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(Updated, Friday 9 p.m.) Wellington USD 353 will have 6 new teachers when students return to school Aug. 23

first_img(Updated information on Tim Lira biography is below).by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington school district has six new teachers this year for kindergarten through 12th grade. As the new school year approaches, several new faces will be seen within the district.Chelsea Urban – Spanish – Wellington High School Chelsea UrbanChelsea Urban, of Mayfield, will begin the year as the new Spanish teacher at Wellington High School.She is a Wellington High School graduate, and earned her Bachelor of Art in Spanish from K-State in 2011. In 2013, she earned her Masters in Second Language Acquisition/Spanish from K-State.Urban taught Spanish for three years at K-State while earning her graduate degree, then moved to Spain, where she taught English at three different high schools in Santiago de Compostela and Jerez de la Frontera. She also helped teach math, science, history and music classes in English while in Spain. She just moved back to the United States in June.“It’s an opportunity to share my passion for languages and traveling all around the world,” Urban said.Traci Hawks – 8th Grade Algebra & Pre-Algebra – Wellington Middle SchoolTraci HawksTraci Hawks, of Wellington, will be the new 8th grade Algebra and Pre-Algebra teacher at the Wellington Middle School.Hawks graduated with the class of 1992 at Wellington High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Math Education from Friends University in 1995, and her Masters in Education from Baker University in 2016.She and her husband, Dr. Steve Hawks, reside in Wellington and have four daughters.Hawks student taught at Wichita Northwest High. She previously taught Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Algebra II, Geometry, Applied Math and Integrated Math at Des Moines North High, Iowa; West Union High School, Ohio; Maize High School and Wellington High School.“I really love getting to know students and helping them recognize and fulfill their potential,” Hawks said. “I truly enjoy the challenge of explaining math for all studentsCecily Jamison – 3rd Grade – Eisenhower Elementary SchoolCecily JamisonCecily Jamison, of Caldwell, will begin teaching third grade at Eisenhower Elementary School this school year.She is a Caldwell High School graduate and earned her elementary education degree from Oklahoma State University in December 2014. She previously taught first grade in Perkins, Okla., and Reading Remediation and first grade in Hennessey, Okla.“I love sharing my enthusiasm for learning, and inspiring students to achieve not only academically, but personally as well,” Jamison said.Kaitlin Buck – 5th Grade – Lincoln Elementary SchoolKaitlin BuckKaitlin Buck, of Wellington, will be the new fifth grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School. She was raised in Mayfield and attended grades K-12 in Wellington.She is a Wellington High School graduate, and attended Butler Community College, where she was on the dance team, and Wichita State University.In May 2015, Buck graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education.She and Tyler Buck have been married for five years and have two daughters, Tegan, four, a student at Wee Too Preschool, and Raina, who will be two in September.Buck student taught at Eisenhower Elementary with Pam Renn during the 2014-2015 school year. Last year she taught third grade at Nelson Elementary School in Haysville.“What I like the most about teaching is being able to watch the children learn and grow,” Buck said. “Watching a child take what I have taught them and actually being able to apply it in real life is so amazing to witness. I also really enjoy getting to make relationships with the youth of the community.”Amy O’Connor – 5th Grade – Eisenhower Elementary SchoolAmy O’ConnorAmy O’Connor, of Wichita, will begin the school year as the new fifth grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary School.She grew up in the south and southeastern United States, as her father was an Air Force pilot, so they moved often.O’Connor earned her Bachelor in Business Administration and Marketing from Emporia State University in 1989; Bachelor in Education from Newman University in 1991; Master in Management from Friends University in 2001; Master in School Leadership in 2006, also from Friends University; and received her Doctorate in Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, Florida, in 2007.She is married to John Buckendorff, the Assistant Principal at Wellington High School. They have three children: Connor Rankin, age 25, U.S. Air Force; Colby Rankin, 21, pre-med student at Wichita State University; and Katherine Rankin, 18, pre-law student at Butler Community College.O’Connor began teaching in 1991 at Wichita Public Schools, and student taught at College Hill Elementary in 1990. She taught 4th grade at School of the Magdalen in Wichita for five years; 6th grade in Maize; was a full-time business professor at Southwestern College for three years; business and technology at Goddard High School for seven years; taught 5th-7th science, technology and math curriculum with KS STARBASE for three years. She continues to teach evening business and school leadership courses for Baker University, where she has taught for the past ten years, and also online and evening courses at Butler Community College.What she likes most about teaching is “Watching the growth and development of my students over the year and motivating students to want to learn; while being able to impact their lives,” O’Connor said.Tim Lira – Elementary Physical EducationTim LiraTim Lira is a 2003 Wellington High School graduate who will be teaching Kindergarten and first grade physical education for Lincoln, Kennedy and Eisenhower schools.Lira received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Emporia State University.He was a student teacher at Mulvane before coming back to his hometown. USD 353 is his first full-time teaching experience.“I like the idea of helping children develop the physical skills needed for their future,” Lira said. Lira knows a little bit about physical fitness. For years he held the Kansas State track record in the 100 meter and 200 meter dash. He broke the records on the big stage at the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships at Wichita State University on a warm May afternoon in 2003. Those were two Class 4A records Lira held for eight and 11 years. Kansas State University bound football player Morgan Burns broke the 100 4A record in 2011 when he was running for Wichita Trinity. Then in 2014, Colin Coleman of Perry Lecompton broke the 4A record in the 200.Lira is also an assistant football coach for the Wellington Crusader high school team.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Report Reply 0 replies · active 208 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Becca Sue · 208 weeks ago Just out of curiosity, why does the write up about the first five teachers include their education and background, but the last teacher only tells about some records he held? Do you not have to possess a teaching degree to teach physical education? Or at least a physical education degree? Report Reply 3 replies · active 208 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Becca Sue · 208 weeks ago thanks for updating with his information. I’m sure he worked just as hard to earn his degrees as the others. He deserves the recognition for his academic accomplishments as well. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Daniel Farley · 208 weeks ago Becca Sue, I read in the article he went to Emporia State. Report Reply -1 Vote up Vote down Jodie · 208 weeks ago That’s what the update was at 9pm on Friday. Report Reply +6 Vote up Vote down Jodie · 208 weeks ago Great to see so many young people returning to the area! Hope every educator and student has a great year! Report Reply 0 replies · active 208 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Chris Carter · 208 weeks ago Wishing you all many years of success in our community! Report Reply 0 replies · active 208 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Wow · 208 weeks ago I want to enroll in 5th grade now Report Reply 0 replies · active 208 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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FIFA 21 cover star: Kylian Mbappe will appear on all three editions

