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first_imgView comments Globalport’s third replacement import Jamal Thomas won’t be able to suit up in the PBA Governors’ Cup after exceeding the height limit for the conference.The Governors’ Cup has a height limit of 6-foot-5 but Thomas exceeded the limit by almost an inch, the PBA tweeted hours before the 7:00 pm tipoff.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide 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 DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours NBA: Damian Lillard would rather not win a title than move to star-studded team Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees Thomas, who replaced Murphey Holloway, was set to play his only game in the PBA in the Batang Pier’s last game against Meralco at Mall of Asia Arena Friday.Globaport’s already out of the playoff race with a 3-7 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smoglast_img read more


first_imgThe controversial distribution of US$ 100,000 Ebola Funds allotted from the Nimba County Development Funds to fight Ebola has backfired, with Gbi and Dorlu Administration District Commissioner David Toe saying he had not received a cent from the Administration of Nimba County, headed by Supt. Fong Zuagele.Commissioner David Toe on Radio Kehgheamahn Breakfast show on 6th October, 2014 said his district’s share of money to enable them to carry on awareness is yet to be delivered.All efforts to get his share have proven futile and the only reason given him is the allotted share for his district was spent on other Ebola issues in Karnplay.At the time of the distribution of the said funds, he said, he was on an awareness trip in his district distributing buckets and other preventive materials to the citizens.“At the time the stakeholders were meeting in Sanniquellie, I was on a trip distributing buckets and I didn’t hear the story, but when I got the info and went to Sanniquellie, the County Inspector, Reginald Mehn, told me that my share of the money was used to bury Ebola victim in Karnplay,” he said.“All the money I have been using for Ebola in my district came from my pocket; I have not received any money from the county as it was announced,” Commissioner Toe stated.Nimba leadership has been at loggerheads over how the US$ 100,000 allotted to fight Ebola in Nimba was used.The Nimba Lawmakers of the 53rd National Legislature had repeatedly said that the money was intended to purchase PPE and sufficient  medical drugs for all health centers in Nimba, but instead,  the county leadership headed by Supt. Fong Zuagele divided portions of the money among the 17 administration commissioners, city mayors,  and media, while the some of the money was used to procure motorcycles for the awareness campaign in the county.The diversion of the funds from the expectation of the caucus brought great dissatisfaction among them, something they considered as disrespect.This crisis and other issues led the Lower House of Parliament to summon Superintendent Fong Zuagele and Development Superintendent Teeko Yorlay for an inquest. As a result; the plenary imposed a “vote of no confidence” in the two county officials.However, in counter reaction to Commissioner David Toe’s  claim on the same media 6th October 2014, Nimba County Inspector Reginald Mehn said the Commissioner was left out, because he was at the special county council sitting to endorse the usage of the money so what was allotted for them was diverted to other area of need, precisely in Gbehlay Geh/Karnplay). It appears as though Gbi and Dorlu were not the only districts left out; Kparblee was another district believed not to  have received any share of the Ebola Fund, Mr. Toe said. Gbi and Dorlu is one of the remotest districts in Nimba,  located at the southern part of Nimba bordering Sinoe, Rivercess, and Grand Bassa counties. But this district had been complaining bitterly of marginalization from the county administration from developments and other  opportunities.  This has led them to seek legislation to join Rivercess County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgDespite the inclement weather on Sunday morning, the highly anticipated launch of the now annual Prime Minister’s T20 Softball Cup went ahead as planned at the Everest Cricket Club ground. The event marks the first step towards the three-day tournament which is set to bring together top softball teams from Guyana and North America battling for cash and other incentives.Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan (centre) with Georgetoen Softball Cricket League executives and sponsors at the launch of Prime Minister Softball Cup 2 on Sunday at Everest Cricket ClubSpeaking at the significant ceremony, Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan who represented Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said sport in any form may be used as a public security tool. “Sport helps people to understand the need for open spaces, the need to get fit which means no smoking, no drinking which is healthy,” Ramjattan said.The honourable minister told the gathering of softball cricketers and enthusiasts, “Young people that are involved in sport take their minds off the negatives and so it [sport] is important since a lot of persons involved in sport have more or less become law abiding citizens by taking themselves off the drugs, guns crimes which helps in the long run to make our societies safer.”In 2017, Prime Minister Nagamootoo made a sponsorship pledge of G$300,000 which was once again done this time by Minister Ramjattan who also spoke of the tourism benefits the country may generate from such a tournament.Also speaking from the head table was President of the GSCL, Ian John who reflected on the inaugural edition and at the same time boast of the anticipated growth of the 2018 tournament, “last year we had just two overseas teams but so far seven teams already confirmed their trip to Guyana and that number is expected to increase as we get closer [to the tournament].”Added to that, there is an increase in the winning purse in both categories with the All Stars set to pocket $700,000 while the winning Masters team will win $600,000. Like last year, the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the Open Category will ride away with a Hero Motor Cycle compliments of Rose Ramdehol Auto Sales.In the Masters Category, the MVP will once again win a 55-inch television set compliments of Regal Stationery and Computer Centre who like Rose Ramdehol are repeat sponsors.Also present at the launch were Sarah Persaud of Hero Motor Cycles and Rawl Nedd of Banks DIH Limited who both spoke of their companies’ deep commitment to the success of the tournament.There we 20 teams in 2017 with Regal Masters rising above the 11 other masters teams and Speed Boat powering away from the other seven teams to the titles and G$500,000 and G$600,000 respectively.So far, the GSCL have confirmed that there are 24 teams that will suit up in the two categories from October 19 to 21. In the Open Category; Regal All Stars, Farm XI, Success XI, Boots All Stars, Corriverton Spartans, Die Hard All Stars, Bartica Rangers, Ontario Softball Cricket Association and defending champions Speed Boat will battle for G$700,000.In the Masters Over-45 category, the winning purse is G$600,000 where defending champions Regal Masters, Wellman Masters, HS Masters, R.R Masters, Fishermen Masters, Parika Masters, Success Masters, Tropical Spring Masters, Albion Masters, Florida/Guyana Hope, Impact Masters (Canada), NYSCL Masters (New York), Rebel Masters (New York), New York Hustlers (New York) and Better Hope Masters (New York) are set to lock horns.Another feature of the Prime Minister’s Softball Cup is that Florida Guyana Hope, a charitable organization out of the USA will be distributing various supplies to the value of US$20,000 to various individuals and organizations over the 3-day period.last_img read more


first_imgThe Ducks have spent the entire season near the top of the Western Conference standings while the Kings have sunk to the bottom, but the Kings showed Saturday that they still have some fight left in them. In the latest round of a cross-town battle often described as tepid, the Kings and Ducks played the roles of bickering neighbors and wore a path to the penalty box. Between scrums, they played some entertaining hockey, a game the Ducks ended winning 3-2 in a shootout in front of 18,118 at Staples Center. Chris Kunitz’s goal, 5:48 into the third period, gave the Ducks the lead. But Anze Kopitar tied the score with 5:14 left. Corey Perry scored in the fifth round of the shootout to give the Ducks the win, after Teemu Selanne and Michael Cammalleri traded goals in the second round. A contentious first period included just one goal – Alexander Frolov’s deflection with eight seconds left – but plenty of action, including one fight, three misconduct penalties and 56 penalty minutes. Things settled down a bit after that, and Teemu Selanne tied the score 3:22 into the second period. The goal was Selanne’s 300th as a Duck, which tied the franchise record set by Paul Kariya. The teams hadn’t met since Dec. 3, and there wasn’t any obvious animosity, but given the way things have been going for both teams of late, perhaps the chippy play shouldn’t have been a big surprise. In one of those what-was-he-thinking moments, the Kings’ Lubomir Visnovsky, listed – generously – at 5-foot-10 and 188 pounds, went charging after Travis Moen, the Ducks’ 6-2, 216-pound enforcer. After some initial clutching, pushing and yelling, Moen dumped Visnovsky to the ground with a shove, and could there have been a better metaphor for the way the Kings’ and Ducks’ seasons have gone? center_img Neither team entered Saturday’s cross-town matchup in much of a sunny mood, though. The Kings have long since settled into last place in the