New Liverpool signing Shaqiri criticised by former Stoke team-mate

first_img“But, listen, he’s gone now. We move on and we look to the future. The future for us at the moment is in the Championship.”Sports Breakfast guest co-host Simon Jordan was also not impressed by Shaqiri during Stoke’s disastrous campaign. Liverpool new boy Xherdan Shaqiri has been slammed by former Stoke City team-mate Charlie Adam, who says the Swiss winger went missing for the Potters last season as they were relegated from the Premier League.The Reds confirmed the signing of the 26-year-old Switzerland international forward last week in a £13million deal.He arrives at Anfield having scored 15 goals in 84 league appearances during his three-year stay at Stoke, following spells at Bayern Munich and Inter Milan. 2 “We’ve only lost Shaqiri from last season, so we’ll look on paper as one of the best teams, but if we don’t apply ourselves it will be a tough and a long season for everybody.“We need to start well and no tougher place than Leeds United on the first day of the season.”Listen back to Charlie Adam on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above! Our new signing in our new (third kit) colours. 🔥🔥🔥— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 14, 2018It’s seen as a decent signing for the Reds and one which boosts Jurgen Klopp’s attacking options, but former Liverpool midfielder Adam has blasted Shaqiri’s indiscipline.He says the Swiss star was one of the ‘so-called big players’ who ‘got away with murder’ at the Bet365 Stadium last season – as they didn’t perform at their best when the club needed them.Speaking on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Adam said: “Was he one of them? Oh, definitely.“When the chips are down you look at your big players, you want your big players to bring magic in one moment in the season, and it times we felt like the so-called big players in the squad never turned up for us and never performed.“Yeah, everybody else could help, but for all the plaudits to so-called bigger players we getting from certain members of the management staff last season – they weren’t producing. “He was a slob last season!” 👀@SJOpinion10 explains why he has been left baffled by the “curious” transfer of @XS_11official to #LFC…— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) July 19, 2018Adam added that Stoke, under new manager Gary Rowett, are determined to seal an immediate return to the top flight this season.The Potters finished 19th place in the Premier League last season – with a defeat to Crystal Palace in their penultimate game of the season confirming their relegation.But the Scot is hopeful he can help lead the club to the Championship title.“Our aim is to win the league,” he added.“We’re expected to win it, simple as that. As one of the teams to be relegated from the Premier League, we’ll be big favourites. Charlie Adam is aiming to take Stoke straight back to the Premier League Shaqiri has sealed a return to the Premier League with Liverpool, having suffered relegation with Stoke last term 2last_img read more

Bank opens Africa’s first ‘green’ outlet

first_img4 November 2013Africa has its first-ever bank that runs completely on renewable energy.Nedbank’s Lansdowne Corner branch, situated in Cape Town, makes use of an innovative hybrid power installation, which effectively makes it a 100% off-the-grid outlet.It harnesses solar and wind energy, converting it to standard mains electricity which is fed back on to the national electricity grid. It is able to offset all the branch’s electricity consumption in this way.Nebank says it transformed the Lansdowne Corner branch as part of its commitment to environmental sustainability in South Africa.The hybrid energy installation means that during some months it generates more electrical power than it uses, making it possible for it to contribute power back onto the energy grid.At this rate the set-up costs for the bank will be fully recouped in two years, where the average branch would only achieve this in five years, the bank says.The new branch builds on the successes Nedbank achieved with South Africa’s first partially wind-powered bank branch in Du Noon, also in the Western Cape, which was unveiled in 2010.The hybrid grid-tied system is capable of supplying the branch’s full annual electricity demand of 70 000kWh, which can easily supply electricity for approximately six middle-income households in South Africa, according to James Carpy, technical director of Kestrel Renewable Energy, which undertook the installation on behalf of Nedbank.“This is a remarkable achievement,” he points out, “particularly since it ensures that the branch’s operations will now have little to no climate change impact, thanks to its vastly reduced carbon footprint.”This system will effectively help to lower South Africa’s total CO2-eqt emissions by approximately 71 tons a year, saving the equivalent of 25 000 litres of petrol.The branch will be fully operational even when there is no power in the area.“This model is symbolic of how renewable energy can give rural communities access to resources where there are infrastructure constraints,” said Ciko Thomas, managing executive of consumer banking for Nedbank Retail. “The off-grid hybrid installation offers proof of what can be achieved when organisations have a genuine vision for, and commitment to, contributing to a greener future for our country.”The bank has also launched two community sustainability outreach projects in the area: Belmore Primary and York Primary schools will now benefit from vegetable tunnels, rainwater harvesting tanks, and sustainability reporterlast_img read more

