, Dexter 44, Piscataquis 28 and Narraguagus 15.Judson Pratt was the lone winner for Bucksport with a throw of 99 feet, 10 inches, in the discus.Also for the Golden Bucks:Eric Davis was second in the 400-meter dash in 55.13 seconds and third in the 200-meter dash in 25.36.Elijah McCarthy was sixth in the 3,200-meter run in 12:11.66.The foursome of Jon Geagan, Liam Pitchford, Andrew DeRedin and Levi Cunningham was fourth in the four-by-100-meter relay in 51.05 seconds.The foursome of Robin Doyle, Geagan, Pitchford and Davis was fourth in the four-by-400-meter relay in 4:12.56.Cunningham also placed sixth in the triple jump at 33 feet, 6 inches.Paul Fitzgerald was second in the shot put with a throw of 37 feet, 6 inches; second in the javelin with a throw of 138 feet, 3 inches; and third in the discus with a throw of 98 feet, 4 inches.For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest Postscenter_img Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img read more

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Kenya joins Uganda in Africa Cup of Nations, Tanzania wait

first_imgUganda Cranes vs Cape Verde. Cranes have qualified for AFCON 2019. PHOTO @officialfufaKenya to play in Africa Cup of Nations after Sierra Leone disqualifiedNairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Kenya will compete in the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 15 years, after Sierra Leone was disqualified by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). They join East African colleagues Uganda who qualified top of their group last month, while Tanzania could also snatch a place on the final day.Kenya’s place was confirmed Monday after CAF disqualified Sierra Leone and annulled its results in qualifiers so far played, leaving the group with just three competitors, ensuring both Kenya and Ghana go through to the finals next year.Third-placed Ethiopia cannot now qualify.“Sierra Leone is disqualified from the qualifiers and all its matches are annulled,” CAF said in a statement.Sierra Leone had played two group matches before the country’s football association was suspended by world governing body FIFA for government interference, leading to the team being barred from competition.Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomed the qualification of the Harambee Stars for the biennial continental tournament as a “game-changer” for the sport in the country.It remains unclear who will host Africa’s premier football tournament next summer after CAF stripped defending champions Cameroon of hosting rights on Saturday, citing delays and security concerns.Kenya last qualified for the competition in 2004.Uganda’s Group LTanzania, seeking a return to the Cup of Nations after 39 years, have to beat Uganda, who have not conceded a goal in five matches, in Dar es Salaam on the final qualifying day in March,  to have a realistic chance.All qualifiers are guaranteed at least $475,000 (415,000 euros) prize money.Congratulations #HarambeeStars?? for qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. I assure you of my support and that of the Government to facilitate and provide you with the necessary resources to ensure you are well prepared for the task ahead. Hongera! #AFCON2019 Share on: WhatsApp — Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) December 3, 2018StandingsUganda 5 4 1 0 7 0 13 – qualifiedLesotho 5 1 2 2 3 7 5Tanzania 5 1 2 2 3 5 5C. Verde 5 1 1 3 4 5 4FixturesMar 18-26: C. Verde v Lesotho, Tanzania v Ugandalast_img read more

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Officials Spar Over Downtown Lot Redevelopment

