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first_imgAs difficult as it can be to counter misperceptions about the costs and benefits of building to higher energy efficiency standards, it never hurts to try, particularly if factual information is handy. The Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP), the initiative aimed at helping states and municipalities develop and implement building energy code, released some data this week that might help.A BCAP study of costs tied to compliance with the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code – which yields about 15% in energy efficiency gains compared to the 2006 edition (and which BCAP describes as a “minimum but meaningful baseline for energy efficiency”) – found that the average cost increase comes to $818.72, based on a national-average home price of $267,451 for a single-family residence of 2,400 sq. ft.A 20% down payment on such a house would increase by $154.78 and, assuming a 30-year mortgage at 4.14%, monthly payments would increase by $3.01, the study found. Annual energy savings, however, would average $243.37 – enough to cover, in less than three and a half years, the upfront cost of conforming to the code.Going beyond codeBCAP, in part through its Online Code Environment & Advocacy Network, offers a large assortment of web-based forums for professionals looking to explore code-related issues, from the technical to the political, and to track progress on code adoption in each state.For 2010, BCAP has been tracking 10 places – some are states, some are municipalities – as they develop, test, and/or adopt energy efficiency code and related compliance strategies. Each location becomes, in effect, a case study for code development and adoption.One example: Kansas, lately best known among green building advocates for Greensburg, the tornado-strafed town that has taken extraordinary steps to rebuild with energy efficiency as a top priority. But the state also has implemented programs that involve homeowners individually, including a requirement that each home seller complete a Kansas Energy Efficiency Disclosure form, which lists the insulation levels of the shell, the U values of the windows, and specifications for water heaters and HVAC equipment.Another initiative, Efficiency Kansas, is a low-interest loan program, established through federal stimulus funding, that allows homeowners to borrow up to $20,000 from a participating lender or utility for pre-approved energy efficiency upgrades. Financing approval for each project is contingent on whether the estimated savings on energy costs will cover the cost of the loan.Programs such as Efficiency Kansas could mesh fairly easily with a proposed federal program now being field tested: the Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score (HES) program, which is intended to provide consumers with straightforward information about their home energy efficiency, including a score from 1 to 10, with 10 indicating net-zero-energy performance; potential savings on energy costs after an upgrade; and a customized list of upgrade recommendations.last_img read more

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first_imgThe West Bengal unit of Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) on Wednesday alleged that it had to cancel a public meeting of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Murshidabad district after district officials denied permission for the landing of his chopper.Mr. Chouhan, who arrived in the city during the day, however addressed another public meeting near Kharagpur in Paschim Medinipur district. Mr. Chouhan, who is also vice-president of the BJP, reached the venue by road from the airport.“(West Bengal Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee is doing everything other than running the administration. All she is doing is obstructing public rallies of the BJP, not allowing the helicopter of Amit Shah to land, trying to pose challenges to the rally of Narendra Modi, not allowing Yogi Adityanath’s rally to be held and preventing my helicopter from landing,” he said while addressing the gathering. “You did not give permission for the helicopter to land but I came by car. If you stop the car we will walk to the venue,” the BJP leader said.The former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister also targeted Ms. Banerjee for the three-day dharna at Kolkata’s Metro Channel. Mr. Chouhan said that he had been a Chief Minister himself for 15 years and never come across an instance when a Chief Minister sat on dharna to protect a police officer.The Trinamool Congress leadership said the permission was denied to the helicopter due to security reasons.In a similar incident, former Jharkhand CM and BJP leader Arjun Munda said he was denied permission by the administration to hold a public meeting at Bishnupur in Bankura district. The police claimed that the permission was withheld for security reasons as TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee had a scheduled public event in the area. No Union Minister at Bengal Business meetMeanwhile, owing to the standoff between the Centre and the State, no minister from the Union Government is likely to attend the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) which begins in the city on Thursday. On earlier occasions prominent ministers such as Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and Suresh Prabhu had participated in the BGBS, which is aimed at attracting investment to West Bengal. Ms. Banerjee said that Mr. Prabhu had sent had a video message for the event. “I have no problem. We want to work together, government to government work is different. It is our Constitutional obligation,” she said.last_img read more

