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Do Home Buyers Care About Green Features?

first_imgFor Buyers, Finish Materials Still Trump Energy PerformancePORTLAND, OR — Portland, Oregon, has a reputation as a hotbed for green construction. But according to a Portland developer, few home buyers care about green features.A recent article in The Oregonian tells the story of developers Emilia Sibley and Thomas Hand, who built a 1,900-square-foot Earth Advantage home last year at 6505 Northeast 8th Avenue in Portland. The 4-bedroom home has many green features, including spray-foam insulation and dual-flush toilets. After the house languished on the market for months, Sibley and Hand lowered their asking price by about $21,000.Although it’s no surprise that home buyers aren’t flocking to developers’ lots during the current housing slump, many green builders hoped that energy-efficiency features might help attract buyers. According to Sibley, however, the tactic isn’t working in Portland.“In such a green-minded city, Sibley thought, they wouldn’t have any trouble selling a house loaded with sustainable features,” The Oregonian reported. “Sibley’s Earth Advantage certified house boasts Energy Star windows and appliances, advanced insulation and air sealing, a hot water heat-exchange system, and low-flow water fixtures among other things. Estimated heating bills are about $50 a month. … Sibley, who works as a project coordinator for Portland Energy Conservation Inc., said she was surprised to learn that most potential buyers were far more interested in the home’s layout and finishes than its energy-efficient features. ‘I explain all the green stuff, but I think we need another five years for people to really get it,’ she said. ‘It’s disappointing for sure.’ ”last_img read more

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In The Spotlight – New South Wales Scorpions

first_imgIn the fourth edition of In The Spotlight, the New South Wales Scorpions’ Sam Brisby speaks about his team’s preparation in the lead up to the Elite Eight. How does it feel to be a part of the 2011 Elite Eight series?It is very exciting to be a part of the new system and I’m looking forward to the series in March. It is going to be a very tough series as all eight teams will be even due to the great spread of talent. I believe it will also be a great experience playing in the Elite Eight series as the best players in Australia will be competing.How is your team’s preparation going in the lead up to the event?The team’s preparation is going well. We have had some good training sessions lately and are starting to mix well. The team is a lot of fun and we are all having a good time. We are a very relaxed team which is good.What would you say are the strengths of your team?The bulk of our team played in last year’s NTL winning Scorpions team. I think this will be our strength and many of the boys will know what it takes to win a tournament such as this one.Who do you expect to be your toughest opponents?The Country Mavericks look to have a good side, although all the teams will be tough due to the spread of talent with the new system. All seven round games are going to be hard so we have to be switched on for each game.What would it mean to you to win the Elite Eight Series?It would be a great honour to win the Elite Eight series and to beat some of the best quality teams in Australia. I would be extremely happy to win a tournament with this team and it will also be a great experience with all the boys.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every team in the Elite Eight series. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League, go to www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com and don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook by clicking on the following link:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384last_img read more

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Affiliate Management Resource Initiative – Module Four

first_imgModule Four of the Affiliate Management Resource Initiative (AMRI) has been released. The Affiliate Management Resource Initiative is a new initiative created by Touch Football Australia (TFA). The program contains a wide range of resources to assist the affiliate to improve towards implementing ‘best practice’. The program is about improvement and provides an easy to use framework that will help to make continuous improvement a culture. The AMRI has been designed to assist local competitions, clubs and associations of all sizes and locations, evaluate and improve how they run their competitions. Templates and checklists help the affiliate to identify areas of strength and those requiring improvement. Affiliates move through the program at their own pace and the program enables them to pursue the areas that are of interest. The AMRI will comprise of 11 Modules, with each including a wide range of resources. Module Four of the AMRI features the following documents:– Touch Football Australia Membership Registration Procedure– Papers Contents Sheets– Team Registration Form– Participant Declaration Form– Introduction to Online Registrations and Payments– Online Registration Standard Text– Online Team Registration Recommended Fields– Online Individual Registration Recommended Fields– Membership and Participant Application and Declaration– Standard Work Instructions Template– TFA Online Registration and Payments: Reporting– Touch Football Australia SportingPulse websitesModules One, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven and Eight can be found in the ‘Affiliate Secure Login Section’ of the Clubhouse section of the TFA website, and can be located by clicking on the following link: http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=297#c974 To gain access to the Secure Login Section, please click on the link below: https://reg.sportingpulse.com/v5/regoform.cgi?aID=17526&formID=16255 Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming AMRI modules. Related LinksAMRI Module Fourlast_img read more

