Kilawatt Technologies Becomes Member of the U.S Green Building Council

first_imgShelburne, VT-August 21, 2008- Kilawatt Technologies is pleased to announce that the company has joined the U.S. Green Building Council. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is an international non-profit organization working to advance buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. USGBCs vision is to promote the Triple Bottom Line and pursues solutions that strengthen a healthy and dynamic balance between environmental, social and economic prosperity.Over the past few years, Kilawatt Technologies has seen a dramatic increase in the number of companies and organizations wanting their existing buildings to achieve certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). LEED certification applies to both new and existing buildings and focusing on the greening of existing commercial buildings would have a dramatic impact in cutting energy consumption and reducing harmful greenhouse gases. Currently, there are over 4.5 million commercial buildings in the United States, accounting for more than 60 percent of the nation’s electricity consumption.Kilawatt Technologies has developed a series of innovative conservation information products based on the company’s EnerSuite software that support organizations interested in achieving LEED certification. The company helps businesses conserve energy, lower costs and reduce greenhouse gases in large commercial and industrial buildings. For more information about Kilawatt Technologies, please call 802.985.2285 or visit www.kilawatt.com(link is external).####last_img read more

What’s the Evidence Mass Surveillance Works? Not Much

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Lauren Kirchner, ProPublicaCurrent and former government officials have been pointing to the terror attacks in Paris as justification for mass surveillance programs. CIA Director John Brennan accused privacy advocates of “hand-wringing” that has made “our ability collectively internationally to find these terrorists much more challenging.” Former National Security Agency and CIA director Michael Hayden said, “In the wake of Paris, a big stack of metadata doesn’t seem to be the scariest thing in the room.”Ultimately, it’s impossible to know just how successful sweeping surveillance has been, since much of the work is secret. But what has been disclosed so far suggests the programs have been of limited value. Here’s a roundup of what we know.An internal review of the Bush administration’s warrantless program – called Stellarwind – found it resulted in few useful leads from 2001–2004, and none after that. New York Times reporter Charlie Savage obtained the findings through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit and published them in his new book, Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post–9/11 Presidency:[The FBI general counsel] defined as useful those [leads] that made a substantive contribution to identifying a terrorist, or identifying a potential confidential informant. Just 1.2 percent of them fit that category. In 2006, she conducted a comprehensive study of all the leads generated from the content basket of Stellarwind between March 2004 and January 2006 and discovered that zero of those had been useful.In an endnote, Savage then added:The program was generating numerous tips to the FBI about suspicious phone numbers and e-mail addresses, and it was the job of the FBI field offices to pursue those leads and scrutinize the people behind them. (The tips were so frequent and such a waste of time that the field offices reported back, in frustration, “You’re sending us garbage.”)In 2013, the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies analyzed terrorism cases from 2001 on, and determined that the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records “was not essential to preventing attacks.” According to the group’s report,In at least 48 instances, traditional surveillance warrants obtained from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court were used to obtain evidence through intercepts of phone calls and e-mails, said the researchers, whose results are in an online database.More than half of the cases were initiated as a result of traditional investigative tools. The most common was a community or family tip to the authorities. Other methods included the use of informants, a suspicious-activity report filed by a business or community member to the FBI, or information turned up in investigations of non-terrorism cases.Another 2014 report by the nonprofit New America Foundation echoed those conclusions. It described the government claims about the success of surveillance programs in the wake of the 9/11 attacks as “overblown and even misleading.”An in-depth analysis of 225 individuals recruited by al-Qaeda or a like-minded group or inspired by al-Qaeda’s ideology, and charged in the United States with an act of terrorism since 9/11, demonstrates that traditional investigative methods, such as the use of informants, tips from local communities, and targeted intelligence operations, provided the initial impetus for investigations in the majority of cases, while the contribution of NSA’s bulk surveillance programs to these cases was minimal.Edward Snowden’s leaks about the scope of the NSA’s surveillance system in the summer of 2013 put government officials on the defensive. Many politicians and media outlets echoed the agency’s claim that it had successfully thwarted more than 50 terror attacks. ProPublica examined the claim and found “no evidence that the oft-cited figure is accurate.”It’s impossible to assess the role NSA surveillance played in the 54 cases because, while the agency has provided a full list to Congress, it remains classified.The NSA has publicly discussed four cases, and just one in which surveillance made a significant difference. That case involved a San Diego taxi driver named Basaaly Moalin, who sent $8,500 to the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab. But even the details of that case are murky. From the Washington Post:In 2009, an FBI field intelligence group assessed that Moalin’s support for al-Shabab was not ideological. Rather, according to an FBI document provided to his defense team, Moalin probably sent money to an al-Shabab leader out of “tribal affiliation” and to “promote his own status” with tribal elders.Also in the months after the Snowden revelations, the Justice Department said publicly that it had used warrantless wiretapping to gather evidence in a criminal case against another terrorist sympathizer, which fueled ongoing debates over the constitutionality of those methods. From the New York Times:Prosecutors filed such a notice late Friday in the case of Jamshid Muhtorov, who was charged in Colorado in January 2012 with providing material support to the Islamic Jihad Union, a designated terrorist organization based in Uzbekistan.Mr. Muhtorov is accused of planning to travel abroad to join the militants and has pleaded not guilty. A criminal complaint against him showed that much of the government’s case was based on intercepted e-mails and phone calls.Local police departments have also acknowledged the limitations of mass surveillance, as Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis did after the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. Federal authorities had received Russian intelligence reports about bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but had not shared this information with authorities in Massachusetts or Boston. During a House Homeland Security Committee hearing, Davis said,“There’s no computer that’s going to spit out a terrorist’s name. It’s the community being involved in the conversation and being appropriately open to communicating with law enforcement when something awry is identified. That really needs to happen and should be our first step.”Correction, Nov. 18, 2015: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology’s report about the effectiveness of the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records was issued in 2014. The report came out at the end of 2013.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino disappointed with draw

