Federer shines bright in twilight zone

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation NBA eliminates timeouts to keep the ends of games moving MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite It would also take him to 19 career majors and make him the oldest champion at Wimbledon in the Open era.“The plan was always to hopefully be strong later on in my career,” said Federer who will face Tomas Berdych in Friday’s semi-finals.“I don’t see myself playing better than a few years ago. I always hope to improve every year.“I’m just very happy that I’m still doing so well. Am I surprised? Maybe a little bit.”The contrast between Federer and Murray and Djokovic on Wednesday was impossible to ignore.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Defending champion and world number one Murray lost in five sets to Sam Querrey of the United States, hobbled by a long-standing right hip injury.Djokovic, the three-time winner, quit after two games of the second set of his quarter-final against Berdych with a right elbow injury.Like Murray’s hip, the elbow problem plaguing Djokovic has been a constant menace for many seasons.It has got so bad that Djokovic admitted he is contemplating either surgery or even an extended break from the sport.Federer has already trimmed back his schedule, skipping the 2016 and 2017 French Opens which were won by Djokovic and Nadal.After losing to Raonic in the Wimbledon semi-finals last year, Federer shut down his season to rest a knee injury which had already required surgery earlier in 2016.He came back in January this year, won the Australian Open for his 18th Slam, added the Indian Wells-Miami Masters double before hibernating again through the claycourt season.“Once you hit 30, you’ve got to look back and think of how much tennis have I played, how much rest did I give my body over the years, how much training have I done, did I do enough, did I overdo it or not enough,” he explained.“It’s always calibrating the whole thing. For me it worked out. Sometimes the body and the mind do need a rest.” CBB It was his 100th match at the All England Club and the 50th Grand Slam quarter-final of his career.At 35, Federer is the second oldest man to reach the semi-finals after Ken Rosewall who finished runner-up in 1974 at the age of 39.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’READ: Djokovic ponders long break ‘for body and mind’With ‘Big Four’ rivals Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic suffering injury-hit exits on Wednesday and Rafael Nadal having lost in the fourth round, Federer is favourite to reclaim the Wimbledon title on Sunday and break the tie for seven he has shared with Pete Sampras since 2012.center_img Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments LATEST STORIES Switzerland’s Roger Federer, left, celebrates as he leaves the court after beating Canada’s Milos Raonic, right, at the end of their Men’s Singles Quarterfinal Match on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Wednesday, July 12, 2017. APLONDON, United Kingdom — Roger Federer insists he is only slightly surprised to find himself tantalizingly within touching distance of a record eighth Wimbledon title despite his 36th birthday fast approaching.The Swiss star reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the 12th time on Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) win over Milos Raonic.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Husband sets Crabwood Creek home on fire

first_imgA man is now in Police custody after allegedly setting his Crabwood Creek, East Berbice, Corentyne, home ablaze. The Lot 146 Grant 2767, Crabwood Creek two-storied house was set ablaze on Thursday morning following an argument between the perpetrator, Sookraj Seepaul and his wife, Nalinie Seepaul.According to reports, the couple were involved in an argument which became violent, forcing Nalini to seek refuge in a bedroom to avoid further confrontation.Upon seeing this, Sookraj left the home for a nearby rum shop where he consumed alcohol.This publication was told that upon his return to the premises, he enquired about his wife’s whereabouts as the woman had fled the home during his absence.An eyewitness related that after noticing that his wife was not at home, he took her clothing and set them on fire on the street in front of the home.“He start screaming out she name and he run inside and he bring out more clothes and go back inside an bring out a set of thing an throw dem in the fire: the chair set, mattress, TV, the music set that she did buy, and bun all up. We call she son and when he come, the man chase he with a cutlass,” the eyewitness informed.Sookraj was seen by neighbours in the house moments before smoke began emanating from the building.The fire service was alerted while neighbours formed a bucket brigade in an effort to extinguish the fire which, according to one eyewitness, was apparently being fuelled by a chemical.Upon receipt of the news of what was occurring at her home, Nalini fell unconscious.The husband was later arrested and taken into custody.An investigation into the matter has been launched.last_img read more

