Follow The Trace | ‘Hustler’ football coaches?

first_img ALMIGHTY DOLLAR Veteran football coach, Geoffrey Maxwell, stunned the local football fraternity last week, by attempting the unthinkable. Indeed, the eccentric former national coach actually did the unthinkable when he conducted a full training session with Dinthill Technical High School team last week Tuesday, then proceed to instruct the team from the bench in their first game of the quarter-final round of the daCosta Cup a day later, after previously guiding Haile Selassie High to zonal honours and a place in the quarter-final round of the Manning Cup. Maxwell has in fact created history as the first man to have actually coached in the Manning Cup and the daCosta Cup competitions in the same season, while both teams are still actively engaged in the competitions. Technically, he was not the official coach of Dinthill High at the time, as he was still officially registered as the head coach of Haile Selassie and conversely not registered as the coach of Dinthill, as the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) rules prohibit the same individual being officially registered as the coach of two separate teams in the same season of schoolboy football. Beyond the technicality of Maxwell’s history-creating act though, this entire fiasco highlights a longstanding practice by top local football coaches of having multiple coaching jobs with different teams during the same season. Maxwell might have gone to the ridiculous extreme, but a number of Jamaica’s big reputation coaches such as Jerome Waite, Lenworth ‘Lenny’ Hyde, Ludlow Bernard, Donovan Duckie, Calvert Fitzgerald, Omar Edwards, just to name a few, have at some point simultaneously coached at least two teams. Some have coached three teams, from the national Premier League level, through the business house level and the schoolboy level during the same season. Logistically, it must take some doing as the football season in Jamaica is common to all levels and there must be issues of training session time clashes, match and game day preparation and execution clashes. There is no way a coach can be totally focused on the task at hand when he has two or three such tasks at hand, not in the area of football coaching. Montego Bay United owner, Orville Powell, was asked recently why he consistently opts for foreign coaches to guide the Premier League champions. He stated that most of the top coaches in Jamaica are engaged in coaching schoolboy teams, thus he goes for coaches who will be totally focused on Montego Bay United. The driving force behind this unique practice by local football coaches is obviously the pursuit of the ‘almighty dollar’ and, in a sense, it’s hard to blame the coaches. After all, they have their families to feed. But on the other hand, in looking at the wider picture, this practice could be at the expense of proper guidance and player development and helps to stagnate the positive evolution of the local coaches and ultimately the local players. It is quite reasonable to assume that some of these coaches are short-changing some of the teams and the players they are charged with guiding. In the case of Geoffrey Maxwell, the short changing apparently took place at both ends of the spectrum, with his situation turning out to be a classic case of the ‘greedy dog losing his bone’. The Maxwell saga, as it unfolded, might well have provided some good moments of drama and laughter across the local football fraternity, but even more important, it brings to light an almost hidden problem that has long existed in local football, a problem that has been getting worse in recent years: the advent of the non-committed, self-serving coaches who run the risk of being looked upon as ‘hustlers’.last_img read more

