LEICESTER CITY VS MAN UNITED

first_imgLEICESTER (4-4-2)SCHMEICHEL, SIMPSON, MORGAN, HUTH, FUCHS,MAHREZ, DRINKWATER, KANTE, ALBRIGHTON,ULLOA, VARDYMAN UNITED (4-2-3-1)ROONEY, LINGARD, HERRERA, MATA,SCHWEINSTEIGER, SCHNEIDERLIN,BLIND, SMALLING, JONES, YOUNG, DE GEAJamie Vardy is on the threshold of history at the King Power Stadium. The Leicester City striker has scored in 10 successive games in the Barclays Premier League, equalling the record set by Ruud van Nistelrooy, of Manchester United, 12 years ago.In total, Vardy has scored 13 goals, but the 12 he has netted in the last 10 games have, interestingly, all been scored from within the opposition’s penalty area. And nine of those 12 have come in the second half of games.Games involving Leicester this season have produced no fewer than 48 goals – that is an average of almost 3.7 goals per game and the most of any team in the Premier League.The Foxes have also scored in 14 successive Premier League games, including all 13 this season. However, they have also conceded 11 goals at the King Power Stadium; only West Bromwich Albion (13) and Newcastle (12) have let in more at home.Manchester United, though, went 641 minutes without conceding a goal in all competitions before Troy Deeney netted for Watford from the penalty spot late in their 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.Louis van Gaal’s men have lost just one of their last nine league games. And their record at Leicester in the Premier League is impressive; they lost 5-3 there last season but that defeat ended a run of five straight wins.last_img read more

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PVL: Bali Pure strengthens semis bid, downs Adamson

first_imgMOST READ Bali Pure were on a two-game skid before facing Adamson and head coach Roger Gorayeb said they had to steady their record if they ever hope of entering the title race.“We can’t do anything about my players’ schedule because my team’s core is composed of students and now that their schools have resumed classes my players are far too exhausted compared to when they were playing in summer,” said Gorayeb.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Some of them would train twice for their school teams, so we really can’t execute drills when we train for Bali Pure.”Jerrili Malabanan led Bali Pure with 16 points while Grethcel Soltones and Risa Sato added 14 and 10 points, respectively. View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBali Pure remained in contention for the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference after taking down Adamson in four sets, 25-18, 25-23, 19-25, 25-20, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Water Defenders improved to 3-3 to tie BanKo Perlas at fourth place while Lady Falcons are at a lowly 1-5 and have been eliminated from playoff contention.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendcenter_img Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Neymar PSG switch doubts grow at Barcelona Jema Galanza had a game-high 18 points to lead the Lady Falcons.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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The Opposition Leader is correct

