A labourer found himself before Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore on Wednesday morning after he reportedly carried out a daring robbery at Albert Street, Georgetown.Gary Thomas, 23, of Lot 15 Cummings Park, Georgetown, denied that while being armed with a pair of scissors, he robbed Yasad Seoram of his mobile phone, wallet, driver’s licence and $19,700 in cash. The incident reportedly took place on August 13, 2018.Thomas told the court in his denial of the incident that he was walking along AlbertGary Thomas been escorted by policeStreet towards the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) when he was stopped by a Police Officer and searched.He added that he told the officer that he was headed to see his mother who was hospitalised and as such, was sent on his way.However, while walking, the defendant related that he saw a crowd and enquired what had happened and at that time, he was told that a man was attacked and robbed.He told Magistrate Azore that moments after that, he was surrounded by a group of men who began to assault him, claiming that he was the man who carried out the robbery.As such, he proceeded to the Police Station where he reported the matter but was subsequently held and told that he was being charged for the said robbery.Police Prosecutor Warren Thornhill had no objections to bail being granted but requested that it be set at a substantial amount.Bail was granted in the sum of $50,000 and Thomas was ordered to report to the Ruimveldt Police Station on a weekly basis. He is expected to return to court on September 26.
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Federer dropped the opening set in a tiebreak but levelled by winning the second. Coric held his nerve to take victory.The Croatian outsider ranked 34th also ended Federer’s 20-match win streak on clay for Federer which stretched to June, 2017.The Swiss will drop to second in the world behind Rafael Nadal, who is playing no tune-up events prior to the start of Wimbledon a week from Monday.The loss in just over two hours means came a week after Federer won his 98th title in Stuttgart.Coric, who accounted for German second seed Alexander Zverev in the first round, held his nerve against the crowd favourite at this venue which styles itself after the All England club.The 21-year-old had lost twice to Federer, but played him tough in their last meeting at Indian Wells last March.He was the first Croatian to reach the final at Halle and now owns two titles after winning in Marrakech in 2017.Federer dropped the opening set, won the second but was unable to fight back after going down 2-4 in the third.Coric moved out to 5-2 and completed his upset on a second match point a game later as Federer’s volley hit the top of the net.The Swiss fired a dozen aces but lost serve twice.Federer’s excellent serving in the first set – four love games, three points lost on serve – could not prevent Coric taking the opener in 57 minutes.The Croatian withstood a Federer assault in the 11th game, which lasted for nearly 10 minutes and featured five deuces. A game later, the Swiss seed took the set into a tiebreaker.Federer reached a 5-3 margin and sent down his fifth ace to earn a pair of set points.But Coric annulled the first with a service winner while a wild Federer backhand accounted for the other. Second later, the Croatian seized the set on his first opportunity from a Federer backhand long.The 20-time Grand Slam champion fought back to level by winning the second set, helped by a choke on a volley from Coric.Trailing 4-3 and facing a break point in the eight game, the youngster raced to the net to flick over a winner on Federer’s first set point, but stuffed the shot into the net.Leading 5-3, Federer squared the match in the next game as Coric hit the net again.Federer will travel to Wimbledon to put final touches on his grass game as he aims for a ninth title at the grass-court major.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Borna Coric enjoyed his victory over Roger Federer in the Halle final © AFP / CARMEN JASPERSENHALLE WESTFALLEN, Germany, Jun 24 – Croatian Borna Coric denied Roger Federer the 99th title of his career on Sunday with a 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-2 defeat in the final of the ATP Halle grass event.Federer also lost the number one spot in ATP rankings to Rafael Nadal, and missed a chance to earn a record 10th title at the German venue.
