RSF urges European Union to exert pressure with signing of EU – Algeria agreement

first_img AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more News News Help by sharing this information May 18, 2021 Find out more As the European Union prepares to sign an association accord with Algeria, RSF calls on Brussels to urge Algeria to respect press freedom, which has sharply declined over the past year. Follow the news on Algeria Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières – RSF) called today on the European Union to emphasise a human rights clause contained in an agreement formally associating Algeria with the European Union and due to be signed shortly.”This clause is a vital part of the agreement and its presence has up to now been ignored in similar accords with Tunisia and Israel, both countries recently criticised for human rights violations,” RSF said in a letter to Spanish foreign minister Josep Pique, who will sign the Algeria agreement for the EU on 22 April. RSF asked him to use the clause “to pressure the Algerian authorities … to pledge that freedom of the press will be respected.” This would mean ending all forms of harassment of journalists, conducting and publishing the results of investigations into police brutality against journalists or their disappearance, further amending the criminal code concerning the media and ending the arbitrary handling of applications to launch new publications.RSF described the media situation in the country, recalling that the Algerian parliament had amended the penal code in May 2001 to increase punishments and fines for defamation in the media, which was followed by numerous lawsuits against journalists working in the privately-owned media.In the first four months of this year, many journalists were questioned by police after complaints from the defence ministry about alleged defamation. Among them was a cartoonist, Ali Dilem, who was questioned on 25 January this year about a cartoon making fun of the army that appeared in the French-language paper Liberté last November. The ministry considered it “defamatory and an affront to the dignity of senior military figures.”During demonstrations last year, journalists were often threatened, physically attacked or had their equipment seized. Lotfi Bouchouchi, a correspondent in Algeria for the French TV station TF1, was seriously injured in Tizi-Ouzou on 13 March this year by a tear-gas grenade fired by police while he asking people in the street what they thought about a speech President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had just made. He was hit by the grenade even though he was not in the crowd of demonstrators and was clearly identifiable as press.The Arab-language weekly El-Mouaad el-Djazairi’s 26 November 2001 issue was withdrawn from newsstands and has not appeared since then. Several media owners have been unable to get permission to launch new publications, but the granting of some permits suggests the government is picking and choosing which to allow. Four years ago, almost to the day, Aziz Bouabdallah (see picture), a journalist on the Arab-language daily El-Alam es-Siyassi, disappeared in Algiers. This followed the disappearance of four other journalists – Mohammed Hassaine, Kaddour Bousselham, Djamil Fahassi and Salah Kitouni. After an on-the-spot enquiry in January 2001, RSF concluded that the state security services were responsible for the disappearance of three of them, including Bouabdallah. Since the first of the five disappeared, in 1995, the authorities have made no serious investigation of the cases. RSF_en Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections News News Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation Receive email alerts AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa April 19, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RSF urges European Union to exert pressure with signing of EU – Algeria agreement April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Berkshire Hills reports 25 percent Q1 core earnings growth