first_imgDear Editor,The reaction of the Coalition to the advice of US Ambassador Perry Holloway is markedly indicative that we will stand to lose our dreams of becoming a wealthy nation, given our vast oil discoveries. This began with the signing of the lop-sided Exxon PSA. The advisory was simply meant to salvage the situation, since the Ambassador, being equipped with a wealth of experience, fully understands the ensuing corruption and the debilitating nature of the oil curse. Therefore he advised that the Sovereign Wealth Fund be ‘independent, nonpartisan, transparent, and inviolable’.He also warned that a ‘rainy day fund’ was not enough to secure the country’s future transformation. He further advised that such a Fund would realize investments in education, health, infrastructure, agriculture and security.What is wrong with these suggestions? Has he inadvertently struck at the true intentions of the Government: to misuse the Fund? Was it a guilt reaction?It is now common knowledge that each and every ministry within this Government is marred by corrupt practices, such as cronyism, political patronage, mismanagement, squandermania, and downright diversion of funds. The US$18 million signing bonus is still fresh in our minds, and if it were not for Christopher Ram and the Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, this would have found its way into the accounts of some politicians. (The unrelenting resultant exposure by the media must be commended as well.)The Ambassador has pointed out some salient characteristics of such a Fund, and Guyanese should ensure that those criteria are stringently met.Furthermore, the Opposition Leader is quite correct in his conclusion that the Coalition’s response to the Ambassador’s advice can be described as ‘petulant ramblings, and that the Government is ‘too thin-skinned’. He then went on to describe an innate characteristic of disregarding the voice of the people, which has been arrogantly displayed almost on a daily basis on various issues, but as been more pronounced in regard to the Exxon PSA. He said the Coalition “continues to be impervious to suggestions, a disposition that does not bode well for the nation”. We have seen many examples of this since the Coalition took office.The Opposition Leader also went at length to stress that a Sovereign Wealth Fund “is quintessential to the future prosperity of our Nation’. An apt illustration is Equatorial Guinea, where Exxon has been pumping millions of dollars into the private bank accounts of selected members of the Government.That country is the richest in Africa, yet a little less than half the population has access to drinking water; 20% of children die before attaining the age of 5 years; and most people live on a meagre US$2 per day. In contrast, members of the Government live extravagantly lavish lifestyles!Therefore, the squandering of our oil money is not an impossible feat, when we consider that, just a few months after getting into Government, the ministers paid themselves a shamelessly hefty 50% increase in salary.Why the importance of independence of the SWF? The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute developed a transparency index called the Linaburg-Maduell Transparency Index, which is made up of 10 basic principles equivalent to 10 points on the Index. It deals with reason for the Fund’s creation, the need for up-to-date, independently audited reports, and guidelines for ethical standards, investment policies, and enforcer guidelines, among other things.The Institute recommends that a country gets a minimum rating of 8 points in order to claim adequate transparency. Our neighbor, Trinidad and Tobago, has a fund of US$5.5 billion and is ranked 8th on the Index, while Equatorial Guinea has a Fund of just US$80 million and has no ranking on the Index. This tells a sad story for a country which established a SWF but lacks the minimum essential points on the Transparency Index. On the other hand, Norway ranks 10th on the Transparency Index. Therefore, though this Government is ranting about the establishment of an SWF, it must be done as advised by the US Ambassador and the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, to ensure that Guyana gets a minimum ranking of 8th on the Index. It is imperative that the Opposition be consulted on the establishment of this Fund, or else this nation loses!We have been denied the right to a renegotiation of the Exxon Contract, and it seems that we will be losing whatever benefits we should have accrued from our oil revenue, given this Government’s revulsion for transparency and accountability.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region 6last_img read more

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Work begins on east-side retail center

first_imgAt 522,760 square feet of retail space, the Palmdale Gateway is being touted as the east side’s largest retail center. The two largest tenants will be the Target store, at 172,815 square feet, and the 107,000-square-foot Home Depot. “It’s welcomed,” said Don Hoperich, an east-side resident. “We’ve always had at least an eight-mile drive to the mall. This is so convenient.” Hopkins said he could not identify any other tenants, citing ongoing negotiations. He did say the second phase would include a restaurant and two fairly large retail stores. At build-out, the center is expected to employ more than 1,000. In addition to the Hopkins project, three others are proposed for the Avenue R intersection: a center anchored by a Rite Aid drug store on the southeast corner; a Vallarta supermarket on the northeast corner; and a small center with a Tom’s hamburger restaurant on the southwest corner. Along the 47th Street corridor at Avenue S, a shopping center is under construction that will add more than 63,000 square feet of retail and office space when complete. That project will include a Chili’s restaurant, a Starbucks and a Subway sandwich shop. Mayor Jim Ledford said the retail development focus will be on the city’s east side as developers realize there is growing demand. “This will go a long way in meeting that demand,” Ledford said. “More’s coming.” james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – SuperTarget, PetSmart and Staples will be among the stores in the first phase of what will be the east side’s largest shopping center. These first stores at Palmdale Gateway are slated to be completed by Oct.14. A second phase, which will include a Home Depot, will be finished in spring 2008, Brian Hopkins, vice president and director of development for Hopkins Real Estate Group, said at Wednesday morning’s groundbreaking ceremony. The project is one of several that, if realized, would turn 47th Street East into a major retail corridor much in the same manner as 10th Street West is on Palmdale’s west side. “The whole 47th Street corridor is really popping,” Hopkins said. “Now there’s enough people to support retail on the east side of town.” last_img read more