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first_imgVirat Kohli , who is expected to play a vital role in India’s middle-order in the upcoming World Cup, said after realising his importance in the team he has become a more matured batsman and is confident of his good showing in the ICC’s showpiece event, starting February 19.The 22-year-old Delhi lad said he has worked a lot on the mental aspect of the game and is more focused now as compared to when he first came into limelight in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia, where he lead India to the title.”I have made a few changes in my game in the recent past. I am just trying not to commit unnecessary mistakes, learn from my mistakes. I am trying to use most of the opportunity that is coming my way. I am focusing on applying myself and play long and controlled innings, avoid playing rash shots and work on mistakes,” Kohli said during an open media session here.”When I got out playing a rash shot in the past people told me you could have played a better shot and you will learn with time. I learnt how to be mentally tough, not to be bogged down by the opposition. I feel much more focused. I am confident of my abilities,” he added.The right-handed batsman also said the re-invented calm and focused attitude on the field has brought about changes in him as a person.”If you bring changes to your cricket it reflects on your individuality.”The cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) brought about a lot of instant fame and money for the young Indian cricketers and Kohli said it is important to remain grounded and in the surroundings of senior pros, who have already tasted the same.”It is important to remain focused. The moment you start to think I have had enough practice and I don’t need any more you will be lost. It is important to be eager to practice every day and be involved with the game. Be there with the people who has been there for long and have handled this situation before,” he said.With the World Cup being held in the sub-continent, expectations are high on the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side to break the 28-year-old title jinx and Kohli said he is feeling pressure of expectations of millions of cricket-loving Indian fans.”I was feeling lot of pressure before the camp started but after arriving in Bangalore I am more relaxed. I am just focusing on my training. Just being around the team and teammates calmed me down,” he said.Kohli already has a World Cup trophy under his belt but the youngster said his Under-19 experience will be of little help during the upcoming cricketing extravaganza, which will commence in Dhaka.”It (the World Cup) is a different level altogether. It is superior and for a cricketer there is nothing as big as compared to the World Cup. I don’t think my Under-19 World Cup experience will help in any way. But I am more confident going into the mega-event,” he said.Kohli was one-of the star performers for India with the bat in the ODI series in South Africa and he said the experience will be of great help to him in the World Cup.”I had some things in mind (in South Africa). I thought we would have to play as a team going into the World Cup. It was a really good experience to play and score runs in different conditions against different and world class bowlers,” he said.”I didn’t have added pressure. I was just looking to enjoy.”There is huge hype around Sachin Tendulkar, who in all probability will play his swansong World Cup but Kohli said the upcoming tournament is of equal importance for the entire country nation as it is for the batting maestro.”Definitely, it matters for him (Tendulkar) but it also matters for the country as well as the team.”An agile Kohli, who is also an important cog in India’s fielding department and usually fields in the close position inside the circle, when asked if he ever felt nervous while fielding, he said: “We just look to enjoy every session. I try to bring out my best while fielding without taking any pressure.”The kind of position I field in is all about anticipation. If you are nervous you can’t anticipate. It’s more about being relaxed,” said Kohli.advertisement -With agencies inputlast_img read more

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Derrick Rose has figured out something that many athletes in general, Black athletes in particular, have not: He has the power over his career.Maybe Rose does not even know what he’s doing, but he’s doing it. Owners, management, coaches and fans are always pressing athletes to return to the field of battle as soon as possible after injury. They throw around this “gladiator” ideology that is essentially a con.And players consistently are duped, believing they are showing toughness and being a “gladiator” to play through the pain, not recognizing that most gladiators were prisoners or slaves, forced to fight or die.Rose, somehow, gets it. He has determined that he will play only when he believes he is healthy enough to play. He’s empowered himself to govern his career, his body, his health—now and in the future.Serious injuries in consecutive years brought him to this place. He’s afraid of another devastating injury that could threaten his career. Good thing he is because the number of people who truly care are few, particularly teams with bottom lines based on wins and his ability to help them win.Wins mean more money, and we know how money drives most everything.This is what his coach, Tom Thibodeaux, said yesterday when asked about Rose after he returned to action and scored 18 points in helping the Chicago Bulls win at Utah last night: “Oh I don’t know. Jesus. He’s got to get out there and play. I thought he did a lot of good things. You could see he’s not real comfortable with the ball yet, but that will come. When Derrick strings some games together, he’s going to take off. He’s got to go. That’s the bottom line. He’s got to go.”No, he does not, not if he does not feel his body is ready. But pressure  from sources like a coach—and sometimes teammates—compel a player to acquiesce. Not Rose.What he seems to get that most athletes—especially athletes who have signed lucrative contracts, meaning they are in a position of power—don’t get is that he is in control of his life and career. The culture of sports is to always show how tough you are instead of how smart you are.It doesn’t behoove Rose to return to the court when he has not judged that his body is prepared to take the rigors of the NBA. He was ridiculed by some fans and even players for not returning for an entire year after a torn ACL. They clowned him about not being tough and afraid to play.Well, he should have been afraid to play. His knee was mangled, and returning before he had confidence in it to hold up would have been less than smart. And even with sitting out as long as he did, he suffered another injury just a few weeks back on the court.He’d be silly to now play just because the team needs him to play. As much of a team game as basketball and most sports are, the element of owning your career has to come into play.Robert Griffin III with the Washington Redskins would have been better served if he had adopted Rose’s outlook. Instead, Griffin hurried back to the field after tearing his ACL, skipped the exhibition season and started the first game of last season—just nine months after going down in a playoff game against Seattle.He has not been the same dynamic player since returning too soon. He sustained another injury, hurried back from that and now has been so far from the player expected that he could lose his starting job or be traded—or both.No one could have expected this, but ultimately this all stems from Griffin’s attempt to be a “gladiator” instead of empowering himself to return to play when he was totally healthy. He gave in to the nonsense about “players play” and his career now is in flux.Rose said to The New York Times: “I know a lot of people get mad when they see me sit out. But I think a lot of people don’t understand that when I sit out, it’s not because of this year. I’m thinking about long term. I’m thinking about after I’m done with basketball, having graduations to go to, having meetings to go to.”That’s smart and thoughtful, Gladiator-be-damned. Sadly, it is unlikely other athletes will follow suit. But we can hope. read more

