Grenadian James posts world-leading time in 400 metres

first_img “I’m happy with the time, I’m happy with the performance, and I’m just happy to be here at Drake. I always have a good experience here, so all is well.” On a chilly day at Drake Stadium, James showed little negative effects from the weather. Running out of lane five, with Merritt in lane four, James held a narrow lead heading into the final 100 metres and managed to hold on despite Merritt nearly pulling level. The win came against the backdrop of James’s impressive 44.36 run at the Bahamas Invitational in Nassau two weeks ago, and sent a strong warning to his rivals, with attention already on the Summer Olympics in Rio. James, who dominated the London 2012 event but finished third at the Beijing World Championships last year, said he was much more prepared for this year’s showpiece. “Now is a lot different. I understand the event a lot better. I know the athletes more,” he said. “It’s a lot more technical … people look out for you to perform, and that’s part of it.” DES MOINES, Iowa, (CMC): Grenada’s Olympic champion Kirani James produced a world-leading time to win the men’s 400 metres at the Drake Relays here on Friday night, and continued his fine start to the new international season. The 23-year-old stormed to 44.08 seconds – the second fastest time ever run in the first four months of a year – to edge American nemesis, former World and Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt, who was timed at 44.22. James’s fellow countryman Bralon Taplin claimed third in 44.92. “It shows that I’m on course to do some great things so long as I don’t take anything for granted and keep on doing the right things for the rest of this season,” James said following the performance. Good experiencelast_img read more

Judiciary undermining constitutional remedy for electoral breaches – Jagdeo

first_imgElection petition delayMore than three years after the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) filed an election petition in the High Court, the matter is still to be heard. On Wednesday, PPP/C General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo said if this matter continues to languish in the court, it would mean that the Judiciary is violating laws.A section of the gathering at Enmore in observance of the Enmore MartyrsAddressing a large gathering at Enmore in observance of the Enmore Martyrs, Jagdeo told his supporters that the Judiciary needs to understand the signal it is sending Guyanese if it does not act in an expeditious manner on these matters, particularly the election petition.“We are not asking for a particular outcome, we’re asking for expeditious hearing of these matters. But if the Judiciary tolerates this sloth, then they will be violating undermining a constitutional remedy to rigs and flaws in the electoral process,” Jagdeo told a cheering audience.The former Head of State was critical of the Judiciary, stating that the delays are causing people to lose confidence in a judicial remedy to rig the elections by keeping it languishing there. He argued that the law stipulates that this matter must be heard continuously, but that has clearly not been the case.Jagdeo also used the opportunity to remind supporters that elections were rigged post 1992 and there is a possibility that it could happen again.He referred to a case in Barbados where a citizen was denied the constitutional right to vote. The matter was nevertheless appealed and went as far as the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which incidentally handed down a ruling in the citizens’ favour, and that individual was allowed to vote.“Ours has been languishing for three years. So, in this case with the (Guyana Elections Commission) GECOM Chairman, using the precedence in Barbados, we have applied to the Court of Appeal to hear this matter expeditiously because it has an impact; a bearing on the elections in the future,” he added.The petition filed on behalf of the PPP/C seeks to challenge the validity of the outcome of the 2015 General and Regional Elections. Following the outcome of May 2015 elections, the party underscored that the elections were not held in conformity with the Constitution of Guyana.The matter, which was filed in the name of PPP/C parliamentarian, Ganga Persaud, essentially requested a recount of all ballot boxes for the last elections and fresh elections were also called for. He had claimed that the elections were “unlawfully conducted” and that the results of the elections were affected.He cited procedural errors and instances of fraudulent and/or suspicious actions during the elections. Unrest, fake Statements of Poll (SOPs) and multiple voting were among the reasons for the petition. Further, the presence of ‘huge mobs’ at several polling stations and other strategic places, particularly in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), were also cited by the party as another cause for intimidation and fear.But the Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield had described the petition as frivolous and vexatious. He said too that the petition discloses no reasonable cause of the action and asked for it to be struck out.But before demitting office, former Acting Chief Justice Ian Chang overruled Lowenfield’s summons to have the petition struck out. Justice Chang had ruled that the summons to strike out the petition was premature and therefore the court should proceed in hearing it.Attorney representing Lowenfield, Roysdale Forde, had filed an appeal and further disclosed that Chang erred in law when he failed to direct his mind to the summons and to apply the proper principles applicable to the striking out of the petition.Forde said the Judge erred in law when he made a finding and determination with respect to Article 163 (1) of the Constitution of Guyana and its relationship with Section 42 of the National Assembly Validity of Election Act, Chapter 1:04 without affording the Appellant an opportunity of responding to the said finding.The matter was last heard in 2017 before acting Chief Justice Roxane George and Justice Franklin Holder.last_img read more

