first_imgThe North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) plans to convene on October 1 and 2, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Thirty speakers will discuss case studies of a variety of building types and climate zones, organizers said.The keynote speaker will be Diana Urge-Vorsatz, the director for the Centre for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy Central, and the lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.This year’s conference will pay particular attention to large Passivhaus structures. Among the scheduled speakers: Sonia Zouari, project architect for the 42-unit Salus Clementine project in Ontario, the first social housing project in Canada seeking Passivhaus certification; Dieter Herz of Herz & Lang in Germany, winners of the Passive House Award for Office and Special Use Building; and Scott Kennedy, principal of Cornerstone Architecture, who will talk about a 95-unit apartment building due for construction in Vancouver in September.More than three dozen panel discussions and workshops have been scheduled on a variety of topics, and project tours are planned for Passivhaus projects in Whistler and Vancouver.NAPHN is a coalition of regional and state Passivhaus groups aligned with the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany.last_img read more

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort The Rockets scored 28 fast-break points, almost doubling their previous high of 15.“We don’t want to hold the ball,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “And we want to make quick decisions. … I just think we did a lot of good things.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHouston led 69-51 at halftime with its highest-scoring half of the season. The Rockets went 11 for 22 from 3-point range in the first half and 16 for 47 from beyond the arc for the game.“We haven’t been shooting the 3-ball all that great this year,” said Eric Gordon, who made three 3s and had 20 points. “… Once we start shooting 3s we’ll be hard to stop.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding UP NEXTRockets: Host Utah on Sunday in the first of three straight home games.Hawks: Visit Cleveland on Sunday. Dennis Schroder and Taurean Prince each had 16 points for Atlanta. Luke Babbitt scored 12 points on four 3-pointers, and rookie John Collins had eight points and 12 rebounds.TIP-INSRockets: It was Houston’s first win over Atlanta since Nov. 27, 2013, snapping a streak of seven straight losses in the series. … Harden had 11 assists for his fourth double-double of the season. … Clint Capela, who had 12 points, answered a 10-0 run by Atlanta in the second period with three straight jams. The center’s third dunk, a two-hander, led to an Atlanta timeout.Hawks: In a halftime ceremony, the Hawks retired a ceremonial jersey to honor Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed, who helped keep the team in its downtown location. The city is providing $142.5 million of the $192.5 million in the two-year renovation of Philips Arena. The Hawks agreed to an 18-year lease extension to remain at the city-owned arena through 2046. … G Malcolm Delaney (ankle) did not play. … Coach Mike Budenholzer was called for a technical foul in the second period.CHRIS PAUL UPDATEAsked when All-Star point guard Chris Paul will return from a left knee injury, D’Antoni said: “I hope tomorrow, but it’s not gonna be.” After that tease, D’Antoni said he expects Paul to miss another two weeks. “But we’re going to be cautious with it so it could stretch a few more days,” he said.Paul was with the team in Atlanta while missing his ninth straight game.PT FOR TAYLORPoint guard Isaiah Taylor, who played four games with Houston last season, continues to earn substantial playing time after signing with the Hawks on Oct. 17. He had 12 points and a team-high five assists in about 25 minutes against his former team.“His speed is what makes him special,” Budenholzer said. “Everybody sees how he can get to the paint, get to the rim. He makes people play fast with him. … He’s made a good first impression.” MOST READ Luc Mbah a Moute also scored 20 points to help Houston improve to 6-1 on the road. The Southwest Division-leading Rockets (7-3) closed a stretch where they played five of six games away from Houston, including back-to-back road wins against the Knicks and Hawks.“A good two games for us, but it’s got to be not just two games or 10 games, it’s got to be an entire season to get where we want to go,” Harden said.Kent Bazemore scored 18 points for the Hawks (1-8), who have not won since their season-opening victory at Dallas.Bazemore had the difficult task of defending Harden.