Why not a women’s 3×3 league?

first_imgThe niche could be three-on-three hoops. And the league could be a traveling tournament hitting the malls and open parks in the metropolis. The fast-paced format of 3×3 basketball is ideal for audiences that want brisk action and scoring that’s easy to follow.The peg could be what the Beach Volleyball Republic group did: Get the players together, sell the concept to places like beaches and resorts throughout the country and find some broadcast and media time because an audience needs to be built.It’s a matter of getting used to. When volleyball started to grow, fans could not right away care about the nuances of formations, tempos or the complex rules like rotation miscues or the catch and throw violation (simply known as “lifting”).The excitement of the game simply took over. School teams eventually gave rise to commercial squads or those that already had post-college teams now had a bigger stage to play on. What also helped the growth were talented players who had personality and charm. And for sure, social media helped to connect fans everywhere.Women’s basketball could follow the same route. The excitement has to be built and spread around so that an audience will watch.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The heartfelt local support for the Philippine women’s team in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup has revitalized talk on why there isn’t that much going on for their game in the country.The talent is there, of course, but there is probably just too much men’s basketball going around that there’s not enough sponsorship, media time and space to spare.ADVERTISEMENT Parks-powered El Tigre debut vs Munti Cagers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls There are school leagues, of course, but nothing really beyond graduation. The Philippine Basketball Association also tried to lend a hand with some women’s three-on-three games in between the regular doubleheader.There also seems to be gender issues affecting acceptance of the women’s game. I do not claim to be an expert on such concerns, but talent should be judged on merit alone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHaving watched men’s basketball for the longest time, we have a natural tendency to expect the women’s game to be played in the same way. The women’s version has to be appreciated on its own.So here’s a suggestion: Maybe it’s time that the players and those who are in women’s basketball organize themselves. It doesn’t have to be a full court, five-on-five league right away. There are operating costs, of course, but if they’re kept manageable, then growth could be achieved. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

‘Immaturity’ led to Phoenix’s first loss, admits Alas

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phoenix had one of the best starts in the PBA Governors’ Cup, going a 2-0 card and beating opponents by an average of 23.5 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Asian Games: Finding a seat no problem at track and field Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins But that was until Fuel Masters faced their first real test of the conference in Alaska.The Aces doused Phoenix’ flames, 108-97, on Wednesday and head coach Louie Alas believes it was his team’s immaturity that ultimately foiled them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“When the chips are down, guys start to force the shots and we’re thrown off our game,” said Alas in Filipino. “I have to say immaturity because we won’t always have games that we’re leading until the end. You have to know how to play while catching up.”Phoenix was able to establish its early dominance, putting up a 45-34 lead in the middle part of the second quarter and held on to the lead until the latter part of the third, 74-71. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Alaska would erase that margin in the remainder of the third quarter with 12-4 run to head to the fourth with an 83-78 lead and the Aces never looked back.“When the fourth quarter happened, and Alaska took the lead my players were all too eager to get back,” said Alas. “We were out of our game, I used up all my timeouts in the last eight minutes of the game.”Alas said they will have to regain their bearings in their next game against TNT on Friday.“We just have to bounce back because we have 19 days off after our game against TNT,” said Alas. “I know we’re all tired but there are things that are beyond our control so we just have to bounce back, as simple as that.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ahead of Rep. Lawrence’s Funeral, Constituents Offer Prayers for Ailing Rep. Youngblood

