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Undercurrents of Conflict in Energy Efficiency Goals

first_imgIt’s one thing to design, build, and market energy-efficient houses, but for some in the industry, it’s another matter entirely to endorse development of a national model building code that would surpass requirements of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE Standard 90.1, and also establish goals of zero-net-energy performance for new residential and commercial buildings by 2030.The development of such a code is among the key provisions of the Energy Saving and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011, cosponsored by Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire, and Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio. As noted in a recent Bloomberg.com post, the bill sets targets for energy efficiency, after weighing costs and benefits, and authorizes as much as $100 million a year from 2012 to 2015 for technical assistance from the Department of Energy and incentive funding to states that adopt the provisions. The net-zero-energy goals, meanwhile, are just that – goals, not requirements.A preference for market forces over code regulationOn the face of it, the bill might not seem particularly onerous. What’s the harm in goals? And of course, to some materials suppliers, the bill sounds pretty great. The Dow Chemical Company, whose insulation products were used in a NZE showcase home in Midland, Michigan, understandably supports it. But the legislation also is opposed by key industry players, including the National Association of Home Builders, because the NZE goal – while only an “aspiration,” as Portman put it – would pressure code writers to increase energy efficiency requirements and, therefore, increase construction costs at time when the housing sector is struggling.“It creates a goal that is not economically feasible without subsidies,” C. R. Herro, vice president for environmental affairs at Meritage Homes, told Bloomberg. Tony Crasi, a builder and NAHB member based in Akron, Ohio, said during a Senate committee hearing on the bill that recouping the extra $40,000 it would take to meet NZE performance standards in a home would take 50 years. The goal is similarly unrealistic for commercial construction, John Bryant, senior director of federal affairs for Herndon, Virginia-based Naiop, told Bloomberg.NZE gets a lot of attention. Will it eventually attract a lot of buyers?To the extent the NZE goal remains a goal and doesn’t become a requirement, it’s hard to predict whether NZE performance will eventually become the norm or not. But there’s ample evidence the market is at least pushing things in that direction, especially since builders like KB Home, Pulte, and Meritage have been ramping up their marketing to appeal to prospective buyers interested in environmentally friendly construction, particularly if it focuses on reducing the operating costs of the home.In a recent Arizona Republic story, Meritage touted its first NZE home, and the NZE home in Midlands, Michigan, built by Cobblestone Homes in partnership with Dow and others, attracted a visit by Governor Rick Synder, who praised the project. “This is great news for the state,” Snyder said at a private event hosted by Dow. “This house is exciting because of its energy efficiency — something that is world-class. And for it to be in the Midland-area means that this area is going to be an example and have its voice heard in further developing this technology.”The 1,556-sq.-ft. three-bedroom Midlands house, called InVision Zero Home, is listed at $250,000.last_img read more

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I am being hunted down by media in UK, says Mallya

first_imgNew Delhi/London, Mar 13 (PTI) As a controversy rages on over Vijay Mallya leaving the country despite huge unpaid loans by his group, the beleaguered businessman today said he was being “hunted down by media in UK” but they did not look in the “obvious place”. A miffed Mallya, who is reportedly in the UK and has been only tweeting for the past couple of days, did not disclose his exact location. “I am being hunted down by media in UK. Sadly they did not look in the obvious place. I will not speak to media so dont waste your efforts,” he said in a tweet. Mallya, who is said to have left India for London on March 2, is facing legal proceedings for recovery of over Rs 9,000 crore, including interest, from his group companies. Besides a few personal tweets, Mallya has also been re-tweeting various news reports including those about the problems in the aviation sector and about his sport and beverage ventures. He also retweeted a tweet by his son Siddharth Mallya, who had said, “People dont understand that I have nothing to do with it!” in reply to a message whether he was fed up with the Twitter backlash. Earlier on March 11, the UB Group chief had released a series of tweets saying he was not an “absconder” and keeps making frequent visits to and from India as an international businessman. The 60-year-old liquor baron left the country days before banks approached the courts to seek orders restraining him from going abroad.advertisementOpposition leaders including Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi have raised questions about how he was allowed to leave the country.The government told the Supreme Court that Mallya had left India on March 2 following which the bench issued notice to him and sought his response within two weeks on pleas filed by a consortium of banks seeking direction for freezing his passport and his presence before the apex court. Hundreds of unpaid employees of the defunct Kingfisher Airlines, which was promoted by Mallya, have meanwhile written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention in the recovery of their dues which was estimated to be around Rs 300 crore. However, in a move which will provide some relief to the former Kingfisher employees, the tax department has asked its officials not to demand taxes if the TDS has been deducted and not deposited in the governments account by the deductor.The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in an office memorandum has “re-emphasized that the assessing officers shall not enforce demands created on account of mismatch of credit due to non-payment of TDS amount to the credit of the Government by the deductor”. PTI NKD CS BJlast_img read more