“They just shoot the crap out of the ball,” Bazemore said. “You can be six inches from it and they let it go. … When a team like that comes in, it’s going to be a tough challenge. You have to play about flawless.”ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH James pours in 57 as Cavs topple Wizards Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) has the ball knocked away by Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — The Houston Rockets overwhelmed the woeful Atlanta Hawks with fast-break baskets and 3-point shooting.James Harden scored 21 of his 29 points in Houston’s high-scoring first half, and the Rockets handed the Hawks their eighth straight loss with a 119-104 victory Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games View commentslast_img read more

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKim Kianna Dy may have the spot in the national team falling on her lap, but her studies might stand in the way.Dy, an incoming Business Management senior at La Salle, said she would have to ask permission from all her professors so she can join the Philippine team for a 17-day training camp in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Lassiter finally breaks 3-point shooting funk View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Japan camp, a staple for PH national team during its heydays in the late ’80s, is a requisite in making the squad competing in the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Senior slated this August.“I’m very thankful (to make it to the team) but also surprised because I wasn’t even in the 18-man pool,” said Dy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

first_imgFulham open Juventus talks for Fiorentina winger Pjacaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus winger Marko Pjaca is the subject of an approach from Fulham.Tuttosport says Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri has made a personal request for Pjaca as a January addition.The attacker is currently playing for Fiorentina, who have an option to buy for €20m. The Cottagers also are prepared to buy Pjaca for €20m after a six month loan.Juventus spent €23m to purchase Pjaca from Dinamo Zagreb in the summer of 2016.Last season, Pjaca had a six-month loan in Germany with Schalke 04. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgMan Utd goalkeeper Joel Pereira back at Heartsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira is back at Hearts.He has returned from injury in time for their derby clash with Hibernian this weekend.Jambos manager Craig Levein said: “Joel’s come back up from Manchester United and is feeling good. “The problem he had was a thigh strain, so we’ve not done an awful lot of kicking to this point, just to make sure we give him plenty of time to recover.“That’ll be the last thing he has to do. If he gets through that, then he will be available as well.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pochettino admits Tottenham gave upby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMauricio Pochettino says Tottenham gave up in Tuesday’s 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich.Spurs let in three goals in the last 10 minutes to cap off a terrible night at home.”The feeling at the end, when we conceded the three goals, it was like the team was tired and gave up a little bit,” Pochettino said. “Maybe that showed a little bit our frustration in the game because up until 83 minutes the team were alive, we were fighting, trying to create chances to score a third goal and we were still in the game. But they were very clinical.”Of course we are so disappointed. I cannot say another thing other than I feel very very disappointed. I feel so bad because when you concede seven goals it is tough, but you need to face up to this type of situation.”When you play the final of the Champions League, it was nice to put your face up after the wins we had at Manchester City and Ajax. Now I have to put my same face up and accept we were not as good as we expected.” last_img read more