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first_imgOther potential suitors, according to another observer, could include Court Square Ventures (formerly Citigroup Venture Capital), Providence Equity or Bain & Company.“RBI is a low growth, mature business,” a source says. “They do have nice recurring revenue models but, in a difficult credit market like this, selling the company will be very hard.” Less than a week after Reed Elsevier announced plans to divest Reed Business Information, industry observers are already wondering about who RBI’s potential suitors could be, and how much the company could fetch on the market.On Friday, not long after Reed Elsevier made the announcement about RBI as part of its preliminary financial results statement for 2007, England’s Times newspaper reported that private equity firm Apax Partners may be a potential bidder. Apax owns Incisive Media and recently acquired Emap’s b-to-b group for $2 billion through a partnership with the Guardian Media Group. Apax and Incisive also bought U.S.-based ALM last year for $630 million. Some, however, are skeptical that Apax would be a serious bidder. “I think it’s pretty hard to imagine,” one media observer tells FOLIO:. “Apax just purchased Emap’s b-to-b group. Overall, considering the state of the credit market, there couldn’t be worse timing for Reed to sell an asset like this. It will be a long process.”There is no doubt, however, that the buyer will come from private equity, say observers. “RBI isn’t going to go to a company like UBM or Nielsen,” one source says. “Eventually, RBI will sell for about $2 billion. Maybe as high as $2.5 billion.”last_img read more