first_img“Prayer warriors” are making supplications on behalf of Rep. Munah E. Youngblood, while she seeks medical treatment in the U.S. Ahead of the committal of the late Montserrado County District #15 Representative Adolph Akwe Lawrence on Friday, April 26, 2019, dozens of constituents in Montserrado County District #9 have begun offering prayers for the improvement in health of their district representative, Munah E. Pelham Youngblood.Rep. Youngblood is currently in the U.S. seeking advanced medical treatment for her ailment.Accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth S. Pelham, Rep. Youngblood departed Liberia in early March with other women as part of the delegation of the Women Legislative Caucus to attend the attend the 63rd UN Commission on Status of Women (CSW), held in New York, “but she became so sick again, a situation that required her seek medical treatment.”Rep. Youngblood was expected to attend the 2019 Global Parliamentary Conference from April 8- 9, 2019 in Washington D.C., jointly organized by the Parliamentary Network and the World Bank Group, as well as the International Monetary Fund 2019 Spring Meetings, held April 12-14.Since that time, there has not been any information from her or her office as to whether or not she did attend the conferences as scheduled.On her absence, Simeon S. Seianee posted on facebook, “Please help to pray along with Munah E. Pelham Youngblood; let us not sit down before she died; she needs our prayer right now!!!! — feeling concerned.”Seianee’s post attracted 470 likes and over 500 comments, mostly offering prayers, including the one from Madam Juanita Hoff, who wrote: “May God Almighty heal you (Rep. Youngblood.” “O Merciful God, giver of life and health; bless, I pray you, your servant, [N.], and those who administer to [him] with your healing gifts; that [she] may be restored to health of body and of mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”Among other posters, Ms. Anna Nyumah Walker wrote: “My prayer with you.”While on her treatment in the USA, social media was abuzz for a bout a week with rumors that Rep. Youngblood had died, which compelled clarity from her offices in Monrovia.Her office has reacted to the fake news of her death.”It may be recalled that on July 18, 2018, upon her return from seeking treatment in India, a special “Thanksgiving Service in honor of the return of Rep. Youngblood” was held at the Christ Pavilion Ministries International (Wonders of Praise Chapel) in Larkpazee. The prayers were led by Pastor Emmanuel K. Nyumah and Pastor Alvin S. Dahn, who gave the exhortation.At the time, hundreds of supporters of Youngblood thronged the Roberts International Airport in white T-shirts, inscribed with “Welcome Home; the Devil is a Liar,” and a thanksgiving song in their mouths “Lord, You are too much”.Emerging from the airport terminal in a white gown apparel, Rep. Youngblood was greeted by hundreds of supporters with placards: “Welcome Home, the Devil is a Liar.” She burst into tears upon her return on July 18, 2018, before departing for the U.S.At age 28, Youngblood was elected as Representative of Montserrado County District #9 in the 2011 general elections; in 2017, at age 34, she was re-elected. She is currently the Chairperson on House Executive Committee. She earned a Bachelor degree in Mass Communication, and a Master’s degree in International Relations, both from the University of Liberia. She is married to Dr. Raymond Youngblood; a union now blessed with a daughter, Sarafina Youngblood.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FSJ’s Laura Jensen races in 50m Butterfly

first_imgFort St. John’s Laura Jensen continues to compete at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.Earlier Friday evening (FSJ Time) Laura competed in the 50m Butterfly heat 1. She finished with a time of 47.52. She was unable to qualify for the finals in that event.The next race for Laura will be the 50m Freestyle swim Saturday night at 7:25pm Fort St. John Time. Good Luck to Laura- Advertisement –last_img

