Who Wins 2015 Special Intra-Gov’t Tourney?

first_imgAmongst the eight football teams in the 2015 Special Intra-Governmental Tournament, which begins today, there are two favorites– the current champions, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Legislature.The MYS, in the 2014 edition clinched the tournament from amongst over 16 contenders, with former Liberia midfield maestro Kelvin Sebwe providing the inspiration.The employment of Joe Nagbe and George Gebro at the Ministry now will improve the team’s chances.Howbeit, the Legislature –also formidable force – with Africa’s Legend Sen. George Weah, playing as offensive midfielder has Fofi Kamara, Sebastian Mouh amongst others.Today at 9:00am, over 500 public servants from three branches of Government – Legislature, Judiciary and the Executive – are expected to parade from Broad Street’s Sports Commission to the Antoinette Tubman Stadium to kick-off the three-day football and kickball tournaments.A brief program will precede events where Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe and Madam Yusador Gaye – the Auditor General of the General Auditing Commission, will be amongst other speakers.The GAC’s AG will take the official kick-off at 10:00am.The tournament should have been “celebrating the Kick-out of Ebola in the country,” but the resurgence of the Ebola has caused the tournament to go on without a theme – an unprecedented incident.The cost of the tournament is about US$12,800 – with a budget allocation of about US$10,400 and US$2,400 for totaled registration of the 16 teams.In the opener, the kickball team of NASSCORP meets Ministry of State. The male team of NASSCORP faces the GAC in the first football derby and LIBTELCO will locks horns with the Ministry of Defence.The Judiciary faces the Legislature to climax the day’s games. On Thursday, defending kickball champions of the Ministry of Youth and Sports will play the Legislature, while the Judiciary meets the Forestry Development Authority, and then first winner between NASSCORP and Ministry of State will face the Ministry of Finance and the LBS and the defending football champions Ministry of Youth and Sports will climax the day.At the end of the tournament on Friday, trophies would be given to the first and 2nd winners in each category as well as medals, but individual prizes are yet to be finalized.The reduction of participating teams from 32 to eight teams as well as deletion of the volleyball version are because of budget cut and lack of playing facilities in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Warriors Looking Forward: DeMarcus Cousins expected to return this week

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *The Golden State Warriors visit the Denver Nuggets early this week but all the attention will be on the Friday-night matchup versus the Los Angeles Clippers. DeMarcus Cousins is expected to make his return to the court after recovering from an Achilles injury. With the return of Cousins, the Warriors will boast a starting lineup constructed of former all-stars …last_img

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North Carolina Reverses Building Code Changes

first_imgA lost opportunity for consumersWhy take all the time to consider and approve new building codes only to undo most of the work six months later? That was the question from Bridget Herring, a new appointee to the council and the only person to vote against the latest revisions.“I do not have any questions other than why we would amend the code we just adopted,” she told the Code Council before the vote.Councilors, however, said it wasn’t unusual to approve a policy with the idea it would be changed later.“Rather than hold up the whole energy code, we would let something go through, knowing that we were going to revisit it again,” Robbie Davis, the newly elected chairman of the 17-member panel, told Southeast Energy News.Bill Fay, director of the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition, called the reversal a “slap in [the] face of North Carolina home buyers” and told the Codes Council its decision means that North Carolina is falling behind despite the fact it’s one of the fastest-growing states in the country.“Why should we let the builders write the code?” Fay asked.According to the International Code Council, as of July 2017 North Carolina was one of 15 states using the 2009 version of the energy code. Eight states, including North Carolina, have adopted the 2009 International Residential Code. Other states have moved to new versions of the codes published in 2012 and 2015. A number of states have adopted parts of the codes but don’t apply them to all buildings. Are We Really Better Off With Building Codes?Are Energy Codes Working?An Overview of the 2012 Energy CodeICC Approves Changes to Energy Code A question of costDavid Smith, a builder from Wilmington, North Carolina, and the chairman of the council’s residential committee, said in a telephone call that the changes sought by the builders association affected only a small portion of the new code and that many of the committee’s earlier changes were left intact.“Cost is always a factor,” he said of more stringent energy requirements for new construction. “The more you increase the cost, the more it affects affordable housing — which is already almost an oxymoron; the cost of housing is out of sight. We try to make sure we keep the cost of housing down as much as possible so more and more families can get into homes. It’s a lot more than ‘I’m against’ or ‘I’m for’ something.”Smith said that advocates for tougher building requirements played an “extremely important part” in making code revisions, and that he understood their frustration over the council’s most recent vote.“That upset the proponents of the energy code, and I can understand it because that’s what they do, and thank goodness we have them there. We just can’t do it all. I can build a house right now that wouldn’t cost you hardly anything to heat or cool and could stand up to a hurricane or a tornado, but at what cost do you want to build that home?”If cost was a chief reason for softening the energy requirements, the council got no specifics in its December deliberations. Code Council Chairman Robbie Davis, a Rocky Mount, North Carolina, builder, said the homebuilders association didn’t say exactly how much it thought the energy upgrades would add to the cost of a new house.Privott was not available to talk about the changes. Last June, the North Carolina agency responsible for making changes in state building codes voted in tougher energy efficiency standards for new residential construction. By December, on the urging of the North Carolina Homebuilders Association, the Building Code Council had reversed course, voting 15-1 to junk some of the changes because they would be too costly.Using the 2015 version of the International Energy Conservation Code as a starting point, an ad hoc committee deliberated for months on how to tweak the state’s residential building code. The Code Council voted in June to accept the committee’s compromise requiring more insulation and less air leakage in new houses, according to a report posted by Southeast Energy News. The recommended changes were expected to become part of the 2018 North Carolina residential code taking effect in 2019.Jeff Tiller, a sustainable technology professor at Appalachian State University who helped write the new code as a member of the committee, described the changes as “relatively minor,” and “reasonable.”But Robert Privott, a lobbyist for the North Carolina Homebuilders Association and also a member of the same committee, proposed in December that the Code Council roll back some of the new requirements, in effect retaining pieces of the 2009 IECC in the next version of the state’s residential code. RELATED ARTICLES The proposal from the homebuilders association eased requirements for U-factors in skylights and lowered code minimum R-values for insulation in ceilings and walls. For example, code changes previously approved by the Code Council would have required wood-framed walls to have R-15 of cavity insulation or R-13 of cavity insulation plus R-2 of continuous insulation in Climate Zone 3. The builders association instead suggested the insulation requirement remain at R-13, according to the agenda for December’s council meeting. The maximum permissible U-factor for skylights in Climate Zone 3 rose from 0.55 to 0.66. The next round of changes is a long way offHerring, the energy program coordinator for the city of Asheville, told GBA that the energy code changes that had been approved in June were a compromise between the 2009 IECC on which current North Carolina code is based and the 2015 version of the energy code.She said the payback from changes approved in June would have justified the investment, and that she considered the rollbacks approved in December a significant change.“North Carolina has moved from a three-year code cycle to a six-year code cycle, so we are only planning on an update every six years,” she said by telephone. “We are going to fall further behind, and there are going to be larger changes if we don’t take some small steps forward. I would rather take small incremental steps that are cost-effective, and I do believe that was a cost-effective requirement.”A pending rate increase from Duke Energy is another factor, she said. “Those slight advances in efficiency would have helped offset the cost of our increased utility rates that are potential coming down the line.”Further tinkering is still possible. The rewritten codes will become the state’s 2018 building codes and go into effect on January 1, 2019. Decisions the council makes now are still subject to review by the North Carolina Legislature, and council rules allow code changes to be proposed at any time.last_img read more

