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EU plans big building renovation project to save energy

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is announcing a major building renovation project this week seeking to cut down energy costs and polluting emissions while providing a big boost to the construction industry.

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Monday that the 27-nation bloc “must speed up” the pace of renovations if it is to meet climate change targets and said most efforts will go to schools, hospitals and social housing.

The bloc is littered with buildings that fail to contain heat in winter and cannot keep people cool in summer, creating massive energy bills that sap local budgets but also pollute cities and the atmosphere.

“Our buildings are responsible for 40% of our energy consumption,” said von der Leyen. And even though many buildings have or are being renovated, “at the current pace, it would take more than a century to bring emissions from our buildings to

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Brits want greener homes and big energy saving, according to research

Seven in ten Brits want to make their homes greener and more cost-effective, according to new research.

Energy Saving Trust found that a household can save up to £581 on energy bills each year if they implement a full range of efficiency measures, purchase efficient appliances and exercise best practice energy saving behaviour, such as getting a smart meter installed.

On top of the financial savings, a household could also save 2,141 kg of CO2e emissions, which is the equivalent of driving 7,500 miles or enough energy to power the lights in 27 homes in the UK for a year.

Home improvement conversations increased during lockdown, with ‘insulation’ being the most discussed topic.

However, Britons are also considering additional energy efficient or sustainable actions they can take in their home, from eco-friendly paint to water saving shower heads.

New research of 4,000 respondents, commissioned by Smart Energy GB, reveals that

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Siding with Big Pharma, Trump overrules FDA on stricter COVID-19 vaccine standards

Taking the advice of profit-driven pharmaceutical corporations over that of his own public health agencies and experts, President Donald Trump is blocking the Food and Drug Administration from imposing tougher safety requirements on the authorization of a coronavirus vaccine after drug company executives privately voiced disapproval with the push for stricter federal standards.

Politico reported late Monday that the White House’s “decision to halt release of new standards for emergency authorization of a Covid-19 vaccine came after officials close to [Trump] told the FDA that the pharmaceutical industry had objected to the tougher requirements.”

“The White House cited the private-sector opposition as a chief reason for blocking the guidelines, which aim to hold companies’ vaccines to a higher bar for safety and effectiveness and would likely push any authorization beyond Election Day,” according to Politico. “The fact that the president was siding with drug makers over his own regulators in

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Amazfit Bip U teased with a big spec sheet and major screen improvements

Amazfit is preparing to launch the Amazfit Bip U, an updated version of its super-budget smartwatch.

A teaser page for an all-new Amazfit Bip U has been launched on Amazon India.

It lists the full details with pictures, and it looks like a strong competitor to the emerging range of sub-$100 smartwatches, which are piling pressure on the likes of Fossil, Fitbit and Apple.

We’ve seen promising-looking devices such as the TicWatch GTX and the Xiaomi Mi Watch released in the past few weeks – but the Bip U looks a match for them all.

The Amazfit Bip U features a larger 1.42-inch display, up from 1.28-inch on the Bip S.

And the resolution has doubled, from 176×176 to 320×302, but it’s a TFT display, so we’re not expecting the same quality as the AMOLED army.

Amazfit Bip U

The overall look of the Bip U has been refined, at least from judging

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Lou Holtz: Improvements in COVID testing made it possible for Big Ten to play in 2020

This is a rush transcript from “The Story with Martha MacCallum” September 16, 2020. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

MACCALLUM: All right, everybody, so tonight, we’re 48 days from the presidential election and now six months into the coronavirus. There’s a pitched battle over money for relief, vaccines and the divide over masks. The riots that have embroiled cities across this nation during racial strife and job loss due to the lockdown have now cost the country more than a billion dollars in those broken windows and buildings that we have seen burned over the course of the last few months, and that’s far from over. 

The country is fighting though to get back to normal as we await vaccines. 
The Big Ten announced today that they will reverse their earlier decision and they will play football after all at their colleges.

