D-League: Go for Gold regains top spot, routs CEU

first_imgNew addition Rey Publico led Go for Gold with 18 points and 11 rebounds.“One of the weaknesses that I saw was rebounding and Publico gives us a lot of rebounding. He is an energy guy,” Scratchers coach Charles Tiu on Publico’s debut.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Go for Gold ended the game on a 14-6 run to ice the win.The Scratchers were down by four men as Ron Dennison and James Martinez were out due to hamstring injury and muscle strain, respectively, while Jerwin Gaco was under the weather. Gab Banal is still in Australia for a personal trip per Tiu. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs PBA IMAGESGo for Gold scraped past Centro Escolar University, 75-60, in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Scratchers regained top seed as they improve to 6-2 while CEU dropped to 4-4.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Paul Desiderio delivered 17 points in his last game with Go for Gold as he is set to rejoin the University of the Philippines training camp in Serbia.Rich Guinitaran paced the Scorpions with 16 markers. Justin Robert ValenciaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentscenter_img LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ Filipino netizens divided on Alphonse Areola’s World Cup win Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

Fire guts trailer in Fort St. John

first_imgA mobile home caught fire in an industrial yard early Wednesday morning in Fort St. John.The fire department received the call just after 5:15 a.m. and found the unoccupied modular home engulfed in flames.Fire Chief Fred Burrows says it took several hours to put out the blaze in the trailer, which had been left in a commercial lot in the area of 100 St. and 85 Ave.- Advertisement -He added that no other items in the yard were ever in danger of catching fire.The fire is considered suspicious and police were also on scene to investigate.last_img

Mexico, U.S. water cleanup deal could tank

first_imgEnter Bajagua. Instead of giving the IBWC more taxpayer money to solve a problem it didn’t fix the first time, the company argued, the U.S. government would pay Bajagua over 20 years to build and operate a plant in Tijuana, a sprawling industrial city of 1.3 million. For Bajagua, the real prize would be a steady supply of water pumped south from the existing U.S. plant that, once clean, could be sold back to Mexican factories. “We were never going to make a lot of money treating sewage,” said Simmons. “Where we make money is in producing a product, and that product is water.” In 1999, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found the project was “infeasible” and endorsed a plan to build aeration ponds on the U.S. side of the border. With no guarantee of government funding, time is running short for Bajagua. A federal judge has ordered that the treated sewage meet federal standards by September 2008. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IMPERIAL BEACH – When it rains in this border town, toxic goo from Mexican slums and factories flows down the Tijuana River onto U.S. soil. It winds through tidal marshes and ends up in the Pacific Ocean, closing the beach to swimmers and diehard surfers 198 days last year. The U.S. government found a novel fix: pay a private developer an estimated $700 million to build and manage a treatment plant in Tijuana, Mexico. If the plant sells recycled water to thirsty Mexican factories, U.S. taxpayers will get some of their money back. Ground has not yet broken and the 7-year-old agreement between the U.S. and Bajagua LLC is looking more fragile than ever amid growing criticism that the no-bid contract would fatten the developer’s pockets and fail to contain the sewage. This month, the Bush administration proposed funding a treatment plant on U.S. soil – which would effectively kill the Mexico venture. Bajagua still counts on strong bipartisan support in the San Diego-area congressional delegation, including Democrat Bob Filner, whose district includes Imperial Beach, a town of 28,000 people. Filner, one of the project’s biggest champions in Washington, has received more than $60,000 in campaign donations from the company and its associates since 1996. In all, Bajagua investors have donated more than $100,000 to political campaigns. Filner defends the Mexican plant as a good public-private partnership and said he was surprised by the Bush administration’s move to scuttle it. He predicted Congress would rebuff the White House. “We’ve already spent 10 years working on this, and it’s the first real chance to clean up a problem that’s plagued us for decades,” Filner said. Bajagua was founded in the late 1990s by San Diego land-use consultant Jim Simmons and Mexican real-estate developer Enrique Landa after the U.S. government stumbled in its efforts to treat Tijuana’s runaway sewage. The International Boundary and Water Commission, a binational agency, had just built a U.S.-financed, $240 million plant in San Diego that failed to meet federal clean-water standards. last_img read more

