first_imgUnapologetic–Geovanni Franco–120Roman Rosso–Evin Roman–120Chicago Style–Drayden Van Dyke–124Epical–Tyler Baze–120Platinum Warrior–Shane Foley–122Sejo–Flavien Prat–120Dabster–Joe Talamo–120Beach View–Rafael Bejarano–122Lucky Soul–Heriberto Figueroa–120Flamboyant–Brice Blanc–120India Mantuana–Joel Rosario–117Ya Gotta Wanna–Aaron Gryder–120Prince of Arabia–Kent Desormeaux–120Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 11:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE. WIDE OPEN GRADE II, $200,000 SAN MARCOS STAKES ATTRACTS 13 RUNNERS; CASSIDY’S IMPROVING EPICAL LOOMS LARGE AS DOES BAFFERT’S DABSTER, WHO TRIES TURF FOR THE FIRST TIME AT 1 ¼ MILESSPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME FOR 11-RACE CARD IS AT 11:30 A.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2019)–In what appears to be the best betting race on Santa Anita’s 11-race card Saturday, the Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes has attracted 13 older horses who will compete at a mile and one quarter on turf.  Originally scheduled to be run this past Saturday, the San Marcos was shifted to this Saturday due to last weekend’s heavy rains.An impressive allowance winner in his last two starts, trainer Jim Cassidy’s Epical might be the horse to beat in a wide open affair.  While Epical appears to be the “now” horse, Bob Baffert’s classy Dabster looms the biggest question mark in the race, as he’ll be trying turf for the first time his 13th career start.Throw in hard knocking graded stakes winners Chicago Style and Beach View, along with fresh and dangerous reformed claimer Unapologetic, and betting value should abound in this year’s renewal of the prestigious San Marcos.EPICALOwner:  D P Racing, Inc.Trainer:  Jim CassidyAn emphatic 2 ¼ length turf allowance winner going 1 1/8 miles here on Dec. 28, this 4-year-old Uncle Mo gelding went gate to wire through realistic splits of 47.40, 1:11 flat and 1:34.40 en route to a final clocking of 1:46.20.  A 6 ¾ length turf allowance winner going 1 3/8 miles in similar fashion at Del Mar Nov. 15, Epical should be extremely tough as he steps into graded completion and stretches out furlong off of his most recent win.  With back to back Beyer Speed figures of 96 to his credit, he’ll be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Tyler Baze on Saturday.DABSTEROwner:  Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al MaktoumTrainer:  Bob BaffertBlessed with outstanding natural speed on dirt, this 5-year-old son of Curlin, out of the A.P. Indy mare On a Roll, has been facing top horses on dirt in his last two starts.  Most recently third, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by John Sadler’s Gift Box in the Grade II San Antonio on Dec. 26, he was second, beaten a neck, by 2017 Breeder’s Cup Dirt Mile winner Battle of Midway two starts back in the Grade III Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 25.  As second guessing anything Baffert does these days carries the aura of a “fool’s errand,” Dabster, on class alone, could go favored in the San Marcos with regular rider Joe Talamo up.CHICAGO STYLEOwner:  Glen Hill FarmTrainer:  Tom ProctorConsistent and hard knocking, this 6-year-old Glen Hill homebred gelding by Kitten’s Joy is a great fit in the San Marcos and he should get a lively pace to run at.  A neck winner of the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup two starts back Nov. 23, he shortened up three eighths of a mile when a close fourth here in the 1 1/8 miles turf San Gabriel Stakes on Jan. 5.  With Drayden Van Dyke back in the irons, Chicago Style will be looking for his seventh win from 13 career starts.BEACH VIEWOwner:  Levy RacingTrainer:  Leonard PowellAlthough he’s proven he can be attentive to the pace, this 6-year-old Maryland-bred horse by Giant’s Causeway has run from off the pace in his last two starts, most recently finishing an even fourth on dirt in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes on Dec. 26.  Third, beaten 1 ½ lengths by Chicago Style in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar two starts back, Beach View will hope to get the right trip on Saturday.UNAPOLOGETICOwner:  Tom Acker, Allen Racing, LLC, Michael Bloom & Jon LindoTrainer:  Bill SpawrRidden for the first time upstart Geovanni Franco, this 6-year-old Temple City gelding ran what appeared to be the best race of his 27-race career in rallying to win a 1 3/8 miles turf allowance at Del Mar on Nov. 22.  Claimed for $40,000 by Spawr 16 starts back on Nov. 20, 2016, Unapologetic is 14-3-1-2 over the Santa Anita turf and will likely employ similar come from behind tactics in the San Marcos.  Although well beaten in his only two graded stakes appearances, the Grade III Cougar II Handicap on July 25 and the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap three starts back on Aug. 18, he’s had plenty of time since his last start and if the San Marcos pace is hot, he could be a serious danger in the late stages.THE GRADE II SAN MARCOS STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 9 of 11                                         Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTlast_img read more

