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Upper Valley Haven Earns 5 Stars in Energy Efficiency

first_imgHanover, NH, November 3, 2004 Efficiency Vermont has certified The Upper Valley Haven as having met all of the requirements for an Energystar labeled building. The facility, located on Route 5 in White River Junction, VT, received 86.7 points out of a possible 100 points, earning the 5 Star designation. The attention to detail, the high performance insulation system, and good mechanical and lighting choices led to this high achievement, said Cathy Reynolds of Efficiency Vermont. UK Architects of Hanover, NH, designed the building. Hunter Ulf, Principal of UK Architects, responded to the certification by saying, it was very important that this facility was designed to provide cost-effective operations throughout its life, and energy efficiency is a big factor in achieving this.Efficiency Vermont is the nations first statewide energy efficiency utility. It provides technical advice, financial assistance, and design guidance to help make Vermont homes and businesses more energy efficient.# # #last_img read more

Bar to take a harder line toward lawyer ad violations

first_imgThe board also discussed a recent ruling from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that overturned the Bar rejection of a lawyer’s ad, but upheld the underlying rule the Bar was seeking to enforce. The Bar had found the lawyer referring to his Martindale-Hubbell rating, without an explanation of how that rating was awarded, was self-laudatory. Mason v. Florida Bar, case no. 99-2138. (See story in the May 15 Bar News.) Board members disagreed on the impact of the ruling. “I view this case as a shot across the bow,” said board member Ian Comisky. “If we’re not real careful, we’re going to lose the advertising battle and war.” But board member Gary Leppla said he thinks the ruling is limited specifically to the facts of the case, noting, “Right now is not a time to say we have a major problem.” Board member Mike Glazer agreed, but said the board still needs to review ad appeals and other issues carefully. “We need to be focusing on really bad ads and not allow bad ads to make bad law,” he said. Bar to take a harder line toward lawyer ad violations Associate Editor The Bar Board of Governors is looking to take a stronger stance against lawyers who broadcast ads that are later found to be in violation of Bar rules. Following a review of several advertising appeals at its June 2 meeting in Naples, the board approved a motion from board member David Bianchi to initiate grievance cases against lawyers whose ads were found to violate Bar rules. Bianchi accepted an amendment from board member William Kalish that the grievance investigations should be opened against lawyers who repeatedly violate the rules. Bianchi expressed frustration that the ad appeals usually take several months, during which time the ad can be run on television or radio, or appear in print media. Frequently by the time the appeal is decided, the lawyer has completed running the ad, and has another one on the air and is again beginning the appeal process. Bar rules, to avoid constitutional prior restraint problems, require ads be submitted for review no later than concurrently with publication or broadcasting. However, lawyers who want an opinion before running an ad may ask for and get one. Bianchi said without a serious threat of prosecution, the board was wasting its time handling ad appeals. “All of the [television] runs have already been made and they’re already on the next batch of ads,” he said as the board considered several ads from one firm. Another board member noted that many firms run an ad again after a year or two and the board’s actions do prevent recycling of ads with violations. On other matters, the board approved a proposed advertising advisory opinion that says a firm sending a newsletter to prospective clients only has to file the first edition with the Bar, as long as promotional information about the firm does not change in subsequent issues. The board reviewed several ad appeals including two involving proposed TV commercials from a law firm, which has not aired the ads, pending the board’s action. Both issues involved Rule 4-7.5(b) which provides that “visual images appearing in a television advertisement shall be limited to the advertising lawyer in front of a background consisting of a single solid color, a set of law books in an unadorned bookcase or the lawyer’s own office (with no other office personnel shown).” In one ad, a series of shots showed individual partners in their offices. The Standing Committee on Advertising held that violated the rule because more than one lawyer was shown in the ad. The Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, which reviews ad appeals, agreed by a 5-3 vote. But the board reversed that finding, with members saying the rule does not preclude more than one attorney advertising the availability of his or her services. “This is a very reasonable, a very professional ad,” board member Jack Brandon said. The second issue addressed a brief shot, without a lawyer, of the exterior of the firm’s offices. The board discussed the matter extensively and first rejected a motion that the board should adopt a policy of allowing exterior shots of offices as long as the lawyer appeared in the frame. Board members then approved a motion that the rules do not allow exterior shots of law office buildings. Board members expressed concerns a lawyer could rent a small office in a large, impressive building, and then use that as a backdrop for an ad. The remainder of the ad appeals dealt with more common issues, such as whether certain language created an unjustified expectation, characterized the quality of legal services or was a testimonial. In various actions, the board: Agreed with the two committees that a lawyer who said he was proud of the legal work he had done for the elderly and he believed it had led to better care created an unjustified expectation. Split on two findings by the standing committee and the BRCPE over similar language in two ads where a lawyer said he found it gratifying when clients referred families and friends to his firm. The board disagreed with the findings that the language characterized the quality of legal services. But it agreed with the two committees the language was a prohibited testimonial. July 1, 2000 Gary Blankenship Associate Editor Regular Newscenter_img Agreed with the BRCPE (and overruled the standing committee) that a lawyer saying “I’ve been privileged to meet wonderful men and women and have worked to bring them justice” did not created unjustified expectations. But the board agreed with both committees that another part of the ad, where the lawyer characterized himself as a David battling the Goliaths of HMOs, hospitals and insurance companies was a prohibited characterization of the quality of services. Bar to take a harder line toward lawyer ad violations Agreed with the two committees that a lawyer’s statement in an ad that he guaranteed insurance companies won’t push the law firm around created an unjustified expectation. last_img read more