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Big Santa Clara housing complex and working farm get key funding

SANTA CLARA — A unique mixed-use project of affordable homes and a working farm proposed for Santa Clara has landed key financing from a state bond, clearing the way for a construction start next year, the developers said.

Agrihood, which will consist of 361 homes and an urban farm across the street from the Westfield Valley Fair mall, has obtained $50 million in tax-exempt bonds from the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee, Core Cos., the developer of the Santa Clara project, said.

“Our success in securing bond financing reflects the importance of the Agrihood in providing stable, sustainable housing,” said Vince Cantore, a vice president of development with Core Cos.

The 361 new homes in Agrihood will include 181 that will be offered at below-market rates. Of the 181 affordable homes, 165 will be set aside for low-income seniors.

Along with the housing, Agrihood will also offer an urban farm,

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Steve Kerr sees big improvements from Warriors rookies at minicamp

With Klay Thompson out for the season, Steph Curry only playing five games and Draymond Green also missing significant time, Steve Kerr was forced to play Warriors rookies much more than he anticipated this year. 

All young players hit a bump in the road throughout the Warriors’ lowly 15-50 season. During Golden State’s minicamp in San Francisco which started last week, Kerr already is seeing major improvements both skill wise and mindset wise from his young players.

“The guys who have finished their rookie year, and now looking forward to their second season, there’s a different level of confidence,” Kerr said Monday on 95.7 The Game’s “Damon, Ratto & Kolsky show. “Jordan Poole, Ky Bowman, Eric Paschall … when you get that first one under your belt, I think it’s a lot easier coming back and knowing what to expect.

“All three of them are looking confident and feeling good.” 

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Big purchases for your business, should you use credit cards or loans

Personal loans or credit cards, which is a better financial product for making big purchases?

By: Hitesh Khan/

Image credit: Hloom via Flickr

Should you use a personal loan or credit card when making major purchases? Assuming that you have good credit and can qualify to borrow money, here are some things to consider when choosing between the two financial products.

Best interest would determine the financial product you should use for big purchases

The first thing most people look at when borrowing money is the amount of interest being charged. It usually isn’t a problem to find personal loans with fixed rates. Having a fixed interest rate means there won’t be any surprises when you receive your loan statement. You’ll always know exactly how much to set aside each month for your loan payments.

Credit card interest rates sometimes fluctuate. While you may initially be offered a low introductory

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SMIC Joins the Big Bath of China Security Threats

(Bloomberg Opinion) — Having delivered a heavy blow to the semiconductor plans of China’s biggest technology manufacturer, the U.S. government now seems keen to knock down the nation’s biggest contract chipmaker. The action looks opportunistic.

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Export restrictions placed on Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. mean U.S. companies will have to apply for a license to sell some products to the Shanghai-based chipmaker.

The rules don’t appear as strict as those placed on Huawei Technologies Co. earlier this year, according to Bloomberg News. That move ended up forcing suppliers like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to stop making chips to the Chinese company’s design.

Yet the timing should raise eyebrows. The U.S. Commerce Department is implementing the ban because products sold to the chipmaker pose an “unacceptable risk of diversion to a military end use,” according to a letter from the department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, the report said.

That

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Fitbit’s Versa 2 small improvements add up to big results

The Versa 2 is mostly a sidegrade from the Versa, but it all adds up to the best all-around fitness wearable for $180.

Fitbit’s Versa 2 isn’t a huge upgrade from the original — in many ways it’s just a modest “sidegrade” — but it still brings nothing but improvements. A year ago I called the original Versa “the best fitness tracker and wearable you can buy right now.” A lot has changed since then, including Apple’s dramatically improved Watch Series 4 and Series 5. But does The Fitbit Versa 2 still have what it takes?

I’ve spent the last two weeks with the Versa 2 and being a hardcore Fitbit fan and gym-goer I have some thoughts about it. Find out why despite its flaws as a true smartwatch, it’s still one of the best wearables for most people.

When the Fitbit Versa 2 launched, it started at $200.

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