Racela admits TNT failed to prepare for Barroca, Melton

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew TNT coach Nash Racela. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen TNT was about to face Magnolia in the PBA Philippine Cup, a big part of the KaTropa’s game plan was to stop Paul Lee.Magnolia’s spitfire guard was averaging 20 points a game prior to the Saturday game and head coach Nash Racela was determined to stop Lee from torching the KaTropa as they bid for a third straight win.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Melton, on the other hand, immediately caught fire as Lee’s replacement as he scored 12 of his total 14 points in the third quarter while also grabbing 10 boards.“There were just a number of mistakes, especially in the third quarter,” said Racela who saw his team get outscored 27-17 in the period. “Those are the things we need to correct moving forward.”With the loss, the KaTropa dropped to 3-3 and is in a three-way tie with Rain or Shine and Phoenix at the fourth spot.ADVERTISEMENT And although Lee finished with just five points after suffering a left ankle sprain early in the third, it was the Hotshots’ other guards that did the damage.Mark Barroca and Justin Melton heeded the call for the Hotshots as Racela wasn’t able to concoct a defensive plan for the two as the Hotshots waltzed to a 91-83 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I felt we prepared well, we really executed well against Paul Lee but we failed against Barroca and Melton,” said Racela at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “The lesson here is to better prepare ourselves against everyone.”Barroca was everywhere for the Hotshots as he finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Erram still optimistic as loses pile up for Blackwater: ‘We still fought’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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1st cassava factory project successfully completed in Region 1

first_img– construction cost at $26MConstructed at a total cost of $26 million, the first-ever Cassava Processing Factory is now completed, and is expected to significantly benefit the residents of the Kwebanna community, located in Moruca, Region One (Barima-Waini).The project, which commenced in December of 2018, was conceptualised with the main goal of providing a string of benefits, with employment opportunities being on top of the list. With the new processing facility now available, residents can now have jobs in either the processing or packaging departments, while farmers will solely take advantage of supplying cassava to the factory so an income can be earned.The factory is expected to produce its main product of cassava flour, since a recent study conducted by the Kwebanna Farmers’ Cooperative, determined that the production of cassava flour would provide a great source of income for farmers and vendors in the local markets.In addition to the main product, the facility will also supply cassareep, starch, and other cassava by-products.A visit to the brand-new building was recently made by Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe and a team from the Ministry.Meanwhile, the Business Ministry as well as the Social Protection Ministry will shortly provide training for persons in the community who are most likely to be employed at the factory.The Business Ministry is expected to facilitate training in the area of packaging of items while the Social Protection Ministry will facilitate training in the area of processing.Funds allocated for the project covered the construction of the building, the clearing and preparing of 30 acres of land, and the supply of cassava sticks.The Cassava Factory under constructionThe completed Cassava Processing Factorylast_img read more

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Gafoors donate homes to less fortunate families

