RSPL double-header set for National Stadium

first_imgIndependence Park Limited (IPL) has brokered a partnership with the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) for a Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) double-header at the National Stadium on Monday night. The scheduled Monday-night games will see Boys’ Town playing Humble Lion, starting at 5:30 p.m., to be followed by a clash between old foes Tivoli Gardens and Harbour View, which kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Both parties decided to come together to have games played in the nation’s best facility in an effort to aid the development of local football. Major Desmon Brown, general manager at IPL, the government agency responsible for the National Stadium complex, says that Monday’s games are being played on a trial basis. “It is a trial. We hope that it will be successful in order to continue playing Premier League games there,” Major Brown told The Gleaner yesterday. “The gate receipts will be shared 50-50 between the IPL and PLCA and the clubs will also earn.” “We want to go back to the days where successful clubs’ matches were held at the stadium in the right atmosphere. Now, it is part of the drive to develop local football,” Major Brown added. The IPL will be responsible for additional cost to stage the games. Meanwhile, general manager of the PLCA, Patricia Garel, says that the league’s title sponsor Red Stripe is also fully behind the matches being played inside the National Stadium. “Red Stripe is fully involved. We think that the selection of games would be good to attract spectators as it depends on the turnout on Monday night,” Garel shared. Only the grandstand section will be open with tickets going for $500.last_img read more

West Ham preparing bid for Besiktas winger

first_img1 Olcay Sahan in action for Besiktas West Ham are preparing a bid for Besiktas winger Olcay Sahan.The 28-year-old worked under new Hammers boss Slaven Bilic last season and, according to NTVSpor, the Croatian is keen to bring him to east London this summer.West Ham completed the signing of Pedro Obiang on Wednesday and are looking to add further depth to their midfield with the addition of Sahan.The Turkey international made 30 appearances for Besiktas last term, providing 11 assists and scoring nine goals in all competitions.last_img

How I Moved From Residential Construction into the Commercial Market

first_imgI started my foray into the construction business in the early 1980s. After a stint as a sculptor’s apprentice and assistant, I opted for what I hoped would be a more stable life for my young family.I had been raised in construction. My father, grandfather, and uncles were all in construction. I picked up a hammer at an early age and was, with my father’s patience and guiding hand, fairly skilled in carpentry by the end of my high school years.I worked my way through college as a framer and developed proficiency in cabinetmaking and fine carpentry by my mid-twenties. I had always wanted to have my own business. Construction was a natural choice for me.I started out as a member of a small builder’s co-op that evolved into a partnership. In the ’80s, we built a couple of high-performance passive solar homes each year. We experimented with a number of strategies. The book Building for Energy Independence: Sun/Earth Buffering and Superinsulation was our Bible. RELATED ARTICLES Solar Versus Superinsulation: A 30-Year-Old Debate Multifamily Construction is Good News for Green BuildingMy Forays Into Multifamily Affordable HousingInsulating an Old Brick Dormitory Multifamily Green Building Certification Still Has IssuesMultifamily Passivhaus Project Starts in OregonA Multifamily Greening in HarlemA Net-Zero Multifamily Project in Seattle Green Multifamily Projects in the Neighborhood Stabilization ProgramOnion Flats’ Big Multifamily Passivhaus PlanA Passivhaus Take on Multifamily Moving into a different worldThe commercial building world is quite different from the residential market. The expectations are different. The stakes are higher, as the buildings are larger and the occupants present many variables. After taking a close look at our internal operations, I realized there would be significant benefits to formalizing our systems of communication and project administration.The next step in my professional evolution was to set a goal for building high-performance buildings on a commercial scale. The following step was to understand that there was a lot that I didn’t know about running a commercial construction management company. After realizing what I didn’t know, I set myself on a course of study to learn the things I needed to know to attain that goal.I committed myself, with my family’s support, to a course of study that vastly improved my chance of success in this new venture.I’ve summarized the key steps in my journey in hopes that they may prove useful to others in our community. Michael Bruss was the founder and president of Bruss Construction and Integrated Building Energy Associates. He is the owner of Bruss Project Management. This post was originally published at NESEA’s website. Ultimately, we moved toward strategies of superinsulation and airtightness and away from the hassles associated with sloped glass and movable insulation. After learning of Joe Lstiburek’s work, we quickly realized the Canadians were a lot smarter about building performance than we were. We started trying out various insulation and air-sealing strategies that were prevalent at the time.We were a small outfit of trusted tradespeople with a steady flow of decent work through the 80s. As I was challenging myself to have a positive impact on the environment, I did the math and recognized that we could have a bigger impact if we applied the same concepts to larger commercial buildings. Since this decision, I have had the good fortune to build and renovate close to one million square feet of high-performance building projects. Challenges and rewardsWorking with a strong design team to complete a quality high-performance building project with a process involving innovation and openness is a very rewarding experience. As I look back on the projects over the years, I recount the challenges and opportunities we encountered along the way and I find that the most successful projects all had a number of team members from the NESEA community. It is here that I find a supportive community that challenges me to reach for a better future. I needed a new kind of educationIn addition to reading every book I could find about commercial construction project management, I enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Construction Management program at Northeastern University. This commitment to three years of night school – while running a small business and raising two active kids – gave me a number of things that I needed to succeed as a commercial contractor.I already had the technical knowledge and a passion for constructing quality buildings. What I needed was the discipline and administrative consistency of recognized industry standards to be able to deliver a project in the commercial and institutional marketplace. The education I pursued gave me the knowledge and background to develop a construction management process that was designed to deliver innovative high-performance building projects.I tested my newly developed process with a great team of building performance gurus, including Stu White and Marc Rosenbaum, in 2001 on the first LEED Gold commercial building project built in New England.I relied upon several folks from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association community, including Marc, James Petersen, Bruce Coldham, and Tom Hartman, who were always willing to take the time to discuss how to better deliver a quality building project. These conversations were often less about where to put the air barriers and more about how to motivate tradespeople to care about actual results.I needed to redevelop my team building and communication skills. Recognizing that institutional projects often required me to work with several “owners,” all of whom had different interests and agendas, I soon understood that these skills were essential. We were no longer working with couples who owned residential buildings; working with married partners has its own complexities. Often in an institutional project, the “owner” consisted of the heads of schools, directors of facilities, faculty members, directors of development, and business managers – all on one team!last_img read more

