LeBron James ‘would love’ to have Dwyane Wade in Cleveland

first_imgKnicks put cap on Carmelo Anthony era in NY MOST READ 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES How to help the Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up The two played four seasons together and had as many finals appearances with the Heat.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img View comments READ: Wade, Bulls agree on buyout“I would love D-Wade to be a part of this team. I think he brings another championship DNA, a championship pedigree, brings another playmaker to the team who can get guys involved and can make plays and also just has a great basketball mind and I think it would be great to have him here,” said James.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe 32-year-old James, who is entering his 15th NBA season, said Monday at the Cavaliers media day that he has spoken to Wade, and plans to again.“I think it will be great to have him here and obviously our front office has done some great things throughout this summer so honestly, obviously, I’ve talked to D-Wade all summer and I probably will reach out to him as well, but it’s really not up to me, it’s kinda up to D-Wade,” James said. “If he can clear waivers then it’s up to our front office but I hope that we can bring him here. I would love to have him. DAY6 is for everybody OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James answers questions during the NBA basketball team media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)LeBron James said he would love Dwyane Wade to join the Cleveland Cavaliers.Wade and the Chicago Bulls have reached a buyout agreement and Cleveland is among his potential destinations. James and Wade won a couple of NBA titles together with the Miami Heat and are close friends.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Beekham confesses to threatening Opposition Leader

first_imgFacebook death threatsFollowing his arrest on Monday for meting out death threats against Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo along with other People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) parliamentarians on his Facebook page, BerbiceTameshwar Beekhamresident Tameshwar Beekham has since confessed to the act.Beekham has been on a rant recently, via his Facebook page, speaking about “assassinating” the Opposition Leader, who is also a former President, as well as several other party members.Guyana Times was told that the man was arrested and detained at the Springlands Police Station on Monday following Police searches in the area. He was then transported to Georgetown and handed over to Police at the Criminal Investigations Department, where he was questioned in connection to his Facebook threats.According to Police sources, the man has confessed to investigators and the matter will now have to be sent for advice.“He admitted to the threats on Facebook and so the next step is for us to take file to get legal advice on whether we should proceed with instituting charges,” a Police source related to this newspaper on Tuesday.Beekham took to his Facebook page, where he ranted over the idealisation of the APNU/AFC Government’s accomplishments and visions of former President, LFS Burnham, and openly stated his intentions to target Freedom House and kill Jagdeo and several PPP/C members.According to the man’s his Facebook page, he had encounters with the Police in relation to the same issue, but was not desisting from his ranting.B Division (Berbice) Commander and Assistant Commissioner, Ian Amsterdam had previously indicated that ranks in Berbice were searching for Beekham. However Beekham was still continuing, posting on Sunday, repeating his death threats.Just recently, Police had detained a 52-year-old woman, who allegedly posted racially-inciting social media comments about African Guyanese, and what appeared to be threats to President Granger.The woman has since been charged for attempting to excite hostility on the grounds of race contrary to Section 2 (1) (C) of the Racial Hostility Act, Chapter 23:01 of the Criminal Offences Act. Her Facebook post stated that “Granger want a bullet in head…I am out of a job now because of them.”last_img read more

Kandakai in Sectional Q-Finals

first_imgLiberia’s 13-year-old tennis gem, Saah Kandakai has reached the quarterfinals in his first Sectional Tennis Tournament in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States.Saah’s participation in the Sectional Tournament is owing to his ability level.Prior to his sectional tennis debut, New Jersey.com said in March-2014, Saah participated in the National Junior Tennis & Learning of Trenton (NJTLT), sponsored by Noah Lilienthal, a 14-year-old nationally ranked tennis player.According to the website, Lilienthal expressed his elation of helping Saah who he described as his friend.“I realize how much opportunity I have, because my parents help me around to play tournaments,” Lilienthal said. “Some kids don’t have that opportunity. The goal was to take him to tournaments with my mom and I, so he could have opportunities that he would otherwise not have.”The NJ.com said: “With the help of NJTLT staff, he (Saah) is driven to a Princeton University clinic twice a week with Lilienthal and supplements that with the NJTLT’s Ashe program.”Saah, an eighth-grader at the St. Michael Catholic High School, left for the USA on June 26, 2013 for tennis training at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Naples, Florida through the help of the Mamba Point Hotel and the Oceano Casino.In 2012, Saah was also sent to Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona, Spain.Mamba Point Hotel manager, Bsaibes Thawty said his support to Saah is aimed to help him become a professional player.Mrs. Anna Bsaibes, of Mamba Point Hotel, also said: “We are going to develop this young and talented tennis star’s skills at one of the world’s best tennis academies where such great stars like Roger Federar, Rafael Nadah and Andy Murray attended.”Saar’s father is International Tennis federation, ITF Level 2 coach. He introduced his son to the sport at age 5, at the Buduburam Refugee Center in Ghana.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Over US$2B pledged at high-level conference in NY

