Williams sisters win to set up clash at Indian Wells

first_imgView comments GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings She joined American upset winners Sachia Vickery, who beat No. 3 seed Garbine Muguruza; 16-year-old wild card Amanda Anisimova, who beat No. 23 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova; and wild-card teenager Caroline Dolehide, a three-set winner over No. 30 Dominika Cibulkova on Friday.In other matches Saturday, defending champion Elena Vesnina eliminated American CiCi Bellis 2-6, 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina beat Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-3; No. 12 Julia Georges defeated Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6-4, 6-1; No. 27 Carla Suarez Navarro beat Su-Wei Hsieh 6-4, 2-6, 6-3; and No. 26 Daria Gavrilova dismissed Yanina Wickmayer 7-6 (3), 6-2.Two seeded players lost: No. 18 Magdalena Rybarikova and No. 28 Anett Kontaveit.On the men’s side, fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem fired 10 aces to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; No. 7 Kevin Anderson defeated Evgeny Donskoy 7-5, 6-4; and No. 12 Tomas Berdych rolled past German Maximilian Marterer 6-1, 6-4 in just over an hour.No. 30 Pablo Cuevas beat Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (4), 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed The sisters will resume their longtime rivalry on Monday. Serena leads Venus 17-11 all-time and has won eight of their last nine meetings, most recently the Australian Open final last year.Wild card Danielle Collins defeated U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys 6-3, 7-6 (1) to continue a string of upsets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkKeys hasn’t made it past the fourth round at Indian Wells in eight tries. The No. 15 seed was mistake-prone throughout the second-round match, committing five unforced errors in the tiebreaker.Collins, ranked 116th and making her first appearance in the main draw, is just starting her second year on the WTA Tour. INDIAN WELLS, CA – MARCH 10: Serena Williams celebrates her victory over Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during the BNP Paribas Open on March 10, 2018 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFPINDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Serena Williams and sister Venus won at the BNP Paribas Open to set up a third-round clash in the desert tournament.Serena got by No. 29 seed Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-6 (5), 7-5 in the second round on Saturday in her return from a 14-month absence after giving birth to her first child. Venus preceded her younger sister on the stadium court and beat Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-3, 6-4.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – 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 MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano No. 16 Fabio Fognini was beaten by Jeremy Chardy 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Balanced Heat roll past Wizards LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citylast_img read more

Gov’t Displays Delay Posture in South Korean US$247,500 Theft Case

first_imgDrama unfolded on Wednesday, August 27, at Criminal Court ‘C’ when government lawyers could not continue with a US$247,500 theft case levied against them by some South Korean’s businessmen, claiming “technical problems.”Initially, the party’s lawyers  were informed through a  notice of assignment to appear before the court  yesterday to proceed with  “a Motion for Return of Property  and Illegally Seized” filed by lawyers representing the interest of  the Korean businessmen against  officers of the National Security Agency (NSA).It all started when Judge Yussif Kaba called for the start of the case.  The only government lawyer that was seated in the courtroom stood and informed the court that he had a submission to spread on it (court) records.When he was given the chance to speak yesterday, the lawyer said, “We pray, Your Honor,  for continuance of the matter because of some technical problems beyond our control  have prevented us from filing our resistance to the motion.”He added, “Therefore, we plead with you to postpone the matter to August 28 to afford us the opportunity to adequately prepare ourselves to address the issue.”Following the lawyer’s  submission, Judge Yussif Kaba granted the government postponement of the matter by saying “The essence of a trial being to ensure that justice is done and in order to affect the justice, all of the parties are given the opportunity to adequately represent their clients’ interest in the matter.”He went on to announce, “This Court hereby reluctantly grants the prayer contained in the application of the respondent (government). This matter is therefore hereby reassigned to August 28 at 10:30 a.m.  The matter is hereby suspended.”In their motion filed on behalf of the South Korea businessmen, Park Jung Dai, the attorney –in-fact claimed that on July 8, 2014 at about 1:30 p.m. a group of officers of the National Security Agency (NSA) entered their premises of City Guest House on the Old Road in Sinkor and illegally seized their business money in the amount of US$247,500 without due process of law.In the document, they alleged that the NSA officers without any warrant of search and seizure as required by law and in total violation of the rights under the Constitution.   They further argued that the said money was illegally seized from them that had been transferred from their home in South Korea to the International Bank in Monrovia and on July 8, 2014.According to them, they withdrew said amount from the bank to transact business in the country.Immediately upon receipt of the amount from the bank,  they preceded to their Old Road Guest House where the security followed them and took possession of the money and other valuable properties.They named some of the properties seized by the NSA as gas torch, melting dish, two packs of chemicals for testing, gold, an electric gold scale, two pocket wallets containing credit cards and important call cards. The case is due to continue today, August 28.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stepping in to Help

