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There was something a little out of the norm happening at Trafalgar Middle School Thursday as a bunch of scary characters showed up for class.It was a Halloween for the ages at the Uphill-based school.Mallard’s Source for sport would like to salute all the students who made Halloween 2013 at Trafalgar just a little more enjoyable with Team of the Week accolades.
This is an interesting time for proponents and detractors of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design program. As one the most popular green-building certification services in the nation, LEED also is one of the biggest targets of critics who find fault, in various areas, with its rating system.One common complaint is that energy efficiency isn’t properly weighted in LEED criteria. At a green-building summit co-presented last month by the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association, for example, forensic engineer Joe Lstiburek, a principal at Boston-based Building Science Corporation and a GBA Advisor, took aim at what he said were essentially identical levels of energy efficiency performance among LEED-certified commercial buildings and a national performance survey of buildings that were not certified.A principal weakness in the current lineup of green-building rating systems for commercial buildings, including the LEED for New Construction and Major Renovation program, Lstiburek said, is that they give too much weight to factors other than energy efficiency, which in his view should account for 80% of the ratings score, with water efficiency covering 10% and materials 10%. He went on to emphasize the importance of taking the time to focus on often-neglected building-science details – floor-to-wall and wall-to-ceiling points of contact in particular – when developing building plans.Another critic presses his caseThen, last week, simmering concerns about LEED certification came even closer to a boil. A lawyer for Henry Gifford, an occasional GBA contributor and the owner of Gifford Fuel Saving, an energy consultancy based in New York City, filed a class-action lawsuit on Gifford’s behalf on October 8 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, claiming that LEED doesn’t deliver as it allegedly promises on energy efficiency, water efficiency, or air quality.The complaint refers to “Defendants’ deceptive marketing claims that LEED-certified properties use 25% less energy and achieve CO2 emissions reductions over non-LEED-certified improved air quality and improved water efficiency, false claims which deceive substantial segments of the market in violation of the Lanham Act…” The Lanham Act is a federal law designed to protect against trademark infringement and false advertising; the suit also alleges fraud under the Sherman Antitrust Act.The class of plaintiffs includes Gifford, building owners who have paid for LEED certification, tradespeople who have lost business because of USGBC’s allegedly fraudulent climb to market dominance, and taxpayers whose taxes helped pay for LEED certification of publicly commissioned buildings. The complaint demands $100 million in compensation, cessation of alleged deceptive and fraudulent practices, and payment of legal fees.Interpretations of dataThe assertions in the suit hinge in large part on Gifford’s analysis of a 2008 study comparing predicted energy use in certified buildings with actual energy use, and with a national average for existing buildings. The study was conducted by USGBC and the New Buildings Institute, which drew on data from the Department of Energy’s Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey of 2007.As Environmental Building News noted this week in its report on the lawsuit, NBI concluded from the data that LEED buildings are, on average, 25% to 30% more efficient than the national average – a finding that contrasts starkly with Gifford’s analysis of the information, which concluded that LEED buildings are, on average, 29% less efficient.USGBC told EBN it would respond after it has reviewed the complaint. Meanwhile, Shari Shapiro, a LEED Accredited Professional who is an attorney with Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, based in Philadelphia, noted in a blog posted on GreenBiz.com that the complaint’s standing as a class action could be shaky given the diversity among the plaintiffs and the disparate harms USGBC’s program allegedly caused them.Questions of guarantees and intent“The plaintiffs,” Shapiro writes, “are purporting to file suit on behalf of a whole range of plaintiffs with all different harms – harms to building and design professionals who sought educational certifications, building owners who paid additional money to have their buildings certified and other unspecified ‘consumers,’ and taxpayers.”Should the class action fail to be certified by the court, Gifford would be the sole plaintiff. The harm done to his business by LEED, he told EBN, stems from USGBC’s allegedly false claims that its product saves energy – claims that allegedly have advanced LEED’s market power unfairly. “Unless you’re a LEED AP,” he said, “you’re not going to get work.”While the suit might further focus attention on an issue that Gifford believes is vital to the building industry, for his legal team to advance and win the case, it not only would have to demonstrate that his interpretation of the NBI study is correct but also prove – through the discovery process, should the case proceed – that USGBC intentionally misled plaintiffs on the issue.One USGBC co-cofounder who was not named in the lawsuit, Michael Italiano, pointed out, however, that while the LEED for Existing Buildings program (introduced in 2002) provides a system for tracking building performance, LEED projections about energy efficiency for a project are just that – projections. “LEED doesn’t guarantee anything,” he told EBN, “and I think LEED gives people the tools to understand that.”
