South Korean basketball players arrive for games in North

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown D-League: Marinerong Pilipinas dumps AMA for 3rd win South Korean basketball players arrive at the Pyongyang Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. South Korean basketball teams and officials arrived on Tuesday to take part in the inter-Korean basketball match in Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)PYONGYANG, North Korea — Dozens of South Korean basketball players arrived in North Korea’s capital on Tuesday for a series of games the two Koreas hope will foster a spirit of detente generated by the recent North-South summit meetings.The 50 players arrived in Pyongyang on two military aircraft.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon headed the delegation, which included 20 government officials and support staff and dozens of South Korean reporters.North Korea’s deputy sports minister, Won Kil U, led the North’s welcoming party.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe South Korean male and female basketball players are expected to play four matches with North Koreans on Wednesday and Thursday. It was not clear whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would attend any of the games, but he did make a prominent appearance at a concert put on by South Korean musicians in Pyongyang earlier this year.The exchanges are the latest result of a diplomatic outreach to the South that Kim announced during his annual New Year’s speech. That led to the North’s participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February and two summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan MOST READ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Kim has also had three summits with China’s leader and met with U.S. President Donald Trump last month in Singapore.Cho, the South Korean unification minister, said he felt “deeply moved” upon arrival because he could sense the change in relations in the past few months.Basketball diplomacy has something of a history in North Korea.Basketball made international headlines from Pyongyang when former NBA player Dennis Rodman arranged a game there in 2014 for Kim’s birthday.South Korea’s Hyundai company built a basketball stadium in Pyongyang during the “Sunshine Period” of engagement between the North and South and a joint game was played there in 2003.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Two rounds of inter-Korean basketball games were held before that, in 1999.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95last_img read more

‘I Would Have Voted against It’

first_imgVP Jewel Howard Taylor: “My parents came from nowhere but they understand the importance of giving anyone a sound education…”Bong County Senior Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor has stated that had she been present, she would have voted against the amendment to the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Act, which was recently passed with unanimous consent by the Senate.Senator Taylor, a trained banker and Chair of the Senate Committee on Autonomous Commissions and Agencies, was speaking in Monrovia last week in the wake of mixed public reactions to the passage of the controversial amendment to the CBL Act by both Houses of the Legislature.“I was not here when that law was passed. I was in Accra, (Ghana) representing the Senate at a meeting there; but if I [had been here], I would have voted against it,” Senator Taylor declared.The Bong County lawmaker stated that there was a need for the Legislature to craft a holistic law that would apply to all officials serving at a particular level in government, instead of one that targets a particular entity and its officials.“You now have a group of governors — not just Mills Jones — every governor at CBL is now barred from taking part in the 2014 elections. I am not even talking about 2017. I was hoping that we would do that in the Code of Conduct that would set a certain level across the board… [without discrimination],” Senator Taylor lamented.“There must be a holistic law that looks at everyone at a particular level, instead of one law that seems to be targeting the Central Bank of Liberia and all of its officials. I made a comment the other day without knowing that they would have this problem,” the outspoken female lawmaker declared.“If there are issues of mismanagement or misusing money, there are opportunities to deal with that as an issue; but to go and put in place a law?”The Senate passed the bill unanimously before sending it to the House of Representatives, which concurred with zero tolerance for dissent. The speed with which the bill was passed earned it the nickname ‘4G bill’.Having voiced her disagreement with the recently passed bill, Senator Taylor opined that the matter must now be taken from where it is.“There are people who have already taken the issue to court (Supreme Court). Maybe they can use the opportunity to go back,” she suggested.In a related development, the former First Lady of Liberia has praised her colleagues in the Liberian Senate for the recent passage of the portion of the Electoral Reform Laws which stipulates that:  “In submitting to the National Elections Commission a list of its candidates for elective office, a political party or coalition should endeavor to ensure that the governing body and its list of candidates has no less than 30% of its members from each gender.”She said the development could not have come at a better time than on the eve of the week when the world is celebrating International Women’s Day. She particularly thanked her sister, Madam Sandra Howard, whom she recalled was among the crafters of the law that created the Gender and Development Ministry during the regime of her ex-husband, former President Charles Taylor.With the coming to power of Liberia’s and Africa’s first democratically-elected female President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Senator Taylor said the glass ceiling has been broken and marks the beginning of how far Liberian women can go.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Fix it” goes on trial for attempted murder