first_img https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/a9/78/embed-only-fifa-21-champions-cover-kylian-mbappe_w24z5maauudl19w57e82b8yvc.jpg?t=1998970947&w=500&quality=80With the FIFA 21 cover star question now resolved, some players might be eyeing up the FIFA 22 cover and there remains no shortage of alternatives to the two current front-runners.Rising stars such as Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho have been dazzling fans over the past few seasons, with each of them cultivating their own unique “brand” on the pitch, replete with memorable celebrations.Mbappe’s PSG team-mate Neymar is another strong contender and has history with EA Sports, having featured on the revamped cover of FIFA 19, though the Brazilian would undoubtedly prefer to have sole billing.Every year, FIFA fans across the world are invited to vote for the player they would most like to see on the cover of the game, which, while it may not ultimately be heeded, gives EA Sports an indication of who might be the popular choice.Some of the candidates on the FIFPlay website vote, for example, included Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and the veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Tottenham forward Heung-min Son is a popular suggestion for many who play the game, alongside the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Kevin De Bruyne and Christian Pulisic.As mentioned, licensing agreements that exist with Konami mean that Barcelona and Juventus players are highly unlikely to feature on the front cover of FIFA for now. So, in addition to Messi and Ronaldo, it would appear to rule out popular players such as Antoine Griezmann, Paulo Dybala, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho. Video games have become enmeshed with real life and that is particularly true when it comes to soccer, with clubs and players devoting more time to virtual pursuits.EA Sports’ FIFA series is one of the biggest, best-selling video game franchises in the world, with millions of avid gamers — including professionals — immersing themselves into the world of Ultimate Team on an annual basis. Getting on the cover of FIFA is now a matter of great prestige for soccer players, not to mention financially rewarding thanks to the associated marketing and branding. EA Sports EA Sports https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/5b/93/embed-only-fifa-21-ultimate-cover-kylian-mbappe_s3lkqy4iukz717b06jrqktvn8.jpg?t=1998970947&w=500&quality=80Who was the last FIFA cover star?Real Madrid playmaker Eden Hazard was the cover star of FIFA 20 on the standard edition of the game. Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was the face of the Champions edition.Zinedine Zidane was the star of FIFA 20 Ultimate edition as EA Sports trumpeted the former Real Madrid player’s long-awaited arrival as an Icon in the game’s Ultimate Team mode. So, who will be on the cover of FIFA 21 when it comes out? Who is the FIFA 21 cover star?EA Sports has confirmed that Kylian Mbappe will be the global cover star of FIFA 21.The Paris Saint-Germain forward will feature as the face of all three editions — standard, Champions and Ultimate — in a departure from the previous approach of having three different players for each cover.It is no surprise to see the French attacker grace the cover of the game. The first glimpse in the trailer most prominently featured Mbappe and the World Cup winner is generally one of the most sought-after players on FIFA and he represents one of the new generation filling the boots of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Messi, of course, is considered a perennial contender for the FIFA front cover, but his situation is complicated somewhat by the fact that Barcelona has an exclusive partnership with Konami’s eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer game. Similarly, Ronaldo is not on the FIFA 21 cover due to Juventus’ partnership with Konami.As well as Mbappe, the first-look video featured a number of images of Liverpool players and fans, with Virgil van Dijk standing out.The Dutchman featured on the cover of FIFA 20 and ran Messi close in the 2019 Ballon d’Or voting, so it would not have been a surprise to see him feature alongside Mbappe, but he will have to accept his lot. GameCover star(s)FIFA 20Eden Hazard / Virgil van Dijk / Zinedine ZidaneFIFA 19Cristiano Ronaldo / Neymar / Kevin De Bruyne / Paulo DybalaFIFA 18Cristiano RonaldoFIFA 17Marco ReusFIFA 16Lionel MessiFIFA 15Lionel MessiFIFA 14Lionel MessiFIFA 13Lionel MessiFIFA 12Wayne Rooney / KakaFIFA 11Wayne Rooney / KakaFIFA 10Wayne RooneyFIFA 19 had a more complicated situation regarding the cover star, with Ronaldo being replaced by the trio of Neymar, Kevin De Bruyne and Paulo Dybala mid-way through the season.Ronaldo had been appearing as the sole face on the cover of the game for the second time after also being the front of FIFA 18. A few years before the Portugal star took up occupancy on the cover, his eternal rival Messi had been the undisputed face of FIFA, appearing on the covers of FIFA 13, FIFA 14, FIFA 15 and FIFA 16.The Argentina international was succeeded by Germany and Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus on FIFA 17, and Wayne Rooney was the main man for FIFA before Messi, alongside Kaka.last_img read more

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Democrats Want To Bring Fresh Voices To Freeholder Board

first_imgIncumbents Emphasize Flat TaxesBy Joseph SapiaIn this year’s race for two seats on the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, spending is the big issue.Republican incumbents Thomas “Tom” Arnone, 54, of Neptune City and Serena DiMaso, 52, of Holmdel point to how they have maintained a steady tax levy over the years, one now supporting  a $470 million budget. Democrat challengers Matt Doherty, 43, of Belmar and Sue Fulton, 57, of Asbury Park questioned applying $4.5 million to the 2016 budget from the $32.4 million sale of two county-owned nursing homes – John L. Montgomery in Freehold Township and Geraldine L. Thompson in Wall – in 2015 to keep taxes down.Doherty, a financial advisor with the Creative Financial Group, said the county had a tax increase of $4.5 million in 2015. Applying the $4.5 million in 2016 brings the county back to where it had been two years earlier. Doherty, Belmar’s mayor since 2011, said his town has had no tax increase during his tenure.“Our priority is to keep taxes under control,” said Fulton, a consumer marketer for Pfizer pharmaceuticals. “You can’t count on liquidating assets to keep taxes down. That’s not sustainable.”But DiMaso, who has been a freeholder for five years, said the nursing home sales generated about $18 million more than was expected. Some of this found money was used to bring the tax levy back to $302.5 million, where it had been from 2010 to 2014. Also, the freeholders paid down county debt by $4 million. The overall budget is lower by about $20 million.