22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details As an avid baseball fan, I’d hoped for more this year out of my Atlanta Braves. While definitely still in “rebuilding mode,” it would have been nice to see a little more progress towards regaining their former glory. As the playoffs are now underway (without the Braves), most of the league is already focusing on next year. For those teams who missed out on the playoffs, it’s time for leaders to regroup and figure out how to improve on this season’s performance. Here are a couple of leadership DON’Ts you can take from this year in Major League Baseball.DON’T break the rules: At this moment, the Atlanta Braves are lacking a General Manager. Why, you ask? It’s simple, really. When you break the rules, you have to pay the consequences. Former Braves General Manager John Coppolella and Head International Scout Gordon Blakeley were forced to resign last week after being investigated by MLB for their involvement in what the Braves called “a breach of MLB rules regarding the International player market.” While all the details are still unknown, this drama can’t help but make me think of the scandal involving Wells Fargo that has been playing out over the last 14 months. While not nearly as damaging to their customers, the Braves issues prove once again that if you don’t play by the rules, someone will be held accountable and jobs will be lost.DON’T lose control of your team: On Wednesday morning, the Boston Red Sox announced that they would not be retaining manager John Farrell. In 5 years as Boston’s skipper, Farrell led the Red Sox to 3 playoff appearances, including a World Series Championship in 2013, his first year as coach. While winning 93 games each of the last two seasons, including becoming the first manager in Red Sox history to lead his team to back-to-back AL East titles, early playoff exits in those two seasons were only part of the reason John Farrell lost his job. The Red Sox clubhouse dealt with plenty of leadership issues this season, both in the clubhouse and with the media, and never found anyone to replace the guidance of the freshly retired David Ortiz. There seems to be an unhealthy culture in Boston right now, and they badly need someone to step up and take charge. It’s important that you have a healthy culture in your workplace, and have a team full of employees that are ready to step up and become leaders when needed.
Every so often columns just jump into your lap, maybe not just exclusive to pro football in particular, but sports in general and how the average “Joe” feels about subjects related to the sports that may or not be just about first downs and interceptions.From here on; I will be attempting to recall for you the conversation that I was privy to while in route to the Homestead Waterfront, just a tad outside of Pittsburgh. I was on the Waterfront shuttle with two forty-ish White males with their tool belts still in place. They both appeared to be dog tired after a long, hard work day.Average “Joe” number one, or AJ1 asked average “Joe” number or AJ2 what plans he had for the weekend. “I am going to go in and get ready to go out for a little while;” AJ2 said, with a tired but broad smile stretching across sunburned face. “What about you?” AJ1 said, “my loot is sort of funny so I’m gonna stay in and watch Penguins and Steelers reruns. I don’t care how many times I watch the Steelers Super Bowl highlights, just like when I watch a good movie more than once, I always miss something; ya know what I mean?”At that point AJ1 seemed to become a bit irritated with his work mate. “I love the Steelers as much as anybody’” he said. “But I refuse to pay ESPN, the NFL network or any other station to watch reruns. Hey, we won’t get paid next week for the week we just put in; so why should the players or the networks get paid for games that have already been played?”A puzzled expression came across the face of AJ2. He appeared as if he had no response but finally a light clicked on somewhere. “I just like the game and I am not a politician or anything like that; so the money that they make well, I can’t control that.” “Oh, I know” AJ1 said, “but they find so many ways to make money off of us.” AJ2 now started to now get a bit emotionally involved. “Well if it was all about money, that didn’t stop Junior Seau from killing himself, did it?” At this point AJ1 seemed to be getting just a bit ticked off at his homeboy. “Hey that is why I follow high school football because those kids play with heart and because they love the game, not because of the money. Look at all of the money that Mike Wallace wants. He is an ungrateful young bas–rd! After all the Rooneys did for him, now he