first_imgBerkshire Bank,Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: BHLB) reported a 25% increase in first quarter core earnings to $4.2 million in 2011, compared to $3.3 million in 2010.  First quarter core earnings per share also increased by 25% to $0.30 in 2011, compared to $0.24in 2010.  Core earnings growth continued to reflect the benefit of positive operating leverage, primarily resulting from 7% revenue growth.First quarter GAAP net income was $2.8 million in 2011 ($0.20 per share), compared to $3.3 million in 2010 ($0.24 per share).  GAAP net income reflected $1.4 million in after-tax non-core merger related expenses.  Berkshire completed the acquisition of Rome Bancorp, Inc. on April 1, 2011 and is planning to complete the acquisition of Legacy Bancorp, Inc. in the third quarter of 2011.FIRST QUARTER FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (revenue and expense comparisons are to the prior year first quarter, unless otherwise noted)10% increase in net interest income15% annualized growth in asset based and commercial real estate loans7% annualized growth in total deposits3.30% net interest margin, unchanged from the prior quarter0.54% non-performing assets/total assets, down from 0.59% in the prior quarter0.30% annualized net loan charge-offs/average loans, down from 0.37% in the prior quarter1.49% allowance for loan losses/total loans, unchanged from the prior quarter Michael P. Daly, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We had a strong start to the year, with solid revenue growth driving a 25% improvement in core earnings results.   We continue to build market share in targeted areas of loan and deposit growth.  Our asset quality remains favorable, with ongoing improvement in non-performing assets and loan charge-off metrics from already low levels.  We recently opened a new office in Rotterdam, New York, following the opening of two other New York branch offices in the latter part of 2010.   All of our business lines are working together towards our objective of increasing core earnings per share by 40% or more in 2011.”Mr. Daly continued, “We are proceeding well with the integration of Rome Bancorp and are confident that we will achieve the financial benefits that we originally targeted for this acquisition.  Once we have completed the Legacy Bancorp acquisition, we expect to have more than $4 billion in assets, more than 60 branches, and a market capitalization exceeding $450 million based on our recent stock price.  These mergers position us well to continue to grow as the leading locally headquartered regional bank serving our New England and New York markets.”DIVIDEND DECLAREDThe Board of Directors maintained the cash dividend on Berkshire’s common stock, declaring a dividend of$0.16 per share to stockholders of record at the close of business on May 12, 2011 and payable on May 26, 2011.  This dividend equates to a 2.92% annualized yield based on the average closing price ofBerkshire’s common stock in the first quarter of 2011.FINANCIAL CONDITIONTotal assets remained steady at $2.9 billion in the most recent quarter.  Total asset based and commercial real estate loans grew at a 15% annualized rate, reflecting ongoing growth in these areas and the continuing strong momentum of the asset based lending group which was recruited at the beginning of 2010.  Total loans increased slightly, as the above increases were partially offset by lower construction balances and a decrease in other consumer loans due to residual planned runoff in automobile loans.  Key asset quality metrics remained favorable in the most recent quarter.  Non-performing assets decreased to 0.54% of total assets, and annualized net loan charge-offs decreased to 0.30% of average loans.  Accruing delinquent loans also remained favorable, increasing modestly to 0.70% of total loans.Total deposits increased at a 7% annualized rate in the first quarter of 2011, primarily due to ongoing growth of money market accounts and expansion in the New York region.  The cost of deposits continued to decrease, falling by an additional 0.11% in the most recent quarter, compared to the prior quarter.  Deposit growth was primarily used to pay down overnight Federal Home Loan Bank advances.  The loan/deposit ratio continued to improve, measuring 96% at quarter-end, demonstrating the Bank’s strong liquidity.  The ratio of tangible equity/tangible assets increased to 8.04% during the quarter, with total equity/assets increasing to 13.52%.  Tangible book value per share increased to $15.44 at quarter-end, while total book value per share increased to $27.63.RESULTS OF OPERATIONSCore earnings have improved sequentially in each of the last five quarters, primarily reflecting the benefit of positive operating leverage resulting from revenue growth and disciplined expense management.  First quarter year-to-year revenue growth was 7%, including 10% growth in net interest income.  Net interest income has grown sequentially in the last seven quarters.  In the most recent quarter, this growth resulted primarily from 12% annualized average loan growth due to the strong momentum coming into the year.  The net interest margin remained stable at 3.30% compared to the prior quarter. This reflects disciplined pricing of loans and deposits to mitigate pressures in the continuing low market rate environment.    First quarter non-interest income increased slightly in 2011 compared to 2010.  Insurance fee revenues increased by $0.3 million (7%); insurance income is seasonal in the first half of the year due to contingency income.  Deposit related fee income was up 3% including the benefit of account growth.  This growth partially offset a decrease in loan related fee income for commercial loan interest rate swaps.The first quarter loan loss provision decreased by $0.7 million to $1.6 million in 2011 compared to 2010.  The loan loss allowance remained flat at $31.9 million during the quarter, measuring a strong 1.49% of total loans and 240% of non-accruing loans at quarter-end.First quarter core non-interest expense increased by $1.3 million (6%) in 2011 compared to 2010.  This included a $0.6 million increase in the expense of other real estate owned primarily due to the write-down of foreclosed properties to facilitate pending sales.  Excluding this expense, core non-interest expense increased by 4%, including the costs of new de novo branches and business line expansion over the last year.  Compensation expense growth was limited to 1% for these periods.  Total non-interest expense included $1.7 million in non-core charges for merger related expenses, consisting primarily of investment banking and legal fees and severance costs.  The first quarter effective income tax rate increased to 27% in 2011 from 22% in 2010.UNAUDITED SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS OF ROME BANCORPIncluded in the financial exhibits to this news release are unaudited selected first quarter financial highlights of Rome Bancorp.  This information does not include all items which may affect the final financial statements of Rome as of March 31, 2011 and it does not include non-core charges related to the merger of Rome into Berkshire.  Additional financial information about Rome Bancorp will be provided in the notes to the financial statements of Berkshire as of June 30, 2010, which will reflect the acquisition of Rome as of April 1, 2011.CONFERENCE CALLBerkshire will conduct a conference call/webcast at 10:00 a.m. eastern time on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 to discuss the results for the quarter and guidance about expected future results.  Information about the conference call follows:Dial-in:877-317-6789 A telephone replay of the call will be available through May 6, 2011 by calling 877-344-7529 and entering conference number: 449628.  The webcast and a podcast will be available at Berkshire’s website above for an extended period of time.  BACKGROUNDBerkshire Hills Bancorp is the parent of Berkshire Bank – America’s Most Exciting Bank(SM).  The Company has $3.2 billion in assets and 48 full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, andVermont.  The Company provides personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management services.  Berkshire Bank provides 100% deposit insurance protection for all deposit accounts, regardless of amount, based on a combination of FDIC insurance and the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF). The Company completed the acquisition of Rome Bancorp on April 1, 2011 and currently has a pending agreement to acquire Legacy Bancorp. For more information, visit www.berkshirebank.com(link is external) or call 800-773-5601.  FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTSCertain statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (referred to as the Securities Act), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (referred to as the Securities Exchange Act), and are intended to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  You can identify these statements from the use of the words “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “plan,” “potential,” “estimate,” “project,” “believe,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “target” and similar expressions.These forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks, assumptions and uncertainties.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: local, regional, national and international economic conditions and the impact they may have on us and our customers and our assessment of that impact, changes in the level of non-performing assets and charge-offs; changes in estimates of future reserve requirements based upon the periodic review thereof under relevant regulatory and accounting requirements; the effects of and changes in trade and monetary and fiscal policies and laws, including the interest rate policies of the Federal Reserve Board; inflation, interest rate, securities market and monetary fluctuations; political instability; acts of war or terrorism; the timely development and acceptance of new products and services and perceived overall value of these products and services by users; changes in consumer spending, borrowings and savings habits; changes in the financial performance and/or condition of our borrowers; technological changes; acquisitions and integration of acquired businesses; the ability to increase market share and control expenses; changes in the competitive environment among financial holding companies and other financial service providers; the quality and composition of our loan or investment portfolio; the effect of changes in laws and regulations (including laws and regulations concerning taxes, banking, securities and insurance) with which we and our subsidiaries must comply; the effect of changes in accounting policies and practices, as may be adopted by the regulatory agencies, as well as the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the Financial Accounting Standards Board and other accounting standard setters; changes in our organization, compensation and benefit plans; the costs and effects of legal and regulatory developments, including the resolution of legal proceedings or regulatory or other governmental inquiries and the results of regulatory examinations or reviews; greater than expected costs or difficulties related to the opening of new branch offices or the integration of new products and lines of business, or both; and/or our success at managing the risk involved in the foregoing items.Additional factors that could cause the results of Berkshire to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in the filings made by Berkshire with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Berkshire Hills Bancorp Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010 and the Berkshire Hills Bancorp Registration Statement on Form S-4 for the registration of common stock to be issuable upon the planned completion of the merger of Legacy Bancorp, Inc.  Berkshire’s actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results, may be materially different from the results indicated by these forward-looking statements. In addition, Berkshire’s past results of operations do not necessarily indicate future results. You should not place undue reliance on any of the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the dates on which they were made.Berkshire is not undertaking an obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even though its situation may change in the future, except as required under federal securities law.  Berkshire qualifies all of its forward-looking statements by these cautionary statements.Certain statements contained in this news release that are not statements of historical fact constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”), notwithstanding that such statements are not specifically identified as such. In addition, certain statements may be contained in our future filings with the SEC, in press releases, and in oral and written statements made by us or with our approval that are not statements of historical fact and constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Act. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (i) projections of revenues, expenses, income or loss, earnings or loss per share, the payment or nonpayment of dividends, capital structure and other financial items; (ii) statements of our plans, objectives and expectations or those of our management or Board of Directors, including those relating to products or services; (iii) statements of future economic performance; and (iv) statements of assumptions underlying such statements. Words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “targeted,” “continue,” “remain,” “will,” “should,” “may” and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements.ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR STOCKHOLDERSThe proposed transaction with Legacy Bancorp, Inc. will be submitted to their stockholders for their approval and to Berkshire’s stockholders for their approval.  In connection with the proposed Legacy merger, Berkshire has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) a preliminary Registration Statement on Form S-4.  When it becomes final and effective, it will include a Proxy Statement of Legacy Bancorp and a Proxy Statement/Prospectus of Berkshire, as well as other relevant documents concerning the proposed transaction.  Stockholders are urged to read these documents as they become available and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC, as well as any amendments or supplements to those documents, because they will contain important information.  A free copy of the Proxy Statement/Prospectus as well as other filings containing information about Berkshire Hills and Legacy may be obtained at the SEC’s Internet site (http://www.sec.gov(link is external)).  You will also be able to obtain these documents, free of charge, from Berkshire Hills Bancorp at www.berkshirebank.com(link is external) under the tab “Investor Relations” or from Legacy Bancorp by accessing Legacy Bancorp’s website at www.legacy-banks.com(link is external) under the tab “Investor Relations.”Berkshire and Legacy and certain of their directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Legacy Bancorp in connection with the proposed merger.  Information about the directors and executive officers of Berkshire Hills Bancorp is set forth in the proxy statement for Berkshire Hills Bancorp’s 2011 annual meeting of stockholders, as filed with the SEC on a Schedule 14A on March 24, 2011.  Information about the directors and executive officers of Legacy Bancorp is set forth in the proxy statement for Legacy Bancorp’s 2010 annual meeting of stockholders, as filed with the SEC on a Schedule 14A on March 25, 2010.  Additional information regarding the interests of those participants and other persons who may be deemed participants in the transaction may be obtained by reading the Proxy Statement/Prospectus documents regarding the proposed mergers as they become available.  Free copies of these documents may be obtained as described in the preceding paragraph.NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURESThis document contains certain non-GAAP financial measures in addition to results presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”).  These non-GAAP measures provide supplemental perspectives on operating results, performance trends, and financial condition.  They are not a substitute for GAAP measures; they should be read and used in conjunction with the Company’s GAAP financial information.  A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP measures is included in the accompanying financial tables.  In all cases, it should be understood that non-GAAP per share measures do not depict amounts that accrue directly to the benefit of shareholders.  The Company utilizes the non-GAAP measure of core earnings in evaluating operating trends, including components for core revenue and expense.  These measures exclude amounts which the Company views as unrelated to its normalized operations, including merger costs and restructuring costs.  Similarly, the efficiency ratio is also adjusted for these non-core items.  Additionally, the Company adjusts core income to exclude amortization of intangibles to arrive at a measure of the underlying operating cash return for the benefit of shareholders.  The Company also adjusts certain equity related measures to exclude intangible assets due to the importance of these measures to the investment community.  Non-GAAP adjustments in 2010 and 2011 are primarily related to expense charges related to the Rome and Legacy mergers. PITTSFIELD, Mass., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Webcast:www.berkshirebank.com(link is external) (investor relations link)last_img read more