Manohar Parrikar likely to travel to U.S. for further medical treatment

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar could travel overseas for further treatment on doctors’ advice, a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said on Monday.“Today Chief Minister is travelling to Mumbai for further medical check-up and based on doctor’s advice may travel overseas for further treatment,” the statement by his Personal Secretary Rupesh Kamat said.Sources close to Mr. Parrikar indicated on Monday that his family is already in touch with a health facility in the United States, where he will proceed to, after a brief spell of treatment in Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital.On February 15, Mr. Parrikar was rushed to the Lilavati Hospital where, according to the CMO, he was diagnosed for “mild pancreatitis.”Brief speech on February 22A frail-looking Mr. Parrikar returned to Goa on February 22 to table the State’s annual budget for 2018-19 and a vote-on-account for five months of the upcoming financial year. He made a brief speech saying he would present his fullfledged budget later.Within next two days, Mr. Parrikar was admitted to the state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital near Panaji after he complained of dehydration and low blood pressure, according to an official statement. He was discharged from the hospital on March 1 and has been recuperating at his residence at Dona Paula.last_img read more

Perpetual girls star Solomon commits to NU

first_imgChina furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NU is hoping to groom Solomon as its next star what with Jaja Santiago soon to graduate.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena In a breaking report by The Volleyball Reporter, the Inquirer’s newest multiplatform volleyball resource, Solomon joined Perpetual coach Otie Camangian Tuesday in sealing the deal with NU management.The 6-foot-1 opposite thus joins the F. Jhocson crew and is scheduled to enrol on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAccording to NU’s Athletic Director for Athletic Programs, Sheila Nisperos, the Grade 10 transferee will already be eligible to play for NU’s girls’ volleyball team in Season 80.Solomon, one of the most hotly-recruited spikers in the high school ranks, was recently picked to join the Philippine national youth team which is Singapore-bound this week for the ASEAN secondary volleyball meet. View comments Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Perpetual Biñan star spiker Alyssa Solomon has committed to playing for National University in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Petron blanks F2, closes in on PSL titlelast_img read more

Titans Touch day – Two days out from tap-off!