first_imgIn another act of astounding generosity, Sattaur Gafoor and Ameena Gafoor through the Gafoor Foundation, on Saturday donated homes to two less fortunate families. The homes, though not fully completed, were constructed at a cost of $9 million each.Oliver Kerr, a visually impaired father of two, received his first home – a flat, two-bedroom concrete house located in Sophia, Greater Georgetown.Kerr had approached Sattaur Gaffor seeking assistance to build a house, as he had nowhere to live with his wife and two young children. Ameena Gafoor explained that her husband, when he heard of the Kerr’s genuine need situation, took on the responsibility of building them a home.“We operate something called the Gafoor Foundation where we help people in need. We try to see those with genuine needs and help them, and we also try to keep children in school. Oliver Kerr, who is blind, approached our company and said that he and his family have nowhere to live. So we thought we would rise to the occasion and fortunately he had this bit of land here. If someone does not have land, we cannot put down a house for them, so fortunately for him he had this bit of land. So the next step was for us to try and get a house erected and this was promised to them before the fire which was just a month ago.”According to Ameena Gafoor: “It took us about three months to build this house so here we are today. The house is somewhat incomplete but soon they will get all the finishing touches but basically they have a house and all the necessary facilities to function until we put all the finishing touches in place. And we are very happy to help the Kerr’s…we have known Oliver for a very long time and know of the circumstances”, she explained.She further revealed that she would be taking the responsibility of furnishing the home. “I am going to help them put in beds and chairs. If they need a stove, we will help them. Also, when the kitchen is complete we will try to help them with a fridge so that the children can grow comfortably. They deserve a decent and comfortable house,” she explained.She further related that the Gafoor Foundation was founded in 1992 when she and her husband returned from overseas, and noticed the need for such an organisation which would assist the underserved and less fortunate.Philipa Kerr expressed her appreciation to the Gafoors for their kindness. She related that it would have been quite difficult for her husband and herself to construct a home, given their circumstances. She recalled the moment when she was told that the Gafoors would be building them a house, telling  Guyana Times that she was at a loss for words. “I am very much happy. I want to thank God for Mr Gafoor and his family who gave us this house that I can enjoy and live comfortably with my family,” she stated.Meanwhile; Bibi Ramjit, 61, an ailing widow, also received her flat concrete house at Schoonord, West Bank Demerara.The woman explained that prior to receiving the home from the Gafoors, she was constantly moving from one relative’s house to the next. Struggling to contain her tears, she expressed thanks to the Gafoor family: “I feel so happy that I own my own home, I must thank them for building my house because if it wasn’t for the Gafoors I wouldn’t ah own my own home.”She related that she bought the land a number of years ago, and had begun constructing the foundation of the building. However; after her husband passed away, she was not in a financial position to continue the house.The contractors of the project expressed pride at being able to play a part in the kind act. They explained that they were very happy to be working for such a generous employer, saying: “we are very proud about what Mr Gafoor is doing for the less fortunate.”last_img read more

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KPL round up: Randy breaks Leopards hearts

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards players line up before their Kenyan Premier League clash against Sofapaka at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on December 22, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 6 – Bakari Randy scored in the final minute of added time as 10-man Nzoia Sugar came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with AFC Leopards at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday evening.Vihiga had gone a man down after Elvis Ronak was shown a straight red card 12 minutes from time, after AFC had gone ahead through a 44th minute Brian Marita goal. AFC were coming into the game after last weekend’s 2-0 win over Posta Rangers, their first in the new season and were in line for their second victory, but some naïve defending saw them relinquish the lead to remain 10th in the standings with seven points.-Sharks held againIn the earlier kick off, Kariobangi Sharks were held to their third draw in four games when they played to a 1-1 tie with struggling KCB.The bankers picked up their second point of the season coming in less than three days after suspending two coaches and their captain.Benson Amianda equalized for the bankers in the 72nd minute with a header at the back-post after Vincent Wasambo had given Sharks the lead with a scorcher from outside the area.Meanwhile, 10-man Bandari bounced back to winning ways with a 2-1 win over Sony Sugar in Mombasa. Hassan Abdallah scored with a tap in at the back post 10 minutes from time to hand Bandari the win having drawn their last three games.-Agwanda goalSkipper Enock Agwanda had drawn Sony level with a shot from inside the box in the 75th minute to cancel out David King’atua’s 68th minute goal.Bandari had gone a man down early in the second half after Nicholas Mejja was given his matching orders following a second consecutive yellow card.With the victory, the dockers climb to fourth on the standings with 12 points, one behind Western Stima and Tusker. Stima rose to second, keeping their unbeaten run on track after beating Chemelil Sugar 1-0 in Awasi.Meanwhile, Mount Kenya United picked up a vital point after a 1-1 draw with Vihiga United in Kakamega in a match that had Moses Odhiambo sent off.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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‘I want to make history’ – Man United target explains decision to stay at PSG