first_imgThirteen-year-old little Bendu Dunbar is one of several Ebola orphans around the country, who can look back and say that the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) has indeed left an everlasting scar on them.The disease attacked Liberia in March 2014 and exposed its already weak or non-existent health care delivery system. Before the outbreak, there were reports in 2013 of one doctor to at least 14,000 Liberians. Out of the 250 registered and licensed doctors for the population of 3.5 million, 175 were Liberians and less than 25 percent of those doctors were specialized.   The EVD killed nearly 10 foreign and Liberian medical doctors, including Dr. Samuel Brisbane, who had more than two decades of practice under his belt.As people contracted the disease, they began dying in their number. At least 8157 as at January 7, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), have so far contracted the virus in Liberia and 3496 persons have died.Included in this number, are the relatives of 13-year-old Bendu Dunbar and many other Ebola orphans around the country. Ms. Dunbar tearfully, told the Daily Observer Wednesday, January 7, how she lost 13 members of her family, including both of her parents.“My people were just dying one after another,” she narrated sadly, fighting to hold back her tears.She and her relatives used to live in Dolo Town, one of the hardest hit communities in Margibi County.Most of whom she lost to the virus were adults. The 13-year-old, a third grader, is one of the six children left behind to fend for themselves if no one or the government steps in to rescue them.Like Bendu, her siblings and 54 other Ebola orphans with similar stories, they have now been sheltered at the Taffi Dollar Children’s Welfare Center (TDCWC), along the main highway leading up to the Roberts International Airport (RIA), in Margibi. The center is about a mile from the new national cemetery.The head of the welfare center, Pastor Wilmot B. Yalartai told the Daily Observer how his church had to step in to help cater for the children of those dying from Ebola.Pastor Yalartai narrated that the wife of a fellow pastor, late Rev. Augustine Zarr, just a stone’s throw from his compound, had contracted the virus and died, leaving the Pastor and kids to struggle, too.“When I saw this, I said to my church members, we need to do something. I made some research about the virus and we began administering anti-bodies to the Pastor and his kids. We even donated some food so that they could eat at least three times every day,” he narrated. He, however, stated that that pastor died but his kids got well.According to him, that was the turning point for him and his church—Abundant Life Chapel, which runs the welfare center in partnership with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.“We started going to Dolo Town and other places to administer to orphans and their remaining relatives about the love of Christ, telling them that no hope is lost in Him. We also donated food items to them,” Pastor Yalartai, whose facilities have both boys and girls dorms, a high school and others, told this newspaper.He said after hosting a church service with orphans and surviving relatives mid 2014, some of the surviving relatives, who attended, “begged” for him to take their kids in after seen his facilities and amenities.“That is how I began taking in the kids. I have space for at least 100 but have so far only been able to take in 60 because of resources problem,” he added.As he listed the center’s immediate needs, he said budget for sponsorship per month for each of the kids is US$60.“I also need 30 pieces of laptops for the computer lab and a 15-KVA generator,” he further said.The center’s school is free for boarding students or orphans and can accommodate at least 300 children from the neighboring communities. It presently has 14 staff, including a nurse, teachers, matron, dean, security and cooks.He disclosed to this newspaper that since he took in the kids two months ago, it was only last Saturday, January 3, that the government, through the Incident Management System (IMS), gave the center some food, which can carry the center for at least two weeks.He appealed to international donors, including WFP, UNICEF, Plan International, Save the Children and the Government of Liberia to come and help sponsor the kids.He also appealed to all international churches, especially the Creflo Dollar Ministries, based in Atlanta, Georgia, which help them construct the facilities to cater for kids.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bomi College Faculty Wants Pres. Weah Withdraw Dr. Gray’s Appointment