first_img The game was more even after the break, with neither team able to seize the victory. And Pochettino, whose men had won their previous three Barclays Premier League matches, said: “We dropped two points. “The first half I think was fantastic, one of our best performances so far. In the second half we managed the game until around 75 minutes, when I think Everton increased their level. “I think we need to feel proud, and our performance was really good – but we are disappointed with the final result.” Tottenham, now six points behind league leaders Arsenal in fourth place, were being talked up as possible title contenders in the build-up to the game. And when asked afterwards how he saw his team’s chances in that respect, Pochettino said: “It is too early to speak about some challenge or achievements at the end of the season. “I think the way we are, all can happen. “We believe in the way we play, we are very ambitious and the players are very disappointed in the changing room. Press Association Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was in no doubt his side’s 1-1 draw at Everton represented two points dropped for the London outfit. “Always at the end of the game we play some music but today we (did not, because we) are very disappointed, because the feeling is that we dropped two points. “Maybe tomorrow we will analyse the game and say we need to be happy for the point, but today our feeling is we dropped two – and this is a very good sign for the future. “We are the youngest squad in the Premier League but we are showing our winning mentality.” Nineteen-year-old midfielder Alli produced another impressive individual display, providing yet more evidence he really is a major rising star. Pochettino admits the England international, signed from MK Dons last year, needs to be handled with care, but he can see no reason why Alli cannot continue to perform at the highest level for the rest of the campaign as Euro 2016 draws near. “I think the goal was fantastic, a great goal,” Pochettino said. “From the beginning we have had to take care of him. We need to be careful. That is important when they are young, to handle them in a good way.” Then asked if he could see Alli continuing to perform at such a level in the team every week, Pochettino said: “Yes – if he shows that in every training session he deserves to play, why not?” While Tottenham are three points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United, Everton are six points adrift of the Red Devils in 11th and struggling for results. This one meant they have won only once in their last seven Premier League games, while their top-flight home record for the season so far shows just three victories. It was, at least, an improvement on their last two efforts at home – a 3-2 loss to Leicester and 4-3 reverse against Stoke. And Everton boss Roberto Martinez said: “I thought throughout the game we had a very, very good performance. “We have been conceding goals cheaply at home and it was something we had to rectify. “I thought in the first half we had that in our minds and wanted to defend with intensity. We defended really well. “In the second half we were a bit more ourselves. We kept that defensive intensity, got on the ball more and in the last half-hour were one decision or one touch away from maybe getting a winning goal, and that is pleasing. “We had to defend better at home – it has not been good enough and cost us a lot of points. Today’s performance showed we are ready to be stronger defensively.” Spurs bossed the first half at Goodison Park in terms of possession and chances, yet found themselves trailing in the 22nd minute when their former player Aaron Lennon struck for the hosts in emphatic fashion. Tottenham hit the woodwork either side of that, Harry Kane being denied by the post and Ben Davies by the bar, before Dele Alli notched a fine volley in first-half stoppage time to bring things level. last_img read more