wants to break the freakin’ bank. These guys make too much money anyway just for catchin a ball.” At this point I thought to myself; what have the Rooneys done for Mike Wallace aside from paying him for a day’s work? Just like all of us average “Joes” want to be paid. But it’s not about my thoughts, right? Anyway, AJ2 came back a little passive but smart, “if you come over to my house we can pitch in on a case of brew get a sandwich ring and watch Pens highlights, plus the money that you are gonna spend for a couple of beers down the south side hell; we can buy a case of ‘Milwaukee’s Best.’”I had to get in on the action because if I didn’t, I’m sure that I would have burst wide open. “Hey do you guys know what stop I get off to get to Office Depot?” (I have only been there in all honesty over 100 times.) AJ2 seemed to view this timely intrusion as the perfect opportunity to exit from the previous conversation. “Yeah, the bus is going to turn into the mall (huh?) from Ann Street. When he makes the right turn you will get to Giant Eagle. That will be the last stop before the bus leaves the “mall” going back to Pittsburgh.” I said thanks to him but at that point the former conversation seemed to have left him a little discombobulated because he answered my thanks with, “thank you.”There are segments of society that have a “hate success” gene built into their DNA. But don’t hold them entirely at fault because for centuries the ruling class has dangled carrots of hope and possibility in front of their faces. As music legend George Duke once said, “the preacher’s on TV selling God today.” Look at the selling of the death of Trayvon Martin.The only thing that most of the talking heads say that means anything to them is; “we’ll be right back after this commercial break.” Why aren’t the CNN trucks parked outside of the Mon-View Heights housing project where two young African-Americans recently lost their lives in a senseless “gun battle.” Where are “the great reverends” Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson when you need them? Young Black men better get it together. Rest in peace better start to mean; get a good night’s sleep to get ready for work. Bling-bling better mean an engagement ring for baby’s mama, peace.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at [email protected] or 412-583-6741.) There are periods during the year especially during the time when pro football is on its annual hiatus when sportswriters and columnists assigned to cover the sport often have to look under a rock or two or in a few dark corners, just to find a story that will attract and maintain the interest of the average football fanatic.
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera leads his team from the locker room before a preseason NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Sean Payton walks through the locker room to leave motivational props for players. Ron Rivera practically lives there. Jim Harbaugh barges into the bathroom to rush players to meetings.Gone are the days when NFL locker rooms were a players-only domain. More coaches are making their presence felt in a place they weren’t always welcomed.“That locker room is our locker room,” Rivera said. “I have a vested interest in the locker room.”Some coaches pass through the locker room only occasionally — Giants coach Tom Coughlin and Tampa Bay’s Lovie Smith — while some are regular visitors, stopping to chat with players and socialize with them on their turf.Rivera used to follow the old-school philosophy because he played for Mike Ditka in Chicago. Iron Mike stayed out of the Bears’ locker room, leaving his players to rule there.But Rivera crossed that imaginary “Do Not Enter” line last year and became a fixture in the room. His approach worked. The Panthers won the NFC South and Rivera was the NFL Coach of the Year.“The biggest mistake I made my first two years was not being around,” Rivera said. “I still have guys that when they see me, they say: ‘Whoop. The man is in here.’ And, they shut up. I don’t care. It’s our locker room.”When a bullying scandal erupted with the Miami Dolphins last year, coach Joe Philbin said he didn’t know about it. In part, that was because Philbin didn’t visit the locker room. He let the players police themselves.Lesson learned.“I think I have a better rapport, chemistry, with the players,” Philbin said recently. “I’ve spent more time communicating with them in a one-on-one manner and in team meetings. I’ve been doing the bed check every single night at the hotel and just knocking on their doors and making sure that they’re OK, busting their chops a little bit if they’re awake.”The events in Miami were the focal point of a meeting between the NFL Players Association and league officials in the offseason. The NFL wants more supervision in the locker room to ensure players respect each other.