first_imgParis Saint-Germain star Lucas Moura has revealed why he decided to commit his long-term future to the French club during the summer amid interest from Manchester United.The Brazilian playmaker has been on United’s radar ever since his Sao Paulo days and he was heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford earlier this year.Talks over a new contract in Paris had stalled but he finally put pen to paper on a contract until 2019 during June – drawing a line under speculation surrounding a United move.And now the 23-year-old Brazil international has spoken about why he decided to stay put at the Parc des Princes.“I love being in Paris,” Moura told France Football.“I want to make history. I feel that I can win the Champions League with PSG. But it is not only the club, but also life in Paris which is fantastic. That’s why I want to stay here long.“At first, my family and I missed our friends. The Brazilians are very close to their families, even in difficult times. We are always happy to be together.“Now everything is better because I live with my mother, my stepfather, my girlfriend. I can not complain about anything. I live in the most beautiful city in the world“Moreover, I am doing something that I love: playing football. “ Lucas Moura 1last_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: PAT MCGARRIGLE IN TERRIFIC FORM AT BARNHILL

first_imgPresident’s Week continued on Wednesday 22nd with the Yellow Pepper Restaurant sponsored open and ‘staking’ his place in the winners’ circle was Seamus Patton [6] with a level par gross round consisting of a bogey at Crievesmith [9th], an eagle at the par five 11th [Settlement] and another birdie at 14th in-between bogeys for a 42 point return to pip runner-up Michael Mc Elhinney [17] on b.o.t, Michael having recorded 21pts for each nine. In third place was Keith Shiels [9] whose birdie at Hall Door [1st] was eradicated by a ‘blank’ at 6th [Hackett’s Best] but birdies at par three 16th and 18th giving him 40pts. Gross prize went to Pat Boyce [7], recording a level par score thru first eleven holes before bogeys were intertwined with birdies at 15th [Candalabra] and 18th [Stockade] for a one over gross 73 and 35 gross points.Friday 24th saw the annual Pre-President’s Mixed Foursomes and taking the honours there were Ulster Cup team captain Eamonn O’ Carroll and playing partner Grainne Hinds with a return of 47.7 whilst in second spot was the pairing of John Russell and Kay Kelly with 48.0.On Saturday 25th the club hosted one of the season’s ‘majors’ and taking a ‘major’ role in proceedings was cat 4 member Pat Mc Garrigle [26] who, with a course management plan of playing handicap golf, returned 20pts over both nines for a total of 40pts to pip runner-up Con Boyce [4] by one point to lift one of this year’s most coveted prizes. Con’s return of one over gross 73 consisted of bogeys at 1st and 6th cancelled out with birdies at 2nd and 5th, going level par thru twelve holes only for a bogey at par three 13th [Hunters Home] to have him miss out on top rung. In third place was one of the club’s most consistent competitors, James Mc Fadden [12] whose birdie at The Isle [par five 7th] gave him an outward nine return of 22pts but that was cancelled out by double bogeys at 10th and 15th for a 38pt. finish. In fourth place was Darragh Mc Menamin [5] with 37pts [bot] and gross prize was taken by Conor Friel [5] with 33 gross pts. The President’s Prize to ‘veterans’ was won by Dessie Shiels snr [23] with 33pts and the ‘committee member’ prize was won by Michael O’ Malley [13] with 32pts.Sunday 26th saw annual sponsors the Glencairn Hotel, Castleblaney, [Mr. P. Mc Fadden] host their Open and congratulations to cat 4 member Joseph Diver [24] who, despite a double bogey at 1st and a ‘blank’ at 3rd, showed great perseverance to record a birdie at Stack Yard [14]for a back nine of 26pts on his way to returning a winning score of 43pts. In second place was last year’s most consistent junior, Philip Cassidy [12] who, despite scores of bogey at 1st, double bogey at 3rd and ‘blank’ at 12th still returned a very commendable 40pts to outscore newcomer Barry Whyte [12] on 37pts. Gross was won by Jack Patton [5], recording a two over gross 74 and 34 gross pts.Congratulations to the club’s ‘Seniors’ team who travelled to Rosapenna Golf Club on Friday last and secured 2&1/2 matches in their fist leg encounter and also to the Ulster Cup team playing at home on Sunday last, taking a  4&1/2 to 2&1/2 result for their return leg to Shandon Park on this coming Sunday. Good luck to all.Competitions continue with the Friday 1st July Open Stableford, the annual Crumlin Children’s Hospital Classic on Saturday, Mc Gettigan’s Gala, Letterkenny & Lifford Open on Sunday and the Speer’s Drapery Open on Wednesday 6th July. Captain’s Day is on Saturday 16th July and the annual Cancer Care Breast Unit Charity Open sponsored by Silver Tassie Hotel will be held on Friday 22nd.  GOLF NEWS: PAT MCGARRIGLE IN TERRIFIC FORM AT BARNHILL was last modified: June 28th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BarnhillgolfPat McGarrigleSportlast_img read more

