Archers book Final 4 berth; Amid calls for coach’s head, UST drops 11th straight game

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 Adamson U dealt UST an 11th straight loss, 75-70, later in the day, pumping the volume up on calls from students and alumni for the resignation of head coach Boy Sablan.The Falcons tightened their grip on the third seed with their seventh win in 11 matches while the Tigers somehow continue justifying an angry mob’s call for a coaching change.La Salle has little to worry about any coaching change—at least for now—especially after mounting a 22-6 run that gave the Green Archers a 40-24 lead in the first half.The lead then ballooned to 27 points with 2:25 left in the third on a Justine Baltazar triple that put La Salle up, 74-47.And with the Archers’ remaining games looking more like mere formalities, Ricci Rivero said they should remain focused on the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT “We shouldn’t think ahead, and we should focus on just one game at a time,” said Rivero in Filipino after filling in for coach Aldin Ayo in the postgame press conference.Ayo, who this season has dealt with rumors about his shaky hold of his post at La Salle, snubbed the media for the sixth time.“Actually our team is a strong unit as long as we follow our system, and we should move as one,” added Rivero.Reigning MVP Ben Mbala led all scorers with 25 points to go along 14 rebounds to lead La Salle while SantiSantillan added 14 point and 11 rebounds.Alvin Pasaol, who put up a career-high 49 points in the first round against La Salle, managed 23 points and nine boards this time to lead UE.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny UE’s Alvin Pasaol (right) didn’t have the same explosion he had against La Salle the first time both schools played.—AUGUST DELA CRUZIn some corner of the UAAP, a storied school is dealing with all the noise from disgruntled students and alumni calling for the resignation of a head coach.Far from all that controversy, La Salle made its presence felt in a more positive way.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The defending champion Archers formalized their entry to the Final Four after brushing off University of the East, 99-78, in Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.La Salle streaked to its fourth straight win to improve to 9-2 while the Red Warriors slipped to 3-8—still mathematically in contention for a semifinals spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogUniversity of Santo Tomas was never in the hunt for a Final Four spot at any point in the tournament—even preseason polls had the Tigers finishing last.But the school that has long been a league heavyweight—the Tigers have collected 18 UAAP crowns, including a rare “four-peat”—seems dead set on getting there drenched in historic ignominy. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Taguinod, 11, captures 3 gold medals in swimminglast_img read more

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Staff at GFC requests truth from Minister Trotman

first_imgDear Editor,The staff at the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) are now faced with late payment of salaries, no allowances, and even loss of jobs. The staff was informed in an article in Kaieteur News, dated April 13, 2019, that the Commission is now falling short by up to $1 billion annually to effectively carry out its function and is cash strapped from the closure of many forestry logging and sawmill operations.The GFC staff were informed via the media of plans for the restructuring of the Commission. This restructuring would be in keeping with the Government’s national objective of moving towards a ‘green’ economy and alignment with the green state development strategy.But is this true or is this restructuring an avenue to downscale staff numbers? It does not make sense to us staff that the restructuring is aimed at increasing jobs and salaries when the plans for restructuring only came immediately after it was declared that the Guyana Forestry Commission is bankrupted. So please Minister Trotman, tell us which one is it really? Who will be fired and who gets to stay?Sincerely,T Williamslast_img read more

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Blood-stained sheet tendered as evidence

