Bushwick retrofit project provides blueprint for greening buildings

first_imgTagsArchitecture & Designgreen buildingsResidential Real Estate Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink 75 Linden Street is one of the houses being retrofitted with eco-friendly designs in Brooklyn. (Getty, Google Maps) New York City’s sustainability goals for the next decade are ambitious: The Climate Mobilization Act of 2019 mandates that the city must cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030. And a good chunk of that must come from buildings, which contribute close to 70 percent of the city’s total carbon output.Landlords have been fretting over how to make their buildings more green since the legislation passed last year, but a new project underway in Brooklyn may provide a blueprint.The project, called Casa Pasiva, will retrofit nine buildings in Bushwick, all of which have affordable apartments, with eco-friendly design touches. Upgrades such as new facades with rigid insulation and a self-cleaning finish that repels water will help them meet strict passive house standards, according to the New York Times.ADVERTISEMENTOther elements that will help the buildings become more green include electric induction stovetops (rather than gas) and a rooftop system that will help purify and circulate air. The updates will affect 143 units in total.The $20 million retrofit project is being undertaken by RiseBoro Community Partnership, a local organization, and architect Chris Benedict, who conceived the design elements for the buildings. The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority also kicked in about $1.8 million through its RetrofitNY program, which aims to help building owners find budget-friendly ways to make their buildings more sustainable.But rehabbing buildings to make them more sustainable isn’t just a way to reduce carbon emissions; it may also help landlords cut costs. RiseBoro’s Ryan Cassidy told the Times that the retrofits will save $180,000 per year in energy costs for its buildings.“Our mission is long-term affordability, and low energy use is a stabilizing force,” he said. “It’s good for the environment, but it’s also good for our budgets.”[NYT] — Amy Plittcenter_img Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Calgary, Alberta residents vote against hosting 2026 Winter Olympics

first_img Written by November 14, 2018 /Sports News – National Calgary, Alberta residents vote against hosting 2026 Winter Olympics FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Who wouldn’t want to host the 2026 Winter Olympics? A lot of places, it turns out. Calgary, Alberta on Tuesday became the fourth city to turn down the opportunity after its residents voted down a bid for the games, CTV reports. The city last hosted the Winter Olympics in 1988.“We were all hoping for a yes vote tonight,” Mayor Naheed Nenshi said, according to CTV. “But ultimately, the people have spoken. They’ve spoken in big numbers, and the people have spoken clearly.”While he may be disappointed, Nenshi said he will act according to his constituents’ wishes.“We saw a clear number, we saw a big voter turnout, and for me, that means that I ultimately take my direction from the citizens,” he said.Earlier this year, cities in Japan, Austria and Switzerland also withdrew their bids. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Robo-chop: robots to cut construction time and cost

first_imgA seaside town in Sussex is hoping to swap rock for robots as it bids to address the shortage of new homes in the county.Developer Mosaic Capital presented ambitious plans to the 60 – strong Sussex Property Alliance, detailing how it has set up an advanced robotic facility to facilitate slicker house building at its Worthing site.Mosaic Capital development teamThe Station Square development – a mixed-use town centre site formerly known as Teville Gate – requires 1,000 self-supporting steel-framed pods, which will form a large part of the residential element. The developer is putting its faith in robotics, which will work in tandem with architects renowned for their modular design expertise, to create the pods off site in a designated facility. Once finished in the factory, the pre-fabricated pods will simply be craned into position on site.While robots are often viewed negatively – think Terminator, Matrix and Blade Runner – automation can improve house building efficiency, fill skills shortages and bring down the cost of construction when harnessed correctly. Aized Sheikh at Mosaic Capital says the robot-led offsite construction will cut on-site time by over 40 per cent (when compared to conventional constriction methods), and will reduce construction costs by up to 20 per cent.Robotic construction robots Station Suare development Teville Gate Worthing March 22, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Robo-chop: robots to cut construction time and cost previous nextLand & New HomesRobo-chop: robots to cut construction time and costA development featuring 350 homes in Worthing hopes to become the first site in Britain to benefit from modular housing using robotic construction.Sheila Manchester22nd March 20180969 Viewslast_img read more