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Mashrafe Mortaza ‘worried’ about ankle injury ahead of England series

first_imgBangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza who suffered a bad fall while bowling against Afghanistan in the third and final One-Day International (ODI), hopes his injury is not serious.But he is “a bit worried” about whether he can be fit in time for the England series, beginning on October 7, reports bdnews24.com.The pacer dismissed Afghan opener Mohammad Shahzad with the first ball of his second over at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Bangladesh won the match by 14 runs.But in the next ball, his front foot got tangled with the rear one on his delivery stride and he painfully landed on his ankle.His team-mates rushed to attend to their captain but Mashrafe got treated on the field and finished his over. He then went off the field for an over and returned to bowl with a shorter run-up.Mashrafe, who turns 33 on Wednesday, limped his way in and out of the post-match press conference.”I was kind of having a feeling about the injury since this morning — anyways, there is a slight swelling. I hope the pain will go away,” Mashrafe said on Saturday.But with the England ODIs just a few days away, he will not get much time to tend to his sore ankle.”I’ve hurt this ankle before as well. That is why I am a bit uneasy. It might have been okay if I had 10 days. But we have five or six days to go before the England series. So I am a bit worried. Let’s see, I hope there won’t be any problem.”advertisementMashrafe’s career has been plagued with injuries but he has not picked up any major injury since becoming the captain almost two years ago.last_img read more

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Nelson showing Arsenal his world-class potential

first_imgSix Bundesliga goals in just seven appearances: it’s the kind of form that you’d expect to see from a seasoned professional or top striker playing for Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.Instead, it’s the 18-year-old who couldn’t get a game at Arsenal who is tearing up one of Europe’s most competitive leagues with Hoffenheim.Yes, Reiss Nelson is the other revelation of the Bundesliga season so far! Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Jadon Sancho may be the name on every England fan’s lips right now, after his impressive international debut on Thursday night, but his compatriot and good friend Nelson is matching the Borussia Dortmund winger’s sensational start to life in Germany.Indeed, Nelson’s form has seen him voted ‘Rookie of the Month’ and prompted calls from Arsenal supporters to cut short his season-long loan spell at Hoffenheim and bring him back to the Emirates, particularly now that Danny Welbeck is set to miss the rest of the season with a broken ankle.“At the moment, we don’t speak about that,” Gunners head coach Unai Emery has said. “But we are very happy with Reiss at the moment. We follow him in every match. We are thinking how he can help us in the future.”Reiss Nelson Hoffenheim Arsenal PSStill, those calls to see Nelson playing for Arsenal again before the end of the season are understandable when you look at the impact he’s making for Hoffenheim. His total game contribution still has major room for improvement but there can be no argument that his goals and creativity are hugely important to Julian Nagelsmann’s side.The Gunners are pleased with Nelson’s progress and there is genuine believe that he can go on to become a first-team regular next season. Head of football Raul Sanllehi persuaded Nelson to sign a contract extension before he left on loan this summer and it’s a decision which is proving to be an absolute masterstroke. However, those wanting to bring him back early should consider why he has been sent on loan in the first place: to play regular top-flight level, develop and mature as a player and show that he can adapt by going out of his comfort zone. So far so good on all of those fronts, so why risk stunting his growth now?Tellingly, Nelson has also played down suggestions that he could return to north London in January by hinting that he wants to stay at Hoffenheim so that he can continue to grow, thus putting himself in a better position to challenge for a starting berth at Arsenal in 2019-20.Reiss Nelson Hoffenheim Arsenal PS“Arsenal are my boyhood club,” Nelson told the BBC. “I’ve been with them since I was eight, so that’s 10 years.  “I just want to go back there stronger because, at the time I was at Arsenal, I was 16, 17 and I didn’t feel confident.  “I didn’t think I was a man, but now I’m feeling stronger and I think a couple more months or even a year in Hoffenheim will make me stronger and give me the belief and confidence to go back to Arsenal and do very well there.  “I want to be an Arsenal legend.”Despite all of the hype surrounding his fine form at Hoffenheim, Nelson says he “needs to keep his feet on the ground and keep positive”, hinting at the kind of maturity required to excel at the highest level.Furthermore, Nelson’s recent brace against Nurnberg showed that he is unfazed by the big occasion and possesses the confidence to become a world-class player.Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger once said that Nelson had skills that not many other players have and tipped him as a future star of the Premier League.He’s already becoming one in the Bundesliga. If he continues on his current path, it’ll only be a matter of time before he becomes one of the Premier League’s leading lights too. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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IPL 2019 schedule for 17 matches out, CSK to take on RCB on March 23