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Talent runs in family

first_imgAndrew, 22, has been playing the cello since he was a fifth-grader at Viewpoint School in Calabasas. And at 16, he played Hayden’s “First Cello Concerto” with the New West Symphony. In May 2006, he graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with the Hugo Kortschak Award for Excellence in Chamber Music, and this fall the Escher quartet will begin a three-year residency at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. “I’m stunned,” Lawrence Janss said about his son’s accomplishments as a cellist. “I’m popping buttons off my shirt every day, I’m so puffed up about him. I’m not musical at all, but I like to think I had some influence on (Andrew’s) venturing into the world of art.” Andrew Janss formed the Escher String Quartet with other students from the Manhattan School of Music, including violinists Adam Barnett-Hart and Wu Jie and violist Pierre Laponte. Although he expects to live in New York for the next decade, he misses California and is looking forward to his performance in Ventura next month. THOUSAND OAKS The Janss family is known in Southern California for developing Westwood, Thousand Oaks and parts of the San Fernando Valley. Now, add art to the family resume. Photographs by Lawrence Janss of Thousand Oaks were used to develop “Yosemite: Journey of Light,” a fusion of his photography and the music of Robert Kyr that was performed by the New West Symphony in Brentwood, Oxnard and Thousand Oaks in April. And Janss’ son, Andrew, is slated to perform Thursday as a cellist with the Escher String Quartet in the Ventura Music Festival. “It’s my first coming back as a professional,” he said. “I don’t get to come back to California nearly as much as I would like. There is a solid-core classical music audience in Ventura County,” he said. “There are people who supported me when I was coming up and there are expectations I don’t want to disappoint.” Andrew’s great-great-grandfather, Peter Janss, was a doctor who came from Denmark to the United States in the 1800s and started the family’s real-estate business. His sons, Edwin and Harold, bought 10,000 acres in the Conejo Valley and developed 3,000 acres in Westwood, donating to the state the land to build UCLA. Edwin Janss Jr. headed the development of Thousand Oaks on the family ranch land that covered much of what is downtown Thousand Oaks today, including The Oaks shopping center and the Janss Marketplace. One of the city’s main streets, Janss Road, is named after the family. Edwin Janss Jr. also built a reputation as an underwater photographer and a collector of works by young artists before they had received widespread public recognition. Lawrence Janss, 57, studied photography with Ansel Adams, whose photographs he also collected, and in 1998 produced his own photographic interpretation of Ferde Grofe’s “Grand Canyon Suite,” which was premiered by the New West Symphony. He recently exhibited his photos of Yosemite in a fusion of still and motion pictures with the music in “Yosemite: Journey of Light.” Lawrence Janss was also instrumental in saving the historic Moorpark Theater on High Street, which he bought in 2001 and renovated before selling it to the city of Moorpark in 2004. eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602 If you go The Escher String Quartet will perform in the Ventura Music Festival Rising Stars Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 1385 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. Tickets are $15 to $25. For more information, call (805) 648-3146 or go to www.venturamusicfestival.org. 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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A Farmer’s Thanksgiving Prayer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The harvest is finally doneThe bins are packed fullSame can’t be said for my walletAfter this year that’s for sure But the bills are all paidAnd the equipment is cleanIt’s getting hard to stay awakeBut I’m still just living the dream It may not be worth itTo fight the bad luck and weatherBut those things don’t matter muchWhen the family is back together After living in the fieldThrough the harvest and the choresThere’s no better place to beThan through that front door I do have quite a lotConsidering how I make a livingMy prayers have all been answeredBut I’ll save one for Thanksgiving Dear Lord God in HeavenNot sure exactly what I didFor a hard working, loving wifeAnd this house full of kids Please don’t think for a secondThat I have what I deserveJust know that I am thankfulAnd it’s You that I’ll continue to serve Amenlast_img read more