BBQ and tools stolen from Rona

first_imgPhoto:  This photo of the three suspects has been provided by the RCMPThe Fort St. John RCMP is looking for information following a theft from Rona.- Advertisement -On May 4th, at approximately 1:05pm, the Fort St. John RCMP responded to a call after unknown suspects entered the store and left without paying for tools and a barbecue. When confronted by store staff, the suspects, made threats before leaving in an Astro van.If you have any information about this theft, or can help identify the individuals involved, call Crimestoppers at 1-877-222-TIPS or visit www.crimestoppersfsj.ca. You can also call the Fort St. John Detachment at 250-787-8100.last_img read more

Movie theater experience still a favorite

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Moviegoing has always been a favorite pastime and moviegoers can choose movie houses ranging from large state-of-the-art cinemas that show big-budget films to small, independent movie houses showing small-budget, foreign films. Take your pick and enjoy the show! AMC BURBANK 16, 125 E. Palm Ave; (818) 953-9800. AMC TOWN CENTER 6, 770 N. First St., Burbank; (818) 953-9800. AMC TOWN CENTER 8, 210 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank; (818) 953-9800. AMC PROMENADE 16, 21801 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills; (818) 883-2262. AMC UNIVERSAL CITY 18 & IMAX, Universal CityWalk; (800) 326-3264, theater code 707. CENTURY 8, 12827 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood; (818) 508-6004. CINEMARK AT ANTELOPE VALLEY MALL, 1475 W Ave., Palmdale. CINEMARK MOVIES 8, Town Center Square, 2210 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale; (661) 274-0204. CINEMARK MOVIES 12, 44790 Valley Central Way, Lancaster; (661) 945-3887. CINEMARK MOVIES 22, 2600 W. Ave. I, Lancaster; (800) 326-3264; Ext. 1103. EDWARDS GRAND PALACE STADIUM 6, 4767 Commons Way, Calabasas; (818) 223-0200. EDWARDS CAMARILLO PALACE 12, 680 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo; (805) 383-8866. EDWARDS CANYON COUNTRY STADIUM 10, 18800 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country; (661) 299-2909. EDWARDS SIMI VALLEY PLAZA 10, 1457 Los Angeles Ave.; (805) 520-8620. EDWARDS VALENCIA 12 & IMAX, 24435 Town Center Drive, Santa Clarita; (661) 287-1740. LAEMMLE FALLBROOK 7, 6731 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills; (818) 340-8710. LAEMMLE TOWN CENTER 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino; (818) 981-9811. MANN AGOURA HILLS 8 CINEMA CENTER, 29045 Agoura Road; (818) 707-9966. MANN GLENDALE EXCHANGE 10, 128 N. Maryland Ave.; (818) 549-0045. MANN GLENDALE MARKETPLACE 4, 144 S. Brand Blvd.; (818) 547-3352. MANN GRANADA HILLS 9, 16830 Devonshire St.; (818) 363-3679. MANN JANSS MARKETPLACE 9, 255 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks; (805) 374-9656. MANN PLANT 16, 7876 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys; (818) 779-0323. MANN VILLAGE 8, Promenade Mall, Thousand Oaks and Westlake boulevards, Westlake Village; (805) 379-2299. PACIFIC GALLERIA STADIUM 16, in the Sherman Oaks Galleria, 15301 Ventura Blvd.; (818) 501-5121. PACIFIC NORTHRIDGE FASHION CENTER 10, 9400 N. Shirley Ave.; (818) 501-5121. PACIFIC WINNETKA 21, 9201 Winnetka Blvd., Chatsworth; (818) 501-5121. REGAL CIVIC CENTER PLAZA 16, 2751 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley; (805) 526-9800. REGENCY PASEO CAMARILLO 3, 390 N. Lantana St.; (805) 383-2267. REGENCY VALLEY PLAZA, 6355 Bellingham Ave., North Hollywood; (818) 760-1966. REGENCY WESTLAKE VILLAGE TWIN, 4711 Lakeview Canyon Blvd.; (818) 889-8061. UA LA CA?ADA FLINTRIDGE 8, 1919 Verdugo Blvd.; (800) 326-3262, theater code 508.last_img read more