first_imgBCCC’s faculty wants President Weah retain Dr. Norman. -Says appointment violates BCCC’s ActThe faculty and staff of the Bomi County Community College (BCCC) have called on President George Weah to withdraw the recent appointment of Dr. Mulbah Gray as president of the college, replacing Dr. Zobong B. Norman, the sitting president.They claimed that the appointment of Dr. Gray violates the Act establishing the college.In a statement issued yesterday, September 9, in Monrovia, the faculty expressed the belief that the removal of Dr. Norman as president of the college was not in line with the BCCC’s Act as enshrined in Article 5, section 1.“In the interim, we want the Board of Trustees reconstituted since its service time has elapsed, as evidenced by the reappointment of the chair, which is also inconsistent with Article 3, Section 4, of the Act,” the faculty’s statement said.The faculty also called for a new Board to be reconstituted and be charged with the responsibility of competitively vetting the new president in harmony with the Act establishing the college.“Given the continued internal disagreement and misunderstanding between the Board chair, Arthur Varney Yengbeh, and Dr. Norman for the past two years, we recommend that Mr. Yengbeh be replaced and the Board be dissolved to restore sanity at the college,” the statement said.According to them, Mr. Yengbeh did not only consistently undermine Dr. Norman but also did similar things to the entire BCCC’s administration.The faculty said Mr. Yengbeh, over the last two years, has “hurt” members of the administration and other staff. To restore sustainable peace and tranquility, the faculty said President Weah should replace Mr. Yengbeh.They further appealed to President Weah to reconsider the decision in removing Dr. Norman in compliance with the Act, so as to create a conducive and peaceful learning environment at the institution as well as allow a speedy and timely resumption of classes.“We are cognizant of the hindrances posed by the recent removal of Dr. Norman and, therefore, we deem it necessary to call on President Weah to restore sanity by withdrawing the nomination of Dr. Gray,” members of the faculty have said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man United edge Real Madrid on penalties

first_imgThe 21-year-old shone during his impressive debut campaign at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal two years ago, yet struggled under Mourinho last season — prompting speculation that he could be on the move this summer.But after Martial looked back to his best, Mourinho admitted that talent is not the issue for the United forward.“Obviously, we want more consistency in his talent,” said Mourinho. “I think today was positive for him. That’s why I left him for 90 minutes on the pitch. He was enjoying it, trying things and it’s important in these friendly matches to try things, which he did.“That’s only good for his confidence.”Jesse Lingard of Manchester United scores past Marcelo Da Silva Junior of Real Madrid during their International Champions Cup match, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on July 23, 2017 © GETTY/AFP / EZRA SHAWOn the stroke of half-time, Martial’s quick feet saw him leave both Daniel Carvajal and Luka Modric for dead, before squaring the ball across the six-yard box for Lingard to tap home.It was just reward for Lingard after he was the best player on the pitch during the first half, only a smart save from Keylor Navas keeping out a swerving shot from 25 yards in the seventh minute.In their first pre-season outing, Real were understandably rusty during the first half, but they improved significantly after Zinedine Zidane changed his entire 11 at the interval and introduced a host of youngsters.They drew level when Victor Lindelof brought down summer signing Theo Hernandez in the area and Casemiro smashed home the resulting spot-kick.Zidane said he was “satisfied” with the performance, particularly the contribution of the club’s hot prospects.Real Madrid’s Carolos Henrique Casemiro reacts after missing a penalty kick shootout against Manchester United, during their International Champions Cup match in Santa Clara, California, on July 23, 2017 © AFP / Beck DiefenbachBut when asked about the depth of his squad and whether he was chasing a replacement for the departed Alvaro Morata, Zidane was cautious at being drawn over any transfer business.“I’ve talked to the president, but we have a roster of 28 players and I’m happy,” said the Real boss.“Ultimately, we will see. We have until August 31, but I have not asked for any (players).”United won 2-1 in a desperately low quality penalty shootout at the conclusion of the encounter, but it was an injury to midfielder Ander Herrera which was preying on Mourinho’s mind afterwards.The half-time substitute lasted just seven minutes before he was forced off with a rib injury.“For him to come off, it has to be very painful,” Mourinho said. “I want to wait and see what it is but I always say there’s no risk in friendly matches. If you feel that something is coming, a little injury, then get off. The result is not important.”Herrera is expected to join Juan Mata on the treatment table when United round off their Stateside pre-season tour against Barcelona, in Landover, Maryland on Wednesday.– ‘Happy with our pre-season’ –But despite a hectic period of five games in the space of 12 days, Mourinho feels the trip has been beneficial.“We managed to organize the pre-season in a way where we were based in LA for 15 days,” he added. “It’s fantastic to always be in the same hotel, same training ground. The flights were quite short to go to Salt Lake, Houston.“Now we go to (Washington) and that’s halfway home, almost.“In terms of jet lag, it’s halfway home. These next three days in DC are not a problem. After that, we have two more matches to play in Norway and Ireland. Traveling in the same day, short flights. I’m really happy with our pre-season.“If Mata and Ander are not a problem in terms of injuries, then it’s a perfect pre-season for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United forward Anthony Martial (R) celebrates with midfielder Jesse Lingard after Lingard scored a goal on July 23, 2017 in Santa Clara, California © AFP / Beck DiefenbachSANTA CLARA, United States, Jul 24 – Jose Mourinho has challenged Anthony Martial to produce the goods on a more consistent basis after the Manchester United frontman caught the eye against Real Madrid.Martial produced a scintillating weaving run to set up Jesse Lingard’s opening goal in United’s 1-1 draw against Real in the International Champions Cup at Santa Clara, California, on Sunday, albeit the French international blazed over from the spot in the penalty shootout that followed the draw.last_img read more