first_imgRED BANK – A long-protracted, large, downtown residential project may have moved a little closer to being realized with a narrowly split Planning Board decision.The borough Planning Board on Monday in a 5-4 vote, endorsed what has become a controversial proposal to consider the long- vacant 55 West Front St. property as a site in need of redevelopment under provisions in a state statute. But that narrow vote didn’t come until after a lengthy debate on the plan that, like with the board’s discussion, has become increasingly divisive in the community – and a pointed political issue in this year’s local election.Technically the vote at Monday evening’s meeting was to see if the board supported the analysis conducted by the borough special redevelopment counsel, Andrew Bayer, and land use planner Anthony Rodriguez, indicating that the non-condemnation redevelopment proposal conforms with the borough master plan for long-term land development goals.The discussion among board members, though, came down to those who see this as a necessary step for much-needed new development to encourage vibrancy in the community and those who allege the plan is a giveaway to a developer, who failed to win a prior approval from the borough Zoning Board of Adjustment.“This is the sort of property this law was aimed at,” Rodriguez said of the long-fallow Front Street site, referring to the state statute that would permit the development.Board member Dan Mancuso, however, voiced concern about the process with local officials “going around and around…for this one owner, because they don’t want to build what fits,” with other board members maintaining this seemed like an attempted end-run around the local zoning board, which had previously denied this application.Board member Linda Cohen, on the other hand, said, “I think this is a very good and perfect opportunity to move forward.”TANTUM, a Jersey City real estate development firm, offered plans to construct the Element, a four-story, 35-unit upscale apartment complex and parking tier on the approximately one-acre site, across the street from the borough’s Riverside Gardens Park. The property has been vacant for about a decade and had previously been home to the Meridian Extended Care facility.The zoning board this spring denied the application, citing the size and density of the project and other concerns. In response, the developer approached Mayor Pasquale Menna about allowing the project to be reconsidered, as opposed to the developer appealing the board denial to Superior Court.Menna and the governing body had considered this site and the White Street municipal parking lot as two locations in need of redevelopment for the community’s betterment. The parking lot is under consideration for a possible future parking garage to address the chronic downtown parking shortage.But the 55 West Front St. consideration has caused a stir among officials and the community. It has seemed to drive a wedge between Menna and his Democratic colleagues on the council who have expressed reservations over it. Menna now seems allied with council Republicans who are supporting this redevelopment. The mayor maintains this redevelopment is a needed and useful tool that would benefit the community in the long run.This is one topic that has seemed to take center stage for November’s election. And Planning Board member and Borough Councilman Michael Whelan, a Republican, said the opposition is politically motivated and preventing this would further hobble the already struggling downtown commercial district.With the board’s ultimate acceptance of the plan, the matter moves to the borough council to draft an ordinance.Proponents insist this is just another step in a long process. Should the ordinance eventually be approved, the property developer will have to once again submit a completed project site plan. But now the matter would be evaluated by the planning board, where the burden is less stringent than before the zoning board.last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Whitewater Ski Team

first_imgTeam Whitewater did not look out of place at the 19th annual Whistler Cup held recently in the picturesque B.C. Ski City. The event has grown to become the largest and most important ski race in North America, and internationally, for athletes aged 11 – 14 years. It is held under the auspice of FIS, the international governing body for alpine skiing. With hundreds of young athletes from 25 countries, the Whistler Cup brings together children from many different cultures around the world. Whitewater coach Dylan Henderson was very pleased with the results of the local team saying, “we went there wanting to finish higher than our start number and we did.” Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to salute the squad with Team of the Week. Henderson (far right) is pictured with Linnea Sharelove (far left), Reece Walsh and Harper Henderson.last_img read more

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SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS SET TO COMPETE IN 48TH ANNUAL HOLY ANGELS BOYS CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME FEB. 12, PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT PERMANENTLY DISABLED JOCKEYS FUND, HOLY ANGELS ATHLETICS & EYE ON JACOB FOUNDATION

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2015)–The 48th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels School Charity Basketball Game will take place Thursday, Feb. 12, at La Salle High School in Pasadena with proceeds to benefit the Holy Angels athletic program, the Kentucky-based Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Sponsored by J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park, game time is 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will be available for an autograph signing session beginning at 6:30 p.m.With Pincay serving as honorary team captain, Desormeaux, Smith and Solis will comprise a team of fellow active riders such as William Antongeorgi, Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Brandon Boulanger, Alex Canchari, Victor Espinoza, Santiago Gonzalez, Mario Gutierrez, Aaron Gryder, Edwin Maldonado, Felipe Martinez, Corey Nakatani, Irving Orozco, Martin Pedroza, Fernando Perez, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Iggy Puglisi, Kayla Stra, Joe Talamo, Elvis Trujillo, Drayden Van Dyke and perhaps others.“We look forward to this game every year,” said Nakatani, perennially one of the most competitive jockeys on the squad. “The game is fun for everyone, the jocks, the Holy Angels kids, all of our families and the fans that come to support us. It’s a great night where we can all get together, have fun and help raise money for some great causes. I’ve really enjoyed it over the years.”The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, who is the 16-year-old son of Hall of Fame jockey, Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.HRTV’s Kurt Hoover, a former standout cager at Arcadia High School, will again coach the jockeys’ team. Known for his laid-back approach, Hoover stated his game-day approach will be similar to that of past years–“We’ll keep the clock runnin’ and just let ’em run and gun.”Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita. Additionally, there will be opportunities to win a trip to Las Vegas and a Paintball Package to Hollywood Sports Paintball and Airsoft Park.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles northwest of Santa Anita. Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels School. –30– EVENT SPONSORED BY J. PAUL REDDAM’S CASHCALL & SANTA ANITA PARKlast_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 1, 2015

