Stoke City star signs new deal

first_imgStoke goalkeeper Jack Butland has signed a contract extension at the Britannia Stadium, the Premier League club have announced.The 22-year-old – who will be England’s third-choice keeper for this month’s games against Lithuania and Italy – has committed until the summer of 2019.Asmir Begovic remains Stoke number one but Butland, who joined the Potters from Birmingham for £4million two years ago, is a key part of manager Mark Hughes’ plans.Chief executive Tony Scholes told the club’s website, stokecityfc.com: “I’m delighted that Jack has decided to extend his contract with us. He’s a player that Mark Hughes holds in very high regard and (England manager) Roy Hodgson’s decision underlines his standing in the English game.“Jack is a very ambitious young man and wants to play first-team football on a regular basis for Stoke City.“There’s genuine competition for the goalkeeping spot at the club with Asmir Begovic, Jack and Thomas Sorensen, and Jack has made no secret of his desire to be our number one.”Butland will link up with England Under-21s during the forthcoming international break but will be elevated to the senior squad if Joe Hart or Fraser Forster suffer injury.Butland has made just seven senior first-team appearances for Stoke, with five this season in domestic cups. He also had a loan spell at Derby earlier in the campaign while he spent time at Barnsley and Leeds last season. Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland 1last_img read more

A Really Big Geocache

first_img SharePrint RelatedThe Seanachai: Keeper of the Old Lore, Reviewer of the New CachesMay 6, 2015In “Community”Geocaching Headquarters (GCK25B): Been There, Logged That.July 9, 2014In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community” The ammo-can geocache & the giant-sized TBMitchel Zimmerman stumbled into geocaching, or rather, geocaching stumbled into Mitchel Zimmerman.He says, “I learned about geocaching when a group of geocachers stumbled out of the woods and into our backyard. They explained what they were doing, and the idea of ‘treasure hunting’ captivated me.” And what a fateful encounter this happy accident would turn out to be for the Pennsylvanian geocaching community.Mitchel, a.k.a. mzairboy is now the creator and owner of the world’s largest replica ammo-can geocache.One freezing January morning in 2011, Mitchel attended a Trackable discovery flash mob event. He was there to unveil his giant-sized Travel Bug. Yes, a giant-sized Travel Bug. Mitchel recalls, “During the event, a geocacher told me that all I needed was a geocache big enough to hide my giant travel bug in. That’s when the wheels in my head started turning.”Mitchel and his masterpieceOver the course of a year, Mitchel secretly designed and assembled his masterpiece. He says, “Deep in the cornfields of Lancaster County, a geocache of massive proportions was being built and no one knew about it.”When it was finally completed, Mitchel invited geocachers to “The Grand Unveiling” (GC3WYY1). On October 6, 2012, geocachers arrived for the big event. While only a few guests knew what to expect, most were completely astonished by what they encountered.A geocacher who attended the event writes, “This was certainly an event with a difference. Just the name ‘Grand Unveiling’ captured our curiosity. Happily, we were not disappointed. This ammo-can cache must be a candidate for the Guinness Book of Records. Thanks to mzairboy for thinking outside the box, organizing, and hosting this event.”So, what’s next for this really big cache? Mitchel plans to eventually hide it as a geocache for everyone to find. For a sneak preview of Mitchel’s creation, check out this video.Group photo Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

How to Install Rigid Foam Sheathing

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in 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. UPDATED on July 20, 2015What’s the best way to install foam insulation on the outside of a wall?Although GBA has published many articles and videos on the topic, we continue to receive frequent questions from readers asking how to install rigid foam sheathing on exterior walls — so it’s time to provide a primer on the topic.There are three major types of rigid foam: expanded polystyrene (EPS), extruded polystyrene (XPS), and polyisocyanurate. All brands of EPS and XPS sold in the U.S. include a brominated flame retardant — hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) — that many environmentalists find worrisome.Moreover, most green builders avoid using XPS because it is manufactured with a blowing agent with a very high global warming potential.That leaves polyiso, which enjoys a reputation as the most environmentally friendly type of rigid foam insulation. However, polyiso doesn’t perform very well at cold temperatures. (For more information on this issue, see In Cold Climates, R-5 Foam Beats R-6.) The bottom line: green builders in hot climates tend to prefer polyiso, while green builders in cold climates tend to prefer EPS.If you prefer not to use rigid foam, you can use mineral wool panels instead; for more information on this option, see Installing Mineral Wool Insulation Over Exterior Wall Sheathing.If you are building a new home, there are two basic ways to install rigid foam on the exterior of a wall: The foam can either be attached directly to the studs, or the walls can be conventionally sheathed with OSB or plywood before the foam is installed.If you decide to omit some or all of the OSB or plywood sheathing, you’ll need to come up with a plan to brace your walls. There are at least four ways to brace a foam-sheathed wall:For more… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Talent or Hard Work

first_imgAnonymous asks, “Which is more important to success, talent or hard work?”When Talent FailsCountless talented people fail. They are better equipped through some natural gift, some set of experiences, or through training. It is clear to everyone around them that they have greater competencies and greater abilities. Almost all of these talented people recognize that they are more talented than their peers.The reason these talented people fail has nothing to do with their lack of talent and everything to do with their unwillingness to put that talent to work. Talented people sometimes believe that talent alone is enough to succeed. But being unwilling to do the work, they fail.When Hard Work FailsSome people who work very hard fail, but not nearly as often as the talented person who is unwilling. A hard worker tends to produce results through the sheer force of will. They’re willing to just keep at something until they produce some result.When hard workers fail it is because they believe that working hard alone is enough. Because they don’t work at learning more and improving their effectiveness, they fail. I have seen many a hard-working salesperson fail because, despite their willingness to work, they wouldn’t work on developing their chops.Talent + Hard WorkThe question anonymous asks supposes that talent and hard work are mutually exclusive, that you can be one or the other. But the most successful people are the talented people who work hard putting those talents to good use. They are matched only by the hard worker who is thoughtful enough to learn quickly, make distinctions that produce better results, and hustle to grow their overall competencies.The only choice to made is whether you are going to work hard if you are gifted with some talent, or whether you are going to develop yourself and learn if you are a hard worker who lacks the natural talent.last_img read more

Punjab plans ordinance route for CM’s advisers

first_imgAmid the ongoing controversy over the appointment of six Minister-rank advisers to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, the Punjab government on Thursday decided to bring in an ordinance to exclude adviser (political and planning) from the ambit of the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952.The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting held at Dera Baba Nanak that was presided over by the Chief Minister.No disqualificationAn official statement said the ordinance will amend the law to add these posts to the list of posts that are not considered office of profit for the purpose of disqualification of MLAs. With the amendment, these MLAs will not be disqualified.The Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952, had been enacted in terms of Article 191 of the Constitution, to declare certain offices of profit as not disqualifying the holders of such office from being members of the State legislature.“Enacted in 1952, the Act has undergone minor amendments from time to time. However, such amendments have not taken into account the complexity of modern day governance. Further, these amendments to the said Act have not taken into account the reports and studies of various parliamentary committees which addressed the issue of office of profit. Therefore, the Cabinet felt the need to amend Section 2 of the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952,” said the statement.The Cabinet also authorised the Punjab Governor to approve and recommend the draft ordinance for promulgation, said the statement.Six advisersThe Punjab government had earlier this month appointed six Minister-rank advisers to the Chief Minister. Five Congress MLAs were given the status of Cabinet Ministers while the sixth was given the rank and status of a Minister of State.last_img read more