conference and the Ducks, after a brilliant two-month burst to start the season, have slipped a bit and had lost seven of their previous 11 games. In fact, the Kings have had a better February than the Ducks. It took the Kings four months to find consistent goaltending, but the emergence of Sean Burke and Mathieu Garon has helped greatly. During their recent five-game East Coast swing, the Kings recorded at least one point in four games. “You can say all the right things in the (dressing) room and talk about being positive, but until you win, it doesn’t matter,” Kings team captain Mattias Norstrom said before the game. “We can do all the right things out there and have meetings … but the only way to learn how to win is by winning. “It’s no secret that if you’re going to win in this league, you have to have good goaltending.” Burke, who has a stellar 2.16 goals-against average since being claimed off waivers by the Kings, got the night off as the Kings turned to Garon, who looked to get back on track. Garon, who missed nine games last month with a broken finger, had made only one start since his return, when he allowed four goals in a loss to Washington, but Garon fared better against the Ducks. Through two periods, Garon stopped 17 of 18 shots. Garon’s only mistake came on the power play, when Selanne slapped in a rebound on a shot by Dustin Penner to tie the game in the second period. Frolov had given the Kings the lead with his 10th goal in his last 13 games, at the end of a rough-and-tumble first period that featured pushing and shoving after almost every whistle. The chippy play reached a peak nine minutes into the period, when equipment went flying in the Kings’ zone and a handful of shoving matches broke out. Twenty-four penalties minutes were issued, including misconduct penalties to the Kings’ Aaron Miller and the Ducks’ Samuel Pahlsson. Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who allowed four goals against Phoenix on Thursday, rebounded nicely, held up under early pressure and stopped 21 of 22 shots through two periods. The Kings were shorthanded as Norstrom left the game in the first period and didn’t return. Norstrom took four shifts in the first 10 minutes of the first period, but then missed the entire second period. The Kings announced that Norstrom had left the game with an undisclosed lower-body injury. rich.hammond@dailynews.com (818) 713-3611 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


first_imgL-R Donegal representatives, Cllr Jack Murray, Pearse Doherty TD, Simon Gillespie, and Padraig Mac Lochlainn TD after the launch of Sinn Féin’s Job Creation Proposals for Young PeopleYOUTH unemployment in Co Donegal now stands at 49%, Sinn Fein said today.In run up to the National Budget the party has launched proposals to tackle the youth unemployment crisis.The launch which took place in Leinster House was headed up by Donegal County Councillor Jack Murray along with a number of young Sinn Féin representatives from across Ireland. Cllr Murray Ireland joined Ireland’s youngest Oireachtas member, Kathryn Reilly, and Mayor of Dundalk, Jennifer Green, in order to give a briefing on the document to the youth sector and representatives of national youth organistions.Speaking after the launch Cllr Murray said:“A shocking 49% of people aged 18-25 in Donegal are unemployed, thousands more have emigrated.“This is a crisis. Sinn Féin is bringing forward our view of what needs to be done to tackle youth unemployment in Ireland today. Facilitating emigration is not an acceptable response. Young Irish people deserve a chance and deserve an active government that actually does something about youth unemployment and doesn’t just talk about it.“We are proposing specific pro-youth jobs policies like extending all CE schemes to everybody under 25 and moving to a situation where all young people unemployed for three months are assessed and given the training or employment opportunities they require. This stands in direct opposition to the government’s hands-off approach to youth unemployment. “We would also rework or scrap anti-youth jobs policies like raising the retirement age and JobBridge. Additionally we will explain how a stimulus package and budget as outlined by Sinn Féin would benefit young people and young unemployed people in particular by kick-starting economic growth and shifting the tax burden onto those workers most able to pay.” DONEGAL YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT AT 49%, SAYS SINN FEIN was last modified: November 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT AT 49%SAYS SINN FEINlast_img read more


