Highly-rated youngster Connor Hunte is close to signing a new long-term contract with Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail.Manchester City are said to have shown an interest in the 16-year-old midfielder but he is tipped to commit his future to the Blues.Chelsea are eyeing up a move for Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote in January, the Daily Express say.It is claimed the Blues see him as a potential replacement for Oriol Romeu, who is injured, and John Obi Mikel, who will be unavailable next month as he is set to play for Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations.The Mail also say Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich plans to offer Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao £200,000 a week in order to lure him to Stamford Bridge.That would apparently make Falcao the highest earner at the club, eclipsing the wages of Fernando Torres.The Daily Mirror have a similar story, saying Chelsea will offer £48m for the Colombian and are hopeful of signing him despite interest from Manchester City.The Mirror report that Frank Lampard expects to leave Chelsea as no contract talks are scheduled to take place, as do the Mail, who suggest he could snub interest from overseas and remain in the Premier League.And Chelsea are again linked with a move for Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, today by The Sun.This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
I was hired a few years ago to consult on a new luxury residence to make the house as green as possible. At about 7,500 square feet, many people would argue that it could never be a green home, but as I was brought in after the design was complete, my job was to do the best I could with what I was given to work with. While the builder, Mike LaBelle, had no prior experience in high-performance homes, luckily for everyone, he was very interested and enthusiastic about learning how to build better.We had some very good, open discussions on how this new, high-performance home would work differently than the owner’s existing older home, and the builder, the owner, and I worked together to make the best decisions for the project. ICFs were selected for the wall structure early in the process, primarily for aesthetic reasons. My recommendations included a spray-foam insulated roofline to bring the attic furnace and ducts into conditioned space, solar water heating, high-performance HVAC systems, and an ERV.So far, so goodConstruction went smoothly, and the builder ultimately decided to have the house certified as an EarthCraft House, achieving a HERS index of 56 and meeting the then-available federal tax credit threshold. The owners moved in, and all was well in the world of luxury housing.After a few months, I heard from both the owner and the contractor that the power bills seemed very high. We discussed possible problems, and I offered to come out to the site to help figure out their problem. Ultimately, the owner hired Southface Energy Institute to investigate the problem.The culpritsA mechanical engineer from Southface did a thorough review of the energy usage and equipment in the house, and generously provided me with a copy of his report on the house. The heating and cooling loads were appropriately low for a house of this type, but the electrical baseload was through the roof at about 7,000 kWh per month.Inspections of the existing house systems identified three items that together accounted for over 6,000 kWh of the baseload: a hot water pump, pool pumps, and HVAC supply fans. After the house was occupied, a continuous pump was installed to create a hot water circulation loop to eliminate the wait for hot water in the bathrooms. This pump was installed on the electric backup tank rather than the solar storage tank, causing the electric elements to run continuously as the water was being circulated around the house in an uninsulated line. This accounted for about 4,000 kWh per month.Two pool pumps — one for filtering, one for vacuuming — were running full time, adding another 1,400 kWh per month. Finally, the owners kept the furnace blowers on full time (not realizing that the ERV provided necessary fresh air throughout the house), adding another 900 kWh to the baseload.Simple solutionsRecently, the continuous hot water pump was changed out with a timed pump, the pool pumps were set on timers to run only when needed, and the furnace fans were set to auto. Results are not yet in, but it is expected that these changes will help bring the baseload down to a reasonable level and allow the owners to benefit from the high-performance home they live in. I will report on the progress as I learn more.As the consultant, I was not involved in the pool equipment selection, nor do I have the expertise to make appropriate recommendations in this area. I will, however, research pool equipment for any future projects and share my knowledge with new clients.I always recommend against hot water circulation loops, opting for demand-operated systems. The pump was probably added at the suggestion of the plumber — a typical solution for long hot water runs, with no consideration of the energy penalty involved.Keeping the furnace fans on full time may have been a habit left over from the owner’s previous house or possibly a suggestion of the HVAC contractor; in either case, it was a poor decision that added to excess electrical use.Lessons learnedWhat I took away from this project is the need for everyone involved to always keep the big picture in mind throughout the process, to maintain open communication, and to avoid making changes and additions in a vacuum. The entire construction team must stay in communication throughout the project and stick to the plan; no one should make any changes unless they are considered in the context of the whole house and its systems. Finally, commissioning of mechanical systems is important but rarely done in residential construction; this situation should change.Fortunately, the problems with this project proved to be relatively minor and simple to correct. A less-conscientious builder could have made significant changes and created problems with the building envelope or moisture management that would have been complicated and costly to correct. In this case, all that was needed were some minor adjustments, and the only penalty was some wasted energy.