first_imgHurricane reliefAs Caribbean countries undergo the rebuilding process following September’s devastating climatic events, over US$2 billion in donations, loans and debt relief was pledged during a recent high-level conference in New York, United States, to support long-term recovery in the Region’s hurricane-affected nations.Participants at the high-level Pledging Conference held on Tuesday at the UN HeadquartersThe Caribbean Community (Caricom)-United Nations (UN) high-level pledging conference, “Building a more Climate-Resilient Community”, recognised that the Region could only “build back better” with international support and urgent climate action.Having recognised the urgent needs of Caribbean islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, a broad partnership was mobilised to support reconstruction efforts, including more than US$1.3 billion in pledges and over $1 billion in loans and debt relief.This support derived from nearly 400 high-level representatives from Governments, multilateral and civil society organisations and the Private Sector gathered at UN Headquarters on Tuesday with the Secretaries General of the UN and Caricom to help ravaged countries to “build back better” as the first climate-resilient countries in the world.Estimated amounts pledged were: US$702 million from The Netherlands; US$352 million from the European Union; US$140 million from the World Bank; US$78 million from Canada; US$30 million from China; US$27 million from Mexico; US$12 million from Italy; US$4.3 million from the United States; US$4 million from Japan; US$1 million from Kuwait; US$2 million from India; US$1 million from Venezuela; US$1.2 million from Belgium; US$1 million from Chile; US$500,000 from Denmark; US$300,000 from Colombia; US$250,000 from Haiti; US$250,000 from New Zealand; US$200,000 from Brazil; US$150,000 from Kazakhstan; US$100,000 from Romania; US$100,000 from Portugal and US$20,000 from Serbia.Moreover, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) pledged US$1 billion in loans, while Italy did the same with US$30 million in soft loans and Venezuela also forgave US$1 million in debt – all geared at building a more resilient Caribbean.According to the latest needs estimate, overall recovery costs surpass US$5 billion.Meanwhile, UN Secretary General António Guterres posited, “Countries in the Caribbean need support now to rebuild, and to take effective climate action. We need a new generation of infrastructure that is risk-informed, to underpin resilient economies, communities, and livelihoods.”Climate-vulnerable islands were decimated, like Barbuda, the smaller of the two-island state of Antigua and Barbuda, and Dominica, with deep social, economic and environmental impacts. Other severely affected islands were Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, and Turks and Caicos Islands. Haiti and St Kitts and Nevis also suffered damage. Sint Maarten/St Martin as well as Cuba and the Dominican Republic were impacted, in addition to Puerto Rico.“Climate change is not a theoretical question for the people of the Caribbean. You live this reality daily. Our sentiments and well wishes will not be enough. Our messages of solidarity alone will not do. Right now, it is time for us to act,” said UN General Assembly President Miroslav Laj?ák.Responding to the urgent needs, over US$1.35 billion were pledged by established partners and new ones, highlighting the importance of South-South Cooperation—from the Region and beyond.last_img read more