first_imgThe Inaugural Gold Coast Titans Corporate Touch Day gets underway this Saturday, 1 February 2014. The Gold Coast Titans, in conjunction with Touch Football Australia, will host the inaugural Titans Corporate Touch Day at Robina Stadium on Saturday, 1 February 2014, from 9.00am-5.00pm. The event is another demonstration of new and innovative playing/participation opportunities emanating from the strategic alliance between the NRL and TFA. This inaugural event at the Titans’ home ground provides participants a different experience to general Touch Football tournaments or knockouts. The format is slightly modified to existing tournament delivery and display. While the competition is Mixed the matches will channel formats of the game from an era past: games will be 15 minutes duration and teams will be seven-a-side and include a marker and captained by a current Titans first-grade player. Off-field activities include a BBQ lunch and post-event function for players and teams to go into the draw for some great NRL corporate game day and merchandise prizes through the NRL season. Another feature of the event is the opportunity for participants to engage and compete in a corporate team building environment with work colleagues, corporate partners and Titans players. Participants will also witness first-hand the whole match day experience of a Titans NRL game with breakaway tours of the Titans HQ and facilities. Players will also get the chance to get behind the clipboard and hear from and gain valuable insights from some of the Titans coaching staff with respective team briefings.    While all of this provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes view of the Titans’ NRL match day preparations, the two top teams at the end of the tournament will also get the chance to play each other in front of a capacity crowd at a 2014 Titans home game during the upcoming NRL season. All augurs well for a great day of Touch Footy out under the Gold Coast sun – matches get underway at 9.00am, free admission to spectators. For more information, please click on the attachment below and stay tuned to the TFA website for updates and coverage of the event. Related Files2014_corporatetouchday_flyerform-pdfRelated LinksTitans Touch Daylast_img read more

9 months agoArsenal captain Koscielny: We must stick together

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal captain Koscielny: We must stick togetherby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal captain Laurent Koscielny called for unity after defeat at West Ham.Declan Rice proved West Ham’s matchwinner on the day.Koscielny said: “We came here to win because for us the three points was very important, and next week as well to play against Chelsea. We tried to play, we did well in the first half but didn’t have a lot of chances in the final third. We need to keep calmer in the final third and find the final ball, but in the second half we didn’t start well and conceded early. “After that we tried to push for the rest of the game, we had some chances and we didn’t score so it is difficult to come back with no points but we need two continue to fight to make the top four.”We are all together, it is not down to] one or two players, we are a group and we need to stay together and to push more for the next game.” last_img read more

a month agoGermany job favoured option for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Germany job favoured option for Liverpool boss Jurgen Kloppby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits the Germany job could be a future option.While Marc Kosicke’s claims the local weather could force Klopp to leave the Reds have been denied, the agent has also admitted succeeding Jogi Low is an ambition.He told Die Welt earlier this year: “Jürgen himself once said that in the event that Jogi Löw would not want to be a national coach anymore and the constellation was such that he could do that, this would be an option for him.”For now, however, Klopp is focused on the Reds and winning the Premier League.Kosicke told Spox: “That’s right, there are these six top teams in the league. Jürgen recently said so nicely: Our biggest problem in Liverpool is Manchester City.” last_img read more

