The principal islands in Maine’s Casco Bay have long attracted plenty of summertime visitors. Unfortunately for some of the islands’ year-round residents, however, the islands’ fair-weather popularity has driven up housing prices and squeezed many of folks out of the market.Concerns over housing affordability on Peaks Island, one of the most populous islands in the bay, prompted the formation of a community group called Home Start, which has launched an initiative aimed at addressing the affordability issue while also introducing energy-efficient modular homes to the community.Formed in 2004, Home Start bought its first property in 2007 – a house whose relatively spacious, 16,000-sq.-ft. lot inspired the group to ask the city of Portland, which has jurisdiction over Peaks Island, to rezone the parcel for three lots. That request has been honored. Once funding has been lined up, Home Start will proceed with a plan that includes the renovation or replacement of the existing home, which will be operated as a rental, and the construction of two new homes that will be offered as rent-to-own properties.A different type of island homeThe new houses were designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects of Portland, with an eye for the architectural vernacular of Peaks Island’s colonial-style housing stock, but also with the intention of raising its standards for energy performance. Most homes on Peaks Island are seriously deficient in the latter, notes a recent story in The Working Waterfront, which covers coastal Maine.The houses will be built by Keiser Homes, based in Oxford, Maine, and shipped and assembled by ModSource, another Oxford-based company. Kaplan Thompson has designed all three models – Peaks, Chebeague, and Great Diamond – for modular construction and named the homes after Casco Bay islands. The homes are being marketed on Keiser’s website as the Modular Zero Homes line.Prices for the Peaks model, a 1,200-sq.-ft. three-bedroom, start at $205,000. Like all three homes in the lineup, Peaks has 12-inch-thick cellulose-insulated double-stud walls (R-40), an R-60 roof, and triple-glazed windows. Solar hot water systems and photovoltaic arrays are among the available options.[Ed’s Note: Phil Kaplan, principal of Kaplan Thompson Architects, along with his co-host Chris Briley, podcast regularly for Green Building Advisor in the Green Architects’ Lounge. Phil’s partner, Jesse Thompson, makes semi-regular appearances.]
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said that, for the first time, a Women’s Premiership will be held in 2018, featuring up to six teams aligned with NRL Clubs.Why is this a good thing for NRL Touch Football? It provides our female athletes with yet another pathway. Touch Football’s origins are in rugby league, and now, female Touch Footy players not only have the opportunity to play Touch Football at the top level – through the Elite 8, State of Origin, Trans Tasman, World Cup, etc – but also opportunities to play rugby league at the highest level if they wish.The NRL and Touch Football Australia formed a partnership back in 2013, and NRL Touch Football CEO Steve Mitchell is excited about the ever increasing opportunities for female Touch players with our partner sport.“We know that a lot of our Touchies have an interest in both our game and rugby league. Many of them follow both, some of them play both..We also know that some girls start out in Touch Football, eventually start playing rugby league, then return to Touch Football, since Touch is a lifetime sport that some play into their sixties and beyond.”There are so many former Touch Football players that play in the men’s NRL comp. And many World Cup-winning Jillaroos superstars – including Caitlin Moran, Maddie Studdon, Ali Brigginshaw, Nakia Davis-Welsh, Isabelle Kelly and Sam Bremner – either still participate in Touch Football or came through that pathway.Let’s hope we see plenty of Touch Footy athletes make it into the brand new NRL women’s program.In case you missed it, Mr Greenberg said the new NRL women’s program will feature:The Premiership, scheduled to be played as ‘double-headers’ in the lead up to and during NRL Finals matches;A stand-alone State of Origin match (formerly known as the Interstate Challenge) between New South Wales and Queensland, played during the NRL’s representative weekend in mid-June;State League competitions, with Grand Finals to be played as double-headers prior to Women In League Round matches;A National Championships Carnival and Talent Combine, congregating the best state talent on a national stage and providing a sequential pathway for female players to progress to the elite level;The Harvey Norman Jillaroos playing international matches in the Pacific and New Zealand;The Jillaroos competing in the Commonwealth Games Championship in Redcliffe, ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games;In addition, Mr Greenberg said an initial 40 players would receive Jillaroos contracts, which would include payments for matches and participating in a series of high performance camps, as well as access to high performance staff and elite athlete training programs year-round. This month the NRL unveiled a new era in rugby league for women – a program of events covering everything from an NRL Women’s Premiership to a stand-alone State of Origin match and Jillaroos international matches.