first_imgFernando Perez12512161110%$554,162 UNDEFEATED DORTMUND SET FOR SAN FELIPEHall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said Sunday morning that unbeaten Dortmund, a leading Triple Crown contender, would run in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes, a major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4.Dortmund, a grandiose son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, won his last two races by a head, the Robert B. Lewis Stakes and the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity.Winner of all four of his races, Dortmund had been expected to make his next start in the San Anita Derby. The Lewis was run on Feb. 7.Other probables for the San Felipe, a race Baffert has won four times, include Bolo, Ocho Ocho Ocho, Pain and Misery and Prospect Park. SHARED BELIEF CARRIES HIGHWEIGHT OF 125 IN BIG ‘CAPShared Belief, “the best horse in the country,” will carry his greatest impost ever,top weight of 125 pounds, in Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.“I don’t think Jerry had any complaints,” said Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward of the 125 assigned to Shared Belief, the once-beaten male 2-year-old champion of 2013 who defeated 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome in the San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7.“The racing secretary told us Shared Belief is the best horse in the country,” Ward said, adding that the disparity in weights from high to low is more significant than the actual weight assigned and carried by the high weight.In 10 lifetime starts, nine of them victories, Shared Belief has never carried more than 123 pounds, both times in his last two starts, victories, in the San Antonio at a mile and an eighth and the Grade I Malibu at seven furlongs.Probable starters with assigned weights for the 78th Santa Anita Handicap for 4-year-olds and up at 1 ¼ miles, which goes as race 10 on an 11-race program that starts at 12 noon: Shared Belief, Mike Smith, 125; Bronzo, Tyler Baze, 117; Dynamic Sky, Corey Nakatani, 117; Patrioticandproud, no rider, 116; Hard Aces, Victor Espinoza, 115; Sr. Quisqueyano, Joe Talamo, 115; Catch a Flight, Gary Stevens, 114; Cool Samurai, Aaron Gryder, 114; Crimson Giant, Brandon Boulanger, 114; and Diamond Bachelor, Martin Pedroza, 114.In other Big ‘Cap news:Bob Baffert was undecided Sunday morning on whether San Pasqual Stakes winner Hoppertunity would start. Asked at 9 a.m. if the son of Any Given Saturday would run in the race, Baffert said, “Don’t know yet.”Crimson Giant might be long on odds but he won’t be short on fitness. “Every single day he gallops at a very high clip,” trainer Charlie Stutts said of the 6-year-old gelding, winner of only a maiden race from 66 career starts.The California-bred son of Formal Gold owned and bred by Bryan Carney has raced six times at this meet alone in a span of nine weeks. His lifetime past performances take up seven inches of space.Apprentice rider Bryan Boulanger, who celebrates his 21st birthday today, has the mount in the Big ‘Cap.Santa Anita offers two huge guaranteed pools on Big ‘Cap Day, $1 million on the Late Pick 4 and $250,000 on the Pick 6. There will be a Beerfest and live music in the Infield. Mark Casse4595620%$674,158 Jerry Hollendorfer11922171718%$2,185,018 Drayden Van Dyke14015161911%$834,806 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Flavien Prat851011812%$535,696 