Chelsea and Arsenal played out a goalless draw in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.The hosts Chelsea missed a host of chances in a match where the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) played an important role.Despite having the majority of possession and Chelsea being able to create constant pressure on Arsenal, Arsene Wenger’s men held their ground to frustrate Antonio Conte’s side.Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen wasted the best of the hosts’ opportunities, failing to find the target with two headers in the second half after Cesc Fabregas had also spurned a headed chance before the break.ALSO WATCHYet with limited goalmouth action, what little drama there was seemed to stem from referee Martin Atkinson referring a handful of decisions to the VAR.The VAR system was being given its second outing in English football and was called into action in the first half to confirm Atkinson’s decision to wave away a penalty appeal after Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi went down following a challenge from Victor Moses.It was called on again with two minutes remaining and once more confirmed the referee’s decision not to award a penalty, this time after Danny Welbeck got a faint touch on the ball when bringing down Fabregas.With the system still in the test phase all eyes were focused on how it would work, with Wenger voicing concerns in the aftermath about the length of time it took to confirm the referee’s decision not to award a penalty against Welbeck.advertisementHe was, however, delighted with how his side defended to leave the tie in the balance ahead of the second leg in two weeks time.”I felt there was great togetherness, we didn’t give many chances away. I am pleased with the spirit and determination,” Wenger told sky Sports.Arsenal came into the game without a win in their last three matches and nursing the wounds of a bruising third round FA Cup defeat to second tier Nottingham Forest but they were resolute from the beginning in what was a relatively cagey affair.Headed chances went begging for the hosts either side of halftime as Fabregas could only steer Cesar Azpilicueta’s diagonal ball straight at David Ospina while Christensen twice failed to find the net from close range after the break.”We tried with all our strength to win the game,” Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said. “We created chances to score but a few times we were not so clinical.”The winners will face either Manchester City or second tier Bristol City in the final, with the Premier League leaders taking a 2-1 lead into the second leg.(Courtesy: Reuters)
Dan Cohen AUTHOR A state plan to deliver water from the Snake River to Mountain Home Air Force Base would ensure the installation in southwestern Idaho has a sustainable water supply in the event the aquifer it currently relies on dries up.Groundwater supplies in the Mountain Home area already are running low.“The risk that we face is that if the base doesn’t have a reliable water supply into the future, then it may risk the viability of retaining the base in the state of Idaho,” said Cynthia Bridge Clark, a water manager with the Idaho Department of Water Resources.Officials from the Idaho Department of Water Resources this week described the pipeline project, which is estimated to cost between $20 million and $30 million and could be in place in 2021, reported KBOI.In addition to the pipeline, which would range from 10 to 15 miles, the state would build a pump station and a water treatment facility to provide water for domestic, municipal, commercial and industrial uses. The state previously acquired the water rights to the surface water in CJ Strike Reservoir, which is located on the Snake River.The Air Force would pay the state back through a water purchase agreement, according to the story. State water managers next will begin the project’s design stage, which will take several years.