first_img Travellers to Jamaica are being urged to declare all agricultural products in order to avoid the introduction of foreign pests and diseases that could threaten the agriculture sector and the environment. Travellers to Jamaica are being urged to declare all agricultural products in order to avoid the introduction of foreign pests and diseases that could threaten the agriculture sector and the environment.Chief Plant Quarantine Produce Inspector, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Sanniel Wilson, said that persons are required to declare seeds, meats, plants and animal products and by-products being taken into the island.The declaration must cover all items carried in checked baggage, carry-on luggage and shipped items.Miss Wilson, who was addressing a JIS Think Tank on September 7, cautioned persons against illegally smuggling plants into the country.“Be it a tourist, a Jamaican or returning resident, if you intend to carry any plant or plant products here, you are required to have a permit. This permit will tell the exporting country the requirements for taking in this plant,” she noted.Miss Wilson explained that in cases where there are no permits, the inspectors at the borders of entry will determine whether the items meet the entry requirements.She is encouraging persons to adhere to the laws in order to avoid sanctions.She noted that the Plant Quarantine Act of 1993 and the Plant Import Control Regulations outline clear fines and other sanctions for persons who intentionally smuggle in plant-related items.“Sanctions for illegal introduction of plant and plant products range from $50,000 to $200,000, and could also lead to imprisonment,” Miss Wilson pointed out.Meanwhile, for persons who may have visited a farm or ranch in a foreign country, she said: “the clothes you wear, we ask you to leave it there”.Clothes and shoes worn on farms could contain traces of soil that might harbour foreign diseases.Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Dermon Spence, said part of the Ministry’s mandate is to expand agricultural production and ensure that people have access to safe, quality food for consumption.He noted that achieving these objectives will require that the sector is not compromised by persons bringing pests and diseases into the country.As such, he stressed the need for travellers to fill out the declaration forms that they receive at the airport.Mr. Spence noted that prohibited items that are not declared by passengers will be confiscated and disposed of, and persons could also face civil penalties. Chief Plant Quarantine Produce Inspector, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Sanniel Wilson, said that persons are required to declare seeds, meats, plants and animal products and by-products being taken into the island. Story Highlights “Be it a tourist, a Jamaican or returning resident, if you intend to carry any plant or plant products here, you are required to have a permit. This permit will tell the exporting country the requirements for taking in this plant,” she noted.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Maracle, a Mohawk from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and executive director of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, is known as a passionate advocate for urban Indigenous peoples and women’s issues. Twitter The Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie salutes fans during the first half of game three of an NBA playoff series basketball game between the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers in Toronto on Friday, May 5, 2017. (FRANK GUNN / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Downie, who announced last year that he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, has become a strong advocate for Indigenous people and issues.His recent solo album and graphic novel Secret Path tells the story of an Indigenous boy, Chanie Wenjack, who died while trying to escape a residential school.The Hip’s members — Downie, Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gord Sinclair — are being honoured for their contributions to Canadian music and support for social and environmental causes. Advertisement OTTAWA — Gord Downie and Indigenous activist Sylvia Maracle will receive the Order of Canada on Monday, while Downie’s Tragically Hip bandmates will receive their civilian honours at a later date.Maracle will be named an officer of the Order of Canada and Downie will be named a member.They are among 30 recipients to be honoured for leadership in supporting Indigenous issues, including NHL player Jordin Tootoo, who will receive a meritorious service medal in the civil division. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