Gold Coast mansion comes with five-hole putting green

first_img56 Knightsbridge Pde, Sovereign Islands.A FIVE-HOLE putting green, games room, gym and a state-of-the-art cinema are just some of the luxury features that come with this Sovereign Islands mansion. The property, on the market with Savills Gold Coast, offers resort-style living with a spectacular waterfront vista. 56 Knightsbridge Pde, Sovereign Islands. 56 Knightsbridge Pde, Sovereign Islands. 56 Knightsbridge Pde, Sovereign Islands. 56 Knightsbridge Pde, Sovereign Islands. It’s one that has to be seen to be believed with out-of-this-world architectural detail.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoBuilt on a 1399sq m block on Knightsbridge Pde East, the five-bedroom, eight-bathroom house has four distinctive and flexible living zones. There is a dedicated level to the master bedroom with its own lounge and mini bar while all of the other bedrooms come with walk-in wardrobes and ensuites. The kitchen has Asko appliances and also comes with a large butler’s pantry.Other standout features include a commercial-grade lift, study, modern electric fireplace and a multipurpose room.Sovereign Islands is a gated community and is one of the most expensive locales in the country.Connected to the mainland of Paradise Point by a single bridge, the community is guarded 24/7 by security.The exclusive group of islands offers deepwater access for luxury boats and yachts at all tides. ON THE MARKET Address: 56 Knightsbridge Pde, Sovereign IslandsAgent: Georgia Elson and Christopher Jones, Savills Gold CoastFeatures: Pool, lift, putting greenPrice: $6.95 million — $7.5 millionInspections: By appointmentlast_img read more