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, September 17, 2018:A gray 2007 Ford Ecovan was struck by an 18-wheeler in a hit and run on the 93 South Exit 41 ramp. State Police notified. (12:49pm)Police advised vehicle that blocking travel lane in front of Middle School to move into parking spot. (2:33pm)Police issued a citation for failure to stop for a school bus with flashing lights on Middlesex Avenue. (3:11pm)A caller reported she witnessed a female party defecate in the middle of the Savers parking lot and drive away. Police checked residence, but female party not home. Police were eventually able to advise her. (3:29pm)A caller reported a motorcyclist cut him off and punched his window. Motorcyclist was following him, but is no longer. Caller was told to drive to police station. (3:56pm)A caller reported one male was kicking another male on the ground in the street on Park Street. Upon police arrival, one of the males ran into the woods. Police was able to locate and arrest the male. Christopher John Wiese (33, North Reading) was arrested with Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. (4:40pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 3: Man Issued Summons For Resisting Arrest; Turkeys Struck In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 25: Police Respond Twice To Customers Behaving Badly At Market Basket; Erratic Driver Admits To TextingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”
Southern superstar Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan Teja who is making his Bollywood debut as Inspector Vijay in “Zanjeer” remake is serious about his career in the Hindi film industry.The Tollywood actor, who is presently in Mumbai for the film’s shooting, is reportedly on a hunt for a home in the financial capital. The “Magadheera” star apparently took help from his mentor Salman Khan to buy a suitable place in Mumbai.After a week of searching for a house, Ram Charan has zeroed in on a property in Bandra, close to where Salman Khan lives. The house is also close to Shahrukh Khan’s house “Mannat”, which is located in the same district.Though several southern stars like Rajinikant, Kamal Hasan, Surya, R. Madhavan and Ram Charan’s father Chiranjeevi have had a share of success in Bollywood, they all went back to their respective film industry. Ram Charan, on the other hand, is thinking of establishing a parallel career in the Hindi film industry.”He is already the numero uno in Hyderabad. Ram doesn’t want Zanjeer to be a one-off blockbuster in Hindi like his dad’s Pratibandh. He wants to build a career brick by brick in Mumbai. And that means setting up a home in Mumbai,” The Times of India quoted a close friend of the actor as saying.Apart from pursing his career in Bollywood, another reason why he is hunting for a house in Mumbai is because of his wife Upasana Kamineni.Upasana Kamineni is the vice-chairman of Apollo Charity and granddaughter of Prathap C Reddy, the Managing Director of the Apollo Hospitals. Apparently, Kamineni has some hospital expansions plans in Mumbai.”Upasana and Ram want to set up a home in Mumbai from where they can pursue their respective careers. While she will work on the hospital project in Mumbai Ramcharan intends to build his Bollywood career beyond Zanjeer. He has already given the nod to another film with the Zanjeer director Apoorva Lakhia which will also star Abhishek Bachchan and is in talks with a leading corporate house in Mumbai for a lucrative 3-film deal,” the friend said.The Telugu actor confirmed the news saying that he was in Mumbai last week in search of a good property and saw three properties in and around Bandra.”I was in Mumbai last week to buy a home. I saw three properties in and around Bandra. Now I am going back to Mumbai with my wife to finalize the deal. The deal will be sealed in a week,” the actor said.
Four people, including a man and his son, were sentenced to death in murder cases in Chandpur and Narayanganj on Monday.In Chandpur, the court of district and session’s judge Md Saleh Uddin Ahmed sentenced two young men to death for killing their friend in the district town in 2012.The condemned convicts are Habib Gazi Nishan, 24, and Nazmul Bepari Sumon, 26.The court also sentenced them to three years’ rigorous jail each on another count for stealing two mobile phone sets of the victim.According to the prosecution, the convicts called Al Amin, son of a certain Md Oji Ullah of Biponibagh area, out of his house on 31 October 2012. However, he did not return home.Later, Al Amin’s family members filed a general diary with Chandpur model police station.Following the complaint, police arrested Nishan and Nazmul who confessed to police that they strangled Al Amin to death and buried the body in an orchard at Raldia village.Following their confession, police recovered the body.Md Abdur Rauf, then sub-inspector of Chandpur model police station and also investigation officer of the case, submitted a charge sheet on 27 January 2013.After examining all the records and 17 witnesses out of 47, judge Md Saleh Uddin Ahmed handed down the verdict.In Narayanganj, the court of additional district and session’s judge Mohammad Ali Hossain convicted a man and his son of killing Maksudul Islam Tuhin, a schoolboy, in 2015 and sentenced them to death.The convicts are Billal Hossain, 55, of Bogadi Kandapara village in Araihazar upazila of the district, and his son Mahfuzul Islam, 17.According to the prosecution, the condemned convicts abducted Tuhin, son of one Nasir Uddin of the village on 8 May 2015.Nasir filed a general diary with Araihazar police station in this connection on that day.Later, the abductors called the victim’s father over mobile phone and demanded Tk two million as ransom on 9 May.On secret information, police arrested Mahfuzul, a nephew of Nasir, from Narsingdi district on 12 May.Later, gleaning information from Mahfuzul, police recovered the body of Tuhin from a drum at the village and arrested Billal also.After examining all the records and witnesses, judge Mohammad Ali Hossain delivered the verdict.
