Return of in-shape Andray Blatche boosts Gilas Pilipinas confidence

first_imgInterim bantamweight champ Reymart Gaballo expect tougher bout vs Japanese foe Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “We’re getting there. We’re getting better chemistry. Andray’s getting more familiar with the plays. I think he’s very comfortable with the plays now,” Guiao said.“Again, we’re trying to keep everything simple. His time is really limited here and the players’ time is limited as well because they still have to contend with the PBA scheduling,” he added. “We just have to work with those limitations.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Andray Blatche on Coach Yeng Guiao’s coaching style: “It puts you in situations where you just play the game and just go off instincts and I like that.” #LabanPilipinas pic.twitter.com/NGcAFGARmf— NLEX Road Warriors (@ArangkadaNLEX) February 6, 2019 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Andray Blatche may not be able to spend much time with his Gilas Pilipinas teammates in practice but national team captain Gabe Norwood feels seeing the naturalized big man in top form was enough.Blatche had just participated in his first two practice sessions with Gilas on Monday and Tuesday and will only have on more training with the team on Thursday before returning to China on February 11.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img LATEST STORIES “It’s big just to have him and definitely to see him coming in the way he is. He’s shooting the ball really well in just a few days of practice and I think the guys feed off of that,” Norwood told INQUIRER.net.“We have confidence coming in, seeing the way he’s playing, the way he’s approaching our team so it’s always good to have Dray here and I think he’s happy to be back also.”READ: As Gilas tries to gather players for practice, Andray Blatche gets used to new systemPressed for time, national team head coach Yeng Guiao had Blatche practice with Gilas assistant Caloy Garcia at Rain or Shine and Guiao at NLEX to get better grasp of the system Gilas runs.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title READ: Gilas Pilipinas practices with Andray Blatche for 2nd straight dayUnlike in the past where he showed up overweight, Blatche this time, came in ready to go and Norwood noticed it right away.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubslast_img read more

‘Drug Abuse Is a Security Problem’

first_imgBong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor has said that drug abuse is a serious socio-economic and security problem that must be addressed with critical strategies.The Senator urged the DEA to put in place mechanisms to address the needs of thousands of young people whose lives have been destroyed by their dependence on drugs.“It is clear that Liberia’s transition from conflict and its search for lasting peace and stability is further hampered by this high rate of drug trafficking and usage. This situation is further exacerbated by the violence usually associated with these activities; the attending problems associated with addicts of deadly psychoactive substances; the possible increase and transfer of diseases from one user to another, such as HIV and AIDs; and the possible negative impact of huge assets derived from the illicit drug trade which could be used to influence political decisions against national interests and the possible destabilization of Governments,” Senator Taylor said.She said the situation remains critical to National development as studies continue to prove that: The funds from the drug trade is the highest source of funds being used for the spread of violence and illegal activities in most parts of the world including here in West Africa.“The study also proves that there is a direct linkage between school dropout rates and drug abuse, and those who are the world’s worst drug users are between the ages 16-35, thereby affecting a nation’s most useful population.Today, our national agenda of making Liberia a drug free nation has begun in earnest, by the adaptation of the relevant laws and commitment by all relevant stakeholders to use it vigorously,” she explained.In order for Liberia to become a drug free nation she said, “A new approach must be considered in order to adopt a balanced and effective program.“I am of the opinion that this approach should include some of the following: Adequate funding for robust war on drugs, the creation and implementation of an aggressive information, education and dissemination program which encourages drug prevention and usage by an ever growing population of young people,” Senator Taylor asserted.“Availability and implementation of a scientific-based prevention and treatment program for drugs user and addicts; the implementation of a community based advocacy program that informs the public, especially our young people of the debilitating effects of drug trafficking and abuse could also be some possible approaches,” she added.The Bong County Senator pointed out that many communities remain unsafe and at risk because drug related crimes and abuse amongst the youthful population between the ages 17 to 35 are probably the highest cause of death in this category.“We must do our best in linking our fight against drugs to ongoing international fights, but keeping in mind that with our small population and the high incidence of drug use and abuse, our fight must be greatest at home,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The sound of mu$ic