first_img…allegedly wounded man who refused to give him moneyQuincy Henry, also known as “Fix It”, on Wednesday denied that he wounded Troy Bacchus, called “Fletcher”, with the intent of murdering him on September 20, 2015, at Bourda, Georgetown. Henry also denied the alternative count, which stated that he tried to cause grievous bodily harm or to main, disfigure, disable or disarm Bacchus. The defendant entered pleas of not guilty on both counts at his first appearance at the High Court before Justice Brassington Reynolds. A 12-member mixed jury was empanelled to hear the case.Prosecutors Tiffani Lyken, Seeta Bishundial and Narissa Lander are appearing forAccused: Quincy Henrythe State. Meanwhile, the accused was not represented by legal counsel. Justice Reynolds however gave him until today to retain the services of an attorney ahead of the start of the trial.Based on reports surrounding the case, Henry who works as a handyman, had a habit of asking individuals for money. On the day in question, Bacchus refused to give the accused any money which reportedly led to an altercation between the two.During Wednesday’s court appearance, Henry seemed to have difficulty hearing as the Judge and the Court’s Registrar repeated statements several times while communicating with him. The accused was out on $50,000 bail prior to the empanelment, but he was remanded to prison for the duration of the case.last_img read more

GAA: NAOMH MHUIRE GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgNaomh MhuireTraining for underage will continue as normal this weekend. The minors are due to play their playoof game nextSunday against N. Conaill.Regarding Donegal tickets for the All-Ireland Football Final, the website will be the official communication and will be updated regularly with any further information. However no-one will be guaranteed tickets. In order to apply the clubs Code of Conduct and Best Practice in relation to Ticket allocation, a points system has been devised which will determine where the tickets go and will be strictly adhered to. The system will decide where the tickets go, not individual personalities. The seniors and Reserves had two good home victories last weekend against Bundoran. This Sunday see both teams travelling to Killybegs with 1:30pm and 3:30pm throw ins. With only a few games left and the division tight – all support appreciated.Naomh Mhuire Bord na nÓgPeil na mBan; u13 girls had two games last week. On Wednesday we were defeated by St Eunans and on Saturday we defeated Termon. The next fixture is v Letterkenny Gaels in letterkenny on Wednesday. u16 girls qualified for the County Semi-final by defeating Aodh Ruadh in the banks on Tuesday and Glenfin in Glenfin on Thursday so we now await the winners of the Milford/Naomh Conaill game. The minor fixtures are being finalised and should be confirmed mid week.A date for the dairy: The Finbar and Frankie Pat Fun Run/Walk will take place on Friday 21st September in the Banks along a shore route. Registration will be a 6:30 with race to start at 7pm.  An evening to remember two great club stalwarts. More details to follow.Lotto details for week 5th September. Jackpot 2840 euro. No jackpot winner and two match 3 winners: B. Gallagher – The Hall – Anagaire, Joseph Sharkey, Sharkeys Bar. Numbers drawn were 4-11-14-16. Next 100 club draw takes place on 26th sept. Sellers need to have subs in two days in advance of draw, to give the lotto and 100 club team time to have draw made on the correct date.Check out details on www.naomhmhuire.ie.  GAA: NAOMH MHUIRE GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: September 11th, 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:GAA: NAOMH MHUIRE GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Match predictions: City host Chelsea in the big one as Premier league returns

