Bale should stay at Tottenham, insists QPR boss Hughes

first_imgGareth Bale is too young to move abroad and should stay at Tottenham, according to QPR boss Mark Hughes.Barcelona are among the top European clubs to have been linked with a summer move for the Spurs and Wales wide-man.But Hughes, who played for the Catalan giants, believes Bale, 21, would be well advised to remain at White Hart Lane for the foreseeable future.He said: “He’s still a very young man and has got a lot to achieve in the Premier League. He’s got a huge profile and there’s no reason to go when you’re so young.Nedum Onouha faces the task of trying to stop Bale.“I went when I was 22 and it was probably a little bit too soon for me. If I’d had the opportunity later, I think I would have been more successful than I was.“If that [moving abroad] is something Gareth wants to do, then in the future his ability will give him that opportunity.“He’s playing at a good club that are challenging for honours. There’s no reason for him to leave.”Hughes’ side will encounter Bale when Spurs visit Loftus Road for a game both teams badly need to win.Rangers are battling to avoid relegation, while the north London club are trying to avoid dropping out of the top four.“When Gareth’s got the ball you’ve got try to stop him having the effect he can have with the ability he’s got,” said Hughes.“That’s difficult to do, but we’ll endeavour to try and do it.”Click here for the QPR v Tottenham quizSee also: Hughes: QPR full of confidence ahead of Spurs clashAdvertising on West London Sport Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

When the Soda Stops Being Free, Steve Blanks on Growth

first_imgAuthor of Four Steps to the Epiphany and blogger Steve Blank has not only been an entrepreneur in several startups, he also teaches entrepreneurship in universities. In his latest blog post entitled, “A Startup is Not a Smaller Version of a Large Company”, Blank argues that the process of transition from “garage to Google” is a bumpy ride that requires more than just agile development and team building. Last week ReadWriteStart published an article asking the question: Are You Hiring the Right People at the Right Time?. We wrote it in the belief that most startups go through several different stages and each stage may be best lead by a different type of executive. Blank takes this idea one step further and notes the distinction between each state of business saying, “In the Middle Ages children were considered to be smaller versions of adults. We now know that the human life cycle is more complex; children aren’t just small adults, and adolescents are not simply large children. Instead each is a unique stage of development with distinctive behavior, modes of thinking, physiology and more. The same is true for startups and companies.” He suggests that in addition to exploring new management, companies should reassess their culture, sales, marketing and strategy during the transitional period. In the coming weeks, Blank will present us with a multi-part look at how small companies grow into large ones successfully. If this series is anything like his post entitled, The Elves Leave Middle Earth – Sodas are No Longer Free he’ll share a management model that allows our companies to grow while successfully retaining trusted employees. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dana oshiro Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Does Saving Historic Buildings Save Energy?

