Groves withdraws from world title fight

first_imgGeorge Groves has pulled out of his world title fight against WBO super-middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz because of an injury.The 24-year-old from Hammersmith was due to challenge Stieglitz in Germany next month but the bout has been called off. It is hoped it can be rescheduled for later this year.Groves, the British and Commonwealth champion, recently withdrew from a planned rematch with Scotland’s Kenny Anderson because of a back problem. Details of his latest injury have not been released.In a statement, Groves said: “We tried to work through it, but soon realised I wouldn’t be able to perform the training needed to prepare for this fight. I hope this problem will be quickly sorted and cause only a short delay.“I am truly sorry to everyone who will be affected by this. This is without doubt the toughest decision I have ever had to make, and I am gutted, but nothing worth having is given away.“It has only made me more determined to achieve my goal of becoming world champion.”See also:Groves to fight for world titleGroves bout off but world title fight loomsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Half-time: Brentford 0 Cardiff 0

first_imgBrentford struggled to create chances in a goalless first half.Ryan Woods went closest, firing over from a tight angle on the half-hour mark, while Lasse Vibe was inches away from a tap in from Josh Clarke’s cross.Clarke, 20, made only has third start for the Bees as one of two changes to the side that drew with Bristol City, with Konstantin Kerschbaumer also coming in.Anthony Pilkington missed the visitors’ best chance – an unmarked header from eight yards out 11 minutes into the match.Brentford (4-2-3-1): Button; Clarke, Dean, Barbet, Bidwell; McCormack, Yennaris; Woods, Saunders, Kerschbaumer; VibeSubs: Bonham, Djruricin, Hogan, O’Connell, Gogia, Cole, Canos.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Home Energy Performance Data: Why It Pays to Go First

first_imgNow, Redfin — the fastest-growing top-10 real estate website — has added a home energy score thanks to a partnership with Tendril. They hope the home energy scores will fill the growing satisfaction gap that exists among homeowners who cite that improved energy performance is their number-one unmet need. What’s happening now vs. what’s next?RMI’s new report, An MPG for Homes, presents a robust dive into the state of the energy performance transparency market today and the potential for the market to grow further. This will benefit homeowners, real estate professionals, lenders, technology providers, and the environment; will instill confidence among first movers that they are placing the right bets; and will motivate fast followers to adopt home energy scores before the market — and their customer base — leaves them behind. RELATED ARTICLES The Rashkin Plan for Higher Profits with High-Performance HousingGreen Home Appraisal WoesSeeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 1Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 3Getting a Grip on Green-Home Appraisals and InsuranceGreen-Building Appraisal and Financing Issues Why bet on home energy scores?Rocky Mountain Institute’s Residential Energy+ initiative has been closely tracking developments with real estate platforms, as we believe the increased transparency of home energy performance will have a tremendous ripple effect in driving both the supply of and demand for home energy performance improvements as a means to mitigate the carbon footprint of the residential buildings sector.But climate is merely one reason that so many companies consider the introduction of energy scores as a low-risk, high-reward endeavor. Let’s look at three major industry trends:Trend I: More and more customers are, and will be, demanding higher-performing homes.U.S. homeowners spend on average $2,200 per year on energy bills and increasingly indicate demand for energy-efficient homes. Values beyond energy cost savings associated with home performance, such as improved comfort, health, and technology and connectivity, are becoming more and more recognized by today’s home buyers, especially millennials, who represent the largest growing U.S. home-buying demographic. The visibility of home energy performance through energy scores is well aligned with these customer trends, and can help savvy customers ensure that the value of their investment matches their expectations.Trend 2: Real estate professionals are “seeing green” and increasingly turning to home energy performance as a way to connect with a new set of buyers.Real estate professionals can embrace and profit from these market trends by making home energy performance a core component of the support they provide for buyers and sellers. According to the National Association of Realtors 2017 Sustainability Report, 56% of survey respondents find that clients are interested in sustainability, and 71% said that energy efficiency promotion in listings was very or somewhat valuable. However, only 43% of respondents indicated their region’s multiple listing service (MLS) has a green data field. More transparent home energy scores can fill this important gap and help real estate professionals embrace these market trends and take the initiative to make home energy performance central to their client support.Trend 3: Energy scores can help connect the dots between motivation and financingMore and more financing options are available for homeowners — depending on their state or municipality. But without transparency into current or expected levels of home energy performance, it is difficult for homeowners and lenders alike to determine the level of risk undertaken when a loan is offered. According to RMI’s Finance the Future project, the increased transparency that performance data can provide can help scale the market for energy efficiency finance products.A study published by the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the University of North Carolina shows that home energy upgrades reduce default and collateral risk significantly. Homes that receive home energy upgrades saw reduced default rates of more than 30%. When financial markets respond to energy performance through mechanisms like an energy score, underwriters can consider the cash-flow risks associated with energy-hog homes, and perhaps better incentivize and price mortgages for energy-efficient homes versus high-energy-use homes. © 2017 Rocky Mountain Institute. Published with permission. Originally posted on RMI Outlet. There is tremendous risk and reward to being a first mover. News that Tesla overtook Ford in market value is perhaps the most illustrative example of what’s possible when innovative technologies disrupt the market.While not all companies are set to be the next Tesla, many are placing very calculated bets on the clean energy revolution, and racing quickly to offer products or services that will open up new markets and capture significant share in existing ones. One such race is occurring in “green real estate,” with the potential to change how we search for real estate, how real estate professionals market homes, and how we view the performance and value of our own properties.More and more online real estate portals in the U.S. are rolling out home energy scores on property listings. For example Hotpads (a Zillow Group property, which, like others, is working with UtilityScore) and Estately (which recently announced a partnership with Clearly Energy) feature a home energy score. In December, we wrote about the launch of Energy realScores on realesate.com.au, which provides an instant snapshot of whole home energy performance across more than 80% of Australia’s home market. Most recently, RealEstate.com launched a home energy score with data from UtilityScore for all active for-sale listings.last_img read more