Bob Baffert7215141021%$1,311,088 Edwin Maldonado841161113%$417,234 Peter Eurton59119819%$561,768 Martin Garcia9919131219%$1,337,630 Ron Ellis3883621%$303,180 Richard Mandella4488718%$431,346 Corey Nakatani9116101218%$806,538 Tyler Baze19526212313%$1,458,994 Thomas Proctor3264319%$461,850 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 28) PAIN AND MISERY: RELIEF MAY COME IN SAN FELIPEIt’s time to test the deep waters for Pain and Misery, a 3-year-old son of Bob and John whose name creates a cringe of angst at its very mention.The Kentucky-bred gelding tackles heavyweights in Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes, worth 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner. In four career starts, it will mark the first beyond 6 ½ furlongs for Pain and Misery.“The timing is good,” trainer Richard Mandella said in explaining the move. “He’s ready to run and the San Felipe is the race that’s there. We don’t know if he’s good enough for that, but we might as well find out. He trains like he might be.”Pain and Misery made his debut at Del Mar last Aug. 24, finishing third before moving to Zia Park in New Mexico where he won two straight for trainer Henry Dominguez, including the Governors Cup at six furlongs.Sent to Mandella, Pain and Misery was beaten a neck in his debut for the Hall of Fame conditioner at 10-1 in the restricted Baffle Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf Feb. 15.Mandella wouldn’t be setting a precedent should Pain and Misery win. Mandella captured the San Felipe for owner Burt Bacharach in 1994 and 1995 with Soul of the Matter and Afternoon Deelites.Mandella is not averse to winning with longshots, either. He saddled male 2-year-old champion of 2003 Action This Day to a 26-1 shocker in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile that year.FINISH LINES: Agent Tony Matos reports that Corey Nakatani will ride Mr. Z for        D. Wayne Lukas in the Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds on March 28 . . . Zenyatta offspring Cozmic One had yet another workout in advance of his debut for trainer John Shirreffs, going five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Sunday morning in 1:00.60 . . . Trainer Barry Abrams celebrates his 61st birthday on Wednesday . . . Condolences to trainer Jerry Fanning, whose son, Hoot Fanning, passed away Feb. 16 at age 56. There will be a “Paddle Out” memorial service on Monday, 3 p.m., at Dana Point Harbor, 24200 Dana Point Drive, Baby Beach/Pier. Elvis Trujillo15017181111%$1,060,110 Tiago Pereira891081211%$350,464 Gary Stevens7111111215%$945,320center_img SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Rafael Bejarano17443252325%$1,907,694 Martin Pedroza1281218189%$538,094 Felipe Valdez3977818%$204,948 Mark Glatt4878715%$374,934 Peter Miller10318201017%$1,047,426 Doug O’Neill11011101610%$637,894 Mike Smith7615171120%$1,377,341 Philip D’Amato49119722%$512,270 ‘BEST HORSE IN COUNTRY’ IN SANTA ANITA HANDICAPMASSIVE EXOTIC POOLS GUARANTEED NEXT SATURDAYUNBEATEN DORTMUND TO RUN IN SAN FELIPE STAKESWOE TO FOES OF PAIN AND MISERY IN SAN FELIPE? John Sadler8511151313%$736,036 Michael Pender3264319%$162,160 A. C. Avila2472329%$203,774 James Cassidy4785917%$305,100 -30- Jeff Bonde2790333%$321,530 Richard Baltas47108321%$398,918 Kent Desormeaux13025231719%$1,411,660 Victor Espinoza12825241620%$1,518,018 Joseph Talamo16118162711%$1,237,152 Hector Palma2363126%$129,150last_img read more