first_imgA shop owner was given a one-year prison sentence days after he pleaded guilty to an illegal gun and ammunition charge at his first court appearance earlier in the week.Thirty-one-year-old Ricolido Kyte, of Festival City, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was sentenced by Principal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus.It was alleged that on July 30, 2019, at Meloge Landing, Cuyuni River, Essequibo, he had in his possession one 12-gauge shotgun and two live cartridges without being a licenced firearm holder.Kyte had previously told the court that “I was a ranger at my father’s place. Recently, we were robbed, and they carry away all our gold; so I purchased the gun to protect my father’s interest and myself”.He also noted that he has been working in the interior for the past seven years and is about to get married.Attorney-at-Law George Thomas asked that Kyte be given a suspended sentence owing to the circumstances under which the gun was purchased.The Magistrate, in handing down the sentence, said, “You know what you did was wrong and you should have done it legally but I’m not going to give you a heavy sentence”.Hence, she sentenced him to one year in prison on the grounds that he was remorseful and did not waste the court’s time.According to information on the day in question, Police acted on information went to the location where Kyte resides and carried out a search during which, the gun and matching ammunition were found in a bedroom.He was thus arrested and charged.last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON — Was former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan right when he put the chance of a recession this year at one in three? A report released Friday showed the country logged its worst economic growth in four years in the opening quarter of 2007. That raised fresh questions about whether troubles in the U.S. housing market will spread and throw the economy into a tailspin before the year is out. The economy practically crawled at a 1.3 percent pace in January-to-March quarter, the Commerce Department reported Friday. That was even weaker than the sluggish 2.5 percent rate in the prior period. The main culprit in the slowdown: the housing slump, which made some businesses act cautiously. The bloated trade deficit also played a role. Consumers largely carried the economy in the first quarter. But will they stay resilient in light of the troubled housing market, fallout from risky mortgages and rising energy prices? “The No. 1 question is can the consumer continue to play Atlas while the housing market crumbles around him?” said Richard Yamarone, economist at Argus Research. Others worry about businesses’ appetite to spend and invest — also important ingredients for a healthy economy. Friday’s report brought some of these uncertainties to the fore. For now, many economists — Greenspan included — believe the risk of a recession is low. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, however, has said he doesn’t believe the economic expansion, now in its sixth year, is in danger of fizzling out. Neither does the Bush administration. The reading on gross domestic product in the first quarter was the weakest since a 1.2 percent pace in the opening quarter of 2003. GDP measures the value of all goods and services produced within the United States and is considered the best barometer of the country’s economic fitness. The performance was even weaker than the 1.8 percent economists had forecast. “The economy went through a very soggy period,” said Lynn Reaser, chief economist at Bank of America’s Investment Strategies Group. “The biggest risk to the economy is if the housing market doesn’t stabilize. That could force consumers and businesses to cut back sharply in spending. Those risks seem to be limited at this juncture,” she said. On Wall Street, blue-chip investors took the weak GDP showing in stride. The Dow Jones industrials rose 15.44 points to 13,120.94. It marked the third record close in as many days. Even though the economy slowed in the first quarter, inflation picked up. That could complicate the Fed’s work of keeping the economy and inflation on an even keel. “This is a knife’s edge scenario,” observed John Silvia, chief economist at Wachovia Economics Group. An inflation gauge tied to the GDP report and closely watched by the Fed showed that core prices — excluding food and energy — rose at a rate of 2.2 percent in the first quarter, up from 1.8 percent in the fourth quarter. Republicans and Democrats had divergent views of the GDP report. “We knew that the housing market would go through an adjustment. The positive news here is that our economy has been able to grow in spite of that very sharp reduction,” Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said in an interview with The Associated Press. But Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., called the sick housing market and the swollen trade deficit — which played in the first-quarter’s slowdown — “body blows” to the economy that “must be countered by sound economic policy from the Bush administration.” The biggest factor behind the first quarter slowdown was the crumbling housing market. Investment in home building was cut by 17 percent on an annualized basis. Such investment had been slashed at an even deeper 19.8 