first_imgApple and the recording companies declined official comment on their negotiations. Four years ago, the majors bought into Jobs’ one-price-fits-all vision and agreed to such licensing terms at a time online music services were failing to attract significant interest from music fans. Since then, the popularity of Apple’s iPods has swelled and the sleek devices now dominate more than 70 percent of the digital music player market, by some estimates. While studies have suggested that only a fraction of the music on most iPods is actually purchased on iTunes, the service has ridden the iPod’s coattails and helped cement its position as the top-selling online music service and one of the biggest music retailers overall. That’s given Apple considerable leverage in its dealings with the recording industry. Last year, the main issue that dominated iTunes licensing talks was pricing, as some of the big music companies urged Jobs to entertain charging more for some songs than others. The dispute percolated for months, but Jobs didn’t budge, not wanting to complicate iTunes’ simple pricing scheme for singles. Eventually, the music companies each agreed to one-year deals, which expire this spring. Now, Apple is facing pressure in Europe to license its brand of DRM technology to rivals, so consumers can play the music they buy on iTunes on any digital music player, not just iPods. Critics of the recording industry have argued for years that the labels are alienating customers by placing copy restrictions on legal music downloads, especially as many CDs have been sold without them. The technology behind such measures differs, depending on the retailer and the music device. Apple, for example, has its own version, called FairPlay, that only works with iPods, making it cumbersome for consumers to transfer songs they bought across other portable digital devices. Likewise, DRM systems used at other online stores won’t work with iPods. The recording industry has argued that copy protection software itself is not what makes some songs incompatible with some digital players, but the fact that there are different versions of the technology in use. The music companies have called on Jobs to license out FairPlay to makers of rival devices. Jobs has countered that the best way to get rid of technological barriers is for record labels to strip the copy safeguards from their music. He defends keeping FairPlay closed, saying that if it was widely available, it would become easier for hackers to figure out how to bypass it. No matter what, Apple plans to continue selling standard, copy-restricted versions of songs for 99 cents each. With the EMI deal, Apple will this month start selling $1.29 premium tracks that are not only DRM free but also of higher quality, compressed at twice the usual bit rate. John Heard, an iTunes user in Santa Monica, said he would jump at the chance to buy no-strings download, even if it costs more. “If I have the choice between something that doesn’t have copy protection or it does, I’m always going to choose the thing that doesn’t have copy protection,” said Heard, 28, a television producer who spends about $300 a year on music, almost all on iTunes. Anticipating a more competitive market, other companies are looking to break into online music sales.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The last time Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs took on major recording companies, he refused to budge on his 99-cent price for a song on iTunes. As a new round of talks ramp up this month, however, Jobs has opened the door to higher prices – as long as music companies let Apple Inc. sell their songs without technology designed to stop unauthorized copying. Jobs contends that would “tear down the walls” by allowing consumers to play music they buy at Apple’s iTunes store on any digital music player, not just the company’s iPods. Although most of the major labels insist that safeguards are still needed to stave off online piracy and make other digital music business models work, one company has already struck a deal with Apple. Last month, Britain’s EMI Music Group PLC, home to artists such as Coldplay, Norah Jones and Joss Stone, agreed to let iTunes sell tracks without the copy-protection technology known as digital-rights management. The DRM-free tracks cost 30 cents more than copy-restricted versions of EMI songs and feature enhanced sound quality. The other major labels – Warner Music Group Corp., Vivendi’s Universal Music Group, and Sony BMG Music Entertainment, a joint venture of Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann AG – will be watching closely to see how the unrestricted EMI tracks sell. “At this point, no one can ignore Apple or what Apple wants, given its position in the marketplace,” said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst with Jupiter Research. “The fact that they were able to do this deal with EMI puts more pressure on some of the other labels to follow suit.” For their part, at least two of the recording companies will ask Jobs to sell a wider variety of content in digital bundles of songs, videos and other multimedia, according to two recording company executives familiar with their companies’ plans. They spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the confidential nature of the negotiations. Apple already sells some bundled tracks, but the music companies hope expanding those offerings will boost online revenue and help offset lagging CD sales. last_img read more