“The locker room is part of the workplace,” Robert Gulliver, the league’s executive vice president for human resources, said during a panel discussion at the NFL’s career development symposium this summer. “Football is special and iconic, but we have to treat it as a place of work.”That means coaches have to make sure they’re aware of the culture in their locker rooms. If the see any problems, they have to address them immediately.“There should be no closed doors in terms of how you do it,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. “We’re just continuing to emphasize what we emphasized a year ago. We don’t have any rookie shows, never have done that stuff. We’re trying to get a bunch of guys who are good people.”Kelly encourages his assistants to visit with players in the locker room. He stresses togetherness and has no tolerance for players who don’t put the team first.“The more people get along and share the same vision and aspirations, the more you’re going to get to where you want to get to,” Kelly said.Many coaches say they build camaraderie in the locker room. After a ripping into players at practice, they find this can be a good place to soothe bruised egos.“You go in (and say), ‘It’s just football. It’s nothing personal — we’re just talking about your football stinks; you’re a pretty good guy,’” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “You want to make sure that they know that. You ask them to do a lot of things and you get a lot of feedback when you go through there and talk to them.”Chiefs coach Andy Reid learned the open-door policy from Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh. Reid also connects with his players through a leadership council that includes a representative from each position group.“They can come to our office, we can go in the locker room,” Reid said. “There are no walls, everything is free, coaches go in and mingle. Players, I think, appreciate that. I go in there and don’t feel any walls there, no sneaking around, and they feel free coming up and talking to us.”Some coaches are more comfortable in the locker room than others.“I’ll go in every day just to see the guys,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “I mean, they get intimidated because I’ll be in shorts and that’s about it because we have our sauna and whirlpool and I’ll get in there. These are my guys. I’m comfortable wherever I am in that building. They’re used to seeing me in there and in the hot tubs and the cold tubs and whatever.”Payton occasionally pops into the Saints’ locker room to leave props such as a porcelain doll at a locker of a player he wants to exhibit more toughness. Sometimes Payton leaves a laminated card with an inspirational passage from a speech or text. Sometimes he drops off baseball bats with the inscription “bring the wood” before games against physical teams.Former players like Rivera and San Francisco’s Harbaugh blend in nicely.“You have to get to know their environment, get to know what’s going on in their world with Twitter, with music, socially,” Rivera said. “There’s so many things that go on with these players that we didn’t have.”___AP sports writers Brett Martel, Janie McCauley, Dave Skretta, Steve Reed, Dennis Waszak, Tom Canavan, Bob Baum and Steven Wine contributed to this report.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org___Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_RobMaaddi
FAIR HAVEN— Police arrested a Rumson man and charged with an assortment of offenses arising from an alleged daytime burglary on Monday.Police arrested David Wilt, 20, at his Evergreen Drive, Rumson home on Monday afternoon charging him with burglary, theft, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, forgery and receiving stolen property, according to Fair Haven Detective Sergeant Jessie Dykstra.Wilt, Dykstra charged, had entered the Hance Avenue home of a medical doctor when he was confronted by someone in the home and made his escape.Wilt allegedly fled the scene in his truck, colliding with a vehicle parked in the residence’s driveway making his way home. The witness had called police giving them a description of Wilt, his vehicle and the license plate number, Dykstra said.When police arrived at Wilt’s home at approximately 3:30 p.m., Wilt was allegedly in possession of prescription medication and a prescription pad, the detective said.Along with the criminal offenses, police issued Wilt motor vehicle summons for leaving the scene of an accident, according to Dykstra.Wilt was released on $7,500 bail, police said.