Belgium shock Brazil to set up France World Cup semi

first_imgBut three of Belgium’s so-called golden generation — Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard — ran riot in the first half in Kazan and the Red Devils showed impressive resilience to hold on in the second period in the face of incessant pressure.“These boys deserve to be heroes in Belgium,” said coach Roberto Martinez. “The execution of the tactics was magnificent.“It is special and we can’t let the people of Belgium down. We can pass that down the generations — beating Brazil.”Coming into the match, Martinez acknowledged the gulf in World Cup pedigree between his side, who have never been further than the semi-finals, and their illustrious rivals.But after a bright start from Tite’s team, it was Belgium who looked the more dangerous, scoring through a Fernandinho own goal in the 13th minute and increasing their lead with a superb De Bruyne strike just after the half-hour.Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne celebrates after scoring against Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals © AFP / EMMANUEL DUNANDTite threw on Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino for Willian at half-time and the famous yellow shirts poured forward in increasing desperation, only to find an impenetrable wall at the back.Substitute Renato Augusto gave Brazil hope with just under a quarter of an hour to go with a deft header into the bottom-right corner of the net.Neymar had a chance to equalise late in injury time but Thibaut Courtois produced a magnificent save to tip over the goalbound curling effort.Brazil have not lifted the World Cup since 2002 and will have to stand by and watch as a European side win it for the fourth time in a row.“It’s a heavy, bitter feeling. This was very hard for us to swallow,” said a downbeat Tite, who refused to be drawn on his future.– France ease through – Earlier, France became the first nation to book their place in the semi-finals, making an ominous statement of intent in easing past Uruguay 2-0.Raphael Varane’s header put France in the driving seat © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVUruguay were dealt a devastating blow before kick-off in Nizhny Novgorod when Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani was ruled out after failing to recover from the injury he picked up in the win against Portugal.Raphael Varane opened the scoring shortly before half-time from a set-piece, steering a header past a diving Fernando Muslera after Antoine Griezmann whipped the ball in.But France were indebted to Hugo Lloris for pulling off a stunning save at full stretch moments before the half-time whistle to deny Martin Caceres.Didier Deschamps’s team doubled their lead in the 61st minute when Muslera made a terrible error, failing to parry a speculative shot from Griezmann and watching in horror as it looped across his goalline.Deschamps said his side had “again raised our level” after the 4-3 win that ended Argentina’s campaign in the last 16.“I have a good team that still has plenty of room for improvement,” he said. “You can see our lack of experience sometimes, but we have so many qualities too.“We played well but it was not the perfect match. There are so many things that we can improve on.”– England fever –In England, World Cup fever is building as hopes rise that Gareth Southgate’s young team spearheaded by striker Harry Kene can beat Sweden in Samara on Saturday and reach the semi-finals for the first time for 28 years.England coach Gareth Southgate has urged his team to “keep making history” © AFP / Yuri CORTEZ“We’ve already had our first knockout win in 12 years, our first win in a penalty shootout in a World Cup for England, the highest number of goals scored in an individual game,” Southgate said.“We want to keep making that history,” he added. “We know that it’s not since 1990 we were in a World Cup semi-final. We’re hugely ambitious and want to do that, but we know there’s nothing in our mind other than tomorrow’s game.”England or Sweden will play the winner of Saturday’s other quarter-final, in which host nation Russia will aim to keep defying the odds when they play Luka Modric’s skilful Croatia side.Meanwhile, FIFA President Gianni Infantino told President Vladimir Putin that visitors to the World Cup had fallen “in love with Russia”, during a meeting Friday at the Kremlin.“Everyone who has been here for a period of time now has discovered a country that we didn’t know,” Infantino said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar sinks to his knees after Belgium defeated Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals © AFP / EMMANUEL DUNANDNizhny Novgorod, Russian Federation, Jul 5 – Neymar’s Brazil crashed out of the World Cup on Friday, failing to erase the pain of their humiliation on home soil four years ago as Belgium beat them 2-1 to set up a semi-final against France.The five-time champions came to Russia desperate to make amends for their stunning 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany in Belo Horizonte in 2014.last_img read more

