CHELSEA VS TOTTENHAM

first_imgCHELSEA (4-2-3-1)BEGOVIC, AZPILICUETA, MIAZGA, IVANOVIC, RAHMAN, MIKEL,FABREGAS, PEDRO, LOFTUS-CHEEK, OSCAR, PATOKANE, ERIKSEN, ALLI, LAMELA, DEMBELE, DIER, ROSE,VERTONGHEN,ALDERWEIRELD WALKERLLORISSPURS (4-2-3-1)Tottenham Hotspur could arrive at Chelsea having lost the Barclays Premier League title to rivals Leicester City. If the Foxes win at Manchester United on Sunday, they will have won the Barclays Premier League for the first time and ended the dwindling prospect of Tottenham.Defeat for Leicester will give Spurs hope, but, having been held to a 1-1 draw by West Bromwich Albion last Monday, they know that defeat at Chelsea – even if Leicester have lost a day earlier – will end their title aspirations.Spurs are unbeaten in five league games and will now target second spot and finishing above local neighbours and rivals Arsenal.Tottenham have scored 31 away goals; only Arsenal (32) have netted more goals on the road this season.Chelsea, meanwhile, have lost two of their last three league games and sit in ninth place. They last finished outside the top six in the 1995-96 season (when they were 11th).Spurs’ hopes of winning are slim; they last won there 26 years ago, in February 1990. Subsequently, Chelsea have won 17 and drawn eight games at home to Spurs in 25 meetings.Tottenham and Chelsea drew 0-0 at White Hart Lane in November but the Blues won 3-0 in this fixture last season.Chelsea are again without banned keeper Thibaut Courtois, along with striker Loic Remy and defender Kurt Zouma. And they must test two other centre-backs John Terry and Gary Cahill.Spurs, meanwhile, have doubts over Eric Dier while Nabil Bentaleb is still absent.last_img read more

Alaska takes 2-1 lead over Meralco in PBA Governors’ Cup semis

first_imgMOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Asian Cup to get video review starting in quarterfinals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Alaska import Mike Harris. PBA IMAGESAlaska moved within a win of a finals berth after withstanding Meralco, 104-102, Thursday in Game 3 of a thrilling PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series at Cuneta Astrodome.The Aces have now won two straight to pull ahead in the five-game showdown after the Bolts took the semis opener last Sunday. ADVERTISEMENT “You know the expression that your heart’s in your throat? That’s what I had and when Meralco was tipping the ball around, and Anjo’s last shot,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton. “Oh my gosh that was a huge game.”“I don’t know what the TV ratings are but I hope people watched that game because that was an excellent basketball game played by both teams and that’s one of the games nobody deserved to lose.”Simon Enciso lit up late in the game going on a personal 9-3 run to give the Aces a 95-92 lead with 1:52 left but 40-year-old Reynel Hugnatan pulled out a couple of threes up his sleeve to put the Bolts up 98-97 with 1:05 to play.Chris Banchero and Enciso, meanwhile, added 17 points apiece for Alaska while Noy Baclao added had 11 points.Durham led the Bolts with 37 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists while Hugnatan added 19 points, five rebounds, and three assists.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Mike Harris had another monster game for Alaska, unleashing 31 points, 24 rebounds and seven assists and.And it was Harris who knocked down the defining shots for the Aces in the clutch, first scoring on a three-point play off of his own missed three-pointer to put Alaska 103-100 with 16.1 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAllen Durham responded with a quick layup with 11 seconds remaining in the game to trim Alaska’s lead to one, 103-102, before Harris split his charities with 9.6 seconds left to play.Without a timeout, the Bolts raced to the other end of the court that saw a botched Durham layup, several missed tip-ins, and Anjo Caram’s short jumper right before the final buzzer sounded. View commentslast_img read more