“It’s always taxes, which I think we’ve done a good job with,” said DiMaso, when asked about issues in this year’s race. “That’s probably the biggest issue, to make sure Monmouth County is affordable.”DiMaso said the county has been able to maintain services, despite keeping a budget in check. The freeholders have done that by selling one of the county’s two helicopters and merging the medical examiner’s office with Middlesex County’s, said DiMaso, a non-practicing lawyer.“Simple things like that allowed us to save money in the budget, not cut services,” DiMaso said.Additionally, the county built a leachate treatment system at the Monmouth County Reclamation Center on the boundary of Tinton Falls, Wall and Colts Neck. Landfill runoff is treated on-site and reused, resulting in savings of $4 million to $6 million a year, DiMaso said.“I’m honored to be part of a group that works so hard to save money,” DiMaso said.Arnone noted the tax levy of $302.5 million is the same as when he became a freeholder six years ago. The only increase was the $307 million in 2015 which the board corrected this year by applying $4.5 million of the nursing home sale money, he said.He created the Grow Monmouth economic program, which includes “Made in Monmouth,” a free showcase for county vendors to sell their locally produced goods, and this year’s Grown in Monmouth, a free marketing program for county-grown farm and fishing business products.Two years ago, the freeholders began the Façade Program, distributing $1,800 in federal money to qualifying businesses for façade, sign, lighting, awnings and paint improvements to their buildings, Arnone said.The county has expanded shared-service agreements with municipalities, Arnone said. Now, the county shares some kind of service “in some scope or another” with all of its 53 municipalities.Arnone looked to his past – seven years as Neptune City’s mayor, eight years on the Neptune City Council and president of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors – as the key to understanding how to work with municipalities. DiMaso previously served on the Holmdel Township Committee for 12 years, five of them as mayor.The Democrats seek to break the five-member lock the Republicans have on the freeholder board, said Fulton, a former Army captain. The aim is transparency, more independent voices, “more views represented,” said Fulton, who serves on the board of the U.S. Military Academy, from which she graduated in 1980.“I think we have an opportunity to put two people on that board that will be independent,” Doherty said.In the aftermath of 2012’s Super Storm Sandy, which heavily hit Belmar, the only way to recover was “to do that in a bi-partisan way,” Doherty said. “While I am a Democrat, I worked with a Republican governor, worked well.”But Arnone, vice president of the PRC property management group in West Long Branch, said, “I tout my bipartisan relationship with all the mayors. I’m very proud of the transparency we have. I’m a big, big believer in transparency in government.”Some controversy arose when the Democrats noted DiMaso receives health benefits through the county, despite the freeholders having agreed not to take health benefits. However, DiMaso fully reimburses the county for her coverage.The General Election is Nov. 8. Polls are open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.last_img read more

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Insane, crazy and a lot of smiles highlight the 16th annual Nelson Fat Tire Festival

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsInsane jumps and crazy runs at Morning Mountain, tons of smiles at Rosemont Bike Park and even an appearance by Superman highlighted the 16th annual Fat Tire Festival this past weekend in Nelson.“The weekend was spectacular,” said Fat Tire Fest organizer Jessica DeMars when asked about the event.“We had over 90 kids under 12 (and) a total of 158 participants,” DeMar, who along with Travis Hauck, spearheaded the 16th annual cycling extravaganza, added.“That’s a lot of people showing off their love of bikes.”DeMars was especially pumped with the sellout crowd of riders, parents and friends Saturday at Rosemont Bike Park.The competition, which included cross country races through the Art Gibbons Park, a Dirt Jam along with activities and a barbecue, attracted more than 90 competitors under the age of 12 and 20 in the 13-18 range.“(We’re) super excited about all the young kids riding their bikes,” DeMars exclaimed. “We’d like to foster that younger category so in a few years we see the numbers of teens riding their bikes stay strong . . . especially in the era of technology.”Winners in the Kids Cross Country included Nicholas Bowen in age 2-3; Ethan Knight and Maya Krause in 4-5; Yael Oosthuizen and Mirabelle Kolmel in 6-8 and Tibo Kolmel and Oso Punchard in 9-12.The action shifted to Baker Street for the street parade Saturday afternoon before the Downtown Criterium Races captured center stage.Jeannie Dwyer and Travis Hauck glided away with the women’s and men’s titles, respectively.Tobi Ridge and Sheila Street were second and third in the women’s while Ronnie Hawes and Brian Chard also earned medals in the men’s race.The criterium had riders race around the streets bordering the Royal Hotel.Sunday the Festival shifted to Morning Mountain for cross country and downhill races.Cross country winners included Gabe Carpendale in 16-18 boys; Dylan Henderson in open sane men; Scott Legere in open insane men; Dwyer in open insane women’ James McConville in masters same men; Trevor Lumley in masters insane men and Street in masters insane women’s.Downhill winners had Eli Lutz first in 9-12 male; Sebastian Lutz tops in 13-15 male; Chloe Kuch first in 16-18 female; Elijah Hill best in 16-18 male; Michelle Griffiths winning open female; Derek Chambers dominating the field in open male; Dwyer and Lumley tops in masters women and men, respectively.All Mountain winners were Carpendale and Dwyer with Haws and Chard tying for top spot in men.“The parade is a big hit and the great thing is it gives us a chance to show off how much we love our bikes and maybe remind a few other people who caught a glimpse of it about the sheer joy of riding a bike as a kid,” DeMars explained.“Maybe it will remind them to get back on their bike.”Of course the real reason for the Fat Tire Fest was to honour the memory of Cam Alexander, who tragically passed away 16 years ago while riding his bike.“Since then the Kootenay Fat Tire Festival has evolved as a way to not only remember Cam, but to celebrate the sheer joy that comes from riding a bike down a mountain,” DeMars said.The Kootenay Fat Tire Festival is sponsored by the Nelson Cycling Club.Complete Fat Tire Festival Results:Kids Cross Country Races:Ages 2-3:  1st – Nicholas Bowen; 2nd – Xavier Wright; 3rd – Nina UsherAges 4-5:  Boys:  1st – Ethan Knight; 2nd – Jasper Elris; 3rd – Connor Jackson      Girls:  1st – Maya Krause; 2nd – Ella Morris; 3rd – Rowan MaleyAges 6-8:  Boys: 1st – Yael Oosthuizen; 2nd – Nate Atkins; 3rd – Noah Melenfant      Girls:  1st – Mirabelle Kolmel; 2nd – Lauren Robertson; 3rd – Tula SherkatAges 9-12:  Boys:  1st – Tibo Kolmel; 2nd – Kalob Jensen; 3rd – Eli Lutz       Girls:  1st – Oso Punchard; 2nd – Jordan WestonDowntown Criterium Races:No official results for kids, due to the complexity of organizing that!Women:  1st – Jeannie Dwyer; 2nd – Tobi Ridge; 3rd – Sheila StreetMen:  1st – Travis Hauck; 2nd – Ronnie Haws; 3rd – Brian ChardMorning Mountain Events:Cross Country:16-18 Male:  1st – Gabe CarpendaleOpen Sane Male (3 laps):  1st – Dylan HendersonOpen Insane Male  (5 laps):  1st – Scott Legere;  2nd – Brian Chard; 3rd – Ronnie HawsOpen Insane Female (4 laps): 1st – Jeannie Dwyer; 2nd – Dustin Eagleston; 3rd – Louise PortoMaster Sane Male( 3 laps): 1st – James McConville; 2nd – Thierry Brionne; 3rd – James KyleMaster Insane Male (5 laps): 1st – Trevor Lumley; 2nd – Con Diamond; 3rd – Ben EatonMaster Insane Female (3 laps):  1st – Sheila StreetDownhill:9-12 Male:  1st – Eli Lutz; 2nd Kaleb Jenson; 3rd – Arlo Henderson13-15 Male:  1st – Sebastian Lutz; 2nd – Lewis Seagram; 3rd – Sky Dunn-Jarvis16-18 Female:  1st – Chloe Kuch; 2nd – Jaliya Johnson-Waller16-18 Male:  1st – Elijah Hill; 2nd – Alex Volokhov; 3rd – Quinn HanleyOpen Female:  1st – Michelle Griffiths; 2nd – Maya Grosch; 3rd – Dustin EaglestonOpen Male:   1st – Derek Chambers; 2nd – Russel Fountain; 3rd – Jared DyckMaster Women: 1st – Jeannie Dwyer; 2nd – Sheila StreetMaster Men:  1st – Trevor Lumley; 2nd – Sean Marechal; 3rd – Cam KuchAll Mountain Award (all 3 events on the same bike)/ Cam Slam Award 16-18: Gabe CarpendaleWomen:  Jeannie DwyerMen:  (Tie)  Ronnie Haws, Brian Chardsports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Kootenay Whitecaps steal show at Seattle Showcase