percent pace in the fourth quarter. “The report tells me housing is probably going to be in a more prolonged and deeper recession,” said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group. Weak investment by businesses in inventories also held back GDP. So did the trade deficit, shaving 0.52 percentage point off GDP. Another negative factor was a 6.6 percent drop, on an annualized basis, in federal defense spending. However, consumers whose shopping is indispensable to a booming economy boosted their spending at a 3.8 percent pace. That was a solid showing although it was slightly weaker than the 4.2 percent rate in the fourth quarter. A key reason consumers have remained resilient, even in the face of the painful housing slump, is that the jobs markets has managed to stay in good shape. The nation’s unemployment rate dropped in March to 4.4 percent, matching a five-year low. However, economists predict that rate will climb — perhaps to close to 5 percent by the end of this year — as economic activity cools. In other economic news, employers’ costs to hire and retain workers grew 0.8 percent in the first quarter, down slightly from a 0.9 percent increase in the fourth quarter, the Labor Department reported. Wages and salaries went up 1.1 percent, a figure that hasn’t been higher since 2001. That’s good news for workers and should support consumer spending. Benefit costs, however, edged up just 0.1 percent, the least since the first quarter of 1999.last_img read more

first_imgRed Hughs NotesLotto & 100+ ClubThere was no winning sequence in this weeks Lotto but the winner of the lucky dip was Dolores Geary, Railway Avenue who wins €30. Next weeks Lotto jackpot is €1,750. The Lotto sellers in the coming weeks are: 23rd February – Kieran Bradley, 2nd March – Joe Sweeney, 9th March – Charlie Doherty and 16th March – Bernard Devine. The winner of the 100+ Club draw this week was Pat Lafferty, Killygordon who wins €100. Thanks to all for their continued support of the weekly Lotto & 100+ Club.The winner of the players draw this week was Paul McMenamin. €4 to be paid weekly to ensure entry in the draw.Seniors, Reserves and U21This years championship draws were made at the weekend: Junior A – Red Hughs v Convoy; Junior B – Red Hughs v St Eunans or Glenswilly; U21 – Red Hughs v St Nauls. Training continues this week on Wednesday and Friday at 7.00pm. There is expected to be a challenge game for the seniors and reserves this Sunday.MembershipAll those who have not registered with the club should do so now. Adult membership costs €30 per person with a concession rate of €50 for couples (an adult and their partner/husband/wife). Underage registration costs €10 per child or a maximum of €20 for a family. New members are very welcome to join the club. All players must have membership paid before taking part in games. Contact club Registrar Eamonn Kelly on (087) 2942974.Minor BoardThere is still a managerial vacancy for the U16 Girls team. Anyone interested contact Stephen Gallagher on (087) 2054484. Night at the RacesThe club will be holding a ‘Night at the Races’ this Saturday the 23rd February in Brownes Bar starting at 9.30pm.St Patrick Weekend Day of CultureThe club will be hosting a St Patricks weekend ‘Day of Culture’ at the pitch on Saturday 16th March from 2.00pm to 5.30pm. There will be various activities on the day including ceili dancing, traditional sessions, storytelling, face painting and lots more. Refreshments will be served. Entry for adults is €5 and €3 for children. Everyone is welcome. ZumbaZumba takes place at the clubhouse on Mondays at 10.00am and Wednesdays at 7.00pm. €5 per person. All are welcome.Clubhouse Open for ActivitiesThe upstairs room in the clubhouse is currently available for use for classes/activities. Times are flexible and reasonable rates apply. Anyone interested in using these facilities should contact Andy Doherty on (087) 6843311 for more details.SympathySincere sympathy is extended to the O’Loughlin family, The Curragh on their recent bereavement.GAELIC GAMES: RED HUGHS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: February 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAELIC GAMES: RED HUGHS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

first_imgLetterkenny businessman Leonard Watson has been appointed as the new President of the Letterkenny Chamber.Watson took over the role of outgoing President Gerard Mc Cormick after an election at the Chamber’s AGM last night in Dillon’s Hotel.Gerard McCormick outgoing president with Leondard Watson the new President at the Letterkenny Chamber AGM on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonLeonard has been an active member of the Chamber since opening his business 5 years ago and has served on the Chamber Council since 2014. Leonard is well known in the Letterkenny business community and on taking over the role he said he was very much looking forward to representing the business community and Chamber members in 2017.On his appointment, he said: “It is an honour to be nominated and elected as Chamber President by my colleagues in the Chamber Council. I have over the last few years tried to play my part in shaping the strategy and future of the Chamber.