Kent Desormeaux12226151321%44%$1,479,997 O’NEILL HAS ’11-4 THE MONEY’ ON SATURDAY‘CLASS IS IN’ THROUGHOUT DAY IN PADDOCKWHITE’S MORNING LINE AVAILABLE FOR ALL SATURDAY STAKES JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jockey Standings Rafael Bejarano11119172017%50%$1,079,983 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Stewart Elliott13014161811%37%$693,348 Race Six: Bal a Bali, Richard Mandella (Kilroe Mile)Twentytwentyvision, Mandella (Big ‘Cap)Siberian Iris, Mandella (China Doll)Vending Machine, Peter Miller (San Felipe) FINISH LINES: Jon White’s morning line for all of Saturday’s Stakes are as follows: Grade II, $400,000 SAN FELIPE STAKES (Race 5): Term of Art (20-1), Vending Machine (20-1), Ann Arbor Eddie (8-1), Mastery (6-5), Gormley (9-5), Iliad (5-2) and Bluegrass Envy (50-1)…Grade I, $400,000 TRIPLE BEND STAKES (Race 8): Denman’s Call (15-1), Point Piper (10-1), Kobe’s Back (5-2), Silent Bird (4-1), Masochistic, (even), Nowalking (15-1) and Conquest Cobra (10-1)…Grade I, $400,000 FRANK E. KILROE MILE (Race 9): Bal a Bali (8-1), Flamboyant (12-1), Bolo (3-1), Dortmund (4-1), Ring Weekend (4-1), Conquest Enforcer (7-2) and What a View (7-2)…Grade I, $1 million SANTA ANITA HANDICAP (Race 10): Midnight Storm (8-5), Gangster (30-1), Shaman Ghost (2-1), Isotherm (12-1), Hard Aces (15-1), Follow Me Crev (8-1), Twentytwentyvision (12-1), Hi Happy (12-1) and Imperative (5-1)…$75,000 CHINA DOLL STAKES (Race 11): Miss Sugars (4-1), Go On Mary (10-1), Bernina Star (20-1), How About Zero (15-1), Sircat Sally (5-2), Grand Prix (20-1), Simmy’s Temple (30-1), La Force (12-1), Madam Dancealot (6-1), Beau Recall (5-1), Miss Sunset (6-1), Lady Beware (30-1), Siberian Iris (12-1) and Spy Ring (8-1)…Come early on Saturday, as there is special early first post time of 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m…All Santa Anita THOROUGHBREDS members will receive a signature Santa Anita umbrella, free with paid admission while supplies last on Big ‘Cap Day…There will be a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick Six on Saturday as well…Don’t forget, SPRING FORWARD! one hour Saturday night, as Daylight Savings Time will be in effect Sunday. Flavien Prat19544303823%57%$2,813,844 Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 Joseph Talamo13319131814%38%$636,468 TEAM O’NEILL SET FOR BUSY DAY WITH 11 HORSES ENTERED The big boys come out to play Saturday.Among those entered at Santa Anita in five stakes–three of them Grade I’s–are Bob Baffert’s undefeated Triple Crown contender Mastery and John Shirreff’s nearly perfect Grade I winning Gormley in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles; Phil D’Amato’s versatile speedster Midnight Storm and Jimmy Jerkens’ highly accomplished Shaman Ghost in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap for older horses at a mile and a quarter; Peter Eurton’s stretch-running Kobe’s Back in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes for older horses at seven furlongs, his first start since finishing third in the 2016 Triple Bend last June; and 2015 Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, who’s making his debut on grass in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile–which is also his first start for trainer Art Sherman.With an 11-race card on tap, the busiest trainer in Arcadia will be Doug O’Neill, who has 11 horses entered throughout the day which will begin with a special early first post time of 12 noon. A three-time Santa Anita training king, the 48-year-old O’Neill is a racing department’s dream, evidenced by the fact he’s entered a Winter-Meet high of 121 horses, 12 more than runner-up Richard Baltas.“Team O’Neill” could have its best chance Saturday with Iliad in the San Felipe, although the son of 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper looms the third choice behind Mastery and Gormely, a winner of the Grade I FrontRunner here on Oct. 1 and the Grade III Sham Stakes on Jan. 7.O’Neill has enjoyed successful treks on the Triple Crown trail, having won the Kentucky Derby twice in the last four years, with I’ll Have Another in 2012 and again last year with Eclipse Champion 2-year-old Male of 2015, Nyquist.Owned by Kaleem Shah, who also campaigns Dortmund, Iliad has had only three starts, all of them sprints and none further than his 3 ½ length win in the seven furlong, Grade II San Vicente here on Feb. 12–a race that produced a career-best 96 Beyer Speed figure.Among those in Iliad’s San Vicente wake was 4-5 favorite Battle of Midway, who although he was beaten eighth lengths, rebounded to win a first condition allowance here on Thursday for Jerry Hollendorfer, prevailing by a neck while getting a mile and a sixteenth in 1:44.16 under Flavien Prat. Following the win, Hollendorfer told TVG’s Britney Eurton that his Smart Strike colt would now be considered for the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8.