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first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Lady Tamaraws needed to score just 25 more points and the three-set win would be theirs, but instead of finishing things off, they just choked.Instead, the Lady Eagles pulled off a stunning comeback, 14-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-12, for its second win in three games in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We should have a killer instinct,” said FEU head coach George Pascua in Filipino Sunday at Filoil Flying V Center. “No one led the team in the crucial moments, no one wanted to get the ball, no one wanted a kill.”“It should be in the character. We also had a few unforced errors and it happened to be crucial points.” MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief The Lady Tamaraws showed some grit in the fifth set when it went tit-for-tat with the Lady Eagles all the way to a 12-12 stalemate.Then, disaster struck.Kyle Negrito, FEU’s fourth-year setter, first committed an overset to Celine Domingo that gave Ateneo the 13-12 lead.That error, however, was just the first of two when Negrito tossed the ball way over the Lady Eagles’ baseline that put FEU behind 14-12.Kat Tolentino, who entered the third set with just two points, then, finished things off with a booming kill that landed squarely on FEU’s defense for her 19th point.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Andray the giant: Returning Blatche comes up big for Fiba World Cup-bound Gilas Pilipinas Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Pascua said that even though his Lady Tamaraws botched the match, he’s still positive and that they will bounce back from their early 1-2 record.“We’re still a positive bunch,” said Pascua. “It’s a long journey, the UAAP is a long tournament. We’re taking it one at a time. We can’t go back, it’s already over, we just have to take a step forward.”“We just have to learn from this, that’s the important thing. Once they learn, things will eventually get easier and the players would be able to know how to handle these types of situations.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University had Ateneo by its throat on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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first_img…to “deepen” relationsIn efforts to build stronger relationships with leaders and the Diaspora, India’s Minister of State for Human Resources Development, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Dr Satya Pal Singh, is currently on a four-day special outreach to Guyana.India’s State Minister Satya Pal Singh addressing a diaspora gathering during a welcome reception at the Pegasus Hotel on Tuesday eveningThis is an initiative of the Indian Government, which aims to have a Government Minister visit all the countries that are covered by the more than 185 Indian Missions/Consulates around the world before the end of this year to discuss issues of interest regarding bilateral and multilateral development. The Minister is accompanied by his wife.During the visit, which spans May 8 to 11, Minister Singh will be meeting with key Government and Opposition officials as well as members of the Indian Diaspora here in Guyana. A welcome reception was held on Tuesday evening at the Pegasus Hotel, where a meet-and-greet platform was created for the Minister to interact with the Diaspora, including Indian expatriates.Addressing the gathering at the reception, Minister Singh said that India was impressed with the success of its Diaspora across the world.The Indian State Minister went on to reflect on the lives of the indentured labourers – most of whom he noted came from his home state of Uttar Pradesh – saying that despite the difficulties and hardships faced, they managed to work and make their adopted land a better place for future generations.“The Indian Diaspora in Guyana now is the third or fourth generation of Indians who should be certainly proud of the modern Guyana, which their fore-parents have created along with their African descendants and others. The Government of India is certainly proud of you for your achievements in all fields, including business, politics, art, culture, sport, etc,” he stated.According to Minister Singh, this year will be a special year in the history of diplomatic relations between India and Guyana, which already enjoy excellent relations in both the bilateral and multilateral arenas. He specifically mentioned President David Granger’s visit to India back in March and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s impending visit to Guyana later this year.“I’m sure that this outreach visit, which is a ministerial visit from India to Guyana after 23 years will be significant as it will help in broadening and deepening the bilateral relations in various fields, as well as enhance cooperation between India and Guyana, particularly in Guyana’s pursuit to become a complete “Green Economy” by 2025,” the Indian Minister posited.Meanwhile, these sentiments were also expressed by Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam Mahalingam, who spoke of the enrichment of cooperation between the two countries in the bilateral and multilateral fields.Minister Singh kicked off his four-day visit on Tuesday with a cordial visit to Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman. On Wednesday, he also met President Granger as well as Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson.The Minister is also scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo; Vice President and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, and Minister of State Joseph Harmon, before wrapping up his four-day visit on Friday.last_img read more