Aguero suffers broken ribs in car crash

first_imgThe prolific 29-year-old was due to return to Manchester on Friday morning to be assessed ahead of City’s Premier League clash at Chelsea on Saturday.Amsterdam police spokesman Frans Zuiderhoek told AFP that officers attended an accident in the city at around 11:00pm (2100 GMT) on Thursday after “a taxi-cab hit a lamp-post”.He could not confirm the identities of the two passengers and the driver, who all asked to remain anonymous.“No other vehicles were involved,” he told AFP early on Friday, adding that three people in the taxi “have been transferred to hospital for observation… but there were no bad injuries”.The accident occurred on De Boelelaan street, said Zuiderhoek, not far from the Arena A where Colombian singer Maluma performed on Thursday.The Argentina striker, who has scored 176 goals for the English club, on Thursday posted a picture of himself with the singer on his official Instagram page.British media reported that Aguero, who has already scored six times in the Premier League this season, had sustained broken ribs and was set to be out for around two months.Aguero’s former club Independiente posted a message of support on Twitter, saying: “Strength and speedy recovery @aguerosergiokun! All @Independiente is with you at this difficult time.”The striker needs only more two goals to become City’s all-time leading scorer and is widely viewed as one of the world’s most feared strikers.– Hero for fans –Sergio Aguero says he feels very happy at Manchester City. PHOTO/FFT.Yet just seven months ago, Aguero’s Eastlands future appeared bleak after he lost the trust of City manager Pep Guardiola.Having earned his way back into Guardiola’s good graces by refusing to complain publicly about his treatment last term, Aguero has made himself indispensible with a barrage of goals.Aguero is a hero amongst the City fans after scoring the winning injury-time goal that snatched the 2011/12 Premier League title away from arch-rivals Manchester United, one of the most dramatic goals in the league’s history.Signed from Atletico Madrid for £38 million ($51 million, 42 million euros) by then-City boss Roberto Mancini in 2011, Aguero wasted little time announcing his arrival on the Premier League stage.He marked his City debut with two goals in a 30-minute substitute appearance against Swansea.By the time City reached the final game of the season, Aguero had scored 23 times in the league to fire the club towards its first title in 44 years.His goals were a key element in City’s second Premier League triumph two years later.He has also won the League Cup twice and finished as the Premier League’s top scorer in the 2014/15 season.City received another injury blow on Thursday when £50 million French defender Benjamin Mendy was diagnosed with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sergio Aguero has reportedly been injured in a car crash in Amsterdam.Photo/D/MLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 29 – Manchester City’s Argentine striker Sergio Aguero “sustained injuries” in a car crash in the Netherlands and is returning to Britain to be checked ahead of the weekend’s Premier League fixtures, his club said on Friday.“Sergio Aguero will be assessed by club doctors today after being involved in a road accident on Thursday. The City forward was in Holland on his day off and has sustained injuries,” said the statement.last_img read more