Trainee Medex warned against getting pregnant

first_img…as batch of 36 to take part in 4-year programmeSome 36 medical practitioners took part in a ceremony on Monday to officially launch their four-year Medex training programme; while there, they were warned, among other things, of the need to “not get pregnant” during the training.Programme Coordinator, Medex training programme, Medex Sarah DanielsHowever, some have already expressed concern about discrimination against women trainee medex, who may want to start a family during this period.In her address to the students, Coordinator of the Medex programme, Sarah Daniels urged students to remain focused on their goals. She outlined several expectations that come with taking part in the programme.“Students should not get pregnant during the course of the study,” Daniels explained. “For the students, remember you are all here to achieve one goal, despite wherever you came from…”“Spending four years developing a career, for some of you being away from your home, your customs and your loved ones, will not be easy. But I assure you, the sacrifices of today will definitely pay off tomorrow.”It would not be the first-time public servants have been warned against pregnancy, with some women at times facing dismissal. In 2015, the issue reared its head when three City Constables were fired after they became pregnant during their two-year probation.As recent as February of this year, Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Patrick West drew criticism from sections of society when he reportedly expressed concern about female soldiers getting pregnant “every year.”Be preparedMeanwhile, Daniels also stressed the need for students to be punctual and professional, conducting themselves in a proper manner at all times and wearing uniform when on duty. In addition, students must possess honesty and a consistent pass mark above 60 per cent.Other expectations, according to Daniels, are that the Medex be psychologically prepared to serve their respective communities when the training is completed. She explained further what this training entails.“The Medex programme has two pathways. The first one is the traditional pathway, which is an 18-month programme. The second is an alternative pathway, which is 42 months. The students of 2018-2022 represent that alternative pathway. The present Medex curriculum consists of a four-year programme that has two phases.’“The first phase has basic nursing and midwifery skills lasts two years. And of course, the students are all asked that they must pass this two years before they go into the third and fourth year, which is the comprehensive clinical skills and that lasts for two years.”The Medex were reminded that they are expected to provide level two healthcare services, including preventative treatment of simple illnesses. The Medex were drawn from all over Guyana, including Regions Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).“Based on the needs assessment, priority was given to the hinterland regions. In addition, assistance was sought from the Regional Health Officers. After an intensive interview process, 37 students were selected for the Medex class,” She revealed, adding that one student subsequently dropped out.Meanwhile, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence also delivered an address to the attendees. In it, she impressed upon them the importance of serving and giving back to their communities.“Many days, you will have to persevere… remember the purpose for which you are signing on. Personally, you can reap benefits from being professionally qualified so that you can join the team of public health professionals,” she said.Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Shamdeo Persaud had words of encouragement for the Medex. He also lauded the proliferation of males in this year’s batch, noting the importance of gender parity.last_img read more

Roma coach interested in signing Balotelli

first_imgThe former Manchester City striker has hit top form for Nice this season with 21 goals.Balotelli won six trophies with Inter Milan including the Champions League before moving to Manchester City in 2010, followed by two spells at AC Milan either side of an unsuccessful stint at Liverpool.The 27-year-old left Liverpool on a free transfer in August 2016 to join Nice, who are ninth in the French league this season.Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola said on Thursday that he had spoken to Roma about signing his client.“I’ve spoken with Juventus, Roma, Napoli and Inter,” said Raiola. “Mario is ready to return, he has matured into one of the top 10 strikers in the world.“In Italy he’s number one. He’s worth 100 million euros, but he’s on a free transfer and is therefore a bargain.“I’m already negotiating with many clubs in England and in Italy. I’ve spoken with Juve, Roma, Napoli and Inter.”Roma have slipped out of the Champions League places to fifth ahead of Saturday’s game in Naples.“We need to pick up results because the more we keep going like this, the less chance we have of getting back in the Champions League places,” said Di Francesco.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mario Balotelli has scored 38 goals in two seasons for Nice © AFP/File / VALERY HACHEROME, Italy, Mar 2 – Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco revealed on Friday that he would be interested in signing Italian striker Mario Balotelli whose contract with French club Nice expires in June.“I’d coach him, I spoke to him two years ago about bringing him to Sassuolo, but nothing came of it. He’s a player with huge potential,” said Di Francesco ahead of Saturday’s game against Serie A leaders Napoli.last_img read more