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first_imgBuilding work on the 60,000 Al-Bayt stadium is also expected to be completed by December.If so, it will mean Qatar — which has said it is spending almost $500 million a week on World Cup-related projects — will have built almost half of its proposed eight venues with four years still to go to the tournament.The Khalifa International Stadium, also the venue for the 2019 World Athletics Championships, was completed last year.“We will be finishing hopefully by the end of this year and then ready to use,” Thani Al-Zarraa, Al-Wakrah’s project manager told AFP.One of the major tasks ahead is to fit the stadium’s distinctive retractable roof — meant to resemble the sails of a traditional dhow fishing boat — comprised of some 1,400 pieces, which will be shipped to Qatar from Italy.Once completed, 2022 World Cup officials will trial the stadium with “test matches” including potential international friendlies, said Zarraa.He said the design would also make it “one of the loudest stadiums” in 2022.“All the ambience and cheering will hit the roof and come back into the stadium,” he said.Al-Wakrah, some 15 kilometres south of the capital Doha, will be used during the World Cup for games up to and including quarter-finals.After the World Cup, the capacity will be reduced to 20,000.It was one of Hadid’s last major designs before her death in March 2016, aged 65.Major works by Hadid include the Guangzhou Opera House in China, the Bergisel ski jump and the aquatics centre at the 2012 London Olympics.Zarraa said the stadium would “be one of her (Hadid’s) legacies”.The project has not been without controversy.Qatar has come under intense pressure for its human rights record and treatment of its huge migrant labour force, numbering some two million, since winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup.Hadid took successful legal action when it was claimed she had no concern for the plight of labourers in Qatar helping build Al-Wakrah.She also had to defend claims that the stadium’s design was offensive and resembled female genitalia.Baghdad-born Hadid called such criticism “embarrassing”.Qatar is building eight stadiums for the World Cup, although FIFA has yet to decide on a final number of venues and could instruct the gas-rich Gulf state to build a ninth.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Al-Wakrah Stadium, which looks impressive in promotional images, should be completed this year, Qatari officials say © Qatar 2022 committee/AFP/FileDOHA, Qatar, Feb 6 – The Qatar World Cup venue designed by celebrated Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid will be finished by the end of 2018, officials responsible for the project said Tuesday.The 40,000 capacity, $575 million Al-Wakrah Stadium is expected to be one of two further 2022 venues completed this year.last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates one of his three goals against Atletico Madrid during a Champions League tie in Turin on March 13, 2019TURIN, Italy, Mar 13 – Cristiano Ronaldo shot Juventus into the Champions League last eight on Tuesday with a hat-trick that saw his side overturn a two-goal first-leg deficit against Atletico Madrid with a thrilling 3-0 win in Turin.The Portuguese struck either side of half-time to level the aggregate scores before crashing home the decisive penalty kick four minutes from the end. Ronaldo was signed from Real Madrid in order to help Juve turn domestic dominance into European success and he pulled off his most important display for the Serie A club since arriving in pre-season with his team with their backs to the wall following their 2-0 defeat in Madrid last month.The 34-year-old rose to head home Federico Bernardeschi’s 27th-minute cross to get the ball rolling before repeating the trick with Joao Cancelo’s swinging ball two minutes after the break to get the Allianz Stadium roaring with belief.With the tie delicately poised he stepped up to score the winning goal of a pulsating tie from the spot after Bernardeschi was brought down by Angel Correa, keeping alive Juve’s hopes of a first Champions League title since 1996.“It was always going to be a special night and it was, not only for the goals, but for the team,” said Ronaldo.“This is the mentality of champions. This is why Juve brought me in, to help on magical nights like this.”Diego Simeone’s Atletico were a shadow of the team who had run riot in the first leg in Madrid, and crashed out of the tournament they had been hoping to win in their own Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on June 1.“The lads have shown great maturity,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.Cristiano Ronaldo (R) is the record scorer in the Champions League with 124 goals.“They interpreted the game at their best, I have to congratulate them. This is what we wanted in the first leg.