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UPDATED: Governor Wolf Statement on Wounded Pennsylvania State Police Trooper

first_img PSA,  Statement Updated: November 24, 2015, 3:58 PMUpdated: November 24, 2015, 1:48 PMPosted: November 24, 2015, 10:36 AMHarrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following video, speaking about the wounding in the line of duty of Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Patrick Casey in Philadelphia.# # #Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania State Police has confirmed that two suspects, including the shooter, have been apprehended and are in police custody. The injured trooper remains in good condition at Hahnemann Hospital. The investigation remains open.The Governor has received updates from Acting PSP Commissioner Tyree Blocker throughout the morning. PSP expects to provide an update to the media outside the hospital in the near future.PennDOT reports that the eastbound and westbound I-76 travel lanes have reopened to traffic but the ramps from I-76 to I-676 remain closed. I-676 East remains closed from I-76 to I-95. The ramp from I-95 South to I-676 West has been reopened but the northbound ramp off I-95 to I-676 West is still closed. Drivers are encouraged to detour around I-676 and use I-95 or another alternative route to get to Center City Philadelphia.Governor Wolf earlier this afternoon spoke with Trooper Patrick Casey of Troop K in Philadelphia by phone while he recovered with his family by his side at Hahnemann Hospital. The Governor thanked Trooper Casey for willingness to serve and put himself in harm’s way. Trooper Casey was in good spirits and spoke with the Governor about the upcoming holiday. The Governor was glad to hear that Trooper Casey believes he will be able to be home with his family for Thanksgiving.# # #Harrisburg, PA – Following a shooting in Philadelphia today that wounded a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper, Governor Wolf released the following statement:“My thoughts and prayers are with the Pennsylvania State Police Trooper shot on Interstate 676 in the line of duty today. I received an update from Acting Commissioner Blocker a short time ago and I am relieved to learn that the Trooper is in stable condition at a hospital in Philadelphia. Our men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line each day to protect us, and we owe them a debt of gratitude. The shooter was swiftly taken into custody by the Pennsylvania State Police. No further details are available at this time.”# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter November 24, 2015center_img UPDATED: Governor Wolf Statement on Wounded Pennsylvania State Police Trooperlast_img read more