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RDC moves motions to stop Bosai dust pollution

first_img… monitoring bauxite shipmentsBY UTAMU BELLEOperations at Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Incorporated (BMGGI) were placed under the microscope on Thursday, as Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Councillors made calls for proper systems of monitoring to be put in place by the Natural Resources Ministry to determine if anything apart from bauxite is being shipped out of Linden. The call was made after suspicions surfaced that apart from bauxite, other resources might also be leaving the shores of Guyana under the disguise of bauxite.A section of those gathered at the statutory meeting on ThursdayCouncillors are also demanding that better systems be put in place regarding the company’s kilns to stop dust pollution in the community. During discussions at the monthly statutory meeting of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), Regional Chairman Renis Morian, proposed that a motion be moved to have the Natural Resources Ministry put a system of monitoring in place to determine exactly what is being shipped out of Linden by BMGGI, in addition to another motion which deals with the dust situation.Councillor Charles Sampson, who put forward the motions, argued that despite a recent report that the community is no longer suffering from dust pollution, the issue still remains.“Bosai installed dust collectors on kilns 13 and 14… he dust collectors are not interlinked. If one of the dust collectors shuts down during production, it will send dust into the atmosphere. Bosai got dust collectors on the calcine, but what about the dryer? The dryers throw the most dust into the atmosphere… some days when you crossing the bridge, by time you get to the other side your whole face white… dust is real in this community, and Bosai got to do much better. They got to put a dust collector on number 10 kiln, the dryer,” the Councillor outlined.He continued that micro sized dust can still be seen in the air, especially at nights when passing the bauxite company and it is uncertain as to how efficient the dust collectors are. He said the onus is on the Natural Resources Ministry, the Public Health Ministry and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce that dust in the atmosphere poses serious threats to the lives of people in the community, noting that other areas such as West Watooka and Canvas City are adversely affected.Meanwhile, the Regional Chairman called for a recommendation to be sent to the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission to have monitoring officials present to verify whether anything else besides bauxite is being exported. In his monthly report, Regional Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph, related that there was a recent visit by a team from the Natural Resources Ministry to Linden where meetings were hosted with BMGGI.Also speaking on the issue, Sampson noted that at the meeting, a question was asked about whether or not the quality of bauxite leaving the shores is known based on analysis.“Whatever Bosai ships out, based on the quality, that determines how much would have to be paid to GRA… We do not know what quality of bauxite goes out of this country on a consistent basis by either RUSAL or Bosai… we are being fooled and the only way we would know is if we set up a laboratory and get the samples that Bosai analyse so that we can cross check… we might say that fresh water ain’t got value but you know how much for a bottle of water… this is what we does process to drink,” he said.In putting forward the motion, Sampson called for all shipments and activities related to bauxite to be monitored to determine the quality and quantity, as well as for analysis to be carried out. As such, he called on Government to set up a laboratory.Additionally, Councillor Gordon Callender said the Council needs to take stock of what is happening in the bauxite industry by taking steps to monitor operations. The motion was seconded by Councillor Antonio Hackett with an amendment for the Maritime Administration Agency to be involved.last_img read more

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Peace Passage Skating Club to compete this weekend at Edmonton Regional Invitational

first_imgAccording to Peace Passage Skating Club Head Coach, Amanda Thomas, the Club has a total of 10 skaters that are taking part in this weekend’s competition. The Club will have skaters competing in all divisions from Star 1 to Star 5. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace Passage Skating Club has competitive skaters on the road this weekend for the Edmonton Regional Invitational. When the Club first started attending this Invitational five years ago, Thomas says they only had three skaters attend but has since grown to 10 and still remain the only club from B.C. to attend this event. – Advertisement -In order to prepare for the competitive season, Thomas says all of the skaters have been extensively training since September with five practice sessions a week, along with attending a couple of seminars that aim to improve their skills. While there will be about 700 skaters taking part in the Invitational, Thomas strongly feels that her skaters will perform very well and expects them to do great things.Advertisement The Edmonton Regional Invitational takes place November 22 to the 24 in St. Albert.last_img read more