Hermosa endorsements

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Though there are several qualified candidates, our nod goes to Tucker and DiVirgilio. Tucker, who has a long record of public service in the city, has ambitious plans to renovate the civic center using nearby city-owned land that is currently leased to a storage business. By working with the Beach Cities Health District and county, the councilman also would like to see the addition of an amphitheater, a parking garage and a community pool. Tucker says problems on Pier Plaza should improve through enforcement of conditional use permits, redeploying police officers and better training for enforcement personnel. DiVirgilio has a range of experience that would be beneficial for Hermosa. He’s employed by a public affairs company and works with organizations and public agencies on growth- and development-related issues. He also has experience on regional concerns, having served as a representative for Rep. Jane Harman and as a member of the committee that worked to save Los Angeles Air Force Base. DiVirgilio views problems on Pier Plaza as a managerial issue and would focus on enforcing existing laws and use permits rather than creating new ordinances. He would also encourage establishments to self-police and work with the Chamber of Commerce on bringing more “family-friendly” businesses to the city. We would expect both Tucker and DiVirgilio to push for more long-term planning to phase in city improvements over the next four years. Voters should consider electing Tucker and DiVirgilio when they go to the polls on Tuesday. Measure H: Hermosa voters will also decide the fate of a ballot measure that would update the city’s utility users tax, which dates to 1985. That 6 percent tax on telephone and cable television customers in Hermosa provides about $650,000 annually for the city’s General Fund. According to the analysis of the measure in the sample ballot, recent federal court decisions have raised troubling questions about the wording of ordinances similar to Hermosa’s. Indeed, the courts may end up ruling that such ordinances can no longer apply to long distance, cellular and bundled telephone services. Measure H, which has the support of all six City Council candidates, would update the old ordinance to apply to all types of communication and video services, except for those that federal law excludes from taxation, such as Internet services. The proposal is designed to be revenue-neutral. The tax rate would drop to 5.5 percent, but it could be applied to a wider variety of communications devices in the future. The ballot measure would continue to allow seniors and the disabled to get exclusions from paying the tax. We think this is a reasonable method of preserving funds for important local services such as street repairs and public safety. On Election Day, Hermosa residents should vote “Yes” on Measure H.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tucker, DiVirgilio for council. `Yes’ on utility tax update. With City Councilman Sam Edgerton stepping aside, Hermosa voters will elect at least one new council member next week. To draw voters’ attention, the six candidates running for two council seats have been discussing issues such as civic center renovation, curbing bellicose behavior on Pier Plaza, reducing acrimony at council meetings and improvements to upper Pier Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. The ballot choices consist of Janice Brittain, a retired school administrator who serves on the Upper Pier Avenue Committee; Jeff Duclos, a college lecturer and businessman; business owner Jeff Maxwell; Michael DiVirgilio, chairman of the city’s Public Works Commission; business owner Michelle Keegan (no relation to City Councilman Michael Keegan); and incumbent Councilman Peter Tucker. Brittain, Duclos and Maxwell have previously run unsuccessfully for City Council seats. last_img

MAYOR WISHES DONEGAL GOOD LUCK FOR BIG GAME

first_imgThe Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Frank McBrearty, on behalf of the elected members, management and staff of Donegal County Council would like to wish Jim McGuinness and the Donegal team all the best for their all Ireland final next Sunday.Speaking after Monday’s Council meeting the Mayor said although nothing would give him greater pleasure than Donegal winning the all-Ireland final and bringing the Sam Maguire back to Donegal, win or lose we will all be there to support the team and Jim McGuinness.“The feel good factor that has been generated by the Donegal football team is tremendous and is particularly special bearing in mind the times that are in it.” The Mayor added that “I would like to encourage everyone attending the game next weekend to wear the Donegal colours and I am looking forward to a great display of green and gold in Croke Park and this will be a sign to the rest of the country that the Hills of Donegal are alive and well.“It is a great pleasure for me to be Mayor this year, the year when the Donegal team has achieved so much. In 1992 when Donegal were last playing in the all-Ireland final I had just returned home from working in London and couldn’t get a ticket to the match. So this year, twenty years on, it is a great honour to be Mayor of Donegal.”The Mayor said he would also like to take this opportunity to support Donegal County Councils road safety campaign message ‘Slow Down for the Show Down’ which aims to bring down traffic speeds on our roads particularly during the all-Ireland weekend.“I would encourage everyone to drive safely, to drink responsibly and to look after each other during this weekend”.  MAYOR WISHES DONEGAL GOOD LUCK FOR BIG GAME was last modified: September 18th, 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:donegalgood luckMayor Frank McBreartylast_img read more