first_img“Big Foot” murder trial– as Police account of Room 10 opening differs from employeesPolice Lance Corporal Dwayne McPherson who is attached to the crime lab at the Brickdam Police Station testified before Justice Sandhill Kissoon on Thursday, stating that he retrieved the blood-stained covering that was over the mattress on the bed of Room 10 where the South Central Hotel owner’s body was found. Bryan Leitch, who was said to be the last known person to stay in Room 10, is on trial for Joseph Jagdeo’s murder. Jagdeo’s body was found bound and gagged at the guesthouse on November 14, 2013. Lance Corporal McPherson told the 12-Murdered South Road Hotelier, Joseph Jagdeomember jury under re-examination by State Prosecutor Mandell Moore that he did not check the other rooms because he received information that Room 10 was the place of the alleged crime scene and that force was used to gain entry to the said room. However, this revelation contrasted that of two former employees attached to the South Central Hotel, who testified on Wednesday that they opened the door using the room’s key after gaining the key through the room’s window.During Wednesday’s trial, former maintenance man, Wendell Eastman, called “Buxton”, testified that he had informed another worker, Patrick Wilson, called “Bullai” of the Jagdeo’s pet cat’s “strange behaivour.” After being told of the animal’s behaviour, Eastman said he climbed onto a shed and peered through the jalousie window and saw the key to Room 10 on the bed. He claimed that he took a pipe, pulled out the key and gave it to Wilson who opened the room. The maintenance man had testified that at this point, the cat ran into the room, ran back out and started meowing. He said he told Wilson: “Don’t go in.”Wilson later testified and corroborated much of Eastman’s testimony, adding that after he opened the door of Room 10, he saw the body under the bed. He said he took out his cellphone and called the Police.At Thursday’s trial, the Police witness also testified that he took photographs of the crime scene and noted that he put the covering in a plastic evidence bag. McPherson noted that while he saw the man’s mouth and hands were bound, he did not see any marks of violence on the body. The blood-stained sheet was shown to members of the jury.The prosecution contends that Leitch committed the crime between November 13 and 14, 2013 at South Road, Georgetown. State Counsel Lisa Cave is assisting the prosecution’s case while Leitch is being represented by defence Attorneys Hewley Griffith and Lawrence Harris. Justice Kissoon adjourned the matter to Monday at 09:00h. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

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GECOM’s posture shows complete, utter disregard for CCJ, High Court – attorney

first_imgHouse-to-house registrationThe decision by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to proceed with the house-to-house registration process, while legal proceedings are pending, is a complete and utter disregard for both the local High Court and the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).GECOM’s Chairman, Retired Justice James PattersonFormer Attorney General, Anil NandlallThis is according to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who on Tuesday said that one gets the clear impression that GECOM is acting with the specific intention of defeating and frustrating orders, which these courts may make. He added that clearly, this is not conduct becoming of a constitutional agency.“It is no secret that this house-to-house registration exercise will cost millions, if not billions of taxpayers’ dollars and if it is found to be unlawful, or, is halted by the court rulings, I hope that those who are engineering it will be held responsible for the public monies expended and, indeed, wasted. This may include criminal and civil proceedings, personally, against those responsible,” the attorney said.Legal proceedings were filed challenging the legality and constitutionality of the house-to-house registration, and came up before the acting Chief Justice Roxane George on May 14, 2019, and the case was adjourned to June 26.However, even as the case is pending, GECOM has issued public notices and advertisements, which suggest that GECOM is proceeding at break-neck speed with the house-to-house registration process.Delay in CCJ rulingOn May 8, 9 and 10, a bench of five Justices from the CCJ heard submissions from all parties in the No-confidence Motion and GECOM cases.The crucial decision was on the calculation of what constituted a “majority” to give effect to Article 106 (6): “The President and the Cabinet shall resign if the Government is defeated by a vote of majority of all elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.” That time has already elapsed, and another week is about to expire.During the hearings, Justice Adrian Saunders had asked the attorney representing GECOM, Stanley Marcus: “If the vote of no-confidence was valid, and if Parliament ought to be dissolved, and if the parties don’t agree to extend the three-month period, then we have a choice between a situation where with each passing day beyond that three-month period a dagger is being thrown at the Constitution every day; and, on the other hand, having an election which is a little bit less than perfect. Now, which of those two options is better for democracy?”Marcus allowed that democracy could not be sacrificed for “speed”, upon which Justice Saunders cited the constitutional alternative of Article 106 (7), which reads: “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly, agree, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”However, even as Guyana awaits the CCJ judgement, GECOM-sponsored advertisements about house-to-house registration have sprung up. According to GECOM Commissioner, Sase Gunraj, going ahead with the exercise is flouting the law.In an interview with Guyana Times, GECOM Commissioner Sase Gunraj made it clear that he respects the process the CCJ has to go through before it arrives at a decision. But he noted that GECOM’s use of that time to proceed with house-to-house registration is in breach of the Elections Laws (Amendment) Act of 2000.last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger reveals which player he expects to lead Arsenal to the top