RAPHOE NOTES: Raphoe Family Resource Centre:WelcomeThe Family Resource Centre would like to welcome Kelsey Gallagher to the project. Kelsey, a second year HC Health and Social Care Programme at LYIT joins us for a twelve week placement and we would like thank her for choosing the Family Resource Centre to undertake her placement. We look forward to working with her over the next few months.International Women’s Day 2015Raphoe Family Resource Centre invites you to celebrate International Women’s Day with us on Friday 6th March from 11am to 12.30pm.On display will be art works from a selection of classes that take place here in the Centre showcasing inspirational women in their lives. Paediatric First Aid TrainingThe Family Resource Centre is running a free workshop on Paediatric First Aid on Thursday 16th April from 10.20am-12.00pm. The workshop is suitable for parent/guardians, grandparents, childminders, babysitters and anyone interested in learning or refreshing lifesaving skills. To book a place please contact Laura on 074- 9145796/0873641503 or email email@example.comEarly booking is advisable.Community Employment OpportunityThe Family Resource Centre has a vacancy for a Youth Support Worker (19.5 hours per week) through Donegal Youth Service Community Employment Project. Applicants must be eligible for Department of Social Protection Community Employment (terms and conditions apply). Please contact your local DSP Office to ensure eligibility. For further details or an application form please contact Lee Stephenson, Community Employment Supervisor, Donegal Youth Service on 074-9129630 or send CV (with PPS No and Date of Birth to Lee Stephenson, CE Supervisor, Donegal Youth Service, 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny. You can also call into Raphoe Family Resource Centre, Unit 3, Marathon Building, William Street, Raphoe. Tel. 074-9145796/0873641503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Sinead McGavigan School of DanceThere are still a few places remaining for the Hip-hop, Street, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Freestyle dancing in the Family Resource Centre on Tuesday evenings. 4-7 year olds from 6.30-7.30pm and 8-12 year olds from 7.30-8.30pm. Cost is €5 per session.HAVING A BIRTHDAY PARTY? NEED A ROOM / HALL TO HAVE YOUR MEETINGS?RAPHOE FRC CAN PROVIDE ROOM /HALL HIRE AT A VERY REASONABLE RATE. KITCHEN FACILITIES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE. ACCESSIBLE TO ALL. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION TELEPHONE LAURA ON 0749145796. AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMME:Tuesday; 3-4pm 3rd & 4th Classes Homework Support;4-5pm 5th & 6th Classes Drop-in;Wednesday; 2-3pm Junior & Senior Infants Play time;3-4pm 1st & 2nd Classes Homework Support;Thursday; 2-3pm Junior & Senior Infants Play time;3-4pm 1st & 2nd Classes Homework Support.Parents/guardians of 5th & 6th Class children please note that Tuesday from 4-5pm is now drop-in with activities such as pool, table-tennis etc. Thank you for your continuing support and cooperation.LITTLE SMILES WITH BIG DREAMSLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meets every Wednesday morning at 10:30am – 12 noon in the Family Resource Centre. Anyone who is in care of a child where it is an aunt / uncle/ child-minder or grandparent is welcome. The kiddies can get involved in Messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults. Parent and Toddler are a great way to enhance your little one confidence and meet others their age. A light lunch is provided and a small cost of 50 cent per family.RAPHOE WALKING GROUPWanting to become fit or fitter in 2015? Don’t’ like to walk alone? Joining Raphoe Walking group could be the answer! The Walking group meet every Thursday morning at 10.30am. All abilities are catered for. And an important element of the group is coming in afterwards to have a chat and a cuppa.DATE FOR YOUR DIARY:The Family Resource will be hosting a one-day workshop on Thursday 7th May on recognising and understanding self-harming. The workshop will run from 9.30am-4.30pm. To book a place please contact Laura on 074 9145796/087 3641503.St.Eunan’s National School Enrolment 2015Enrolment Forms are now available in the school office. Parents are now asked to enrol their child by 27th March. Birth Cert, Baptismal Cert and PPS No are required for enrolment.RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB:The Club Meet every Friday in the Volt Hall from 10:30am until 1pm. For further information please contact the Secretary on 074-9145462 or the Tidy Town Office on 074-9145692.Raphoe Badminton ClubRaphoe Badminton Club’s Annual Badminton Tournament commences on Thursday 26th February in the Recreational Hall with usual events run. Finals will be played on Friday 13th March. For further details contact Joe Magee (074) 9145451 (after 7.00pm), Sammy Magee (074) 9145444 or check out the Raphoe Badminton Club page on Facebook.SLIMMING WORLDDo you want to achieve your weight loss dreams in 2015. Well now you can with our new Streamlined Extra Easy Plan, even easier than before. And power up your weight loss with our new weight loss boosting eating plan. If you would like to know more, come along to one of our warm and friendly groupsEvery Thursday night at 7pm in the Volt hall RaphoeOr contact Geraldine on 0863348048 I look forward to seeing you soonSt, Marys Gaelic 4 Mothers & OthersSt. Marys Gaelic 4 Mothers & OthersStarting back 4th March @ 8:15 pmif you are 18 years and over and would like to get fit, learn a new skill, have fun and meet new friends then this is the team for you!Please note that items for the Raphoe Notes should be placed in the box provided in the Post Office on or before 12 noon on Fridays. Items can also be emailed to email@example.com or handed in to the Family Resource Centre, William Street. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance of publication of local press.COMMUNITY NOTICE: LEARN HIP-HOP WITH THE SINEAD MCGAVIGAN SCHOOL OF DANCE IN RAPHOE was last modified: February 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CommunityFeaturesnewsNoticesRaphoe