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Airlines Planning to Restore Flights from South Florida

first_imgOn Wednesday, Spirit announced it is resuming flights to 13 major U.S. cities this month in the Northeast, South and Midwest from Fort Lauderdale. By next month, it hopes to increase the number of destinations to 47 domestic and international cities, as foreign governments and territories lift travel bans and restrictions.Industry sources add that JetBlue and Southwest Airlines are also planning to resume flights from South Florida airports to various destinations, including the Caribbean, in coming weeks and months.Kirby says the public is “sick of being quarantined.”Meanwhile, American Airlines is expected to begin doubling its daily flight schedule this month, including a total of 12 daily flights to and from 10 international destinations from Miami International Airport. Those destinations include Antigua, Ecuador, Guayana, Jamaica, Mexico and the United Kingdom.The airline industry received $25 billion in federal payroll assistance in April, as the virus caused the cancellation of flights and shuttering of airports. Airlines serving South Florida’s major airports are beginning to restore flights, after cutting back their schedules by up to 90 percent at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.Discount carrier Spirit Airlines, which is based in Miramar, operated just five flights a day out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport during May.The airline plans to be back up to 550 daily flights nationwide by the end of July, according to John Kirby, vice president of network planning.He tells the South Florida Sun Sentinel that a poll the company recently conducted reveals passenger concern is “kind of mixed” to returning to the skies in the age of social distancing.“We are starting to see some green shoots,” Kirby says. “The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) is starting to get a little more. I think people are starting to think about traveling again. Whether that translates into ridership, it’s hard to say. We are starting to see momentum.”last_img read more

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$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf – Quotes and Recap – Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

first_imgWinning trainer Brian Lynch (Oscar Performance) – “Absolutely fantastic. You always hope that it’s in the stars and it’s lovely when they all line up. He’s always been a little bit above the other 2-year-olds and we’ve worked him with the older horses and he sat and waited lovely and kicked it in in his works, so it was nice to see it all come to play today. Jose (Ortiz) got him to cruise down the backside and kicked it in.” Third-place trainer Bill Mott (Good Samaritan) – He (jockey Joel Rosario) said whoever was on the seven nearly clipped heels and he had to take back. He was shuffled back to next to last after sitting mid-pack heading into the turn. It might have been a good effort to finish third. It’s hard to say. I’d like to watch the replay to try and put it all together.” Trained by Brian Lynch and ridden by Jose Ortiz, Oscar Performance covered the mile on a firm turf course in 1:33.28. It was the first Breeders’ Cup victory for Lynch and Ortiz and the second for the Amerman Racing Stable, which won the 2003 Distaff with Adoration. BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE TURF QUOTES ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2016) – The Amerman Racing Stables’ Oscar Performance ($15.20) took command at the head of the stretch and went on to win the 10th running of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) by 1 ¼ lengths over Lancaster Bomber to kick off the 33rd Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday afternoon at Santa Anita Park.center_img Winning jockey Jose Ortiz (Oscar Performance) – “I had a perfect trip. He broke very alertly. I put myself where I wanted to be, right behind the speed. Approaching the half-mile pole I felt I had a lot horse underneath me, so I just kind of waited until I crossed the quarter pole to unleash him.”Second-place jockey Seamus Heffernan (Lancaster Bomber) – “He didn’t break quite as well as the American horses, but he ran a great race. I think he was as good as the winner, but the winner had a better trip.”Second-place trainer Aidan O’Brien – “I was very pleased with that. He ran a super race and stayed on well at the finish.”Third-place jockey Joel Rosario (Good Samaritan) – “On the first turn, it looked like the horse in front of me clipped heels so I had to take a hold of him and wait a little longer. After all of the (early trouble), he responded very nicely. He’s a good horse.” OSCAR PERFORMANCE WINS BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE TURF Fourth-place jockey Rafael Bejarano (Ticonderoga) – “He was a little wide in the beginning so I took him to the inside to save ground. In the stretch, I took him back to the outside and he was flying.”last_img read more