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South African innovation to be seen through the eyes of top bloggers

first_imgThat’s why the Brand South Africa/IMC is bringing a group of top-notch US bloggers to SA in first week of December and hosting them on a first-of-its-kind 8-day tour that will showcase South Africa as an extraordinary nation of creative problem-solvers who do difficult things well. Travelling with the group will be two of South Africa best-known bloggers, Thoughtleader’s Ndumiso Ngcobo, author of “Some of My Best Friends are White”, and Nicholas Haralambous of SARocks.co.za,  along with Simon Barber, the IMC’s US Country Manager, who blogs at brandsouthafricablog.com.  Nich will also be blogging for the Homecoming Revolution website whilst on the trip.Armed with their laptops, cameras and digital recorders — and 3G wireless modems generously supplied by Vodacom to give them 24/7 access to the web – the bloggers will:1. Helicopter out to De Beers’ state of the art mining ship, Peace in Africa, off the west coast;2. Get a close look for South Africa’s green technology, including the Joule electric car and the Darling wind farm;3. See the sun set over the Richtersveld;4. Descend 3.7 kilometres to the ore face at Anglogold Ashanti’s Tau Tona mine, the world’s deepest;5. Hike in the Magaliesberg with an innovative programme to rescue troubled youth;6. Overnight in Soweto to get a feel for its history and transformation;7. Visit Soccer City to get the latest on 2010;8. Drink a little wine with the folks from Stormhoek winery who  pioneered the use of web-based social networks to be an internationally-respected brand;9. And much, much more on a remarkable itinerary assembled with the invaluable help of the well-known science-writer, author, educator and blogger Graeme Addison.As they go, the bloggers will be posting on their experiences and impressions in words, pictures, video and sound.  Their posts will be aggregated at a special site, www.weblogtheworld.com , and also available as an RSS feed. Photos will be posted to flickr, videos to YouTube and Zoopy.Explaining the thinking behind the tour, IMC’s Barber said: “The beauty of the Internet, blogs and technologies like Facebook, YouTube, Zoopy and Twitter, is that everyone can now be a storyteller and, with a little luck and flair, have their story heard by millions.“We’re going to be creating all kinds of great content on this tour.  We hope our posts will generate tons of links from other blogs, Facebook pages and the like. We hope lots of people will not just watch our videos on YouTube and Zoopy but embed them, along with the tour’s RSS feed and flickr stream, on their own sites. That’s what we’re working to achieve.”Emphasising the importance of user-generated-content, Barber continued: “If you’re in the market for almost any product or service these days, and you have an Internet connection, the net is your buyer’s guide.  You don’t need to listen to sales pitches or succumb to slick ads. You go online and get recommendations from people your trust, other consumers, your peers. That’s the new reality for everyone in the marketing business.“As the custodian of Brand South Africa, the International Marketing Council’s job is to see that South Africa’s story is told compellingly, convincingly and, above all – because you can neither compel nor convince otherwise – authentically.“One way to do that is to empower South Africans to use the Internet to talk about the country they love and get themselves heard. Another is to amplify the voices of visitors when they record and share their overwhelmingly positive experiences here. Nothing beats a good third party endorsement.”Barber cited the example of Kevin DeSouza, an assistant professor at the University of Washington’s School of Information, who  spent a couple of months teaching at Wits earlier this year.  Here’s a link to what he wrote in his blog when he left:  http://kevindesouza.blogspot.com/. As the comments at the bottom of the post show, it had an impact. Shirley Meyer wrote:  “Very grateful for the review. I have wanted to visit for a while, but was too worried (nervous). I must buy my ticket now. Thanks a million.”The US bloggers are:       1. Renee Blodgett and Ray Lewis (www.downtheavenue.com),       2. Zadi Diaz (www.zadidiaz.com),       3. Mona Gable (www.huffingtonpost.com/mona-gable),       4. John Gartner (www.matternetwork.com),       5. Chris Morrison (www.venturebeat.com),       6. David Sasaki (www.globalvoices.org),       7. Graeme Wood (www.theamericanscene.com,www.thesmartset.com ,www.theatlantic.com)       8. Eliane Fioret (www.ubergizmo.com). For further information, please contact: Simon Barber, US Country ManagerCell: +1 202 276 5084Office +1 202 657 5758 / +1 202 432 5607From November 28: +27 76 822 7365Skype name: barber.comEmail: [email protected] this article in PDF format. [367kb]last_img read more

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Corn Harvest Cab Cam — Schmitmeyer Farms, Mercer County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Ag Net crew visited the farm of the Schmitmeyer family for the first week of Feeding Farmers in the Field, fall 2016 edition. Corn harvest had just begun on their Mercer County farm south of Celina at the time OAN’s Joel Penhorwood visited with Pat Schmitmeyer about their yield, operation, and more.last_img