first_img “It’s the condo conversions,” Conway explained, referring to the process of turning rental apartments into for-sale condominiums. With single-family homes so expensive, more buyers are looking at condos as a more affordable way to become a homeowner. “We’ve seen so much activity in terms of condo conversion and that’s reduced the supply of apartments. It has tightened the market. It’s pushing up occupancy rates and increasing rents,” she said. That troubles Larry Gross, executive director of the Coalition for Economic Survival, who counts 5,000 units in the Los Angeles area converted to condos in the last five years. He sees more low-income families forced to leave Los Angeles or move further from their jobs in order to afford a home. “It has a ripple effect. If they build condos and take affordable housing off the market, then they need to make sure affordable housing is replaced,” he said. There are more than 9,000 units under construction in the city of Los Angeles and neighboring Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena. But many of these new rentals are high-end and luxury buildings, Conway said. Indeed, the average rent in Glendale, Pasadena and Burbank climbed 15 percent to $1,555, largely because of new, high-end buildings that opened to tenants last year. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event She observed the hot market last summer when USC students were on the hunt for affordable rentals. “All the students were arriving and they were having a hard time finding apartments because they would go there, and if they didn’t take (the unit) right away, it was gone.” Apartment building owner and manager Christopher Spencer doesn’t need a study to tell him demand – and rents – are up. The real estate investor recently listed an Encino studio apartment for $995 and received 51 inquiries. The interest allows him to be “super picky” about his tenants. If someone shows up late for an appointment to view the unit or is not polite during the visit, he or she is disqualified. Bad credit or past eviction? Also disqualified. Sometimes, Spencer said, he’ll allow prospective renters to bid on a unit. “A lot of times I’ll get a higher offer than I asked, if the unit is really clean or in a good location,” he said. Units in high-demand neighborhoods, such as Encino, often go for more than the San Fernando Valley’s average rent of $1,355 per month – a 9 percent increase over the Valley’s 2004 average monthly rent. The average rent for Los Angeles County is $1,416 – 7 percent more than in 2004. San Francisco is the only California city with higher rents. That’s also a significant boost compared to 2003 and 2004, when the average rents only increased around 3.5 percent. Los Angeles-area rents, already among the nation’s highest, jumped by 7 percent in 2005, and a similar bump this year is expected to push the average monthly rent to more than $1,500, according to a University of Southern California forecast released today. The run-up in rent is fueled by high demand for apartments and few vacancies. About 97 percent of the region’s apartments are currently occupied. Additionally, an increasing number of apartments are being converted to condominiums, further reducing the number of rentals available. “The supply of apartments now is really tight. Demand is still so strong and people have to find a place to live,” said Delores Conway, director of the Casden Real Estate Economic Forecast at USC’s Lusk Center for Real Estate. last_img read more


first_imgFanad Lighthouse.Donegal County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta are to financially support the Fanad Lighthouse Company in their goal to become a leading tourism centre. Minister Joe McHugh McHugh, who was attending the Great Lighthouses of Ireland event in Dun Laoghaire yesterday evening, confirmed the move.He said “I have received confirmation today that both Donegal County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta are to financially support the Fanad Lighthouse Company in their goal to become a leading tourism centre. “Fanad Lighthouse is the Gateway to the Gaeltacht, not only in West Donegal and the Islands, but right down through Connemara and Co Cork. It is the first Gaeltacht point on the Wild Atlantic Way and plays a key role in promoting not just the Irish language, but our history and our culture.“The Fanad Lighthouse Company has been working extremely hard over the last number of years towards the development at the lighthouse, as well as the promotion of tourism in Fanad and the surrounding areas.“I am delighted that their persistence has been recognised and I would like to commend the Directors of the company, whom I met with recently, for their professional approach and tireless efforts. I would also like to acknowledge John Friel, Chairman, for his stewardship at the help of the company.“I would also like to acknowledge the commitment made by Údarás na Gaeltachta, through my own Department, and Donegal County Council, for seeing the opportunity there is in supporting Fanad Lighthouse and the partnership they have built regarding this project. There has been an understanding from the beginning that this is in the interest of all involved and a willingness to drive the project forward and I am grateful to both organisations for working together and making this happen.” FANAD LIGHTHOUSE TO SHINE BRIGHTER WITH SUPPORT OF COUNCIL AND UDARAS was last modified: May 21st, 2015 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:donegalfanad lighthouseMinister Joe McHughlast_img read more