Weah is Cuttington’s 57th Commencement Speaker

first_imgPresident George M. Weah’s expected reshuffling “is going to ensure that we have better alignment and coordination on matters that are critical to the economy, uproot corruption and enhance better service delivery.”President George Manneh Weah will serve as the commencement speaker at the 57th convocation of the Cuttington University (CU) tomorrow on the university’s main campus in Suakoko, Bong County, CU’s interim president, Fr. James Tamba, has confirmed.For this year’s commencement program, the three campuses of the university at Suakoko, Kakata and Monrovia, will converge on the main campus where over 700 students will be awarded graduate, undergraduate and associate degrees in several fields of study, Fr. James Tamba confirmed to the Daily Observer via mobile phone on Tuesday.“Before he delivers the commencement address, the university will confer on President Weah an honorary doctorate degree,” said Fr. Tamba.The prelate ascended to the helm of CU following a series of student protests that engulfed the university in May this year, leading to the suspension of its president, Dr. Herman Browne. The CU interim president is also the dean of the College of Theology and Chaplain of the university.Reports indicate that the President’s preferment is a clever way of inviting him to see firsthand financial constraints facing the university, amid the huge cuts in subsidies from the government and the Episcopal Diocese.It is reported that the government is indebted to the CU in substantial arrears, including what some government ministries owe the institution in scholarships for hundreds of students.In the 2015-2016 fiscal budget year, CU received US$1.1 million, an amount reduced in the 2016-2017 budget year to US$700,000, and the institution was allotted US$300,000 in the 2017-2018 fiscal years.In spite of the decrease, it has also been extremely difficult for the institution to access its subsidy, which prior to the numerous cuts experienced in recent years, was about 50 percent of the operational cost of the university, a member of the CU faculty, Dr. Timothy D. Nevin, told the Daily Observer yesterday.The institution has also experienced a reduction in student enrollment, especially in 2014, during the Ebola crisis and the 2017 elections, which has helped to also exacerbate its financial crisis. The total enrollment last semester, according to authorities, was 1,350 from the usual 2,000 plus on the main campus in Suakoko.Dr. Nevin said, “what CU receives from government now is just 10 percent of the overall operational cost, because this huge cut, coupled with the drop in student enrollment, has brought terrible hardship on the institution, contributing to the recent protests that engulfed the university.”He added, “what CU used to receive from government covered about 50 percent of its operational cost, but this is no more the case, because what the institution receives now is just ten percent of its operational costs. These situations represent huge financial burdens for the CU,” Prof. Nevin noted.Dr. Nevin also noted that because of the economic constraints that the country is experiencing, the fees charged graduates was reduced from US$400 to US$300. “Though this may still be seen as huge, I think it is a great help for the graduates,” he said.Many believe that CU’s preferment of President Weah is a result of the manner in which he helped resolve the recent fracas on the main campus that nearly paralyzed normal learning activities.The Board of trustees swiftly intervened and brought relatively calm to the campus, but this was short lived after the Board Chairman, Bishop Jonathan B. B. Hart, reneged on its promises to the student body and the faculty.The protests by students and faculty continued a week after the Board’s intervention, prompting the President to intervene. The President sent a delegation that included the ministers of Education, Justice and others to resolve the prolonged protest.Justice Minister F. Musa Dean and Education Minister Ansu Sonii, shortly after they were commissioned by the President, led a team of mediators on the CU campus to resolve the standoff after the Board of Trustees made two fruitless attempts.Others in attendance at that meeting were former Justice Minister, Cllr. Frederick Cherue; LNP Deputy Inspector General for Operations, Robert Budy and the president of the CU Alumni Association, Charles B. Allen, Jr.“We the government, have the responsibility to ensure that citizens remain at peace with each other,” Sonii said.Commencement speakers, the world over, have delivered pointed, memorable, and profoundly inspirational messages, keyed to the graduates and grounded in the wider reality of positive change — speeches happily and necessarily relevant, in fact and in promise, to all humanity.Based on this, many are expecting President Weah’s address tomorrow to be very captivating, taking into consideration the history surrounding his ascendancy to the pinnacle of political authority.Many know that Weah’s rise to prominence is a life inspiring journey that would give every youth the urge to persevere in seeking a better future. Many of the graduates, according to Dr. Nevin, are poised to listen to some of the intriguing life stories of their President.“It is an honor for any university and any graduate to have the President address their commencement convocation. CU is also noted for this so it is not that strange too,” Dr. Nevin, who has been an Assistant Professor of History since 2015, said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ukrainians charged for assaulting Guyanese miners