first_img“The soccer and the style that these players played with was amazing the watch,” said Bret Adams, Associate Head Coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps Kootenay program.”The development that the whitecaps coaching has given the players in the last 3 years is starting to show.”The Kootenay U16 squad finished the weekend tourney with three draws and one loss.The U17 squad finished the event unbeaten with two wins and two draws.The U18 Girls won twice, losing once and scoring a draw.The teams consist of players from Nelson, Cranbrook, Trail, Castlegar, Invermere, Grand forks, Fernie and Kimberley. To say female soccer in the Kootenays would be the understatement of the year.Three teams from the Kootenay Whitecaps program cooked with the big dogs during a showcase tournament over the weekend in Seattle, Wash.last_img read more

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ROOD & RIDDLE RETURNS AS OFFICIAL EQUINE HOSPITAL OF THE BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgTitle Sponsor of Breeders’ Cup Post-Position DrawLEXINGTON, Ky. (June 28, 2016) – Rood & Riddle, one of the world’s leading equine veterinary practices, will begin its second year as the Official Equine Hospital of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and Title Sponsor of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Post-Position Draw.This year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade 1 races and $28 million in purses and awards, will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia Calif., on November 4-5, and will be televised live on NBC and NBCSN.The Rood & Riddle Breeders’ Cup Post-Position Draw will be held at Santa Anita on Monday, October 31. The draw will be conducted in two phases. The first phase, drawing of 11 Breeders’ Cup World Championships races, will be held at Top O’ the Stretch at 1 p.m. PT.The Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff and the Breeders’ Cup Classic will be drawn later that afternoon in the majestic Chandelier Room at the racetrack.“As leaders in the equine medical field, we are very pleased that Rood & Riddle is back with us as an official partner and sponsor of the Post-Position Draw,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO.“Rood & Riddle is very pleased to once again partner with Breeders’ Cup as the Title Sponsor of the Post-Position Draw and as Official Equine Hospital of the Breeders’ Cup Championships,” said Dr. Tom Riddle, co-founder of Rood & Riddle. “We feel that the partnership we have with Breeders Cup is very appropriate: a world class veterinary practice supporting the World Championships of Thoroughbred racing.” -30- About Rood & Riddle Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital is a full-service equine hospital established in 1986 in Lexington, Ky. as both a provider of ambulatory services and as a referral center for horses requiring specialized medical and surgical care. The hospital facility offers a full range of services including surgery, internal medicine, advanced diagnostic imaging, a focused Podiatry Center and specialized Reproductive Center.  The practice also provides ambulatory services for emergencies, preventative care, general reproduction, radiography, medical care and treatment of your horse at your farm or stable. Today, Rood & Riddle is known and respected throughout the world for its innovative and highly skilled treatment of horses and has expanded operations to include Saratoga Springs, NY and a soon-to-be full service facility in the winter horse capital of the world, Wellington, Florida. Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital emphasizes an unwavering commitment to quality, both in the care of horses and in the relationships with clients and community. Contact: Jim Gluckson, Breeders’ Cup, jim@breederscup.com, 212-230-9512center_img About Breeders’ Cup The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade I races and purses and awards totaling $28 million, will be held November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTubelast_img read more

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South Africa pays tribute to historic heroes

first_img16 September 2015The National Heritage Monument, made up of life-sized bronze statues of precolonial, colonial and anti-apartheid struggle heroes and heroines, at the Groenkloof Nature Reserve in Pretoria, was unveiled on 15 September.There are already more than 50 statues at the monument, but it will eventually house 400. Known as the Long Walk to Freedom, it reflects the country’s journey from the precolonial era to the early wars of dispossession, as well as encompassing the entire liberation struggle.A walk through the newly erected #HeritageMonumentpic.twitter.com/D6gyKao7cu— Lirandzu Themba (@LirandzuThemba)September 15, 2015Some of the statues already erected include the likes of Walter and Albertina Sisulu, Yusuf Dadoo, Charlotte Maxeke, Solomon Tshekiso Plaatje, Alexander Simons, and King Mzilikazi Khumalo.Cast in bronze, struggle icons Walter and Albertina Sisulu will forever hold hands at the National Heritage Monument. (Image: Mayor of Tshwane, Facebook)A statue of Oliver Tambo, president of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1967 to 1991, is one of the first at the National Heritage Monument. (Image: Mayor of Tshwane, Facebook)The National Heritage Monument is made up of life-sized bronze statues of precolonial, colonial and anti-apartheid struggle heroes and heroines. (Image: Mayor of Tshwane, Facebook)“It will be a complex chronicle of our long walk to freedom,” said Gauteng Premier David Makhura. “It will tell the story that many men and women paid a supreme sacrifice to bring freedom in our land. It will tell the story that our freedom was not free.”A must see for tourists“We want this to be a tourism attraction. We want it, in its completeness, to offer a number of things like hospitality and arts and crafts,” Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said on SABC news.“It’s going to be a major tourist attraction but also an area where a nation would be able to reflect so that we are able to plan for our future,” said Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa.Full historyMthethwa said the South African story had been one-dimensional. This was being corrected through the heritage monument, which was giving a full picture of the country’s history.“We are writing our own story and it is important that we do that because we have to tell the world how we reached 27 April 1994,” Mthethwa said. It was also important to know our history, whether it was good or bad.Many more to see#NHM at #GroenkloofNatureReserve@CityTshwane#Myheritage. Statues have info panels…pic.twitter.com/Hx47Ajk4vS— Lebogang Matji (@LebogangMatji)September 15, 2015Launch of 57 heroes and heroines Chief Tshwane #MyHeritagepic.twitter.com/WLTHJRyICL— TshwaneLiveMediaHub (@Tshwane_Live)September 15, 2015Statue of Solomon Tshekiso Plaatje @ launch of the National Heritage Monument at Groenkloof Nature Reserve. SAnews pic.twitter.com/7ubXQuIB8A— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) September 15, 2015SafekeepingFollowing the theft of two statues, Ramokgopa told the SABC a tracing chip would be placed in each statue, and they would be mounted more securely into the ground.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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Don’t Be an Air Hole! — Part 1