“Iliad ran huge in the San Vicente,” said O’Neill. “He’s got a mind, the stride and the pedigree of a two-turn horse, but you never know until you do it. We’re excited about him. He’s doing really well.”In addition to Iliad, O’Neill will also be represented in the San Felipe by Term of Art and Ann Arbor Eddie.A winner of the Grade III Cecil B. DeMille Stakes three starts back at Del Mar on Nov. 27, Term of Art comes off an even fourth place finish in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis on Feb. 4, while Ann Arbor Eddie, a two-time stakes winner versus state-breds, comes off a second place finish at even money in the Grade III El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 18.The San Felipe offers 85 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, distributed on a 50-20-10-5 basis.Team O’Neill will also have a three-pronged attack in the $75,000 China Doll Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at a mile on grass: Go On Mary, How About Zero and Simmy’s Temple.I don’t know if running 11 in one day at the same track is a personal record,” O’Neill said, “But it’s close. I’ve had a bunch before, but that’s a lot. It’s going to be an exciting day. The weather’s going to be nice and all the horses are doing well.” Santiago Gonzalez10912181311%39%$570,427 LARGE NUMBER OF BIG ‘CAP DAY SCHOOLERS SET FOR TODAY The following horses, all entered for Santa Anita Handicap Day, tomorrow, will be on display in the saddling paddock throughout this afternoon: Race Three: Masochistic, Ron Ellis (Triple Bend)Imperative, Bob Hess, Jr. (Big ‘Cap) Philip D’Amato7515101320%51%$910,490 Tyler Baze21035412417%48%$1,646,719 William Spawr27104337%63%$303,251 (Current Through Thursday, March 9, 2017 Inclusive) Martin Pedroza10314191914%50%$586,753 Peter Eurton48105621%44%$531,807 Race Two: Flamboyant, Paddy Gallagher (Kilroe Mile)La Force, Gallagher (China Doll)Madame Dancelot, Richard Baltas (China Doll)Silent Bird, Mark Glatt (Triple Bend) Race One: No Walking, Phil D’Amato (Triple Bend)Conquest Enforcer, D’Amato (Kilroe Mile)Midnight Storm, D’Amato (Big ‘Cap)Hard Aces, John Sadler (Big ‘Cap)Lady Beware, Mick Ruis (China Doll) Edwin Maldonado61107916%43%$321,640 Bob Baffert51107920%51%$978,451 Richard Baltas10919191717%50%$1,011,712 Trainer Standings Corey Nakatani65117617%37%$603,746 (Current Through Thursday, March 9, 2017 Inclusive) Tiago Pereira9511111312%37%$380,035 Jerry Hollendorfer10521142120%53%$1,494,864 Steven Miyadi56814614%50%$378,701 Doug F. O’Neill12115242012%49%$1,181,851 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Norberto Arroyo, Jr.90188920%39%$790,821 Mark Glatt67911913%43%$420,450 Kristin Mulhall3176323%52%$213,230 Vladimir Cerin47910719%55%$337,504 Mike Smith451541333%71%$1,389,527 Peter Miller892721930%64%$1,330,356 Race Four: Conquest Cobra, Vladimir Cerin (Triple Bend)Follow Me Crev, Cerin (Big ‘Cap)Gormley, John Shirreffs (San Felipe) John W. Sadler509101018%58%$525,394 J. Keith Desormeaux3573520%43%$447,105
Written by Sarah Murphy aka The Geocaching JunkieChurch Micro 10000 Tintern Abbey GC6PWBDIf you’ve ever gone geocaching in Great Britain, you’ve probably come across a Church Micro cache. Church Micros are geocaches near interesting churches, church ruins, or chapels to highlight beautiful architecture or fascinating history. Contrary to the name, the container itself does not need to be a micro; in fact, it can be any size or even a Virtual Cache. While the series is predominated by Traditional and Multi-Caches, there are also Mysteries, EarthCaches, Wherigos, and Letterbox Hybrids. Even some of the new Virtual Rewards are Church Micros.The series was created 10 years ago by sadexploration (Steve) and exploded in popularity since then. There are now more than 11,000 Church Micros, making it the largest cache series anywhere in the world.Church Micro series creator sadexploration (Steve)Steve placed the first 50 Church Micros himself, but he always intended to get other cachers to add their own. He could not have foreseen how popular the series would eventually become.Church Micro 