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

Upcoming Webinar| Home Is Where Your Heart Is

first_imgRelocation is a big issue that has profound effects on military families. After receiving Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, it can be a scramble to get things in order for a family to move. PCS affects all members of a military family, from finding housing to military spouses changing jobs as well. It also affects children in several ways. Relocation can be a disruption of routines and also means switching schools which disrupts friendships and peer groups.Many organizations are out there to help navigate the effects of relocation and one of the most important is Sesame Street for Military Families. Sesame Street for Military Families is a free, bilingual website with information and resources on a variety of topics with military families in mind. Several of these topics include deployments, homecomings, injuries, grief, self-expression, as well as trauma and community violence.On April 19, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. ET, Sabrina Huda and Antonio Freitas from Sesame Street for Military Families and the Sesame Street Workshop, will be facilitating a 90-minute webinar on the impact of moving and relocation has on military families. Specifically, this webinar will address potential child concerns and how children respond to these issues in regards to developmental stages. Also, Sabrina and Antonio will highlight the initiatives and resources that Sesame Street for Military Families provide to help military families navigate the ups and downs of relocating.Participants can also receive FREE CEUs for this event! If you are unable to attend the live event, the webinar will be archived for viewing at your convenience. CEUs will be available for the archived event until April 19, 2021. We hope you can join us for this important webinar!Kids Serve Too SeriesKids Serve Too! is a webinar series designed to support service providers and education professionals who work with military children and families. This Sesame Street for Military Families and Military Families Learning Network collaborative webinar series invites you to explore resources and strategies related to community violence, military relocation, military caregiving, and young children with special needs.Learn more about the series, sign up for the mailing list and take a look at the other webinars in this series on the Kids Serve Too homepage!Kids Serve Too –  Homepagelast_img read more

SMB’s Ross makes mental health a personal advocacy

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Dela Cruz, on the other hand, had himself as an example.“We’re men and we’re taught to be strong and to hold your feelings in and not to let your emotions out. Don’t get checked up for this, don’t get checked up for that, but life is tough for some people and you go through things. It is not easy for everyone,” he said.“I made some really bad choices. I lost my wife, I lost my kids, I’m trying to keep up my life again. But I wished somebody would have talked to me early on as a player to say that if you’re hurting or if you’re going through something, you need to talk to somebody, we put some phone numbers up here,” Dela Cruz shared.“I’m just one guy that has a voice. All it takes is one to reach out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “There’s 24 hours in a day and we’re spending that training with basketball for maybe five to six hours,” Ross said of a basketball player’s life.“But the other 18 hours? You’re in life. Life’s real and life’s hard. It’s more than just basketball,” Ross said during the recent Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Player Orientation program.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 31-year-old playmaker is currently using his voice to push for mental health awareness—a topic that many players have eluded talking about.Ross was joined by former Alaska big man Tony dela Cruz in the event. The pair walked PBA players through the delicate matter and suggested ways on how to approach it. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Professional basketball players, like ordinary persons, also grapple with the same problems many deem reserved for non-athletes.San Miguel Beer’s Chris Ross hopes to blot out the notion that they are immune from everyday issues.ADVERTISEMENT Tabuena eyeing third PH Open jewel Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:08Palace: No need to release Duterte medical bulletin02:42PH 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 PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “A lot of people see this as we are just basketball players, well a lot of people have families, a lot of people have businesses,” the playmaker said.“I had two really close friends in the US … And then when I came back here, I had another close friend that actually took her life,” Ross revealed to reporters.“So when you’re growing up, you kind of think that those kind of things will never affect you, that they’re never going to get close to you. But the longer you live and the more people you’re around, things like that do get to you,” he added.Ross slowly stepped into the role of a poster boy for his advocacy when he sought for the PBA fans to “just go check on people”  in a heart-felt post-game interview televised across the nation earlier this month.Ross’ motivation comes from two friends who struggled in coping, and another who actually took his life.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more