“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Gerard McCormick for his hard work and dedication over the past year and I am committed to carrying out this role with the same enthusiasm and integrity.”Leonard Watson the new Letterkenny Chamber president at the Letterkenny Chamber AGM on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonGerard McCormick, Brian Brogan and John Watson at the Letterkenny Chamber AGM on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonLeonard hopes to emulate the hard work of past presidents and continue to develop the relationships with key stakeholders across the North West and to grow membership and participation. “Last year a lot of work was done in terms of improving our communications and our engagement with members. This is very much a work in progress that we see increasing in the coming year. We are proud to represent members and as President I will be reaching out to the members to get even more involved,” he said.Some of the Letterkenny Chamber members at the Letterkenny Chamber AGM on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonApart from a new President the Chamber also elected a new Chamber Council which as always consists of members from a wide variety of business sectors, who meet on a monthly basis and who are responsible for steering the policies, activities and initiatives of the Chamber.Chamber Council 2017/2018: President – Leonard Watson (Watson Menswear); Clare McNickle (Clare Clothing); Eoghan Walsh (AIB); Jimmy Stafford (Bank of Ireland); Michael Margey (LYIT); Bernard Dillon (Honorary Member); Bernard Doherty (Ulster Bank); Bernard Gallagher (CBM Signs); Ann Louise McClintock (AL Consultancy ); Brian McCormick (Brian McCormick Sports); Gerard McCormick (Magees Pharmacy); JP McCloskey (Evolve Menswear); Clare McDonough (La Maison); Fionnuala Rabbitt (Highland Radio); Patricia Hill (Stateside American Restaurant); John Watson (Watson Home, Hire & Hardware); Andrew Brolly (The Swingroom Café). New president elected to Letterkenny Chamber was last modified: December 15th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Leonard WatsonLetterkenny Chamberlast_img read more

first_img4 February 2009 Gauteng Premier Paul Mashatile said: “Our golden train is finally where it belongs. This is the beginning of a dream that has now come true. We are getting an efficient public transport system that is safe, reliable and efficient.” That compliance involves ride comfort, journey time and environmental compliance, among other criteria. Some 150 invited guests and journalists gathered at the operational control centre and depot at Midrand, Johannesburg to ride the Gautrain for the first time, in a ceremony the officials named iFikile Ekhaya – welcome home. “The outcomes of the testing and commissioning and system integration processes are measured against strict technical criteria to ensure compliance with all design and safety requirements,” according to a Gautrain statement. ‘Dream on wheels’ Barry added: “The time is right for trains.” The train silently moved forward, no sound, no surge or jolt to push passengers back into their seats, and reached a speed of 80km with ease. People on the road below the elevated track stopped to take pictures with their cellphones. People inside the coach looked around in wonder. The Gautrain will operate between Johannesburg, Tshwane and OR Tambo International Airport. The route between the airport and Sandton will be ready for the 2010 World Cup. Residents of South Africa’s Gauteng province are probably tired of the excessive rainfall over the past week, but the “Gautrainers” – the group of people invited for the first official ride of the country’s high speed train, the Gautrain – were excited by the sudden downpour on Tuesday. They have waited for seven years, since late 2001, when the high-speed train concept was punted for Gauteng, to step aboard the R25-billion Gautrain, which is being manufactured in England. Dave Barry, the vice-president of Bombardier Transportation, spoke about passion. “The passion that we can sense now on the project is fantastic.” While listening to the officials giving speeches, the thunder boomed outside, forcing the controller to increase the sound level on the mike. Then the rain beat down on the large warehouse depot where the event took place. He said that the transport of the train up from Durban harbour in early December 2008 was delayed along the way because people wanted to touch and photograph the train each time it stopped. “That passion is being felt by everyone in Gauteng – people are stopping on the motorway to take photos with their cellphones.” The train will be supplemented by a dedicated bus fleet which will comprise 125 buses running some 36 routes, covering 26 000 kilometres every day. “This is the birth of a new legacy in public transport in South Africa and in Africa.” He said that the Gautrain would establish a new standard of trains that arrive and depart on time, and allow passengers to travel in a safe and clean environment. The train from Sandton to the airport would take 12 minutes, he confirmed. Golden train’ He thanked Joburg residents, particularly those living along the construction sites of the Gautrain, for their patience and tolerance of the inconvenience. Ignatius Jacobs, the provincial