7500…Bath Abbey GC5PM00As the popularity grew, Steve held back the milestone numbers of 1,000 and 2,000 to place something a special himself. It soon became difficult for him to place interesting milestones close to home, so he gave other cachers the chance to hide a special “thousandth” cache. The awe-inspiring ruin of Tintern Abbey in Wales hosts the 10,000th Church Micro and is a testament to how special a church must be for consideration as a milestone.Church Micro 10000 Tintern Abbey GC6PWBDEqually as beloved as the series itself are the Church Micros statistics, created by the geocacher, BaSHful. He has created achievement awards that are virtual badges for your geocaching profile, and geocachers can work their way up the award rankings by finding more Church Micros. The stats and awards fuel the competitive spirit many geocachers have.Church Micro 6000…York Minster GC56Q8FThe series now has its own special “holiday”. On November 7th, geocachers around the UK will host and attend events to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first Church Micro ever placed. Over 40 Church Micros events are scheduled on or around Church Micro day. All events contain the same Church Micro number in their title – 10010 – an idea Steve had to give more geocachers a chance to find the special number.Church Micro #5576 Bristol Cathedral GC52TWJSo what makes a good Church Micro cache according to Steve? “Any old church in the countryside, especially when you spot the spire a while before you get there.” He also says an interesting cache description with a photograph and a good hide placement are important.Church Micro 7795… Brackenfield GC5TRDAFind more information about the history, statistics, awards, and much more about Church Micros here. If you live in the UK and want to hide your own Church Micro, please request a number here. Church Micro 1059 – Little Eaton GC5N95P Church Micro 9485…Lockington-cum-Hemington GC6GKHB Church Micro 9472…Pentrich GC6GGME Church Micro 5358..Chesterfield St Mary&All Saints GC54FZ6 Church Micro 5905…Wicken Bonhunt GC56PMC SharePrint RelatedThe Newest Geocachers of the Month – A Geocache Series CreatorJuly 4, 2014In “Community”May the Geocacher of the Month Be With You: Comment NowJune 14, 2014In “Community”A Guide to Geocaching in ThailandDecember 10, 2015In “News” The Geocaching JunkieWebsite: thegeocachingjunkie.comTwitter: @thegeojunkieFacebook: The Geocaching JunkieShare with your Friends:More 12345<>
According to a national survey of 116 single-family home builders, developers, and remodelers performed by McGraw Hill in 2013, 73% of those surveyed said that home buyers will pay more for a green home. This is up from 61% in 2011. (The study defined a green home as one that incorporates environmentally sensitive site planning, resource efficiency, energy and water efficiency, improved indoor air quality, and homeowner education — or projects that would comply with the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard or other credible rating system.) RELATED ARTICLES If Only Green Homes Could Be Sold Like Breakfast CerealHelping Owners of Green Buildings Get a Fair AppraisalWhy Single-Family Green Homes Are Slow to Catch OnPutting Value on Green EnhancementsOne Broker’s Take on the Selling Power of GreenMore Builders Going GreenGreen Building is a Growing BusinessConsumers Associate Green Building With High QualityGreen Building’s Growing Market PowerMarketing High-Performance HomesHow We S’posed t’ Get Paid fer This Green Stuff? A much smaller study in the Seattle and Portland areas found similar results: 68 certified homes in Seattle sold at an average price premium of 9.6% and 24 in Portland sold for a 3% to 5% premium. The certified homes also sold 18 days faster than non-certified homes. A similar study has not been performed on a national level to date.So, while builders think buyers will only pay an extra 1% to 4%, and home buyers themselves say they will pay 3.5%, in reality (on the West Coast at least), green homes are selling for about 9% (that is, $34,800) more! What builders thinkA breakdown of how much those surveyed expected buyers to pay additionally for a green home is shown in the graph above. The most common estimate was that buyers were willing to pay an additional 1% to 4% for green features.The same builders were asked how much it would cost to incorporate green features. Their estimates are shown in the pie chart below.