Statebacked hackers target Gmail of US senators aides

first_imgState-backed hackers are still trying to break into the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides — and a lawmaker focused on cybersecurity says the Senate’s security office should stop refusing to help defend them.Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday letter to Senate leaders that his office discovered that “at least one major technology company” has warned an unspecified number of senators and aides that their personal email accounts were “targeted by foreign government hackers.”On Thursday, Google spokesman Aaron Stein confirmed that his company had notified the Senate targets.Neither Stein nor Wyden provided any indication as to who might be behind the attempted break-ins, whether they targeted lawmakers from both political parties or their timing, though a Senate staffer said they occurred “in the last few weeks or months.” The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly.Email theft is favoured by hackers the world over, including the Russian military agents accused of leaking the content of Democrats’ inboxes ahead of the 2016 elections, and personal accounts have proven to be the easiest targets.Wyden noted that the Office of the Sergeant at Arms , which oversees Senate security, had informed legislators and staffers that it has no authority to help secure personal, rather than official, accounts.“This must change,” Wyden wrote in the letter. “The November election grows ever closer, Russia continues its attacks on our democracy, and the Senate simply does not have the luxury of further delays.”A spokeswoman for the security office said it would have no comment.Wyden has proposed legislation that would allow the security office to offer digital protection for personal accounts and devices, the same way it does with official ones.The Wyden letter cites previous Associated Press reporting on the Russian hacking group known as Fancy Bear and how it targeted the personal accounts of congressional aides between 2015 and 2016. The group’s prolific cyberspying targeted the Gmail accounts of current and former Senate staffers, including Robert Zarate, now national security adviser to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and Jason Thielman, chief of staff to Montana Sen. Steve Daines, the AP found.The same group also spent the second half of 2017 laying digital traps intended to look like portals where Senate officials enter their work email credentials, the Tokyo-based cybersecurity firm TrendMicro has reported.Microsoft seized some of those traps, and in September 2017 apparently thwarted an attempt to steal login credentials of a policy aide to Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill , the Daily Beast discovered in July. Last month, Microsoft made news again when it seized several internet domains linked to Fancy Bear, including two apparently aimed at conservative think tanks in Washington.Such incidents “only scratch the surface” of advanced cyberthreats faced by U.S. officials in the administration and Congress, according to Thomas Rid, a cybersecurity expert at Johns Hopkins University. Rid made the statement in a letter to Wyden last week .“The personal accounts of senators and their staff are high-value, low-hanging targets,” Rid wrote. “No rules, no regulations, no funding streams, no mandatory training, no systematic security support is available to secure these resources.”Attempts to breach such accounts were a major feature of the yearlong AP investigation into Fancy Bear that identified hundreds of senior officials and politicians — including former secretaries of state, top generals and intelligence chiefs — whose Gmail accounts were targeted.The Kremlin is by no means the only source of worry, said Matt Tait, a University of Texas cybersecurity fellow and former British intelligence official.“There are lots of countries that are interested in what legislators are thinking, what they’re doing, how to influence them, and it’s not just for purposes of dumping their information online,” Tait said.In an April 12 letter released by Wyden’s office, Adm. Michael Rogers — then director of the National Security Agency — acknowledged that personal accounts of senior government officials “remain prime targets for exploitation” and said that officials at the NSA and Department for Homeland Security were discussing ways to better protect them. The NSA and DHS declined to offer further details.Wyden said Thursday that state-backed hackers “are like burglars who are knocking on windows and doors. They are out knocking on a lot of them right now just looking for an opportunity to get through.”Guarding personal accounts is a complex, many-layered challenge.Boosting protection in the Senate could begin with the distribution of small chip-based security devices such as the YubiKey, which are already used in many secure corporate and government environments, Tait said. Such keys supplement passwords to authenticate legitimate users, potentially frustrating distant hackers.Cybersecurity experts also recommend them for high-value cyber-espionage targets including human rights workers and journalists.“In an ideal world, the Sergeant at Arms could just have a pile of YubiKeys,” said Tait. “When legislators or staff come in they can (get) a quick cybersecurity briefing and pick up a couple of these for their personal accounts and their official accounts.”___Bajak reported from Boston. Satter reported from London. AP video journalist Gillian Flaccus contributed from Portland, Oregon.last_img read more

Seniors seek more housing as demand grows

first_imgFORT ST JOHN, B.C. – Save our Northern Seniors says Fort St. John needs more beds to provide for the growing senior community.Currently, there are 40 people waiting for beds for serious and extended care facilities and the demand continues to grow and there is no space available to accommodate them.SONS continues to push for another facility that can provide more space and care for seniors.At the Peace River Regional District Meeting where SONS made a presentation regarding the urgency of this matter.  Director, Jim Collins said they have achieved their goal once with a successful campaign to have more housing built and “are ready to do it again and hopefully for the last time,”Mayor Lori Ackerman acknowledges the need and shared, “this is not off the table.” All facilities that are focused on the care and well being of seniors are currently at capacity with substantial waitlists. This means if a situation arises that one of these people require further care then they currently have access to, that person ends up in the Hospital.Fort St. John, has 167 at home patients that heavily rely on their appointed windows of help from home support nurses and caregivers. There is demand as more retiring people are choosing to stay in the area and the demand will only further increase.last_img read more