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Required fields are marked * Today, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass the 2017 Omnibus budget which funds the government for the remainder of the fiscal year, ending in September 2017. The Omnibus bill appropriates $1.07 trillion, including $551 billion for defense and $519 billion for nondefense, as well as $93.5 billion in additional funding designated for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). It includes additional funding for the State Department and international programs, including nearly $1 billion to address global hunger, makes the Pell Grant program year-round. This legislation also contains essential health funding, including a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including former Vice-President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, a $400 million increase for Alzheimer’s research, a $650 million increase for opioid addiction programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.The Omnibus does not provide funding for President Trump’s Border Wall with Mexico or a deportation, as well as numerous high profile, controversial riders put forward by Republicans, including denying federal funds to so-called sanctuary cities, changes to Dodd-Frank, further limits on a woman’s access to contraceptives or a woman’s right to choose, efforts to roll back protections for American workers, and others.Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement on her vote for the Omnibus:“In addition to avoiding another unnecessary and harmful government shutdown, this bill demonstrates how a focus on a bipartisan middle ground can lead to success. By eschewing the radical demands of the far right, this budget keeps government open and will actually improve health and opportunities for millions. All on the bipartisan basis Americans have been yearning for. I’m particularly pleased that we could increase funding for the National Institutes of Health, address the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and support Puerto Rico, all while avoiding disastrous cuts to Planned Parenthood or the construction of a useless and xenophobic border wall. It also includes an important caveat that President Trump provide Congress with a plan to fight ISIS before receiving an additional $2.5 billion in funding. We cannot sign a blank check for war.“This is not a perfect bill though. While bad proposals like the border wall and the attack on sanctuary cities – like Pasadena and Los Angeles – were excluded, this bill does include another $1.5 billion for increased border security, even as border crossings are down and deportations are up. Instead of an increased focus on our border as a security threat, I’d rather we invest that money in our severely backlogged immigration courts so that we can better serve the families with a legal right to be here; dedicate increased funding to addressing the causes of migration and the needs of asylum seekers; and fund a robust and humane refugee resettlement program. I was encouraged, however, by the reassurance that none of this additional funding can be used to increase immigrant detention above the levels agreed to in the bill. The bill also included a repeal of the detention bed mandate, something I have long advocated for. And so, while I continue to oppose Trump’s increased focus on immigrants as a security threat, for today, I am pleased that we could reach a bipartisan compromise to avoid a shutdown.” Government Rep. Chu Votes to Pass 2017 Omnibus Budget Published on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | 3:26 pm Business News More Cool Stuff Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
QPR are unbeaten on their last three trips to HuddersfieldQPR will want to banish the memories of Tuesday’s 6-0 hammering by Newcastle when they travel to Huddersfield on Saturday. The Championship leaders were also beaten in midweek – their first league defeat of the season.Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 17 September 2016Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)BetVictor.com preview: Humiliated by Newcastle, QPR can get a point at HuddersfieldVital statistic: QPR are undefeated in their last six matches against Huddersfield in all competitions. Injuries and suspensionsHUDDERSFIELDRuled out: Joe Murphy (shoulder), Joe Lolley (foot).QPRRuled out: Jamie Mackie (ankle), Jack Robinson (knee), Ben Gladwin (ankle), James Perch (knee).Fitness test: Sebastian Polter (glute), Massimo Luongo (illness). Possible starting line-upsHuddersfield: Ward; Smith, Hudson, Schindler, Lowe; Mooy, Hogg; Kachunga, Payne, Van La Parra; Wells.QPR: Smithies; Onuoha, Caulker, Hall, Bidwell; Henry, Cousins; Wszolek, Chery, Ngbakoto; Sylla. Facts and figuresFORM GUIDE (last five league matches)Huddersfield: L W W W D (10 points) • Home: W W W L D (10 points)QPR: L D W L L (4 points) • Away: W L W L L (6 points)TOP SCORERS (league only)Huddersfield – 1: Hefele, Hogg, Kachunga, Lowe, Mooy, Palmer, Payne, Van La Parra, Wells.QPR – 4: Chery; 2: Onuoha, Polter; 1: Caulker.LAST FIVE MEETINGS28 Dec 2015: QPR 1 Huddersfield 129 Aug 2015: Huddersfield 0 QPR 118 Jan 2014: QPR 2 Huddersfield 110 Aug 2013: Huddersfield 1 QPR 13 Mar 2003: Huddersfield 0 QPR 3Huddersfield 0 wins, QPR 3 wins, 2 drawsSee also:Hasselbaink defends selection after QPR debacleFerdinand dismisses reports Pulis could take over at QPRQPR’s Perch to undergo knee scanQPR were humiliated by Newcastle but can get a point at HuddersfieldFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Beginning on January 1, 2012, homes enrolled in the Energy Star Homes program will need to comply with a new specification — dubbed Energy Star Version 3 — that is stricter than the current Version 2 specification.Version 3 will still offer builders two possible paths to obtaining an Energy Star label: a performance path and a prescriptive path. Since it’s impossible to provide a comprehensive description of Version 3 in a short article, I’ll confine myself to commenting on some of the highlights of the new specification.By now, Energy Star builders are familiar with the Thermal Bypass Checklist. The Version 3 specification has given the checklist a new name: the Thermal Enclosure System Rater Checklist.Joining that checklist are three new checklists:Among the requirements found in the Water Management checklist:While it’s hard to imagine that builders won’t be tempted to slip in the occasional 2×4 with a spot of mold on it, the checklist probably won’t slow down progress on many building sites, since the entire checklist lacks teeth. The only person required to verify that the builder has complied with the checklist is — drumroll, please — the builder.Energy Star builders will need to achieve HERS Index targets that are lower (that is, stricter) than the Version 2 HERS targets. Actual HERS targets will depend on the climate zone — in Vermont, most Energy Star homes will need a HERS Index between 60 and 70 — and the size of the home.That’s right — Version 3 includes a “size adjustment factor.” The bigger the home, the lower (stricter) the HERS target. The Energy Star program deserves credit for this long-overdue innovation.To calculate the size-adjustment factor, The Energy Star program assumes thatIf you plan to build a larger home — for example, a 3-bedroom home measuring 2,600 square feet — then the Energy Star program… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members
zoom Norwegian ship owner Ocean Yield ASA has seen an improvement in its earnings for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017 on the back of an increase in its fleet.Namely, net profit after tax for the quarter was at USD 30.6 million, against USD 25.5 million reported in the same period in 2016. Net profit also increased for the first six months of 2017, reaching USD 67.4 million, compared to USD 44.1 million.During the second quarter of the year the company’s revenues and other income reached USD 82.2 million, up from USD 70.1 million seen in the same quarter a year earlier. Ocean Yield said that its revenues for the first half of 2017 stood at USD 160.8 million, as compared to USD 136.2 million.Driven by the delivery of further vessels to the fleet, Ocean Yield’s EBITDA increased to USD 74.3 million in the quarter from USD 63.4 million seen a year earlier. Similarly, EBITDA was USD 145.5 million for the first half 2017, up from USD 122.1 million recorded in the first half 2016.“During the second quarter, Ocean Yield acquired 3 modern vessels on long-term charter and the fleet now consists of 37 vessels. We intend to continue to expand and diversify the fleet in order to further strengthen our earnings and dividend capacity,” Lars Solbakken, CEO of Ocean Yield ASA, said.“Given Ocean Yield’s strong balance sheet and liquidity position, the company is well positioned to continue to grow its portfolio of vessels and is actively considering new investments in modern vessels on long-term charter,” according to the company.