JANET WOOS X FACTOR JUDGES

first_imgBRILLIANT X Factor contestant Janet Devlin wooed the judges on the show tonight – with sources saying she will be chosen to go through to the Live TV shows.Judge Kelly Rowland and expert actress/singer Jennifer Hudson were blown away by the Gortin’s girls super rendition of ‘Beautiful’ by Christina Aguilera. TV viewers will find out on Sunday evening who the final 16 contestants will be.But an ITV source has told a number of showbiz websites tonight that Janet IS in the last 16.She has been tipped for the top since her very first audition when Gary Barlow was left gobsmacked.“Janet’s definitely through,” said X Factor sources quoted on several websites. Said Kelly after the performance: “I love her. You could have heard a pin drop in this room. She sets a tone in a room that’s insane…..I want her to com out of herself a little bit more.”JANET WOOS X FACTOR JUDGES was last modified: October 2nd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldaily.comJanet Devlinx factorlast_img read more

SHAFTED! SENIOR DONEGAL GARDAI IN ATTACK ON SHATTER OVER CUTS

first_imgA UNION representing senior Gardai in Donegal – including sergeants and ispectors – has reacted angrily to a €60M cut in Garda resources which will see stations closures and a district scrapped in Donegal.Getting a senior Garda of that rank to take on the Government on the record is hard – but after several calls from Donegal Daily, the union representing them issued an unprecedented attack on Government.Willie Gleeson, President of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors spoke after Alan Shatter announced that 100 Garda Stations will close while 28 Garda Districs will be amalgamated into 14 as part of ongoing cost containment measures. A total of five stations will close in Donegal. “This latest round of cuts come at a time when Garda resources are already stretched, Garda numbers are reducing and we are operating with an inadequate Garda fleet. Our members are seriously concerned about rural Ireland and the impact such consolidation will have on communities.“The strength of the local Garda Station and its members are such that rural crime has fallen in recent years. This move will take the heart out of many rural communities and ultimately people will suffer. We feel it is a backward step and as yet there is no timeframe for individual closures, albeit it will happen during 2013. We are calling on the Garda Commissioner and Garda Management to instigate a communications exercise with communities who are going to be most affected by the Station closures,” said President Gleeson.The counties most affected by Station closures are along the western seaboard including Donegal (5); Sligo/Leitrim (9); Cavan/Monaghan (6); Longford/Roscommon (6); Mayo (six); Galway (10); Clare (8); Limerick (6) Kerry (9) and Cork (7).Other counties affected include Dublin city with the closures of Kil-O’Grange and Stepaside; Tipperary (5); Meath (2); Westmeath (4); Laois/Offaly (3); Wicklow (2); Kildare (3); Kilkenny/Carlow (5); Waterford (2) and Wexford (1). “We are particularly concerned about the closures in Cork City which will result in just one Garda Station being opened for the entire city from 9pm until 7am. Coupled with this 28 Garda Districts are being amalgamated into 14, which means that our members will be re-located. It is imperative that AGSI members are briefed immediately on proposed changes. It is also vital that a public information campaign is initiated to let members of the public know who and where their local Garda members will be located,” says President Gleeson.Members of AGSI were called to a meeting late yesterday afternoon however it emerged that full details of the Garda Station closures were already uploaded onto the official Garda website.Willie Gleeson says, “previous commitments that our members would be made aware of changes that affect them directly would not be disclosed to media or the public first. However, it seems our members were aware of the station closures and District Amalgamations from garda.ie before we even got a chance to brief them.”SHAFTED! SENIOR DONEGAL GARDAI IN ATTACK ON SHATTER OVER CUTS was last modified: December 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SHAFTED! SENIOR DONEGAL GARDAI IN ATTACK ON SHATTER OVER CUTSlast_img read more

Is Passivhaus Right for a Cold Canadian Climate?