first_imgTRANSCRIPTChris: Hey everybody, welcome to the Green Architects’ Lounge podcast once again. I’m Chris Briley.Phil: And I’m Phil Kaplan. Hello, Chris!Chris: Hey Phil! How are you doing?Phil: I am really happy at the moment.Chris: Why? Is that the cocktail?Phil: It’s a little bit the cocktail, and it’s a little bit that it’s summer. It’s finally here. Man! It’s taken a long time.Chris: It has, for us. It’s been one heck of a winter.Phil: Yeah, it’s brutal! Even through June, it’s been in the 50s during the day.Chris: I know.Phil: What the what?Chris: What the what? I’ve been out sailing; working on my tan. [Much laughter.]Phil: You’ve got a long way to go, my friend. Keep working! You’ve gotten a little sun there.Chris: Not enough. I’ve actually tried to not stay out in the sun too much, because I’m fair and I burn and it’ll grow cancer on my face if I… No, I don’t know.Phil: The Kaplans are a long line of olive-skinned men.Chris: Yeah? Dark complected. Tall, dark, and handsome-ish?Phil: Short, dark, and happy. How about that?Chris: That’s awesome. Happy is the best. Who gives a [BEEP] about this? I just got BEEPED by Sheila! Wow! Thank you, Sheila, for BEEPING me.Phil: She’s quiet in the background, but we still rely on her.Chris: Oh yeah! Otherwise, this wouldn’t happen. Because, you and I never find enough time to get together. We could stammer on and on about what we do, but you guys want to hear about architecture.Phil: You know what I’d like to hear first about?Chris: This cocktail? Sweet![The guys jaw about this episode’s cocktail.]Chris: Cheers, Phil. Here we go; let’s do this podcast.Phil: What are we doing today, Chris?Chris: I’ll tell you what: Don’t be an air-hole, Phil.Phil: [He laughs.] I never would.Chris: So, here’s the deal: Phil and I, in 2013, we were on the “Fundamentals” track at NESEA, for the Building Energy conference.Phil: And, for those of you who don’t know NESEA – because it is a regional thing – it’s the North East Sustainable Energy Association. It’s a group, and we meet for a conference in Boston every year: it’s a Building Energy conference. And we just started one in New York a few years ago – BENYC – which has been really wonderful.Chris: I’ll tell you what, these are the smartest people I’ve had… You know, I go to those things and I feel like a student again. It’s a fantastic mix of feelings where I feel like I’m both a teacher and a student simultaneously the whole time (and man, that feels great!). It’s humbling and inspiring all at the same time. And you walk away from that going, “Wow, we’re on the right track. We’re doing the right thing. I’m not alone. These are great people.”Phil: And it is the thing that, Chris, you and I have learned so much from, that we use in our podcasts every time we come on here. So here we are, we were asked to do a Green Architects’ Lounge version of one of our shows for the Building Energy conference, which was flattering and it was kind of fun.Chris: Right. And it’s been long enough that we thought, “Now we can put it on the air to share with you guys.” Basically, it was fundamental. So we’re talking about basic things.Phil: So today, Chris, we’re going to get back to basics. And we’re going to talk to people about our fifteen “Top 10” things not to do.Chris: Right. Don’t blow these things when you’re doing your project, guys. This is fundamental stuff. So don’t be an air-hole. So, let’s do this, Phil.Phil: All right. So, one of the questions we had was, “Sprout follies? What’s a sprout folly?” We had talked about this a while back, when we’d had Martin Holladay on.Chris: Oh, yeah. They said to us, “Hey, can you do a Sprout Follies for us?” And we said, “Heck, yeah.” So: a sprout. I’ll tell you what a sprout is. A sprout is someone who’s new to this green stuff.Phil: A green newbie.Chris: Which we all have been. You and I were sprouts once, but look at us now – big towering trees!Phil: [Laughs.] I’m still breaking a limb every now and then. I don’t know what that’s about.Chris: Well, it’s growing old, that’s what it is. That’s 40s. Welcome to the 40s there, buddy!Basically, when you’re a sprout, what you want to be, is… You don’t want to look like, or talk like, or act like a sprout because you come off being like a sophomore. You’re walking around like you know everything but, in fact, everyone else is saying, “This guy barely knows anything; he thinks he does.” You don’t want to be that guy.Phil: No, you don’t. So our goal is to say, “All right, here is a number of really basic mistakes that sprouts need to look out for.”Chris: Right. Don’t be dumb. So, everyone out there has got a green brochure. Everyone out there is a green person.Phil: Everybody’s website says now, “Oh yeah, we also do green.” Most of them don’t integrate it into their work. They don’t say, “We do this in everything.”Chris: “Oh, you want to do a green house? We can do a green house.”Phil: “We could do that also.”Chris: “Yeah, yeah, sure. What do you want to do? Yeah, yeah. We can do that. Absolutely.” You also see products – water bottles. (“We use less plastic, so we’re green.” Jerks!) Or diapers. Or even… (What was the slide that we had? It had some big Hummer-thing.)Phil: Right, yeah. Citco could be green. Oh yeah, we’re local.Chris: Local! Sure you are, sure you are!Phil: And then, you’ve got the website that has the green tab. They have a tab here that says they do green.Chris: So they must be green.Phil: Yeah, right.Chris: We want to make sure our architect is green, so luckily they have that. You hear all the time, things like…I’ll tell you what, guys, we’re going to attach our slide show. Phil, do you want to share our slide show with these guys?Phil: Yeah, we should absolutely do that. It’s back to the basics with this one, folks.Back in 2013, we were asked to do a presentation at NESEA for the “Fundementals” track — something similar to our “Sprout Follies” podcast. We put together a PowerPoint presentation, and did our best to deal with the fact that our cocktails would be coffee.It was well received, so we thought it would be a good idea to share a condensed version of that presentation as a podcast here at GBA. Subscribe to Green Architects’ Lounge on iTunes— you’ll never miss a show, and it’s free! Chris: Yeah. So if you see our slideshow, I think we had mustaches. Were we wearing Martin’s mustache? Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I’m totally remembering now. (We’re pulling it up while we’re talking). Oh, yeah. Yeah. We made a fictitious architectural firm.Phil: “Washet and Spongem.”Chris: That’s right. And curiously, they had a very familiar mustache – both those guys – and they said dumb things like, “Our houses breathe naturally.” And, what else, Phil?Phil: “We’re green experts. We use the LEEDS system.”Chris: That’s right. They used the ‘s’ – LEEDS. Yeah, I still hear that out there. We all know it’s LEED without the S, but whatever. “And we use efficient systems like geothermal and radiant slabs.” Yeah, you’re cutting-edge, buddy.Phil: “We use SIPs panels!”Chris: Oh, that’s your biggest pet peeve, isn’t it?Phil: Because the P stands for panels.Chris: So why do you say SIP panels? It’s like saying Structural Insulated Panel Panels. My brother has the same problem with ATM machines: Automated Teller Machine Machines. Yeah, but you get the point, people. Basically, you want to just use your head. You want to be smart about things.You want to do this? Let’s do this.Phil: All right. Top 10 things not to blow. Number One, Chris: don’t be an air-hole.Chris: Don’t be an air-hole. Are we going to make T-shirts?Phil: I think we should.Chris: That’s our favorite, by the way.Phil: If you want a T-shirt, let us know and I think we’re going to do a Café-Press thing.Chris: Yeah, we’ll figure it out. We’ll come up with a great graphic. It’ll be awesome. The best that you and I can come up with in fifteen minutes of our time. It’ll be great. Yeah. Don’t be an air-hole.Phil: Airtightness, in our buildings, is really the most important thing that we can do. It’s the lowest hanging fruit.Chris: It is the lowest hanging… I think we’ve said that many times. Typically, with your average house, 25% of its heat loss is through air gaps in the envelope. Honestly, that’s cheap. It’s just being tenacious with your air gun and your caulking and your sealing during construction. But also, from a design standpoint (architecturally) it’s also being very observant about your details.Phil: Yeah. And in your details – which Chris and I are both doing in our firms – include a line of air barrier and vapor barrier in the drawings in a different color. Why do drawings have to be black and white anymore?Chris: Well, because the color is more expensive to print. [He laughs.] I had a set of drawings for a veterinary clinic that – you could not look at the mechanicals without it being in color – and boy, did that make for an expensive set of drawings! But anyway, moving on.Phil: But it really helped the process, I bet.Chris: Well, it did. I mean – it wasn’t pertaining to this – it was all about ductwork. But for this, we’re talking about having an air barrier which I usually show in blue, and a vapor barrier which is in red.Let’s take a moment and talk about those two things because, probably, if you’re on Greenbuildingadvisor.com, you’ve heard this to death, but: there’s a real difference between a vapor barrier and an air barrier.Air barrier: you’re trying to block air intrusion from the outside. You’re trying to basically seal your house off from an air-pressure standpoint.Vapor barrier: you’re trying to seal your house off from a vapor standpoint – vapor being a gas, or a water molecule in a gas form. And, basically, you’ve got vapor pressure on the inside of the house. If it’s warm on the inside and cold on the outside, it’s going to move from hot to cold and you want to keep that moisture out of your wall assembly.In most cases, you have a vapor barrier on the warm side of the wall, and you’ve got an air barrier on the cool side of the wall. And where you get in trouble, Phil, is where those assemblies – and I’m thinking about where your joists are resting on the wall (basically, where different systems are coming together) – that little line is where the barrier can get lost and that ends up being where air comes in and out.So, if you trace it, and you say, “Aha! We need a continuous bead of caulk here. We need a continuous gasket along this line and we’re going to use our sheetrock as the vapor barrier. Then you have to be thoughtful about that, diligent, and make sure that the building crew knows that too.Phil: Well said. And we’ve got some nice graphics to accompany this.Chris: Yeah. In the slide I’ve got an example of something you do too, right?Phil: Yeah. All right: Number Two! Raise your glass.Chris: That’s right. Cheers, buddy!Phil: So, we should be paying very close attention to the windows and the performance numbers on those windows. Most people who are listening to this don’t take that for granted. There are numbers that you should pay attention to closely and understand specifically what they mean. Solar heat gain coefficient, U-factor, and Visible Transmittance are the three that we usually speak of very often.Chris: Yeah. Very often. For us, being in a cold climate, the solar heat gain coefficient is a big deal. Because, if we’re trying to do a Passivhaus, for example – or even a passive solar house – you need that heat gain. And so you need to know that, on the south side, you want that heat to come in.Boy, I wish we could go back in time and redo our windows podcast. In fact, we will redo it. Because, back then, European windows were very, very new. I remember I’d mentioned Bonneville as one of the products used in one of my projects. I’d never use them again!Phil: And they don’t exist, so you can’t.Chris: No, they do exist! They got bought out by another company, so they do exist. But they don’t warranty certain products.Phil: Oh I know, Chris, because I have them in my house.Chris: Oh, that’s right! I forgot – you have them in your house! And how are they doing?Phil: They’re doing fine, although a few need repairs and it’s not so easy to come by the parts.Chris: Yeah, those guys suck! I’m sorry. Bonneville – whatever. Don’t use those guys. If they have a problem, they can call me and I’ll tell them why. You know they’ll say, “Oh, but we’re not the same window company.” Yeah well, you’re the same name. And if you’re dumb enough to buy that same name… I’m sorry. It’s the booze talking.Phil: [He laughs.] You were burned.Chris: I was burned! My client was burned, that’s the thing. So I’m mad about it. There’s nothing worse.Phil: You’re right. Solar heat gain coefficient essentially goes from 0.0 to 1.0. We look for above a 0.5 if you’re trying to get a high solar heat gain coefficient, because you’re trying to bring in that heat and trying to offset your heating loads. You know, sometimes you don’t want to do that.Chris: Right. So, if we were in Florida, we would want a low solar heat gain coefficient.Phil: Right, we’d want to stop that.Chris: And I’ll tell you what: when you get to 0.6 or higher, you’re in fading-furniture territory again, guys. You’re back almost to single-pane glass. I mean, that’s impressive. That takes some glass technology of coatings that are used – what, platinum? I don’t know.Phil: And you’ve got to be careful with some of those, too, because you have to deal with overheating.Chris: Right. And they’re not cheap, so you use them effectively where you can.Phil: This is not a windows podcast. We’ll go into it more, but look at your numbers. Also, know there are different kinds of glass. Cardinal makes a whole plethora of different glasses. I don’t know if plethora is the right word. It’s probably a handful.Chris: Handful of glass. And not too long ago, the same window was being sold in Florida as it was in Maine. And that was very frustrating to the likes of you and I, but they’re getting smarter. So, if you don’t want to be a sprout, pay attention to your glass. A window is not just a window.Phil: And I will end it with this, Chris: if you are still on the edge about whether or not to specify triple glazing – if you are still afraid to say that to your clients (it’s like it gets caught in your throat because you think they’re going to get mad at you because it’s going to be expensive) – just be bold about it. Say, “Listen, if you want to save money, why don’t we go to single glazing?”Chris: Yeah, you’ve said that before. Yeah, that’s a really good point.Phil: Yeah. Just do it because it makes sense.Chris: Yeah. And hey, energy models help anyway. We’ll get to that.Phil: We’ll get to that too.Chris: Number Three.Phil: Don’t cross that bridge when you come to it.Chris: That’s right. We’re talking about thermal bridging, of course, here. If you imagine 20% of your wall is probably structural stuff holding up other stuff – 20% of it is wood studs – that’s 20% of your wall that is not insulation. And if you have that connected to your sheathing and connected to your sheetrock and the inside, boy, that is 20% of your wall that is working against you as a thermal bridge.It’s more than just your wall; it’s also your floor joists, your sheathing, all of that jazz. So, come up with some details – and you don’t need to take it