“We’ll just take it one game at a time,” he said. “The most important thing is we know how to play in the playoffs. We just have to be in the right frame of mind and to really keep our focus every game from start to finish. We can’t afford to commit mistakes right now.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Tenorio poured in a game-high 27 points and had five rebounds and 11 assists and the Batangueño playmaker believes that wins like this one helps in building the team’s confidence moving forward.“It doesn’t matter who we face as long as we’re in playoff mode. It doesn’t matter if it’s the number one team or the last team. We really have to be playing our game, playing it the right away, and playing it on how we’re supposed to play the game as a team,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAt 5-4, the Gin Kings are tied in fifth place with NLEX and will face Meralco and Rain or Shine in their remaining games in the elimination round.Tenorio, though, doesn’t want Ginebra to get too ahead of itself with the team still has a lot of work to do. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:29Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me?00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Lyceum, San Beda top groups as PCCL Final Four is set LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLA Tenorio said that getting the twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals is already the least of Ginebra’s concerns going into the homestretch of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“We no longer think about that. Our target is to really win these last two games,” he said coming off its 93-78 victory over TNT on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ View comments
Edward Kelly vs Sung Jong Lee in ONE: Roots of Honor. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Team Lakay’s Edward Kelly scored an impressive technical knockout over South Korea’s Sung Jong Lee, ending the featherweight bout just 2:51 into the second round in ONE: Roots of Honor Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Kelly recovered from his yellow card infraction late in the first round after he landed an illegal kick to the face of Jung when the two of them were tangled up on the mat.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Gymnast on her gruesome injury: ‘My pain is not your entertainment’ MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sung dropped his fourth straight fight and slipped to a 2-5 record overall.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Come the second round, Kelly took things to the next level and went on the offensive forcing Sung to the mat.Sung initially got hold of Kelly’s right foot but the Team Lakay veteran managed to slip out of it and proceeded to carry out his own striking offensive.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics The 35-year-old Filipino fighter rained down heavy punches from above but Sung bore through it all.It wasn’t until the halfway point of the round that Kelly truly dominated from the ground forcing the referee to call a stop to the contest.“I’m confident I can escape or tolerate his leg locks because I knew that the legs of Filipinos are strong,” said Kelly.This was a big bounce back win for Kelly (12-6) after losing to Singapore’s Christian Lee on Jan. 19.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Here comes “The Ferocious” one!💥 #WeAreONE #RootsOfHonor #Manila #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/DPx7kn1kWQ— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) April 12, 2019 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES
Close to 50 young players attended the inaugural NRL in Harmony Touch Football Carnival in early November, bringing together individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds to take part in a day of Touch Football. The New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) and the National Rugby League (NRL) delivered the first event of its kind at the home of Parramatta Touch Association, Doyle Ground, in Sydney with teams including a combined Africa team, an Islamic team, a Middle Eastern team and two teams consisting of players from emerging nations including Vietnam, Egypt, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. Players were joined by NRL Multicultural Officer Hazem El Masri, 2013 Australian 18’s Boys assistant coach, Keith Rozairo, Australian 20’s Boys representative, Madalitso Masache and New South Wales Combined High Schools’ representative, Kai Simbolin. The players in the event all got involved through their schools and community programs, where they were able to represent their heritage and ethnicity.Masache was seven when he moved to Australia from Malawi, Africa. Masache says that being involved in the day meant a lot to him and he really enjoyed being part of the occasion. “It’s been a fantastic day. I’ve met a lot of young kids, they are great players as well. It’s been a lot of fun and I look forward to more events to come,” Masache said. “Coming from Africa with just your close family is very tough. Playing Touch Football has been a great sport for me, it’s been great to play a sport that I now love as well as meeting so many people who are now great friends on and off the field.”Simbolon says that he enjoyed being part of the occasion and is grateful for the opportunities sport has provided him. “Being involved in this day means a lot to me, being so young and being asked to come out here is a big privilege to me,” Simbolon said. “I don’t think I’d be where I am today without sport, I’ve travelled all around New South Wales, I’ve achieved so many things.”El Masri spoke about how much sport, and Touch Football, helped him in his younger days before he started playing in the NRL for the Canterbury Bulldogs. El Masri says that sport can be an ‘icebreaker’ for young people of all cultures, as was the case for him when he moved over from Lebanon in his youth. “Especially Touch Football played a major role in my life for myself, my parents didn’t want me to play Rugby League for a long time, I didn’t start playing League until I was 17.”Rozairo was full of praise for the initiative, saying he was glad to be a part of it. “I come from a Sri Lankan background, we grew up on Cricket and there was a bit of Rugby there. It was never promoted because it was a third world country because if you didn’t have money you didn’t have a chance to do it. So if you come here and see the varying nationalities that are given their chance, not so much just at Touch but at sport, and having people there to support you, I think that’s fantastic.”To view some photos from the day, be sure to visit the Touch Football Australia Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia. Related LinksHarmony Day
