Denver, Toronto, and San Francisco all have laws on the books that require vegetative roofs, and a similar plan has been proposed for New York City, but it was Washington, D.C., that led North American cities in the square footage of vegetative roof coverings installed in 2017. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), a trade group for the green roofing industry, reports that the nation’s capital saw more than 1 million square feet of new vegetative roofing last year. That was enough to allow Washington to retake first place from Toronto in the annual survey of GRHC member companies.Following Washington were Newark, New Jersey; New York City; Seattle; Portland, Oregon; and Toronto.In a GRHC news release, Tommy Wells, the director of the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment, attributed the green roofing boom there to several municipal programs, including rebates for vegetative roofs and Stormwater Retention Credit trading, a program designed to reduce stormwater runoff. The city offers rebates of $10-$15 per square foot for voluntary installations, with the specific amount depending on whether the project is located in an area served by the combined sewer system or the municipal storm sewer system.There are now more than 3 million square feet of green roofing in the District. RELATED ARTICLES New York councilman proposed initiativeIn New York, three members of the City Council have proposed several bills that would require nearly all new buildings to have greenery, solar panels, or small wind turbines covering at least half the roof, amNewYork reports.Brooklyn Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr. last month proposed requiring green roofs on high-rises, department stores, and storage facilities, while other councilors earlier this year proposed the requirements on other types of buildings, such as homes, schools, and libraries. Espinal said the related measures would, over time, reduce New York’s carbon footprint and help the city do its part to mitigate climate change.Taken together, the three proposals would ensure that all new buildings in the city — and any building that gets a new roof — would be covered in some way, amNewYork said. The measures were originally introduced during the Council’s previous legislative session but they never came to a vote. In the meantime, other cities have adopted solar and vegetation requirements on new buildings and buildings whose roofs are replaced.“By greening every single rooftop in New York City, we will make a strong commitment to doing our part to protect the planet,” Espinal said in a statement. “New York City could turn our concrete jungle into a green oasis.”However, the Real Estate Board of New York, a trade group, wasn’t impressed.“We appreciate the Council’s effort to promote sustainability,” a statement from board president John Banks said. “However, these proposals are missing some important technical points. Not every roof is equipped to host a green roof due to load considerations and not every roof receives enough direct sunlight or wind to warrant the installation of solar panels or wind turbines. We look forward to working with the Council on reducing our carbon footprint in more effective ways.”These are arguments raised by business and real estate groups in Denver during the campaign for the green roof citizen initiative last fall. Although the measure was approved, revisions to make the rules more flexible and affordable are in the works after a mandatory six-month waiting period expired. Denver’s Green Roof Ordinance Kicks InVegetated RoofsLessons Learned on a Living RoofDo Green Roofs Temper Urban Heat? Seeing Red Over Green Roofs GRHC founder and president Steven Peck said that a program called the Living Architecture Performance Tool is making it easier for cities to promote green roofs by removing policy and performance barriers.