Van Dijk can get even better after dream start – Klopp

first_imgThe Dutchman became the most expensive defender in the world when he joined Liverpool from Southampton for £75 million ($102 million, 85 million euros) this month and Klopp could not be happier with his contribution in his first match for the Reds.“Fairytale in a world with not a lot of fairy tales anymore, so I think something like that is quite special,” said the Liverpool boss.“It was a difficult decision to make to be honest because, to be 100 percent honest, the first plan was not to start him but then Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan played a lot of games in the last few weeks, so I changed my mind .“It was a big fight, it was not brilliant football, it was not the most beauty — it was how cup games should be. It is not about who is the better side, who can do this or that. Things like this can happen sometimes, but it is pretty rare.”Van Dijk was a commanding presence at the heart of Liverpool’s defence, although Klopp thinks the centre-back has only given a glimpse of his qualities as he predicted the best is yet to come from the Netherlands international.“He showed a lot of things we want him to show in the future very often,” Klopp added.“Heading of course, football-wise his first touch was good, good under pressure and then around set pieces a proper threat,” he added, praising Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for his corner.“I think first of all we should help him just to be as good as he is already because that’s why we took him. You don’t pay that amount of money for a player and think ‘OK, we can get another 80 per cent’, but of course there is room for improvement.“But the first improvement will be to adapt really to the team, how we deal in different situations. But as I said, since he is in, we spoke more about it and we did it actually on the pitch.”Everton manager Sam Allardyce felt his side had done enough at Anfield to earn a replay after a battling display.“I’m very disappointed we’re not going back to Goodison and trying to get through to the next round,” he said.“We may have saved it late on and I think it was a brilliant effort from the players, even though we’re disappointed.“The performance deserved us to be able to take them back to our place, but that’s not to be.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp hugs Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk at the end of an FA Cup third round match against Everton at Anfield © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Jan 6 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Virgil van Dijk will get even better after he scored the winning goal against Everton in a “fairytale” Merseyside derby debut.Van Dijk headed home six minutes from full-time to give Liverpool a 2-1 victory in their FA Cup third-round tie with the Toffees after Gylfi Sigurdsson had cancelled out James Milner’s opener from the penalty spot.last_img read more

Vihiga next, but Kerr’s sights on SuperSport

first_imgK’Ogalo are still unbeaten in the league in six matches despite using a different starting 11 in almost all the games.“We have had four players out on international duty who have come back on Thursday and above that we have that important fixture against SuperSport coming up. We have to look at everyone and the condition they are in but definitely we will need to give some players rest,” the tactician said.He expects a tough duel against Vihiga who they will be facing for the first time.“I don’t know much about them but just like everyone else, they will be coming in to beat Gor Mahia. We expect a tough game but it is a challenge to the players who will be fielded to go out there and get a result. They know what I expect of them,” the tactician further noted.Kerr is still hurting from the narrow 1-0 loss to Esperance in the CAF Champions League, but the tactician hopes his players can take lessons from the tie to make it into the group stages of continental football for the first time in 24 years.Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi trying to get the ball from an Esperance player. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“We have to make sure we are ready focused and fit. The experience of the Esperance game will be vital for us. They (SuperSport) have had a squad together for a long time, the gap is massive but we have to go there believe in ourselves and get results,” Kerr opined.SuperSport have not been in the best of forms locally and sit third from bottom on the log, three points off the relegation zone. It is this precarious situation Matsatsantsa find themselves in that makes it harder for Kerr to plan for the tie.“They have a game against Polokwane on the 4th then they travel here on the 5th so you don’t really know whether the squad they will field is the same as the one that will play us. Also, you don’t really know what their priority is so it will not be easy to plan for them,” Kerr said.“But SuperSport is a club I have known for a while and above all, it will be a very tough game. They are a big team, reached the final last year losing to TP Mazembe, but we should not be scared. Everyone didn’t give us a chance against Esperance but we went in and showed what we can do,” the tactician added.Gor Mahia will make it into the group stages of the Confederation Cup if they win the home and away ties. This will guarantee them at least Sh15mn.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr issuing instructions to his charges during their KPL match against Kariobangi Sharks at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 25, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 30- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has hinted that he will once again rotate his squad as they travel to Kisumu to play Kenyan Premier League new boys Vihiga United on Saturday, his eyes cast on putting up a good show against SuperSport United.The Kenyan champions face the South Africans on April 7 in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup play-off and with a continental phase group stage berth at stake, Kerr says he will most definitely put his focus on that.last_img read more