MEC of public transport, roads and works, called the Gautrain “this dream on wheels”. He couldn’t stop beaming. In late October 2008, the tunnel between Sandton and Marlboro merged, a major milestone.center_img Inside, the coach resounds in blue and gold – the tall-backed seating is a rich royal blue, with blue and gold spotted carpet, with two stripes running up it, and with the gold Gautrain logo emblazoned on it. “We give you a train with modern technology to ensure safety for all of you,” concluded Govender. Fifteen of the cars are being manufactured in Derby in England. The remaining 81 cars are being flat-backed into crates and shipped to Durban, for assembly in Nigel on the East Rand. Jerome Govender, the chief executive of Bombela Concession Company, said: “Having seen the train in Derby was very exciting, but having seen this train on our track, man, was really exciting.” “It is a relief for me and the residents of Oxford Road,” said Govender. A mishap occurred along the road in July last year, when a large hole opened up in the road, causing weeks of detours around the site. More information can be obtained from the Gautrain website or from the Gautrain toll-free number, 0800 Gautrain (0800 428 87246). Tunnel In Africa, rain denotes a blessing. The enormity of the construction task has now moved to a new challenge – testing and commissioning. Before opening for general use, each train will be subjected to rigorous testing. This involves applying progressively more onerous tests on all systems, from brakes and power, to air-conditioning and communications. Each train will complete some 3 000 kilometres on the test track before being passed for operation. Once the train has been tested, the personnel involved in its operation have to be trained, including undergoing disaster and emergency simulations. The Gautrain fleet will comprise 96 rail cars, running initially in four-car sets, which will reach speeds of 160kph. Govender said that procuring some 40km² of land in a city the size of Joburg was a major feat for Bombela. Building and construction on this size of land is also a major undertaking. “That’s something to celebrate.” The southern wall of the depot opened and the sleek, gold, four-car Gautrain burst through, amid loud cheering. The rounded aero-dynamic engine has been especially designed for the Gautrain, the “fastest electro-star in the world”, said the chief executive of the Gautrain Management Agency, Jack van der Merwe. Rosebank and Killarney residents will be pleased to know that the tunnel boring machine has finished its work of constructing a tunnel from the Rosebank station site in Oxford Road, through to Parktown, from where the normal cut and cover method of tunnel construction resumes. It took the machine a year to cut a 3km tunnel. It will now be dismantled and disposed of. The Railway Safety Regulator has to issue to safety permit, or a licence to operate, before the Gautrain can begin operating. As he spoke, the rain started thundering down again. “It’s raining again; it means we are truly blessed.” Testing and commissioning Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

first_imgA few years have passed since Infoworld declared 2004 to be the year of the enterprise wiki.  While still not yet commonplace, wikis are becoming an ever more popular collaborative tool used in the workplace. What are wikis?  Unlike static web pages that are created to be one-way read-only web documents, wikis are designed to allow users to contribute to the content of the web document.Users contribute to the wiki by being able to modify the text and relational hyperlinks on the page.  Many wiki tools provide built-in visual WYSIWIG editing tools so that users need not understand wikitext syntax.  Wikitext syntax is not standardized and varies across the different wiki engines. Any edits made to the document are captured and recorded as part of the document history.  The information captured as part of the history can be very detailed, including the author, a timestamp and a detailed description of the exact lines of the document text that have been modified.  The history can be used as an audit log of all activities associated with the wiki page.Using the wiki ‘Revision History’ feature, it is possible to roll back a wiki page to a previous version.  And a diff feature allows you to visually compare changes that have been made to the page.Wikis are particularly useful in a collaborative environment and can be used as a sort of bi-directional portal for tracking projects. Project status and updates, requirements, plans, schedules and reports can all be easily aggregated at a single point for everyone on the team to access.  A project wiki can also reduce the need for many project-related emails.  The wiki becomes the authorative location to look for finding the most up-to-date information.Clearly there is a lot of overlap in what a wiki does and features of a traditional enterprise content management system.  What’s the difference?  Wikis, in their emphasis of ease of use, tend to be more light weight.  The data model also tends to not be as robust as that of an ECM system.  Wikis also typically lack tools for effectively specifying granular security. When a wiki page is ‘completed’, there may be a desire to archive the document.  Capturing a wiki document composed of many hyperlinks for archival is not necessarily straight forward, but some, or part of the document could be captured and archived as a single entity within an ECM system.  But once archived, if the document can’t be easily viewed within the wiki framework, it may not be of much use.A loose level of integration between the ECM and wiki systems is not totally satisfying.   Some vendors, like Stellent (to be acquired by Oracle), have tried to more tightly merge the two worlds of ECM and wikis, but, in general, it seems that most vendors have yet to address wiki information in their product strategies.last_img read more