“Tonight we were lucid, there was the risk of having a hysterical match, as if everything had to be done in 10 minutes.”It is the eighth time that Ronaldo has scored a hat-trick in the competition and mirrors his improbable treble which lifted former club Real Madrid past Wolfsburg in April 2016 with the Spaniards 2-0 down after the first leg.The Champions League’s record scorer took his tally in the tournament to 124, with four goals this season.Juventus signed 34-year-old Ronaldo last summer from Real Madrid for 100 million euros ($117 million) in order to make the difference on the continent for the Italian champions, who have not won the Champions League since 1996 and have finished runners-up twice in the past four seasons.And five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo pulled out a spectacular performance as he spearheaded the attack along with Federico Bernardeschi and Mario Mandzukic.– Dominant Juve –The Portuguese superstar scored two headers either side of half-time and a late penalty to clinch a place in Friday’s last-eight draw with a dominant display by the Italian champions in Turin.Allegri’s side came out firing, dominating the first half with nine shots on goal compared to three for the Spaniards.Atletico had an early scare when Juventus skipper Giorgio Chiellini, making his 500th Juve appearance, had the ball in the back of the net after four minutes.But a VAR review confirmed Ronaldo had fouled goalkeeper Jan Oblak in a scramble in front of goal before defender Chiellini had finished off.Defensive specialists Atletico held off the Juventus pressure until the 27th minute, when Ronaldo met a pin-point Bernardeschi cross to head home the opener.Bernardeschi sent a curling free-kick just wide minutes later with Ronaldo missing a chance for a second when he headed wide.A Chiellini header from a Miralem Pjanic corner was cleared by Oblak, before Alvaro Morata missed a chance for an away goal before the break when he shook off Leonardo Bonucci only to head over.But back after the break Ronaldo levelled the tie with his second goal with a move he began from his own half with a pass to Leonardo Spinazzola down the left.Diego Simeone’s Atletico were a shadow of the team who had run riot in the first leg in Madrid, and crashed out of the tournament they had been hoping to win in their own Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on June 1.The ball was worked to Joao Cancelo, who crossed into the penalty area for Ronaldo, whose powerful header was pushed out by Oblak but not before it had crossed over the line.Teenager Moise Kean missed a chance to put Juve ahead just after coming off the bench, sending wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.But the decisive goal came with four minutes left when Bernardeschi burst into the penalty area from the left and was brought down by Angel Correa.Ronaldo made no mistake from the spot to score his 25th goal against Atletico, and fourth hat-trick, to spark pandemonium among the home crowd.“Juventus played in a similar way to what we did in the first leg. We struggled and they deservedly go through to the quarter-finals,” said Simeone.“I don’t think it was our worst performance, nor did I see a lack of character. They simply played better and we have to congratulate them.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“She was going to pay to put him to sleep. She had found the cat laying on the lawn semi-comatose and twitching. She didn’t want any responsibility but thought he was suffering and was willing to sign to have him put to sleep.” Instead of putting Fluffy to sleep, however, Donan discovered he was suffering from “a classic case of insecticide toxicity,” a problem that usually increases among cats during the summer months. As temperatures get warmer, fleas become an increasing problem for pet owners, who often try to save money by buying the less-expensive, over-the-counter flea medications, Donan said. The problem is that many of these less-expensive brands contain chemicals that can be harmful to cats in inappropriate doses. “We carry products for fleas that are by prescription, such as `Advantage.’ It’s very safe, but it costs about $40 for a two-month supply,” Donan said. WHITTIER – Veterinarian Debra Donan’s blue lab coat was covered with 2-inch-long orange hairs as Fluffy, a plump Garfield-lookalike, rubbed affectionately against her. He looked and acted quite healthy for a cat that had been near death about a week ago. When a good Samaritan brought the cat to Donan’s Washington Boulevard Animal Hospital in Whittier after finding him lying on a nearby lawn, Fluffy was twitching and convulsing. “This good Samaritan thought the cat was a stray and that he was dying,” said Donan, who described Fluffy as a domestic long-haired orange tabby approximately 3 years old and weighing 13 pounds. “But there’s an OTC \ medication that looks just like Advantage, only it contains permethrin, which cats cannot metabolize as easily or quickly as dogs.” The over-the-counter medications use a concentrated form of permethrin, a synthetic version of pyrethroids that is a natural insecticide derived from the chrysanthemum flowering plant. Unlike dogs, cats groom themselves and can ingest the medication that way, Donan said. “Believe it or not, the most common overdose is from people giving dog medication to their cats. They’ll dilute it or split the dose, thinking it’s OK,” she said. Donan said a medication for dogs called “Advantic” is frequently mistaken for Advantage flea ointment for cats. Advantic contains 44 percent permethrin. Symptoms for insecticide overdose can occur within hours of ingestion and include salivation, muscle tremors, twitching, coma, convulsions and death. “I just want to get the word out before the flea season really gets going,” Donan added. No antidote exists for permethrin, so Fluffy