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Public-Sector Energy Champions Win Over $24 Million in Prizes

first_img Seven public-sector entities have won over $24 million in prizes in the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ)/Government of Jamaica (GOJ) Energy Champion Competition. Maggoty High has the honour of being the first school to win division four, which is a new category designated for educational institutions.Each category winner received a $5-million Solar Photovoltaic System, which will be installed at their locations.The Ministry of Transport and Mining, National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) and Priory Primary School, which were runners-up in divisions two, three and four respectively, were rewarded with energy-efficient equipment valued at $1.5 million.The Energy Champion Competition includes an individual component, which saw nine persons claiming first-, second- and third-place prizes valued at $60,000, $40,000 and $30,000 respectively, between October 2018 and January 2019.This was achieved after sharing their energy efficiency and conservation tips on social media.Additionally, 10 public-sector employees won prizes in sponsored radio shows bringing the total number of individual Energy Champions up to 19 winners across the island.Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, in her remarks at the awards ceremony, said that the EECP has assisted in reducing national oil consumption by 3,500 barrels, helping to save approximately US$2.2 million since 2013.She noted that the energy competition, since its launch in 2017, “has been met with great enthusiasm and support at all levels, from decision-makers who have to pay the energy bills, to the workers and supervisors who implement conservation measures during their day-to-day operations”.Minister Williams encouraged all ministries, departments and agencies to “get on board by assessing your energy use and implement strategies to cut your energy expenses”.Project Manager, EECP, Jody Grizzle, who gave an overview of the programme, said the objective is to realise energy savings by reducing electricity consumption in government-owned buildings.“We carry out interventions, which will improve energy efficiency, and we target largely the building envelope, cool roof solutions, solar control film and energy efficient air-conditioning systems,” she informed.Ms. Grizzle further noted that the training of staff is an important aspect of the initiative.“It is not enough to just install new equipment. Capital investments like these go hand-in-hand with increasing the knowledge of people who use them daily, so they understand how it functions, how to maximise operations and maintain performance,” she added.The EECP aims to promote cost-saving measures in the public sector through the design and implementation of energy efficiency and energy conservation interventions and equipment.Over 300 employees from more than 48 entities have benefited from training, with the aim of encouraging efficient and sustainable energy use through conservation measures and behaviour change. The annual competition, which is part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP) being implemented by the PCJ, aims to increase awareness and build capacity in implementing energy-efficiency measures at government entities. Seven public-sector entities have won over $24 million in prizes in the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ)/Government of Jamaica (GOJ) Energy Champion Competition.The annual competition, which is part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP) being implemented by the PCJ, aims to increase awareness and build capacity in implementing energy-efficiency measures at government entities.At the awards and recognition ceremony, which was held recently at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, three entities and one school were crowned Energy Champions after the successful execution of their energy conservation plans.Participants were required to compare their energy consumption over a three-month span between October and December 2018 to the corresponding period in the previous year.eGov Jamaica Limited copped the top spot in division one, which comprised entrants with energy consumption of 100,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) to 700,000kWh.The Ministry of Labour and Social Security emerged winners in division two, which involved contestants with energy consumption of between 10,000KWh and 100,000kWh.The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information claimed victory in division three, which consisted of contestants with energy consumption of up to 10,000kWh.Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams (fourth right), shares with staff of eGov Jamaica Limited, which was declared division one winner in the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Energy Champion Competition. The awards and recognition ceremony was held recently, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.center_img Story Highlights At the awards and recognition ceremony, which was held recently at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, three entities and one school were crowned Energy Champions after the successful execution of their energy conservation plans.last_img read more