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Nuno deflated after Braga loss continues Wolves slumpby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo disappointed after Thursday’s loss to Braga at Molineux.Ricardo Horta’s effort saw the Premier League club lose in what was their first appearance in the main stage of a European competition since 1980Speaking after the game, Nuno said: “It is difficult to break down a team. We didn’t create much but the chance they had they got it. It’s a tough game. We have to keep on going.”All the goals are mistakes. If there was perfection there would be no goals. We have to remain calm and move on.”We controlled the game and managed well but one of the things we have to improve is to be patient and find a way to break down teams. Individually and as a team we have to raise our standards again.”On Sunday we have another challenge [against Crystal Palace].”
Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa of one of the most promising young players in the nation. He also seems to be quite skilled in the trash talk department.Tuesday morning, following his team’s 42-20 College Football Playoff National Championship win over Oregon, Bosa took to Instagram to poke a bit of fun at his opponent. We’re not sure if he’s just responding to the fact that the Ducks were favored in the contest or whether he had words with some of Oregon’s players during the game. But considering he posted a photo of Mariota lying on the ground (after this hit), with the words “O, No”, we think it’s safe to say he feels justified rubbing it all in.It’s quite likely that Mariota and Bosa will see each other at the next level. But for now, it’s Bosa and the Buckeyes who have bragging rights.
COLLEGE STATION, TX – OCTOBER 08: Texas A&M Aggies fans cheer from the stands in the first half of their game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Kyle Field on October 8, 2016 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)College sports-themed celebratory cakes seem to be a hot trend. Lollie Houch of LollieCakes of Baytown, Tex., has gotten in on the act, and here’s a look at a gorgeous Texas A&M “Gig’em” cake she created.That looks incredible, almost too nice to eat. For good measure, Lollie also made some Aggie-related sugar cookies.Texas A&M cookies! Whoop! #lolliecakes #sugarcookies #tamu #a&m #whoop #gigemaggiesPosted by LollieCakes on Friday, June 12, 2015Aggie fans, if you’re in the mood for some baked goods, hit her up.
OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe surging Ohio State women’s basketball team (18-4, 10-1) handled a struggling Wisconsin team (6-15, 2-9) with a suffocating defensive performance Thursday night to keep the train running smoothly into the highly anticipated matchup with No. 5 Maryland on Monday.Coming into the matchup against the Badgers, the Buckeyes had won 13 of their last 14 games overall. The 87-61 victory pushed No. 7 OSU’s home winning streak to 11 games, while the Badgers have now dropped nine of their last 10 games overall.OSU coach Kevin McGuff said he was satisfied with the way each member of the team immediately found their individual roles and contributed in the contest.“We had good communication, good concentration, good effort,” McGuff said. “Everybody (that) came off the bench knew exactly what we were in. They were locked in and focused.”The Scarlet and Gray started the game off slow, plagued by poor shooting. But that all changed with a little over two minutes left in the first quarter. The Buckeyes scored 11 of their 19 first-quarter points in that short amount of time, aided by a trio of 3-pointers.The momentum OSU created carried over into the second period. The Buckeyes quickly jumped out to a double-digit lead and started to step it up on defense. The lead blossomed to 20 points midway through the quarter, but a late surge pushed the Badgers back to a 13-point deficit at the break.In the opening half, senior guard Ameryst Alston led the way for OSU with 12 points, while junior forward Shayla Cooper added 10 points along with seven rebounds. The nation’s third-leading scorer, sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell, was held to only three points in the first half but found other ways to help her team out. For the Badgers, Cayla McMorris and Michala Johnson each put in eight points.While the Buckeyes held a steady lead at the break, they saw the opportunity to put the game away early with a lopsided third quarter, and did just that.“The third quarter was as good a defensive quarter as we’ve had probably all year,” McGuff said.The Buckeyes held Wisconsin to only seven points in the entire third period, pressuring the Badgers into shooting only 18.2 percent from the field. Using the full-court press to their advantage, the Buckeyes put together a lockdown team effort throughout the 10 minutes.When the final buzzer sounded, the Buckeyes headed off the floor with heads held high. Alston was the leading scorer for OSU with 21 points, while Mitchell, who had a strong second half shooting the ball, added 16. Cooper earned her sixth double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds, as well.Nine different OSU players saw the floor, eight of whom scored in the game, displaying an ability and a willingness to get everyone involved.“I think that’s what’s so special about our team. We have so many different aspects (and) a lot of us can contribute,” Alston said. “It’s always great to see (different) people out there playing.”Continuing Big Ten play, the streaking Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Maryland at home Monday, which is scheduled for a 9 p.m. tipoff.