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Amazon Announces Mobile Payments Service

first_imgToday, Amazon launched a new service which brings the company’s payment processing tools to mobile devices. Called the “Amazon Mobile Payments Service,” the technology includes a set of APIs (application programming interfaces) for mobile developers which will allow them to provide payment options to their customers within mobile websites and mobile applications. The new service also allows for integration of Amazon’s “1-Click” checkout, the feature that lets customers make purchases using their credit card information stored within their Amazon.com accounts. For Customers: Mobile Shopping Made EasyCustomers using the new Mobile Payments Service (MPS) will first sign-in using an Amazon MPS-enabled phone or mobile application. After this initial authentication process, they’ll then be able to make all future purchases from that device without having to sign in again. This includes the 1-Click checkout functionality.  As the MPS website shows, it only takes four steps for a mobile shopper to complete their purchase using the new technology. First, the customer clicks on the “Pay with Amazon” button which directs them to a mobile site hosted by Amazon Payments. From there, the customer can pick which payment method they want to use from the options they already have on file with Amazon. After the payment is authorized, the customer is then automatically redirected back to the original mobile website where they can then be offered the download they just purchased. For Developers: No Extra Work RequiredDevelopers and merchants already using the company’s Amazon Payments service on their websites won’t need to do any additional development work – the service will automatically detect when customers are shopping from a mobile device and will switch over to the new mobile optimized payment interface. In other words, that means that developers can continue to use Amazon FPS (flexible payment service) APIs they’ve already been using to build their applications and they don’t need to go back and re-code anything to make the apps mobile-compatible. One of the first companies to launch the Amazon MPS is Handmark, a mobile content store where customers can shop for games and applications across a number of platforms including Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Palm OS, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and Java devices. The company will integrate the technology within its online store and its on-device channels. Developers interested in integrating this technology into their mobile applications can learn how to do so via the Amazon MPS website.  Tags:#Amazon#mobile#news#NYT#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

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Florida Rolls Back Efficiency Goals

first_imgUtilities argue electricity consumption has plunged on its ownFrom Duke’s point of view, power use had already declined dramatically.Since the last state-required energy goals were established in 2009, Duke said, Florida “has experienced the most severe economic recessing since the Great Depression,” resulting in an overall decrease in electricity use by Duke customers of nearly 14 percent. That’s one of the steepest declines in the country, Duke added, where the average drop in energy use has been 0.1 percent.Florida regulators recognized last year that consumers were already reducing the amount of power they used, the utility said, but it wasn’t necessarily due to conservation programs.Duke added that Florida’s energy-efficiency efforts are well established, and that Duke’s own efficiency programs have saved customers more than $1.25 billion on energy bills and offset the need to built 17 power plants since 1981.“While other states have only recently begun energy-efficiency efforts, Duke Energy has been actively promoting energy-efficiency efforts in Florida since the oil embargo in the last 1970s,” Ivey said. “As a result, many of the efficiency savings other states may be seeing now, we in Florida reaped those benefits and savings decades ago.” Lower goals for energy savingsUnder state law, commissioners set 10-year conservation goals for each utility, and utilities respond with specific programs they will use to meet the goals, Sterling Ivey, a spokesman for Duke Energy Florida, wrote in an email. Commissioners can ask a utility to add, drop, or modify a particular program.Conservation programs might target such things as duct sealing, attic insulation upgrades, heat pump replacement, reflective roofing, and upgrades to wall insulation and windows.In its decision last week, the commission was voting on new goals for reductions in electrical consumption for affected utilities — reduction efforts which regulators call “demand-side management.” In Duke’s case, Sterling said, the new 10-year conservation goal is 195 gigawatt-hours, exactly what Duke had proposed.Five years ago, the conservation goal for Duke was 3,205 gWh.Two other utilities affected by the ruling got just what they had requested, far below the goals recommended by two intervenors. Only Flower Power & Light was overruled by the commission, which set a conservation goal of 526 gWh instead of the utility’s proposed goal of 59 gWh. Florida’s Public Service Commission has voted to trim energy efficiency goals sharply and to end solar equipment rebates by the end of next year.According to an article in the Tampa Bay Times, the panel voted 3 to 2 late last month in support of the proposals from the state’s big utilities, which also had the support of the commission’s staff.Utilities had urged deep cuts in energy efficiency programs and an end to solar equipment rebates on the grounds that neither program was cost-effective. The newspaper said that the utility owners argued that it is now cheaper for them to produce electricity than it is to pay for programs designed to conserve it. (This is exactly the opposite conclusion of a recent report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which found the cost of energy conservation programs is about half of what it cost to generate power at a conventional coal-burning power plant.)The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) categorized the rollbacks as “stunning” when compared with the energy goals that the commission established only six years ago.The commissioners agreed to schedule workshops on improving solar energy, but the Tampa newspaper said that might not be enough to prevent a legal challenge to the most recent vote. SACE executive director Stephen Smith was quoted as saying that the commission’s vote might amount to a violation of state law. Solar incentives are “not cost-effective”Florida utilities offered a variety of incentives for photovoltaic (PV) and solar hot-water systems, including a $2 per watt rebate for residential PV systems, with a $20,000 maximum payout. Investor-owned utilities wanted the rebates to end; others, including the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, didn’t.Between 2011 and 2013, investor-owned utilities wrote rebate checks totaling $49.7 million for about 5,600 residential and commercial PV and solar hot-water projects.But the programs treated non-solar customers unfairly, the utilities argued.“The [investor-owned utilities] all agree that the solar pilot programs were not cost-effective and the general body of ratepayers — in particular, non-participants — have been subsidizing the incentives provided to participants installing solar PV,” the commission’s staff analysis reads.In recommending that solar pilot programs be allowed to expire at the end of 2015, the staff agreed with one utility witness who said, “It is simply not a responsible use of taxpayer dollars to promote these programs under any cost-effective test.”“The programs are not cost-effective and experience gained since the last goals proceeding indicates that consumers have continued to install systems without any rebates,” the staff concluded. “The current solar rebates represent a large subsidy from the general body of ratepayers to a very small segment of each utility’s customers.” New power plants are approvedWhile energy efficiency and solar rebates get the boot, the Tampa Bay Times said, “utilities will go into the holidays with their biggest wishes this year, including billions of dollars in new power plants that will come online in the next decade.”That includes a $1.5 billion natural gas plant that Duke Energy wants to build to take the place of the Crystal River nuclear power station and two coal-burning units.The newspaper pointed out that Florida is fighting a trend that is helping other states save energy. In Vermont, for example, energy efficiency efforts — such as subsidies for high-efficiency light bulbs — have helped the state meet more than 2 percent of its annual energy needs through conservation. “In Florida,” the newspaper said, “the number is 0.25 percent — and now dropping.”SACE also had sharp words for the commission. A statement issued after the vote said in part, “Florida’s power companies use a host of methods, rejected long ago by the majority of U.S. utilities and commissions, to support their anemic proposed goals, including arbitrarily eliminating all efficiency measures that have the highest energy savings to customers…“The line between the [Public Service Commission] and the monopoly utilities they are charged with regulating has become increasingly blurred. The massive amount of money poured into political contributions and lobbying by the state’s monopoly utilities is clearly paying off at the PSC — to the detriment of customers. It’s time we removed the word ‘Public’ from the agency’s name.”last_img read more