Man Guilty of student rape

first_imgA man has been convicted of raping a 21-year old student in the John RadcliffeHospital last October.At roughly 8.35pm, the victim was in the foyer of the hospital’s west wing,waiting to visit her sister, when the 44-year old followed her into a toilet cubicle.The jury took only 1 hour to reach a unanimous decision to convict Ian Joseph onthe 5th May, following a three-day trial in which the victim described her ordeal.The victim stated Joseph spoke to her “through gritted teeth” and that he saidthat she was “making him mad”. She also stated that, worrying he had a weapon,she complied out of “sheer fear”.With Joseph reportedly stating that if she was quiet he would let the victim go,the victim also added that “she found it really hard to be quiet because [she] wasso scared”.Joseph was arrested two days in later in Southampton, claiming only to havewaked in on the victim before leaving.Joseph has however already had a criminal record spanning 23 years, havingcommitted serious offences from robbery and dangerous driving to ABH andGBH.As a result of Joseph’s latest crime therefore, Judge Patrick Eccles adjournedsentencing for a probation report in order to determine whether Joseph presentssufficient danger to the public to require indeterminate imprisonment. As statedby the Judge, the sentencing “will inevitably be one that involves a substantialperiod of imprisonment”.Dc Rob Barrett, speaking outside Oxford Crown Court also stated that, “Josephhad absolutely no connection to that hospital apart from trying to find a place tostay. People should not fear going to hospital- it needs to be remembered who hewas”.Joseph is currently residing in custody, awaiting sentencing next month.last_img read more

PHOTOS: The Wood Brothers At The Ogden Theatre In Denver, Colorado 12/1/17

first_imgLoad remaining images On December 1st, The Wood Brothers continued their ongoing fall tour with a performance at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado. You can check out photographs from Friday’s performance below, courtesy of Bill McAlaine. The Wood Brothers head to The Boulder Theatre tonight.The Wood Brothers recently announced the release of their new album, One Drop of Truth, due February 2 via Honey Jar/Thirty Tigers. The ten-track collection marks the trio’s sixth record to date, and was self-produced by bandmates and brothers Oliver and Chris Wood, and Jano Rix. The first song from the album, “River Takes The Town”, is available for stream here. The song was written prior to the natural disasters that decimated parts of the world this summer, and recorded the day after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston.In support of the upcoming new music, The Wood Brothers will tour extensively in 2018. Currently on the road with only a few shows left in 2017, the band is planning a 26-date tour–starting this January and extending through mid-April, including two nights at The Fillmore in San Francisco and the Vic Theatre in Chicago. Check out the full schedule below.THE WOOD BROTHERS // Tour ScheduleNov. 17 – Hickory, NC – Music In The Mill (sold out)Nov. 28 – Jackson, WY – Center for the ArtsNov. 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room (sold out)Dec. 1 – Denver, CO – Ogden TheatreDec. 2 – Boulder, CO – Boulder TheaterDec. 4 – Kansas City, MO – The TrumanDec. 5 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s BallroomDec. 6 – Dallas, TX – Granada TheaterDec. 7 – Austin, TX – Paramount TheatreDec. 9 – San Antonio, TX – Empire TheatreDec. 10 – Houston, TX- White Oak Music HallDec. 11 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity TheatreDec. 12 – Lafayette, LA – Acadiana Center for the Arts (sold out)Jan. 25 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson TheatreJan. 26 – Washington, DC – Lincoln TheatreJan. 28 – Philadelphia, PA – Union TransferJan. 30 – Albany, NY – The EggJan. 31 – New York, NY – Irving PlazaFeb. 2 – Portland, ME – State TheatreFeb. 3 – Boston, MA – House of BluesFeb. 9 – Miami Beach, FL – Groundup Music FestivalFeb. 21 – Phoenix, AZ – MIM Music TheaterFeb. 22 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly UpFeb. 23 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda TheatreFeb. 24 – San Francisco, CA – The FillmoreFeb. 25 – San Francisco, CA – The FillmoreFeb. 27 – Arcata, CA – Kate Buchanan RoomFeb. 28 – Ashland, OR – Southern Oregon UniversityMar. 1 – Portland, OR – Crystal BallroomMar. 2 – Seattle, WA – NeptuneApr. 11 – Minneapolis, MN – First AvenueApr. 12 – Madison, WI – Majestic TheatreApr. 13 – Chicago, IL – Vic TheatreApr. 14 – Chicago, IL – Vic TheatreApr. 15 – St. Louis, MO – The PageantApr. 17 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft BallroomApr. 18 – Ann Arbor, MI – The ArkApr. 19 – Indianapolis, IN – The VogueApr. 20 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou TheaterThe Wood Brothers | The Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 12/1/17last_img read more