Berbice businessman allegedly beaten by Police

first_imgA young Berbice businessman is seeking justice after he was allegedly beaten by Police ranks whom he also claimed nearly drowned him in a bucket of water.Jameek Hakim, 19, of 4th Street Ankerville, Port Mourant Corentyne was reportedly picked up by Police at his home and taken to the Whim Police Station, where he allegedly was physically assaulted. He has shown marks on his upper body which he alleges resulted from the assault.Hakim says he sells household items and operates as a huckster. According to him, when he was arrested he was not told the reason for his arrest. “They take me to the station and put me to kneel down, and start beating me in my head and my shoulders with a black wire. They stamp me in my back,” he said. Hakim claims he was kicked and slapped until his ears started to hurt.“When they finish beating me, they bring a pail of water in front of me and then ask me where is the gold chain that I snatch? I tell them that I don’t know what they talking about… Then (one of them) hold my head and duck it into the water. I don’t know for how long, but if he did not raise me out I would drowned, because I drink a lot of water that night. When he pull out my head, he put several plastic bags over it.”Hakim also alleges that the officers placed pepper in his mouth, and slammed his head into a wall.The injured man further told Guyana Times that during interrogation, he called the names of two family members, claiming that they have knowledge which could be vital to the Police. “Instead of being saved I was tortured more,” he declared.The teenager said he was locked up for 72 hours, and then transferred to the Reliance Police Station in East Canje, where he was charged. Hakim is currently before the court on an indictable charge, and was released on his own recognizance.‘B’ Division Commander, Assistant Commissioner Lindon Alves, when contacted, related that he had received a telephone call from a regional official about an alleged Police beating, and advised that the person first make a complaint to the officer in charge of that sub-division.Alves said he received no information from the officer in charge of the sub-division, and cannot say if the person did indeed make an official complaint. He noted that the Police would not be able to comment on the matter until an official complaint has ben received.last_img read more

Liverpool, Man Utd fans trigger Moscow security jitters

first_imgLiverpool play Spartak Moscow on Tuesday and Manchester United plays CSKA Moscow on Wednesday, both kicking off at 1845 GMT.The head of the Russian Football Union’s security committee, Vladimir Markin, warned them to behave or face an extended stay behind bars.“I don’t want to scare anyone but I warn those who plan to come here not to support their side and see the country but to commit hooliganism: the law is the same for all, not just for Russians,” Markin told TASS state news agency on Sunday.“Those who break it will face a suitable punishment, possibly in the form of a long stay in Russia, in conditions our guests won’t like.”The influx of supporters raises the spectre of a repeat of the violence at Euro-2016 in France when street battles erupted in central Marseille ahead of the match between England and Russia on June 11 — 35 people were injured and three Russian hooligans jailed.Russia has vowed to ensure fans’ safety when it hosts the World Cup next year and has cracked down on its own hooligans who model themselves on the hooligan gangs that dogged English football in the past.For the Liverpool and Manchester United games, tightened controls will be in place at stadium entrances and nearby metro stations — as happened when Russia hosted the Confederations Cup in June and July without incident.A multi-lingual telephone help line (Fans Hotline 8-800-775-76-88) is set to open 24 hours between Monday and Wednesday to offer British fans’ legal support if needed.Both Liverpool and Manchester United have warned fans to be on their best behaviour.“You can expect there to be a visible police presence wherever groups of LFC and Man United fans congregate,” a Liverpool statement said.Manchester United called for “impeccable” behaviour from its supporters and advised them not to “attract attention” and to avoid wearing the team’s colours in public.– Risk of jail –In April, President Vladimir Putin approved new legislation toughening punishments for foreign fans responsible for crowd trouble at sports events.The legislation makes it possible to bar known foreign hooligans or those suspected of planning trouble from entering Russia.The law increases the fine for such offences to 50,000 rubles ($868, 733 euros) and also makes them punishable by up to 15 days of detention in police cells followed by deportation.After the Marseilles clashes, the Russian interior ministry’s counter-extremism division also cracked down on Russian fans, leading to more detentions and convictions.“The atmosphere at football matches has on the whole improved. You feel safer,” said one Spartak fan, who gave his name as Alexander.“Even if the number of aggressive fans hasn’t gone down, the clubs have learnt to organise matches better,” the 24-year-old said, praising a decision to reinforce crowd control using volunteers in plain clothes rather than “the police, who irritate the fans.”Nevertheless Spartak supporters fired a flare at the German referee during a match with Slovenia’s Maribor earlier in September.UEFA fined the Russian club 60,000 euros and banned it from selling tickets for its next away match.On Friday, Spartak’s Italian manager Massimo Carrera urged fans “not to repeat such actions,” TASS reported.“I hope that they will take seriously the risk of not being allowed into the stadium next time,” Carrera said.Ahead of the World Cup, Russia wants to avoid a repeat of serious fan violence seen in the past.In 2002, after Russia was knocked out of the World Cup by Japan, fans watching on an outdoor screen near the Kremlin went on a rampage, killing one and wounding dozens, and setting cars on fire.In 2010, thousands of fans rioted on the street after a Spartak supporter was shot dead in a fight between members of Russian and North Caucasus ethnic groups.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The head of the Russian Football Union’s security committee has warned Liverpool and Manchester United fans to behave during their respective matches in Moscow this week © AFP/File / Natalia KOLESNIKOVAMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Sep 25 – As thousands of British fans head to Moscow for Champions League matches involving Manchester United and Liverpool, Russia faces a crucial test of its security measures just months ahead of the 2018 World Cup.Some 2,000 British fans are expected to arrive for matches on Tuesday and Wednesday against Moscow teams known for problems with hooliganism and racism in the stands.last_img read more