first_imgEnergy spent in construction is water under the bridgeWe should save historic buildings because they are beautiful and because they are important to the fabric of our communities. Relative to the environment, they are often located in central, downtown locations that are pedestrian and mass-transit-friendly. While they aren’t usually super-efficient, they are more energy-efficient than you might think. According to the quadrennial study of buildings in the U.S. by the Department of Energy (CBECS), buildings built before 1960 use less energy per square foot, on average, than buildings built since then.However, when it comes to the energy expended in the 19th century to build that structure, that’s not a good reason for saving a building from demolition — it’s water under the bridge. Energy spent 2, 20, or 200 years ago to build a building simply isn’t a resource to us today. The real question: Does reuse conserve energy today?On the other hand, energy that we might use today or in the next 100 years is a resource that we need to conserve. A better way to look at the issue is whether reusing buildings can save us energy compared with demolishing and building new.Given a choice between reusing and starting fresh, which process will use more energy in construction? Once a building is operating, which building will use less energy to operate — the reused building, or the new one? How do the financial costs compare? If energy is saved, but at great cost, is it really worth it? These are questions any owner should ask if faced with that decision.Let’s take a scenario where it costs us extra energy to build new, but saves us energy in terms of operation. How many years before the energy we save during operations makes up for the extra energy spent during construction? If that point is decades down the road, then perhaps we’d be better off reusing the historic building and putting our energy elsewhere today. Only by really thinking through these questions can we decide if saving a historic building really saves us energy. A surreal magazine ad just got even more surreal for me.After learning of the fire at the historic 1871 Brooks House here in Brattleboro, Vermont last week, I quickly got to wondering: will the owner be put in the painful position of choosing to salvage a beloved historic property or to build new? Similar choices are faced with sad frequency in historic downtowns across America. Some other “embodied” concepts that are more usefulThe “embodied energy” concept isn’t dead, by the way. In fact, it has grown and been expressed in more and more flavors over the years. In the 1970s we had an “energy crisis” — today we also have a “climate crisis,” so accordingly, people are talking about the “embodied carbon” in everything from our building materials to our bike frames. Water quality and water shortages are also worldwide issues, so some people are looking at the “embodied water,” a.k.a. “virtual water” of those Egyptian cotton sheets, or the morning cup of coffee. (That’s 2,600 gallons per sheet, and 37 gallons per cup, respectively, according to some calculations.)These measures could be much more useful than “embodied energy” ever was. That’s because “embodied water” relates to agricultural and manufacturing processes for consumer goods being made and used today. Focusing on reducing that use, and making our goods more durable, would have immediate environmental and economic benefit.Another exciting development is the 2030 Challenge for Products, which was launched in February of this year. Recognizing the immediacy of the climate crisis and the large amounts of carbon emitted to make our building materials, the challenge calls for a 50% reduction in the embodied carbon of products by 2030. Because we don’t yet have reliable carbon numbers for building products, the immediate question is, “50% reduction from what?” Establishing baselines for different product categories will be a project taking several years, but I’m excited to see the results.Maybe we’ll even see an ad campaign that makes these abstract concepts more concrete. My advice: put down the gas can!If you want to read more about greening historic buildings, check out “Historic Preservation and Green Building: A Lasting Relationship” in EBN.What are your thoughts on saving historic buildings and their embodied energy? Let us know below.Tristan Roberts is Editorial Director at BuildingGreen, Inc., in Brattleboro, Vermont, which publishes information on green building solutions. Read more Energy Solutions columns, including columns by Alex Wilson, for whom Tristan is filling in, on the Energy Solutions homepage. You can also keep up with Alex’s adventures on sabbatical at A second look at a surreal magazine adThe question brought to my mind an iconic poster from the 1980. The ad depicts a “jerry can” style gasoline can — red, rectangular, with a metal nozzle coming out the top.The surreal thing about this poster was that the gasoline can was drawn in the shape of an archetypal three-story, brick “Main Street” building, with a storefront below and offices and apartments above. The tall rectangular building becomes a tall gas can, with the red brick looking like the red metal can. The fuel nozzle sticks out of the roof.Believe it or not, this poster was run by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It remains a touchstone today in preservation and green building circles.After seeing one of our iconic downtown brick buildings go up in flames, I had to ask myself, why would any responsible organization ever want to equate an aging building with an explosive, flammable fuel? The National Trust updates its dataThese analyses can get complex and emotionally laden, so it’s fortunate that the National Trust is working to update its story using life-cycle assessment (LCA) methods that look at costs and benefits from numerous angles. The study, begun last year and expected to net results soon, should give us a good idea whether reuse makes sense, in several different typical scenarios.I’m hopeful that the study may help bridge a gap between the historic preservation and green building communities, who have sometimes clashed over the fate of existing buildings. Although plenty of middle ground has been staked out over the years, environmentalists have tended to focus on energy efficiency even at some cost to historic fabric, while preservationists insist that the “greenest building is the one that’s already built.” Both sides have a point, but each needs to learn from the other. Saving buildings saves  their “embodied energy” — or does it?The answer is in the form of an argument often made in preservation circles that we should save historic buildings because of their “embodied energy.” The idea is that it takes a lot of energy to build a building. Firing bricks, sawing wood, making windows and doors and door hardware, trucking those materials in, and getting all the workers to the jobsite every day — all the ingredients in a building, and every step in putting those ingredients together, takes energy. That’s energy that we have to get from somewhere, most often burning coal, oil, or other irreplaceable fuels.When a structure is completed, you have not only that building, but you also have a pile of energy in the shape of a building. That was the simple idea expressed by the National Trust in its magazine ad. The text with the ad read, “It takes energy to construct a new building. It saves energy to preserve an old one.”The National Trust was arguing that saving old buildings isn’t just good for the historic fabric of our communities — it also preserves the energy value of the materials involved. I’ve heard preservationists go so far as to talk about how many gallons of gasoline are represented in each square foot of a historic building.I think it’s time for a new metaphor, and not just because of the fire.last_img read more