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Monday’s QPR quiz

first_imgWallow in the misery of QPR’s dismal results by recalling past unhappy memories and seeing how many of these five crisis-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-69]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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Green Building Bulletin Board

first_imgBuildersAuburndale Builders (Nick Falkoff)151R Adams StreetNewton, MA  02458617-467-4171Paul Biebel, Prudent Living Homes3189 U.S. Route 5 SouthWindsor, VT  05089866-924-3235Byggmeister, Inc. (Rachel White)667A Sawmill Brook Pkwy.Newton, MA  02159617-527-7871Stephen DeMetrick, DeMetrick HousewrightsWakefield, RI  02879401-378-6257Mike Guertin1295 South Rd.East Greenwich, RI  02818401-884-6129GO LogicP.O. Box 56783 Crocker RoadBelfast, ME 04915207-338-1566Dan Kolbert, Kolbert Building90 Gray StreetPortland, ME  04102207-799-8799New Frameworks1 Mill Street, Suite 161Burlington, VT  05401802-448-2206R.H. Irving Homebuilders543 W Salisbury RoadSalisbury, NH  03268603-648-2635 Shakes to Shingles (Ric Burns) — Home performance contractor and dense-packed cellulose installerP.O. Box 2142Concord, NH  03302603-415-1115South Mountain CompanyBox 359Chilmark, MA  02535508-693-4850Thompson Johnson Woodworks (Heather Thompson)2 Island AvenuePeaks Island, ME  04108207-766-5919_______CanadaSuppliersDörken (formerly known as Cosella-Dörken)4655 Delta WayBeamsville, Ontario L0R 1B4905-563-3255 or 888-433-5824www.cosella-dorken.comSmall Planet SupplyVancouver, BC778-379-8700 Passive Design Solutions (Natalie Leonard) Hubley, Nova Scotia   B3Z 1B5902-475-1060 ConsultantsBlueGreen Consulting Group (Greg Labbé)215 Spadina AvenueToronto, Ontario  M5T 2C7416-450-4505Building Knowledge Canada50 Fleming Drive, Unit 6Cambridge, Ontario  N1T 2B1519-658-6232Malcolm Taylor Design and ConstructionSouthern Vancouver Island, [email protected] ConsultantsArmando Cobo, DesignerAlbuquerque, NM and Frisco, TX972-781-9248_______MidwestSuppliersThe Energy Conservatory2801 21st Avenue South, Suite 160Minneapolis, MN  55417612-827-1117J & R Products, Inc. 4695 East 200 NorthCraigville, IN  46731219-565-3600 or 800-343-4446 ConsultantsAllison Bailes, Energy Vanguard1924 Clairmont RoadDecatur, GA  30033404-428-3393E3 Innovate 909 E. Trinity LaneNashville, TN  37207615-247-5337Florida Home Energy & Resources Organization15220 N.W. 5th AvenueNewberry, FL  32669352-472-5661Carl Seville, SK Collaborative333 Adams StreetDecatur, GA  30030404-480-4600_______Midatlantic (including New York state)Suppliers475 High Performance Building Supply131 Union StreetBrooklyn, NY  11231718-622-1600 or 800-995-6329Conservation Technology2633 North Calvert StreetBaltimore, MD  21218410-366-1146 or 800-477-7724T.W. Perry8101 Snouffer School RoadGaithersburg, MD  20879301-830-9600World Class Supply375 Wedgewood RoadNewark, DE  19711302-737-1441 A GBA reader suggested that we create a regional list of resources for green builders and homeowners. The list will include materials suppliers, consultants, and builders, separated by region.The difficulty in creating such a bulletin board is that inexperienced builders will want to add their names to promote their own business. I’m not sure if this bulletin board concept will work, but I decided that it’s worth trying.Here’s how it’s going to work: GBA editors will create the list of resources. GBA readers will suggest additions in the comments section. Not all suggestions will be added to the list.If additions to this list become controversial or contentious, I’ll shut the experiment down.To get the ball rolling, I’ll include a few resources that pop into my brain. I know that I haven’t included many companies that deserve to be here. The idea is to get this resource going, and improve it each week. If you think that your company deserves to be on the list, but you prefer not to post a public comment, feel free to contact me by email: martin [at] greenbuildingadvisor [dot] com. BuildersNugent Construction Management (Edward Nugent)46 Mine Dock RoadFort Montgomery, NY  10922914-830-0456Simple Integrity LLC 7613 State Highway 80 Cooperstown, NY  13326 607-643-1633_______New EnglandSuppliersBensonwood Homes – Unity Homes6 Blackjack CrossingWalpole, NH 03608603-756-3600Ecocor22 Main