KERRY AWAIT DONEGAL (OR DUBLIN) IN FINAL

first_imgKERRY are through to the All Ireland Final after an extra time win over Mayo at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.The final score was 3-16 to 3-13.  KERRY AWAIT DONEGAL (OR DUBLIN) IN FINAL was last modified: August 30th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Government blunders led to Leung case falling apart

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s a ploy familiar to anyone who’s watched a Mafia movie: When prosecuting two defendants, offer the small fry a deal in exchange for testimony against the big fish. You pocket a partial win and improve the chances for a total victory. It should have worked that way in the case of alleged double agent Katrina Leung, the San Marino society figure once accused of passing secrets to China. Instead, the plea agreement prosecutors struck with Leung’s FBI handler and ex-lover, James J. Smith, ended up sinking the Leung prosecution. A clause in the agreement spurred the judge to declare prosecutorial misconduct and toss out the case, leading to face-saving denouement earlier this month. Once considered so dangerous to national security that she could not be given bail, Leung pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and filing a false tax return. She got probation. In retrospect, the case seems to have fallen apart due to what appeared to be a relatively harmless mistake. But legal experts and community leaders also have questioned the government’s strategy in pursuing Leung to the exclusion of Smith. Smith, after all, continued his affair with Leung for a decade after learning of her illicit contacts with Chinese intelligence agents, according to FBI affidavits. He also continued to work as her handler, using her to gather information on China, and kept providing her with classified information, documents show. Many in the legal community were surprised when Smith was allowed to take a plea deal with no jail time in exchange for his testimony against Leung. “This was a rather significant betrayal by an FBI agent,” said attorney Stanley Greenberg, who defended Richard W. Miller, the first FBI agent ever accused of espionage. “It’s one thing to have a dipsy woman on the outside trying to play off both sides who has a bunch of friends in China. To me, the greater harm is the betrayal by the FBI agent.” Some, including Leung’s lawyers, see it as a clear-cut case of discrimination. Leung’s attorneys argued in an earlier motion the decision to grant Smith bail was the result of “unintended sexism and/or racism.” In their motion to dismiss the case, the defense argued that Smith’s plea deal was “unsavory” because it perpetuated the “gross and unfair disparity in treatment between Mr. Smith and Ms. Leung.” In her order dismissing the case, U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper all but agreed, calling Smith’s plea a “sweetheart deal.” Cooper dismissed the case in January because of an unusual clause in the Smith plea agreement that prevented him from speaking with Leung’s defense lawyers as they prepared for her trial. Though unlikely to have had any practical effect – Smith almost certainly would not have talked to Leung’s lawyers with or without the clause – Cooper found it to be unethical and grounds for dismissal. Legal experts saw the clause as unnecessary. “I’ve been in dozens of cases where people have entered into plea agreements,” Greenberg said. “And nobody has ever put in a plea agreement that you can’t talk to the defense. It’s understood that if you’re sleeping with the government, you’re not having extramarital affairs with the defense. … It’s either unspoken, or spoken verbally but not put in writing. So why did they put it in writing?” The government maintained the language was misconstrued, and prosecutors merely wanted to prevent Smith from disclosing classified information. Greenberg speculated the clause was added because of “micromanaging from Washington.” Prosecutors appealed, but lacking absolute confidence of victory, U.S. Attorney Debra Yang worked simultaneously with Leung’s lawyers to negotiate a resolution. Leung was under a separate investigation for tax charges, and may have thought that Cooper’s dismissal order was just a lucky break – unlikely to be granted by most judges and vulnerable to being overturned. The deal announced Dec. 16 provided that Leung’s sentence would be identical to Smith’s. At last, she got parity. “It looks like both sides gave up something but got something,” Greenberg said. “The government gave up the more serious charge but got the face-saving conviction. She has to be a felon for the rest of her life, but she put this all behind her without serving any jail time.” gene.maddaus@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444last_img read more

