Hughes ‘hopes Chelsea drop Terry’ and Murphy tipped to stay

first_imgThe Daily Star claim Mark Hughes thinks Chelsea should drop John Terry for this weekend’s west London derby.Picking up on a remark made by the QPR boss, it is suggested that Hughes is hoping Terry will not feature in the game at Stamford Bridge, thus avoiding more controversy in the Anton Ferdinand race row.There has been speculation over whether Rangers’ players will agree to shake Terry’s hand ahead of the kick-off.Asked whether they would do so, Hughes said: “I’ve not looked that far ahead. He’s got a busy week, perhaps he won’t play. Let’s hope so.”Meanwhile, The Daily Mail report that Danny Murphy is set to sign a new contract to stay at Fulham despite interest from QPR.Advertising on West London Sport  Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fulham have offer for winger Jarvis rejected by Wolves – report

first_imgFulham have had a £4.5m bid for winger Matt Jarvis rejected by Wolves, according to The Sun.West Ham are also believed to want the England international, but Wolves appear determined to keep their top players.The Daily Mirror suggest Fulham are leading the chase to sign Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone from Spanish club Levante.The 28-year-old is reported to have snubbed moves to Russia and Qatar because he is keen to play in the Premier League.The Daily Mail report that Blackburn are close to signing Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu and have moved ahead of the Whites in the race for Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes.Meanwhile, former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to sign Ashley Cole for Paris St-Germain, the Mirror say.There has been speculation about the England left-back’s future because he is now in the final year of his Chelsea contract.And it is claimed that Ancelotti is looking to capture him on a three-year deal.Raheem Sterling is again linked with a move from Liverpool to Tottenham – this time by The Sun.It is suggested that Spurs will offer £7m for the 17-year-old from Harlesden and that he would welcome a return to the capital.Sterling was recently linked with a loan move back to QPR, who lost him when he left Loftus Road to join Liverpool in 2010.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Top 50 South African brands to be announced

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 29 August 2016 – Brand South Africa, in partnership with Brand Finance will on Thursday 15 September 2016, announce the country’s top 50 South African commercial brands.Announced annually, the Brand Finance approach to brand valuation involves valuing ‘brands’ at three different levels, each reflecting the different definitions of ‘brand’ commonly used in the market place.  These levels include: branded business value, brand contribution and brand value.South African commercial brands are a key component of a strong nation brand and how this is experienced by both domestic and international audiences.  As such commercial brands are key messengers in positioning the country competitively.Media is invited as follows:Date: Thursday 15 September 2016Time: 09h00-10h30Venue: Brand South Africa103 Central StreetHoughtonRSVPs: Tsabeng Nthite on 076 371 6810Brand South Africa will be pleased to facilitate requests for interviews.Participate in the conversation on #Top50Brands2016 #SANationBrand.last_img read more

Henry Gifford Continues His Case Against LEED

first_imgSometimes it seems as if debates about how best to increase the energy efficiency of buildings – and about the relative importance of energy efficiency in green building – are bound to outlive the buildings themselves. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, of course, for people who want to see green building flourish while building science and building materials improve.One of the developments sparking long and fevered discussion on these subjects is the lawsuit filed against the U.S. Green Building Council by Henry Gifford, an occasional GBA contributor and the owner of Gifford Fuel Saving consultancy. Gifford’s suit, originally filed in October as a class-action, was amended in February to focus on claims of false advertising, deceptive practices, and illegal monopolization, while its original common law, racketeering, and class-action components were dropped. Three plaintiffs also were added to the complaint. Alleging that USGBC misrepresented the performance of LEED certified buildings and altered study results to support its performance claims, Gifford’s suit seeks an injunction against USGBC and monetary damages for lost sales and profits.USGBC answersUSGBC responded in April with a motion to dismiss the amended suit, claiming that the plaintiffs lack standing (i.e. they weren’t among the people actually deceived by USGBC’s building-performance claims) and can’t prove that they were harmed by the organization’s allegedly illegal conduct. USGBC’s argument generally holds up, argues Shari Shapiro, a LEED Accredited Professional and an attorney specializing in green building law, renewable energy, and sustainable buildings. But in one of a series of posts about the suit on her Green Building Law blog, Shapiro also notes that USGBC’s motion to dismiss also claims that the group’s marketing targets building industry and real estate professionals. That claim, she says, is contradicted by the LEED for Homes online scoring tool, announced in the spring, which does indeed market LEED for Homes certification directly to consumers.“Making factually unsupported arguments may weaken the punch of the USGBC’s clearer grounds for dismissal,” she writes, “and provide a toehold for the Plaintiffs to plant seeds of doubt about the rest of the USGBC’s arguments.”Flawed comparisions?That’s some of the legal background to the drama. A broader perspective on the discussions it has precipitated – and a reminder of the durable nature of the debate about energy efficiency, LEED certification, and green building practices – is offered in an article published June 13 by Miller-McCune.com, a news site that specializes in nonpartisan coverage of social concerns.The story points out that the assertions in the suit hinge in large part on Gifford’s analysis of a 2008 study comparing predicted energy use in certified buildings with actual energy use, and with a national average for existing buildings. Conducted by USGBC and the New Buildings Institute, the study drew on data from the Department of Energy’s Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey of 2007. NBI concluded from the data that LEED buildings are, on average, 25% to 30% more efficient than the national average. By contrast, Gifford’s analysis of the information concluded that LEED buildings are, on average, 29% less efficient.Gifford complained that the study erred by examining performance data only from 121 LEED-certified buildings with willing operators, the Miller-McCune story notes. Also of concern to Gifford is that the study compares data from LEED-certified buildings to data from a range of existing buildings rather than those built after USGBC got rolling in 2000.A path to LEED refinement?Gifford’s criticism has prompted plenty of discussion on building sites, including GBA and BuildingGreen.com, whose editorial director, Tristan Roberts, pointed out to Miller-McCune that many older buildings, particularly those built before 1960, are more efficient than newer ones.In at least one case, Gifford’s complaints prompted yet another analysis of the NBI study. John Scofield, a physicist at Oberlin College, also concluded that LEED-certified commercial buildings are not necessarily more energy efficient than conventional buildings, although his conclusion is based on the fact that LEED tracks site energy (via utility bills), rather than source energy (the on- and offsite energy costs), as a principal measure of building efficiency. Another flaw in LEED, Scofield says, is that had been awarding points for energy efficiency based on projected energy use rather than relying entirely on measurements of the building’s performance once construction was complete.USGBC, since 2009, has in fact moved to implement verification of performance, even though the performance data is not, at this point, being released to the public. In any case, the upshot of the challenges and analyses is that they’ll likely lead to productive changes in the long run, and green building will continue to become a bigger part of the national conversation.last_img read more