We speak, therefore we are

first_imgMarcus Briggs-Cloud, M.T.S. ’10, has dedicated his life to revitalizing his ancestral tongue and the cultural identity it sustains. An indigenous Maskoke, for more than a decade he has been teaching his native language to college and high school students and preverbal infants, including his own children, to whom he has never spoken a word of English. He returned to the Divinity School in October to participate in the biennial Native American Speaker Series. For part two of a two-part series of discussions with Native American language preservationists, Briggs-Cloud sat down with the Gazette to discuss his work since leaving Cambridge.We speak, therefore we arelast_img read more

Real EMV fraud consequences could change merchants’ tune

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Despite this month’s liability shift deadline, a number of small business owners have yet to make the switch to EMV at their point of sale (POS) terminals. However, the potential consequences of not doing so could be sufficient motivation for many to change that stance in the coming months.A recent study considered three potential scenarios small businesses might face following the liability shift:Covering the cost of fraudulent transactions Receiving consumer complaintsHearing about other businesses experiencing fraudulent transactionsThe survey gauged 344 small business owners’ reactions to these probable situations to gain a better understanding of what would motivate them to implement EMV at their POS.The majority (60 percent) of small business owners surveyed said they would be unable to recover if they were required to handle a fraudulent charge of more than $500 out-of-pocket. Sixty-three percent of small businesses that currently have no plans to accept EMV said they would adopt the technology if it gave them fraud coverage. Interestingly, nearly half (47 percent) said they would become EMV-capable if they had to cover $100 or less in fraud. continue reading »last_img read more

Batteries Plus Bulbs: The Coolest Company Most Long Islanders Have Never Heard Of