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Ex-Enron CEO shows his anger

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventMichael Wynne, a former federal prosecutor in Houston who has watched most of the testimony, said Skilling’s efforts to teach jurors how Enron’s businesses worked “conjured up images of `It’s a Wonderful Life,’ but Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling aren’t Jimmy Stewart.” “It was a good performance,” Wynne continued. “He got to the position he was in for a reason. He tried to charm the 12 people he needed to charm, but I never saw much of a reaction. He’s still a cheerleader, and he thinks he can talk his way out of anything. Maybe he can.” After a week of calm, measured denials, Skilling on Thursday angrily attacked the government’s case. Skilling almost took over the questioning, interrupting when Petrocelli said, “Let’s go on to the next sentence” in the indictment, with a tense, “Yes, let’s go on to the next sentence.” Finally, he tried to rein in his visible anger. HOUSTON – Former Enron Corp. Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling struggled to hold his temper Thursday at being pegged a liar and a crook by federal prosecutors, telling jurors in his criminal trial that he was devastated that the company he cherished became a symbol for scandal. “I think they have purposely not looked at facts they should have looked at if they wanted to come to a more balanced and accurate conclusion,” Skilling declared with a hardened gaze and a stiff jaw. His comments came as defense lawyer Daniel Petrocelli led him through the government’s indictment, which accuses him of minimizing bad news in 2001 so investors and Wall Street would remain bullish on failing Enron ventures in broadband and retail energy. Skilling wrapped up a week of testimony that he used to swipe at the prosecution’s case that he and Enron founder Kenneth Lay masterminded a fraud that led to one of the biggest business scandals in U.S. history. “I’m sorry, I have to calm down here,” Skilling said in a tight voice. Rather than return to routine questioning, Petrocelli let the plain-spoken ex-CEO roll with it. “These are serious accusations?” Petrocelli asked. “These are serious accusations,” Skilling repeated tightly. “This is a total misrepresentation, in my view, of the state of events that was occurring at the time, and I believe it would be very easy for someone to confirm that if they had any interest in confirming that.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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TERMON LADIES RETURN HOME TO HUGE RECEPTION – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgHuge crowds turned out in Termon tonight for the return of the All-Ireland club champions. Huge crowds have turned out at The Lagoon in Termon tonight for the return of the All-Ireland champions.The ladies were piped home by lone piper Aishling Moore to the shouts and cheers of hundreds of fans. There may be a few off work from the Termon parish tomorrow!Some of the Termon team in great spirits – and why wouldn’t they be?TERMON LADIES RETURN HOME TO HUGE RECEPTION – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: November 30th, 2014 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:donegalHOMECOMINGTermonlast_img read more

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Mourinho ‘demands’ Man United back him and sign £80m-rated defensive targets

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED However, rows with players, fans and sections of the media have all been overshadowed by United’s worst start to a season for decades.Controversial reports emerged on the eve of the game at Old Trafford that the former Chelsea boss would be sacked regardless of the result.Ian Holloway slams Manchester United stars, claims they are ‘not fit to wear the shirt’ in impassioned rantHowever, the Portuguese has now defiantly demanded Red Devils chief Ed Woodward backs him in the transfer market to prove their long-term commitment to him.According to ESPN, Mourinho wants to sign Milan Skriniar from Inter Milan and partner him with AC Mialn captain Alessio Romagnoli. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LATEST Skriniar kept Tottenham Hotspur at bay in the Champions League last month 3 REVEALED targets Over the summer, the Portuguese desperately tried to convince the united board to sign a marquee centre-half to improve the heart of their defence.Moves for Diego Godin, Toby Alderweireld and Jerome Boateng were all mooted, but never came to fruition.Given all three of his primary targets were either approaching or over 30, it seems Mourinho has decided to opt for the future by targeting Romagnoli and Skriniar instead – both 23.Changes to UEFA rules mean both would be able to play in the Champions League, although it is understood Man United will have to part with around £80million to sign both of them. 3 IN DEMAND targets Jose Mourinho has identified two defensive transfer targets he wants Ed Woodward to sign as speculation about his long-term future continues.The Manchester United boss appears to have earned a temporary reprieve after watching his side pull off a terrific comeback at home to Newcastle United on Saturday evening. 3 LIVING THE DREAM Currently, Mourinho has opted for a central partnership of Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling at the heart of his defence, but it was Bailly who was hauled off after just 18 minutes on Saturday.Mourinho spent £68million in the summer, signing Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant, but missed out on bringing in a central defender. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Latest Transfer News Romagnoli is the current AC Milan captain Mourinho wants proof the United board back him signing two new centre halves Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January last_img read more