first_imgManchester United vs Crystal PalaceOld traffordMon, 11;00pmReferee, Neil SwarbrickJose Mourinho’s side has no injured players returning for the game. Ander Herrera, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Maroune Fellaini are all still out with injuries.Palace on the other hand will have James Tomkins, Martin Kelly and   Jeff Schlupp all returning from injury. Johan Cabaye, Muhammadu Sakho, Joel Ward, Julian Speroni, Wilfred Zaha, Bakary Sakho, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Connor Wickam are all still out.Palace’s last league victory at Old Trafford dates back to December 1989 when the Eagles defeated Sir Alex Ferguson’s men 2-1. Manchester United has won all of the last five meetings between the two clubs in all competitions,  scoring 12 and letting in only two goals.Prediction; Manchester United 2-0 Crystal PalaceJose Mourinho has no returning players for the week 29 fixture in the Premier League.Comments Watford vs West Bromwich AlbionVicarage RoadSat, 06:00pmReferee: Paul TierneyWatford winger Gerard Deulofeu suffered a stress fracture of the foot last weekend and will face a spell out. Will Hughes has recovered from a hamstring problem and Didier Ndong is available after personal reasons kept him out of last week’s game.West Brom’s on-loan forward Daniel Sturridge remains out because of a hamstring strain. Head coach Alan Pardew has an unchanged squad but says he will make changes to the side.Watford have lost only one of the five Premier League meetings, keeping a clean sheet in both previous home games. West Brom’s last win at Vicarage Road came in a Championship game in November 2007. Prediction: Watford 0-0 West Brom Kevin De Bryne’s goal was all the difference between Chelsea and City in the first leg.Week 29 returns in the Premier league with an early kick-off as Burmley host Everton. Liverpool will be in action at home to Everton in the late kick-off on Saturday as Arsenal travels to the Anex on Sunday Afternoon. Run away leaders Man City host Chelsea and Mna United will have to wait till Monday for their match against relegation threatened Palace.Burnley vs EvertonTurf MoorSat, 03:30pmReferee: Chris KavanaghBurnley pair James Tarkowski and Chris Wood are back in contention after returning from injuries. Manager Sean Dyche says goalkeeper Tom Heaton is “very, very close” to being available after six months out with a shoulder injury.Everton defenders Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman and Phil Jagielka all return to the matchday squad. However, Eliaquim Mangala is likely to miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury suffered last month.Burnley won the reverse fixture at Goodison Park in October and could complete the league double against Everton for the first time since 1959-60, when they won the title. None of the previous seven Premier League meetings between these sides has finished level, with Everton winning four and Burnley three. The Clarets have only lost one of their last seven top-flight home games against Everton.Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Everton.Leicester City vs BournemouthKing Power StadiumSat, 06:00pmReferee: Lee ProbertLeicester City forward Shinji Okazaki could be available after a three-match lay-off with a knee injury. It remains to be seen whether manager Clud Puel will name the same eleven that drew at home to Stock last weekend.Bournemouth could also be unchanged, with manager Eddie Howe reporting no fresh injury concerns. Defender Tyrone Mings has been receiving treatment for a back issue abroad and is the only long-term absentee.Leicester City are yet to beat Bournemouth in the Premier League (D4, L1). There have been just five goals in as many Premier League fixtures between these sides.Prediction: Leicester 1-1 BournemouthSouthampton vs Stock CitySt. Marys StadiumSat, 06:00pmReferee: Anthony TaylorSouthampton pair Steven Davis and Shane Long are both nursing minor injuries and will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s game. Charlie Austin remains out of contention because of a hamstring injury but is edging close to a return.Peter Crouch and Ryan Shawcross are both available for Stoke after recovering from ankle injuries. Goalkeeper Lee Grant is out with a wrist injury, while Stephen Ireland remains sidelined by a calf problem.Southampton have won just two of their 11 Premier League meetings with Stoke (D5, L4). They could lose three league games in a row against them for the first time. Stoke could do the league double over Southampton for the first time in 50 years. The Potters have won their last two league visits to St Mary’s, both by a 1-0 scoreline.Prediction:Southampton 1-2 StockSwansea City vs West Ham UnitedLiberty StadiumSat, 06:00pmReferee: Martin AtkinsonSwansea have no new injury concerns