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]I[/dropcap]magine one store that carries batteries of all kinds, from cell phones to cars, plus a gazillion light bulbs and an assortment of chargers, and you begin to understand what one of the nation’s fastest-growing franchises, Batteries Plus Bulbs, is all about. But wait, there’s more: It also repairs cracked iPhone, iPad and iPod screens. All under one roof.From a single storefront in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Batteries Plus Bulbs has expanded into 670 locations since 1988.But there’s only one outlet on Long Island, and since 2012, it’s been run by Scott Palmer, a 42-year-old who was born and raised in East Northport, where he went to John Glenn High School. Palmer’s enthusiasm for the franchise is almost electrifying.“I really, really, really enjoy what I do,” said Palmer, a large affable guy with an ebullient personality. “I love the store! I love the products that I sell! I love being able to give people something that they don’t necessarily know they even need!”How Palmer got to run his own Batteries Plus is a “quite long and ridiculous” story, the proud owner explained recently. It started at a golf course in Florida where Palmer’s father-in-law was complaining that he couldn’t watch TV in the comfort of his home since his rechargeable remote’s battery had just died after he’d spent about four grand on his state-of-the-art entertainment system. First, he had gone back to Best Buy, where the expensive equipment had come from, but the sales clerks told him he was out of luck; they didn’t sell the battery or the remote. Then Palmer’s father-in-law called the manufacturer, who informed him that he had to buy a brand new one for $180 because they didn’t sell just the battery. His frustration is not hard to imagine.“He went out of his mind,” Palmer recalled. “So he’s out playing golf with one of his buddies, who says, ‘Why don’t you just go over to Batteries Plus?’”Talk about a fateful question. Palmer’s father-in-law had owned a chemical company in Long Island City and had recently retired to Florida. Meanwhile, Scott Palmer had been laid off from a cosmetics manufacturer in New Jersey, and he and his wife had begun looking into franchises so they could remain in the New York area. In Florida, Batteries Plus has more than 50 outlets, but few in the Northeast.“Being from New York, he’s never heard of this before,” said Palmer. “So he goes over to Batteries Plus, and $17.99 later, he comes out with a new battery for his remote. So, he said to me, ‘This is the way to go. We’ve got to figure this out.’ That’s how I got into it.”Scott Palmer, proud proprietor of Batteries Plus Bulbs in Commack. (Spencer Rumsey/Long Island Press)Palmer can’t claim credit for being the original local franchise owner on Long Island.“I’m not the first, but I am the only,” he said. In 2009 another man had opened a Batteries Plus in a stand-alone store on Rt. 110 in Huntington across from the Walt Whitman Mall, but by 2010 he was gone because, Palmer explained, he couldn’t generate enough sales to support his family and pay his landlord.MORE: Retail & sales, accounting, management, marketing and more – there’s a lot you can do with a business degree. Learn how to move your passion forward with a business degree.So these days, Palmer operates Long Island’s sole Batteries Plus. The nearest one in New York is in Tarrytown, although the store in Paramus, N.J., is closer as the crow flies. Palmer’s outlet is in the middle of a Commack strip mall along the north side of Jericho Turnpike between Larkfield and Town Line roads. Palmer doesn’t get much foot traffic there but the rent is “too good” for him to consider relocating. He’s open seven days a week, and he’s got three employees.“My competition is spread out among 12, 13 different stores, which makes me unique,” said Palmer, who lists Radio Shack, P.C. Richard & Sons, Best Buy, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s and local hardware stores among his competitors.“I compete with cell phone stores because I have cell phone batteries, and they pretty much don’t,” he said. “They want to get you in there so they can sell you a new phone.”That kind of bait and switch drives Palmer nuts.“If people need a battery for their car, they can go to Pep Boys and sit in their waiting room watching the Jerry Springer show for three and a half hours while someone puts a battery in their car and then tries to sell them on a transmission service,” said Palmer. “Or they can just come to me, and I’ll walk out into the parking lot and I’ll put the battery in, and 10 minutes later they’re gone.”Now that may sound like an obvious solution but what happens when the battery in your key fob is about to wear out and soon you won’t be able to unlock your car?“People start freaking out,” Palmer said. “They call the BMW dealer, or worse, they call their Audi dealer and the dealer goes, ‘Ninety-seven dollars and we’ll change the battery.’ I do it for seven-ninety-nine. The customers walk in, I fix it, and they leave. It takes all of seven minutes—if that.”Palmer says he loves to be stumped by customers but so far the only problem he hasn’t been able to solve easily is brand recognition. The franchise requires him to spend 4 percent of his gross on promotion but the Long Island market is problematic, given Newsday’s expensive monopoly on advertising. His budget is limited and it’s hard to make an impact.But things have been looking up. Once you google Batteries Plus Bulbs, it won’t leave your computer screen alone. Recently, its spots showed up during the ESPN broadcast of the New York Mets’ season opener in Kansas City against the Royals. Last year Forbes’ named it one of the best franchises to own in America, and that’s good publicity.“Our business is all about making complex things simple,” said Russ Reynolds, CEO of Batteries Plus Bulbs in a press release last year. “As the retail industry evolves, so will our business so that we maintain our relevance in this competitive and constantly changing environment.”Scott Palmer is glad he’s along for the ride.“You go to Home Depot to look for a light bulb and you could stand there for 15 minutes looking through things,” said Palmer. “God forbid you ask somebody in an orange smock and they go, ‘Oh, I don’t work in this department.’ Nobody ever comes into this store without being taken care of.”Batteries Plus Bulbs is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 6231 Jericho Turnpike in Commack; the store can be reached at 631-486-6697.last_img read more