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Guardiola thanked all his coworkers for the title

first_imgPep Guardiola insisted that he has to be grateful to every single member of Manchester City as they all had a huge impact on their team winning the Premier League title this season.The Spaniard admitted that he wouldn’t be able to achieve such a thing without the support of the whole club and as the players returned to the training after their free days for celebrations, he expressed it.The former Barcelona coach spoke about this title-winning season as he said, according to France 24:norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“In the end, what we have done is to be better than 19 other teams, nothing else. But what you have done – all the people here, you deserve all my respect.”“Always it will remain in my heart until the last day of my life, I am pretty sure of that. What I felt this season is something amazing.”“You can lose one game, two games – but to be nine months, 10 months, every single day… that is the most outstanding thing an athlete can show in their lives and the people who surround them.”last_img read more

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Giorgio Chiellini I did consider leaving Italy

first_imgItaly captain Giorgio Chiellini admits that he considered retiring from international duty, despite being just four games shy reaching 100 senior capsThe 34-year-old defender is one of several veterans that have remained at the Azzurri following last November’s World Cup play-off defeat to Sweden.Italy will play their first competitive game today against Poland under new manager Roberto Mancini in the UEFA Nations League.The 53-year-old has called up new rising young stars for Italy and feels that the Nations League provides his youngsters with an opportunity to prove themselves.Now Chiellini is excited to team up with this new crop of young talent and hopes this marks the start of a new beginning for Italy.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I did consider a few things and discussed it with my friends,” said Chiellini, according to SportsKeeda.“I wasn’t sure if I would return, but the enthusiasm the youngsters bring really pushes you on.“During this training camp, there’s been a calm atmosphere, a desire to move forward, to do something new and not look back at the past.“You can’t leave the national team behind. I hope my presence will never be a problem for this squad.”Italy will face Euro 2016 winners Portugal in their second game of the Nations League on Monday.last_img read more

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Costacurta believes the Italian spirit is back

first_imgAlessandro Costacurta sees more drive and passion around Italy under Roberto Mancini.“Since Roberto arrived, there has been growing enthusiasm and he brought a great breath of fresh air after a difficult period,” Costacurta told Rai Sport and Sky Sports Italia.“As Mancini said yesterday, everyone must have more courage to perhaps give Balotelli better service and then he can deliver the goals.”Costacurta went further to stress the need to win tonight’s encounter against Poland.“I think it’s important to win the game and we saw the problems that the Under-21 side had (in a 3-0 friendly defeat to Slovakia last night).Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“There were some problems with fitness levels and at this stage when you face players who already have seven games under their belts, it will make a difference.“I am concerned the Poland players this evening also have more minutes in their legs than many of ours.”“Having said that, we know what we want to do and want to get back to winning.”last_img read more

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Immigration SI suspended over pilots visit to Qatar without passport

first_imgShahjalal-AirportA sub-inspector of immigration police Kamruzzaman is temporarily suspended after Biman Bangladesh’s pilot Fazal Mahmud Chowdhury reached Qatar without his passport.Additional superintendent of immigration police’s special branch, Ismail Hossain, said SI Kamruzzaman has been suspended as he did not carry out his duties properly.According to the immigration police, pilot Fazal Mahmud was asked about his passport while he was going on a flight on 5 June. Fazal said his passport was in his bag. As pilots and crews regularly travel on flights, Fazal was allowed to cross immigration with crew ID. However, he should have showed his passport. SI Kamruzzaman should have allowed him crossing the immigration after seeing the passport.On 5 June, captain Fazal Mahmud Chowdhury took off a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines and reached Qatar. After landing at Dohar Hamad International Airport, he did not find his passport. He claimed that he mistakenly kept his passport in another bag. After sending passport from Bangladesh, his immigration completed.Meanwhile, different media outlets reported that Fazal Mahmud was arrested by Qatar immigration authorities. Biman authorities, however, explained that he was not arrested.The cabinet division has formed an investigation committee as Fazal Mahmud was reportedly detained by Qatar immigration as he was no passport. Besides, the home ministry formed another body to investigate the matter.last_img read more