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Passive House Certification: Looking Under the Hood

first_imgThe hot water budget is based on nine occupantsPHPP uses the TFA to calculate the domestic hot water budget and the Specific Primary Energy Demand, i.e., total “source” energy usage. (“Source” energy includes an adjustment factor to account for the energy losses during electricity generation and transmission losses from the power plant to the house.) The larger the TFA, the greater the number of expected occupants, and thus the more hot water and energy that the mythical 9.3 individuals will consume.So we expect our actual hot water and electricity usage will be substantially lower than PHPP predictions. When calculating floor area, PHPP obeys the WohnflächenverordnungThere was a substantial difference in the Treated Floor Area (TFA) that we calculated in our own PHPP results and the area calculated by the PHA, primarily due to how the large basement rec room was handled. RELATED ARTICLES [Editor’s note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the 20th article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.] No credit for the PV systemI will again climb onto my soapbox and rail against PHPP counting the contribution of a solar hot water system for domestic hot water production, but not the contribution of a photovoltaic (PV) system.With three adults who don’t consume much hot water, we are a poor fit for an investment in a solar hot water system. Solar thermal systems are more expensive than PV systems, they require more maintenance, and their production is wasted when we are away and no one is home to use the hot water.In contrast, PV is a better value, requires much less maintenance, has a much longer service life, and continues to earn a credit on our electric bill when we are away. (See an excellent blog on this topic entitled “Solar Thermal is Dead” by Martin Holladay.)We plan to install a heat-pump water heater in the basement. This appliance will very efficiently transfer ambient heat from the basement air to the water in the tank at a rate of nearly 3 units of hot water for every unit of energy used for the transfer.We will add a PV array to keep us at net-zero energy use. Interestingly, there appears to be no accounting within the PHPP calculations made by PHA for the energy transfer of basement heat to the hot water tank, even though our energy analyst Marc Rosenbaum suggested a methodology. As a follow-up to my last blog on attaining Passive House Design Stage Assurance, here are a few of my observations on the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) results that the Passive House Academy (PHA) attained for EdgewaterHaus. PHPP is the software design tool developed by the Passivhaus Institut to evaluate whether a building’s energy performance meets the Passivhaus standard.I have no specific training in the philosophical logic, data entry, or actual calculations of PHPP, and am neither an architect nor a builder. Nonetheless, here are some of PHPP results that caught my attention. BLOGS BY ROGER NORMAND Looking Through Windows — Part 7Designing Superinsulated WallsCutting Down Trees and Milling LumberA Visit to the Local SawmillSeeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 1Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 3Can We Get More and Pay Less To Keep About The Same?Backup Electrical Power for a Passivhaus Project? Appliances and lightingWe will use all Energy Star appliances and a combination of CFL and LED lighting. Who would build a home to the Passivhaus standard and not use high-efficiency electrical devices?Yet PHA used standard values in PHPP for appliances and lighting. So a more accurate PHPP would reflect an even lower primary energy need. We asked and PHA also agreed to reflect this change.On the other hand, at a primary energy demand of 26 kBTU/ft2•yr, we are already well within the 38 kBTU/ft2•yr Passivhaus primary energy standard, so this will have little effect in our achieving Passivhaus certification. In a predominantly heating climate like Maine, it’s all about meeting the annual heat demand target of 4.8 kBTU/ft2•yr. According to the software, nine people will live in our housePHPP uses the TFA to establish how many people could live in the building, not how many will be there. This occupancy per square foot is wired into PHPP and cannot be changed.I suppose that makes sense, since a well-constructed building will house many generations of small to large sized families. But PHPP dictates, in a deep bow to German frugality vs. grander American expectations, that our 3,500-square-foot EdgewaterHaus should house 9.3 occupants! Wow! That’s a far cry from the three adults, one dog, and two cats who will actually live there.After construction is completed, we’ll have to recruit another 3.3 occupants to meet PHPP expectations – perhaps we’ll get a few more four-legged critters! Buffering effect of rooms outside the thermal envelopePHA assigned equal weighting to the buffering effects of the garage and the three-season room, both of which are outside the thermal envelope. These two rooms moderate the temperature differences between inside and outside the thermal