The seniors of the Ohio State football team did not get to finish their career by playing in a bowl game, but some will have the opportunity to play in postseason all-star games in an effort to improve their stock for the 2013 NFL Draft.Two former Buckeyes, cornerback Travis Howard and defensive end Nathan Williams, will have that opportunity at the East-West Shrine Game Saturday.Howard and Williams are among a select group of college football players projected as potential NFL draft selections who were invited to St. Petersburg, Fla., to make an impression on NFL scouts, coaches and executives. The players practiced in front of NFL personnel Monday through Thursday, and the week culminates with Saturday’s game.Howard said the opportunity has been a “great experience overall” thus far.“It’s just a tremendous game to be a part of,” Howard said. “Just to go out there and just to showcase your talent … it’s definitely a great feeling. You can definitely see where you stand out at and see if you fit in with certain guys at certain positions.”Williams, who returned to play 10 games as a fifth-year senior after missing the entire 2011 season due to microfracture surgery on his right knee, said it was an honor just to get invited to the Shrine Game.“I feel very blessed to even be considered to be with all these guys, all these great players here,” Williams said.Williams played defensive end for the Buckeyes last season but began his OSU career as a linebacker. He said he has played as both a middle and outside linebacker this week and thinks he has impressed scouts with his versatility.“It’s been great to get back behind the line and kind of have everything develop in front of you, and to have those big bodies take up gaps,” Williams said.Williams said he believes he is best suited to play linebacker at the next level.“I think I’m best at being a linebacker for sure because of my body type and my versatility as far as rushing the passer and pass coverage responsibilities go,” Williams said. “Hopefully I get to a team that knows where they can have a position for me … I just know that whatever team gets me is going to have a great one and hopefully I make the most of my opportunities.”Howard also said he believes he has made a positive impression on those in attendance this week.“I’ve been getting a lot of great looks and making great plays on the ball and been talking to a lot of scouts,” Howard said. “There’s been a lot of interest (from NFL teams) … A lot of scouts said they love that I was there to compete and make plays on the ball.”Williams and Howard both have the ultimate goal of making it to the NFL, and are considered possible late-round selections in April. NFLDraftScout.com currently projects Howard as a sixth- or seventh-round pick as the 29th-best cornerback in the draft class, while DraftCountdown.com ranks Williams as the No. 18 outside linebacker in the draft.Howard said one of his greatest takeaways from the week has been the opportunity to work with Al Harris, who played cornerback in the NFL for 14 seasons and is the cornerbacks coach for the West squad this week.“He did so many tremendous things as an NFL player,” Howard said. “He told us so much stuff within these three days that we’ve been here, just little things just to elevate your game.”Most of the week has revolved around football, whether that be performing on the field or meeting with and learning from NFL personnel off the field, but Williams and Howard both said one of the most valuable experiences of Shrine Game week was visiting the Shriners Hospital for Children – for which the game was created to benefit – in Tampa, Fla.“Having a day with those kids … when you do things like that, it really opens up your eyes and makes you realize just how blessed and how thankful you are to be in a position where you are as a person,” Williams said. “Going to the hospital and playing with those kids … it was a lot of fun.”The Shrine Game is set to kick off at 4 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on NFL Network.Former OSU safety Orhian Johnson, who played in 49 games and had six interceptions over the past four years, will also have to showcase his talent in front of NFL scouts Saturday. Johnson, who could not be immediately reached by The Lantern, will play for the American roster at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. EST from the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and will be televised on ESPN2.
Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele is reportedly being targeted by Juventus for a move this summer, claims the London Evening StandardThe midfielder revealed at the end of last month that he may be leaving Tottenham at the end of the season and has now reportedly caught the interest of Juventus.The Italian side, who are currently chasing their sixth successive Serie A title, are keen on strengthing their midfield in the summer and shortlisted Dembele as a potential recruit.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.While Juventus have publicly made their interest in Emre Can known, they have grown frustrated with the German’s reluctance to make a final decision on his future.In light of this, Juventus are now considering alternatives and it is believed that Massimiliano Allegri was very impressed with Dembele’s performances against them in the Champions League knockout stages this season.Dembele has enjoyed a successful season under Mauricio Pochettino with the Belgium international having inserted himself as a key member of the squad and has currently a total of 36 appearances across all competitions.
Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes is excited at the prospect of facing Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions LeagueThe two sides were drawn to face each other earlier today and will meet for the first leg at the Allianz Arena on April 25, before meeting again for the return leg a week later at the Santiago Bernabeu.Heynckes, who earlier today announced he would be stepping down from his role at Bayern for a fourth time at the end of the season, is excited at facing his former club one more time in a clash that he believes will be full attractive football with two quality sides.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“It’s a cracker of course, a clash of giants in a positive sense. Two teams with great tradition in European and world football face off, both play attractive football and love the sport. It’s a difficult draw for both sides. But we don’t know whether it would have been easier against Roma or Liverpool. We have to take it as it is. I don’t think the draw is particularly inconvenient.” said Heynckes, according to the club website.Bayern Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, who used to play for the club during his playing days, was not quite as enthusiastic as the head coach. But the Bosnian was confident that the squad have the talent at their disposal to avoid a repeat of last season’s defeat to the Spanish giants.“They’re top opponents, that’s clear. Real have great qualities. They only have top-class players, but we too have a really good team. I trust our lads. Our coach knows Real best. We were eliminated by them last year, we want to do better this time. We want to make it to the final. We have great respect but no fear. We’ll do everything to go to Kyiv.” said the former midfielder.
Manchester City have announced that Sergio Aguero has a signed one-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2021The Argentine striker became City’s all-time record goalscorer last season and moved past the 200-goal mark in last month’s Community Shield win against Chelsea.Aguero had previously stated that he wishes to return to boyhood club Independiente once his original deal expired in 2020.But the prospect of reaching a decade with City ultimately proved too good to turn down.“I am happy for this additional year,” Aguero told CityTV.“My idea was being here for 10 years. I’ve been here for seven years, it’s going to be 10 when the contract expires.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Hopefully, that’s going to happen. This was the main reason I signed.”Director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “We are delighted that Sergio is extending his stay at Manchester City,”“He has been so important to this Club since his arrival in 2011 and he remains at the forefront of what we are want to achieve in the coming years.“We are fortunate to have had one of the best strikers in the world at our club for so many years and I’m sure our supporters will be thrilled with this news.”Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Nicolas Otamendi and Gabriel Jesus have all signed contract extensions at the Etihad Stadium over the past year.Aguero has managed 204 goals and 60 assists in 299 games across all competitions for City since his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2011.