Amazing pictures show what Leicester’s miracle title push means to football fans

first_imgTottenham and, maybe, Arsenal fans will disagree, but Leicester City winning the Premier League title would be a wonderful moment.A year ago today, the Foxes were rock bottom of the division, seven points adrift of safety.Now they are seven points clear at the top, with six games to go of a remarkable campaign.The Foxes had just one top flight season under their belts in the past decade, prior to this year, yet stand on the brink of winning the league for the first time in the club’s 132-year history.No wonder die-hard Leicester fans cannot quite believe what they are witnessing.Neither can the rest of us, which makes it all the more fantastic to see.Unless you’re a fan of a team from North London. 3 Tears in his eyes… imagine what this fan will be like if they win it! 3 Almost overcome with the prospect of seeing possibly the most unlikely title-winning season of all time – click the arrow above, right, for the best image of them all The emotion is clear to see as these Leicester City fans watch their team go seven points clear. Click the arrow above, right, to see more fantastic photos that show exactly what Leicester’s incredible title challenge means to supporters… – The Foxes beat Southampton 1-0 in talkSPORT’s live Sunday commentary game to go seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham, with just six games remaining of the 2015/16 season. 3last_img read more

USL Preview: Letterkenny Rovers must regain focus – McConigley

first_imgLETTERKENNY ROVERS MANAGER Eamon McConigley says his side must regain their focus after dropping four points in their last two Four Lanterns Ulster Senior League games.The season had started with much promise for the Leckview Park men.After reaching last season’s Intermediate Cup final and getting the chance to play at Aviva Stadium, Rovers got through the group phase of the League Cup and beat Derry City in their opening League game. Despite exiting this season’s Intermediate Cup at the hands of Cockhill, Rovers went to Buncrana and drew with the defending champions Cockhill, only to undo their good work in the last two outings.Having let a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 against Swilly, Letterkenny lost 1-0 to an Aidan McLaughlin goal for Bonagee on Sunday at Leckview, meaning Cockhill could open up a five-point lead on them should they win their game in hand.“We have lost our focus in the last couple of games,” says McConigley, who returns to Triagh-A-Loch on Sunday for a clash with Fanad United.“We need to get back to winning ways again. We’ve had two bad results and we’re now playing catch-up. We have to take that on the chin and just get our house in order again.” Rovers will welcome Paul Boyle and Darren McElwaine back from suspension while Conor Tourish should return from injury, although Paul McVeigh – sent off on Sunday – will be suspended for the game against his former club.For McConigley, too, it is a return to a ground and a club he knows so well having enjoyed success as a player and a manager with his native Fanad.McConigley says: “Every day I go to put the rigs into the boot of the car, I hope that we play well, that we don’t make mistakes and that we don’t become victims of a bad refereeing decision. You need those three things to be in your favour all the time.“We have pressed the self-destruct button on ourselves. At the same time, we didn’t get the rub of the green, but we just have to go to Fanad and get a victory on Sunday.“Having the three boys back will generate a good bit of confidence in the dressing room and we’d be confident that we can go and get a result. “There is no doubt that we have the players to get back on track again. I do believe that we’ll come back, but I just hope that it isn’t too late. That’s sad to say this early, but in the League we’re in it’s very true.”McLaughlin’s early goal gave Bonagee the derby win, although McConigley was content with how his side had played, save for the lack of goals.He says: “We felt comfortable on Sunday. We had two cleared off the line, we had one goal disallowed and Gareth Wade (Bonagee United goalkeeper) made two brilliant saves.