Redding >> The Red Bluff Lady Spartans volleyball team took a 5-set win on the road over the Enterprise Hornets Thursday evening, 3-2.It was a back and forth night for the Spartans, who jumped out early 25-19 in the first set before dropping the second and third by the same score, 22-25. Something clicked in the fourth set and the Spartans dominated 25-14 before taking the tie-breaking fifth set 17-15 for the win.As of 5 p.m. Friday no individual stats had been posted. The Spartans (13-5 …
When it convened in Denver last week, the Congress for the New Urbanism’s 17th Annual Congress had a couple of local, working examples of new urbanism to tout: downtown Denver’s trendily revitalized Larimer Square and the decade-old mixed-use community called Highlands’ Garden Village, about 10 minutes north of the city.Perry Rose LLC, the developer of Highlands’ Garden Village, echoed Congress for New Urbanism’s praise for the project, which embraced many New Urbanism principles such as neighborhood diversity, abundant use of open space, pedestrian-friendly design, context-appropriate architecture, and green construction.As the developer points out, because the 30-acre site had been rezoned as a planned unit development, its architects and planners were able to apply a fair amount of creativity in balancing open-space, residential, commercial, and other uses.A 20th-century entertainment centerThe site had a colorful evolution, though, well before it became Highlands’ Garden Village. In the 1890s, the property was owned by John and Mary Elitch, who opened a zoological and botanical garden. Amusement park rides were added in 1916, and the gardens’ other entertainment amenities, including a ballroom and the Elitch Theater, attracted a wide following and big-name performers. The amusement park’s owners requested redevelopment proposals for the 30-acre site after the park was closed in 1994.Garden Village now has 306 residential units (including single-family homes, townhouses, carriage houses, senior independent living, market rate and affordable apartments, and live-work lofts), 75,000 sq. ft. of commercial space (including a 28,000-sq.-ft. health food store, a green cleaner, and offices for doctors, dentists, chiropractors, and optometrists).Underpinning this construction, the developer says, was a commitment to green practices that included use of recycled materials, low-VOC products, and water-conserving native plants. Wind turbines generate power for all community buildings and site lighting. And the food store, Sunflower supermarket, is one of the first in the world to earn a LEED for Core & Shell Gold rating.
Passive House Network conferenceThe North American Passive House Network’s third annual conference and expo will take place next June 13 and 14 in New York City. The theme will be building strategies and components needed to make drastic cuts in carbon emissions by mid-century, “the #1 public policy goal of our time.”NAPHN said in a press release that in order to prevent the most damaging effects of global climate change, carbon emissions must be cut by at least 80% by 2050, and that Passivhaus building techniques represent one of the best ways of getting there.Among the topics that conference sessions will cover are urban, high-density, and high-rise buildings; low-rise strategies for rural areas; the integration of renewable energy systems; and construction with cross-laminated timber components as well as steel and concrete and wood-frame construction. Both affordable and market-rate multifamily projects will be featured.“Passive House applied to both new construction and retrofits can reduce heating and cooling energy by 90% and overall energy usage by 75%, effectively enabling wide spread application of net zero and energy positive buildings,” NAPHN said in a news release.The organization said it would announce exhibitor information and solicit presentations at a later date. The session will take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Lumber Liquidators to drop some vinyl flooringFlooring retailer Lumber Liquidators will stop selling vinyl flooring manufactured with recycled plastics.A chemical reform advocacy group called Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and the company made the joint announcement in mid-November, according to a report at Plastic News.Vinyl flooring made with recycled content won’t be on the shelves at Lumber Liquidators when a new policy is phased in next year. (Photo: USACE via Flickr)The advocacy group said that the company will adopt new standards barring vinyl flooring suppliers from using reprocessed vinyl in flooring, and limit lead in flooring to less than 100 parts per million. The company previously began requiring suppliers to eliminate orthphthalates in the vinyl flooring they make.The new standards will be phased in next year.The concern with recycled vinyl is contamination with lead, cadmium, brominated flame retardants, and phthalates, Plastic News said. These compounds are low or non-detectible in the upper layers of recycled vinyl, but are “absolutely off the charts” in the middle levels, a spokesman said.Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families said that it would encourage Home Depot and Lowe’s to follow suit by keeping recycled vinyl flooring off their shelves.Lumber Liquidators is trying to win back public confidence after damaging news reports about its operations. The company was recently fined $13 million for illegal wood imports and was accused in a 60 Minutes broadcast of selling Chinese-made laminate flooring containing 20 times the formaldehyde allowed by California safety standards. Solar installer says that the federal tax credit is not neededSunnova CEO John Berger says that the solar industry no longer needs the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit in order to grow. Sunnova, a company that arranges and finances residential PV system installation, is a Houston-based company with 300 employees.In a letter to Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, Berger said that the “continued health of the solar industry” did not depend on an extension of the credit, now scheduled to expire for residential projects at the end of next year and drop to 10% for commercial projects, the web site UtilityDive reports.“If the credit is allowed to step down as planned, the industry will remain more robust in both the long- and short-term,” Berger said, adding that the industry has had “ample time” to prepare.Berger’s comments come at a time when the trade group representing the industry, the Solar Energy Industries Association, has mounted a full-court press to keep the solar equipment tax credit on the books. More fresh air boosts productivityA recent double-blind study found that stale air reduces the cognitive function of office workers by half. Now researcher say they can put a dollar value on the benefits of increased ventilation.A research paper published in a special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health says that doubling the standard ventilation rate in a typical office building increases productivity of office workers by 8%, the equivalent of $6,500 per year. The energy cost for providing more fresh air is between $14 and $40 per person, according to a summary of the report.The study was conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, SUNY Upstate Medical, Syracuse University, and Carrier. It was supported by United Technologies Corporation, a manufacturer of heating, ventilating, and AC equipment.Researchers estimated energy consumption and costs for office buildings in seven U.S. cities using three rates of ventilation: standard practice (20 cubic feet per minute per person), a 30% enhanced rate, and 40 cfm/person. They then paired the results of earlier work on cognitive function and ventilation and labor statistics to estimate the economic benefit of increased air flow.“Results: Doubling the ventilation rate from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers minimum cost less than $40 per person per year in all climate zones investigated,” says the report’s abstract.At the highest ventilation rate, adding an energy-recovery ventilator essentially canceled out the environmental impact of increasing ventilation (bringing it down to the equivalent of 0.03 more cars per building), but resulted in an 8% boost of productivity, along with reduced absenteeism and better health for office workers.