The two times Liverpool and Chelsea faced each other in back-to-back games

first_img latest 5 silverware Awful tackle! 5 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos MOST POPULAR FOOTBALL NEWS Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT SORRY 08/05/2012 – Liverpool 4-1 Chelsea (Premier League)Liverpool did get their revenge three days later, of sorts.They raced to an emphatic win in what was ultimately a dead rubber as both teams had lost their chance of reaching the top four.Jordan Henderson, Daniel Agger and Michael Essien’s own goal gave the Reds a 3-0 lead at half-time before Jonjo Shelvey’s good finish made it 4-1 after Ramires pulled one back for the Blues.The most memorable part of this game was probably a dreadful tackle Essien did on Carroll in the first-half but the Ghanaian’s generally friendly demeanour might have been key in sparing him what would have been a deserved sending off! 5 Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool hit back three days after their FA Cup final hurt The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions scrap 5 5 Two teams playing each other in back-to-back games is rare but this is not the first time Liverpool and Chelsea have done this.So we took the opportunity to reminisce on the previous two occasions the Reds and Blues have locked horns twice in quick succession.28/09/2005 – Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea (Champions League)Four months after Luis Garcia’s ‘ghost goal’ helped Liverpool edge past Chelsea to reach the 2005 Champions League final, the two sides met again in the group stage of the competition the following season.The Reds and Blues were comfortable qualifiers out of the group and this contest at Anfield was a tight affair with neither side exchanging too many opportunities. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won So how might the upcoming double header pan out? It’s hard to tell but the Stamford Bridge clash on Saturday could follow this pattern and finish 4-1 to one of the teams! Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update gameday cracker predicted Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion BEST OF Drogba haunted Liverpool multiple times Mourinho has become famous for his animated celebrations in his managerial career Joe Cole diverted Drogba’s skewed shot into the net and the victory was rounded off when the striker went down the left flank before teeing Geremi (yes, even he scored) up to smash in Chelsea’s fourth.05/05/2012 – Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool (FA Cup)The other time the Reds and Blues clashed back-to-back was in 2012. The first instalment was the FA Cup final where that man again Drogba proved the difference between the two sides.Ramires gave the Blues a first-half lead before Drogba’s accomplished finish gave them a 2-0 lead.Andy Carroll pulled one back for the Reds and would have had a second but for a spectacular goalline save from Petr Cech as Chelsea held on to win their seventh FA Cup. revealed Both Jurgen Klopp and Maurizio Sarri’s side’s have made strong starts to the season It’s one of the great rivalries of modern times and this week sees Liverpool and Chelsea play their next two games against each other.On Wednesday, the teams meet in the Carabao Cup third round at Anfield before facing each other in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Saturday – both games you can listen to live on talkSPORT. When they met in the league at the same venue four days later it was a completely different story…02/10/2005 – Liverpool 1-4 Chelsea (Premier League)This was one of Jose Mourinho’s finest hours at Chelsea, who served a Liverpool side managed by long-time foe Rafa Benitez an awful Anfield humiliation.Didier Drogba bullied the Reds back line throughout and although he didn’t score, he played a key part in all of Chelsea’s goals.The Ivorian won the penalty which Frank Lampard converted to give the Blues the lead before Drogba turned Sami Hyppia brilliantly and laid the ball on a plate for Damien Duff, who put Chelsea 2-1 up after Steven Gerrard levelled the game briefly. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signingslast_img read more

DONEGAL SALMON FISHERMEN MAY BE THROWN A LIFELINE

first_imgA report on the survival of Donegal’s offshore islands has called for the ban on salmon fishing to be reconsidered.It claims scientists agree there is now a surplus of wild salmon in the Atlantic and says that island fishermen should have access to 10% of that surplus.It is also calling for an easing of restrictions in area 6A – a fishing area in the Atlantic which includes Arranmore Island. This would allow island fishermen to fish other species within the 12-mile limit using their traditional methods.Arranmore fishermen including Gerry Early have constantly called for a relaxation of the ban warning that they are being ignored by the Government.Initiated by islanders and compiled at the Department of Development and Planning at Aalborg University in Denmark, the report says that Donegal’s islands are at a crossroads.It calls for the fair treatment of small island communities and the right to practise traditional livelihoods that are ecologically sustainable. The report highlights a drop in population on islands like Arranmore, which it says is principally due to the limited number of employment opportunities.It focuses on the ban on the traditional practice of fishing for wild salmon in 2006 and the subsequent closing of Area 6A in 2008 as having a particularly negative impact on Arranmore.These two closures meant that locals could only fish for lobster and brown crab, the report says.It says that at in 1988 the population of Arranmore was 768 but now there are only 487 residents. It claims many former islanders would come back if they could get work.The report claims that the fisheries closures had a direct impact on the population decline and also on the closure of five businesses on the island including a hotel, a pub and three shops and they also contributed to the loss of €1m a year from the annual economy. DONEGAL SALMON FISHERMEN MAY BE THROWN A LIFELINE was last modified: March 26th, 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:Arranmore Islandbansalmon fishinglast_img read more