first_imgThe two Ukrainian security guards who were seen assaulting Guyanese miners in a video that went viral are expected to be arraigned for several criminal charges on Tuesday.The men were arrested days after the incident, and are expected to make their appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after the Police sought legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).According to information received, 38-year-old Vitaly Paraschuck has been slapped with two counts of threatening behaviour and assault causing actual bodily harm committed on Guyanese miner Charles Clarke. And 33-year-old Maksym Furtak has been charged with threatening behaviour committed on Rudolph Deane.In addition, the Ukrainians and Charles Clarke will be charged separately for contravention of the Private Security Services Act of 2009, for failing to wear theirThe two Ukrainians during the assault on Guyanese minersprescribed uniforms.The men have each been released on $50,000 station bail, and have been ordered to lodge their travel documents at Police Headquarters, Eve Leary.It has been reported that the assault on the two miners took place at the Quartzstone River in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) two weeks ago, but an official report was made to the Police only last week.Upon receiving this report, one of the aggrieved miners was referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was examined and treated by a doctor. He was discharged, and would have led a team of Police ranks to the area, resulting in the two Russian guards being arrested.Upon their arrest, they were informed that at the time of the incident, they were not attired in the uniform prescribed by their employer and approved by the Guyana Police Force.Following the incident, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has since noted his concern with regards the content of the video.“I am concerned about foreigners having weapons; licensed weapons. I am told that precepts were issued. A precept is really a kind of permission given by the Police Force to persons to act as security guards and also to carry firearm licences. I am concerned about that, and the number of persons who may have them,” Trotman disclosed.Trotman explained that the interior is known to be “Wild West”, and so the number of guns present there would have a direct bearing on the levels of crime and violence in the area.“It also tells us that people expect or need a greater Police presence, and so I believe Government is looking at that. We recently launched the Corps of Wardens, and that Corps of Wardens will come alongside the Police Force, when necessary, to assist not just with law and order, but of course to ensure that the laws (such as) mining laws, forest laws, wildlife protection laws etcetera, are respected,” the minister added.Also weighing in on the issue, the Guyana Trades Union Congress has called on the Government to send a strong message regarding its responsibility and commitment to respecting and defending the sovereignty of Guyana, its people and the Rule of Law.It was initially reported that the men were Russians, but Police confirmed on Monday that the mean are Ukrainians.last_img read more

Early morning fire: Family of 10 kicks down door to escape

first_imgA family of 10 is contemplating its next move after an early morning fire demolished the family’s Guyhoc Park, Georgetown home on Saturday.Reports are that family members were awakened from their slumber after a flickering light had been observed at about 03:30h at the Lot 85 Guyhoc Park house. Mother of eight, 35-year-old Natasha Cadogan, related to Guyana Times that one of her daughters alerted her that fire was coming from the rear section of the two-storey house. As checks were made, it was discovered that the kitchen area was engulfed in flames.“My daughter went sitting in the back room, and then we jump up and then go out and see the fire in the kitchen,” Cadogan said in tears.She explained that the fire spread quickly to other sections of the wooden-and-concrete house.To avoid getting injured, the woman and her seven children had to make their way to safety by breaking through the back door.“From the kitchen, we go to out it, but it run straight in the bedroom, and then everything start happening. They couldn’t get to come out the house. They had to kick down the back door, and then everybody run out,” the distraught Cadogan stated.When this publication arrived at the scene, the entire house had already been gutted by the fire. The homeless family members are seeking shelter at a neighbour’s home. The only things that survived the fire were a detached concrete shed in front of the burnt building, some clothes that were left to dry in the sun, and the flooring of the burnt building.In tears, Cadogan confided that she would have lost everything in the blaze, and her losses are estimated in the millions. While tumbling through the debris, she found some gold jewellery and some of her husband’s clothes.She told this publication that she cannot say what may have caused the fire, since the stove and all electrical items had been turned off. She said her husband was at work at the time of the fire.“We does turn off all we lights them at night…Nothing left on in the kitchen,” she declared.One of her daughters mentioned that the family had been occupying the building for about 15 years. She said she is grateful to neighbours and bystanders who assisted and also called the Guyana Fire Service (GFS). She, however, noted that the Fire Service had taken some time to arrive on scene.However, sources have confirmed that the firefighters have found an illegal wire connected to a utility post in front of the yard. Investigations are continuing.last_img read more