“The unfortunate thing is, with it being a small League with the small number of teams, you don’t get much of a chance to make up the deficit because there is less scope for teams to take points off each other.” McConigley’s big disappointment so far, though, was the exit from the Intermediate Cup. Although he missed the game as he was on holiday in Portugal, he sensed trouble when he took a phone call early in the game to inform him that Cockhill had gone 1-0 up.Derek Doherty’s goal proved the only goal of the game and Rovers were out.“When you go a goal down early like that in the Intermediate, it’s always so difficult to claw it back,” says McConigley.“Gavin Cullen had an exceptional game that day by all accounts, though, but you can’t go a goal down so early, not in the Intermediate Cup against one of the top sides, which is what Cockhill are.”For their part, Fanad are entering this Sunday’s game on the back of their first win of the season on Sunday past, defeating Finn Harps Reserves 4-0.Sunday’s other game sees Swilly Rovers host in-form Cockhill Celtic at Swilly Park. Cockhill showed their worth on Sunday with a stunning 5-1 win over Derry City Reserves.Gerard McLaughlin’s hat-trick and goals from Paul McDermott and Gerry Gill gave Gavin Cullen’s men a big win.“It was a massive result,” Cullen said after his side went joint top of the table.“We were excellent in possession and out of possession – it was the best we’ve been all season.“We knew that Derry would be good on the ball so we tried to press them and the players, to a man, did what we asked of them. We could have probably scored four or five more.”FIXTURESFour Lanterns Ulster Senior LeagueSunday November 6, 2pmFanad United v Letterkenny Rovers Referee – Michael Connolly; Assistants – Marty Quinn and tbcSwilly Rovers v Cockhill Celtic Referee – Packie Coll; Assistants – Vincent McLoughlin and Marty McGarrigleMonday November 7, 7.30pmFinn Harps Reserves v Derry City Reserves Officials tbcRESULTSFour Lanterns Ulster Senior LeagueSunday, October 30Cockhill Celtic 5 Derry City Reserves 1Fanad United 4 Finn Harps Reserves 0Letterkenny Rovers 0 Bonagee United 1TOP GOALSCORERS (League goals only)Aidan McLaughlin (Bonagee United) 3Max Karner (Derry City Reserves) 3Gerard McLaughlin (Cockhill Celtic) 3Cathal Farren (Derry City Reserves) 2Stephen Duffy (Derry City Reserves) 2Steve Okakpu-Emeka (Letterkenny Rovers) 2Christy Connaghan (Letterkenny Rovers) 2AWAY TIES FOR USL TEAMSTHE TWO Ulster Senior League representatives – Bonagee United and Cockhill Celtic – have both been handed away draws in the third round of the FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup.The draw was conducted on Tuesday afternoon at FAI headquarters in Abbotstown.Bonagee United will travel to face Edenderry Town, while Cockhill Celtic will make the long trek to Cork to face College Corinthians.Edenderry Town are third in Senior 1A of the Leinster Senior League, the third tier of that league, while College Corinthians are fifth in the Munster Senior League.Cockhill overcame Letterkenny Rovers – last year’s finalists – 1-0 and then Swilly Rovers 7-0 in the opening two rounds.Bonagee received a bye through the first round before defeating Fanad United 2-1 in the second round.The Intermediate Cup holders, Crumlin United, have been drawn away to Swords Celtic.BROTHERS IN COMBATTHE WALSH brothers from Kerrykeel, Davitt and Liam, were on opposing sides on Sunday in Triagh-A-Loch.Davitt lined out for Fanad United and his younger brother Liam was on the Finn Harps Reserves team.It was Davitt who left with the family bragging rights. Davitt scored the opening goal in a 4-0 win for Arthur Lynch’s team, their first League win of the new season.Oisin Langan, Shaun McElwaine and Eoghan Rafferty were also on the mark for Fanad in the win.RESCHEDULED GAMETHE Four Lanterns Ulster Senior League game between Finn Harps Reserves and Derry City Reserves scheduled for Sunday November 6 will now take place on Monday November 7 at Finn Park, kick-off 7.30pm.NOTESCLUBS are reminded to submit their weekly reports and club news to the Ulster Senior League PRO, Chris McNulty, at chrismcnulty86@gmail.comUSL Preview: Letterkenny Rovers must regain focus – McConigley was last modified: November 2nd, 2016 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)last_img read more