MAN REVIEWING MATERNITY SERVICES IN DONEGAL IS SHAREHOLDER IN REVIEW COMPANY – SENATOR

first_imgFianna Fáil has demanded an immediate statement from the Minister for Health James Reilly and the Chair of the West/North West hospital group Noel Daly, following reports that Mr Daly is a major shareholder in the company that carried out a controversial report on the future of maternity services in the region. Details of the confidential report commissioned by the West/North West Hospital Group were revealed last week by Fianna Fáil’s Seanad Health Spokesperson Senator Marc Mac Sharry.There were fears over the future of maternity services at Letterkenny General Hospital. It outlines plans for the dismantling of obstetrician led maternity services in the region, including the downgrading or closure of the maternity units at Portiuncula Hospital, Sligo General, Mayo General and Letterkenny General Hospital.Senator Mac Sharry said, “Mr Daly’s reported involvement in the private company that was asked to carry out this controversial report raises very serious questions that must be addressed immediately.“By any objective analysis, this is a direct conflict of interest. It calls into question Mr Daly’s position at the helm of the hospital group and it calls into question the group’s management of this entire ‘review’. We need to know what process was undertaken by the hospital group to select the company to carry out this analysis of maternity services.“We also need to know what instructions were given to the company about the remit of the report and what involvement the hospital group’s management had in the process. And we need to know what knowledge Minister Reilly and HSE head Dr Tony O’Brien had about the commissioning of this report, the company that was chosen to do the work, the hospital group’s involvement with the company and the remit of the review.” The senator added: “This controversial report, which the HSE and the Health Minister sought to keep secret for as long as possible, has caused major disruption and dismay among patients and those involved in maternity services in the West and North West. We need to hear from both the Chairman and the Chief Executive of the hospital group and from the Minister for Health immediately to clarify what exactly is going on.” MAN REVIEWING MATERNITY SERVICES IN DONEGAL IS SHAREHOLDER IN REVIEW COMPANY – SENATOR was last modified: May 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Letterkenny General HospitalMaternity ServicesSenator Marc Mac Sharry.last_img read more