from us directly – there’s strapping on the outside, or there’s strapping on the inside. There’s wrapping the whole building in a continuous exterior insulation.Phil: Where I find that a lot of rookies make mistakes have to do around the windows and the rim joists. It’s easy to do a little wall section and say, “Hey look, I did it! I’ve got double studs” or “I’ve got rigid insulation on the outside.” But then they blow it.Chris: Yeah, they stick a window in it.Phil: That’s where you need to be careful and pay attention to it. Look at your details; look at all your joints. Because, from here on out, every house that you do, you’re going to be looking at those details.Chris: In our slide show, we’ve got a couple of photos that I think I took on the way down to the NESEA conference, of snow melting on the outside. You can actually see the rafters.Phil: Yeah, I like to call it “lines of failure at 24-inches-on-center.”Chris: Beautiful, Phil. Did you come up with that?Phil: I did.Chris: You’re the man!Phil: Every now and then I score one, Chris.Chris: That’s good. Even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day.Phil: [He laughs.] What have you got for Number Four, Chris?Chris: Number Four: Belts, suspenders, and clean underwear.Phil: Redundancy.Chris: And redundancy. That’s right. And basically, by that, I was always taught: your building will fail. It will fail just like you’re going to die, Phil. I’m sorry.Phil: I’m a little sad. I try not to think about it.Chris: You’re going to die; I’m going to die. Every building you’ve ever made is going to crumble and be dust later. So, deal with it. The whole planet is going to be consumed in a big ball of fire. Our sun is going to expand. Don’t worry – you’ve got 50 million years or whatever.What I’m saying, Phil, is your building is going to fail. And what you want to do is make sure that it can be resilient enough to take that failure.Phil: I feel a little angry that you’ve told me my building’s going to fail. [He laughs.]Chris: Hey everybody, my buildings are going to fail one day. It’s just the nature of… you build your house – or you build your buildings – not to fail. And you build them to deal with a failure when they do fail.So, what are we talking about? We’re talking about simple things like…Phil: Simple things like getting your flashings right.Chris: Right.Phil: Flashing your window properly. Lapping things positively.Chris: Right. I’ll have a head flashing and then a flashing under that at the window. The trim – the siding comes down and then – at the trim we’ve got flashing, or the window itself has flashing. So it’s like these built-up layers of redundancy that we have.Phil: Rainscreens are part of this.Chris: Exactly. You design a system to keep the water out and you design a system to drain the water when it does get in.Phil: Overhangs.Chris: Overhangs – the simplest thing in the world. And you know what? We argue in the office – my business partner and I, because he…Phil: He really likes the sleek look, doesn’t he?Chris: He loves it. You get it all the time: these beautiful architectural things where it’s this gabled…Phil: Damned architects!Chris: You take this house form of the gable [without an overhang], with these super-clean edges… And I love it and I respect those clean edges and pure forms. And I’m like, “Yeah? And you’ve just aged the building 20 years.”Phil: There was a reason why we put them there in the first place.Chris: Exactly. Vernacular architecture looks the way… You’ve got to respect it, even though we (as architects) like to fight it.Phil: That’s right.Chris: But, that’s what it is.Phil: “Just relax and make it look good.”Chris: Yeah, all right.Phil: Okay. Number Five?Chris: Group hug!Phil: Group hug!Chris: Get off me, Phil. Stop hugging me!Phil: A.K.A.: Don’t wait to integrate.Chris: Don’t wait to integrate.Phil: Get your group together right away. If we’re going to make great buildings, we’ve got to do them together. We have to have everyone at the table, from Day One. We’ve spoken about all of these things, Chris. But even in small projects, if you can get your client and your builder and your architect and even some of your top subs at the same time…Chris: Exactly. Some people bring builders on at certain points, but the real point is: you’ve got to bring them in before it’s too costly to start making these changes from the inputs that they could actually give you. If you’re an architect out there thinking you know everything and the builder should do whatever you drew and just shut up and do it – you’re going to be served a big slice of humble pie one day. I’ve learned great stuff from builders – I don’t know about you, Phil.Phil: I do. All the time, we learn great things. And if you think, “My design is going to be hurt by involving these people early on,” then you’re not a good architect.Chris: No, you’ve got a real problem.Phil: I’m serious. Get your damned ego out of the way and say, “I can design something beautiful with parameters.” And if you can’t, then you shouldn’t be in this profession. All right? So, do the right things first. Team up with your people.Chris: There are cost implications; there are performance implications; there’s everything. And I love having the subs involved. Before the pour (the concrete) – especially if there’s a finished slab that’s going to be the actual floor finish – having a meeting with everyone involved in that and saying, “Look guys, seriously, no coffee on this job.” (Maybe not so strict, but…) “This slab is precious. If you mess it up… you’ve been warned!”All right. Number Six, Phil?Phil: Do your modeling before the runway.Chris: Nice! Yeah. We like this slide. We put it up, and we’re like… [He whistles.] “Look at that!”Phil: That’s a good-looking spreadsheet.Chris: That’s right! What we’re talking about there is learning about what your house is going to do before you actually do it. Energy models are important, and they’re a great, effective tool. And usually, if you don’t do it in-house, I bet there are companies out there that can do it for you for a reasonable price. And it’s a pretty easy sell for us to convince our clients, “Hey, for maybe $1,600 ($2,000 even), you can team up with a company that will get you Energy Star certified. But, you’ll get a REM/Rate model (which will help us choose a mechanical system), you’ll get inspections midway through, and a final blower-door test (and maybe a mid-construction blower-door test).”But basically, you have a sense of where you’re headed with your energy performance of your house. And you can play the cost-offset game, Phil.Phil: Yup. Can I tell you a dirty little secret, Chris?Chris: Oh yes!Phil: Maybe this is not for the sprouts. Okay?Chris: Okay. Sprouts, go do something else. We just want to talk to the real green guys.Phil: We still do an energy model for every project. We’re not doing them as early now.Chris: When are you doing them?Phil: We’re doing these to double-check. Most of the time, now, it’s not affecting what we do because we’ve done enough of these that we have a really good sense of where we’re headed, to the point where the only difference it’s going to make is the size of the heat pump. That’s it. We just may have to size it a little differently. We know how much glass we need on the south. We know if it’s a different orientation, then we’re probably going to have to pay attention to it in a different way. We still do it, but if you do all these other right things, it matters a little less. How do you feel about that?Chris: Can I tell you something?Phil: Yes! Just between you and me.Chris: Just you and me. [He whispers.] I’m almost the same way.Phil: Yeah?Chris: Yeah. Intuition and experience – and I say this to my clients – gets us about 95% of the way there, and the other 5% is…Phil: …is pure bullshit. [He laughs.]Chris: Right now I have clients who