IT’S ALL ‘XCESSIBLE’ AT GARTAN OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTRE – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgOn Saturday 1st of December Donegal Sports Partnership in conjunction with Gartan Outdoor Education Centre hosted the Xcessible Inclusive Outdoors Initiative.The event which was open to people of all abilities was part of an overall National initiative organised by the CARA centre for Adapted Physical Activity in Tralee and supported by the Department of Justice & Equality. Xcessible, which was organised to celebrate international disability awareness day, aimed to promote outdoor activities amongst people with disabilities by encouraging them to access local facilities.Saturday saw children and adults with disabilities, their friends, siblings and parents participate together in adventure activities such as archery, climbing and orienteering.The sessions led by experienced staff from Gartan Outdoor Education Centre were thoroughly enjoyed by all participants on the day; with each activity accessible to everyone irrespective of ability and there were no limits to what participants could do.Speaking following the event Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with Donegal Sports Partnership Thérèse Laverty felt that the day had been very successful with many participants visiting Gartan and having an opportunity to partake in outdoor activities for the first time. “Feedback from participants and their families has been very positive with many expressing an interest in further participation.”Donegal Sports Partnership would like to extend it’s thanks to Gartan Outdoor Education centre for facilitating the event and to all the participants that attended and joined in on the day. Further information on the initiative is available from Donegal Sports Partnership by contacting 074 (91) 16078/16079 or via email on sido@activedonegal.comThis event was supported by the Irish Sports Council, IT Tralee, Irish Trails office, Mountaineering Ireland & Outdoor Education Centres. IT’S ALL ‘XCESSIBLE’ AT GARTAN OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTRE – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: December 6th, 2012 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:Gartan Outdoor Centrelast_img read more

For AVC, close is not enough

first_img AVC is ninth in the conference in offense, averaging just 232.4 total yards per game. Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 gideon.rubin@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Marauders are 16-3 all-time against VVC, with their only losses to the Rams coming in the last three meetings. The good news for AVC is that VVC features a run-oriented offense that plays into the Marauders’ strength. Led by running back Mark Moore (161.2 all-purpose yards per game), the Rams boast the conference’s most productive rushing offense, which is averaging 258.2 yards per game. AVC is ranked No. 2 in the conference in rushing defense, allowing 137.4 yards per game in that category. Sophomore defensive back Jason Young (35 tackles) and Jon Ikahihifo (31 tackles) are among AVC’s top defenders. The bad news for the Marauders is that they’ll be looking to get their sputtering offense on track against a tough defense that’s ranked third in the conference, allowing 311.6 total yards per game. LANCASTER – Simply put, victories have been hard to come by for the Antelope Valley College football team these days. Last week, the Marauders had to settle for a moral victory in holding their own for 3 quarters against a formidable Mt. San Jacinto team before allowing two late touchdowns in a 19-0 Foothill Conference loss. AVC (0-5, 0-3) hopes to capitalize on a great chance to claim an actual victory when it plays a 1 p.m. game at Victor Valley of Victorville (1-4, 0-3) today. The Marauders look to snap an 11-game losing streak, the longest skid in Brent Carders’ 35-plus-year coaching career and the second longest since 1949-51, when AVC lost 17 in a row. last_img read more