Wolfe Island Passive: Windows, Doors, and Utilities

first_imgA low-profile septic systemAs for the septic system, we decided, as with most things, to get it right from the beginning and had an excellent local sewage engineer, Martin Burger of Groundwork Engineering in Kingston, take a look at the site and design us a system to suit our needs and the legal requirements.He identified two systems that would work best for us: Premier Tech’s Ecoflo biofilter and the relatively new Waterloo Flat Bed biofilter. Both are good systems and both have similar annual inspection requirements from the makers. But the Waterloo system needs less excavation and is less prominent in the landscape than the Ecoflo, so that’s what we’ve selected. Home battery systemOur project is not fundamentally a high-tech one. Most of what we plan to do is, by choice, relatively low-tech and affordable. But a reliable and efficient off-grid electricity generation system is the one exception.A breakthrough in battery technology is a necessity for a society based on renewable energy. Does the recently announced home battery system from electric car manufacturer Tesla fall into that category? As we’re in the process of building an entirely solar-powered house, which will be finished when this new battery is supposedly going to be available, we are naturally curious about this.The standard battery technology for renewable energy at the moment isn’t fundamentally much different from lots of linked-up old-fashioned lead-acid car batteries, and these need ventilation because of the dangerous off-gassing. These batteries preferably should not be inside a Passive House envelope at all.But Tesla’s electric motor doesn’t work that way at all. It uses a very dense array of lithium-ion batteries, familiar to many of us as the rechargeable batteries used in consumer electronics. Presumably, the new home battery system will be based on similar technology. Lithium-ion batteries are smaller, less bulky, and contain less toxic material than either lead, cadmium, or mercury-based batteries. There are some suggestions they can be less safe and are vulnerable to overheating. Consumer varieties have a life in constant cycling use of no more than three years, although supposedly 30-year lifespans are not impossible in theory.If these batteries do become available when Tesla is saying they will, at a price that makes sense, I’ve no doubt we’ll be among the first to install them. However, even if not, there are other less publicized lithium-ion battery systems available or under development from Bosch and others. That means we are almost certainly going to have solar panels installed. If we have to, we’ll wait until we can get a lithium-ion battery rather than buying lead-acid batteries. RELATED ARTICLES Passivhaus WindowsAll About Glazing OptionsSeeking an Affordable Energy-Efficient Exterior DoorProduct Guide: Septic and Leach Field SystemsBatteries for Off-Grid HomesAfter Lithium-Ion, What? The rainwater optionThere is, of course, another possibility: rainwater. Some people, including our neighbors on the street who built their own place a few years back, have cisterns that collect rainwater from their roofs, and this is what we are going to do.The only problem is where to put the cistern. Around the house, there is only about 12 inches of soil before you hit limestone. And digging very large holes in limestone is hard work. Luckily, the verdict of the public health authority on our current septic system – that is must be replaced – helps us out here.We have a very large two-chamber concrete septic tank, mostly under the deck to the northwest of the old house. If we didn’t have any other reason, we’d just leave it, but the space will be perfect for a big rainwater cistern. We’ll be getting someone in to break up the old tank and take the pieces away.We’re also lucky in that we will have two buildings adjacent to the new cistern and two roofs to collect from. Going with Optiwin doors and windowsWe have been lucky enough to find a solution. Again, through Malcolm Isaacs of the Canadian Passive House Institute, we were introduced to Optiwin, a cooperative of small window manufacturers in Germany, Austria, and other central European countries, which produces some of the best windows and doors in the world.However, they don’t have much of a presence in Ontario, or Canada more generally — at least not yet. So we’re going to be one of the first customers for them, and as a result they are providing us with windows at a great introductory price, and will be sending over one of their installers to train our builder to install them.We’re using three of their products:(1) The new Resista windows with aluminium-clad solid wood frames and triple glazing with inert gas fill.(2) The new Motura lifting/sliding door, which has the same window construction as the Resista windows. Because of the aircraft door-type closing mechanism, it suffers from none of the poor insulation properties of standard French doors.(3) The Premium Frostkorken front door.These are all certified at the highest performance level (A) by the German Passivhaus Institut. In fact, the front door may be the world’s only Passive House certified door! (Spec sheets for the windows and sliding door appear below.) BLOGS BY DAVID MURAKAMI WOOD Adding the Insulation Building With Cross-Laminated TimberThe EnvelopeWolfe Island Passive House — An Introduction While almost all Passive Houses have advanced, triple-glazed windows, many of these windows, especially those made in North America, fall down in certain respects, particularly in the frames. The frames often seem like an afterthought, with thermal bridges allowing heat to escape and gaps where there should be insulation.For some reason, manufacturers here just don’t seem to bother going all the way. This is certainly not true of windows made in Germany and Austria, whose manufacturers seem to think of everything. The downside? First, price. Such technically advanced windows can be very expensive. Second, weight. These highly engineered windows are often heavy and with the large spans of glass on our south wall, we will need a crane to install them.However, if you cut corners on the windows and doors, you undermine many of the insulation gains you make elsewhere. We also wanted wooden frames, not fiberglass, aluminum, or the most common (but environmentally the worst solution of all) PVC. Editor’s note: David and Kayo Murakami Wood are building what they hope will be Ontario’s first certified Passive House on Wolfe Island, the largest of the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River. They are documenting their work at their blog, Wolfe Island Passive House. For a list of earlier posts in this series, see the sidebar below. Water and septic systemsWolfe Island has neither a municipal water nor sewer system. This means that householders have to deal with whatever water supply and septic systems came with the property. Inevitably, there is a lot wrong with both and neither will conform to the contemporary standards set by the local public health authority.So, when renovations or a new build is planned, the first thing you have to do is have the property and the current water and septic systems inspected with the equally inevitable outcome that one or the other or both will have to be replaced entirely.First, water. Most people on the island who are close enough to the shore take water directly from the lake. The big problem is that if the water levels drop enough, you can find the end of your supply pipe above the water line and you’ll be sucking in air.For those farther from the lake, the best option is a drilled well, which takes water up from deep in the bedrock. That’s fine if your bedrock doesn’t contain anything too nasty. However, the island’s water seems to have very large amounts of iron and sulfur.There’s one other conventional option, and one of the oldest: a dug well. This is what we have right now and it is just about the worst of both worlds: prone to running dry if you aren’t very careful, and full of excess sulfur and iron as will as all the run-off from farms and old neighboring septic systems. We stopped drinking water from our dug well after we first had it tested (without the UV filtering) and saw just how much E. coli bacteria and fecal coliform (i.e. poo) it contained.We still use the filtered water for washing and bathing. But we’d really not have to use this at all.last_img read more