want to twist the project to face more west, because that’s where the view is. And we will be playing the game of, “As you rotate west, you’re going to lose efficiency. But how much?” With an energy model, we can answer this. We can rotate it 10 degrees – that’s going to cost you $200 per year.Phil: Right. And you can say, “All right. So, we’re going to be worried about overheating it a little bit more now.”Chris: Right.Phil: We’ve got more glass to the west. Now we can know these things.Chris: Exactly. Right. So, is your view worth $200 a year? “Yes it is.”Phil: Oh yeah.Chris: Then, BOOM! And so, that’s their answer. And they get it. Or, is your view worth $1,200 a year? “Hmmmm…”Phil: Right. But you can be smart and you can go into this and answer it really intelligently.Chris: Yup. With gut instinct and all that stuff.Phil: Really good; and you’ll look really damned smart.Chris: Right. And I’ll throw in for hay: the existing house that you’re doing renovations to – that energy modeling can really help, because you’re getting an energy audit of the existing structure. All right. Let’s move on, buddy. Number Seven.Phil: Bigger is not better.Chris: What do you mean by that, Phil?Phil: A.K.A., toe-dipping will leave you all wet. [He laughs.] Did we over-clever ourselves?Chris: Yeah, we did. That’s a little too much. But anyway, tell us about toe-dipping.Phil: The toe-dipping problem is something that I’d like to believe is going on less and less these days, but I’m not 100% sure.Chris: No, I think it does. You want to be green, so let’s put a layer of insulation on the outside. Or let’s do a solar panel or two or something like that. If you’re not actually digging into your house (in terms of what you’re doing) by performance, you can find the sweet spot – we’ve talked about it before – where you’ve increased the insulation by so much that now you can reduce the mechanical systems.Phil: That’s right. That’s when you’re the real hero. If you don’t get to that point, if you say, “All right. I just want better windows and I want a fancier boiler that’s more efficient and I’m adding insulation.”Chris: Yeah, and you weren’t able to…?Phil: That was really expensive, yeah.Chris: And if you’re not able to actually recoup that by reducing your mechanical system… you’re fired!Phil: You’re a chump.Chris: You’re a chump. And you just cost more money. And now you’ve made kind of a grumpy client. But if you actually do enough, if you stop toe-dipping and dive in…Phil: Hero!Chris: Hero! You’ve just saved them money in the long run and they love you.Phil: And it’s people who are not doing this that are really hurting the industry. It’s finally coming around. I think people are getting smarter, but this is why people say, “I want it a little green but not too green.” The problem is, if you don’t go to that next step and get to that level where you can reduce the mechanical system, it’s a problem.Chris: All right. Number Eight.Phil: Are we going to do a full podcast on this, Chris?Chris: You know what? Let’s do it in parts. I’m looking at the time, and we’re at 25 – we’re into this thing. But, don’t worry folks! We’re going to post Part One and Part Two almost simultaneously, so you don’t have to wait with anticipation. So, all right. Let’s call this Part One, freshen up the drinks, and let’s get going, buddy.Phil: Cheers!Chris: Cheers![Click here for Part Two.] RELATED CONTENTcenter_img The highlights:Most “Top 10” lists have only ten items. Ours has fifteen! We tackle 1 through 7 in this podcast. Be sure to tune in soon for Part 2 (Things 8 through 15).Without further ado, I give you our fifteen “Top 10” things not to blow on your next project.1. Don’t Be an Air Hole. Minimizing air leakage is the cheapest, and easiest way to effectively make your project more energy efficient.2. Raise Your Glass. A toast, to understanding the numbers on that window label and making the right window choice for your project.3. Don’t Cross That Bridge. With careful detailing thermal bridging can be easily and greatly reduced.4. Belt, Suspenders, and Clean Underwear. We’re talking about redundancy, and having back up for when envelope details fail.5. Don’t Wait to Integrate. Get your team together and involved at the beginning.6. Do Your Modeling Before the Runway. There’s a good time and a bad time to do your energy modeling. Do it early when you can easily react to the information you receive.7. Bigger isn’t Better. No “toe-dipping” here! Half measures that don’t allow you to shrink your mechanicals will keep the owner from feeling the payback.Be sure to check out Part Two, where we cover Things 8 though 15.Thanks for tuning in. Cheers! The Green Architects’ Lounge – Sprout Follies.pdf POSTCAST: Don’t Be an Air Hole! — Part 2PODCAST: An Interview With Martin Holladay, Part 1PODCAST: An Interview With Martin Holladay, Part 2PODCAST: Net-Zero-Energy Homes, Part 3PODCAST: Net-Zero-Energy Homes, Part 2: How to Get to Net ZeroPODCAST: Net-Zero-Energy Homes, Part 1: Concepts and BasicsAir Leaks or Thermal Loss: What’s Worse?last_img read more

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Navarro heats up late, lifts San Sebastian past EAC

first_imgMan sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Jerome Garcia tried to salvage the game with a corner three with 9.7 ticks left to cut the deficit down to one, but Allyn Bulanadi could only muster a split from the free throw line in the last 7.5 seconds.Unfortunately, Francis Munsayac panicked in the waning seconds and passed the ball to Jervin Guzman, whose jumper rimmed out at the buzzer to hand the win to San Sebastian.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I imagined all of our games to be close, but at times, we fall short in the end. This time, we’re glad that we’re the ones to come out on top,” said coach Egay Macaraya.Navarro also contributed four assists and three rebounds in the win for the Golden Stags, who bounce back and even their record at 4-4. Mayweather warns of hefty fine if McGregor kicks him in their fight LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRenzo Navarro drilled the big plays late as San Sebastian slipped past Emilio Aguinaldo College, 75-73 in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The diminutive playmaker scored all of his five points in the final minute, drilling the huge corner three and following it up with a reverse to give the Golden Stags a 74-70 lead with 13.8 seconds to play.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next The Scores:SAN SEBASTIAN 75 – Calisaan 19, Ilagan 12, Costelo 11, Calma 10, Gayosa 5, Navarro 5, Are 4, David 2, Baetiong 2, Mercado 2, Valdez 2, Bulanadi 1, Quipse 0, Capobres 0.EAC 73 – Onwubere 22, Munsayac 16, Guzman 10, Garcia 7, I. Mendoza 6, Diego 4, Bugarin 4, Bautista 3, Pascua 1, J. Mendoza 0, Corilla 0, Neri 0.Quarters: 17-16, 40-37, 50-53, 75-73.center_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Ryan Costelo also had a hand in the victory, unfurling all but one of his 11 markers in the fourth quarter, on top of two dimes and two steals.Michael Calisaan still was able to top San Sebastian in scoring with 19 points and two rebounds despite being ejected at the 1:14 mark of the third quarter for incurring two unsportsmanlike fouls against Sidney Onwubere.RK Ilagan also went 3-of-5 from beyond the arc to wound up with 12 markers, five boards, and three assists.“The good thing about this is we’re hoping we could sustain this. We’re ok being 4-4 this year compared last year that we only got one win in the first round,” said Macaraya.Onwubere topped the skidding EAC (3-5) with 22 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, and five blocks, while Munsayac had 16 markers in the Generals’ third straight defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

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