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SAN FRANCISCO–Less than a month remains until pitchers and catchers report to Scottsdale, Arizona for spring training, but the Giants still have plenty left to accomplish.Even after agreeing to terms with free agent Derek Holland Monday, new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi should remain busy over the next several weeks.What’s in store for the Giants as they prepare for the 2019 season? We fielded a wide variety of questions from readers on Twitter to provide more insight.Questio …
OAKLAND — A’s right fielder Stephen Piscotty said Tuesday he finally felt he was over the stomach bug that kept him out of the lineup for two games against the Seattle Mariners over the weekend.“Was a little weak (Monday), but today I feel like I’m over it,” he said. “Was a tough couple days, but, I don’t even want to think about it.”Piscotty never missed a beat.After he missed Saturday and Sunday’s games at the Coliseum against the Mariners, Piscotty was reinserted into the lineup on …
It became clear that nonprofit developer Rural Development Inc. was really on to something when one of the homes in its 20-unit Wisdom Way Solar Village project took third place in a 2009 utility-sponsored building competition called the Zero Energy Challenge.RDI’s entry in the Challenge, which was limited to builders in Massachusetts, was a 1,392-sq.-ft. three-bedroom attached two-story in Greenfield. Designed and priced as an affordable home, it earned a HERS Index rating of 18.7 and was equipped with a 3.42-kW photovoltaic system and solar hot water system.The remaining homes in the Wisdom Way project were built to similar energy-efficiency standards. Eleven were offered to low-income buyers, five were designated for moderate-income customers, two were sold on the open market, and two were designed for full wheelchair access and would be rented to people with physical disabilities. The design team predicted that the energy efficiency of all 20 homes would be about the same, however, with electricity and gas bills averaging less than $500 annually.It’s great to be rightThe buildings have been occupied for well over a year, and utility bills for eight of them do in fact show they are performing as expected. In a recent newsletter, building consultancy Steven Winter Associates noted that the average annual gas and electric bills for the eight units ranged from $324 to $485. SWA engineer Robb Aldrich collaborated with RDI and other partners on the project, including Bill Austin and Chris Farley of Austin Design.RDI and its team made building tight, well-insulated envelopes a top priority. Exterior walls are insulated to R-40 with 12 in. of blown-in cellulose, the roof to R-52 with 14 in. of cellulose, and the floor to R-38 with 11 in. of cellulose. Triple-pane windows were used throughout. Heat is provided by a Monitor Products GFI1800 gas space heater located in the central area of the first floor of each house. Each home also is equipped with an exhaust-only ventilation system and an additional interior fan that draws air from the ceiling of the first floor and redistributes it to each bedroom.In an article for the March/April 2009 edition of Home Energy magazine, Aldrich explained that the airtight and well-insulated building envelopes keep the design heat loads of the houses at less than 12,000 Btu per hour. The gas heater capacity ranges from 10,200 Btu on low fire to 16,000 Btu on high fire.Prices for the houses ranged from $110,000 (for a two-bedroom) to $170,000 (four-bedroom) in the low-income category and $150,000 to $210,000 for moderate-income buyers. A two-bedroom market rate home was priced at $210,000 and a three-bedroom was listed at $240,000.
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Ranchi: Seeking to put to rest the controversy over his remarks on Hindi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said he has never asked for imposition of Hindi anywhere in the country but advocated its use as the second language Shah said he has been repeatedly pitching for strengthening regional languages. “I too come from a non-Hindi speaking state. I come from Gujarat where Gujarati is the language, not Hindi. One has to listen to my speech carefully. If someone wants to do politics, it is their choice,” he said at an event organised by Hindi daily ‘Hindustan’ here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He was referring to his speech on the occasion of Hindi Divas on Saturday where he made a pitch for a common language for India, drawing strong reaction from southern parties which vowed to oppose any attempt to “impose” Hindi. The home minister said to end the confusion, people should listen to his speech carefully where he repeatedly said that Indian languages should be strengthened and people should realise the necessity of the Indian languages. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “A child can perform, a child’s proper mental growth is possible only when the child studies in mother tongue. Mother tongue does not mean Hindi. It is the language of a particular state, like Gujarati in my state. But there should be one language in the country, if someone wants to learn another language, it should be Hindi. “I have just made the request. I have failed to understand what is wrong in that,” he said.