Toure keen to help Man City become ‘bigger’ than United

first_img(REUTERS)Midfielder Yaya Toure is determined to realise his dream of helping Manchester City eclipse arch rivals Manchester United.The side have a long way to go to overhaul England’s most successful club but backed by the wealthy City Football Group, Toure felt huge strides had been made since he joined from Barcelona in 2010.“I have already won two Premier League titles and I want more than that, another new story,” Toure told British media.“What we are seeing is the Premier League is so tough, this year it’s going to be tougher than any other years. When I signed for City, I came to this club to make history.“I want this club to change, I want this club to be bigger than United. I know it’s going to be a lot of work, but that’s my dream.”City made a flying start under manager Pep Guardiola, winning their first 10 games, but have won just six of 17 matches since, a run which has left them third in the Premier League, seven points behind leaders Chelsea after 17 games.Toure, however, is certain Guardiola will not buckle under pressure to tweak the tactics that have served the manager well during trophy-laden spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.“You always have to do what you know. I don’t think he’s (Guardiola) going to change many things,” Toure said.“I think he’s seen how difficult this league is physically, but he’s a very intelligent guy, he understands football very well. He always has to win, to conquer a league, but he’s seen that in England it’s complicated.”City travel to face last-placed Hull City on Monday.last_img read more

Cricket News Yogi Adityanath inaugurates Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium ahead of India-Windies T20I

first_imgNew Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the ‘Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium’ in Lucknow on Tuesday where India and West Indies will play the inaugural match and the second T20 international match. On Monday, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh renamed brand new Ekana International Stadium after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.   Meanwhile the newest cricketing destination in the Uttar Pradesh capital wore a festive look on the eve of it becoming the 52nd venue in the country to host an international match.Read More | Modi-kurta jacket is the latest vogue among jacketsCommissioned by the former Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav, the stadium is built over 71 acres of land, making it among the 10 largest stadiums in the country, with a 50,000 seating capacity. There are 32 corporate boxes and eight VIP lounges at the stadium. There’s a private, world-class gym and an international-standard dressing room for players. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Angels beat Orioles on Matt Thaiss’ ninth-inning home run