St. Bld #6Searsmont, ME 04973t207-342-2085Performance Building Supply111 Fox StreetPortland, ME  04101207-780-1500Energy Federation Inc.40 Washington Street, Suite 3000Westborough, MA 01581508-870-2277 or 800-876-0660Local Wood Works (list of suppliers of Maine lumber products)P.O. Box 261Winthrop, ME  04364207-324-1596Tamarack Technologies, Inc.20 Patterson Brook Road, Suite 7West Wareham, MA  02576800-222-5932 ConsultantsSteve BaczekReading, MA781-354-5839Christopher Briley, Briburn LLC28 Maple St, Suite 202Portland, ME  04101207-774-8482 ConsultantsEnergy Smart Home Performance (Nate Adams)4103 State Route 82Mantua, OH  44255330-524-6495Highland Building ConsultantsP.O Box 12644Green Bay, WI  54307920-621-0717Home Energy Solutions1835 East Edgewood Drive, Suite 105Appleton, WI  54913920-407-0048New Leaf Home Design (Hallie Bowie)1867 Brookshire RoadAkron, OH  44313330-329-6901Meri Tepper, Tepper ArchitectsMadison, WI  53705646-379-4058Wagner Zaun Architecture17 North Lake AvenueDuluth, MN  55802218-733-0690 BuildersOne Sky Homes1820 Cottle AvenueSan Jose, CA  95125408-335-7515_______Mountain WestSuppliersConsultantsLightly Treading Inc.4303 Brighton Blvd., Bldg. 3Denver, CO  80216303-733-3078Lotus Energy SolutionsP.O. Box 803Ophir, CO  81426970-708-9674Montana Energy+Design (Jim Baerg)223 South 5th StreetLivingston, MT  59047406-220-1498Yamaguchi Martin Architects1440 Gore DriveLarkspur, CO  80118720-259-9177_______SouthwestSuppliers ConsultantsThe Artisans Group1508 4th Avenue EastOlympia, WA  98506360-570-0626Jim Burton Architects3235 42nd Avenue WestSeattle, WA  98199206-501-8746Dylan Lamar, Green Hammer721 NW 9th Avenue Suite # 195Portland, OR 97209 5503-804-1746Nathan Good Architects205 Liberty St. NE, Suite BSalem, OR  97301503-370-4448center_img BuildersAll Seasons ConstructionP.O. Box 10Wakeman, OH  44889440-574-1231Cornerstone Construction6586 Pioneer TrailHiram, OH  44234330-208-5175Gimme Shelter (Mark Klein)P.O. Box 176Amherst, WI  54406715-824-7200 ConsultantsAirtight Services, Inc.5856 DeFisher RoadMarion, NY 14505585-469-6371Alan Abrams, Abrams Design Build6411 Orchard Avenue, Suite 102Takoma Park, MD  20912301-270-6380Brennan & Company Architects803 Oella AvenueEllicott City, MD 21043401-313-8310MaGrann Associates701 E. Gate DriveMount Laurel, NJ  08054856-722-9799Rochester Passive House Consulting (Matt Bowers)P.O. Box 448Honeoye Falls, NY  14472585-750-8192John Semmelhack, Think Little Home Energy1515 Chesapeake StreetCharlottesville, VA434-409-3970David White, Right Environments511 12th Street #4RBrooklyn, NY 11215917-588-0378 Building Evolution Corporation160 Burbank RoadSutton, MA  01590617-963-4006 Pacific NorthwestSuppliers475 High Performance Building Supply (c/o Ian Nimmo)Portland, Oregon707-953-3165Small Planet Supply8036 River Drive SE, Suite 200Tumwater, WA  98501360-866-8779 BuildersHammer & Hand1020 SE Harrison StreetPortland, OR  97214503-232-2447_______CaliforniaSuppliersConsultantsAnn Edminster, Design Avenues115 Angelita Ave.Pacifica, CA  94044650-355-9150Gavin Healy, Balance Point Home Performance21695 Oak Meadows RoadGrass Valley, CA  95945530-477-0695 SoutheastSuppliers Building Science Corporation70 Main StreetWestford, MA  01886978-589-5100Coldham & Hartman Architects155 Pine StreetAmherst, MA  01002413-549-3616Rachel Conly Design115 Island AvenuePeaks Island, ME  04108207-766-5625Mike Duclos, DEAP Energy Group667 Sawmill Brook ParkwayNewton, MA  02459617-527-7871Eco Houses of Vermont (Chris West)71 Hanley LaneJericho, VT  05465802-233-2015Holland & Foley Architecture232 Beech Hill RoadNorthport, ME  04849207-338-9869Kaplan Thompson Architects102 Exchange StreetPortland, ME  04101207-842-2888Michael Maines Residential Design336 North Palermo RoadPalermo, ME  04354207-318-6224Mottram ArchitectureP.O. Box 253Minot, ME  04258207-713-4591Robert Swinburne, architectBrattleboro, VT  05301802-451-9764Sustainable Comfort, Inc.146 Main Street, Suite 301Worcester, MA 01608508-713-6680Jean Terwilliger, Vermont Integrated ArchitectureP.O. Box 862Middlebury, VT  05753802-989-7249Peter Yost, Building-Wright167 Main St., Suite 302Brattleboro, VT  05301802-380-4744 Trevor Day & Associates15 George Street WestHavelock, Ontario  K0L 1Z0705-778-3291 BuildersWrightHaven Homes11 Spencer DriveElora, Ontario519-787-6699last_img read more