If you want someone else to nurture your dream clients for you, then you are never going to have the relationships you need with your dream client. When someone else provides the insights, the information, and the good ideas, they become the value creator.If you want to build relationships before you need them, then you have to do the building.When someone else does your prospecting for you, you aren’t proving that you are so valuable that your dream client should be honored and flattered at the opportunity to speak with you. Instead, you are simply telegraphing that you think so little of your dream client that you believe they are supposed to be compelled to meet with you through the process of answering qualifying questions. Is it any wonder they cancel your meeting or fail to show up?If you want to speak to your dream client, you’d pick up the phone and call them.The subject matter expert you rely on isn’t really a trusted adviser. They’re just someone you brought to the meeting to answer important questions that you haven’t learned to answer yourself, mostly through learned helplessness; it is actually the process of avoiding responsibility by pretending to not know anything.If you want to be a trusted advisor, you know you need trust and advice. If you don’t have the advice, well . . .Just Do ItSome things you should do for yourself, even if there is someone else who might be able to do it for you. Ask yourself why someone else should be doing these things for you.Are they nurturing your dream clients because they need a relationship with your dream client or because you don’t want to do the work?Are they prospecting for you as a supplement for your massive effort at creating opportunities, or because you are too lazy to prospect, too afraid of the telephone, or because you mistakenly think it’s beneath you?Do you need a subject matter expert because you don’t understand quantum mechanics or because your learned helplessness has prevented you from being able to present a decent web demo?Where you are the primary value creator, do things yourself. read more
Hundreds of passengers had a narrow escape when 22 coaches of the Ahmedabad-Puri express rolled down without any engine for about 15 km in Odisha’s Balangir district and nervous railway staff managed to halt the detached portion of the train by putting stones on the track late on Saturday.“A case of rolling down of coaches of Ahmedabad-Puri express towards Kesinga side had occurred. This happened due to non-application of skid-brake on the wheels of the coaches by staff concerned,” East Coast Railway said in a statement. All passengers were safe, it said.The incident occurred at 10.05 p.m on Saturday at Titlagarh, 400 km from Bhubaneswar. At Titlagarh in Balangir district, the engine reversal of the train usually takes place. As per the manual, when the engine is detached to be attached at the other end, the coaches should be secured with skids at the wheels. “In this case, it appears that the skids have either not been placed or placed improperly,” admitted ECoR.Since the section from Titlagarh towards Kesinga has a downward slope, coaches with hundreds of passengers on board started rolling towards Kesinga in Kalahandi district. Passengers and onlookers desperately called out to the onboard passengers to pull the chain. All manned railway-level crossing in the section was immediately alerted and a major accident was averted.“Control room at Sambalpur took charge of the situation while coaches rolled down automatically. As there was UP gradient, they allowed the coaches to travel up to Kesinga without any intervention. Stopping the train on a down gradient could have resulted in an accident. The level crossing gates were ordered to be closed by the control room. The speed of coaches slowed down at UP gradient making it easier to bring the coaches to halt,” said ECoR.Later, an engine was sent from Titlagarh to get the coaches back from Kesinga. After an hour of uncertainty, the coaches were pulled back to Titlagarh and attached to the main train.East Coast Railway General Manager Umesh Singh directed strictest action against the personnel responsible for the lapse and endangering the safety of trains. “Safety is non-negotiable and cannot be compromised with,” said Mr. Singh. Two railway employees were immediately suspended.Divisional Railway Manager of Sambalpur has ordered a senior officer-level inquiry consisting of divisional heads of operating, safety, mechanical and civil engineering department. read more
For centuries, shirtless and shoeless young warriors gathered and grappled on patches of muddy ground near the foot of the Himalayas, practicing the ancient contact sport of Kabaddi.For the most part it was unchanged, and uncomplicated. Like other popular sports in India, though, the modern transformation has been rapid, driven by commercial opportunities and with the intention of going global.Now there’s two professional leagues – one in India and another which recently kicked off in London.Backers of the pro leagues are marketing slick new versions of kabaddi that they hope will compete with the mushrooming franchise-based sports leagues in India – particularly cricket, the runaway success story of them all.So far, they’re following the formula. Bollywood film stars have been roped in as owners or promoters, elaborate