RORY KAVANAGH IS FIRST CHAIR OF NEW BODY TO PROMOTE GAELIC GAMES IN SCHOOLS

first_imgST EUNAN’S captain and former Donegal star Rory Kavanagh is the chair of a new body aimed at promoting gaelic games in schools.Following the success of last year’s Letterkenny and District Gaelic Football League organised by Jim Clarke and Ciaran Gallagher, a committee to keep it going has been formed.The committee is made up of teachers concerned with the promotion of Gaelic football and associated skills in Letterkenny and the surrounding areas. The committee is chaired this year by Rory.It is hoped that these primary students through participation will learn the skills of teamwork and fair play. The launch of the league will take place at the end of September with the first blitz taking place on the first week in October.Committee: Chairperson- Rory Kavanagh (Scoil Colmcille.)Vice chairperson- Martin Greene (Glenswilly N.S.)Secretary- Ciaran Gallagher (Illistrin N.S.)Treasurer- Emer Bradley (Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal.)Coaching Officer- Jim Clarke.Committee Member- Catherine Crawford (Magherbeg N.S.) Committee Member- Caoimhin Mac Mathuna (Illistrin N.S.)Committee Member- Lisa Mc Monagle (Educate Together N.S.)Committee Member- Nakita Barke (Educate Togeather N.S.)Committee Member- Niall Barry (Gaelscoil Adhma.) Committee Member- Colm Breathnach (Gaelscoil Adhma.)Committee Member- Bridin Farren (Magherbeg N.S.)Committee Member- Lisa Doherty (Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal.)RORY KAVANAGH IS FIRST CHAIR OF NEW BODY TO PROMOTE GAELIC GAMES IN SCHOOLS was last modified: September 24th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Jim ClarkeLetterkenny and District Gaelic Football LeagueRory Kavanaghlast_img read more

MAN CHARGED WITH CAUSING DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVING OF DONEGAL TEENAGER SHANE

first_imgThe late Shane PattonA MAN has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving of a Co Donegal teenager.Shane Patton, who was 18, lost his fight for life following a two car collision outside the N13 Service Station in Drumkeen on Wednesday, July 12, 2012. The incident occurred at around midnight when his black Volkswagen Bora was exiting from a minor road opposite the filling station onto the main Letterkenny to Ballybofey road.However, a black Toyota Celica travelling from Ballybofey to Letterkenny crashed into the driver’s door of his car. Mr Patton died the next day in Letterkenny General Hospital.Sgt Derek Lynott told today’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court that this morning he had charged 40-year-old Eamonn Lynch, from Glentain Manor, Letterkenny, with causing death by dangerous driving.Sgt Lynott told Judge Paul Kelly that when Lynch was charged, the accused man had replied: “I’m really sorry it happened.“I’m sorry for the family. My heart goes out to the family. I did not mean for anything like this to happen. It was an accident.”Lynch also faces separate charges of failing to remain at the scene of a road traffic collision on October 5, 2011. He was also charged with having no driving license or insurance on the same date.Inspector David Murphy asked for the case to be adjourned until February 2014 to allow for the service of a book of evidence.Lynch was released on his own bail of €500 on condition that he sign on at Letterkenny Garda Station three times per week, that he does not drive any vehicle, that he does not apply for a passport and he does not leave the Republic of Ireland.MAN CHARGED WITH CAUSING DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVING OF DONEGAL TEENAGER SHANE was last modified: December 10th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVINGDistrict CourtDrumkeeneamonn lynchletterkennyshane pattonlast_img read more