first_imgAs part of a new Master Certified Green Professional designation, NAHB worked with GreenBuildingAdvisor to develop a rigorous training course covering green home building, full of building science and quality construction details. This course premiered at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas just last week.After nearly a full day of building science instruction, students in the class spend most of the second day working in groups on real projects (often their own). They use all the GBA resources, but particularly the construction details library, strategy generator, and product guide.Some great feedbackSeveral builders stopped by the NAHB Green Building Education booth after the course. Dennis Gray (P.E., LEED-AP, CGP – Wasatch Engineering) from Park City, Utah had this to say:“The Advanced Green Building: Building Science class is an excellent addition to the NAHB education offerings. Mostly a continuation of Green Building for Building Professionals, the thing that made it special to me was the time spent on the science of moisture migration through building structures, what this impacts, and how to control it. What was great about the class approach was that it concentrated on providing the builder with the knowledge to understand how moisture problems are created, and the science behind solutions. The breakout sessions, where we worked on actual projects, was a very effective learning process. Any builder who is designing and building high performance green homes is well advised to take this class – well worth it.”Don Ferrier of Ferrier Homes in Ft. Worth, Texas is a leading member of the NAHB Green Building Subcommittee who worked with NAHB and Green Building Advisor on this new course.“I am very impressed with the GBA website,” says Ferrier. “Its depth and breadth is a good fit for the new Master Certified Green Professional designation, building substantially on the Certified Green Professional program.”Coming to an HBA near youLocal home building associations around the country will be offering this course; the first will be in eastern Connecticut. I will be teaching the course for Build Green NH in March. Check out the NAHB education website (search on Advanced Green Building) to see when this class might be offered in your area. We don’t think you will be disappointed!NOTE: At this time, the Master Certified Green Professional designation is not yet available. This is because the other required course for the designation, Green Project Management, has not premiered. The Green Project Management course will premier late this spring or early summer.last_img read more

first_imgInterpreting those pesky heat loss calculationsYet another complication could be the energy loss calculations themselves, which were produced with a program called Wrightsoft. The report is complex and “more than a bit confusing for me,” Holodinsky says, but it seems to predict 0.48 air changes per hour.“The assumption is way high and suggests a very leaky house that would have a blower door test of 6+ [air changes per hour at 50 pascals of pressure],” Jerry Liebler replies. “With minimal attention to air sealing, you should be closer to 1.5 ACH at 50 Pascals. Ask your builder to do a blower door test and ask for a guarantee that it’s below 2 ACH @ 50 pascals. Then ask that the infiltration rate for the heat loss calculations be 2/12 = 0.1666 ACH .”In fact, Liebler adds, actual air infiltration is only a fraction of the test number because the test “artificially creates a greater pressure difference than actually will occur.”“With the 2 ACH test data the heat loss due to infiltration should be about one-third of what was calculated,” Liebler continued, “By the way, the proverb ‘garbage in = garbage out’ applies. I’d be very suspicious of all the heat loss calculations and assumptions. For example, were the U-factors of the windows you are paying for actually used, or did they use something else? Triple-pane windows should be U=0.2 or less.”We’re smack dab in the middle of the Information Age, adds Sonny Chatum, so Holodinsky should consider going online and getting a copy of the BEopt software from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and running his own calculations. Chatum used the software himself to predict the heating and cooling loads at his own house after an energy retrofit (losses dropped from 40,000 Btu/h to 14,000 Btu/h, which Chatum handles with two ductless minisplits).