To expand share of fashion jewellery in India’s export, the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) is organizing the 9th edition of the three-day Indian Fashion Jewellery and Accessories Show (IFJAS-2016) at the India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida, NCR Delhi from July 21 to July 23, 2016. Over 250 manufacturers and exporters from all over the country will be showcasing the wide range of fashion jewellery and accessories to attract overseas buyers and their representatives to source their requirements under one roof, informed Dinesh Kumar, Chairman – EPCH. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He further informed that IFJAS 2016 will provide a global platform for the fashion jewellery and accessories sector to make a dent into the 16.3-billion-dollar world market and increase India’s share in this segment which is negligible at present.Mainly focusing on fashion products like fashion and costume jewellery, scarves, beads, wallets, fancy fashion footwear and many more, IFJAS 2016 will also showcase the widest range of materials, products and designs in five categories comprising of fashion jewellery, semi precious jewellery, fashion accessories, hand bags and fancy & embroidered fashion shoes, imitation jewellery and shawls. Describing it as an important part of India’s export basket, Rakesh Kumar, ED- EPCH, stated that “India’s exports of fashion jewellery and accessories in the year 2015-16 was to the tune of Rs 2755 crores, but still its share in the world market is very less and holding of IFJAS is part of Council’s drive to promote and expand horizons of key verticals of the handicrafts sector which has tremendous potential to expand further.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe top importing nations for jewellery in the world are USA, Germany, UK, France, Japan, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, Belgium, Hong Kong, Spain, Australia, Italy and Latin American countries and India is already exporting to these markets, the ED-EPCH added. Rakesh Kumar further said, “IFJAS would give a distinct platform to those specializing in the wide range of fashion products. A focused show for this sector, IFJAS would give exhibitors a unique opportunity to display capabilities and fully exploit their business potential.” The exports of fashion jewellery and accessories from India went up from Rs 2502 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 2755 crores in 2015-16 registering a growth of 10.10per cent added the Executive Director. “In the earlier times, there used to be a lot of sentiments attached to jewellery which is no longer the case, we are trying to bring back those lost sentiments with these fashion jewellery,” said Rakesh Kumar. A major highlight will be setting up of Young Designers Forum for providing business opportunities to upcoming designers for fashion jewellery sector. It was also said that the major competitor of Indian fashion jewellery is China, but their products are machine made while ours are handmade. Due to this factor India is gradually growing in this market. This year, some famous companies from USA, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Belgium, Chile and Portugal will be importing the products on display at the exposition. Ajay Shankar Memorial awards for best designed stands in the category of fashion jewellery & accessories will also be distributed during IFJAS 2016 on July 22.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Share Travelweek Group Tags: FIT, Le Boat Posted by Clients have until Nov. 30 to save on Le Boat’s self-drive boating trips TORONTO — Le Boat wants agents to know that its best early booking bonus deals expire Nov. 30, 2017 for travel in 2018.“Don’t forget to remind your clients to book before November 30, 2017 for the best 2018 availability and to take advantage of our early booking offers,” says the company.The deals include:Save 20% on budget and comfort boats departing April 2 – 7 and May 12 – 17.Save 15% on budget and comfort boats, at all other timesSave 10% on Comfort pus boats + Visions (combinable with Le Boat’s 5% family discount; seven night minimum duration)Save 5% on Horizon boatsThe early booking bonus offers are valid on all 2018 durations, including short breaks. New bookings only.The company made a splash in the Canadian market this past summer when it announced it was relocating its North American headquarters from Florida to Smiths Falls, Ontario, right on the Rideau Canal where Le Boat will