Recent Changes to LEED for Homes — Part 1

first_imgStructural changes I DON’T likeThe LEED for Homes Committee was very happy with several innovations we pioneered – things we felt were distinct improvements over the more senior members of the LEED family, for reasons of clarity. One of these was having prerequisites and optional measures reside within the same credit, so it was easy to understand the baseline requirements and then the enhanced measures that could be taken to step up performance above the baseline in a given area. Sadly, that wisdom has been steamrollered under the behemoth that is non-residential LEED. The prerequisites and credits are now decoupled, irrationally, with separate names and numbers – purely for the sake of conformity, alas.The threshold adjustment mechanism to account for home size impacts – though not very aptly called, originally, the “Home Size Adjustment” (no, the homes’ sizes were not being adjusted) – has been transformed into a prerequisite, EAp4, Home Size. I haven’t had time to play with the numbers to see how this affects scoring, if at all. But I do lament the move, if for only this reason: the mechanism was developed to account for not only lower or higher energy use associated with smaller-than-average or larger-than-average homes, but also for differences in material resource consumption. This idea will now be lost – whether or not it’s accounted for in the numbers.The newly remodeled prerequisite is also now tied to the Energy Star for Homes, version 3, reference home – which was undoubtedly fashioned to some degree after the original LEED for Homes mechanism. Perhaps it’s an improvement, perhaps not. I haven’t yet had the opportunity to plumb its depths.Another reversion to the non-residential LEED norm is the move of low-emitting building materials from their original home (MR2.2) to the Indoor Environmental Quality category. The logic of their former placement was to enable a specifier to understand all the different material properties that were of interest when selecting materials. Ah, consistency – the hobgoblin of small minds!Now on to more petty complaints: does anyone really think that having a bunch of “cases” and “options” and “paths” (which appear now in numerous credits) lends to clarity? Not me! I also find that while some credit language has been nicely trimmed and clarified, some has been muddied and rendered overly complex and layered.I also fail to understand why the Innovation and Design Process category has been split into two categories, Integrative Process (comprising one lonely credit) and Innovation (which has but a single prerequisite and two credits). Was ID really so overcrowded?On the other hand, the Awareness and Education (AE) category has disappeared, and its contents subsumed into Energy and Atmosphere. Since there were only two AE credits – that really should have been one all along – I don’t object to the category going away, but the vestigial credit, now EAp3, really isn’t only about energy.And then we have the Regional Priority category, comprising the single Regional Priority credit. I would have really preferred to see some consolidation – perhaps into a nice, tidy, “Other” category. But that’s just me, apparently.Now on to some categories – not necessarily in order, but rather in order of most improved to most … well, you fill in the blank. BLOGS BY ANN EDMINSTER High-Performance and Net-Zero Homes — Part 1The Green Countertop DilemmaMore Lighting Options, Please?!A Theory of Work: What Number Are You?The First … Charrette?Ready, Set, Go!Does Green Building Cost More? Water efficiency (WE)The new WEc1 provides a performance pathway alternative to the prescriptive credits WEc2 (indoor water use) and WEc3 (outdoor water use), which mirror and consolidate the old WE3, SS2.3, and SS2.4. This is very sensible and uses the EPA WaterSense Water Budget Tool to calculate percentage reductions from a baseline.WEc2 now includes clothes washers and reduces the allowable flow rates for lavatory faucets and showerheads. There is now only one award level for toilets. Any fixtures with a flow rating higher than 2.5 gpm now trigger mandatory use of WEc1.WEc3 may or may not be an improvement – it seems straightforward, but the proof will be in the pudding. It combines limits to turf grass with minimums for native/adapted planting area. Projects with pools or other outdoor water features are required to use WEc1. Structural changes I LIKEFirst, there’s some good news with regard to the rating system structure: midrise projects have been integrated into the rating system, no longer being shunted into a separate document. It’s about time! (If we could get the California version integrated, too, I would be even happier.)It’s also great to see that credits that include multiple performance levels are no longer parsed (absurdly) into numbered sub-credits. The levels have also been evened out more rationally into proportional steps … at least in most multi-level credits. My perspective on the latest version of the LEED for Homes standard (version 4) has an inescapably historic slant. This doesn’t mean that I categorically reject change. In fact, much as a parent reserves the right to be her child’s most ardent fan and harshest critic at times, I have not been at all hesitant to point out flaws in LEED for Homes over the years since the launch of the pilot.Having established that, let me say that I applaud a number of significant improvements in the New! Improved! LEED for Homes (version 4). There are other changes about which I am considerably less enthusiastic. Green Building Advisor has been kind enough to let me share both my praise and my discontent.In Part 1, I’ve offered some overall structural comments and reviewed the two categories that have seen the greatest improvements: WE and EQ. In Part 2, I will cover the remaining categories.center_img Indoor environmental quality (EQ)The ventilation credits (former EQ4 and EQ5) have been consolidated into a single prerequisite (EQp1) and a single credit (EQc1), each addressing both exhaust and supply (or balanced) ventilation. This is handy, since they reference the same (updated) ASHRAE standards.Some measures that used to be optional are now – appropriately – mandatory. Shared surfaces between living spaces and garages must now be air-sealed (was EQ10.2, now EQp3). Environmental tobacco smoke controls (formerly EQ11 in Midrise, now EQp6) are now mandatory and slightly simplified. Compartmentalization (formerly EQ12.1 in Midrise, now EQp7) now applies to both multifamily and attached single-family dwellings.A number of measures have also been made more stringent, including enhanced ventilation (was EQ5.2 and EQ4.2, now EQc1), midrise compartmentalization (was EQ12.2, now EQc4), enhanced combustion venting (was EQ2.2, now EQc5), and enhanced garage pollutant protection (was EQ10.3 and EQ10.4, now EQc6).One credit that seems a bit wacky is EQc2 (was EQ8), Contaminant Control – particularly the walk-off mats for multifamily projects. I’ll be truly shocked if any project puts in 10-foot walk-off mats to earn ½ point.And, as mentioned above, I’m not fond of the inclusion of low-emitting products in this category (EQc7), although I do understand the logic. I have no quarrel with other aspects of this new credit, though.The EQ category, because it is one of the largest, particularly suffers from segregating prerequisites from their companion credits. Were it not for this flaw, this category would definitely warrant “Most Improved.”For Part 2 of this series, click here. RELATED ARTICLES Recent Changes to LEED for Homes — Part 2GBA Encyclopedia: LEED for HomesWhy Is the U.S. Green Building Council So Out of Touch?It’s 2012 — Do You Know Where Your LEED for Homes Is?How to Cheat* at LEED for HomesNew Urbanist Andres Duany Lashes Out at LEEDGreen Building Programs Got Some ’Splainin’ to Do LEED-H Clarifications Raise More Questions Than They AnswerEqual-Opportunity Feather Ruffling Ann Edminster is the owner of Design AVEnues , a green building consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also a member of GreenBuildingAdvisor.com’s team of advisors and is the former chair and co-chair of the LEED for Homes Committee.last_img read more