following their FA Cup replay win over Sheffield Wednesday.West Ham’s squad is also likely to be unchanged, with Andy Carroll, Pedro Obiang and Edimilson Fernandes still long-term absentees. Arthur Masuaku serves the fifth match of his six-game ban for spitting.Swansea have lost the last three meetings, with their only win in 10 coming at Upton Park in May 2016 (D3, L6). The Swans have never suffered four straight league defeats against West Ham. The Hammers won the corresponding fixture 4-1 last season and are unbeaten in four Premier League visits to the Liberty Stadium since losing their first match there in August 2012.Prediction:Swansea City 2-2 West Ham Tottenham Hotspurs vs Huddersfield TownWembley StadiumSat, 06:00pmReferee: Michael JonesTottenham defender Jan Vertonghen should return after missing last week’s win at Palace with an ankle issue. His partner Toby Alderweireld is still not fit as he steps up his recovery from a torn hamstring.Huddersfield midfielder Philip Billing is available after illness, while Chris Lowe could feature after a three-match absence due to an ankle injury.  Aaron Mooy and Elias Kachunga are nearing returns from knee injuries but will not be involved this weekend.Tottenham are hosting Huddersfield in the league for the first time since August 1971, when they won 4-1 thanks to braces from Martin Chivers and Alan Gilzean. Spurs are unbeaten in six games against Huddersfield in all competitions since a 2-1 home defeat in April 1956 (W3, D3). Huddersfield could lose both league meetings with Spurs in a single season for the first time since the 1953-54 top-flight campaign.Prediction:Tottenham 3-0 Huddersfield Liverpool will look to their talisman Muhammed Salah to down Newcastle on Saturday evening.Liverpool vs Newcastle UnitedAnfieldSat, 08:30pmReferee: Graham ScottLiverpool will assess James Milner, who is nursing an injury, and ill pair Georginio Wijnaldum and Ben Woodburn. Full-back Nathaniel Clyne is still recovering from a back injury and is a definite absentee.Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey will miss the trip to his former club after damaging a knee in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Bournemouth. Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie have returned to fitness but Islam Slimani remains out.Liverpool are unbeaten in 21 league games against Newcastle at Anfield since a 0-2 defeat in April 1994 (W17, D4). The Reds can establish a Premier League record of scoring in 22 consecutive home games against a single opponent. Newcastle have only endured two longer winless away runs against a single opponent: 29 games at Manchester United until 2012, and 22 games at Chelsea, ending in 1981. The Magpies have had four players sent off across their last four Premier League visits to Anfield. Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Newcastlecenter_img Mesut Ozil is one of two Arsenal players still at the club to score against Brighton.Brighton and Hove Albion vs ArsenalThe American Express Community StadiumSun, 04:30pmReferee: Kevin FriendBrighton expect Czech midfielder Jiri Skalak to be available for selection after overcoming an Ankle injury. Chris Hugton however will be without Isaiah Brown and Steve Sidwell who are both still on the sidelines.Arsenal Midfielder Jack Wilshire should be fit following an Ankle injury. The Gunners will however still be without the trio of Nacho Monreal, Santi Cazorla and Alexander Lacazatte.Brighton have never defeated Arsenal in a competitive game since 1982. The Gunners have won all of the last four meetings between the two sides, scoring 11 goals and conceding 5. Only Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi are the only players still at Arsenal to have ever scored a goal against Brighton.Prediction: Brighton 1-2 ArsenalAntonio Conte looks not to be come the third Chelsea manager to lose home and away vs City in the Premier league.Manchester City vs ChelseaEtihad StadiumSun, 07:00pmReferee: Michael OliverManchester City will have Raheem Stirling back in contention after the English forward over came a Hamstring strain. Fernandinho and Kyle Walker join Benjamin Mendy on the list of absentees for Pep Guardiola.Chelsea is expected to still be without defender David Luiz and Midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko but Ross Barkely is expected to return.City defeated Chelsea 1-0 in the first leg thanks to Kevin De Bryne’s strike, their first victory over the Blues in the last three fixtures. the Citizens will be aiming for a third Premier league double over Chelsea. Chelsea have won only two of their last 10 visits to the Etihad stadium.Prediction: Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea Tags: arsenalChelseamanchester citymanchester unitedmourinhoozilpremier leaguelast_img read more