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Petecio leads Pinoy pugs

first_imgNesthy Petecio (red)  INQUIRER FILE PHOTOTeam Philippines is fielding veteran Nesthy Petecio and two others in its search for the gold in the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships slated to begin Thursday in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.Accompanying Petecio, who settled for the bantamweight silver medal in the 2015 edition held in Wulanchabu, China, are light flyweight Judelyn Casin and flyweight Aira Villegas.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH More learning, more success Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 25-year-old Petecio of Davao is aching to get back at Thai Peamwilai Laopean, who ruled the 54kg division of the biennial event, which will run up to Nov. 8.Accompanying the boxers sent by the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines are coaches Roel Velasco and Violito Payla and team manager Patricio Gaspi, also the national head coach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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GG commends Spring Village on ‘I Believe’ Medical Centre

first_imgThe “I Believe? Initiative, a programme of Governor-General the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has made good on a promise to assist the Spring Village Development Foundation with the construction of the “I Believe? Medical Centre. In April 2012 Sir Patrick visited the community and saw first-hand the work of the Foundation which was established as a direct response to high rates of unemployment, high school dropout and other prevailing socio-economic woes. He observed that the efforts of the community mirrored his ‘I Believe’ Initiative (IBI) which was launched in 2011. In July, 2012, the Governor-General declared Spring Village as the first “I Believe Village”. On April 23, the Governor-General and Lady Allen revisited the community and donated $200,000 dollars towards the completion of the clinic. The donation was made possible through contributions from three sponsors of the “I Believe? Initiative: Scotiabank Jamaica Limited, Maffessanti Builders and Contractors Limited and Fosrich Group of Companies. Sir Patrick commended the people of Spring Village who, having recognized their community’s problems and worked together to overcome the challenges. This was the true spirit of the IBI, which he hoped other communities would emulate. The “I Believe” Medical Centre is the brainchild of the Spring Village Development Foundation (SVDF) and marks the third collaboration with the IBI, the other initiatives being IBI’s sponsorship of a Teen Pageant and collaboration with LIME for the installation of free Wifi Internet access in the community. Sir Patrick also congratulated Mr. Robert Levy and Best Dressed Chicken for their heightened sense of corporate social responsibility which prompted their constant support of Spring Village. In addition to the I Believe Initiative, the project has received assistance from US-based Dr. Gayle Lumdeen and the Global Mission, as well as Food for the Poor. Executive Director of the SVDF, Mr. Randy Finikin, said that phase one of the project would provide medical services such as a Mother and Child Clinic and dental services by certified health professionals. Phase one is expected to be launched in May. Phase two will include expansion of the dental services, mental health and training in occupational health.last_img read more

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