first_imgArsene Wenger is confident a more mature Arsenal side can now handle the pressure in the Barclays Premier League title race, led by Mesut Ozil in his “golden age”.The Gunners head into Saturday’s late kick off against Everton on the back of an impressive 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League.With leaders Manchester City taking on rivals United at Old Trafford on Sunday, Wenger’s side could move to the top of the table with victory over the Toffees.Arsenal last led the league heading into the weekend of February 8, 2014, before they were blown away 5-1 at Liverpool in a nightmare lunchtime encounter.Wenger, though, says his players have come a long way since then.“We have strengthened our belief with our run last season, from January 1 – you could feel there was really a change in our stability,” he said.“We have shown that we can handle the pressure. What is the most important for me is to continue to develop as a team, to feel that we grow in the quality of our game.“We have maybe a better discipline. People reproached us many times: ‘okay, Arsenal play football, but they are a bit fragile.’ Before, maybe, when we were not dominating completely the game, we were a bit insecure.”“We are more mature, for sure.”That is something Ozil is doing, having grown into his role as Arsenal’s ‘number 10’ since joining from Real Madrid for £42.5million in September 2013.The German World Cup winner scored in the 3-0 thrashing of Manchester United and capped a fine display against Bayern with a goal in stoppage time.“Ozil is 27 now,” Wenger said. “It is the golden age of a football player, 27 to 31 or 32, the age when you know your job.“When you are under 25, you think you can last for ever. Once you get to 27 you realise it is time to capitalise on what you have learned and efficiency takes a little bit over the playing mood.“You realise suddenly that it is not only important to play, it is important to win as well.” 1 Mesut Ozil last_img read more

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Scratching Heads With Imaginary Stars

first_imgIt was lurking out there, astronomers said.  Our sun’s evil companion, invisible, dark, like a stealthy general of an enemy force, wandered silently in hiding, waiting for the next opportunity to order its agents of death into combat.  Its name was Nemesis.  Every 27 million years, using its gravity, it sent comets from the Oort Cloud, like special forces, toward the earth, bombarding the doomed planet’s helpless inhabitants into fiery cauldrons of mass death.    Cut.  Wrong script.  There never was a Nemesis.  This tale now moves from documentary to fiction.  Clara Moskowitz at Space.com reported on a study by Adrian Melott at the University of Kansas that “puts the final nail in the coffin of the Nemesis idea.”  No object at the presumed distance of Nemesis would have a regular orbit, he calculated; there’s no way it could account for regularly-spaced extinctions.    As for what caused the extinctions, he has no idea.  “For me, it’s a complete head-scratcher,” he said.  Others mentioned in the article added further unknowns.  “Some in the field question whether the fossil record is really accurate enough to establish a cycle going back that far,” Moskowitz reported. If they felt comforted scratching their heads with an imaginary star, they’ll now need to scratch that itch without an imaginary scratcher from an imaginary Oort depot (see 06/20/2010).  The cycles are imaginary, based on scientists’ imaginary ability to perform divination on the fossil record.  That means the cause of the itch, like a phantom limb, was imaginary, too.  For that sooooothing feeling of reality, maybe they should stop reading Nemesis 1:1 and start with another passage that rhymes with it.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Makhaya Ntini: breaking barriers