CYCLING: ROSALEEN ORR 2013 MEMORIAL CYCLE RACE – FULL RESULTS

first_imgThe Diamond in Ballyare was host to 3 top-class cycle races on Friday evening.The dry evening ensured a fast and furious pace for the 48 riders on the flat fast coarse.In the A race a 3 man breakaway of Kevin Holian, Mark McClure and Dean Henderson meant the race would be between these 3 riders , who were working hard to stay clear of the chasing pack that included Errigal riders Peter McBride and Jordan McGinley. In the end McClure just edged the sprint to win, with Holian 2nd and Dean Henderson 3rd.The B race had a larger field of riders. Some attacks on laps 2 and 3 came to nothing and this race didn’t split and so came down to a big bunch sprint, a lot of jostling for position was happening before the pace really hotted up for the sprint.Warren Blackburn SLcc,Tommy Doherty Four Masters and Eugene Mc Gettigan Errigal cc,powered to the top 3 positions respectively. Also Ciara Doogan, fresh from competing in the youth Olympics and the 2nd Errigal international youth tour had a good race , getting up for the sprint finish for first lady home.The committee would like to extend a special thanks to all the marshals and lead cars who provided excellent safety for the cyclists. THE FULL RESULTS ARE –Novice race1st Terence Gallagher.2nd Pj Doogan.3rd Paul Shields. 1st over 40 Liam Doherty.B Race1st Warren Blackburn Strabane & Lifford cc2nd Tommy Doherty 4Masters cc (A3) 3rd Eugene Mc Gettigan Errigal cc1st over 40 Paul Harris Errigal cc1st over 50 Kevin Mc Crossan 4Masters cc1st over 60 Carl Fullerton North Pole cc1st Lady Ciara Doogan Errigal ccA Race Memorial Cup.1st Mark McClure 4Masters cc2nd Kevin Holian Errigal cc3rd Dean Henderson Strabane & Lifford cc1st over 40 Martin (flying postman!)McDevitt 4Masters ccCYCLING: ROSALEEN ORR 2013 MEMORIAL CYCLE RACE – FULL RESULTS was last modified: August 11th, 2013 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:Rosaleen Orr Cycle racelast_img read more