first_imgThe Indian Premier League (IPL) released the schedule of the first 17 matches on Tuesday but they will still be subject to change. A final confirmation will be made once the dates for the general elections are announced.In a media release on their website, IPL released the dates of the matches to be played in the first two weeks from March 23.MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli are set to face each other in the opener as defending champions Chennai Super Kings will host Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai. Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians open their campaign against Delhi Capitals on Sunday, March 24 hours after a potential blockbuster between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Kolkata.”These are still subject to the announcement of the Lok Sabha 2019 election dates. Once these have been released BCCI will address any issues with the first two weeks and will also prepare a schedule for the remainder of the season working with the local authorities around the polling dates.”This is still subject to the announcement of Lok Sabha 2019 election dates. Once the election dates are released we will address any issues with the first two weeks and also prepare a schedule for the remainder of the season working with the local authorities around the polling dates.”A total of 17 matches will be played during this 2 weeks period across the 8 home venues of the respective franchises. All teams will play a minimum of 4 matches with DC and RCB playing 5 matches. Every team will play a minimum of 2 home and 2 away matches with DC playing 3 home matches, while RCB will play 3 away matches.”advertisementThe first two weekends will be double headers. However, the BCCI is yet to confirm the timings despite having mentioned afternoon and evening in the iternary.Full schedule of IPL 2019 (1st 17 matches)Saturday, March 23 Evening: Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in ChennaiSunday, March 24Afternoon: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in KolkataEvening: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals in MumbaiMonday, March 25Evening: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab in JaipurTuesday, March 26Evening: Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings in DelhiWednesday, March 27Evening: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab in KolkataThursday, March 28Evening: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians in BengaluruFriday, March 29Evening: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals in HyderabadSaturday, March 30Afternoon: Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians in MohaliEvening: Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders in DelhiSunday, March 31Afternoon: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in HyderabadEvening: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals in ChennaiMonday, April 1Evening: Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Capitals in MohaliTuesday, April 2 Evening: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in JaipurWednesday, April 3Evening: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings in MumbaiThursday, April 4 Evening: Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in DelhiFriday, April 5Evening: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders in BengaluruAlso Read | MS Dhoni plays charity football match ahead of India vs Australia seriesAlso Read | India, England standout contenders for 2019 World Cup: Herschelle GibbsAlso Read | India should not play Pakistan in 2019 Cricket World Cup: Harbhajan SinghAlso See:last_img read more