first_imgOn Wednesday, 16 December 2009, Makhaya Ntini became only the fifth South African to appear in 100 cricket tests.Ntini is rightly regarded one of the most important players in the history of South African cricket. As the first black African to represent the national team, and one of the Proteas’ most successful cricketers ever, he has earned that status.Ntini went on to play in 101 test befor retiring from international cricket. His 390 wickets were eleventh on the list of all-time test wicket takers when he retired. His 390 wickets were second only to Shaun Pollock’s South African record of 421 wickets.Barriers on and off the fieldWith his quality performances and his ever-smiling, ever-trying attitude, Makhaya Ntini quickly became a popular sportsman in South Africa, appealing to people of all races and backgrounds, thus breaking through any lingering barriers among the country’s sport lovers. Annual surveys have more than once declared him to be South Africa’s most popular sportsman.Ntini also recorded a number of feats that will remain in the record books. Apart from being South Africa’s second-highest wicket taker in test cricket, he also owns the best ever test bowling figures by a South African. He achieved those in the second test against the West Indies in Port of Spain in April 2005, capturing 6 for 95 and 7 for 37 to finish the match with a haul of 13 for 132.Rare featWhile a number of South Africans are featured on the Lords’ Honours Board for visiting bowlers taking five wickets in an innings, Ntini is the only one to have taken 10 wickets in a match against England. He is one of only 10 men in history to have achieved the feat.The Proteas won that match, in August 2003, by an innings and 92 runs, but it required a special effort on a pitch that became very friendly towards batsmen as the match wore on. England failed in their first innings, however, being dismissed for 173 as Ntini led the South African bowling attack with 5 for 75.South Africa responded with the innings innings total in the country’s history, 682 for 6 declared, with captain Graeme Smith making 259, Gary Kirsten 108, and Boeta Dippenaar 92.England managed 417 all out second time around, but Ntini, with 5 for 145, was again the leading wicket taker as South Africa recorded a big victory.Ten wickets in a matchNtini has, in fact, captured 10 wickets in a match on four occasions, more than any other South African. Apart from the two abovementioned instances, he managed the feat in successive test matches in 2006.At the end of March, in the third test against Australia at the Wanderers, he claimed 6 for 100 and 4 for 78. That left Ntini with 19 wickets in the series, which was 12 more than any other South African player managed.In the first match of a three-test series against New Zealand that followed soon afterwards, Ntini was named man of the match after capturing 5 for 94 and 5 for 51, for a match haul of 10 for 146, as South Africa recorded a 128-run win. He went on to pick up Player of the Series honours.Team leaderOnce regarded by the sceptics as a “quota selection” for South Africa, Ntini has evolved into a team leader for the Proteas and one of the world’s top cricketers. His hard-won status as a leading international strike bowler – as ready with a smile as with a bouncer – is far removed from his upbringing in a rural village in the Eastern Cape.Ntini was first spotted by Border cricket development officer Raymond Booi in his home village of Mdingi. As a development officer, Booi did the rounds at the villages, introducing the young boys and men to the game of cricket, looking out for anyone with talent that might nurtured.Ntini recalls that he was passing by one day when Booi was visiting, going to fetch cattle or horses, when he and some friends were called closer. He was given a ball and told to bowl. The results stunned Booi. Young Makhaya might have been a bit wild, but he was fast, and Booi knew he had found someone with enough raw talent to be turned into something special.Booi arranged for Ntini to attend Dale College in King William’s Town, a school well known for its sporting prowess. When he first arrived there at age 14, the budding cricket star couldn’t speak a word of English. However, he took up the challenge of his new life and the opportunities it presented, and prospered.Ntini represented Border Schools at the Nuffield Week (U19 inter-provincial) in 1994 and 1995, and in 1995 was also selected for the national age group team.First-class debutHe made his first-class debut against the touring England team in November 1995, claiming Alec Stewart as his first first-class victim.Being one of the first black cricketers to make a mark after South Africa became a democratic country in 1994, Ntini soon found himself in favour with the national cricket selectors.In January 1998 he made his one-day international debut against New Zealand on the WACA Ground in Perth. He performed superbly, sending down 10 overs and conceding only 31 runs, while claiming the wickets of Black Cap captain Stephen Fleming and wicketkeeper Adam Parore.Two months later he made his test debut against Sri Lanka in Cape Town, picking up two wickets in the match. Ntini was fortunate to make his debut at a time when South Africa had two world-class opening bowlers from whom he could learn – Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald, both of whom broke the magical barrier of 300 test wickets.In 1998 Ntini tasted success at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur when a South African team missing some of its star players upset a heavily favoured Australian team to win the gold medal.Major setbackThings were looking good for the Border star, but life was shortly to take a big dip.Ntini was accused of raping a woman at the Buffalo Park Cricket Ground in December 1998. He maintained his innocence, receiving the backing of the United Cricket Board (the predecessor of Cricket South Africa), but a shock awaited him in court. The judge delivered a verdict of guilty, and suddenly the 22-year-old found himself facing a possible six years in prison.Ntini’s world was turned upside down. Not long before the tour he had been named as part of South Africa’s 15-man squad for the 1999 World Cup in England. Now he was on the verge of being incarcerated, with the dreams of his career and life ruined. The United Cricket Board continued to support Ntini, but the organisation could not offer its funds to pay for his defence.Ali Bacher came to Ntini’s rescue. He contacted a friend of his who lived overseas and asked him whether he would consider providing money for Ntini’s legal fees. The friend agreed. On appeal, Ntini’s conviction was overturned, and he walked out of court a free man with a new lease on life.Breakthrough performanceNtini returned to the national team a more focused, fit and enthusiastic player. He continued learning from Donald and Pollock, refining his game, and in November 2000 he finally delivered a breakthrough performance.Facing New Zealand in the first test in Bloemfontein, all eyes were on Allan Donald as he chased his 300th test wicket. He duly claimed it, dismissing Shayne O’Connor.However, Ntini stole the spotlight from Donald with his performance in the Black Caps’ second innings. Showing tremendous stamina, he sent down 31.4 overs on a flat wicket that offered little assistance, capturing 6 for 66 to guide South Africa to victory.It was a timely performance, as Donald was nearing the end of his great career and would, in fact, finish it with only 30 more wickets. Pollock, for his part, remained a great bowler, but no longer bowled with the pace he showed early in his test career.Someone needed to assume the mantle of strike bowler for South Africa, and Ntini took it upon himself to do just that.Out of formNtini was sharp against Sri Lanka in the following series (December 2000 through January 2001), second only to Pollock in overs bowled and wickets taken, but when the Proteas toured the West Indies in early 2001, just when he should have been reinforcing his position as one of the team’s leading bowlers, Ntini performed way below par and lost his place in the test side for the final match of the five-game series. He captured only seven wickets in the series – although he dismissed Brian Lara three times.Ntini needed to raise his game, but he struggled on very flat tracks against Zimbabwe in late 2001, and again when India toured South Africa immediately afterwards (October 2001).A trip to Australia in December 2001 was hardly the recipe to bring about a change in the paceman’s fortunes, and he was used sparingly. However, when Australia visited South Africa in February 2002, straight after the Proteas’ tour Down Under, no one sent down more overs than Ntini, and he finished as joint top South African wicket taker in the test series.OverpoweringIn September 2002 a visit by Bangladesh, at that time the weakest of the world’s test-playing nations, gave Ntini renewed confidence as the Bangladeshis struggled to come to terms with his pace, aggression and skill. He led the South African bowlers in both the test and one-day international averages, and was the one bowler who looked as if he could consistently overpower the Bangladeshi batsmen.From that point, Ntini’s fortunes continued to rise. He was South Africa’s leading wicket taker in a test series against Sri Lanka in late 2002, and second to Pollock in a test series against Pakistan played in December 2002 and January 2003.The following month, in February, he was a solid, dependable performer for the Proteas in a disappointing 2003 World Cup, capturing 10 wickets at 17.6, while conceding only 3.37 runs per over, but the best was yet to come.When South Africa toured England in mid-2003, they had to do so without two of the side’s leading players for parts of the test series, with both Shaun Pollock and Jacques Kallis missing. The Proteas needed Ntini to lead, and he responded well to the challenge of a tough English tour.Career highlightThe highlight of his career came in the second test at the home of cricket, Lords. After a drawn first test, South Africa took the initiative on the opening day of the second test as they skittled England for just 173 on a good batting pitch. Ntini led the way with 5 for 75.Then, after the Proteas had established a huge first innings lead of 509 runs, they faced the problem of dismissing the English team for a second time on a featherbed track.The Border paceman again played a leader’s role, knocking over 5 for 145 to become the first black South African cricketer to capture 10 wickets in a match, and at Lords to boot. He shared the man of the match award with double-centurion Graeme Smith.Ntini finished the series with 23 wickets, 10 more than any English bowler managed and six more than the next best South African, Shaun Pollock. He had taken up the challenge of leading South Africa’s bowling, and passed the test with flying colours.LegacyIn the latter stages of his career, Ntini became recognised as one of the world’s leading fast bowlers and was a regular fixture in the top 10 of the rankings for test bowlers.More importantly, Makhaya Ntini he proved that, given the right talent, hard work and support, South Africans from any background can excel at the highest levels of international sport.That, more than any of the outstanding statistics that will summarise his career when he retires, will be his greatest legacy.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Vets harvest a limit-plus