LOCAL NEWS: KINCASSLAGH/BURTONPORT PARISH NEWSLETTER

first_imgCongratulations to Alex Parker who joined the Christian Community recently, pictured with his GodParents Christopher Boyle anSchedule of MassesSt. Mary’s, Kincasslagh:Next weekendSaturday @ 7.30 p.m.Sunday @ 10.00 a.m.Next WeekWednesday @ 7.00 p.m. St. Columba’s, Burtonport:Next WeekendSaturday @ 6.30 p.m.Sunday @ 11.00 a.m.Next Week.Mon, Tues & Thurs @ 10.00 a.m.Friday @ 7.00 p.m. Months MindLay Apostolate Prayer Group 2nd Monday of the Month in the Oratory @ 6.30 p.m. All Welcome.AdorationSt. Columba’s Church: Tues 10 am – 10 pmSt. Mary’s Church: Wed 10 am – 7 pm Anniversaries & MassesStC= St Columba’s. StM= St Mary’s.Bridget Boner and the deceased members of the Boner family, Meenagowna, Sat 28th, StCAnne, James & Vincent O’Donnell, Cruit, Sat 28th, StMMargaret Hood, Keadue, Sun 29th, StMPrivate intention, Sun 29th, StCPatrick Langan, Mary McGonagle & Joseph Boner, Mon, StCMichael Sweeney, Lackenagh, Tues, StCMaggie McGonagle, Months mind, Fri, StCAnnette Dougan, Sat 4th, StCAndrew Bonner, Belcruit, Sat 4th, StMOwen Doogan, Keadue, Sunday 5th August, StMTony Gallagher, Milltown, Sunday 5th StCAnna Marie Tierney, (Campbell) buried on Wednesday.Sadie (Paddy Hughie) O’Donnell, Meenmore,Neil McGonagle, Kincasslagh,Annie Gallagher, Meenbannad & Glasgow,Finlay & Grace McKenzie, whose anniversaries occur at this time. May they rest in peace. Fundraising EventsCaislean Oir, AnnagryQuiz on Wednesday. PROCEEDS IN AID OF THE MARY FROM DUNGLOE FESTIVAL. Teams of 4, €20, 10 p.m.Water Safety WeekA big well done to all the boys and girls who participated in the local Irish Water Safety week at the blockyard beach Keadue and at the bridge in Cruit recently. A total of 46 children age 4 – 11 were awarded swim certificates and 28 of the older children age 12 – 18 received various levels of life saving awards. A second Water Safety Week will take place at the same venues on week beginning 13th August 2012.Fundraising Ironman TriathlonI would like to thank you all very much for your recent support which helped raise a total of 750 Euro. These funds will be divided equally between Adrian Wards fundraising efforts to return to Haiti to build homes with “Haven” and “The North West Cancer Group – supporting flights to Dublin”. I managed to complete the race in 12hrs 35 mins. I look forward to seeing Fr Pats completion time for next year 😉 Thank you all for your good wishes. Mark.IOSAS Centre 1st August and 22nd AugustEnjoy lunch and a guided tour of the Celtic Peace Garden. Fr Neal Carlin will conduct a short Healing Service and Blessing for all who wish to participate. Sit back and share in some music, memories and laughter with Tracey McRory and Dinny McLaughlin. Donation €10/£8Booking is essential so please call the IOSAS Centre to secure your place!IOSAS Centre. Derryvane, MuffTel: 00353 74 93 84866Email goldenagecentre@hotmail.com RNLIThe RNLI provide a wonderful service to our coasts and inland waterways, and rely on our contributions. Our local boat doubles as an ambulance to get people quickly off the Islands in emergencies. The RNLI will hold their annual Church Gate Collection next weekend.Car Boot Sale & Craft Sale Sunday 29th July from 12pm – 3pm in The Cope Carpark, Dungloe, €10 per boot/stall. Come early for best spots.Diocesan Pilgrimage to KnockSaturday 18th August, bus leaving Fintown at 8.00 a.m., pick up at Lettermacaward Chapel at 8.30 a.m. For Booking Tel: Rose Doherty 95 21782 after 6.30 p.m.Graveyard SundayGraveyard Sunday will be on the weekend of the 4th and 5th August. Kincasslagh Graveyard will be blessed after Mass on Saturday evening 4th August and Cruit Island graveyard after 11.00 a.m. Mass in St. Columba’s on Sunday Morning. A service will be held in Belcruit Graveyard on Sunday afternoon at 5.00 p.m.Burtonport FestivalWell done to the organizers of this years Burtonport festival for providing the community with a much needed and deserved diversion of fun and frolics this week. We wish the Dungloe Festival all the best as they embark upon their busy week this weekend. Congratulations to Fr. Seamus Meehan who will officially open the festival on Saturday, and once again we express our pride in the out-going Mary, our very own Debbie Rodgers! With Permission from Mary H RodgersMary From DungloePremiere showing of the short film, Mary from Dungloe: The Forbidden Love, is being shown on Tuesday 31st July at 7pm in Ionad Teampall Chroine.This documentary film was made here in Donegal by Lugh Films, and is not to be missed.For pre- booking please send you name and telephone contact to this email address, or to theionad@eircom.netThis documentary tells the story of love, poverty and heartache that was a part of this mysterious girls life.This is a once off opportunity to see this film before it is shown on T.V.LOCAL NEWS: KINCASSLAGH/BURTONPORT PARISH NEWSLETTER was last modified: July 28th, 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:LOCAL NEWS: KINCASSLAGH/BURTONPORT PARISH NEWSLETTER\last_img read more