introduce brand new boat vacation rentals starting in May 2018.More news: TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamLe Boat says it is eager to work with the travel trade here in Canada, looking to make waves in this market now that it has conquered Europe. Billed as Europe’s number one boating vacation company, Le Boat just launched its 2018 brochure featuring the latest cruising experiences both in Europe and, starting next year, Canada.Vacationers have been doing the self-drive boating thing along Europe’s waterways with Le Boat for years now, discovering France, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Germany, England, Ireland and Scotland from their own sundeck.More than half – about 55% – of Le Boat’s bookings are generated by travel agents.For a full list of discounts and more information see leboat.com or call 1-800-734-5491. << Previous PostNext Post >>
Monday, July 9, 2018 ACV has more capacity and a brand new route for Winter 2018/19 Posted by Tags: Air Canada Vacations, New Routes Travelweek Group Share MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations has revealed its new lineup for winter 2018/19 sun destination flights onboard Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge.The schedule includes a new route, new 737-MAX aircraft, increased frequency on most-requested routes and increased capacity in the fall.Here’s a look at what ACV will be offering for winter 2018/2019:NEW ROUTEACV’s brand new route, between Vancouver and Lihue, Hawaii, starts Dec. 15, 2018 and operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and SaturdaysNEW 737-MAX AIRCRAFTAir Canada says its new 737 MAX aircraft feature technological advances for quiet, efficient and environmentally-friendly air travel. The following flights will be flown on the new aircraft: Vancouver and Calgary flights to Hawaii, Vancouver flights to Mexico and Calgary flights to CancunMORE FLIGHTS TO THE SUNFor winter 2018/2019 ACV will offer 58 new flights to the sun.From the West:29 additional flights per week, consisting of 20 to Hawaii (including double daily flights from Vancouver to each of Honolulu and Maui), three new flights from Vancouver to Lihue, two additional flights from Vancouver to Kona and one additional flight from Calgary to Maui.There are nine additional flights to Mexico including three additional flights from Calgary to Puerto Vallarta (now four flights weekly), two additional flights from Calgary to Los Cabos (now three times weekly) and 2 additional flights from Vancouver to each of Ixtapa (now three times weekly) and Cancun (now four times weekly).More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesFrom Ontario:19 additional flights per week including three additional flights from Toronto to Liberia (now daily service), three additional flights from Toronto to Cancun (now 17 flights per week), two additional flights from Toronto to Los Cabos and one additional flight from Toronto to each of Cartagena, Curacao, Grenada, St. Vincent, Belize City, Honolulu, Aruba, Bermuda and Kingston.From Ottawa, Air Canada will feature an additional flight to each of Punta Cana and Cancun.ACV will also be resuming service from Toronto to St. Maarten on Dec. 15 and San Juan on Oct. 28.From Quebec:10 additional flights per week including 2 additional flights from Montreal to each of Cancun (now 14 flights per week) and Liberia (now three times per week) and one additional flight from Montreal to each of Curacao, Montego Bay, San Jose, Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel and Martinique. Air Canada Vacations will be resuming service from Montreal to San Juan on Dec. 15.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTEARLY FALL PROGRAM:Three routes will commence in November this year, rather than mid-December:Montreal to Liberia will start Nov. 3Vancouver to Ixtapa will start Nov. 1Toronto to St. Kitts will begin Nov. 3In addition, nine flights will start in late October (Oct. 28 or 29) including:Vancouver to Cancun & Los CabosCalgary to Los CabosMontreal to Cayo Coco, Cozumel & Puerto VallartaToronto to Cozumel, Liberia & Los Cabos“Air Canada Vacations is pleased to demonstrate its commitment to the travel trade by offering consumers the ability to access our packaged vacations with so many more flight options from our top gateways across the country,” says Nino Montagnese, Managing Director, Air Canada Vacations. “We know the travelling public wants options, and we are excited to be able to provide them.” << Previous PostNext Post >>