first_imgSEAN MAC CUMHAILL’S NOTES 16/01/12REGISTRATIONRegistration is now open for 2012. ALL players and members must be registered before 31March 2012. If you are not registered before this date, it will affect your player insurance and your voting rights at the AGM. Please contact Stephen Lynch. Cost of membership is: €70 for Family membership, € 30 for Adults and €10 for childrenUNDERAGE TRAININGTraining for underage teams will resume as follows,Under 6’s Boys and Girls: 5.30pm  Wed 25th Jan on Astro Pitch. Contact Alan Martin 0861723899Under 8’s: Boys and Girls 6.30pm  Wed 25th Jan on  Astro pitch.Contact Noel Doherty 0866028868Under 10’s Boys. Contact John Burke 0868185915ANNUAL DINNER DANCEThe Dance took place in the clubhouse on Sat night. There was huge turnout for a great night.Fabulous food, good music and great craic made it a night to remember. Chairman Terry Reilly made the presentations. The award winers were:Senior Footballer of the year: John LynchYoung Senior Footballer of the year: Martin ReillySenior Hurler of the year: Ger CunninghamYoung Senior Hurler of the Year: PJ BrowneSenior Ladies Player of the year: Cathy De WardReserve Footballer of the year: Seamus Mc GintyYoung Reserve Footballer of the year: Eoghan Wright.Third Team Player of the year: PH BonnerScor Person Of the Year: Seamus Mc CormackPresentation of Medals to the Senior Reserves who won Div 2 ReservePresentation to some of our Senior Hurlers who were on the winning Lory Meagher team:Paddy Hannigan,Michael Lillis,James Donnelly,Lee Henderson,David White,Ciaran Mathewson, Chris Mc GheeClub Person of the year: Murial KellyCongratulations to all winners.CALL UP TO SENIOR DONEGAL FOOTBALL TEAM FOR MAC CUMHAILLS PLAYERCongratulations to Marty Reilly on his call up to the Donegal Senior Football team. He played the full 70 mins against Cavan on Sunday and whilst the result went against Donegal, Marty played very well. Jim Mc Guinnes praised all the new players on the team.FOR SALEClub socks and togs for children up to age 14 and Canning hurls from sizes 26 – 35. Please contact John Burke at 086/8185915 for order form. IDEAL BIRTHDAY PRESENTS.UNDER AGE TEAMS.Help is required for the 2012 season with different underage teams for boys & girls football and hurling/camogie. Any adult players or parents interested in helping out with the underage teams should contact Alan Martin at 0861723899. Previous coaching experience is not required. STRICTLY COME DANCINGSean Mac Cumhaill’s are looking for people to take part in the Strictly Come Dancing which is beginning shortly. This is a great opportunity for people to go out and have fun and get exercise as well. Please contact Terry on 0866095347 or Peter on 0872363337 for more information.MAC CUMHAILL’S CLUB LOTTOThere was no winners of the lotto this week. Numbers were 15, 19,22,24There were 2 match 3 winners.Maeve Gilligan, Ballybofey and Neil Browne, Letterkenny.Each receives €75.NEXT WEEK’S JACKPOT IS €7,900€2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100€5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €250.Contact any club committee member for details.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in the Villa Rose Hotel this week at 8.30pm. Everyone Welcome!CLUB MEETING’SClub meetings will be held on the Last Monday of every Month at the Clubhouse. Any person wishing to get involved in the club please come along or contact any member. The Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties: Contact Simon on 085 1503092 for more information.Donegal yearbook on sale from clubhouse or contact any executive member. Only €10.GAA: SEAN MAC CUMHAILL’S GAA NOTES was last modified: January 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: SEAN MAC CUMHAILL’S GAA NOTESlast_img read more

Saturday deadline set

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The other American in captivity was shown Tuesday on a separate insurgent video broadcast on Al-Jazeera. On Wednesday, his brother in the United States identified the captive as Ronald Schulz, 40, an industrial electrician from Alaska. “I don’t want to get my brother killed,” Ed Schulz said. “But the fact that he has blond hair and blue eyes might get him killed.” The brief videotape of the Christian peace activists transmitted Wednesday by Al-Jazeera did not show faces of the two robed and shackled figures. However, still photos provided by IntelCenter showed the two were Fox and Kember. The two other hostages were not shown. Fox and Kember were blindfolded, and the stills appeared to have been made from a more complete version of the video that Al-Jazeera aired. Unlike the civilian clothing they were wearing in two earlier videos, this time the hostages were wearing orange jumpsuits. In the tape, the two captives made statements condemning the U.S. and British presence in Iraq. Both men were instructed to give their statements twice, which they did without reading a text because they were blindfolded, according to IntelCenter. As a result, each man’s second statement was slightly different from his first. “I’d like to offer my plea to the people of America, not the government of America, a plea for my release from captivity and also a plea for a release from captivity of all the people of Iraq who are also suffering the same fate,” Fox said in the transcript, provided by IntelCenter. “And that is the occupation of the American troops and the British troops which has brought me to this condition and has brought the Iraqi people to the condition they’re in.” In his statement, Kember appealed to British Prime Minister Tony Blair. “I ask Mr. Blair, the British government and the British people to work both for my release and for the release of the Iraqi people from oppression.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – Kidnappers extended a deadline until Saturday in their threat to kill four captive peace activists and posted a video of two of the hostages wearing robes and shackled with chains. The original deadline set by the group calling itself the Swords of Righteousness was today. The extension was announced in a statement that accompanied Wednesday’s video, according to Al-Jazeera and IntelCenter, a government contractor that does support work for the U.S. intelligence community. Norman Kember, 74, of London, Tom Fox, 54, of Clear Brook, Va., and Canadians James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32, were taken hostage in Baghdad two weeks ago. They were working for the Christian Peacemaker Teams, an anti-war group, and are among seven Westerners who have been abducted in Iraq since Nov. 25. The other hostages are an American, a German and a Frenchman. last_img read more