“It is useful to note that sometimes experts and professionals get hung up in their traditional ways,” Chatum added. “Sometimes, and in some ways, the Information Age can possibly make you as much or more of an expert than ‘the expert’ … All the traditional contractors were astonished with what I had done, and did not believe that the minis would be adequate. They were wrong.” Bob Holodinsky was hoping for a better outcome from the heat loss calculations he received for his new Peterborough, Ontario, home — calculations that appear to have upset his plans for heating with a ductless minisplit. “I thought I was on the right track,” he writes in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor, “but now I am not so sure.”The 1 1/2-story, slab-on-grade house will be built with 2×6 exterior walls, insulated with blown-in fiberglass and 2 1/2 inches of expanded polystyrene insulation (EPS). Conditioned space totals about 1,900 square feet.There are lots of triple-pane windows on the northeast side of the house, which faces a lake. The living-dining-kitchen area alone is responsible for a heat load of 17,000 Btu/hour, and the house as a whole shows a heat loss of 42,000 Btu/hour.Holodinsky’s builder says that insulation in the roof will equal R-75. Exterior walls will have R-24 insulation between the studs, with an additional R-10 in the exterior foam sheathing. The slab is insulated with 3 inches of EPS.“I was hoping to heat it with a Fujitsu minisplit on each level,” he writes. “Is that still a viable option?” RELATED ARTICLES Too much glass, not enough foamOne problem, says Matthew Nolette, is that 2 1/2 inches of EPS aren’t enough exterior foam for that climate zone. He points to an article by GBA senior editor Martin Holladay on calculating the minimum thickness of exterior foam. However, extruded polystyrene (XPS), with a higher insulating value than EPS, would work at that thickness.Another problem is all that glass on the northeast side of the house, which Nolette says “would be indicative of design desires conflicting with energy goals.”Passive solar building guidelines suggest minimal glass on the north side of the house because windows contribute no direct solar gain but plenty of heat losses. Windows on the east and west sides of the house also should be limited.“You’re in a tough site with northeast views in a cold climate; there will be some performance compromises if you cannot determine how much northerly glass is a lot and how much is enough,” he writes. “Has your builder completed a house with these design goals before? Are they designing it? Do you have access to the designer and are you using a third-party energy modeler?” Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam SheathingEnergy Modeling Isn’t Very AccurateSaving Energy With Manual J and Manual DFrom Fine Homebuilding magazine: Energy Modeling Software: Is It Worth Your Time and Money?Green Basics: Ductless Minisplit Heat Pumps Holodinsky’s misgivings are the topic for this Q&A Spotlight.Heat pumps are not the right optionAlthough he can lower his energy demands by air-sealing and increasing the amount of insulation in the house, minisplits may not be the best fit for this Climate Zone 6 location, writes a GBA reader who calls himself Flitch Plate.“I would be concerned with minisplits as the sole heat source in Peterborough, no matter what the BTUs are,” Plate says. “Heat pumps are the poorest performers and least efficient at the times you need them most: very low temperatures. I would design in a backup heating solution, such as a small wood stove centrally located on the main floor or an electric heat source in each room.”Jason Hyde says he’s not aware of any Fujitsu units suited to Peterborough’s winter design temperatures. Fujitsu says that its XLTH series works down to 15 degrees below zero, Hyde says, but these units produce only 18,000 Btu/hour at 47 degrees F. “I can’t find anything telling me what they will put out at lower temperatures,” he adds. “In any case, two units is still only 36,000 Btu/hour.”Given these numbers, and without seeing plans or heat-loss details, Hyde doesn’t see any single upgrade that will put him within Fujitsu range. Sharpen your pencil, indeedWhen Holodinsky tracked down the energy modeler who worked on the report, he found that a series of miscalculations, sloppy inputs, or erroneous assumptions skewed the numbers significantly.The overworked technician, working on four computer screens at once, listened to Holodinsky’s concerns and made some adjustments to keep program inputs much closer to what the house would actually look like when complete. By raising the R-value of exterior walls, adjusting specs for window performance, and changing a program setting for airtightness, heating loads dropped by 10,000 Btu/h, to a total of 32,000 Btu/h.“Much better,” Holodinsky said.But maybe not good enough.“The heat loss was high and the designer was sloppy from the details imparted here,” writes Morgan Audetat. “DIY heat loads for modern construction with ERV, triple-glazing, and rigid foam in cold climates is not for the amateur or the harried professional.