first_imgSuperinsulation and lots of south-facing glazingI’ll remind you that we are using the following: R-100 ceiling, R-56 above-grade walls, R-28 below grade walls, and R-28 under-slab insulation. We are also having significant south glazing and minimal north glazing. We will be installing the highest efficiency fiberglass windows and we expect the airtightness of the house to meet the Passivhaus standard of 0.60 air changes per hour at 50 pascals.The bottom line here is that Saskatchewan is a lot colder than Germany. The number of heating degree days in Germany in 2014 was 3,100. The number of heating degree days in Saskatoon in 2014 was 6,035. Well, that’s about twice as much, which would account for our need for twice the heating energy – makes sense! Therefore, I have a hard time understanding how the standards for a German Passivhaus can be applied to a very cold Canadian climate.If we look at our expected total energy consumption (84.04 kWh/m2/year), however, we are actually significantly lower than the Passivhaus standard of 120 kWh/m2/year. [Editor’s note: The Passivhaus limit of 120 kWh/m2/year refers to total source energy, not site energy. For a discussion of the difference between source energy and site energy, see Understanding Energy Units.]This raises the question: In Germany, what accounts for the 105 kWh/m2/year difference? Is their appliance energy use and hot water use that much higher? Or is this particular standard higher to account for the larger homes and buildings that are typically built with Passivhaus?Anyway, what do these numbers really mean, except to compare apples (Germany) to oranges (Saskatchewan)? We weren’t going to be pursing Passivhaus certification anyway. (The approximate price tag for certification is $10,000, and I’d rather put that money into solar panels). But I think it provides an interesting discussion. Wood heat will be importantFirst, let me explain a couple things. One, we expect to use our wood stove a lot in the winter. I love a wood fire; there is something incredibly comforting about watching wood burn.Two, I do think that the annual appliance use is on the high side, and I would also argue that our total space heating is also a bit high when comparing it to the Mill Creek NetZero house, an eco-house project using the same wall system in a similar climate.Nonetheless, let’s give these numbers some context:Our home’s projected annual energy use for space heating = 31.13 kWh/m2/yearOur home’s annual energy use for space heating (not counting wood stove heat) = 10.18 kWh/m2/year. Compare this to the Passivhaus limit for annual space heating of 15 kWh/m2/year.The average Canadian home’s annual space heating use is 137.2 kWh/m2. (Holy crap, that’s high!)OK, so you can look at the comparison numbers I’ve provided above for Passivhaus and the average Canadian home versus our place at 31.13 (overall heat requirement) and 10.18 (electrical space heating requirement). Both of these numbers are a lot less than the Canadian average. I’ll use the 31.13 number because it is the highest possible use we would need in an extremely cold year without using any wood heat. That is 77.3% less than the average house in Canada! Pretty awesome! And yet, it is twice as high as the Passivhaus standard! A number I can live withIn the end, we will be building a highly efficient, superinsulated house that will consume about 75% to 80% less energy than the average Canadian house. We truly won’t know our overall energy consumption until we actually live in the house, so all of these numbers are just estimates.Yes, you can build a “true” Passivhaus on the prairies, but you’d be looking at making huge financial investments and sacrificing comfort to meet the standards.I’m reminded of a discussion I had with a local energy efficient home builder recently. He said: “Anyone can build an extremely energy-efficient house with enough money. But to build one on a budget — now that is something impressive.”In the end, we are building on a budget, which should come in at or below the cost of building your average stick-framed house and our energy bills (100% electric) should be in the range of $100 per month. I think I can live with that. BLOGS BY KENT EARLE Heating a Superinsulated House in a Cold ClimateChoosing a Superinsulated Wall SystemHow Small Can We Go?Picking High-Performance WindowsLet Construction BeginMaking an ICF FoundationDealing With Really Bad Water Strict energy limits are tough to meetAnother major criticism of the Passivhaus standard concerns the annual source energy limit and the annual heating/cooling consumption limit. These standards are very strict, at 120 kWh per square meter per year and 15 kWh per square meter per year. But is this possible in a very cold Canadian climate?Indeed this has been shown to be possible in a handful of projects in Canada. But not that many. Why is that? Recently we’ve run our numbers through the HOT2000 software, a Canadian tool for energy-efficient homes used to calculate energy consumption. It’s not as thorough as the PHPP Passivhaus software, but it’s pretty good, and it’s a lot cheaper to have done.OK — so here are our numbers:House size: 1,240 square feet (main floor) + 1,240 square feet (basement) = 2,480 square feet of treated floor area = 230 square meters of treated floor area.Estimated annual space heating requirement: 7,159 kWh (or 31.13 kWh/m2/year).Estimated annual electrical space heating (not counting expected wood stove use): 2,342 kWh (or 10.18 kwh/m2/year).Estimated annual energy use for domestic hot water: 3,409 kWhEstimated annual energy use for appliances: 8,760 kWhTotal annual energy use: 19,328 kWh (or 84.04 kWh/m2/year). Kent Earle and his wife, Darcie, write a blog called Blue Heron EcoHaus. The blog documents their journey “from urbanites to ruralites,” as they plan to build a net-zero superinsulated house on the Canadian prairies. RELATED ARTICLES Are Passivhaus Requirements Logical or Arbitrary?Redefining PassivhausCan Foam Insulation Be Too Thick?Net-Zero-Energy versus PassivhausPassivhaus Buildings Don’t Heat ThemselvesPassivhaus Crosses the AtlanticPassivhaus For BeginnersUnderstanding Energy Units This is something I’ve been wrestling with since we decided on building a superinsulated, highly energy efficient home. And really this is something that I think a lot of builders, architects, and designers of eco- and green homes have been debating since the Passivhaus concept came to North America in the past few years.When we initially got going on our project, I was pumped on the possibility of “not needing an active heating system,” as Passivhaus enthusiasts have touted. However, that really is not quite true. Although many of these Passivhaus homes in Europe don’t necessarily use a boiler or furnace as we do in Canada, they do still technically require some way of heating.Often that is a heating coil attached to the existing ventilation unit that warms the incoming ventilated air. For our house, the possibility of using such a system simply made no sense.Passivhaus often justifies some of its standards on “user comfort.” Certainly, I agree that user comfort is critical. However, in order to meet some of the rigorous standards of Passivhaus, people have tended to sacrifice comfort to meet the certification. For example, in our project, yes, we could have used this method of heating as a secondary option, but it would not be sufficient to meet all of our heating needs despite the superinsulation. Furthermore, we need a thermal mass (concrete floor) to take advantage of the solar gains to cut down on our heat load. Those of you who have walked around on a cold concrete floor know that this is pretty uncomfortable (as a physiotherapist, I cannot count the number of people I see who complain about knee, back, and foot pain due to walking on concrete floors at work). That being said, a warmed concrete floor is very pleasant, and strangely comfortable.Given that we wanted a concrete floor for both thermal mass and aesthetics, it made no sense to me not to use in-floor hydronic heat. In this case, we had to choose user comfort over Passivhaus standards.last_img read more