Gardai identify suspect in serious sex attack

first_imgGardai have identified a suspect in their investigation into a serious sex attack in Letterkenny.Donegal Daily has learned that Gardai have identified a man through CCTV footage whom they would like to interview.The man’s identity is not yet known but he was seen in and around the vicinity of the attack in the early hours of Sunday, October 23rd last. No arrests have yet been made in the investigation.Gardai have combed through countless hours of CCTV footage in a bid to track down the alleged attacker.Gardai confirmed earlier this week that they preserved the scene of the alleged attack which is close to Letterkenny town centre.It followed an incident in which a woman was attacked in her own apartment between the hours of 4 and 5am on Sunday morning, October 23rd. Gardai are remaining tight-lipped about their investigation.Gardai have also set up interviews in and around the area of the attack in a bid to jog people’s memories of the night of the attack.Local county councillor Gerry McMonangle also pleaded with members of the public to come forward if they noticed anything suspicious on the night of the attack.He also urged women to take all safety measures in their homes.Gardai identify suspect in serious sex attack was last modified: November 1st, 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

Weather update: Motorists warned as ‘landslide’ blocks road in West Donegal

first_imgA landslide has covered a road in Co Donegal after the county was lashed by heavy overnight road.Tonnes of earth came crashing from a hill onto the road at Min na Loch in Gaoth Dobhair.The road is a busy route for locals but there are no reports of injuries at this time. The road will be blocked until Monday as Donegal County Council prepare a clean-up operation in the area.Local county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig was at the scene from early morning.He said “It is a very busy road but thankfully nobody was passing. There’s a history of landslides in this area.“The council has done very good work in blocking off the road and the area will have to remain that way. “There is still a huge amount of water on that hill and there could be another movement.”A number of roads in the area have been affected while the River Clady has burst its banks at Bunbeg.Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig said a lot of private roads have also been destroyed.“This will cost a lot of people a lot of money to repair and I would appeal to the Government to consider an aid package for these people right away,” he said.Other areas hit by heavy rain across Donegal include Termon and Ballybofey. We will bring you a full report on all the damage later in the morning on Donegal Daily.Weather update: Motorists warned as ‘landslide’ blocks road in West Donegal was last modified: September 3rd, 2019 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