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first_img Email News Barry Gibb To Executive Produce Bee Gees Broadway Musical Facebook Twitter Broadway Fever: Bee Gees Musical In The Works barry-gibb-executive-produce-bee-gees-broadway-musical Universal Theatrical Group production to feature music spanning the GRAMMY-winning trio’s careerTim McPhateGRAMMYs Nov 9, 2017 – 9:20 am How deep is the Bee Gees’ catalog? More than deep enough for a Broadway musical, for certain.According to Playbill, Barry Gibb will executive produce a new biographical musical spanning the career and catalog of the legendary GRAMMY-winning brotherly trio. Universal Theatre Group, the live theater division for Universal Music Group, has acquired the rights to produce the as-yet-untitled project.”I’m personally very excited to be a part of the creative process along with Yvonne [Gibb, widow of the late Maurice Gibb] and Dwina [who was married to the late Robin Gibb],” said Barry Gibb via statement. “It’s another adventure for us and a chance to throw the spotlight on all my brothers and finally the real story of us will be told. It’s an honor to be working alongside the people I most respect. I can’t wait to get started!”The musical’s full creative team, production timeline and performance location have yet to be announced.Formed in 1958, the Bee Gees recorded 30 Top 40 hits, including nine No. 1 hits from 1971’s “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” to 1979’s “Love You Inside Out.” The only other groups in history to score more No. 1 hits than the Bee Gees are the Beatles (20) and the Supremes (12).The iconic soundtrack to 1977’s Saturday Night Fever (GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, 2004), which featured Bee Gees smashes such as “Night Fever,” “Stayin’ Alive” and “How Deep Is Your Love,” hit No. 1.The Bee Gees won five GRAMMY Awards during their career, in addition to being honored with the GRAMMY Legend Award in 2003 and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.Earlier this year, The Recording Academy paid tribute to the five-time GRAMMY-winning trio with the CBS TV special “Stayin’ Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees,” which featured performances by Keith Urban, Demi Lovato, DNCE, Ed Sheeran, and Tori Kelly, among others.Watch: Saturday Night Fever Wins Album Of The YearRead morelast_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Youth Soccer will hold its 7th Annual Field Day and 3v3 Tournament on Sunday, September 9, 2018 (rain date September 16th) from 10am to 4pm at the Shawsheen School fields.As part of Field Day, Wilmington Youth Soccer will be holding its Annual 3v3 Soccer Tournament. All athletes from Grades 1-8 are welcome; players do not have to be enrolled in Wilmington Youth Soccer to participate. Teams can include 3 to 6 players with a registration fee of $100 per team – which includes Field Day entry for all players and coaches. All players will receive a tournament patch. For more information or to register, visit http://wilmingtonyouthsoccer.org.Proceeds will benefit the Wilmington Youth Soccer Association.(NOTE: The above information is from the Wilmington Youth Soccer.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCOMING SOON: Wilmington Youth Soccer’s Field Day & 3v3 Tournament Set For September 15In “Community”Wilmington Youth Soccer Announces Field Day & 3v3 Tournament For September 15In “Sports”Wilmington Youth Soccer Announces Field Day & 3v3 Tournament For September 10In “Sports”last_img read more

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first_imgThere is no reason yet to be bullish on Indian equities, though the markets may find higher ground as global trade tensions ease, securities research firm CLSA says in a research note.The US and China have reached a truce on their trade war and piped down the rhetoric easing some worries of global markets.Still, overseas investors have pulled out nearly $550 million from Indian markets after the Bharatiya Janata Party that heads the ruling coalition at the centre lost in five states, which went to polls recently. They included the three Hindi heartland states where the party was in power.CLSA thinks some fiscal issues would also continue to defy resolution, with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection shortfall for the central government topping Rs15,000 crore in the first eight months of this financial year.The recent adverse election results and possible populist policies going into an election year could further worsen fiscal concerns, it says. When the government spending on political sops rise infrastructure capex will suffer a squeeze hurting capex cycle recovery, CLSA says.CLSA sees the factors like crude price instability and currency volatility holding the market on tenterhooks in the short term. The change of guard at the Reserve Bank of India and the drop in government bond yields by 75 basis points are other factors that will have a bearing on overseas investor confidence, according to the brokerage firm.While the lower oil prices would reduce the possibility of the current account deficit ballooning, potentially dovish monetary policies and liquidity management could have a negative impact on the strength of the rupee, according to CLSA.The market may have started to price in the probability of a policy rate cut, with a new chief for the central bank. But, if the RBI were to concede the government demand for a massive one-time dividend, it could hit the rupee badly, CLSA says.Such a development would indicate that the central bank would stop its open market operations like government bond purchases and that could drive up yields and push foreign debt investors away, driving down the rupee again, according to the market expert.last_img read more

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first_imgThis image obtained from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Subtropical Storm Alberto © in the Caribbean on 25 May, giving an early kickoff to the Atlantic hurricane season one week ahead of schedule. Photo: AFPThe US states of Alabama, Florida and Mississippi have declared an emergency ahead of subtropical storm Alberto expected to make landfall on Monday, authorities said.The storm continued churning north through the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday and is scheduled to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle early Monday morning, reports CNN.Florida Governor Rick Scott issued the declaration for all 67 counties in his state.Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant authorised the use of the National Guard, his office said in a statement.Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency for 40 counties.Ivey activated the state’s emergency operations centre while the Alabama National Guard activated its high water evacuation teams.Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall and flooding over western Cuba, South Florida and the Florida Keys, the National Hurricane Centre said on Sunday.“Heavy rains and gusty winds continue to spread northward over Florida,” it tweeted.“Hazardous storm surge is possible along portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast beginning Sunday.”The first named storm of this season, Alberto is expected to strengthen as it moves up the Gulf this weekend, CNN quoted the Centre as saying, bringing heavy rains and possible floods to Florida and much of the Southeast in the coming days.last_img read more