JUDGE HANGS UP ON MOBILE USERS AFTER EIGHT INTERRUPTIONS

first_imgA Donegal judge was forced to issue a warning after his court was interrupted EIGHT times by mobile phones today.Judge Paul Kelly was forced to tell people to turn off their phones or leave the courtroom following the interruptions at Letterkenny District Court.People attending the courtroom had been warned at the start of the sitting to turn off their phones by the court clerk. One man eventually had his phone taken off him by Gardai.However the mood was lightened somewhat when another phone went off – and the offending owner turned out to be a Garda!AT HEARING © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyJUDGE HANGS UP ON MOBILE USERS AFTER EIGHT INTERRUPTIONS was last modified: November 17th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Judge Paul KellyLetterkenny District Courtmobile phoneslast_img read more

The Power of Connection

first_imgThe message to the women’s basketball team centered on communication and leadership, skills long valued in athletics.What made it unique for the Drake University players was the setting in which it was delivered.As they listened to Larry Zimpleman, the retired CEO of the Principal Financial Group, waves from the Adriatic Sea lapped the shore outside their waterfront restaurant in the city of Rimini on Italy’s eastern coast.Yes, they were a long way from their cozy, familiar campus, in a country none of them had ever visited, experiencing a culture that, until recently, they barely knew.And that was the whole idea…To read “The Power of Connection” in its entirety, click the link below or click ‘Read More’ on the graphic at the bottom of this page.Spark: Drake WBB Visits Italy  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

News in brief: Southampton denied by late penalty from Williams

first_imgFulham Under-18s drew 1-1 at Southampton on Wednesday afternoon after George Williams equalised with an 86th-minute penalty.Williams scored from the spot  after being fouled in the area. Sam Gallagher had put the Saints ahead four minutes earlier.Harlequins will face Clermont Auvergne in round five of the Heineken Cup at The Stoop on Saturday 11 January, kick-off 1.35pm.They will then travel to Parc Y Scarlets to play Scarlets on Sunday 19 January, kick-off 3pm.QPR Ladies beat Denham United 5-2 in the South East Combination League.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Brand South Africa views Statistics SA’s GDP results as a wake-up call

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 05 June 2019 –  Brand South Africa notes with concern the results released by Stats SA which indicate that South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) declined by 3.2% in the first quarter of 2019, the largest quarterly drop in GDP in a decade.According to the report, the main contributors to the decline are manufacturing (-8.8%), mining (-10.8%) and agriculture (-13.2%). “The decline is the biggest quarterly fall in economic activity since the first quarter of 2009, when the economy – under strain from the global financial crisis – tumbled by 6.1%,” said Stats SA in a statement.Economist have attributed it to load shedding, perceived weak economic policy and instability at state-owned enterprises.“Important for South Africa is the fact that increased trade tensions between major economies stand to have a negative impact on commodity exporters due to potential price volatility. While the South African GDP outlook has seen a downward revision, this happens in a global context, where the World Bank indicated earlier in the year that international trade and investment are moderating – and as such this is a challenge for many emerging markets, and South Africa is no exception. Additionally, the global economy and trading system is being challenged by trade tensions that remain elevated,” said Brand South Africa, General Manager for Research, Dr Petrus de Kock.“We are confident that under the 6th administration that we will expand the economy, in order to address our many societal problems which, find their roots in the scourge of unemployment, poverty and inequality. These results are a call to action for all stakeholders across all sectors to collaborate in finding sustainable solutions to grow our economy,” concluded Dr de Kock. Notes to the EditorAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to promote pride and patriotism among South Africans, to contribute to nation building and social cohesion.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is beneficial for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all. Join the conversation at: Join the conversation BrandSouthAfrica @Brand_SA For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Google to Cater Search Results Using Location

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Google’s blog post uses the above example. The same search text is entered into a phone’s browser in two different locations: Boston and San Francisco. A user in Boston would see “Museum of Science Boston”, whereas a user in San Francisco would see “Museums in San Francisco”. The blog has one instruction for users to ensure the new feature works properly:Make sure you have turned on “Save recent locations” and “Allow use of device location” under the Settings link on the google.com home page.I bet this feature could have saved me some trouble last time I was in Manhattan and searching for Chinatown and was told to go to the town of China. Luckily, I only made it a block or two before zooming out. mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google is trying to come just one step closer to answering any question you might have before you even ask it. This time around, the increasingly omniscient search engine will now cater its search suggestion list on Android-powered devices and iPhones according to your location. The search suggestion list is that set of terms that appears below the text entry field on Google, made famous by often listing the things we only think – or type into Google. Tags:#news#web last_img read more