The Truth About Why Most Indie Films Don’t Get Distributed

first_imgThe number one goal for just about any indie filmmaker is to secure distribution for their feature film. Unfortunately though, such a small percentage of films are actually able to achieve this.I’ve been making films for many years now, but it wasn’t until recently that I really started to wrap my head around the realities of distribution. Early on in my filmmaking career, I had a very limited view of the industry as a whole and for the most part my entire focus was on the creative process. Over the years though, I not only became accustomed to the realities of distribution based on my own experiences, but also those of my friends and colleagues.I have been involved with hundreds of productions – some which got distribution (even a few theatrically), and many more that didn’t. I have had the opportunity to attend film markets for the projects I have been involved with, meet with sales agents and distributors, and pick the brains of colleagues of mine that work in distribution. Only now do I feel like I have a firm grasp on the harsh realities of selling a film, and throughout this article I am going to outline some of my key takeaways.Star Power MattersLike many filmmakers, I used to tell myself that it really doesn’t matter if I had completely unknown actors in my films. Creatively speaking I actually love working with unknown talent as it allows the audience to connect with the film on a more universal level. From a business perspective though, stars (or at least recognizable faces) are one of the most important elements when it comes time to securing distribution.Many distributors that I know have told me first hand that they don’t even look at submissions unless there is a notable cast member attached to the project. This doesn’t mean your film absolutely won’t get distributed if you don’t have a name actor in it, but it will make it more difficult. The good news is that even with a modest budget it is often possible to get a notable actor in your film (even if it’s just as a cameo), and this can seriously help you get a foot in the door.Even Festival Darlings Struggle for DistributionThere is a common misconception that getting into a big festival like Sundance means that your film is guaranteed to get distribution. While there is no denying that major festivals open up lots of doors, they are by no means a guarantee.In fact many films that are rejected from these major festivals go on to secure distribution for other reasons (namely genre, which we will touch on next). Festival laurels simply don’t matter as much to distributors as we like to think. Perhaps the best thing about getting into a big festival is having access to potential buyers directly, but even if you film is well received it still needs to be marketable.Genre is CriticalIf you’re at the point in your career where selling a film is your number one goal, you need to start doing some serious homework with regards to genre. A few years ago indie-horror films were amongst the easiest to sell (even without name talent) as there was a huge demand in the market for them, and they did quite well overseas in foreign language markets.Soon after, found footage films became all the rage, and currently there is a big demand for sci-fi films, both domestically and overseas. You don’t need to choose your genre simply based on what is most marketable at any given moment, but understanding where you stand with regards to genre is really important so you can set your expectations accordingly.Timely Subject Matter is KeySimilarly to having a genre that is marketable, you also want to tap into subject matter that is timely, relevant, and interesting to a wide demographic. For instance, films that deal with subject matter like gun control may be of particular interest to distributors at the moment, since it’s such a controversial topic and certainly one that is tackled in the media every day.Like many of the other points on this list, you don’t always want to base your film around something topical simply because you think it will help with distribution. However, if you have several ideas floating around for your next film and one of them happens to be more pertinent at the moment, you may want to give greater consideration to that one.Audio Must Be Top-NotchWe all know that production value is critical when it comes time to sell your film. Distributors often won’t even look at films that were poorly shot and technically flawed, but perhaps the most important element in this regard is audio. Poor audio literally can be the deciding factor between a great film getting distribution or getting passed on, and I’ve been told personally by a number of distributors that it’s one of the primary reasons that they pass on films that were otherwise viable options for them.No matter how great your film might be, how beautifully it’s shot, and who’s in it, if the audio isn’t pristine, nothing else matters. It’s more important to have incredible audio than incredible cinematography with regards to distribution, so never skimp out in this department!You Don’t Need to Have it AllIn an ideal world, you have a film with star power that premieres at a great festival, touches on a timely subject matter and is technically well done. But in reality, you’ll never be able to have it all without a huge budget – nor do you need to in order to have distribution. Don’t feel discouraged if you can’t afford name talent, or if you want to make a film in a genre that isn’t the flavor of the week.As long as you know the challenges associated with getting your film distributed, and understand what the market is looking for, you can find ways to make your film fit that mould, even with limited resources.last_img read more