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousBaltimore Orioles’ Stevie Wilkerson, top, scores on a double by Jonathan Villar as Trey Mancini, left, signals and Los Angeles Angels catcher Dustin Garneau, second from right, stands at the plate along with home plate umpire Jeff Nelson during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena looks at his bleeding thumb during the second inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. Pena left the field briefly to clean the wound and came back to continue. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, lines out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Matt Thaiss, right, is congratulated by Andrelton Simmons, center, after hitting a two-run home run as Baltimore Orioles catcher Chance Sisco kneels at the plate during the second inning of a game Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, bats during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Matt Thaiss, top, heads to third after hitting a two-run home run as Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy walks off the mound during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Baltimore Orioles right fielder Trey Mancini, center left, watches a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Matt Thaiss go for a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, lines out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game Los Angeles Angels Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Baltimore Orioles’ Stevie Wilkerson, top, scores on a double by Jonathan Villar as Trey Mancini, left, signals and Los Angeles Angels catcher Dustin Garneau, second from right, stands at the plate along with home plate umpire Jeff Nelson during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 10Baltimore Orioles’ Stevie Wilkerson, top, scores on a double by Jonathan Villar as Trey Mancini, left, signals and Los Angeles Angels catcher Dustin Garneau, second from right, stands at the plate along with home plate umpire Jeff Nelson during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandANAHEIM – Twelve games into his major league career, Matt Thaiss’ sense of humor is showing big promise. He hit two home runs Sunday, including the game-winning shot in the bottom of the ninth inning of the Angels’ 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Albert Pujols hit one home run.“We have 654 combined,” Thaiss joked.The third and fourth homers of Thaiss’ career also marked the culmination of a series of swing changes that transformed him from a high-contact, high-on-base hitter at the University of Virginia to a legitimate power threat in the span of three years.The Angels are more concerned with Thaiss’ swing than his sense of humor. His 2-for-4 effort lifted his batting average to .189. While his big moments have been few and far between, Thaiss has driven in nine runs in his first 12 games. “I made good pitches, but I made that error and I paid for it,” Peña said through an interpreter. “But I did what I could to do a good job and my teammates helped me out.”The Angels led 2-1 with two outs in the fifth inning when the Orioles surged into the lead. With a runner on first base, Peña bobbled a softly hit comebacker off the bat of Hanser Alberto, then threw the ball wildly to first base. Pedro Severino advanced to third on the error.The next batter, Jonathan Villar, drove in Severino with a game-tying single. Villar advanced to second base on an errant throw by Angels left fielder Brian Goodwin. Trey Mancini drove in both runners with a single of his own, giving Baltimore a 4-2 lead.Peña allowed four runs in five innings, but only one was earned by virtue of the errors. The right-hander walked three batters and struck out five. Luke Bard relieved Peña and threw 2 ⅓ innings without allowing a run. Taylor Cole (1-1) finished the game with 1 ⅔ scoreless innings, earning his first win since Sept. 2018.The Angels trailed 4-2 when Kole Calhoun singled against Orioles starter Dylan Bundy to lead off the sixth inning.The next batter, Pujols, had a green light on a 3-and-0 count when he launched the 650th home run of his career to left field. The game was tied 4-4, and Pujols was able to check off a big milestone of his own: He’s the first player in major league history with 650 home runs and 650 doubles.“I think it’s 20,000-plus players that have come through this game. To be able to be the only one to do that is pretty special,” Pujols said.The game stayed tied until Thaiss faced Mychal Givens with one out in the ninth inning. After falling behind 0-and-2, he worked the count full before punishing a fastball. The ball traveled 395 feet en route to the right-center field bleachers.“I don’t know if I would’ve gotten that pitch three years ago,” Thaiss said. “It’s just a testament to these guys, how much they know and how much they work.”“These guys” are the Angels’ hitting coaches, Jeremy Reed and Shawn Wooten. Thaiss said he’s worked with the pair the past few seasons, employing “minor ticks and adjustments” to transform his relatively powerless stroke into a potential game-changer.“Not too many people know what me, Jeremy and Shawn went through a couple spring trainings ago,” he said. “It was a long process. A lot of swings, a lot of blisters. I can’t thank those guys enough for what they did and how they helped me, and the time they put in. Nobody really sees that but they put in a lot of time.”Thaiss’ two-run home run in the second inning came on an 0-and-2 count. Both his home runs Sunday served as a testament to the fact that some things never change.Thaiss struck out only 16 times in 60 games during his final season at Virginia. The Cavaliers’ head coach, Brian O’Connor, was not a fan of hitters who took called third strikes. Thaiss said the punishment for such an act was a couple sprints around the field. He still remembers them with disdain.“I’ve tried to carry that approach here,” Thaiss said. “Maybe for a year or some time it got away from me, but it’s always something I want to go back to.”center_img The win allowed the Angels (55-52) to avoid an embarrassing four-game sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles (35-70). They had never lost all four games of a home series to the Orioles, who are on pace for their seventh-worst season since joining the American League in 1901.The Angels host another bottom-dwelling team, the Detroit Tigers (30-70), for three games beginning Monday. The trade deadline is 1 p.m. Wednesday. The Angels are five games behind the Oakland A’s in their own division, and in the race for the second American League wild card berth.“We needed a win and a walk-off definitely helps,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “We could barely afford to go a few more innings. Our relievers are about as taxed as they’re going to get at any point in a season. So it ended up being a huge home run, not because it’s a walk-off win, but because it saved our pitchers having to throw another inning or two.”The Angels lost a 16-inning thriller that began late Thursday and ended early Friday. They burned through 10 pitchers that night, including starter Griffin Canning. Angels relievers pitched four innings the next night and five on Saturday. Sunday’s win was a panacea.Angels starter Felix Peña battled through a thumb injury, and at times his own defense, to pitch five innings before an announced crowd of 35,447 at Angel Stadium.last_img read more