[Data source: McGraw Hill Construction]The most common estimate was that building green would cost an additional 5% to 10%. So on average, builders think it costs more to build green than home buyers are willing to pay. What home buyers sayIn another national survey, this time of recent and prospective home buyers performed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in 2012, home buyers said they are willing to pay an additional $7,095 (about 3.5%) up-front for a $1,000 annual savings on their utility bills, and 91% of them said they wanted an Energy Star rated house (28% said that Energy Star was essential, while 63% said it was desirable).What home buyers doIn a study of 1.6 million home sales in California from 2007-2012 it was found that homes with an Energy Star, LEED for Homes, or GreenPoint certification sold for an average of 9% or $34,800 more than homes with no such certification. The study also estimated that the incremental cost for builders to achieve theses certifications was at most $10,000. Nick Sisler is a co-founder and engineer at Ekotrope, which provides software and energy consulting for builders. Ekorope’s software is a RESNET accredited HERS and IECC Performance rating tool. Nick holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
The newly appointed Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankar has taken on State Education Minister and Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee over incidents of violence on the campus of Jadavpur University in Kolkata on Thursday evening.The Governor had intervened to personally escort Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Babul Supriyo from the campus amid protests and heckling from students, who objected to his presence.Mr. Chatterjee had claimed that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had requested the Governor not to go to the university at the peak of commotion and to “give the government some time to peacefully solve the issue.”“This is most unfortunate and shocking that our Governor, the custodian of the Constitution of the State, without informing the elected government went to the so-called rescue of the BJP leader from Jadavpur University… Chief Minister requested him several times that the Governor being the constitutional head need not go at this moment. The CM requested him to give the government some time to peacefully solve the issue,” Mr. Chatterjee said.A press note issued by Mr. Dhankar’s office said, the Minister was not aware of the developments that took place before the Governor went to the University to rescue Mr. Supriyo. “Obviously, he did not know of the developments that took place between the Governor and the DGP [Director General of Police]/ CS [Chief Secretary] as also the conversation with the Honorable Chief Minister,” the press note said.Mr. Supriyo, along with designer Agnimitra Paul, had gone to the campus to attend a seminar organised by the Akhil Bhartiya Vidarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Thursday. However, several students had protested against their entry by raising black flags and asked him to leave. The situation escalated when Mr. Supriyo refused to budge. As tensions rose, he remained stuck inside the college premises till the Governor arrived at around 8 p.m. and escorted him out.Meanwhile, members of ABVP and BJP forcefully entered the college premises, vandalised university property and beat up some students.Trinamool issued a statement on Friday, reiterating Mr. Chatterjee’s “stand” and argued that it “must be made very clear [that] universities are autonomous institutions and as per time-honoured tradition, police cannot enter university campus without permission of VC.”While acknowledging that Mr. Dhankar had spoken to the Chief Minister and “duly appraised her”, the Raj Bhawan note claimed that the Governor had very little option but to head for the university in south Kolkata.“There were many telephonic interactions between the two and in his high regard that the Governor/Chancellor has for the Hon’ble CM, personally and for the Office the CM holds, he would not like to divulge the conversation between the two, except that he left for the place after sufficient time had elapsed and the situation did not show any change,” the Raj Bhawan press note argued.However, a senior Trinamool leader claimed that it is the “job of the State administration to appraise the Governor about a crisis as law and order is still the State subject.” This is for the first time that the new Governor and the ruling party directly confronted each other.