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Wellness Centers Offer Health Joy to Seniors

first_imgDelores Robinson and Renna Summers at the Hayes Senior Wellness Center.WASHINGTON – Catherine Pridgen could no longer bear the thought of sitting in the house she once shared with her husband.  After Pridgen’s husband died from cancer, she needed somewhere to go so she would not be depressed. This, she said, was when she learned about the Hayes Senior Wellness Center Center.Hayes, in Ward 6, is the latest of six senior wellness centers that caters to Washington’s senior residents, ages 60 years and older.The others include Bernice Elizabeth Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center in Ward 1, Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center in Ward 4, Model Cities Senior Wellness Center in Ward 5, Washington Seniors Wellness Center in Ward 7 and Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center in Ward 8.Mr. Prince, 98, and Lorenzo Lewis, 84, enjoy a game of checkers at Hayes Senior Wellness Center.There are classes in nutrition, exercise, reflexology, smoking cessation, and other health care concerns. The centers include seminars, support groups, auxiliary activities, creative arts, and intergenerational programs.  Activities offered at Hayes Center include aerobics exercise, yoga, weight lifting, line dancing, daily lunches and field trips. The services at all the facilities focus on wellness, promoting better health, and preventing disease.  One of the goals, officials said, is provide help that allows seniors to maintain their independence and avoid premature institutionalization, such as nursing homes.Before coming to the Hayes center, most of the seniors occupied their days at the Sherwood Recreation Center.  The seniors were relocated to Hayes Center because Sherwood Center did not have a functioning kitchen.Renna Summers,78, who lives alone at her Capitol Hill Towers apartment, has been coming to the Hayes Senior Wellness Center for two years. She particularly likes communicating with people, dancing, and playing cards and games. “I get to go to my doctor’s appointments and my dentist appointments by coming to the center,” she said. “Seabrook picks us up and carries us free of charge.”Catherine Pridgen, 76, found an oasis at the Hayes Senior Wellness Center following the death of her husband.Although the center provides an excellent place for seniors to socialize, they still get bored sometimes. “Some days we do nothing,” Delores Robinson said.  “I think we should have more activities. We should go on more field trips and have other games we can be involved in when we’re just sitting around after lunch and doing nothing other than playing cards. Maybe we can have some board games and things like that,”Another senior at the center who wanted to be referred to as ‘The Doctor’ or ‘Pastor Allen’ said he was very appreciative the center. “I was born in the ’40s and they had boys’ clubs, not really community centers,” he said. “The community centers are new for seniors.”There are approximately 68 community centers in DC that cater to children, teens, adults and seniors. These centers provide a gateway to learning and involve fun activities. There is usually a center that is close to your home.Pridgen, like many other seniors, sees the community centers as a home away from home.“When somebody dies and you are in the house where they lived, you get depressed,” she said in reference to her decased husband. So I said,‘I got to go,  I can’t stay here.’ We were like two old people. I would be in one room watching my show and he would be in one room. And every time I look around when I couldn’t see him, I said ‘Oh no, I got to go.’”For more information on Washington’s senior wellness centers, call 202.724.5622 or visit http://dcoa.dc.gov/service/senior-wellness-centerslast_img read more

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Lawsuit Seeks 40 million for GTTF False Arrests

first_imgBy The Associated PressTwo men who spent years behind bars after being targeted by corrupt Baltimore police are seeking more than $40 million in damages.The lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department and the state of Maryland was filed Wednesday by Umar Burley and Brent Matthews.Members of the notorious Gun Trace Task Force. (Courtesy photo)Burley was convicted and sentenced to 15 years as a result of a 2010 arrest where 28 grams of heroin was planted in his crashed car by rogue police. Matthews, a passenger in the car, was sentenced to nearly four years.They both pleaded guilty despite knowing they were innocent, according to the Department of Justice.A judge has recently erased a manslaughter conviction against Burley stemming from the death of an 86-year-old man killed at the conclusion of a high-speed chase with Baltimore police.last_img read more

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