Nation to NationPrime Minister Justin Trudeau lied to Indigenous people when he said there was no relationship more important to him than with the First Peoples of this land when he was elected in 2015, says a grand chief in Quebec.Grand Chief Serge Simon of the Kanesatake Mohawk Council said the proof is in Trudeau’s tireless support of expanding Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.Earlier this week, the federal government said it will go as far as pay Kinder Morgan for any costs for construction delays and are still considering passing new laws to put the pipeline in the ground from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C.“Trudeau has said in the past his most important relationship was that with the First Nations and with this that is proving that was a lie. It’s not true,” said Simon on Nation to Nation Thursday.“It’s very alarming that the government would go that far to protect an outside interest like Kinder Morgan, a Texas-based corporation.”Watch the full episode of Nation to Nation below: Simon is a member of the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, a group of 150 First Nations and Tribes across Turtle Island.The group was formed to fight pipeline projects through their territories and right now it has its sights set on Kinder Morgan.But in the end, it’s about recognition of rights said Simon.“That’s what’s at the centre of this whole thing; it’s that recognition they don’t want to give,” said Simon.Simon has seen this unfold before.He remembers when the Oka Crisis unfolded 28 years ago in summer of 1990 during the Battle of the Pines triggered by the Village of Oka’s desire to expand a golf course over Mohawk burial grounds. One person died and it’s something Simon said no one wants to see happen again.But if rights are not respected he said it’s inevitable.“If you are going to push industry concerns over First Nation concerns on our territory you are going to see a flashpoint somewhere,” he said. “I’m really hoping for my friends in B.C. that it doesn’t go that way for them.”The Trudeau government has refused to rule out using force to build Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and there has already been hundreds of arrests.It’s a project Trudeau has already approved and his government says First Nations and Metis groups were consulted beforehand. However, support for the project has dropped from 51 deals to 44 between to Kinder Morgan and Indigenous groups.Some that have supported it say they felt they didn’t have a choice. In fact, Yale First Nation signed a deal because it was so beaten down and broke from colonization and the “worst” treaty agreement in Canada. It needed Kinder Morgan’s money to keep from going into third-party management.Serge Simon, a Mohawk, should keep his nose in his own business. His community is located thousands of miles from the Kinder Morgan Expansion Project. Simon has no Aboriginal rights in either Alberta or B.C.— Ernie Crey (@Cheyom1) May 16, 2018While others like Cheam First Nation, or at least its chief Ernie Crey, say the pipeline is better than transporting the bitumen by train.Crey has been outspoken on Twitter about Simon speaking about the pipeline saying he holds no rights in Alberta or B.C. and should stay out of it.“He can say whatever he wants. It’s a debate we’ll have to have somewhere down the line whether I have that right or not,” said [email protected]
TORONTO – Corus Entertainment Inc. says chief operating officer Barb Williams will retire at the end of the month.Williams joined the company as part of its acquisition of Shaw Media.Corus acquired Shaw Media in April 2016 for $2.65 billion in cash and stock.The company says Williams played a key role in the integration of the two companies.It says it will not be filling the role of chief operating officer.Corus owns specialty and conventional television stations, including the Global Television network as well as radio stations, a children’s book publishing business and other services.Companies in this story: (TSX:CJR.B)
New Delhi: Promoters and top officials of realty firm Amrapali Group diverted homebuyers’ money for personal benefits and building their own empire, said the forensic report submitted to the Supreme Court. The audit report reveals that around Rs 3,500 crore of homebuyers’ money was diverted by the Amrapali top brass. According to the auditors, the money was spent on houses, luxury cars and weddings among others and also invested in shares and mutual funds. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles The Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed both the Noida and Greater Noida authorities and the banks concerned for the diversion of funds by the group. Pointing to the diversion of Rs 3,500 crore by the Amrapali Group as estimated by the forensic auditors, Justice Arun Mishra said: “Rs 3,500 crore have gone away. Due to your inaction, cheating has taken place. The banks’ inaction has contributed to it. Had you taken action timely, this would not have happened.” Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar “It is your own doing. You have not done anything. If you had done anything, this would not have happened. If it is not hand in gloves then what it is,” Justice Mishra told the Noida, Greater Noida authorities and the banks. The forensic auditors’ report pointed to instances where money moved from one company to another company of the Amrapali Group. The court said that that “without the active support of the banks, this kind of large scale money laundering could not have happened”. However, as per the auditors, it is possible to raise the required funds to complete the Amrapali projects. For this, they said the money diverted will have to be brought back and several other assets of the group will have to be sold. A total of around Rs 9,590 crore can be recovered from the group, noted the auditors.