Soweto to get a second state hospital

first_imgConstruction of Jabulani Hospital is back ontrack. MEC Faith Mazibuko said constructionwill be complete by December 2011. These men are hard at work in Jabulani.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Kabelo ThabetheMedia Liaison OfficerGauteng Department of InfrastructureDevelopment+27 11 429 3733 or +27 83 703 0529RELATED ARTICLES• SA first with HIV kidney transplant• New hope for the deaf in SA• New homes for Soweto residents• Healthcare in South AfricaBongani NkosiConstruction of Soweto’s second state hospital, Jabulani, is back on track after being stalled for more than two years.This is welcome news for South Africa’s biggest township, whose existing healthcare system is under heavy pressure.The project has been plagued by delays after a joint venture between construction companies collapsed in 2007, said Gauteng’s Department of Infrastructure Development.The leading firm at the time, Ilima, set out to continue on its own without its three initial partners, but the project was “still far from completion” when its contract expired in May 2008.Although Ilima was granted a second contract in August 2008, the agreement was terminated a month later after “poor performance”, the department said.Illima and the provincial department are now locked in a court battle over funding. “We will be recovering some of our money from the company for the work it didn’t do,” said MEC for infrastructure development, Faith Mazibuko, at media briefing at the hospital construction site on 19 August 2010.A new contractor, Maziya General Services, has recently taken over the project and the government is happy with its progress.The completion deadline has been set for December 2011, and the department is confident there will be no more delays.“Maziya is promising,” Mazibuko said. “The contractor is committed. They are working very hard.”The 2009 financial crunch also stalled the project, said Mazibuko. “The country and indeed the province experienced one of the worst economic meltdowns in recent memory. This led to a lack of funding for this project …”Relieving pressure at Baragwanath R536-million (US$73-million) is being spent on the three-storey Jabulani Hospital, named after the section of Soweto it’s being built in. It will be a state-of-the-art public facility with 300 beds and well-equipped to address healthcare needs in the highly populated area.Soweto, South Africa’s most famous township, is in south-west Johannesburg and home to between 2- and 3-million people. Most of its residents cannot afford private healthcare.It’s hoped the new facility will ease the bottleneck at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital – the only existing government hospital in Soweto. “It will assist us in alleviating the pressure at Baragwanath,” Mazibuko said.Baragwanath is the biggest hospital in the southern hemisphere. It’s situated in the section of Diepkloof, but has to accommodate patients from the township’s almost 30 districts.“Everyone believes that when they go to Baragwanath they get healed. You even find people travelling from Zola section,” Mazibuko said. “We want to alleviate that pressure so that Baragwanath remains an academic hospital.”Jabulani, also referred to as the Zola Gateway Hospital, is now 42% complete, according to Mazibuko. Supporting buildings, like the 32-body-capacity mortuary and the kitchen, are also almost complete.Clinic near the hospitalJabulani Hospital is connected to the Zola Gateway Clinic, whose name is likely to be changed as there’s an existing Zola Clinic.Zola Gateway Clinic, which visibly impressed journalists at the briefing, was completed in 2009. But the R13-million ($1.8-million) facility is yet to be used, as the provincial Department of Health has ordered minor structural changes and some additions.These involve increasing the number of consultation rooms, which currently stand at 11, and getting more equipment. Most of the furniture, including patient beds, has been moved in and is ready for use.But it won’t be long until the clinic opens: “We’re hoping the Department of Health will take occupation soon,” Mazibuko said.last_img read more

Passivhaus, Part 3: So You Want to Be a Passivhaus Consultant?

first_imgPODCAST: Passivhaus, Part 1PODCAST: Passivhaus, Part 2 RELATED ARTICLES We conclude this episode with a Hot Zigg from Phil regarding some “net zero zoning” in Boulder, Colo. Then I share my Six-Digit Idea, the reverse heat pump. This must exist out there, somewhere. (If you are an engineer working on such a concept, I’d love to hear from you.) Finally, Phil takes us out with a song called “Time Fading Lines” from ANOTHER Brooklyn band, Woods.Thanks for tuning in. Cheers! Are Passivhaus Requirements Logical or Necessary?A Passivhaus Rebuttal: In Defense of the Standard Passivhaus Homes are Extremely Tight and Energy-EfficientPassive House: After Hours RELATED MULTIMEDIA Phil and I would love to hear from you. If you have a great idea for an upcoming topic, want to leave general feedback, or want to share your favorite cocktail recipe, you can e-mail us at If you’d like to complain about our tangential ramblings, fragment sentences, or our general irreverence, you can email us at You can also subscribe to the Green Architects’ Lounge on iTunes. That way, you’ll never miss a show—and it’s free.Normally, Jesse Thompson visits us for our recurring segment “What’s Bothering Jesse.” But this time he joins us for a very specific purpose. You see, he’s becoming an official Passivhaus consultant. He has completed his training, and now only a test stands between him and what we can only assume is a fancy piece of paper that declares him to be one of the few, the proud, and the energy conscious, the Passivhaus consultants.So if you, like me, are thinking about becoming a member of this elite establishment, you may want to fix a cocktail and listen in on our conversation about what will be expected of you.In Part 3 of this episode, we discuss:How much it costs to be a consultant. Rather, we try to discuss this, but since we forget, I looked it up. It’ll set you back $2,100 for the full nine-day training ($1,050 per phase), $150 for the PHPP software (enrolled students receive a $75 discount off the standard price of $225), and $250 for the certification exam.What are you learning during the training?THERM.Who attends these training sessions? Who wants to learn this stuff?Okay, the project is done, so what do you submit? How does the project become certified?Phil’s skepticism with the Passivhaus movement.History of the Passivhaus movement.last_img read more