San Francisco bans natural gas use in new construction projects

first_imgSan Francisco bans natural gas use in new construction projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):San Francisco will ban natural gas infrastructure in most new construction, reinforcing previous building electrification measures adopted in California’s fourth most populous city.The city’s Board of Supervisors on Nov. 17 voted unanimously to amend San Francisco’s building code to prohibit the issuance of permits for residential and commercial construction that includes gas piping. The gas ban would apply to buildings built after June 1, 2021, with exceptions for restaurants and cases where all-electric construction is not technically feasible.Supervisor Rafael Mandelman introduced the legislation on June 30, opting to pursue a strategy pioneered by Berkeley, Calif., which taps the city’s power to modify its building code to safeguard public health and safety. The ordinance is meant to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, but also acknowledges the risk of natural gas explosions and research that links burning the fuel indoors with adverse health outcomes.The Board of Supervisors previously prohibited gas infrastructure in municipal building construction and renovation. It also adopted a so-called energy reach code — which “reaches” beyond minimum state standards — to require new buildings with gas infrastructure to achieve higher energy standards than all-electric buildings.Lawmakers made several changes to the original version of the gas ban ordinance, which included a blanket exception for gas piping in commercial kitchen spaces through Jan. 1, 2022. The final version allows city officials to grant restaurant exceptions beyond that date, but only after determining the applicant has shown that gas appliances are necessary for a specific food service, such as cooking with a wok.More than 30 California towns, cities and counties have adopted building gas bans or electrification requirements and preferences for new construction.[Tom DiChristopher]More ($): San Francisco bans natural gas in new buildingslast_img read more

Polish student crowned world’s top tipster by bettingexpert.com

first_img Related Articles Allee named bettingexpert.com’s World Tipster Champion July 8, 2019 Better Collective Spotlight: Improving the user experience through personalised content December 6, 2019 Share Submit Sports betting affiliate site bettingexpert.com has awarded the title of world’s top tipster to Tomasz Galganski, after the 20-year-old Polish student made an astounding 5780 correct predictions in the last two years, an average of eight correct tips per day.Studying results from professional football teams across the globe, investing over five hours of research a day in to predicting match outcomes, Galganski’s predictions have helped him earn thousands of online followers.Over the course of the last year, he’s helped followers achieve a return of £7082. His achievement has seen him crowned bettingexpert.com tipster of the month six times and the annual crown of tipster of the year with prizes totalling £18,324.Galganski, who joined the online sport tipping social platform a little over two years ago, revealed “I’ve always been passionate about football and often found myself analysing each match. Soon after I joined the site I started to predict trends in the results and was tipping different statistical outcomes ahead of the match.“Once I started getting correct predictions of seven or eight in a row my followers started to grow and found myself winning great rewards directly from the site.”bettingexpert.com is the world’s biggest social network of sports betting tipsters. The global community of expert tipsters share their thoughts on upcoming matches to help other punters as well as providing educational content, trends and patterns, helping those of all levels develop their skills.A spokesperson for the site said: “Since the launch of the site a decade ago, we have built a strong community of trusted tipsters.“Tomasz is a newcomer in those terms, but has taken the website by storm, going from relative unknown to becoming no.1 in the world. It shows if you have the passion and expertise for sport, you can be rewarded.“Our site helps sports fans from all over the world make calculated sports tips, backed up by the knowledge and experience from a wide tipster social network base.“Educating punters all over the world, bettingexpert.com provides in-depth bookmaker reviews, how-to guides and stats-based articles, giving sports fans the best opportunity to make informed stakes.” Share StumbleUpon Bettingexpert crowns TheTrollmanSha World Tipster Champion  July 2, 2020last_img read more

West Point, Annapolis investigating use of possible ‘white power’ hand signs during Army-Navy Game

first_imgFrom the Wall Street Journal:The United States Military Academy has stripped a motto from its football team spirit flag because of its connection to hate groups, the academy said on Sunday. Since the mid-1990s, the Army Black Knights football team at West Point has been using a flag with a skull and crossbones and “G.F.B.D.”, which stands for “God Forgives, Brothers Don’t,” the academy said. The team used the motto until academy officials learned that the phrase was associated with extremist groups.President Donald Trump, who has been accused of emboldening racist behavior during his first term, took the field for the ceremonial coin toss wearing a hat that read, “Keep America Great.”👊⚓️🇺🇸 @realDonaldTrump comes through as usual and the coin toss goes to #USNavy#ArmyNavyGame #GoNavyBeatArmy pic.twitter.com/y1tTygxXHK— ⚓️Old Submariner🇺🇸 (@BerrinAndro) December 14, 2019Navy would go on to defeat Army, 31-7. “We’re looking into it,” Lt. Col. Chris Ophardt, a West Point spokesman, told the Wall Street Journal. “I don’t know what their intention is.”While the hand gesture has recently been associated with white supremacy, it is also ​used in the “circle game,” in which the person making the hand symbol tries to trick someone into looking at it. If the person looks, they receive a punch to the shoulder.The game was played on the popular TV series Malcolm in the Middle:West Point and Annapolis officials will determine if the hand gestures were being used as part of the game or were motivated by racism.Earlier this week, West Point said a motto on its team flag was removed in September after it was linked to racism. Military officials are investigating the alleged use of “white power” hand signs during the live broadcast of Saturday’s Army-Navy Game after video clips appeared to show at least two cadets and one midshipman flashing the upside-down OK symbol behind ESPN’s Rece Davis.MORE: Cubs ban fan indefinitely for alleged racist hand gesturelast_img read more