was given supportive treatment, she said. “We treat it with fluids and muscle relaxants. And we just observe them,” she said. “The symptoms usually resolve in a day. Fluffy was up and purring by later that day he was brought in.” When the cat arrived at the Washington Boulevard Animal Hospital, the woman who found it left without giving her name or phone number. In addition, the cat had no identification tags around his neck to help track down his owner. “We didn’t put him down because, first of all, the receptionist pointed out that since the woman wasn’t the real owner, she had no legal right to sign for him to be euthanized,” Donan said. If Fluffy’s owner does not claim him soon, he will be handed over to animal control officials and put up for adoption. “\ is just a great kitty cat,” said Donan, who hopes the cat’s owner will come forward. “He obviously was someone’s pet. But when we found him, he was soiled with mud, urine and dirt and full of fleas. It’s just a good thing he was brought in when he was.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Introduction to Judaism,” a 16-week course, will be held from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Fee: $325. Registration required. Call (805) 497-7101. Gay and lesbian support group, 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Westlake Church of Religious Science, 880 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. The Rev. Linda Fisher will lead the SpirituallyOut Rainbow Ministry. Call (805) 495-0105. Westlake Aglow, a Christian fellowship for women, 9:15 a.m. Friday at Oaknoll Villas Clubhouse, 300 McCloud Ave., Thousand Oaks. Admission: $10. Reservations required. Call (805) 498-1961. Western Roundup Parish Fair, 5-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Oct. 22 and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 23 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5011 White Oak Ave., Encino. Call (818) 342-4686. Family Shabbat service, led by Rabbi Aaron Benson, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Congregation Beth Meier, 11725 Moorpark St., Studio City. Call (818) 769-0515. A three-week “wellness” program addressing physical, spiritual, social and intellectual issues, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. beginning Sunday at Woodland Hills Community Church, 21338 Dumetz Road. Call (818) 346-0820 or see www.woodlandhillscommunitychurch.org. Organ and piano concert, 3 p.m. Sunday at United Methodist Church, 1000 Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Tickets: $10, $5 for children 12 and under. Call (805) 496-1581. “Five Gifts for an Abundant Life” will be the topic when the Rev. Diane Harmony speaks at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Granada Hills Church of Religious Science, 17622 Chatsworth St. Call (818) 363-8136. Emek ha Ilanot, a Hadassah group in the Conejo Valley, will hold a new members meeting for women ages 25-55 at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at a private residence in Westlake Village. Call (805) 496-2874. A Sukkot service, 8 p.m. Friday and 10:45 a.m. Oct. 22 at Adat Y’shua Ha Adon Messianic Jewish Congregation, 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 222-0200. Paul Pitman will perform gospel and pop music, 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at First Presbyterian Church of Encino, 4963 Balboa Blvd. Tickets: $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Call (818) 788-1147. “Church is Hard Work” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Bob McDill, 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 894-9251. “Discipline of the Tongue” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dave Wilkinson, 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peach Hill Road. Call (805) 529-8422. “God’s Due” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Jack Ledbetter, 10:15 a.m. Sunday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 9 W. Bonita Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 583-0556. “God is My Only Source and Supply” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Bonnie Rowsell, 10 a.m. Sunday at Glendale Church of Religious Science, 2146 E. Chevy Chase Drive. Call (818) 244-8171. “The Power of the Gospel” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Ken Hahn, 10 a.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 18425 Kittridge St., Reseda. Call (818) 342-1633. “Psalms of Joy” will be the message delivered by Jim Bell, 8:45, 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. Sunday at West Valley Christian Church, 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills. Call (818) 884-6480. “The Ten Commandments: Nine and Ten” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Samuel Hong, 10:15 a.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church of Reseda, 18120 Saticoy St. Call (818) 344-7135. “Who Do You Believe In?” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Evelyn Hammond, 10 a.m. Sunday when the Center for Highly Effective Living, Church of Religious Science, meets at the Pacific Lodge Youth Services, 4900 Serrania Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 883-1300. Religion events are compiled by Staff Writer Holly Andres. Notices appearing in the events column must reach the Daily News two weeks before the Saturday on which they are to run. Items must be typewritten. Phone numbers must be included for contact purposes. Mail to Religion Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200. Fax (818) 713-0058 or e-mail without attachments to Holly.Andres@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgCockhillGalway United 4-2 Cockhill CelticINISHOWEN’S Cockhill Celtic briefly threatened an upset as they took an early lead against Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park but were eventually beaten 4-2.James Bradley opened the scoring after just four minutes with a 40-yard effort that flew over Ger Hanley into the United net. That lead lasted just 17 minutes as Andy O’Connell levelled matters before Ryan Connolly missed a penalty for the home side.But second-half strikes from Padraic Cunningham (2) and Gary Shanahan ensured it was Tommy Dunne’s side that progressed, with Mark Moran scoring a late consolation goal for the Donegal team. BRAVE COCKHILL CELTIC BEATEN IN EA SPORTS CUP was last modified: April 6th, 2015 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:Cockhill CelticEA Sports CupGalwaylast_img read more

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first_imgPeople living in Donegal have the lowest level of disposable income in Ireland, according to CSO figures.Based on 2016 data, the average Donegal person has after-tax income of €15,892, which is 29% lower than the nationwide figure of €20,638.And there is a considerable gap between Donegal and the second poorest county, which is Offaly, where the population has an average disposable income of €17,039. Donegal has been ranked at the bottom of the pile ever since this study began in 2007.The entire border region had the lowest amount of disposable income at €17,370 euro per person.The CSO report also revealed that the State’s average disposable income figure has reached its highest level since 2009. Dublin dwellers enjoyed the greatest level of disposable income in 2016, with an average of €24,431.Donegal revealed as poorest county in Ireland was last modified: April 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CSOdisposable incomepovertywealthlast_img read more

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first_imgHVAC Group Files Suits Against CodeSANTA FE, NM — The development of a new green building code in Santa Fe has been delayed by a legal challenge to a proposed green building code in Albuquerque. On October 3, 2008, a federal district judge granted a preliminary injunction preventing Albuquerque from implementing its new green building code, which included provisions that might be interpreted as establishing minimum efficiency standards for residential heating and cooling equipment that are more stringent than federal minimum requirements. The injunction was ordered in response to a suit by the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), an alliance of manufacturers of heating and cooling equipment. AHRI opposes any local regulations that establish more stringent efficiency standards than the federal government. Katherine Mortimer, Santa Fe’s supervising planner, decided to delay implementation of Santa Fe’s proposed green building code until the legal issues raised by the Albuquerque case were clarified.Green Building Advisor’s Martin Holladay contacted Mortimer, who graciously provided details of the green code development process in Santa Fe. A transcript of the telephone interview follows.Holladay: When your group in Santa Fe looked at developing a green building code, where did you start?Mortimer: We looked at several models, including LEED for Homes, and we settled on the NAHB green building standards as a starting point. We used a version of that, like Albuquerque did. Albuquerque made some revisions to the NAHB standards — revisions are actually encouraged by that program.Holladay: Isn’t NAHB opposed to green building codes?Mortimer: NAHB continues to oppose any form of mandatory green building code, although there is a minority force among local NAHB chapters that wants to change that. We adopted the NAHB model for a couple of reasons, in part because Albuquerque did. Albuquerque is the biggest city in New Mexico. But we also liked the fact that NAHB encourages incorporating local changes.Holladay: Does the proposed Santa Fe code include mandatory language?Mortimer: Under our proposed code, you have to get a certain number of minimum points. We did a pretty significant revision of the NAHB standards. We walked through it with different kinds of homes in mind, and we realized that with the NAHB standards it was easier to get a greater number of points with a forced-air than with a radiant system. We changed that, because radiant heat is very popular here. We have more heating days than cooling days, and because of our dry climate, we have more swamp coolers than air conditioners.One of the principles we want to see reflected in the code is that energy is probably the most important aspect of green building, because energy use continues over time. In Santa Fe we have some buildings that are over 400 years old. But even if a building only lasts as long as the mortgage — even if it lasts only 30 or 40 years — energy use still represents the most significant environmental impact. So in developing the code, we don’t want to concede any points on energy. In fact, we increased the points awarded for improvements in the building envelope, to encourage those improvements. We also added points for solar orientation and passive solar features, which are very big in Santa Fe.Holladay: How did the legal challenge to the Albuquerque code affect your plans in Santa Fe?Mortimer: We intend to