Whale stranding: Locals hope dead animal will be washed back out to sea

first_imgLocals on Arranmore Island are hoping the tide takes out a whale which has died on a local beach.The animal has been identified as a Long Fin Pilot Whale by the Donegal Whale and Dolphin Group.The whale, which is estimated to be approximately 12 feet long, was washed at Chapel Strand close to the local church on Monday evening. The animal was alive for some time but died later.Members of the Donegal Whale and Dolphin Group had been hoping to get out to the island to measure the whale and take samples but the weather has prevented this.Locals say they hope the animal is washed back out to sea to be naturally decayed.Whale stranding: Locals hope dead animal will be washed back out to sea was last modified: January 19th, 2018 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:Arranmore IslanddonegalStrandedwhalelast_img read more

Clubs eye Derry as QPR boss ponders squad

first_imgMark Hughes was last night planning to disappoint several Championship bosses by including Shaun Derry in the 25-man squad the QPR manager will submit to the Premier League later today.A number of second-tier clubs have discussed signing Derry on loan if the midfielder fails to make the cut.The signings of Stephane Mbia, Ji-sung Park and Esteban Granero, plus the return of Alejandro Faurlin, have nudged Derry down the pecking order at Loftus Road.But Hughes has indicated that he is still minded to include the 34-year-old.“He’s part of the squad.” Hughes told West London Sport.“At present no-one has made contact regarding Shaun. Something may be presented to me but at the moment there’s no intention to take him out of the group.”Hughes said recently that he also planned to include Hogan Ephraim, who missed out twice last season.Radek Cerny may take the third goalkeeper’s spot with Brian Murphy being made available for a loan move.See also:Place in QPR’s 25 not enough for EphraimFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

First QPR goal angers Derby County boss

first_imgDerby boss Darren Wassall criticised his team’s defending in the build up to the all-important first goal in their 2-0 defeat at QPR. Rangers Alex Smithies’ throw led to James Perch crossing for Tjaronn Chery to volley home after 24 minutes, and Gabriele Angella buried Matt Phillips’ free-kick at the far post with four minutes remaining.“I’ve been in charge for six games and we’ve won three and lost three, so anybody can see we need more consistency,” Wassall said.“It’s something we have to address. There are 10 games to go this season and we have to put it right.“We’ve missed an opportunity to get at least a point. It’s bitterly disappointing. We’re taking two steps forward and one back.“It was a good start and there wasn’t anything in the game. I was pleased with that, but very unhappy about the first goal.“We switched off for five seconds with the keeper’s throw and 10 seconds later the ball is in the back of our net.“The first goal is especially vital and up until then we were comfortable. We didn’t make them work for the goal.“I’m also disappointed with our reaction after the goal. The last 25 minutes of the first half were not good enough. We were pleased to come in at half-time only 1-0 down.“We were much better in the second half and we were very unlucky not to get an equaliser.”See also:Hasselbaink salutes ‘Mr QPR’ after victory over DerbyQPR v Derby player ratingsChery’s superb goal helps QPR beat DerbyFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Interest in Green Building is On the Rise