Pretty Good House 2.0

first_imgYou may already know about the Pretty Good House concept, the result of a question that moderator Dan Kolbert asked back in 2011, partly as a joke, at the long-running building science discussion group at Performance Building Supply in Portland, Maine. Fed up with other building standards, from the wimpy and under-enforced building code to the nit-picky Passivhaus, Dan asked, essentially, what you should include in a house that does right for its inhabitants and the planet, but that does not go beyond reasonable environmental or financial payback. We developed a list, which I shared in a blog post on Green Building Advisor, and since then the idea has taken on a life of its own. (A list of GBA articles discussing the “pretty good house” concept can be found on the “Pretty Good House” category page.) A lot has changed since 2011, and — unfortunately, perhaps — the time has come to revisit the Pretty Good House, also known as PGH. Reducing embodied carbon in buildings — especially in Pretty Good Houses — was the topic at the last two building science discussion groups in Portland, then at one of the BS + Beer events I moderate in Liberty, Maine. (“BS” for Building Science, of course.) Right now is the worst time in the history of our species to dump a lot of carbon into the atmosphere, but that’s exactly the result of many construction practices. Even builders concerned with energy efficiency often front-load enormous amounts of carbon-intensive materials with the expectation of saving over the life of the building. But if we only have one or two decades to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change, what should we do instead? The following ideas are a summary of our discussions.RELATED ARTICLESCarbon Emissions By the Construction IndustryThe Pretty Good HouseThe Pretty Good House, Part 2Martin’s Pretty Good House ManifestoBuilding a Foam-Free House Like everything PGH, the 2.0/Low Carbon Edition is meant for thought, discussion, and action, not for check boxes, awards, or membership dues. As always, however, if you feel that you deserve a plaque, feel free to buy yourself one. Include these features In no particular order, a PGH 2.0/Low Carbon Home should: • Be as small as possible. Ideally with multi-family or multi-generational occupants. • Be PV-ready or include photovoltaic panels. PV-ready means designed, built, and sited in such a way that a reasonably sized photovoltaic array can handle all of the home’s energy needs on an annual basis. (PV panels pay their carbon debt in 2 to 4 years.) • Be simple and durable. Simple shapes are easier to air seal and insulate, perform better in harsh weather, and require fewer materials and less maintenance than more complicated buildings. If you need to bring in a structural engineer, your design might be too complicated. Invest in the parts that are hard to change later. • Use wood and wood-derived products as construction materials. Just make sure that the wood is sustainably harvested, locally if possible. Otherwise the trees are better left to remove CO2 through photosynthesis. The more materials are processed, in general, the higher their carbon footprint. • Use air-source heat pumps. Minisplits can be efficient to -15°F or below, affordable (especially for the sizes needed in a PGH), and relatively simple to install. For those who can’t stand the look of an appliance on the wall, there are slim-duct, ceiling cassette, and floor-mounted versions. But the wall-mounted units are the most efficient, so learn to love them. Heat-pump water heaters are a no-brainer for most homes. • Invest in the envelope. Insulation and air-sealing should be good enough that heating and cooling systems can be minimal, with indoor air quality and comfort levels that are very high. • Be affordable, healthy, responsible, and resilient. • KISS: Keep It Simple + Safe — easy to operate and understand. Use owner-proof systems to get around operator influence. • Consider traditional, non-flashy approaches: deciduous trees shading south and west walls; cooling via fans and natural convection instead of air conditioners; use biomass secondary water heating (i.e., let your wood stove heat your water); air-dry your clothes. • Be part of a sustainable community: have access to community solar, jobs, and services nearby that minimize driving and provide shared infrastructure costs, to name a few advantages. A one-hit wonder in the middle of the woods often comes with a bigger carbon footprint than a community-based home. Minimize or avoid these features A PGH 2.0/Low Carbon Home should minimize or avoid: • Concrete, which contributes 10% of man-made global warming emissions, partly through fuel to heat and move minerals, but 60% from release of carbon dioxide (CO2) from limestone (CaCO3) to get