Gardai investigate death of man found on footpath with head injury

first_imgGardai in Dublin are investigating the discovery of a man’s body early this morning in Dublin.A 22-year-old male was found on a footpath at a Luas stop in Ranelagh after 4.30am. He is believed to have died at the scene after incurring a head injury.The man’s body was taken to St James’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The scene has been sealed off as technical examinations take place and Gardai are viewing CCTV footage from the area. A post-mortem examination will be held to determine the cause of death, which will dictate the course of garda inquiries.Gardai investigate death of man found on footpath with head injury was last modified: December 11th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fund launched after donkey sanctuary jeep destroyed in freak accident

first_imgOne of Ireland’s leading animal charities has had to stop taking in animals after a freak crash.The Donegal Donkey Sanctuary is now in limbo after the accident which has resulted in the loss of their vehicle and horsebox.Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured and there were no other vehicles involved. Manager, Danny Curran, was extremely lucky to emerge unscathed from the wreckage and no donkeys were in transit at the time.The incident, which occurred late Tuesday night, happened in the townland of Ardagh, St Johnston, which is just a couple of miles from the sanctuary itself.Danny had been returning from welfare visits with donkeys in the Inishowen area.A deer emerging from the trees raced across the path of the vehicle as it approached a sharp corner causing it to veer out of control and plummet approximately 15ft into the field below. Donegal Donkey Sanctuary’s Danny Curran. (North West Newspix)Danny who is still suffering from shock is extremely distressed by the implications for the sanctuary as the full aftermath of Tuesday night’s events became evident.“Without a transport system our day to day activities have ceased and we are unable to respond to any emergencies being reported to us’ he said.“It would appear that neither vehicle nor horse box are salvageable and that all indications are that insurance payments will fall far short of what is required to put a functioning ‘donkey ambulance’ back in operation.”“The sanctuary has been running for almost ten years and has gained much public support both here and abroad.The centre has rescued and rehomed over 600 donkeys countrywide with some donkeys even being rehomed overseas. The sanctuary has now launched a Go Fund Me page in a bid to get donations in a bid to replace the shortfall for a replacement jeep.Anybody wishing to donate can log onto https://www.gofundme.com/donkey-rescue-vehicle-appealFund launched after donkey sanctuary jeep destroyed in freak accident was last modified: May 11th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:appealcrashDonegal Donkey SantuaryGo Fund Meland roverRaphoelast_img read more

Should the DOE Increase Furnace Efficiency Standards?