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MEET THE DONEGAL PEOPLE CURLING THEIR WAY TO AN ACTIVE RETIREMENT!

first_imgPlayers from Letterkenny Active Retirement group & Stranorlar Friday Club at a recent league game in Letterkenny. Also included is Ann Marie Crosse, Eco-Health Promotion Officer, HSE West; Karen Guthrie, Donegal Sports Partnership & umpire for the day John Butler from Killygordan Wednesday Club.It’s about as far from curlers or the Winter Olympics as you can get. However the craze of curling is being piloted among older adults across Donegal.The Donegal Sports Partnership, along with the support of the Health Promotion Department in the HSE, have facilitated a new pilot Curling League initiative. Donegal Sports Partnership, under the umbrella of the Irish Sports Council, work to ensure increased levels of participation and encourage everyone, young & old, to lead a more active lifestyle through a variety of sports & recreational activities.Cathy Anderson, Stranorlar Friday Club, in action at a recent league match between Letterkenny Active Retirement group & Stranorlar Friday Club in Letterkenny.Adapted games such as New Age Curling encourage participation, fun, fair-play, social interaction & enjoyment.For the first time in this county’s history, five Curling clubs through Killygordan Wednesday Club, Raphoe Monday Club, Stranorlar Friday Club, Lifford Friday Club & Letterkenny Active Retirement will compete in this new initiative.League winners will be crowned after the last round of games, scheduled to take place on Monday 26th May. The teams are mixed with both men & women playing. To avoid any disputes, each club nominated two members to join a group of trained adjudicators that will act as neutral umpires at each game.Curling is a sport which is played worldwide on an ice rink. Many people will be familiar with it from watching the Winter Olympics recently on TV.New Age curling is a version of the official sport adapted by Go for Life, the national sports programme for older adults. Importantly, the game can be played by both able-bodied and disabled people of all ages alike.How to playCurling can be played on a flat wooden surface, approximately the size of a Badminton court (44feet). To play the game, you will need 8 Kurling stones (4 for each team), and a target mat. The objective of the game is to get your stones closer to the centre of the target than your opponent. The team with the stone nearest the centre target after all 8 stones have been rolled, wins 1 point for that game, with 5 games played in total. The league will run every Monday evening, with the exception of a few games being played on Monday or Wednesday afternoon.If you are interested in setting up a curling club, or are already part of an established club but would like to take part in a structured league, contact the Donegal Sports Partnership Offices on 074-9116078 .MEET THE DONEGAL PEOPLE CURLING THEIR WAY TO AN ACTIVE RETIREMENT! was last modified: March 13th, 2014 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:CurlingDONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIPlast_img read more

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Dairy Margin Coverage payments top $300 million as signups