first_imgFrosses man Donagh Kelly is patiently awaiting the arrival of a VW Polo R5 this week so he can put in some final adjustments to it in preparation for the forthcoming Harvest Rally on October 12th.The event-based in Inishowen with its headquarters in Redcastle will be the first place the Polo R5 will debut in Donegal.This Saturday morning is the due time of arrival for the white R5 Polo to Ireland. We were lucky to secure the first pictures of the car as it left the workshop before it will get all its vehicle livery in place. Advertisement Donagh Kelly who is looking forward to taking delivery of his VW Polo R5 this weekend to get the car ready for the forthcoming Harvest Rally in Inishowen. Photo Brian McDaid.Donagh seeded at number one and is looking forward to competing on the stages with Conor Foley on the notes from Monaghan in a 130 strong entry.Joe McGonagle from Muff will be the top local driver from Inishowen in his Fiesta WRC and Callum Devine who is included in the entry will be one to watch who led the Donegal back in June in the opening stages in Inishowen in his R5 Fiesta.National BattlePettigo’s Kevin Eves seeded a number five and the first car on the road in the National Rally will be the driver to beat with Chris Melly on the notes. Advertisement Letterkenny crew of Damien Gallagher and Mac Walsh and Rathmullan based engine builder, Kevin Gallagher (KGP) in his Darrian with Gerard Gallagher calling his notes making up the three top National men from Donegal that will be hard to beat as will the National champion Damien Tonner who will compete on the event on his MK 2 Escort.Exclusive photos of Donagh Kelly’s VW Polo R5 rally car pictured this week as it left the workshop and heads to Ireland and undergoes final preparation for the forthcoming Harvest Rally.By far the most popular car taking part in the harvest rally still is the MK2 Ford Escort with 43 rally cars included in the entry in different classes and different levels of modifications.In chargeClerk of the course for the event, Tony Boyle, is looking forward to getting the event underway.The rally comprises of three stages done three times with a total of 100 competitive kilometres on the day and in preparation for the event running well he has put out a call for marshals to help out on the day to cater for the huge entry on this Inishowen based event. Kevin Eves and Chris Melly who will contest the national honours in their Toyota Corolla. Photo Brian McDaidThe rally is back in Inishowen after a few years of a break. It has produced great drives from great Donegal drivers.For me, one of the best performances was that of James Cullen when he finished first overall in a 1600 Sumbeam the year the event was based in Buncrana.Turning the pageI suppose this year’s recent events can now seem so far away now while distant memories of rallies from decades ago can have a freshness in memory of happier times. I know when this rally weekend arrives and the double 00’s come through the stage and standing on a ditch in Inishowen the page will turn and a new chapter will begin.I know I’m not ready to move on to the next chapter just yet and stupid as it might sound, find comfort in a rally conversation with Manus Kelly’s name in it.Go forward a positive thumbs up from Manus Kelly and a bottle of his champagne. Photo Brian McDaid.And if I could hear him, he surely would say something like: ”Dinny be writing stuff like this sir, go and enjoy the rally.”Recently a bottle of champagne arrived from TFS / MK Rally team, a memory of happier times which was presented by Bernie Kelly.A gesture I treasure so much. It dwarfs the laptop on which I’m writing my motoring column. And makes me think that the magic is still in there waiting for the occasion to cross its path.Some random day I’ll make a complete hem of trying to pop this bottle in memory of the great days that Manus has engraved in our minds.DD Motoring: New Volkswagen Polo R5 to debut in Harvest Rally was last modified: October 3rd, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency announced its Lead Paint: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule – designed to reduce human exposure to lead-paint dust and chips during renovation activities – on April 22, 2008, and its enforcement date was set for exactly two years later.The two-year lead-in was expected to be long enough to implement a large-scale training and lead-safe certification program for remodelers and installers of any sort who might be disturbing paint in homes built before 1978, when the ban on lead paint began. The EPA estimated that as many as 200,000 people could be certified in that 24 