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NEW HOPE FOR COCKHILL BRIDGE IN INISHOWEN

first_imgInishowen Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has said that he believes that a footbridge will be built in Cockhill.Cllr Murray made the comments after his motion was passed at full council calling for the council to pursue funding for a footbridge to be built at the existing bridge and for the €60,000 available through development charges at the bridge to be ring-fenced for a footbridge.Cllr Murray said the new Cockhill Bridge will be a vital piece of infrastructure in Inishowen and will open up the north of the peninsula, ease traffic congestion and increase road safety in Buncrana. “However, to date, no funding source has been identified for the almost €3million required to build a new bridge.“The bridge is, and will remain to be, the most important infrastructural project in Donegal; but while continuing to prioritise the new bridge project, we have a duty to ensure the safety of those who use the existing bridge.“The existing bridge is not safe for pedestrians. It is a hazard for the hundreds of families who live across the Crana from the school, the chapel, shops and many other local amenities.“It is for that reason that I moved this motion and asked for the available money to be ring-fenced for a footbridge. “It will take years before the new bridge is built in Cockhill. I am concerned that someone could be knocked down tomorrow on the existing bridge. We need to act immediately to address the ongoing safety concerns in Cockhill.”NEW HOPE FOR COCKHILL BRIDGE IN INISHOWEN was last modified: May 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bridgeCllr Jack MurrayCockhillInishowenlast_img read more

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Chalking The Horse: It’s the Neigh-borly Thing to Do — Interview With CITO Host The Wombles

first_img*(HQ Note: Geocaching was born after selective ability was turned off in 2000, meaning that The Wombles has been participating for just about as long as geocaching has existed!) TW. Other cachers had already held events to chalk hill figures. The National Trust wanted people to help with maintenance at the Uffington White Horse in Oxfordshire, a 3,000 year old chalk hill figure. I set up two CITOs this summer to help with this. The Wombles is a British geocacher who has taken improving mother earth to a whole new level. He hosts regular CITOs, among them a recurring crowd favorite—Wombling free – Chalking the Horse—meaning that, if you’re in the UK, you can attend! HQ. How and when did you hear about geocaching? We caught up with The Wombles to discuss geocaching, CITO, and his commitment to preserving this prehistoric symbol: HQ. If someone reading this is looking for inspiration, what words of advice would you give them? The Uffington White Horse is a prehistoric chalk figure in the English hillside shaped like, you guessed it, a horse. First chalked approximately 3,000 years ago by inhabitants of either the Iron or Bronze age, it requires routine cleaning and preservation.  TW. I’m a recently retired Engineer and Programme Director from the Telecoms industry. Outside of geocaching I volunteer by teaching Advanced Driving and for 4×4 response. Lots of cachers think of CITO as a chance to pick up trash—which it definitely is. But the events are not limited to this—it’s also a chance to preserve the integrity of cache-friendly places in other outside-of-the-box ways! HQ. What is the story behind your username? HQ. What gave you the idea to “chalk the horse?” TW. The Wombles are fictional furry creatures who tidy up and recycle what they find. They were created for children’s books and TV shows. We chose it as a family friendly name when we adopted our three children because it seemed appropriate. TW. Apart from chalking the horse, we had a great reaction to a 2012 litter pick up in a community space near Bristol (GC39V61). Some locals were on their fourth litter pick up on the site and were rather bemused by cachers appearing with GPSrs and enthusiastically diving into the bushes to retrieve rubbish. I was initially concerned that there wouldn’t be enough for our 50 volunteers to do. However the rubbish came and kept coming. We got 80 bags of rubbish plus lots of much larger rubbish such as 8 tyres, 2 wheels, a lawnmower, tent, security fencing, exhaust, bodywork, wheelbarrow, garden bench, astro turf, bottles, sign stand, large amounts of scrap metal and my personal favourite: a genuine kitchen sink. The only thing we didn’t retrieve was half a car (a car chassis)! TW. There has been a great reaction to these CITOs. How often do you get an opportunity to help maintain a prehistoric hill figure and ancient monument? It is very different to the norm and people get a feeling of shared ownership over their heritage.  HQ. What has been the community/National Trust reaction to your CITOs?center_img TW. In 2010 I hosted a CITO for the National Trust and UK caching organisation GAGB (The Geocaching Association of Great Britain), GAGB CITO with the NT (GC29Z9Z). We had 60 people attend and collected 43 bags of rubbish.  SharePrint RelatedWombling free – Chalking the Horse — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 11, 2019In “Cache In Trash Out”CITO 2019 Season 1 RecapJune 11, 2019In “Community”Cache In Trash Out® (CITO) announcement for 2019January 7, 2019In “Environmental Initiatives” TW. No! Some ideas may take a little more effort but it’s worth it. HQ. What’s your background outside of geocaching?   Share with your Friends:More TW. Team up with a community or volunteer group. They will usually help with the mechanics of a CITO but are looking for people. Cache In Trash Out® (CITO) is an environmental initiative supported by the geocaching community. Since 2002, CITO helps preserve the natural beauty of cache-friendly spaces. In that time, more than 363,000 people have volunteered at 18,000 events. HQ. In your opinion, what’s the best approach to creating a CITO? TW. It’s really not difficult to arrange a CITO. You can start by linking up with a volunteer group during the CITO season when cachers will want to earn a CITO souvenir. You’ll get plenty of cachers volunteering.  TW. I started in 2001*  after reading about geocaching in a computing magazine.  At the time there weren’t many caches so I helped establish UK caching by negotiating with the major landowners for caching permissions. HQ. What was the first CITO you hosted? HQ. Have you ever had an idea that you thought was impossible? HQ. What is your favorite CITO you’ve attended or hosted?last_img read more