Lucknow to get first woman Mayor in 100 years

first_imgUttar Pradesh has already given India its first woman Governor and Chief Minister but Lucknow is set to make history on Sunday by electing its first woman Mayor in 100 years.A woman has never before been elected as head of the municipal body after the Uttar Pradesh Municipalities Act came into existence. This time, however, the Lucknow mayoral seat has been reserved for women, hence all parties have fielded women candidates.The Samajwadi Party has selected Meera Vardhan, kin of educationist Acharya Narendra Dev and the Congress has pitched Prema Awasthi, wife of the former Congress legislator Surendra Nath.Freedom fighters Sarojini Naidu and Sucheta Kriplani were the country’s first female Govenor and Chief Minister respectively.Naidu, popularly known as the ‘Nightingale of India’, was the Governor of the United Provinces, now known as Uttar Pradesh, from 1947 to 1949. She was born in a Bengali family on February 13, 1879 in Hyderabad and was educated in Chennai, London and Cambridge.Naidu was a follower of Mahatama Gandhi and participated in the freedom struggle. She, later, went on to become the president of the Indian National Congress. A poet of modern India, she wrote a collection, comprising children’s poems, nature poems, patriotic poems and poems of love and death.Kriplani, who held the Chief Minister’s office from 1963 to 1967, had come to the forefront during the Quit India Movement in 1942. She worked closely with Mahatma Gandhi during the Partition riots. She was one of the few women who were elected to the Constituent Assembly and was part of the sub-committee that drafted the Constitution.The civic polls will be held in the state capital tomorrow in the second leg of the three-phase municipal elections across Uttar Pradesh.Lucknow has thrice sent a woman to the Lok Sabha as its representative with Sheila Kaul being elected in 1971, 1980 and 1984.last_img read more

Haryana govt. employees to get HRA as per 7th CPC

first_imgThe Haryana government on Saturday announced it will give House Rent Allowance (HRA) to State employees as per the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the revised HRA would be implemented with effect from August 1, 2019, which he claimed would benefit about 3.5 lakh employees.Ex gratia policyThe CM also announced the revival of the ex gratia policy that had been discontinued since 1996. “The new policy will be implemented with effect from August 1, 2019. The deceased employees, whose age is 52 years or less or has completed more than five years of service before this, will be covered under this scheme,” he said.Mr. Khattar said facility of six months maternity leave will also be given to those women employees who are engaged under the outsourcing policy of the State government. “The financial burden on the contractor on account of this facility would be borne by the State government,” he said.The CM said that the government had also taken a decision to reopen the channel of promotion for the employees of Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies in the central cooperative banks. “A committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary, (Finance), to remove the pay anomalies of tube well operators of Public Health Engineering Department working on contractual basis,” he added.last_img read more