Efficiency Vermont wins a 2011 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award

first_imgEfficiency Vermont was named the 2011 Energy Star Partner of the Year award winner in the ‘Energy Efficiency Program Delivery for New Homes’ category.Sponsored annually by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the nationalawards recognize organizations, manufacturers and retailers that successfully promote and deliver Energy Star qualified products and services, saving consumers money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Award winners were selected from more than 9,000 organizations that participate in the Energy Star program.‘Efficiency Vermont is a leader in showing its customers how they can help protect our environment while saving energy and money,’ said Elizabeth Craig, acting director of the EPA’s Office of Atmospheric Programs. ‘Efficiency Vermont’s creative solutions are a model for fighting climate change through greater energy efficiency. We look to these winners to provide us energy efficiency leadership now and in the years to come.’Efficiency Vermont representatives attended the EPA awards recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 12.‘This award recognizes not only Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Energy Star Homes (VESH) program, but the entire building community in Vermont,’ said Chris Gordon, residential new construction manager from Efficiency Vermont. ‘Our program co-sponsors, including, Vermont Gas Systems and Washington Electric Cooperative, as well as our partners, the individual builders around the state, are always striving to achieve greater energy efficiency.’In 2010, the average Energy Star home built in Vermont was 40 percent more energy efficient than a home built to the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code.Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) operates Efficiency Vermont under an appointment by the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. Source: Efficiency Vermont.last_img read more

Adam Lallana nets dramatic winner for Liverpool in Carrow Road thriller

first_img The Brazilian was played onside by Robbie Brady and his scuffed shot went in via the boot of Declan Rudd and the post. Brady recovered well to deny Milner inside the area moments later before Norwich exposed Liverpool’s aerial vulnerability to draw level when the visitors twice failed to clear a corner. Graham Dorrans headed back in and Mbokani did the rest, controlling the ball with his back to goal before his improvised finish left Sakho sprawling on the floor. Liverpool’s defence was again found wanting when Hoolahan beat Henderson and found Naismith, who finished brilliantly across goal for an interval lead. Naismith next stole in on the wrong side of Moreno before the left-back lunged in from behind. It might have been a foul, but Moreno made certain by recklessly bundling Naismith over from behind. Hoolahan converted the penalty. Liverpool pulled one back within moments as Firmino flicked Nathaniel Clyne’s cross on to an unmarked Henderson, who swept in. The Reds equalised when Milner found Lallana, who centred for Firmino to control the ball once and prod it past Rudd. It went from bad to worse for Norwich as Martin inexplicably passed back in the direction of Rudd without looking. Milner intercepted and finished calmly to restore Liverpool’s advantage only for Bassong to finish superbly from 22 yards for what he thought was the equaliser. There was another twist to come, though, as Norwich failed to clear and Lallana’s shot looped over Rudd. TWEET OF THE MATCH “FULL-TIME: Norwich 4-5 #LFC. No words.” – Unsurprisingly, Liverpool’s official Twitter feed (@LFC) were lost for words at the final whistle as the Reds came out victorious in a nine-goal thriller. PLAYER RATINGS Norwich Declan Rudd: 5/10 Ivo Pinto: 5 Robbie Brady: 5 Russell Martin: 5 Sebastien Bassong: 5 Jonny Howson: 6 Nathan Redmond: 6 Graham Dorrans: 6 Dieumerci Mbokani: 7 Wes Hoolahan: 7 Steven Naismith: 7 Substitutes: Matt Jarvis (for Hoolahan, 70 minutes): 5 Martin Olsson (for Redmond, 70): 5 Cameron Jerome (for Naismith, 82): 5 Liverpool Simon Mignolet: 5 Nathaniel Clyne: 6 Alberto Moreno: 5 Kolo Toure: 5 Mamadou Sakho: 5 Lucas: 6 Emre Can: 6 James Milner: 7 Roberto Firmino: 7 Jordan Henderson: 7 Jordan Ibe: 6 Substitutes: Adam Lallana (for Ibe, 59): 7 Christian Benteke (for Henderson, 76): 6 Steven Caulker (for Moreno, 90): 5 STAR PLAYER Naismith. It could not be a defender. There was an unfamiliar look about Naismith, who for so long wore blue and white with Kilmarnock, Rangers and Everton before his reported £8.5million move to Norwich. He made an instant impression in yellow and green and could not be faulted for the goals. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Mbokani’s goal. The Congo striker improvised brilliantly to equalise. With his back to goal, he controlled a bouncing ball and scored with a deft back-heel which bamboozled Sakho and Mignolet. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Naismith and Pinto made their Norwich debuts as two of four changes, while Liverpool made nine changes following their FA Cup replay defeat of Exeter. Both sides are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements, but the substitute who made the most impact was Lallana, the match winner. MOAN OF THE MATCH Plenty of mistakes at the back on show in this game. Alan Hansen will be glad he does not have to analyse the defending having now retired from the Match of the Day sofa. WHO’S UP NEXT Norwich v Tottenham, Barclays Premier League, Tuesday, February 2 Liverpool v Stoke, Capital One Cup semi-final second leg, Tuesday, January 26 Lallana said it was “massive” result for his side but admits he feared it was not going to happen when Bassong levelled. He told BT Sport 1: “A strange afternoon but we’re just delighted to get the three points in the end. When they scored in the 92nd or 93rd minute, you think it’s going to be one of them days. “But Benteke nodded it down, next thing you know it’s in the back of the net. It’s three points which is massive for us after a few disappointing results.” Milner said: “(The game) was ridiculous at times. Going up and then it’s disappointing coming in at half-time, we weren’t at the races. But we showed character to come back especially after conceding the goal early in the second half. “It’s disappointing to concede from another set-piece. It would have been easy to roll over but we went straight back on the front foot. A great finish from the lads.” Klopp said: “Unbelievable game. It was not easy today. I think we had a lot of problems in the game. I don’t know what it was but it wasn’t enough at the start of the game against a team searching for confidence. “But we played football, we made it 1-0, we should have made it 2-0. But set-play, set-play, set-play and they got more confidence. “Second half we came back with brilliant goals and at the end when I saw five minutes (stoppage-time) I thought…I couldn’t understand why. “I don’t understand this and I asked but it was not positive. But these two goals, we were a deserved winner. Four goals from set-plays, that must be a new record, I think you have to make a new list for British football. I think it is crazy what we are doing.” A disappointed Alex O’Neil, the Norwich manager, said: “I think we were our own downfall, that best describes the second half defensively. We score four goals and you don’t manage to win the game, that’s a big, big problem. “We got ourselves in a 3-1 situation, defended reasonably well but there’s nothing to say and nothing constitute the situation.” Klopp celebrated on the pitch with a shirtless Lallana, but there is much work to do if the Reds are to advance to the Capital One Cup final at the expense of Stoke, visitors to Anfield for the semi-final second leg on Tuesday night. It had looked like new signing Steven Naismith would be an instant hero for the Canaries after Dieumerci Mbokani cancelled out Roberto Firmino’s opener with a brilliant back-heel. Naismith scored his first Everton goal against Liverpool and, on his debut following his move from Goodison Park, the Scot struck again to give the Canaries a 2-1 half-time lead. Poor defending allowed Norwich to further extend their advantage when Alberto Moreno felled Naismith in the box and Wes Hoolahan converted the resulting penalty. Jordan Henderson reduced the deficit from a gaping hole in the Norwich defence and another appeared allowing Firmino to equalise with 27 minutes remaining. James Milner converted for 4-3 after capitalising on Russell Martin’s dreadful pass back before the late drama. The Canaries looked lively early on, with Naismith, Nathan Redmond and Hoolahan floating around in spaces between Liverpool’s defence and midfield. But it was Liverpool who struck first. Moreno and Milner combined well on the left and the latter fed Firmino. Adam Lallana’s last-minute strike gave Liverpool an astonishing first Barclays Premier League win of 2016 in a nine-goal thriller at Norwich. Jurgen Klopp’s men had trailed 3-1 with under 30 minutes to go, then led 4-3 before Sebastien Bassong’s stoppage-time strike levelled matters. But there was still time for substitute Lallana to mis-hit a shot into the ground and secure a 5-4 victory as Liverpool’s own defensive failings were eclipsed by Norwich’s at Carrow Road. 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Arrivals from outside the EU rise