A young West Donegal woman is working in a refugee camp in Greece on a voluntarily basis and has seen what is needed to help them in this time of despair, and you can help.Róisín Harkin, 30, a teacher at Educate Together in Letterkenny, is appalled at the conditions these refugees have to live under.“These families are living in tents and are void of basic necessities that we take for granted.” “Myself and my work colleague, Stephanie Sweeney from Ardara are out here for a few weeks helping these families get on their feet and it is such an eye opener the conditions these families are living under,” Róisín told Donegal Daily.Mairead, a sister of Róisín, has taken it on herself to help supply the goods needed for these families, and gives a great opportunity for us to help out.Mairead has organised a collection for those willing to help these young children and their families, the collection takes place in Annagry Hall on Saturday, 16th of July from 12 noon to 5 pm.Below is a list of items that they desperately need and will be shipped to Greece as soon as they are collected. Any donations will be greatly appreciated. Adult and children’s caps to protect from the sun.Adult and children shortsBaby baths.Baby nappies pampers size 3,4,5Baby wipesBaby milk formula 1,2,3Sun screen.Mosquito sprayShampoo, conditioner and shower gels.Shampoo for fighting lice.Flip flops for adults and childrenShorts for adults and childrenMops, buckets and basins for cleaning.Sweeping brush , dust pan and brush.Washing detergentRope for making clothes lineClothes pegsToilet paperKitchen paperRazor bladesTea bagsSugarCanned foodBlack disposable bags .Disposable or plastic cutlery and utensilsSuit cases , bags and ruck sacks in good conditionYOUNG DONEGAL WOMAN’S COURAGEOUS GOODS COLLECTION FOR REFUGEE CRISIS was last modified: July 14th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:annagry hallcollectionGreecerefugee camp
TODAY Blood Drive, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. “Christ’s Code” service will explore the differences between “The Da Vinci Code” and the Bible, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Adopt-a-Pet event will feature dogs and cats available for adoption, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at PetSmart, 24965 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call the Castaic Animal Shelter at (661) 257-3191. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY SCV Historical Society board of directors will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Saugus Train Staion at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY “Zorro” discussion, noon in the Century Room at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-2489. SCV Macintosh User’s Group will meet, 7 p.m. at Rogers Systems, 25030 W. Avenue Tibbetts, Valencia. Call (661) 250-4149. Lions Club-Castaic will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-8677. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Health lecture on “Colo-rectal Cancer and the Importance of Screening,” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. “Zorro” discussion group will meet, 2:30 p.m. in the Library Public Gallery at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-3362. Relay for Life team captain meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Adult Health Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Call Laura Scott at (661) 296-0081. Beverly Hillbillies Bible Study, 7:30 p.m. in the library at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Open auditions for “Meshuggah-Nuns!” 7-9 p.m. at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 799-2700. Evening of Remembrance, 7:15-8:30 p.m. in the Youth Grove at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Tess Simgen at (661) 255-4956. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. THURSDAY “Zorro” discussion group for Spanish speakers, 4 p.m. at the Community Center, 22421 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 286-4006. United Way Telethon, 6-9 p.m. on SCVTV Channel 20. Call (661) 253-0082 to make a donation. Open auditions for “Meshuggah-Nuns!” 7-9 p.m. at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 799-2700. Democratic Alliance for Action will meet, 7 p.m. at Vincenzo’s, 24504
BY PAUL O’SULLIVAN: Twelve Marching Bands brought a riot of colour and pageant to Donegal Town on Sunday last for the Ulster Marching Band competition.The town overflowed to capacity as band members with their families descended en masse bringing music and street drama on a normally easy going sleepy Sunday afternoon.The local Donegal Town Community band were particularlyt pleased coming in 3rd overall and winning 1st place in the music category. The overall winners were veteran competitors St Brigid’s Band Jonesboro, Co. Armagh while St Catherine’s Killybegs came in 3rd in Category B.The event was sponsored and organised by the Abbey Hotel. Move your cursor over the picture to see captions.Have you got pix from an event anywhere in Co Donegal? Send your pix to firstname.lastname@example.org. MARCHING BANDS BRING SPLASH OF COLOUR TO DONEGAL TOWN was last modified: August 9th, 2011 by gregShare 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:letterkennyMARCHING BANDS BRING SPLASH OF COLOUR TO DONEGAL TOWN