Dodgers finally figure out a way to win

first_img“I think that it started from this winter, Kenley being open to going one (inning)-plus,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I talked to him again today this afternoon about it in the weight room. He reiterated, whatever it takes to help us win a baseball game.” Jansen hadn’t pitched in three days, so he was fresh. The rest of the Dodger bullpen had allowed 16 runs in 22 innings to begin the season.Jansen, who has saved 80 games over the ast two seasons, has three saves in his first three appearances of 2016.The Diamondbacks scored first against Dodgers starter Alex Wood, who labored early. Nick Ahmed’s second home run in as many games gave Arizona a 1-0 lead and left Wood at 54 pitches after three innings.“My command was a lot better in my first outing,” Wood said of a game in which he allowed five runs in five innings. “That’s baseball.” The Dodgers found a way to beat the Middle Reliever Blues on Wednesday.First they tried the easy way, by sending starter Alex Wood to the mound for the eighth inning sitting on 101 pitches. When Wood allowed an infield single, and Pedro Baez allowed a hard line-drive out and a walk, they tried the hard way.Closer Kenley Jansen was called upon to record the final five outs of the game. He did so rather easily, and the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1. It was the first five-out save of Jansen’s career. But Wood rebounded nicely. Roberts even allowed the pitcher to bat for himself with two runners on base and two outs in the sixth inning. At that point, Wood had thrown 87 pitches and no Dodgers starter had been allowed to throw more than 100.“I think that tonight, he and Yas (catcher Yasmani Grandal) were really in synch,” Roberts said. “He made one mistake to Ahmed, tried to go in with a fastball, it leaked back over for a home run. There was a point toward the end where he got 11 straight guys out. Aside from being late to cover first base, he did everything right. Mixing his breaking ball in there, changing speeds, then throwing the fastball in — he pitched a heck of a game.”Wood’s pitching line suggested a brisk game: Seven innings, five hits, one run, three walks and three strikeouts.But the pace was dragged down by four challenges, two by each manager. When Roberts unsuccessfully challenged that the Arizona shortstop, Ahmed, didn’t touch second base on an attempted double-play turn in the sixth inning, it was the first challenge he lost as the Dodgers’ manager.The 3-hour, 12-minute game was the longest nine-inning game the Dodgers have played this season.The Dodgers scored two runs in the fifth inning, abetted by two Diamondbacks miscues. When Roberts’ challenge on the neighborhood play was denied, Joc Pederson scored the Dodgers’ third run — only because first baseman Paul Goldschmidt inexplicably lost Ahmed’s throw out the end of his mitt.Howie Kendrick singled and scored on a throwing error by Ahmed.Adrian Gonzalez’s solo home run in the fourth inning against Arizona pitcher Rubby De La Rosa tied the game 1-1. Gonzalez’s first home run of the season coincidentally came against one of the five players the Dodgers sent to the Boston Red Sox to acquire him in 2012.Justin Turner was hit by two pitches in the game. The second got him on the hand, but Roberts said an X-ray after the game was negative.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more