MAN WRECKED FOUR LANTERNS WHILST OUT ON BAIL FOR RIOT

first_imgThe scene of the 2011 riotA JUDGE has given a criminal extra time behind bars after learning that he was out on bail when involved in two acts of criminal damage – one of them involving an attack on a Four Lanterns food outlet.Judge Paul Kelly was told at Letterkenny District Court today that Eddie McLaughlin is already behind bars serving an 18-month sentence for his involvement in a riot at a house party in the town in October 2011. Twenty-one year old McLaughlin was jailed for two years at the Circuit Court after admitting his involvement in the house at The Green, Thornberry.During that incident, 2o Gardai using riot gear had to force their way into the house after being pelted with furniture.McLaughlin appeared in court again today.While out on bail he caused €1,300 worth of damage to a taxi in August last; and on October 16 – just days before he was due in court – he caused €1,600 worth of damage to the Four Lanterns restaurant at Lower Main Street, smashing windows on the premises.McLaughlin was arrested at Market Square a short time later.Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said McLaughlin was now attending a course at Castlerea Prison to deal with his addiction to alcohol.“As he said to me himself ‘it does you wake you up a bit’,” said the solicitor.He said McLaughlin had become addicted to drink in his early teens.Judge Paul Kelly said all the offences took place while McLaughlin was out on bail awaiting sentence for the house party riot.He added two 3-month sentences to McLaughlin’s prison term – to run consecutively – and fined him €550.MAN WRECKED FOUR LANTERNS WHILST OUT ON BAIL FOR RIOT was last modified: December 16th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:District CourtEddie McLaughlinletterekennylast_img read more

Busway stations newest galleries in town

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Led by Erik Qvale, MTA public arts officer, docents Sy and Gloria Feerst and other officials, the group boarded a packed Metroliner bus at the Sepulveda station and stopped at the Laurel Canyon and North Hollywood stations before riding the bus back to Sepulveda. Each artist produced two designs that were photographed and then transferred to damage-resistant porcelain steel panels, plus two designs for the terrazzo ovals on station pavement. Martinez, whose grandfather came to the United States from Mexico in 1906, told the group she wanted to combine themes of ecology and migration in her work. One of the panels features a quotation from Mexican poet Pablo Neruda, over a fabric collage of a man in a suit, surrounded by monarch butterflies and other insects. She noted that the process of transferring the original work to the steel plate captured the texture of the silk fabric as well as the sense of depth from the quilting she did on part of it. The terrazzo ovals continue the theme with images of butterflies, footprints and plants that also resemble hands. At Laurel Canyon, Vietnamese artist Phung Huynh’s work “Lucky California” features chubby, laughing Chinese cherubs frolicking among California poppies in one panel, among airplanes and oranges in another panel and also on the colorful terrazzo pavement sections. In an unusual twist on the traditional fine art museum tour, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials Saturday led people on a guided art tour of Orange Line bus stations. As it has throughout the transit system, the MTA commissioned artwork from 12 artists to give each station its own unique look, in addition to lead artist Renee Petropoulos’ overall design concept for station canopies, platforms and other station elements. “I think art should be more accessible to the public, not just the people who go to galleries or museums,” said artist Michele Martinez, 47, of Alhambra, whose four-piece work, “Todos Vuelven/Everyone Returns,” adorns the Sepulveda station. She praised Petropoulos’ work, saying her overall design “creates, as aesthetics do, a feeling of comfort and welcome. That’s what good design can do: It changes the way you feel about your surroundings.” The North Hollywood station features “Dramatic Locale” by Caryl Davis, which includes a terrazzo design of the region as seen from above, with ranges, valleys and fault lines, and a panel depicting colorful place names like “Polecat Gulch,” “Qui Quai Mungo” and “Puzzle Canyon.” Michael Smith, 39, of Van Nuys said he found the art “very beautiful,” but wondered whether most commuters would take the time to glance at the murals under their feet or the panels on the side. Smith said he had taken other MTA art tours on other parts of the line, and told friends about them: “You get to see the hidden treasures of L.A.” Melody Hall, 54, of Van Nuys and her husband, Rick Simon, 58, also took the tour because they’re interested in the evolution of mass transit in the city, and think the busway is “a really positive thing.” “There is so much diversity in Los Angeles, and most people don’t get to see it,” Hall said. “This is a way for people to experience the creativity that comes from different cultures.” Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 lisa.sodders@dailynews.com IF YOU GO: The MTA is offering free guided art tours of the stations along the new Metro Orange Line. The next tour begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Sepulveda Station. For more information, call (213) 922-4ART or visit the Web site, www.metro.net 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FIANNA FÁIL BUDGET PROPOSAL ‘DONE ON BACK OF ENVELOPE’ – DOHERTY