first_imgThe online survey was conducted between December 2016 and April 2017 and included a total of 342 respondents — 231 single-family builders or developers, 63 single-family remodelers, and 48 firms specializing in multifamily projects.“Green” didn’t necessarily mean projects that conform to any particular third-party certification program. The report defines it this way: “Home builders, remodeling/renovation and land development that incorporate environmentally sensitive site planning, resource efficiency, energy and water efficiency, improved indoor environmental quality and homeowner education, or projects that would comply with ICC 700 National Green Building Standard or other credible rating systems.”The report notes that the trend toward green building has been growing consistently since 2006 and is now “a strong market with vigorous growth expected in the future.” Marketing High-Performance Homes How to Sell Green HomesHacking Through the Thicket of Green MarketingWhen High-Performance Homes Don’t SellIf Only Green Homes Could Be Sold Like Breakfast CerealA Move Toward More Helpful Appraisals RELATED ARTICLES More U.S. builders are climbing aboard the green bandwagon. A new survey from the National Association of Home Builders and Dodge Data & Analytics shows that interest in building both single-family and multifamily projects to green standards has climbed slightly in the last two years and is headed toward wider adoption over the next five years.An increasing number of builders expect more than 90% of their projects will be “green” in the years ahead. But the report also shows that net-zero construction and renewable energy packages are still small market players.One-third of all single-family builders say that they have a high level of involvement in green building — 19% of them listing more than 90% of their projects as green and 14% reporting that between 61% and 90% of their projects are green. That “high level of involvement” number is expected to rise to 44% of all single-family builders by 2022, with 31% expected to count 90% of their projects as green.On the multifamily side, interest was even higher. According to the report, 29% of those responding said more than 90% of their projects were green, with another 7% claiming between 61% and 90% of their projects met green standards. By 2022, the proportion of multifamily builders with a “high involvement” in green projects was expected to hit 47%, the report said, a full 40% dedicated to projects of that type.center_img Builders report that green building still costs moreSingle-family builders and remodelers still believe that green building is more expensive than conventional construction, but the number of builders sharing that belief appears to be dropping.On the new building side, 24% said the added costs of green building would top 10%, while 35% of all single-family remodelers felt that way. While that’s still significant, it represents a decline from the survey results of two years ago, when 35% of new home builders and 47% of remodelers had that perception.The number of builders who think that cost differences are insignificant (or none) is very small, just 2% for both new-home builders and remodelers.“The most common perception of builders and remodelers is that green building tends to cost between 5% and 10% more, although more than one-third of remodelers report costs higher than 10% compared with less than one-quarter of builders,” the report says.Among multifamily builders, 19% report incremental costs of more than 10%, a decline from 27% reported in 2014. The bulk of builders estimated that their added costs were between 1% and 10%, with a full 12% reporting no added costs or only insignificant cost increases.Will customers pay for green features? Most builders said yes (71% of single-family builders and 66% of single-family remodelers), but there’s also been a 5-point bump in the number of single-family builders who say that buyers won’t pay any more for green features.The trend was more striking on the multifamily side: In 2014, 19% of builders said customers would not pay for green features, a fraction that has now risen to 30%.Fewer builders say that green homes are easier to sell. The proportion was 47% among single-family builders in 2014 but only 34% this year.Why? Green buildings are no longer the market standout they used to be. “Expectations about the energy performance of new homes have become higher,” the report says. “Advantages of other aspects of a green home, such as improved indoor environmental quality, may need to be emphasized in marketing efforts.” Other findingsHere are some other highlights of the report:1. What sells. In convincing potential buyers of the benefits of green building, marketing language is everything. The most effective phrases were “long-term utility cost savings” and “operating efficiency.” The least effective: “durable construction” and “sustainable.”2. What prevents more green building. The most significant obstacles to a greater commitment to green building among single-family builders, in order, were customers not willing to pay additional costs, appraisers not understanding the long-term value of green building, and high first costs. Among multifamily builders, the biggest impediment was higher first costs, followed by consumers unwilling to pay more.3. Most important features. Among single-family builders, energy efficiency, healthy indoor living environment, and durable/resilient design were the three top practices for improving the performance of green buildings. The least important were a reduced carbon footprint and lower development impact.4. Renewables. Renewable energy options have made a limited dent in the market. Just 9% of single-family and 8% of multifamily builders incorporate renewables in all of their projects. On the single-family side, two-thirds of all builders (66%) either do not offer any renewable energy systems or offer them only when requested to do so by owners. Three-quarters of multifamily builders reported the same practice. However, the number of builders offering renewables in the next three years was expected to grow. Ground-source heat exchange and solar photovoltaics were the two technologies expected to see the widest acceptance by single-family builders in the next two years.5. Net-zero. Most builders haven’t ventured into net-zero energy construction. This year, 71% said they had never built a net-zero or near net-zero home (an 8-point decline since 2015). By 2019, 44% of builder said they expected to build that type of home. The findings “suggest a growing market for this approach to building homes,” the report said, based mostly on higher customer demand and the competitive advantages of making net-zero homes available.last_img read more