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You Get What You Pay For. More Or Less.

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Cheap isn’t about value creation. It’s about the absence of value. It’s true that some segment of customers, regardless of any protestations to the contrary, uses price as their primary decision-making criteria. All things being equal, they’re right to choose price. But all things being unequal, buying on price alone is dangerously short-sighted and foolish.Less Than What You Paid ForYou do get what you pay for. But you also get less than what you pay for when your buy on price alone. You get a lower standard of quality when there isn’t enough profit to deliver craftsmanship. You get a lower standard of care when the price doesn’t allow people to give you their time and attention. You lessen the likelihood that you’ll get the outcomes that you really want, and you get less certainty when it comes to risks.You get what you pay for . . . and less. You’ve undoubtedly had this experience, haven’t you?More Than You Paid ForA higher price doesn’t automatically translate to a greater value creation, but much of the time it’s a darn useful heuristic. A higher price is normally the result of greater value creation. Things cost more because they produce a better result, a better experience, a better outcome. It costs more to deliver craftsmanship. It costs more to deliver a greater level of care. It takes more time and energy.You’ve had this experience too, haven’t you? You’ve been thrilled or delighted with the surprise of buying something that completely exceeded your already high expectations.Battle Lines Being DrawnRight now, commercial markets are drawing lines.There are those who believe that everything is transactional. Their goal is to drive costs out of the business, disintermediate the middle man, and pass those savings off to their clients.There are others who believe that there are customers and clients who are willing to pay more for something of greater value. Instead of trying to find a way to cut costs from the business, their goals are to make the necessary investments to create greater value.You get what you pay for. More or less. And so do your clients. What does that mean about who you are and what you sell?last_img read more

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Josh Urbiztondo announces retirement from basketball

first_imgUrbiztondo, who was a PBA All-Star in 2012, got several messages of support, including from his opponent-turned-coach Jimmy Alapag.“From going to battle against each other through the years, to having you in Alab the last two seasons, I’ve always had the utmost respect for your character,” Alapag commented on Urbiztondo’s post.“You’ve been a great example to future Filipino players that it’s not about where you start, but where you finish. Been a hell of a ride the past two seasons together! Appreciate you and your incredible family!” added Alapag. “The game will miss you! Always here for you if you need anything.”Urbiztondo said that his next move is to move back to the United States with his wife Alexis and their two daughters.“Those of you who know me, my kids and wife are everything to me and as a father I have to think about what’s best for them so moving back to the States is essential for my family at this moment and I am excited for our next chapter,” said Urbiztondo.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ “After a long-thought decision and discussing with my wife, I have finally decided to hang ‘em up and retire from basketball,” wrote Urbiztondo on his Instagram. “In my 11-year pro career there have been a lot of ups and downs, which I will cherish and bring with me in my next chapter of life.”Urbiztondo was a reliable journeyman during his days in the PBA putting up an average of 6.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists from 2009 to 2017 and was even a champion with the Purefoods franchise in the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup.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, logisticsHe then transitioned to the ABL first with the Singapore Slingers in 2017 before going back to the PBA on the same year. In 2018, he returned to the ABL playing for Alab  where he won a title.“I want to thank God, ally my fans and supporters, brothers, coaches, teammates, and the management throughout all my years in the Philippines, especially my wife, my daughters, my parents, my brothers-in-law, and all my family in the States who would watch my games in the middle of the night and follow my progress via Internet.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIEScenter_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles FILE – Josh Urbiztondo celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Josh Urbiztondo announced his retirement from professional basketball a day after Alab Pilipinas got eliminated in the Asean Basketball League playoffs.The 36-year-old guard said he talked with his wife Alexis about his decision of ending his 11-year professional career before dutifully announcing it through social media.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nuggets clinch Northwest with win over Trail Blazers SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino 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 Krausslast_img read more

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