Virat Kohli was presented with the International Cricket of the Year for 2017 and 2018 by England’s Barmy Army after the conclusion of the first day of India’s tour match against Essex on Wednesday.India are currently on a full-fledged tour in England, where they have won the T20I series 2-1 and lost the ODI series by the same margin. India will begin the Test series against England from August 1.Currently, the Indian team is in Chelmsford playing their only practice match that has been reduced to three days due to heatwave, as cited by the team.BCCI took to Twitter to share a picture of Virat Kohli with both the trophies in his hand. He received the trophies for 2017 and 2018 at one go even as the Barmy Army had announced Kohli as their 2017 International Cricket of the Year.Last year, England’s fan army had shared a video of Kohli thanking them for the honour and this year, he was physically presented with the awards.Say cheeseThe @TheBarmyArmy presents #TeamIndia Captain @imVkohli with the International Player of the Year for years 2017 and 2018. pic.twitter.com/sr0Z7TkDYvBCCI (@BCCI) July 25, 2018In 2018, Kohli has played a total of 19 matches across formats and has scored 1181 runs with an average of 65.61. He has scored four hundred and four half-centuries.Earlier this year, Kohli had a sensational tour of South Africa, where he scored 871 runs across formats. In the ODIs, he scored 558 runs including three hundreds.He was then once again among the runs in the three-match ODI series in England – Kohli made a fluent 75 in the first match which India won at Old Trafford before scoring 45 in the second at Lord’s.advertisementDuring the third ODI, Kohli became the fastest to 3000 one-day international runs as captain, taking just 49 innings to get to the mark.Incidentally, Kohli was also the fastest to 1000 and 2000 ODI runs as captain.Kohli also went past the 700-run mark in 2018 in only nine ODIs. Three other batsmen (Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and Joe Root) have scored more than 700 ODI runs this year but they have played more matches than Virat Kohli.Last year, when Barmy Army had honoured him with the award, Kohli had thanked them on a video saying being recognised by a group as passionate as them felt great.ICYMI #Barmies2017 International Player of the Year – the brilliant @imVkohli. Thanks for being a great sport & thanks @BCCI @goransaxena pic.twitter.com/sMFhAW2LxgEngland’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) August 19, 2017″I am really honoured to be chosen by the Barmy Army as the international player of the year. It feels nice to be recognised by the fans of other countries and cricket lovers from all over the globe which makes you feel great as a cricketer. Specially from the Barmy Army who made my life hell in England in 2014 when I had a tough time.”They always support their team very passionately and I am sure it will be a challenge when we go to England. But to have received such an honour from them makes me feel proud of playing for my nation. I want to thank you all once again from the bottom of my heart and look forward to catching up with all of you when we come to England next year. Hopefully, we can have some interaction of the field also, cheers thank you,” Kohli said.
Story Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the government is in the process of developing a comprehensive policy to deal with securing the integrity of the security forces.He was responding to questions from journalists at his quarterly press briefing held this morning (January 24) at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston.The Prime Minister noted that the security forces is not just the police and the army; but, it also includes Jamaica Customs, Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency, Financial Investigation Division and the Tax Authority.“Those persons who have enforcement powers of the law must be beyond reproach and should not be easily suborned. If you have enforcement powers you should not be susceptible to being suborned to any other interest than the interest that you have sworn to in the enforcement of the law”, stated Prime Minister Holness.The policy being developed will seek to specifically put measures in place to assure the society that those persons who have enforcement powers are enforcing the law.He said persons found to be corrupt in the security structure should be removed. He added that this will see a unified and holistic approach to security, which some persons may not want to see.“Some people would want to see a divide between the security forces; that is why some people would want to see a divide between the minister, the prime minister and the security forces; that is why some people would want to see the security forces weak because they know the Government is serious. And that is why they will use all measures the cling on, but it will be a battle”, he cautioned.‘I take it personally’ declares PM HolnessPrime Minister Holness also revealed to the audience that he was a victim of crime; as he was held up and robbed.He declared that he is prepared to do what it takes to address the country’s crime problem and that he “takes it personally”.He said a high crime rate is not good for Jamaica.“I don’t think this is what Jamaica is destined to be. I don’t think that this is the Jamaica that we want to see, but I think we have been very quiet in expressing our dreams and aspirations and ambitions for Jamaica”, he explained.He said the view that Jamaicans should be able to sleep with their windows open must not be dismissed or taken lightly.The Prime Minister firmly stated that Jamaicans must tackle the issue of crime and violence together and “tell the criminals that we don’t like this kind of life”. Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the government is in the process of developing a comprehensive policy to deal with securing the integrity of the security forces. The Prime Minister noted that the security forces is not just the police and the army; but, it also includes Jamaica Customs, Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency, Financial Investigation Division and the Tax Authority. “Some people would want to see a divide between the security forces; that is why some people would want to see a divide between the minister, the prime minister and the security forces; that is why some people would want to see the security forces weak because they know the Government is serious. And that is why they will use all measures the cling on, but it will be a battle”, he cautioned.