DONEGAL Daily has been inundated with requests and information after the sad and tragic death of Ballybofey teenager Erin Gallagher a week ago today.A number of you have contacted us to ask us to highlight a story from the United States.It’s the story of Maisie Kate Miller (above), 15, who was the victim of bullying. The Massachusetts girl was mocked for her hairstyle by a girl bully, said to her: “Who wears pigtails still? What is this, kindergarten?” Maisie had been picked on for her clothes, boyfriend and body, but being mocked for her favourite hairstyle was a first.So Maisie went home and set up a Facebook page urging everyone at her school to wear pigtails to the school the next day.And they did – even the teacher’s joined in.Maise wrote on Facebook: “There was a incident today, and I was really upset about it. A girl who has been bothering me all year, saying rude, hurtful things to me, said something that just topped me over, and I’m ready to get this Over and done with. Today she was behind me going up the stairs and commented on my hair that was up in pigtails (for a sport) commenting to her friend Saying “who wears pigtails still? Are we in kindergarten?” as nonchalant and innocent as this seems, it’s been one of a few comments at me and about me and my group of friends said in hearing range of myself. I am asking you all to understand that this hurt me beyond reason (partially from PMS, and partially because this has been a tough week for me), but mostly because it was wrong, i cried. This was the last straw for me. I know pigtails are ridiculous looking and often don’t look the best on 15 and 16 year olds, but please if you could help my cause and do so many other girls who have had hurtful things said to them; wear pigtails tomorrow. If you can’t or won’t, please tell others about my experience, and ask themTo please wear pigtails. Thank you so much for reading, and sharing.”It was a powerful message to the bullies. You can read more about the story here.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/02/maisie-kate-miller-15-fig_n_2064594.html ERIN’S DEATH: HOW AMERICAN TEENAGER TURNED THE TIDE ON BULLIES WITH HER PIGTAILS was last modified: November 3rd, 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:Erin GallagherERIN’S DEATH: HOW AMERICAN TEENAGER TURNED THE TIDE ON BULLIES WITH HER PIGTAILS
Fianna 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.
HOUSTON — Liam Hendriks broke out this year not only as the A’s surprise closer in place of a struggling Blake Treinen, but one of the premier closers in all of baseball.His 3.4 WAR leads all relievers and, since taking over the role officially on June 21, Hendriks’ 20 saves leads the league on the back of a 1.75 ERA. And all these numbers are mere half-indicators of how reliable he’s been, rarely one to crumble under the pressures of a four-out save or game-threatening moment.Hendriks’ …
On my thousand-mile quality assurance road trip last week, I visited a house that was designed to produce more energy than it uses, making it a net zero energy home. You can take any house all the way to net zero just by giving it enough on-site power production (photovoltaics, wind, hydropower…), but that’s not the most effective way to achieve the goal of net zero energy use. First, you want to make the house really efficient, and that’s what these folks did. Super efficient and powered with renewable energyThey did a great job with the rest of the energy efficiency details, too. It’s becoming the norm these days, but I’ll mention anyway that they used double pane, low-e windows. The ceiling fans, lights, and appliances all were super efficient as well. They also installed a ground-source heat pump with all ducts in the conditioned attic. That means there was no duct leakage to the outside. Of course, they installed a solar hot water system, too; you can see the solar thermal collector on the roof, to the right of the PV modules, in one of the photos.Once they made the house as efficient as possible, the amount of on-site power production they needed to get to net zero was smaller. The photovoltaic system on the south-facing roof ended up at about 8 kilowatts, which actually should put them below net zero. That means that the power company will be sending them money each year.So, how do you build a net zero energy home? The first thing to do is to have someone like Jack Cowan on your team. Jack is a HERS rater in the Memphis, Tennessee area, and he started his rating company, Cowanhouse, over a decade ago. The house described in this article is going to be his nephew’s home, and Jack has helped with the design and construction, as well as being the rater on the project. He’s done a number of other renewable energy projects, too, including another net zero house whose owners have never paid a utility bill. Jack did all the modeling and specifications for the PV system here.Meeting great people doing amazing work is one of the reasons I love what I do so much. As tight as a Passive HouseIf you’re a home energy pro, the photo of the duct leakage test fan hooked up to the Blower Door frame may look a little odd to you (unless you work on Passive House or similar super-efficient projects). That’s my setup when I was testing the house for air leakage. Yes, I really was running a Blower Door test with a Duct Blaster fan. Even better, I was running the fan with the smallest ring (Ring 3). Because the house was so tight, I needed to use equipment that would give me better resolution than the larger Blower Door fan.This house was really, really tight. The air leakage was 200 cfm50, which translated to about 0.5 ACH50. For reference, the Georgia energy code requires all new homes to test at 7 ACH50 or less. The Passive House standard for air leakage is 0.6 ACH50. Any house that tight needs mechanical ventilation, of course, and they installed a combined ERV and HEPA filter system made by Broan.Wondering how they got the house that tight? They took a number of measures, all of them designed to eliminate the common sources of air leakage:Simple design – only 4 corners and a single gable roofSlab foundationInsulating Concrete Form (ICF) wallsSpray foam insulation on the roofline