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram More Russians and Brits chose to visit Greece in the first nine months of 2012 than during the same period last year, while the Germans and French appear to have turned their back on the country, according to official figures released by the Bank of Greece for the January-September period. Arrivals from Germany declined by 5.3 per cent compared with the same period last year and from France by 14.4 per cent. By contrast, visitor numbers from the UK grew by a significant 15.3 per cent and from Russia by an impressive 27.3 per cent. In total, arrivals dropped 5.2 per cent to 13,483,000, from 14,230,000 a year earlier. Notably, tourism from European Union countries slid 10.3 per cent, although arrivals from the other countries expanded by 4.3 per cent. Tourism receipts declined by 249 million euros, or 2.7 per cent, amounting to about 9 billion euros. For 2013, the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE) estimates that the number of foreign tourists coming to Greece will total 17 million euros, a significant increase from this year. Meanwhile, at the opening of the Philoxenia exhibition in Thessaloniki late on Thursday, Tourism Minister Olga Kefaloyianni announced an action plan for the combination of the country’s tourism product with its agricultural production complete with the creation of institutions to strengthen this combination in cooperation with the Agricultural Development Ministry.last_img read more

Help find missing dogs

first_img WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Two dogs, a female and a male, went missing on Thursday last week (February 2).The two dogs, named Floppy and Rex, were last seen wandering around the Model Kloof area.They have not been seen since by their concerned owner.If anyone knows of their whereabouts or has seen these dogs, please contact DM Nxumalo on 0818539668last_img read more