marketing plans have been rolled out and live broadcasting deals done.”We’re only trying to capitalize on the popularity of the sport among South Asians and expatriates,” World Kabaddi League chief executive Raman Raheja explains. “We got to know of the potential of this game during the organization of World Cups in Punjab over the past few years featuring teams from around the world.”In this August 6, 2014 photo, Dabang Delhi players grab a Bengal Warriors player, second from right, during their Pro Kabaddi League match in New Delhi, India. AP photo Raheja says it was also the success of smaller leagues across the world that inspired his group to take the tournament to abroad.”There are some 200 kabaddi clubs … and only half of them are in India,” he said. “They’re all surviving on ticket sales – without government support or sponsorship. That got us thinking and we decided to integrate the fragmented world of kabaddi.”advertisementThe race to franchise-based competitions was sparked by the instant success of the seemingly made-for-television Twenty20 cricket in India, when competing leagues battled for billions in potential revenue.The now defunct Indian Cricket League tried vainly to stay a step ahead of the Indian Premier League, which was backed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, but lacked recognition from the sport’s governing bodies.There’s no all-embracing world governing body for the physical, tag-like game of Kabaddi, and the World Kabaddi League and Pro Kabaddi League have slightly different formats.The seven-a-side version that is popular in south Asia and has been a regular medal sport in the Asian Games since 1990. One team sends a raider into the rival half of the field to gain points by tackling, wrestling, grabbing or tagging opponents while chanting ‘kabaddi’ in a single breath. In the meantime, he tries to touch opposing players and then return to his own half to earn points. If he makes it back, the players he touched are out of the game.Teams take turns to send raiders, with the aim of the defending team to either evade the raider or tackle him in such a way that he can’t return to his side before running out of breath.It became popular, particularly in north-western India, because it requires little more than a square piece of land about half the size of a basketball court for matches, and can be played indoors or out, on the beach, on grass, dirt or mud.But the newer versions are played on synthetic mats and chants of kabaddi have been replaced by a 30-second time limit for each raid. The players also wear shirts – providing space for sponsors’ logos, naturally – while electronic scoreboards lend a contemporary look to venues.While the Pro Kabaddi League is affiliated with the International Kabaddi Federation and follows the format used at the Asian Games, the World Kabaddi League allows only one person per team to wrestle with the raider.Bengal Warriors players try to catch a Dabang Delhi player during their Pro Kabaddi League match in New Delhi, India. AP photo The World Kabaddi League, which started Aug. 10 in London, will be played in 14 cities across three continents and five countries over five months.Teams such as the California Eagles, Punjab Thunder, Lahore Lions, Royal Kings USA, United Singhs and Vancouver Lions are among eight teams competing for the top prize of $570,000. The players’ salaries range from $10,000-20,000 per season.The July 26-Aug. 31 Pro Kabaddi League competition, involving eight city-based franchises in India, is backed by a prominent TV channel.”We strongly believe in the potential of kabaddi,” Star India chief executive Uday Shankar said. “We’re working hard to build it.”The sport was mired in controversy in 2011 when doping authorities caught 53 players who either tested positive or refused to cooperate with during testers during the Kabaddi world championships, a competition for national teams held in the Punjab.advertisementThe head of India’s National Anti-Doping Agency said at the time he was surprised by the high number of doping cases, which resulted in bans for athletes from Britain, the United States, Italy, Spain, Australia, Norway, Germany, Argentina, Pakistan and India.The Indian team won the tournament, and gradually the sport has restored its image.Now, the two pro leagues are generating plenty of interest.”Sponsors will adopt a wait-and-watch approach for now,” sports marketing professional Indranil Das Blah said. “It’s easy to launch successfully since expectations are negligible, but sustaining success is the hard part and that’s what sponsors need – sustainability.”But Blah, the Chief Operating Officer of Kwan Entertainment, doesn’t think having more than one league is a problem.”While ideally, two leagues of the same sport are never good, the two leagues currently seem to have very different positioning,” Blah said. “While one sees itself as an Indian league, the other clearly aspires to be a global league.”While nobody can predict the long-term viability of the leagues, the players are certainly hoping it lasts.”Who’d have thought a few years ago that we would be playing this game as paid professionals?” said Royal Kings USA player Balram Singh, who comes from a farming family in the Punjab. “This kabaddi is totally different from what we used to play in our villages and the players are happy to be playing in front of large crowds – and earning money from the sport.” read more