require a maximum HERS rating 70. As we developed the code, we had a HERS rater look at an average sized building. We asked, How do you get a building of that size to HERS 70? We wanted to see which approach costs less — upgrading the efficiency of the heating and cooling equipment, or improving the envelope. We’ve also had help from a local nonprofit developer of low-income housing, and they’re putting prices on these options. They found that it makes more sense to improve the building envelope — long before it makes sense to look at equipment efficiency.With the changes we made to the NAHB standard, we wanted to see whether our proposed program is consistent with the federal rules on preemption of minimum equipment efficiency standards. On the first blush, we were worried that a judge might conclude that it could cost more for a builder who didn’t choose more efficient equipment — a situation that from a legal standpoint would amount to de-facto preemption of the federal standards.This is a very important legal issue. If requiring a certain HERS score is interpreted by the courts as de-facto preemption of the federal equipment efficiency standards, that probably means that California’s Title 24 is illegal. It also raises questions about whether local water efficiency requirements amount to preemption.Holladay: What aspect of the Santa Fe code are you particularly proud of?Mortimer: We have been developing this code hand-in-glove with the building community. We’re working with the local home builders’ association. In fact, three out of the five people in the working group for this new green code are builders. That’s different from the situation in some other communities that have tried this.The other thing to point out is that we have tailored our code to the way people build here — for example, by encouraging passive solar and adobe. In Santa Fe, most of our residential building is not by production builders. We developed the code to address the concerns of both production builders and custom builders. I’d also like to point out that the code will require a thermal bypass inspection, including an inspection to verify the quality of the insulation job. The concept of the thermal bypass inspection is new to many people in the building community. If you have a corner with no insulation, that’s a huge energy penalty.Holladay: Will Santa Fe go forward with its new code?Mortimer: Now that we’ve taken the time to analyze the situation in light of the legal challenge in Albuquerque, we feel more confident going forward. 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first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the top bosses of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) met in Kuala Lumpur and formulated a roadmap for league football in India on Monday.At the meeting, it was decided that two clubs from the I-League will be offered entry into the Indian Super League by the end of the 2020/21 season, while the club that wins the 2022/23 and 2023/24 seasons of the I-League will get berths in the ISL in the next respective years. Clubs in both leagues will be consolidated into one league by the 2024/25 season and a system of promotion and relegation will be implemented.There will be no changes in the team rosters in the 2021/22 season. This is also slated to be the year when the AIFF decides upon the details of the consolidated league that will start from the 2024/25 season.Additionally, the I-League clubs that get promoted to the ISL in the 2022/23 and 2023/24 seasons will not get a share of the central revenue which is distributed to other franchises. AFC website”Everyone has to put the good of Indian football at the forefront and take the best decisions to develop Indian club football. The AFC will be very much involved to ensure the growth of the game to the next level with the pathway to a single league,” AFC General Secretary Dato’ Windsor John said in a statement.”Every point of this package and it is a package has been thought-out extremely carefully and it is aimed simply at providing the best chance to develop Indian club football. We have informed AIFF that 10-12 teams are not enough for the top League it must be bigger.”Everyone has contributed to the development of the Indian club game – ISL, I-League clubs, the AIFF and the AFC and I am sure that if this roadmap is considered further, then Indian football will see the benefits for the game. We are now all working together to deliver the best future,” he added.AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said the proposed roadmap is in the best interest of all stake holders of Indian football.”We now have a roadmap which provides the best opportunity for Indian club football. I would like to thank the AFC and its General Secretary for their contribution in proposing a solution to this unique problem. India is an important country for football in Asia,” he said.”We have to be financially sustainable and take into consideration all commercial and contractual aspects of this plan because commerce is key to football not only in India but across the world of football.”We must be cognisant of that fact of football life, that footballing legacy and investment are equally important for the development of Indian football,” Das added.(With inputs from Agencies) afcAIFF Indian SuperAll India Football FederationAsian Football Confederation First Published: October 14, 2019, 3:13 PM ISTlast_img read more

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