first_imgDo you know when the U.S. last raised furnace efficiency standards? It was 1987. Do you know how long the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been trying to change that? At least since 2007.The past eight years have been a sad case of industry heavyweights preventing progress on this important issue. The DOE, however, just proposed a new rule, so we might finally see some action here. Do you know when it’s set to go into effect, if passed?A bit of furnace efficiency historyIn 1987, the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act set a minimum of 78% Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). That’s when furnaces with standing pilot lights went away.In 2007, the DOE proposed raising the minimum from 78 to 80 AFUE. What?! Yes, it’s true. They really did that, even though the rule would have had pretty much zero effect on saving energy.Why? Because even though 78 AFUE was the minimum allowed, nearly every furnace being made is 80 AFUE or higher. I think I’ve seen only one new furnace that had an AFUE lower than 80. RELATED ARTICLESA New Efficiency Standard for Gas FurnacesGovernment Orders More Efficient Furnace FansAll About Furnaces and Duct Systems When HVAC Manufacturers, Efficiency Advocates Find Common GroundWater Heaters Get an Efficiency MakeoverRefrigerators Get New Efficiency StandardsCongress Plays with the Light Bulb MandateCalifornia’s Efficiency Standards Applied to TVs President Obama Orders Energy Department to Raise Appliance Efficiency Standards So the battle began. The state of California and a coalition of environmental and energy efficiency groups sued the DOE. That led to a set of regional standards, whereby Northern states (those with more than 5,000 heating degree days) would have had to go to 90 AFUE and the warmer South and Southwest would get to stick with 80 AFUE.And that’s when the American Public Gas Association (APGA) blew up. According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the APGA “argued that consumers would flock to electric resistance furnaces rather than install high-efficiency gas furnaces.” (See their article, Why DOE’s Cave on Furnace Standards Is Such a Big Deal.)There’s no way they really thought that would happen, of course. Heat pumps maybe, but electric resistance furnaces? No way. They’re not allowed for primary heating even here in Georgia, a warm state (IECC climate zones 2, 3, and 4). The truth is that the gas industry really should be afraid of heat pumps, not electric resistance heat.So the effort to enact regional standards fell apart.The latest move by the DOEOn February 10, 2015, the DOE announced a proposal to adopt a 92 AFUE standard nationwide. That’s nice. It should be higher and it should have been done a long time ago, but if enacted, it would effectively kill atmospheric combustion furnaces.There will be opposition. According to The ACHR News, Stephen Yurek, president and CEO of the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), said, “Now, even though natural gas and oil prices are lower than they were [three years ago when the DOE issued regional standards] — in the case of oil, much lower — the DOE now feels a 92 percent nationwide standard is appropriate. How can that be? What’s changed?”And the Air Conditioning Contractors of America seems to be getting itself ready for opposition. “It’s very aggressive,” said senior vice president Charlie McCrudden in the same ACHR News article. “This would harm a lot of people, including those in lower income brackets.”So, as homes are required to reach greater levels of airtightness, the furnace efficiency circus continues.Oh, another thing: Do you know when the new requirement would go into effect, if approved? 2021. At the earliest.Pros and consChanging the minimum efficiency of equipment available isn’t a big deal for new homes. Yeah, the cost is a little higher, but it’s existing homes that will feel the biggest blow if the DOE proposal gets approved.DOE efficiency standards for equipment, however, cannot distinguish between new homes and existing homes. The DOE’s efficiency standards apply to equipment, not uses of equipment. So if the DOE approves this proposal, anyone changing out an atmospheric combustion furnace afterward will also have to change out the flue. That could add several hundred dollars to the cost. It may increase it even more, and in multifamily buildings, the difficulty level will be higher.The obvious benefit of going to a higher efficiency furnace is the energy savings. Going from 80 AFUE to 92 or, better, 95 AFUE will reduce the amount of natural gas or propane being used and save money for the homeowners. Unfortunately, the price of gas is really low in a lot of places now, so return on investment may not be favorable.The biggest reason to make the change, in my opinion, isn’t energy savings though. It’s indoor air quality. Condensing, sealed combustion furnaces that bring in their own combustion air won’t backdraft a natural draft water heater (which is still allowed in homes). It won’t depressurize a home and suck in bad air from the garage or moldy crawl space. And it won’t ever spill exhaust gases into a home when common-vented with a natural draft water heater because it cannot be common-vented.It’s past time to make this change. Let’s go, DOE. Make it happen.External Resources DOE – Rulemaking for Residential Furnaces Energy Conservation StandardsDOE page on residential furnacesACEEE – Why DOE’s Cave on Furnace Standards Is Such a Big DealAppliance Standards Awareness Project page on furnaces Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more