Tags Post a comment TV and Movies Share your voice 0 50 Photos Croatia’s entry to the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Thomas Hanses/Eurovision Time to bust out the eye glitter — Netflix has snagged the rights to one of the world’s longest-running live TV events, confirming that it will air the 2019 and 2020 Eurovision Song Contest broadcasts in the US. While Netflix will not air the competition live, it’s a big win for US fans who were left without an official channel to watch the contest this year.It also marks an interesting shift into event television for the company, which has long stuck to movies, TV series and its own original produced content. While Netflix won’t air the broadcasts live, picking up a live show that draws as many as 200 million viewers around the world could herald a bigger shift for the streaming company.Eurovision: the contest that spawned a thousand Epic Sax Guy memes. Eurovision Under the deal, Netflix picks up the US video-on-demand rights to the two Eurovision semifinals and the grand final. All three broadcasts from the 2019 contest will land on Netflix on Monday, July 22. Netflix will also air the semifinals and grand final in 2020, after the live broadcast, though it has not confirmed dates.If you haven’t heard of Eurovision, you’re officially missing one of the greatest (and kitschiest) television events in the world. The song contest catapulted Celine Dion and ABBA to stardom, brought the world Volare (the Italian-chorus classic made famous by Dean Martin) and regularly serves up everything from ear-worm pop bangers, to death-metal demons and singing grandmas.You can read CNET’s full guide to Eurovision 2019 here. 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Netflix read more
Ruhail Amin, Sunaina RoshanTwitterIn the latest development of Sunaina Roshan’s troubled life, a close friend of the Roshan family has claimed that Sunaina’s boyfriend Ruhail Amin is already married and has children.”This chap whom Sunaina is seeing is apparently married and has children. That’s why Guddu and Pinky (Rakesh Roshan and his wife) are going nuts. Sunaina has already made monstrous marital mistakes. Her parents don’t want her to end up making one more wrong choice of partner,” the friend was quoted as saying by Bollywood Hungama.Sunaina had earlier revealed that her father Rakesh Roshan is against her relationship just because Ruhail is a Muslim. She said that even her brother Hrithik Roshan has also refused to help her.Ruhail had also expressed his displeasure with the Roshan family for simply terming him a terrorist because of his religion. “Labelling someone extremist just because he/she belongs to a certain religion is simply outrageous and needs to be condemned in strongest words. Religions and geographies should not become the cornerstones of defining extremism; we need to move beyond that mindset,” Ruhail had told News18 in an interview. Hrithik Roshan with sister Sunaina Roshan, mother Pinky Roshan and father Rakesh RoshanInstagramRangoli Chandel too had tweeted about how Sunaina had been calling Kangana Ranaut multiple times asking to help her in this particular situation. “I fear her dangerous family might harm her, we want to make this public because Sunaina calling Kangana and crying all the time, Kangana doesn’t know how to help her…so now she has blocked her number but we fear for her safety, everyone has a right to love whoever they want, hopefully this will scare Roshans and they back off,” Rangoli had tweeted just a day after Sunaina tweeted in support of Kangana saying that she was living in hell.I support Kangana all through— Sunaina Roshan (@sunainaRoshan22) June 18, 2019And living in hell continues ….gosh I’m tired— Sunaina Roshan (@sunainaRoshan22) June 18, 2019Sussanne Khan too had spoken in support of her ex-husband Hrithik Roshan and had said that she knows Sunaina to be an extremely loving warm, caring person, who is in an unfortunate situation. She further requested people to respect Roshan’s family tough period showing her concerns about Rakesh Roshan’s major health crisis and Pinky Roshan’s current condition.Sunaina, who had earlier posted a few pictures with her brother, father and mother, has now deleted all of them from her Instagram. read more
By The Associated PressCOLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are in Georgia making election appeals to thousands of Black millennial Christians.The senators are competing to be the leading progressive alternative in the 2020 contest to former Vice President Joe Biden, and younger Black voters could offer an important source of support.Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at the Iowa State Fair, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)Biden remains atop primary polls partly because of his standing with older Black votes. Younger African Americans are more divided on their opinions about the large field of candidates.Sanders and Warren will have back-to-back question-and-answer sessions Saturday with Black pastors at the Young Leaders Conference. The gathering includes about 5,000 Black millennials of faith.Sanders struggled to get enough Black support early in his 2016 presidential bid and lost key states to Hillary Clinton because of it. read more