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Journalism Needs Data in 21st Century

first_imgguest author 1 Journalism has always been about reporting facts and assertions and making sense of world affairs. No news there. But as we move further into the 21st century, we will have to increasingly rely on “data” to feed our stories, to the point that “data-driven reporting” becomes second nature to journalists.The shift from facts to data is subtle and makes perfect sense. You could that say data are facts, with the difference that they can be computed, analyzed, and made use of in a more abstract way, especially by a computer.With this mindset, finding mainstream data-driven stories doesn’t take long at all. A quick scan of the Guardian’s home page tells us that swine flu cases are up by 50%, according to “fresh figures…[that] will be released this afternoon.” The story here is that we’re in danger because swine flu is on the rise. Reporting the current figures available for swine flu alone wouldn’t be all that interesting. The news comes from comparing the current figures to last week’s, which is a very simple form of data analysis. By making use of published data and running one’s own analysis (and building on the analysis of others), we get something very news-worthy indeed. It moves the definition ever so slightly, from “saying and asserting” to “analyzing and publishing.” But it obviously works only for data that is accessible.There is nothing new about pointing out the importance of public data being made available. Sir Tim Berners-Lee has discussed at length the importance of governments and institutions putting their data online, making it accessible and useful. His TED talk and interviews with ReadWriteWeb and Talis (disclosure: I am a blogger at Talis) all explain his belief that by publishing linked data we can begin to solve many of the problems the world faces. Innovations in medicine, science, and development could all be achieved if only currently hidden data were made available. Data-driven journalism could be the first step in realizing this dream. The best stories would then come from innovators who read about trends reported in news media and are then able to draw new conclusions and solve bigger problems. In his recent discussion with BBC, Berners-Lee said that the next step is to go for low-hanging fruit by just getting the data out there.Thus far, this has made a lot of sense to me, and I have been tracking the publication of linked data and increasing access to public knowledge as emerging trends over at Talis. But my perspective has shifted a bit in the past few weeks.First, there was data.gov and President Obama’s call for more access to government data. A sitting head of state (and one of some significance) was clearly calling for public access to government data: this was news! But the idea has been discussed, praised, and debated for a while since then and may have lost some of its luster.Then about a month ago, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown made it part of his digital strategy to prioritize the publication of government information. He asked Sir Tim personally “to help us drive the opening up of access to Government data in the web over the coming months” and appointed Berners-Lee an official governmental adviser. By now, neither of these stories is news and comparisons between the initiatives have been made.The Guardian newspaper recently launched its own Data Blog, with the intention of letting readers access, mash up, and reuse much of its information in the form of data, which could in turn drive stories.What is perhaps not as explicitly recognized is the voracious appetite for data that has been apparent for months. It is less about turning good ideas into stories and more about seeing how data informs our understanding of events happening right now. Each new initiative is another piece of low-hanging fruit picked.Access to data is important: it drives innovation and even social change. Governments that publish their data have to become more transparent. Humanitarian organizations that make their findings known could spark bigger projects and source innovative solutions from their communities. Scientific findings and raw information could be used to solve bigger problems than the result of a single experiment or trial could ever manage. Even the simple comparison of two or more facts can lead to new insight, and all of these things happen only when the walls around an institution become porous.2009 could become known as the year of data, the year of open access, or the year of the semantic Web (see links above for how this relates), and it may also be the first year when it becomes news that data wasn’t published in a story when it should have been. That a government body isn’t being transparent or is blocking access by publishing its findings in PDF or other non-linking formats would make a very interesting story indeed. We can expect to see more and more organizations and public bodies remove their own barriers through initiatives and legislation. Examples have been set, and seeing excuses die along with barriers is not far-fetched.Do you know of other data-driven stories? We’d love to hear about any insights that were made through publicly accessible data or where this data might come from next.Guest author: Zach Beauvais is a Platform Evangelist for Talis and editor of Nodalities Magazine. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Trends#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Deep Energy Savings at Wisdom Way Solar Village