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Designing a Multifamily Building That Approaches Passive House Performance

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Jesse Thompson is a Maine architect whose company (Kaplan Thompson Architects) has been involved in three recent high-performance multifamily projects. At the Better Buildings by Design conference in Burlington, Vermont, on February 6, Thompson shared what he’s learned with an attentive audience of designers and builders.Thompson has encountered plenty of owners who shy away from the Passive House approach out of fears that meeting the stringent standard will lead to high construction costs. When that happens, Thompson sometimes manages to slip high-performance targets into the project specs without explicitly notifying the owners. The happy result is that the project ends up performing almost as well as a Passive House project. Thompson calls this approach “stealth Passive House.”For me, the important takeaway from Thompson’s presentation was this: With multifamily projects, airtightness and ventilation system efficiency matter more than insulation R-values.The first multifamily project that Thompas discussed, Bayside Anchor, was a Passive House project certified by PHIUS. The second, Blackstone Apartments, was a high-performance project that wasn’t explicitly aiming for Passive House, but got most of the way to Passive House performance.The third, Parris Terraces, is a project spearheaded by a for-profit developer who was unwilling to make a full commitment to the air sealing details required to achieve high performance.Located in Portland, Maine, Bayside Anchor is an affordable housing project funded by the low-income housing tax credit program. The four-story 40,000 square foot building has 45 apartments. The budget came in at $170,000 per unit, including land costs and site developments costs. That’s $142 per square foot.Bayside AnchorThe architects promised the owners that the new building would meet the Passive House standard. According to Thompson, achieving that goal required many “long, intense team meetings that each lasted three hours.”Here’s what the team ended up… last_img read more

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