Warriors retaliate, demolish clippers Clippers to pick up 2-1 lead

first_imgThe Warriors extended the margin to 35 on Alfonzo McKinnie’s 3-pointer late in the period.Durant had 27 points at halftime when the Warriors led 73-52.TIP-INSWarriors: They controlled the boards, 50-43, led by Andrew Bogut with 14. … They had 35 assists.Clippers: Kentucky coach John Calipari sat in the second row to support his former player Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who finished with seven points. … Floyd Mayweather, Meek Mill, Scottie Pippen and Sheila E. with her dad Pete Escovedo were in the crowd.CASH AND CARRYThe $2,000 that Doc Rivers dropped on the street in San Francisco earlier in the week was his per diem while on the road. A man picked up the dough and caught up to Rivers to return it.“They give you cash these days,” the coach said. “Maybe we need to go back the other way.”UP NEXTGame 4 is Sunday in Los Angeles. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Durant was perfect, making all five of his field goals and both free throws for 12 points. He and Curry picked up two fouls each, but the Warriors still built a 19-point lead.Kevon Looney, again filling in for injured DeMarcus Cousins, shot 4 for 4 in the first, dunking three times in a row.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGame 4 is Sunday at Staples Center.The Clippers won Game 2 on the road after trailing by 31 points in the third quarter, stunning the Warriors with the largest comeback in NBA playoff history. View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss But they couldn’t find the basket this time, shooting 37% from the floor.Their only starter in double figures was rookie Ivica Zubac, who finished with 18 points after playing most of the fourth. Patrick Beverley, a defensive pest in Game 2, was limited to six points, four fouls, one rebound and no assists in 18 minutes.Lou Williams had 16 points, and Montrezl Harrell and JaMychal Green added 15 each off the bench.Los Angeles never led and failed to put together any kind of sustained run.Golden State’s biggest run came in the third at the same time Curry was whistled for his fourth foul. The Warriors scored 14 straight points to lead 88-57. Durant and Green got hit with offsetting technicals during the spurt. Durant laughed it off and sank a jumper from the left corner seconds later.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant drives against Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari during the first half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Kevin Durant scored 38 points, Stephen Curry added 21 playing with five fouls, and the Golden State Warriors dominated from the opening tip to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 132-105 Thursday night and take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.The Warriors began the game on a 22-9 tear and went on to shoot 73% from the floor in the first, taking the crowd out of it early.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH bets Balanga, Pasig stun top seeded teams in Day 1 of FIBA 3×3 World Masters SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more

RJ Abarrientos steals show as Gilas wraps up Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup on high note

first_imgLATEST STORIES But Gilas Pilipinas, seeded 15th in the event, made most of the second day of competition, kicking it off a 21-19 thriller over Iran courtesy of RJ Abarrientos’ explosion.Abarrientos scored 18 of the Philippines’ points including the buzzer-beater that sunk the Iranians.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics RJ Abarrientos is Gilas’ star in Day 2 of Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup. Photo from FibaMANILA, Philippines—-After a winless first day, Gilas Pilipinas bounced back with a couple of victories on Thursday, but still failed to get a ride to the next round of the Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup in Changsan, China.The Filipinos wound up in second place of Qualifying Draw A with a 2-2 record, but only the top team in the group will advance to the main draw with that distinction belonging to undefeated Qatar.ADVERTISEMENT The Filipinos played without substitutions as Ricci Rivero remained out of commission after suffering an ankle injury on Wednesday.Ali Allahverdi and Amirhossein Azari had six points apiece for Iran.Abarrientos once again lit up the scoreboard for the Filipinos, putting up 14 points to lead them to the 22-15 victory over Samoa to cap off their campaign.Rhayyan Amsali had six points while Barkley Eboña added two to help Abarrientos’ outburst.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss After losing both games yesterday, The Philippines went undefeated on their second day of competition 💪 at the #3x3Asia 🏆— FIBA3x3 (@FIBA3x3) May 23, 2019 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ben Simmons, Patty Mills in star-studded Boomers squad for FIBA World Cup View commentslast_img read more

Imran Khan hints at third marriage

first_imgPakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has once again given indications regarding his third marriage.During his visit to Britain, Imran, who is the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, said he does not have a very good track record in marriage.”I can’t give you the best advice about marriage because I don’t have a very good track record… Maybe third time lucky,” Imran was quoted as saying by Dunya News.Imran’s third marriage has been under speculation for sometime now. Earlier, rumours had surfaced of him tying the knot in London in a sneaky ceremony. However, they proved to be false.His ex-wife Reham Khan on Saturday said their paths were different.Referring to the chances of Imran’s third marriage, Reham who was the PTI chairman’s second wife, said: “Maybe next time, Niazi sahib’s (Imran Khan) track will meet someone else’s.”The broadcast journalist said she could not change her track. “I was not willing to sacrifice my track.”Reham, after announcing their split on October 30 last year, once again opened up about her divorce from the politician.Imran’s first marriage was to British-born Jemima, who converted to Islam soon after they tied the knot in 1995. However, the couple parted ways in 2004.last_img read more