“If you are building your home around your heat source, you need a proper ACCA Manual J. If your builder will agree to a blower door and a specified ACH — good luck with that — then that number can be plugged into the Wrightsoft program and all your worries are over…” Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost said:There is not much left for me to deal with here, except to echo these points:Additional or “backup” heat source. Taking a look at some historical and recent winter weather data for this neck of the woods, it’s clear you need to have another heat source in addition to the cold climate minisplit heat pump you have cited.From the WeatherSpark website: “The coldest day of the last 12 months was January 22, with a low temperature of -26°F. For reference, on that day the average low temperature is 8°F and the low temperature drops below -11°F only one day in 10. The coldest month of the last 12 months was February with an average daily low temperature of 1°F.”And for a “down Maine” confirming testimonial, take a look at the info here from Efficiency Maine.Heat load calculations. These are very dependent on the assumptions regarding data you might have on airtightness. Simple programs like Manual J may have a three-level category for airtightness — leaky, average, and better — that is wholly inadequate for higher performing building enclosures when 25% to 40% of the heating load in a climate like this may be due to air leakage. The long and the short of it: get a blower door test to nail down this portion of your heating load.Undersizing any space conditioning equipment isn’t good. But oversizing is less of an issue for heating equipment than it is for cooling equipment. Heating appliances that are a little bigger than necessary provide a quick recovery from deep overnight setbacks, and that’s not such a bad thing.last_img read more

first_imgA pre-election Mahagathbandhan against the BJP is unlikely, says Sharad Pawar In the middle of the first phase of his Jan Sangharsh Yatra, former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan speaks about the Congress plan to corner the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra. Excerpts:What issues are you raising against the State government and the Centre?Farmers have taken the biggest toll and more than 15,000 people have died in the State. The government is insensitive to the issue. Maharashtra, unfortunately, is leading in suicides…It has one of the highest crime rates, employment has come to a standstill. Then there is law and order. The killings of Pansare, Dabholkar, Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh are important issues. People caught are linked to the Sanatan Sanstha but the government is mum about it.These issues have aggravated to such an extent that the situation is highly explosive in the State.So, I think this is the right time to take them to the people and make them aware.And you started the first phase from the traditional Congress-NCP stronghold of Western Maharashtra?Maharashtra is a huge State and this is the first phase. The second phase will start from the 2nd of October, Mahatma’s birth anniversary, from Northern Maharashtra. Then there will be a break for Navratras. After that we will cover Marathwada. This way, we will cover the entire State in phases.What kind of feedback have you got?We are interacting with the people, trying to understand what they are saying. For example, land is being acquired for highways but people are not getting adequate compensation. In some taluks like Jat, there is severe water scarcity but the government has not sent tankers. Farmers are not getting adequate prices for sugarcane as there is a glut because of import from Pakistan and elsewhere. Also Read  Do you see anger on the ground?What we [Congress] feel about issues, people also feel the same way and there is no mismatch.The issue of reservation among Marathas is a big issue. What is your approach?Our Cabinet had taken a decision to give reservation to the Marathas and backward Muslims. But the new government systematically sidelined these issues on the pretext of legal issues. We will resolve all legal issues and take a positive decision.Is your alliance with the NCP a done deal for the Lok Sabha polls. And will the Congress want 26 seats and offer 22 to NCP?The situation on the ground has changed considerably. Somewhere it is for the Congress, somewhere else it is for the NCP. All this will be evaluated carefully before taking a final call on the numbers. But both have realised that alliance is a necessity to avoid division of votes. Not only the NCP but we are looking at other secular like-minded parties like the BSP, the Samajwadi Party, the Republican Party of India, Raju Shetty’s Shetkari Sangathan. Of course, it all depends on the response we get from these parties.Can there ever be a grand alliance with Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress?No, this is highly impossible. It’s like the sun rising in the West. No question of Congress aligning with the Sena or MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) or MIM.Last week, the Maharashtra government moved against the relief you got from the Bombay High Court in the Adarsh case. Isn’t it still a problem for you?The matter is sub judice and we will fight it. Politically, everyone knows that there is nothing in the case. I won the Lok Sabha polls and my family won the Assembly seat. If there was anger against me, the results would have been otherwise!last_img read more