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program signed up more than 22,000 dairy farmers  —more than participated in the last year of the Margin Protection Program (MPP) that it replaced — and paid out more than $302 million in its first year. That’s $302 million more than what farmers would have received under the MPP, which would have actually cost farmers money in 2019, according to an analysis of USDA data done by NMPF.Monthly milk price/feed cost margins so far in 2019 have been above the $8 per hundredweight coverage cutoff that existed under MPP, but below the new $9.50 per hundredweight coverage limit under DMC, the stronger dairy safety net enacted last year in the farm bill. Under the old MPP rules, the total paid out under the entire program so far this year would have been $75,000 — about $3 per farmer and a net loss for them after premium costs. Instead, the new DMC threshold has triggered hundreds of millions of dollars in much-needed assistance for dairy producers, showing the program’s value and helping farmers stay afloat who otherwise may not have been able to continue.With 2020 signup beginning on Oct. 7, that success is worth keeping in mind as farmers weigh the program’s affordable cost versus its proven benefits.“The Dairy Margin Coverage program has proven its worth, with more than $300 million in farmers’ pockets as a result of our work on the farm bill with Congress and USDA,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation. “None of that assistance would have occurred under the MPP. We encourage farmers who haven’t already signed up for all five years of Dairy Margin Coverage to re-new their sign up for 2020, and for farmers who decided not to participate in the 2019 program to consider it in the future.”According to the latest USDA data, 22,631 dairy producers signed up for DMC. Based on reported margins for the first eight months of the year, payouts so far for 2019 have been $302,906,824. Wisconsin signed up the largest number of farmers, while California enrolled the highest production volume of any state.A key change to the program that boosted aid was the inclusion of dairy-quality alfalfa into the feed-cost calculation, which narrowed the difference between milk prices and feed costs and adjusted margins to better reflect dairy expenses, a change that NMPF pushed for throughout legislation and implementation.“We thank USDA not only for prioritizing the DMC in farm-bill implementation but adjusting it in a way that provided additional benefit to producers,” Mulhern said. “The DMC’s success has truly been a partnership throughout, from a united dairy community that aided Congress as it crafted and approved the program, to USDA’s work with that community in making it reality.”last_img read more

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Finding the Small House Sweet Spot