months. Problem is, so far only about 50,000 certifications have been awarded, although another 50,000 are expected to be on record by April 22, an agency official told USA Today’s Green House. The main reason for the lag, say industry groups such as the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the NAHB Remoders, is that only about 135 training providers have been EPA-approved so far – not enough to meet demand either by remodelers or their prospective clients.A plea for time and trainersSo now the industry groups are asking the EPA to extend the enforcement deadline and retain, for at least a while longer, an opt-out provision that allows noncompliance with the agency’s Lead Safe Work Practices regulation in homes whose occupants do not include pregnant women or children aged 6 or younger. The regulation would otherwise apply to work that disturbs more than 6 sq. ft. of a home’s interior.Earlier this week, for example, representatives of the AAMA and other industry groups met with officials from the EPA as well as the White House’s Office of Management and Budget and its Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, noted Glass Magazine, a flat-glass-and-metals-industry publication, which cited a March 17 AAMA press release. White House officials were attentive to industry concerns, according to AAMA’s president and CEO, Rich Walker.“The eight government officials from EPA, the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs we met with today were receptive to industry feedback and agreed that the time frame is extremely short in order to take action and ensure that the guidelines are feasible,” Walker said in the release.The Home Star factorBut Walker also noted that, in addition to certification concerns, other forces are at work that could combine to both motivate and worry remodelers – including the AAMA’s constituency of window dealers and installers – if business improves under federal incentive programs such as Home Star. Even if the EPA extends its compliance deadline and certification rates climb appropriately, Walker points out, many dealers and installers may end up paying substantially higher insurance premiums to address potential litigation associated with their work, since much of it likely will focus on very energy-inefficient homes built before 1978.By some estimates, those higher operating costs could raise the price of a window installation by $60 to $100 per window, Walker added.Meanwhile, in the ramp-up to whatever enforcement deadline the EPA declares, contractors have been asked to follow common-sense procedures when doing remodeling of any sort: contain the work area, minimize dust, clean up thoroughly.last_img read more


first_imgDavid Curry People may be wondering what is leading automotive giant Ford to acquire ride-sharing shuttle service Chariot.The app-based service is well suited to Ford’s mobility goals. It already uses Ford Transit Connect vans to shuttle people around the city and accelerates the company’s vision of a ride-sharing platform in major cities by 2021.See Also: Ford floors it for three startups from accelerator classChariot shuttles commuters from popular locations in San Francisco, and costs less than a taxi ride. Ford intends to expand Chariot’s service into “at least five additional markets in the next 18 months.”Shuttle service is nothing new, a lot of tourists use a similar service when visiting New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles. The difference with Chariot is real-time route monitoring and instant access, allowing people to hop into the van midway through the route.Taking twelve commuters and stuffing them in a van is also a tactic Facebook, Google, and other Silicon Valley companies use to get their own staff to work on time. Unions in San Francisco have protested multiple times over shuttle service, due to long hours and low pay.Ford also loses two wheels with GoBikeFord also announced it is bringing GoBike, the company’s bike-sharing service, to the San Francisco Bay Area. It plans to have 7,000 bikes in SF by the end of 2018. Users will also be able to rent their bike on the FordPass platform, launching next year.A few months ago, Ford didn’t seem to have any major plans for ride-sharing or autonomous cars. Now, it has a firm date for its first autonomous vehicle launch, 2021. It also has said it will launch a ride-sharing platform in most major cities by that time, of which we assume Chariot and GoBike will be a part.It might not be close to Uber’s market penetration, but Ford has confirmed in the past month it is going to fight tooth and nail against the tech companies in the self-driving and ride-sharing business. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…center_img IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Tags:#Bay Area#bike#Chariot#Ford#GoBike#Internet of Things#IoT#ride-sharing#San Francisco#shuttle 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more