How U.S.-China Tensions Could Affect Your Next Smartphone

first_imgOn Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Intelligence report explicitly called out Chinese electronics corporations Huawei and ZTE as potential national security threats for the United States. The recommendations to avoid products and components from those companies could have wide-ranging effects on U.S. technology companies and buyers. China’s Hard-Core RepThe report drafted by the Committee, recommended “…[t]he United States should view with suspicion the continued penetration of the U.S. telecommunications market by Chinese telecommunications companies” as a backdrop to dealing with all Chinese firms in that sector, and specifically called out ZTE and Huawei.“Private-sector entities in the United States are strongly encouraged to consider the long-term security risks associated with doing business with either ZTE or Huawei for equipment or services,” the report stated.Both Huawei and ZTE have been linked by U.S. investigators as having close ties to the Chinese military, and both companies were accused earlier this year of selling equipment that would relay data back to China… allegations both companies have strongly denied.Huawei and ZTE both vehemently denied today’s report’s conclusions. “We have to suspect that the only purpose of such a report is to impede competition and obstruct Chinese ICT companies from entering the US market,” Huawei said in a statement to the press.Given the lengths that technology companies will go to to protect their markets in the courtroom, it is not so far-fetched to assume that some well-placed lobbyists could exert some influence on House Committee members and paint ZTE and Huawei as bad actors. And that could be what’s going on here.But where there’s smoke, there’s often fire, and as noted, this isn’t the first time suspicions have been raised about relying too much on components from our strategic competitors. For example, a number of private and public officials have long made it a standard practice to take extreme care with their electronics when visiting mainland China to avoid having their privacy and security compromised.The Complex Western Pacific ClimateRocky relations with the increasingly powerful and assertice People’s Republic of China in a U.S. election season further complicates an already tense trade and political situation throughout the Western Pacific. Since the end of World War II, the U.S. has projected a very strong presence in that part of the world, particularly in its relationships with Japan and South Korea, and keeping a balance in trade, resource and security interests in that region of the world remains challenging.The political complexities in a region where billions of dollars of electronics are designed and manufactured (electronics that Americans consume voraciously and that underpin much of our computing and communciations device and infrastructure), are very much a part of the reason why the U.S. is renewing its efforts to establish a presence in Western Pacific, to give all nations in East Asia a clear signal that America is not going away. While the U.S. publicly denies that it’s trying to “contain” China, there is little doubt that that’s exactly what it’s trying to do.Watching The Ripple EffectToday’s Committee report will most certainly cool U.S.-Chinese relations, though listening to both U.S. Presidential candidate’s stump speeches would probably have the same effect. If the rhetoric continues, each side might be tempted to start a more aggressive form of conflict, such as a trade war.If U.S. companies abide by the recommendations of the report, it will be hard to tell what the immediate effects will be. It could prompt re-examining existing agreements with Huawei, ZTE and U.S. partners and would be even more likely to affect deals still in the planning stages.Both companies make parts used to build electric power grids and banking and finance systems, not to mention parts for consumer devices. If any of those parts were critical to the manufacture of other companies’ finished products and were blocked by participation in this embargo, it could create a scarcity that would bump up prices right before the U.S. holiday shopping season.And there’s no telling what China might do in retaliation. The complexities of the Asian markets are layered with many nuances, and the chain of cause and effect can be just as complex.One possible first volley in such a push back could be a slow-down or cancellation of Beijing-vased Lenovo’s recently announced plans to build a new computer manufacturing facility in Whitsett, North Carolina . If that deal’s status changes, it would be a stinging financial and political blow to that region.There is no sign yet that the Lenovo deal, or any other recent U.S.-Chinese deal, will be altered, but it is a possibility. But even if China chooses not to respond directly, U.S. participation in this recommended embargo will undoubtedly affect the global elecronics market and put further stress on gobal economies. Image coutesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#China#Government#international#mobile#news#security brian proffitt Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more