first_imgLots of interest in a short amount of timeThe first Cottage at Willett Brook is a mile away from the development and more than a year older. Lopez and McIver built a model home first and parked it last year by the side of the road not far from the Hannaford’s supermarket in a spot that plenty of people would pass.“The first weekend we had that open was Labor Day weekend 2014,” Lopez said, “and in the first six hours we had 150 people come through. It was staggering. There isn’t another development in New England that this many people come through the door.” In the year since, McIver estimates 2,000 or more have stopped in for a look.They think the small footprints and low heating costs help, and McIver thinks there’s a “conscience factor.” Prospective buyers like the idea that the houses have small environmental footprints.“Another reason this works in rural Maine is that we have an aging population,” adds Lopez. “What happens when you get well beyond 55, to 70 or 80, is there’s a feeling of loneliness that starts to develop as people become isolated. This gives them privacy, but also a sense of community. They like the fact that their wall isn’t attached to someone else’s wall, but if they sit on their porch they can talk to their neighbor.” Energy costs modeled at $1.25 a dayBridgton, in Climate Zone 6, can see the number of heating degree days top 8,000 a year. And in a state where fuel oil heats 70% or more of all homes, and a lot of the housing stock is old, heating costs can weigh heavily on homeowners with fixed or limited incomes.That helps explain a marketing plan that emphasizes low energy costs — essentially free heat and air conditioning when buyers spend an extra $9,000 for a 3-kW photovoltaic (PV) array, the developers said. Even prospective homeowners who don’t know a lot about renewables catch on quickly.“It’s our job to educate them, and the education is as simple as the economics,” says Lopez, a 51-year-old commercial real estate developer who also has a background in residential construction. “When you tell someone that if they opt to put the solar panels on that they’re looking at a calculated energy cost of $1.25 a day — $35 a month — that’s pretty compelling for them to make that investment. It gives them a hedge against increased rates in the future, and the rates aren’t going anywhere but up.“It’s an easy education,” he continues. “When you tell them it’s the same price as a medium ice coffee at McDonald’s every day for their heating costs, it’s pretty compelling.”McIver says that the grid-tied PV systems are designed to handle the electrical load of the space heating and cooling equipment, but not lights and other plug loads, and are probably not robust enough for net-zero energy operation for year-rounders. If the house were used as a vacation or seasonal residence, the PV array might be big enough to take care of all energy bills.Lot sizes in the age-restricted community range from 3,000 to 7,000 square feet. Homeowners will pay $115 a month in association fees that will cover snow removal, yard maintenance, and irrigation. Taxes are estimated at $150 a month. A real life test of their marketing strategyAs the three of us sat in the clubhouse talking about all of this one recent afternoon, a car would occasionally turn in and take a slow lap around the existing housing pod. They’d pull back out on the road and drive away. But one of the cars pulled up and stopped in front of the building after their inspection, and soon thereafter, in walked a couple.“Well, what do you think?” McIver asked.“Well,” the man said, “it would be an adjustment.”The man, a retired teacher, explained they were in the early stages of looking for a new place to live. They’d been to Old Orchard Beach, and were planning a look in the neighboring town of Norway. They’d read about The Cottages project in the paper. The man, 74, said he now owned a modular home and adjacent camp on 1 1/2 acres near a lake in a town not too far away. He had a big garage filled with woodworking equipment and a sizable yard.And while not in a hurry to make a move, it’s clearly on his radar.“I’m not sure we want to do that any more,” he said. “The landscaping, the shrubbery. I’m not sure I want to do winter again, either.”Later, McIver said he understands that moving into a 600-square-foot house can seem like a daunting transition at first. That’s one reason the development is putting up separate buildings that contain garage and storage space, which can be rented separately if people moving into the project find they just have too much stuff.“You can rent one for a year,” he said. “We know people are going to be downsizing and have a lot of stuff. That gives you a little more time to get rid of things.” Judging by the constant stream of visitors to their fledgling housing development in Bridgton, Maine, developers Justin McIver and Mark Lopez think they’ve found just the right mix of energy efficiency, price, and amenities for older buyers.Yet the first thing prospective buyers are likely to notice about these houses is their size. Unless buyers are just moving out of a New York City studio, these places will probably have a lot less square footage than what they’re used to. Houses in the first “pod” of 10 units come in two sizes, 610 and 640 square feet.Even so, Lopez would rather you didn’t confuse them with the 250-square-footers of the tiny house movement. They’re not tiny houses, Lopez says, “they’re tiny mansions.”When fully built out, The Cottages at Willett Brook will consist of 60 units in six pods. Construction on the first group of houses, plus garage/storage units and a central clubhouse, started in April. Work is just starting on a second pod that will include homes of 900 square feet. The development is close to both a hospital and a supermarket and it’s in a popular lakes region about an hour northwest of Portland. It’s prime retirement country.McIver’s company, Maine Eco Homes, was already building high-end energy-efficient designs. With this project, he’s also offering buyers fewer maintenance headaches, predictable costs, and the chance to unload possessions they no longer want or need — all part and parcel of living in a really small house.“It came from a combination of things,” the 31-year-old McIver says of the idea behind the development. “People looking to downsize, people tired of heating their homes, maintaining their big homes, their inefficient homes. People came to us and said, ‘We’re spending $700 or $800 a month on heating fuel and we’re still cold.’ Putting together what people want and what they don’t want, we came up with this concept that less is more.” No aspirations for Passivhaus performanceLopez and McIver have chosen construction details carefully. They’re looking for reasonable performance without spending so much on insulation, air-sealing, and other details that buyers can’t afford to buy a house.The slab-on-grade houses are framed with 2x4s (24 inches on center) with raised-heel truss roofs and insulated with a combination of rigid foam, spray foam, and cellulose. Exterior walls are sheathed with Huber’s Zip System R-Sheathing, a panel combining polyiso rigid insulation with a structural layer (total R-value 6.6, according to Huber) plus 2 1/2 inches of closed-cell polyurethane foam for an R-value of about 23 at the center of a stud cavity.The roof is insulated with 15.5 inches of blown-in cellulose, which according to the developers provides R-53. The foundation is insulated with 2 inches of rigid foam board.Other details:Domestic hot water: Electric tank-style heater.Whole house ventilation: Panasonic WhisperGreen fan for continuous ventilation.Windows: Double-glazed vinyl units manufactured by Paradigm.Roofing: Asphalt shingles.Siding: Vinyl.McIver said that his background in high-performance building includes one of the first net-zero energy houses in Maine, but it sometimes makes more sense to add a couple of extra PV panels to overcome heat losses than it does to spend a lot more for insulation and the careful attention to detail that rigorous air-sealing requires.last_img read more

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