Liverpool won’t mind winning ugly, says midfielder Lallana

first_imgLiverpool would not mind playing ugly as long as it meant victories for the Merseyside club, according to midfielder Adam Lallana.Philippe Coutinho’s stunning strike in the 86th minute gave Liverpool a 1-0 victory at Stoke City, who had humiliated them 6-1 at the Britannia Stadium on the final day of last season.”It was a fantastic result for us. It wasn’t the prettiest of football matches — but it was a lot prettier than the last game of last season for us,” Lallana, 27, told the club’s website (www.liverpoolfc.com).”Maybe that’s a side of our game that hopefully you’ll see a bit more of this season and if it results in victories, then who is going to ask questions about it? Certainly not us.”We were delighted with the result and the grittiness of the performance was very satisfying — and we got a clean sheet. It was a great start to the season.”Lallana, who joined the club from Southampton in the 2014 summer, had his preparations for last season cut short by injury and made his Liverpool debut two months after he joined.He said he was fully fit this time around.”Physically I am in great shape at the moment — and I’ve not missed a training session or a game to date,” Lallana said. So I’m massively feeling the benefits of that and I’m looking forward to the season and to really get going.”Also read: Liverpool can build team around Coutinho, says Kaka”I want to have a good season, do well and add more goals to my game. I feel if I stay fit and out on the pitch, that’s what I’ll do.”Jordan Henderson recently spoke about his high expectations from Lallana this season and the England international was confident he would not let down his captain.advertisement”I’ve not spoken to him about what he’s said. Jordan is a good mate of mine and I’ve read a few things he’s said (about me) — and he’s right,” Lallana said.last_img read more