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Talk about great outdoor opportunities: the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW) hosted 15 disabled American veterans for a guided archery hunt at Zaleski State Forest last month and every one of them bagged a deer. The divisions of Forestry and Wildlife partnered with the Buckeye Hero Hunt Committee, the Ohio Department of Veterans Services and volunteer groups to provide the opportunity for these Ohio’s veterans to hunt whitetails, and I can’t imagine what it must have meant to the guys.“These unique archery hunts give us the chance to honor and show our appreciation for veterans who have sacrificed to defend and protect us,” said Robert Boyles, Ohio’s state forester. “We are pleased to partner with the Buckeye Hero Hunt Committee for our Ohio veterans who have given so much to help preserve our freedoms.”Numerous volunteers joined the Buckeye Hero Hunt Committee to provide the veterans with assistance throughout their hunt, including providing meals, lodging and equipment during the weekend. This year’s program saw all 15 hunters successfully harvest a deer. In total, the veteran participants harvested 21 deer, including sixteen does and five bucks.Veterans who meet the guidelines of being 100% disabled through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs are able to apply in advance for the free annual opportunity. For more information on the Buckeye Hero Hunt, visit the group’s Facebook page. Fully disabled veterans also qualify for a free hunting and fishing license through the ODOW. To learn more, go to wildohio.gov.last_img read more