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Messi invites call from Beckham’s Miami team

first_imgLionel Messi Messi invites call from Beckham’s new Miami MLS franchise Chris Burton 22:25 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Primera División MLS The Barcelona superstar is not planning to depart Camp Nou any time soon but has opened himself up to a possible move to the U.S. at some stage Lionel Messi has invited a call from David Beckham’s new Miami MLS franchise, but plans to remain at Barcelona for “a few years” yet.Manchester United and Real Madrid legend Beckham announced Monday that his new expansion team is finally ready to be launched.The plan is for his franchise to make its Major League Soccer bow in 2020, with a soccer-specific stadium scheduled to be opened the following year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Beckham has expressed a desire to bring star names to Miami, with a number of “top players” having already contacted him regarding a possible switch.Messi could join the project at some stage, with the mercurial Argentine among those to have congratulated the team behind a Florida-based venture.In a message posted on social media, the 30-year-old forward said: “First of all congratulations.“I wanted to wish you all the best in this new project, this new role for you. “Who knows, maybe in a few years you can give me a ring.”Leo Messi felicitó a David Beckham por su nueva franquicia en la MLS y ¿se viene un llamado de emergencia baby desde Estados Unidos? pic.twitter.com/xz0H5fZgsf— Pasión Fútbol (@PasionFutbolFC) January 30, 2018Any deal for Messi remains some way off for now, with his current contract at Barcelona set to keep him at Camp Nou until at least 2021.That agreement includes a £626 million release clause, with those in Catalunya eager to ensure that a prized asset does not head the same way as Neymar did in the summer of 2017 – when Paris Saint-Germain stumped up €222m to secure his signature.Beckham, though, is likely to remain an interested observer of Messi’s situation.He could end up forming part of a star-studded regime in Miami further down the line, with Hollywood actor Will Smith having already offered his assistance behind the scenes and eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt suggesting that he could fill a striking berth on the field.last_img read more

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NYK Completes 1st Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships Trial

first_imgJapanese shipping company NYK has conducted the world’s first maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS) trial, making a big step toward realizing its target of manned autonomous ships for safer operations and reducing crew workload.As informed, Iris Leader, an NYK-operated pure car truck carrier (PCTC), was navigated day and night using the Sherpa System for Real ship (SSR) navigation system.The first part of the trial was conducted during the ship’s voyage from Xinsha, China, to the port of Nagoya, Japan, from September 14 to 17, 2019, and the second from the port of Nagoya to the port of Yokohama, Japan, from September 19 to 20. The vessel’s crew performed typical duties during the navigations, which included Japan’s coastal area but excluded bays.During the trial which was carried out in line with the IMO guidelines for MASS trials, the SSR’s performance in actual sea conditions was monitored as the system collected information on environmental conditions around the ship from existing navigational devices, calculated collision risk, determined optimal routes and speeds, and then automatically navigated the ship.“Using data and experience gained through this trial but not obtainable through onshore simulators, NYK was able to ensure the feasibility of the SSR and its benefit for safe and optimal operations,” the company explained.Video Courtesy: NYKNYK now plans to analyze the data and continue to develop the SSR into a more advanced navigation-support system by making adjustments to the difference between the optimal course derived by the program and that determined by professional human judgment.The SSR verified by this trial would also be applied to future coastal ships, which currently face serious crew shortages, according to the company.Read more:NYK Develops Software that Helps with Ship BerthingOne Sea Autonomous Shipping Alliance Welcomes Three New Memberslast_img read more

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MCG floats tenders for multilevel parking sites

first_imgGurugram: To decongest Old Gurugram, a challenge that has been plaguing commuters for long, The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has floated tenders to finalise concessionaires for installing and operating automated parking systems at the proposed mixed-use, multi-level parking facilities in Sadar Bazar and Kaman Sarai.On average, 28,000 cars are registered and added to Gurgaon roads per annum. The number of two-wheelers stands at 22,000, an MCG official said. Additionally, according to the NHAI, city’s arterial road, the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway is accessed by 4.5 lakh vehicles every day. However, the city currently has only one multi-level parking facility near the HUDA City Centre, which was opened in May. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderA parking space for approximately 1,000 four-wheelers and 200 two-wheelers is estimated to have been reserved at the Sadar Bazar multi-level parking, while in Kaman Sarai, space for accommodating 2,000 four-wheelers and 400 two-wheelers has been reserved, said, officials. MCG is looking for concessionaires who have experience in making, installing and operating stack parking facility, said an MCG official privy to the development. Stack parking is essentially a mechanical technique used for parking vehicles one above the other using hydraulic platforms to ensure maximum utilisation of space Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAs per the tender documents, a copy of which is with Hindustan Times, the Kaman Sarai multi-level stack parking will cost Rs 22.32 crore, while the Sadar Bazar facility will cost Rs 10.93 crore. Each of these facilities must be built in 27 months. The estimated cost for constructing the buildings, barring the parking system, is Rs78.26 crore for Kaman Sarai and Rs 33.56 crore for Sadar Bazar MCG officials had floated e-tenders on June 15 for finalising contractors who could construct the multi-level parking facilities for each of the two locations. On July 4, the process ended and concessionaires for each of the facility were subsequently finalised. In the past, MCG has come up with schemes of free parking inside the basement of the malls to using vacant areas as parking spots. Yet, the schemes have not proved to be successful in resolving the parking woes.last_img read more