DiVencenzo passes away

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Alfred David DiVencenzo, 64, of Grafton Township, died July 24, 2018.Al was on the Lorain County Farm Bureau Board for 12 years. He was president on the county farm bureau for 6 yrs and was now an Ohio Farm Bureau State Trustee (since June 2014) representing Lorain, Erie, Huron and Cuyahoga Counties on Farm Bureau’s state level and has been a state delegate on the national level. Al has been on the Ohio Christmas Tree Association Board of Directors since 2010. He volunteered to represent the OCTA at an ag booth at the Ohio State Fair for more than 20 years. Al participated in Operation Evergreen where Ohio Christmas trees are sent to troops overseas.He was born July 12, 1954 in Medina and lived in Grafton Twp and the Grafton/Elyria area his whole life. He was a 1972 graduate of Midview High School and received an Associates Degree from LCCC in 1974. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Bowling Green State University in 1976 and his Master’s Degree in Education at Kent State University in 1981.He sat on the State of Ohio Public Works Commission Natural Resource Assistance Council for District 9 representing Farm Bureau in Lorain, Huron and Medina Counties. Al has been the advisor of the Belden B’s and G’s (formerly known as the Belden Boys) for 45 years. He started with the group right after he graduated from high school in 1972. He was still an advisor even though his own children are well beyond the 4-H age. Some of the kids in the club are the children of former club members.Al was an educator in Lorain County for 30 years at various school districts including North Ridgeville, Keystone, and Educational Service Center of Lorain County 1976-2005 and an Adjunct professor of education for Bowling Green State University Firelands Campus in Huron from 2004-2018. Al’s favorite hobby was being a tree farmer. He operated a Christmas tree farm where he gave back to the community. He pioneered the concept of a “Scholarship Forest” of cut trees where a portion of the money paid for each sold tree went to a cause. Hundreds of dollars have gone to the endowment funds of the Midview Local Schools, the Grafton-Midview Public Library, North Ridgeville City Schools and St. Peter’s School in North Ridgeville.Al was an active member of the Grafton Knights of Columbus Council #8369. He held every office in the organization and is currently the financial secretary and in charge of the monthly newsletter. He belongs to the Fourth Degree Council #3019 of the K of C in North Ridgeville. Al was a Parish School of Religion teacher at Assumption Church in Grafton in 1992. He progressed to become the principal of the Assumption Church PSR program until the Church merged with another Grafton church to become Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. Al is currently a member of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Valley City, OH. We have been blessed that Al was an avid blood donor and was able to be a postmortem donor to Lifebanc.Al is survived by his wife of thirty five years, Beth (nee Snider); sons, Alfred E (Valerie) of Ravenna and Joseph L (Hannah) of Grafton; daughter, Teresa of New York City; mother, Wanda DiVencenzo (nee Kobak) of Grafton; parents-in-law, Edward and Janet Snider; sisters, Lois Stoll (Bob) and Jan O’Dell (Tim); brother, David DiVencenzo (Marlita); grandchildren, Danica, Wyatt, Caleb, and Carmella; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred Edward DiVencenzo.Friends will be received Sunday, July 29, 2018 from 2:00 PM-5:00 PM at Avon Oaks Country Club 32300 Detroit Road Avon, OHA funeral Mass will be Monday, July 30, at 9:30 AM at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church 1800 Station Rd. Valley City, OH.In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of Al’s favorite causes:Operation Evergreen Checks to: OCTA, Operation Evergreen Ohio Christmas Tree Association 6870 Licking Valley Rd Frazeysburg OH, 43822 ohiochristmastree.orgLorain County 4-H Endowment Checks to: The Ohio State University Lorain Co. 4-H Endowment ℅ OSU Extension Lorain Co. 42110 Russia Rd. Elyria, OH 44035Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Checks to: OFB Foundation 280 N. High St. 6th Floor Columbus, OH 43218.Dicken Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Elyria assisted with arrangements.SERVICES Visitation Sunday, July 29, 2018 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Avon Oaks Country Club 32300 Detroit Road Avon, OHMemorial Service Monday, July 30, 2018 9:30 AM St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church 1800 Station Road Valley City, OHhttp://www.dickenfuneralhome.com/obituary/alfred-divencenzolast_img read more

LEED Certification as an Afterthought

first_imgI was recently hired to be the Green Rater on a LEED for Homes project that is already under construction. This particular project is a fraternity house and the delay was due to a late decision to pursue LEED certification.Apparently there was some confusion as to whether it was a commercial or residential building and if it should be considered a single family or multifamily structure. All these issues preceded my involvement – I am now involved and will work diligently to keep the project on track.We had our first meeting with the project team recently, and I am hopeful that the project will go smoothly. The contractor is large and experienced and should have no problem keeping up with the documentation required. The architect is involved in project administration as well, providing much needed services for both construction and certification.This is a refreshing change from the single-family projects I work on, many of which are never certified because the contractors have neither the staff nor the time to assemble all the necessary documentation through the process. They usually give up on certification, happy just to have the project done and get their money.Well documented and easy to manageThis fraternity house project, while not planned from the start as a green building, was reasonably well thought out, and the design included several high performance features that should make it fairly simple to certify. It is a typical college building with brick veneer, columns, portico, and dormers. No particular consideration was given to solar orientation — which is unfortunate, considering that the building is in a hot southern climate, but not unusual.Oh, how I would love to be involved in a project early enough to have some real impact on the performance of a building! Still, given the limitations of my involvement, this project should proceed smoothly with an involved architect and an organized contractor.A telling commentIn our design review meeting, during a discussion on HVAC systems, the contractor pointed out that while the windows were designed to be operable, the building was designed and engineered to be sealed all the time, with heating, cooling, or heat recovery operating 24/7.I understand the challenges of managing space heating and cooling in a large building and, from an engineering and management point of view, of not letting the occupants open windows. I’ve seen too many centrally heated buildings with half the windows are open to keep people from overheating during the winter from uncontrollable heating systems. But in a climate where the weather is comfortable and pleasant much of the year, in this day and age, to design a building that uses energy to condition air full time seems to me to be a losing proposition.They could have designed it with sensors that turned off the HVAC systems when windows are open, along with some training and an effort to engage the fraternity brothers in saving energy. It’s sad that first costs are so important, particularly to an organization that certainly intends to own and manage their building for many years and could benefit from lower operating costs.last_img read more