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Amazon.com Most Trusted Brand in U.S.

first_imgTags:#Amazon#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Buying and selling stuff on the Internet surely has come a long way. Just a decade ago, most of us would never be caught dead shopping for real, live goods on the Internet. Who knows what you’ll get, right? Order a pair of size nine shoes and get a pair of size 12 clod-hoppers. But now, we shop online for everything from books to sporting goods to clothing to organic food and a recent study says there’s one brand we trust the most for our online shopping addiction – Amazon.com. According to a study released today by Millward Brown, Amazon.com is the top performing brand in the U.S. based on “trust” and “recommendation”. The study uses a “TrustR” standard to judge different companies, which it arrives at by asking consumers two questions – “how trustworthy is this brand?” and “would you recommend this brand?”. The average score is 100, with over 105 considered “good”. Amazon.com’s score was 123. FedEx was a close second with 122. Amazon.com was the only online-only brand of the top-10 trusted brands.The results released today in the report come from an ongoing study, which has been running for 12 years and includes respondents from more than 30 countries.According to a summary (.pdf) of the full report, only 1% of brands achieve scores of over 120, with 27% getting scores of 105 or higher. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Live Webcast of 2009 Energy Codes

first_imgIt’s free … so sign up already!The 2009 energy codes are out, and soon they will be adopted in your state or municipality. To get a quick handle on the changes, the Department of Energy (DOE) is providing a free webcast on Tuesday, June 16, on the residential aspects (requirements) of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).Follow this link to the free sign-up: http://www.energycodes.gov/training/onlinetraining/residential2009IECC.stmTodd Taylor of the Pacific Northwest Laboratory will host the one-hour presentation. Afterward, there will be a 30-minute question-and-answer session.The IECC is one of two options available to homebuilders for demonstrating energy code compliance. While the International Residential Code (IRC) is the primary energy code for one and two family dwellings, Section N1101.2 offers the IECC as an equivalent alternative. The IECC is more performance driven and allows component trade-offs through a simulated performance alternative provision (Section 405).This performance-based approach has always been considered more flexible than the prescriptive aspects of Chapter 11 of the IRC. While still flexible, the IECC has tightened it up somewhat with the introduction of some mandatory components–items that formerly were considered suitable alternative materials or techniques. This change in their status essentially disallows their use as trade-offs. Certain mechanical equipment is among these mandatory components, and others will likely be discussed in the webcast.The DOE has always been a key player in the development of the Model Energy Codes. Its role in the development of the 2009 edition is no exception; many of the significant changes in the 2009 codes were introduced by the agency, and significant testimony was offered by its representatives in both model codes in the 2009 editions. This testimony heavily influenced the changes that will be discussed.last_img read more

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