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Sajjan trumpets Canadas increased role on the geopolitical stage

first_imgHALIFAX – Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan opened a security conference on Friday by saying Canada is embracing a more muscular approach to international security, touting a new peacekeeping strategy and increased military spending as signs of an “increased role.”Sajjan told the Halifax International Security Forum on Friday that Canada has shown initiative in a host of international conflicts, while maintaining its multilateral approach to foreign policy.“For Canada, the development of this policy served as a tangible example of how the sharing of ideas and perspectives can translate into policy that responds to the challenges of our modern world,” Sajjan said. “We recognize that these engagements is vital not only to our own domestic security, but to global security.”Sajjan trumpeted several Canadian peacekeeping commitments unveiled during this week’s United Nations peacekeeping summit in Vancouver. They included offering soldiers, equipment and a feminist perspective on peace missions. The federal government has also promised to increase military spending by $62 billion over the next two decades.Appearing on a panel with Sajjan, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Canada’s revitalized defence efforts, despite estimates suggesting its military spending still falls short of the alliance’s target of two per cent of GDP.During last year’s presidential election campaign, U.S. President Donald Trump chided NATO member countries for not pulling their weight.Stoltenberg told the conference that Trump has changed his tune since the campaign. Stoltenberg said he does not have any doubts about the American commitment to the alliance.He said both Canada and the US have increased their military presence in Europe recently, showing that NATO remains strong.“Actions speak louder than words,” Stoltenberg said. “Having Canada and United States back in Europe is not a sign of fracturing. It’s not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength and a strong transatlantic bond.”Stoltenberg praised Canada for sending hundreds of soldiers to Latvia to lead a NATO battle group there.Sajjan cited Canada’s “unwavering” commitment to Ukraine as further evidence of its emerging leadership role, as well as its recent efforts to help contain the Islamic State group in Iraq.Sajjan told reporters that Canada will deal with threats posed by the Islamic State, whether they come from afar or closer to home.He said the military and other security agencies are taking measures to ensure that Canadians who fight with the Islamic State pose no threat if they return to Canada, while abiding by international law.He said returnees are being monitored to ensure they are not a threat.“We will make sure that we put every type of resource into place so that Canadians are well protected,” Sajjan said as the three-day conference began Friday. “Our main priority is making sure that they don’t become a threat to Canada.”Representatives from more than 70 countries are attending the three-day forum in Halifax, which bills itself as an annual gathering of democratic leaders committed to global security and prosperity.Topics on the agenda include the role of women in peacemaking, Russian relations, nuclear weapons and climate change.last_img read more

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Finish the job NDP urges Liberals to expunge cannabis records before election

first_imgOTTAWA — The NDP justice critic is urging the Liberal government to help him improve a bill to help Canadians carrying burdensome cannabis records and ensure the legislation passes before the fall election.Murray Rankin put forward a private member’s bill last year to expunge cannabis records, to ensure past records for simple possession are wiped outright.He says the Trudeau government’s current approach to suspend records rather than expunge them is far from enough to help an estimated 500,000 Canadians carrying past offences.Earlier this month, the federal government introduced legislation designed to provide no-cost, expedited record suspensions, formerly referred to as pardons, for simple cannabis possession.Rankin says he has spoken with Liberals and Conservatives who have shown an interest in allowing for expungments, noting U.S. jurisdictions where cannabis is legal are also moving forward with this approach.A spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government welcomes “constructive ideas” from any MP to improve legislation and will consider proposals during the normal parliamentary process.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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