As the decade closes, one of baseball’s end-of-season awards gains value

first_imgThe voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will be filing their end-of-season awards ballots over the next week. It’s the final round of voting this decade.Looking back on all the major award winners since 2010, a broad trend stands out: this was a strong decade for Rookies of the Year. The 2012 season gave us Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. Other winners include Buster Posey (2010), Craig Kimbrel (2011), Jose Fernandez (2013), Jacob deGrom and Jose Abreu (2014), Corey Seager (2016), Cody Bellinger and Aaron Judge (2017). We might need a bigger window to assess the talents of Ronald Acuña Jr. and Shohei Ohtani (2018), but their promise remains robust.Even the weakest rookies among this decade’s winners were hardly one-hit wonders. Neftali Feliz (2010) enjoyed a five-year run as one of baseball’s best closers. Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer (2016) missed the entire 2019 season recovering from Tommy John surgery but at 26, he is young enough to hope the majority of his career lies ahead. Wil Myers (2013) was ultimately miscast as a National League utility player but is a valuable hitter when healthy.This trend line has been expressed differently before. Ask any manager, and he will rattle off a list of reasons why the game is getting younger. Player development techniques are better refined. The skills that pay the bills – power at the plate, speed on the mound – are being expressed at younger ages. Yordan Alvarez will soon become the 30th player since 2010 to amass at least 4 WAR in his rookie season. How does that number compare to past decades? How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire It’s no wonder the Rookie of the Year award winners this decade have been so good. Voters have had an unusually great selection of candidates.This trend bodes well for Alvarez, a left fielder, and Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, my picks to win the 2019 Rookie of the Year award in each league. Each seems more likely to be a perennial All-Star than the next Bob Hamelin. Since I am not permitted to disclose the order on my one actual ballot (NL Most Valuable Player), I will withhold from offering a prediction in that category.Here are my selections for the other major awards:AL MVPThe debate between Trout and Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, while healthy, is a fairly short one.With 104 RBIs, Trout’s bat had accounted for 14.4 percent of the Angels’ runs through Tuesday. Bregman plays for a much more talented team in Houston. Had he not driven in 12.2 percent of the Astros’ runs, another talented teammate might have filled in capably. Trout was the more valuable player to his team at the plate by the oldest of old-school stats. He also played a premium defensive position (center field) capably.I personally loathe the idea of punishing an individual for his teammates’ attributes, positive or negative. If you believe the best player in his league is the most valuable, Trout leads Bregman in every public version of WAR, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and good old home runs – despite playing 16 fewer games (and counting). Trout is the MVP, regardless of which stats or interpretation of “value” one prefers.AL CY YOUNGThe tete a tete between Astros teammates Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander has been a marvel. Their dual dominance echoes Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, who combined to go 47-12 for the 2002 Diamondbacks and finished 1-2 in Cy Young voting. Johnson led the National League in ERA that year and was the unanimous winner. The vote between Cole and Verlander will be closer.Cole has the higher strikeout total. Verlander has thrown more innings with a lower WHIP. Their ERAs are separated by one-hundredth of a run, with one start remaining for each pitcher. Advanced pitching metrics are split, but generally agree that this is a close race. There is no bad choice here. I’m partial to Verlander, who has been slightly more durable, slightly more consistent, and no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays on Sept. 1.AL ROOKIEThe only flaw in Alvarez’s credentials? The Astros waited until June 9 to promote him to the major leagues, costing him more than two months in what has become an epic season.Measured by Weighted Runs Created plus (WRC+), which adjusts a hitter’s production to his park and era, Alvarez’s season is the best ever by a rookie in either league. At 22 years old, his walk rate is higher than that of Trout at the same age. Alvarez is an easy selection.AL MANAGERThe Yankees won 100 games despite sending 30 players to the injured list, a major league record. I am not convinced this alone should elevate Manager Aaron Boone to the forefront of this race – he did not personally draft, sign, or trade for the Yankees’ fill-in players – but history says it’s a good starting point.First-year manager Rocco Baldelli deserves credit for guiding the Twins to a division title after an underachieving 2018 season. Kevin Cash managed the Rays into wild-card contention with an unconventional approach to pitching and defense. A.J. Hinch might be the best manager in either league, though he receives relatively little credit for the Astros’ annual dominance. All are deserving of the award; Boone will certainly win.NL CY YOUNGThe case of Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu rests on his 2.45 earned-run average, which still led all of baseball through Tuesday despite gaining nearly a full run since Aug. 1. Advanced metrics like WAR and Deserved Run Average cannot fully extricate Ryu’s means of dominance – confusing hitters with pitch sequencing and location to induce weak contact – from his luck. Over a full season, that seems unfair; Ryu makes his 29th start on Saturday in San Francisco.Unless Ryu no-hits the Giants, the favorite is Jacob deGrom, the defending Cy Young winner and the preferred candidate of WAR. Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg leads the NL in wins and DRA. Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer is the league’s most dominant pitcher by strikeout rate. Those four – Ryu, deGrom, Strasburg and Scherzer – each have a valid case.Ryu’s minuscule 1.95 ERA at Dodger Stadium suggests his method works better in his pitcher-friendly home park. I’m slightly more sympathetic to deGrom or Strasburg, whose home/road splits are negligible. The final start by each pitcher might resolve this coin toss.NL ROOKIEWhen Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. suffered a serious back injury in August, we were denied a potential photo finish with Alonso. Tatis was hitting for power and average, and making elite plays at shortstop daily, when his season ended prematurely.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies 2000s: 231990s: 201980s: 221970s: 341960s: 26center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Alonso is plenty deserving. He is the first National League rookie to hit 50 home runs in a single season, the most by any player in Mets history. Milwaukee second baseman Keston Hiura, Pittsburgh outfielder Bryan Reynolds, Dodgers outfielder Alex Verdugo and Nationals outfielder Victor Robles deserve down-ballot support, but Alonso’s win might be unanimous.NL MANAGERThe Brewers provided manager Craig Counsell with the narrative he needs to win: They overcame unreliable starting pitching and an injury to MVP candidate Christian Yelich to contend for a wild-card berth and a division title. Milwaukee had scored as many runs as it allowed (743) through Tuesday, yet was 17 games over .500.Don’t ignore Dave Roberts, particularly if the Dodgers are able to match or exceed the franchise record for wins (105) this week. Atlanta’s Brian Snitker, St. Louis’ Mike Shildt and Washington’s Dave Martinez could also siphon meaningful votes, but I imagine this award is Counsell’s to lose. Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more