envelope, but I don’t believe they do so equally.The garage has two eight-foot wide R-9 insulated garage doors; the walls, slab, and ceilings have minimal insulation; and there is no effort to minimize thermal bridges.In contrast, the three-season room faces due south, has lots of glazing, and is insulated identically to the rooms within the thermal envelope. The only exception is that the three-season room has double-pane instead of triple-pane windows.We asked PHA (and PHA agreed) to assign a higher buffering factor to the three-season room. TFA is a key variable in PHPP. Rather than consider overall exterior or interior building dimensions, PHPP uses the German Floor Area Ordinance, which measures the “clear width between building elements” excluding the area of chimneys, walls, columns, and stairs with more than three steps. There are many other caveats, e.g., there must be a clear height of 6.6 feet (rooms between 3.3 feet and 6.6 feet in height are added at 50 percent of the area); the rooms must be within the thermal envelope (that excludes our three-season room and the garage); storage and mechanical rooms inside the thermal envelope are included at 60 percent of the area.Our PHPP included the rec room room at 60 percent of its area, while PHA recognized it at 100 percent.The PHPP manual states “basement and secondary rooms or rooms not regarded as living spaces in the German ‘Wohnflächenverordnung’, but are located inside of the thermal envelope anyway and have a room height of at least 6.6 feet may be added to the treated floor area with 60% of their area.”I read ambiguity, intentioned or not, in this section of the PHPP manual. The operative word for me here is the “not” in the phrase “rooms not regarded as living spaces.” The rec room has a 9.5 foot ceiling height, two Bilco ScapeWEL venting windows for direct emergency egress, drywall-finished ICF walls and ceilings below with wood I-beam main floor (now required by U.S building codes for fire prevention), and will use a simple electric resistance heater when needed.I plan to use the space as a workshop, but the space certainly could be used as a modern-day “man-cave.” It is entirely reasonable to me to include the rec room as full-fledged living space, as PHA has done, rather than the 60 percent as we had done. In conventional terms, our home is 4,400 square feet divided equally between a main floor and basement. PHPP calculated a TFA of about 3,500 square feet. Passivhaus For BeginnersPassivhaus Practitioners Share Their Success StoriesFarmhouse Style Meets Passive HouseEnergy Modeling Isn’t Very AccurateNet-Zero-Energy versus Passivhaus How much precision do we need?I am baffled by several of the individual spreadsheets within PHPP.Since windows serve as the primary heat source for a Passivhaus building, they get a great deal of attention in PHPP. There is a spreadsheet to calculate for each individual window its degree of deviation from north, its angle of inclination from the horizontal, the window rough opening dimension, the glazing details, the frame material, the SHGC, the U-factors for the frame and glass, and the width of each side of the window frame.Wait, there’s more. Another spreadsheet calculates the thermal bridges for each window. Yet another spreadsheet calculates shading factors. Here again, for each individual window, we estimated the height and distance of any shading objects like trees or other buildings, and from the construction drawings the window reveal depth, the distance from glazing edge to reveal, the overhang depth, the distance from upper glazing edge to overhang, and a mysterious additional shading reduction factor. Yikes!I can appreciate much of the engineering rigor in the analysis. I remain a steadfast and ardent supporter of the Passivhaus approach to building design. But a small part of me is left wondering about the real-world value in this nth degree of PHPP precision. We are designing EdgewaterHaus for two adults plus an elderly parent, yet the PHPP energy load for the home is based on 9.3 occupants and excludes the contribution of the PV array. The first article in this series was Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus Project. Roger Normand’s construction blog is called EdgewaterHaus.last_img read more

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10 months agoREVEALED: Real Madrid want Man Utd to buy Bale and fund spending spree

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Real Madrid want Man Utd to buy Bale and fund spending spreeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is ready to make this the final season at the club of Gareth Bale.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, who was speaking on El Chiringuito.”Bale will be sold next season, it’s a decision that’s been made,” Inda explained. “They would sell him for €180m, it’s their starting price. They want to sign a centre-back, a left-back, a midfielder and two craques in attack.”Inda says Florentino expects Manchester United to come forward next year with a new proposal for Bale.And an offer of £150m is anticipated, despite Bale’s persistent injury problems. last_img read more

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