calcium oxide (CaO) for Portland cement. One concrete-reducing technology that is gaining ground is the use of helical metal piers, which are screwed into the soil to support decks, houses, and more. Some engineers and builders have doubts, but with many thousands of installations, they have a proven track record. • Foam, especially HFC (hydrofluorocarbon)-blown closed-cell spray foam and XPS (extruded polystyrene) rigid insulation. When building a new house, there should be no need to use foam above grade. (For more information on this topic, see “Building a Foam-Free House.”) • Combustion appliances, especially those that burn fossil fuels. You can have a wood stove in a PGH, but make sure it’s EPA-certified and includes dedicated makeup air. • Unhealthy materials. Worth considering Some bigger ideas to consider: Straw bale construction. Although straw bale construction is dismissed by many as low-tech, low-R, and prone to moisture damage, experienced straw bale builders have developed effective ways to use this carbon-sequestering approach to building. Phenolic rigid foam. Zero greenhouse-gas emissions, extremely high R-value — what’s not to love? The fact that it’s impossible to get. Mycelium insulation. (Cue “fungus among us” jokes.) But seriously — it sequesters carbon and traps air, so why not use it to insulate homes? “Smart” materials. Variable-permeance membranes have made many of us more confident about simple but theoretically risky assemblies like double stud walls and building without foam. Glazing has come a long way in the last 10-20 years, but we could benefit from more glazing and other materials that respond passively to changes in conditions. Offsite fabrication. There is a lot of carbon burned getting workers and materials to job sites, and a lot of efficiency and quality control possible in a factory setting. Prescriptive guidelines The original PGH had simple rules for insulation and airtightness, borrowed from Dr. Joe Lstiburek of Building Science Corporation as his recommendations for efficient homes in a cold climate. For PGH 2.0, we need to update the rules a bit to account for easy access to better windows and a better understanding of embodied carbon. In a cold climate, DOE climate zone 5 or 6, use: R-5 to R-8 windows (U-0.20 to U-0.13); the higher the glazing-to-wall-area ratio, the more important it is for the windows to have a low U-factor. Even the best windows make lousy walls, so don’t over-glaze. R-10 sub-slab insulation (either EPS — that is, expanded polystyrene — or mineral wool or recycled XPS). R-20 foundation wall, frost wall or slab perimeter insulation (or build on piers). R-40 above-grade walls. R-60 roof. The wall and roof values should be lower if you’re using foam, due to its long carbon payback, but in a PGH 2.0 there is no reason to use foam above grade. Airtightness: 1.0 ACH50 (air changes per hour at ±50 Pascals pressure) is the maximum air leakage target many of us are using, but others say 1.5 or 2.0 ACH50 is tight enough. Definitely stay well below code-minimum requirement of 3.0 ACH50. Going tighter than 1.0 ACH50 gets you cool-kid points but may not add significantly to your home’s performance. Performance-based approach (optional) Use energy modeling to optimize designs, especially for fine-tuning window performance values. (BeOpt is a good, simple, free program for this.) Should there be a standard PGH energy-use target, such as xx% better than code-minimum, xx% of Passive House levels, xx Btu/ft² or xx BTU/occupant? Additional thoughts Our generation is the only one who can fix the climate change problem. We can’t opt out; this is our only chance. Aim for the biggest targets; don’t get lost in the weeds. If you’re a designer or builder, sell the comfort aspect of a PGH; many clients do not understand or want to hear about technical details or climate change. We need a carrot-and-stick approach: improve building codes and enforce them. We need affordable and effective PGH 2.0 retrofits. Read the Project Drawdown website or book for 100 more ways to reach carbon-neutral emissions. Read Bruce King’s The New Carbon Architecture to learn more about reducing embodied carbon in buildings. What would you include (or avoid) in a Pretty Good House 2.0/Low Carbon Home?   Michael Maines designs Pretty Good (and better) homes and renovations throughout New England, and also builds them in central- and midcoast-Maine. He writes the “Building Matters” column for Fine Homebuilding magazine, and the “Building Science 101” column for Green and Healthy Maine Homes. Email him through michaelmaines.com to join the BS + Beer discussion group mailing list, or join facebook.com/groups/BSandBeer. To join the mailing list for the Portland discussion group, send an email to info@performancebuildingsupply.com.last_img read more