first_imgIt became clear that nonprofit developer Rural Development Inc. was really on to something when one of the homes in its 20-unit Wisdom Way Solar Village project took third place in a 2009 utility-sponsored building competition called the Zero Energy Challenge.RDI’s entry in the Challenge, which was limited to builders in Massachusetts, was a 1,392-sq.-ft. three-bedroom attached two-story in Greenfield. Designed and priced as an affordable home, it earned a HERS Index rating of 18.7 and was equipped with a 3.42-kW photovoltaic system and solar hot water system.The remaining homes in the Wisdom Way project were built to similar energy-efficiency standards. Eleven were offered to low-income buyers, five were designated for moderate-income customers, two were sold on the open market, and two were designed for full wheelchair access and would be rented to people with physical disabilities. The design team predicted that the energy efficiency of all 20 homes would be about the same, however, with electricity and gas bills averaging less than $500 annually.It’s great to be rightThe buildings have been occupied for well over a year, and utility bills for eight of them do in fact show they are performing as expected. In a recent newsletter, building consultancy Steven Winter Associates noted that the average annual gas and electric bills for the eight units ranged from $324 to $485. SWA engineer Robb Aldrich collaborated with RDI and other partners on the project, including Bill Austin and Chris Farley of Austin Design.RDI and its team made building tight, well-insulated envelopes a top priority. Exterior walls are insulated to R-40 with 12 in. of blown-in cellulose, the roof to R-52 with 14 in. of cellulose, and the floor to R-38 with 11 in. of cellulose. Triple-pane windows were used throughout. Heat is provided by a Monitor Products GFI1800 gas space heater located in the central area of the first floor of each house. Each home also is equipped with an exhaust-only ventilation system and an additional interior fan that draws air from the ceiling of the first floor and redistributes it to each bedroom.In an article for the March/April 2009 edition of Home Energy magazine, Aldrich explained that the airtight and well-insulated building envelopes keep the design heat loads of the houses at less than 12,000 Btu per hour. The gas heater capacity ranges from 10,200 Btu on low fire to 16,000 Btu on high fire.Prices for the houses ranged from $110,000 (for a two-bedroom) to $170,000 (four-bedroom) in the low-income category and $150,000 to $210,000 for moderate-income buyers. A two-bedroom market rate home was priced at $210,000 and a three-bedroom was listed at $240,000.last_img read more

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