Message to the diaspora: Now is the ideal time to invest in Croatian tourism

first_imgDuring this two-day conference, success stories of returnees who have invested in Croatian tourism will be presented, and Croatian branding, investments in tourist niches such as health and cultural tourism, and innovations in tourism will be discussed.  Director of the Center for the Study of Croatian Emigration Marin Sopta he said that the conference symbolizes the unity of homeland and emigrated Croatia. “We point to the great economic potential of the diaspora and the need for stronger investment by emigrants. If we open a quarrel between the present and the past, we are in danger of losing the future. This must be borne in mind by all those who create divisions in Croatian society. These topics exhaust us emotionally and mentally, so we decided to look to the future. “, Sopta emphasized, at the opening of the International Conference “Emigrant Tourism”, adding that the Government should include the diaspora in the development strategy of the country.  Can our diaspora be one of the opportunities for the development of our economy, tourism, and especially health tourism? It certainly can and must. Our diaspora must be one of our main ambassadors and links to the global market, as it is in other developing and smart countries.  President of the Management Board of PwC Croatia John Gašparac he spoke about the prospects of Croatian tourism. “Challenges in tourism are also opportunities. Tourism is a business that lives on emotions and experiences. We can talk about numbers, but that factor is key. We need to change our view of the world and tourism, and if we succeed, then we can experience exponential growth”, Said Gašparac, noting that the plans we have are good, but that it will take time to implement them. RELATED NEWS: State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Tonči Glavina he said that now is the right time to return and invest in Croatia. “Whoever dares to take steps in that direction today will benefit greatly from it. Not only material things are worth living in life; the quality of life and the feeling that you are part of the community are also important, and in Croatia you can do that”Said Glavina, who is also a returnee from the United States.  Precisely with the aim of connecting and sharing experience and knowledge from the diaspora and for the diaspora in Split at the Milesi Palace, on May 17 and 18, 2019, the Second International Conference “Emigrant Tourism” is being organized. “With their return, representatives of the diaspora brought knowledge, technology transfer, modern business methods and best practices in the tourism sector from around the world. Today we are talking about emigrants in tourism, but we want to encourage cooperation and participation of the diaspora in all strategic sectors of the Croatian economy. In the whole process, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce wants to be a central contact point, support and partner for all representatives of its diaspora who are looking for business opportunities and opportunities.”, Said Ivan Barbaric, Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for International Affairs and the EU.center_img Joe Basic he commented on the growth of his company MPG, with about 150 people today and the transfer of knowledge from Canada to Croatia. “We have been working on the Ultra project for ten years, and today it is visited by more than 150.000 people from more than 150 countries, which is an excellent promotion of Croatia. This is the right time to start a business in Croatia because the risks are the lowest since we founded the country. Croatia invites you to come back and realize your dreams and business ideas “, pointed out Basic. Marion Duzich, owner and director of the Waterman Svpetrvs hotel on Brač, emphasized that everything in business comes down to a quality product and quality people. “Of course, it is also important that they pay you for that quality. I practically came to Croatia to retire – I didn’t even know where Brac was, and in the end I invested in tourism because I believe in this country and these people. It is not easy to do business in Croatia. There are bad days, I spent a lot of money and nerves, but today I have 600 workers. Now we are tormented by the problem of labor, it takes us a lot of time”, Said Duzich and called on the government to facilitate the import of foreign workers.  WILL WE FINALLY INTRODUCE THE SLOVENIAN MODEL FOR IMPORTING FOREIGN WORKERS FROM NEXT YEAR? You can find out more about the conference and the program HERE According to the CNB, the diaspora sends over 2 billion euros a year to Croatia, which is a share of about five percent of Croatia’s GDP. However, the mentioned amount is without real investments in our economy, and for which there is great interest. The Diaspora wants to primarily invest and help, but we can never connect the dots and establish a quality dialogue. We have been spinning in a circle for years, without real progress.  Waterman Svpetrvs hotel on Braclast_img read more

Get special interest out of our politics

first_imgWhen I was much younger, there were conservative Democrats and liberal Republicans. The two parties talked to each other and there was compromise. World War II was still in the minds of the population.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The wealthy, as well as the working class, were primarily concerned for what was good for the United States. The wealthy paid an income tax rate as high as 91 percent. Most benefited and the United States prospered.Over the decades, we have become a nation of greed and self-interest. The Supreme Court approved the ability of the wealthy to spend unlimited amounts of money on attack campaign ads, deceptive propaganda and lies designed to elect their candidates. This power resulted in tax reform legislation that greatly benefited the wealthy. When the tax reform bill ran into opposition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s only concern was not the voters, but decreasing money contributions. Why? Money buys votes.Today, too many people expose themselves to “news” that is one sided with a specific political agenda. This kind of “news” is actually propaganda. The resulting degree of polarization and ignorance demonizes people and ideas. This isn’t compatible with the ideals of a democracy and not how a functional democracy should work. This is how dictatorial governments operate.We must elect people who bring us together, not tear us apart. We must elect people who are not bought and paid for by special interest groups.John DworakRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more