2015SEC119+9.2+1.7+25.6+5.9 American72-9.5-2.5-3.0-1.5 ACC118+10.3+3.2+18.5+5.0 Independent22-8.5+0.4-6.1+0.5 MAC60-4.5-2.1-5.7-2.3 After Oklahoma cruised past Auburn in Monday night’s Sugar Bowl, college football’s 2016-17 bowl season is nearing its finale. The only game left? Next Monday’s national championship game between Alabama and Clemson, a rematch of last year’s title tilt. That game — a 45-40 Alabama victory — concluded a dominant season for the Crimson Tide’s Southeastern Conference, one that punctuated the first nine-win bowl season by a single conference in college history.But in a surprise twist, it’s Clemson and the Atlantic Coast Conference — not Alabama and the SEC — that are winning the bowl battle once we adjust for expectations. And with the Tigers carrying the conference’s banner into the title game, the ACC has a chance to top last year’s SEC for the most impressive bowl season ever.The ACC has gone 8-3 this bowl season, already the second-most wins by a conference in a single bowl season since the AP poll era started in 1936. (Of course, because bowl season has become so bloated in recent years, this year’s ACC teams have also played in the third-most bowls ever, tied with four other conferences since 2013.) But the ACC’s record is still notable because of its difficulty: FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings — which estimate the relative quality of every FBS team — would have expected an average team to go 3-8 against ACC teams’ bowl opponents, losing by an average of 2.7 points per game. Instead, ACC teams have won by 7.6 points per game. That five-win gap between the ACC’s bowl record and what Elo would have expected from an average group of teams is easily the biggest of any conference this season: 1996SEC55+10.0+2.2+27.0+4.0 SEC126-0.5-0.3+11.0+2.7 Sun Belt64+5.8+1.7+1.4+1.0 VS. EXPECTEDVS. FBS AVERAGE 2007SEC97+4.3+2.6+15.7+4.9 2016ACC118+10.3+3.2+18.5+5.0 Expected wins and point differentials are according to pre-bowl Elo ratings. Conferences classified as “independent” were excluded from the ranking.Source: College Football at Sports-Reference.com 2002Big Ten75+8.9+2.6+19.8+3.9 CONFERENCEBOWLSWINSPOINT DIFF./GAMEWINSPOINT DIFF./GAMEWINS Big 1264+7.3+0.9+19.1+2.7 2006SEC96+9.7+2.1+20.7+4.1 Which conference is winning the 2016-17 bowl season? Most dominant bowl seasons by conference, 1936-2016 It’s also the second-biggest gap for any conference since 1936, trailing only the SEC’s 5.9 excess wins of a season ago.1If you’re curious, here’s the all-time top 10: MWC74+2.9+0.1+2.9+0.1 2014SEC127-0.5+0.0+14.0+4.0 VS. EXPECTEDVS. FBS AVERAGE 2008SEC86+7.0+2.3+18.1+4.2 1998Big Ten55+9.7+2.5+25.9+4.2 CUSA74+1.2+0.5-2.1-0.0 2013SEC107+3.1+1.0+19.5+4.6 Expected wins and point differentials are according to pre-bowl Elo ratingsSource: College Football at Sports-Reference.com Big Ten103-4.2-1.5+6.4+0.8 YEARCONFERENCEBOWLSWINSPOINT DIFF./GAMEWINSPOINT DIFF./GAMEWINS Pac-1263-10.3-0.4+5.8+1.5 If Clemson knocks off the historically dominant Crimson Tide in the CFP championship game — and Elo gives that scenario a 33 percent chance of happening — the ACC would take over the No. 1 slot.2Again — this is, in part, a function of there being so many more bowls nowadays. If we limit ourselves to conferences with at least six bowl entries since 1970 (the year bowls stopped matching Division I-A/FBS teams with non-FBS ones), the 2015 SEC ranks seventh on a per-game basis, and the 2016 ACC 16th. But it’s also worth remembering that as a conference’s bowl contingent grows, the quality of its worst bowl-bound teams also decreases, depressing its per-game rating.Now, there are a few caveats to be had there. Although the ACC has won far more than we’d expect against a very tough slate of opponents, it’s also gotten a little lucky in the process. According to the Pythagorean formula, which generates an expected record based on the points a team scores and allows, the ACC’s bowl record should be more like 7-4 than 8-3, which matters when discussing the razor-thin margins atop all-time leaderboards. Relatedly, its adjusted scoring margin (+18.5) doesn’t even rank No. 1 this season; the Big 12 has a +19.1 mark, albeit in half as many games. By contrast, the SEC was +25.6 in bowls last season.ACC teams were favored by Elo in only four of the conference’s 11 bowls, and although one of those favorites lost (Pittsburgh in the Pinstripe Bowl), the rest of the ACC’s bowl teams picked up the slack with five upset victories. (Including Clemson’s 31-0 rout of Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.3Although Vegas listed Clemson as 1-point favorites, computer power rankings such as Elo and ESPN’s Football Power Index were (wrongly) slightly higher on the Buckeyes.) When the SEC won nine bowls last season, it was only a slight improvement on the 7.3 they were expected to win going into the bowls. The ACC’s eight wins this year are much more out of step with the 4.8 wins Elo would have predicted, a gap that will grow to 5.5 wins if Clemson upsets Alabama.Regardless of how much good fortune has been involved, however, the ACC has been the class of this year’s bowls. And a Clemson victory on Monday night would add more than just one bragging right to the conference’s trophy case. read more