first_imgResponding to the publication of Fianna Fáil’s alternative budget today Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said it is not acceptable in 2013 that a party of opposition would produce an uncosted budget.Deputy Doherty said €400 million of Fianna Fáil’s proposed tax measures are guess work while none of their savings measures are costed.Speaking this afternoon he said: “Fianna Fáil’s budget alternative yet again goes after the low and middle income earners. Proposals such as sugar and salt taxes disproportionately target low and middle income families, while at the same time they’ve targeted up to 750,000 workers to pay more tax as a result of its proposal to standardise the tax relief available to employees under schedule E. “That’s plumbers, barmen and women, cleaners, nurses, guards, teachers, and countless others all penalised by Fianna Fáil.“Small and medium enterprise would be hit hard with Fianna Fáil’s proposal to cut €165 million in government spending on procurement out of the economy next year.“Fianna Fáil’s budget alternative is uncosted. It’s not acceptable in 2013 that any party would produce a budget with so many uncosted measures. It disregards advice from the department that certain measures cannot be implemented.“Surely the public deserve better than back of the envelope calculations. We all know where that gets us. Some €400 million of tax measures are guess work and estimates from Fianna Fáil while none of their savings measures are costed. “This budget document is unacceptable for a serious party of opposition and shows that Fianna Fáil still cannot be trusted on the economy.” FIANNA FÁIL BUDGET PROPOSAL ‘DONE ON BACK OF ENVELOPE’ – DOHERTY was last modified: October 10th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FIANNA FÁIL BUDGET PROPOSAL ‘DONE ON BACK OF ENVELOPE’ – DOHERTYlast_img read more

A LEED Debate in San Francisco

first_imgU.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification program has once again attracted a mixture of criticism and curiosity, this time in relation to a luxury condominium project planned for one of the most scenic settings on the San Francisco waterfront.The $345-million project, called 8 Washington, includes about 53,500 sq. ft. of recreation space, 29,600 sq. ft. of retail, and 165 condo units that are expected to list for between $3 million and $10 million apiece. Public transportation, including the Embarcadero entrance to the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, is steps away. The development plan calls for two waterfront parks where the public can bask in the breeze and take in the mostly unobstructed views, looking east, of San Francisco Bay. Topping things off, the marketing strategy of the developer, San Francisco Waterfront Partners LLC, includes building the project to the LEED Platinum standard.Familiar talking pointsBig construction projects – and even small ones – in San Francisco often attract media scrutiny, in addition to the attention they get from the Planning Department and Planning Commission. But an alternative weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, recently focused on 8 Washington not only for the presumed extravagance of its eventual occupants but for touting its LEED Platinum ambitions. In an article published July 5, the typically progressive Guardian also highlighted what is sees as deficiencies in the LEED program, particularly when it’s applied to a project whose homeowners, as one observer put it, will “burn tons of fossil fuels using their new condos as weekend getaways.”The Guardian cites criticisms of LEED familiar to most green builders, including the notion that even though addresses site use, water efficiency, energy use and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design and regional priority, it is not yet geared to certifying its energy efficiency performance.The Guardian also field comments from Henry Gifford, owner of Gifford Fuel Saving consultancy and lead plaintiff in a lawsuit alleging that USGBC misrepresented the performance of LEED certified buildings and altered study results to support its performance claims. Gifford argues in the Guardian that any rating service claiming to encourage energy efficiency needs to track energy usage in client buildings over time after they’re in full operation, a process that LEED has not yet imposed as a requirement for certification.“They say that the building is required to be energy efficient. But the building doesn’t have to be energy efficient — it just has to earn points, to promise it’s going to be energy efficient,” Gifford told the paper. “California is the promise land. All you’re required to do is provide a promise. The sad thing is that it removes all the integrity from the process — it encourages lying.”last_img read more