New Delhi: There is no financial crisis in India, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Thursday, adding that the central government was taking all necessary steps to strengthen the economy. “To make the economy stronger, the government has taken all measures and I want to say that the fundamentals of the country’s economy are strong. We are not in any crisis. Some reactions from non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) are there. But we are addressing all issues,” he told a press conference at his residence here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Reacting to the Congress’s attack on the government for having the upcoming event ‘Howdy Modi’ in Houston, USA despite an economic slowdown, Javadekar said the Congress would never get such an opportunity like Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The stadium is already houseful for the ‘Howdy Modi’ event. Congress has never got this much popularity and will never get. I can only say that grapes are sour,” said Javadekar, who is the minister of information and broadcasting and environment and climate change. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The minister also took a jibe at former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh for his “saffron-clad rapists” remark, saying even the Congress does not take him seriously. “Even Congress does not give importance to him. Why should we react. We have seen his mentality after the Mumbai terror attacks. Since then he has been making such statements,” he said. Singh had on Tuesday courted controversy when he said at an event in Bhopal that people in saffron clothes were committing rapes, even in temples.
New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said he is amazed at what Prime Minister Narendra Modi is ready to do for a stock market bump ahead of his ‘HowdyModi’ event in Houston, which he termed as the world’s most expensive event ever. He said no event can hide the reality of the economic “mess” ‘HowdyModi’ has driven India into. “Amazing what PM is ready to do for a stock market bump during his #HowdyIndianEconomy jamboree. “At + 1.4 Lakh Crore Rs. the Houston event is the world’s most expensive event, ever! But, no event can hide the reality of the economic mess ‘HowdyModi’ has driven India into,” he said on Twitter. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The Congress leader’s attack comes after the government announced slashing of corporate tax rates for companies by almost 10 per cent to 25.17 per cent to bring them at par with Asian rivals such as China and South Korea, as it looked to boost demand and investments. Battling a six-year low economic growth and a 45-year high unemployment rate, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the step two-and-half-months after presenting her maiden Budget, that was hailed as “development-friendly” and “future-oriented”. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Sitharaman announced fiscal measures that will cost the government Rs 1.45 lakh crore in revenue annually. In the fourth phase of post-budget economic stimulus measures, Sitharaman cut base corporate tax for existing companies to 22 per cent from current 30 per cent and for new manufacturing firms, incorporated after October 1, 2019 and starting operations before March 31, 2023, to 15 per cent from current 25 per cent.
Mumbai: Plastic exports are expected to be subdued during this financial year at around $8.2-8.5 billion following the US decision to revoke Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) benefits to Indian goods, according to a report. India had exported $8 billion worth of plastics during in FY19, making it the 17th largest plastic exporter in the world and exported out of a global market of $600 billion, according to a report by US-based trade finance company Drip Capital. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”The exports were affected due to shocks to the export ecosystem, like the removal of the GSP by the US and increasing global concerns about the environmental impact of plastic. Recently the exports have begun picking up after the Centre announced fiscal measures. Even as the exports are picking up it will remain subdued at $8.2-8.5 billion in FY20,” Drip Capital co-founder and co-CEO Pushkar Mukewar said here. Policy interventions and market diversification offer solutions for exporters and can help the sector achieve stability and regain growth in the long-term, he added. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysWith Indian stakeholders are targeting plastic exports worth $25 billion by 2024-25, there is a need to tap other lucrative markets. Several other markets, including Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America can be tapped and diversifying to these regions would be the best solution for Indian exporters, the report said. In Southeast Asia Bangladesh, Japan and Malaysia has shown high growth in plastic imports over the years, since China stopped importing plastic waste in 2017.
New Delhi: Two days after a 55-year-old woman was injured when she resisted a snatching bid, two men were arrested on Sunday in connection with the matter, police said. Those arrested were identified as Rahman (22), a resident of Raghuvir Nagar, and Ravi (22), a resident of Madipur. The third accused was yet to be arrested, police said. Urmila Bhambri was standing near Madipur Metro Station on Friday when three bike-borne men tried to snatch her handbag. In the struggle, the woman fell on the road and sustained minor injuries. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar The suspects fled from the spot, leaving the handbag behind, a senior police official said. A case was registered and multiple teams were deployed at various places in nearby areas during the early morning hours to nab the culprits, he said. The two men on motorcycle were intercepted by a police team at a picket near Madipur Metro Station on Sunday, following which they were signalled to stop. But instead of stopping, the duo tried to escape, the official said. However, the two were arrested after a brief chase, he said, adding that a loaded pistol and a stolen mobile phone was recovered from the accused’s possession. The motorcycle was found to be stolen from the vicinity of Maharaja Agrasen Hospital 15 days ago, police said. The two were involved in several other cases of robbery, snatching and theft, they added.