How Leaders Can Ensure Their Software Investments Produce Returns

first_imgThis post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet. I’ve been compensated to contribute to this program, but the opinions expressed in this post are my own and don’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions.I just finished reading my friends at IBM’s new ERP guide called Integrated ERP Guide: Expert Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions. The section that I believe is critically overlooked is on page, 11: “executive sponsor’s commitment.” In my experience, this is how software investments fail to produce their promised results.It doesn’t matter what kind of software system you install, without leadership truly embracing the acquisition and use of the system, it will fail.Massive software systems like ERP (even for small and medium sized businesses) can do wonders to help give you control, to give you insight, and to help you take your business to the next level. It’s the same thing with sales force automation; the software can definitely help you improve your business. But only if it is really adopted by the end users and key stakeholders.The major mistake I’ve seen in implementations with small, medium, and large businesses, is that leadership isn’t engaged in the process of making sure that the software is utilized. They love the idea of the software itself. They’re enamored with the promise of how it’s going to remake their business. But they’re not deeply engaged enough with the execution of the software before, during, and after the installation to get the initiative all the way over the line. This is why they never get the full benefit of their software investments.What Leaders Should Do?So what should leaders do?First, know that your involvement doesn’t end once you sign the contract acquiring the new software. Instead you have to provide a vision of what the execution needs to look like. You need to share that vision with everyone involved, especially the key stakeholders and peer users. You have to constantly reinforce your vision.Second you need to set expectations about the software’s utilization and the accountabilities surrounding your initiatives. It isn’t enough just to purchase the software. You have to ensure that it generates the results that you were after when you acquire the software. This is where your key stakeholders can help. They need to share your vision and ensure that processes are put in place (lest everyone go back to sending each other emailed spreadsheets).Finally, you need to put some key people in charge of the implementation and execution. The people you really want on projects like this are the people that are most passionate about the project. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you put people with the right title or the right position on your org chart in charge of implementation and execution. You want the fire-breathing, passionate end users, those who will spread the gospel and proselytize their peers.If you are going to spend the money and leverage technology, ensuring you get the return you want requires the additional investment of your leadership.QuestionsWhy do most software implementations fail to produce the promised returns?What is leadership’s role in ensuring that their investments produce those results?How should a leader ensure that key stakeholders execute?Why do you want passionate end users on software implementation project teams?last_img read more