‘With the help of Anfield we can do it!’ – Klopp confident of Liverpool comeback

first_img1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned Villarreal that Anfield awaits after his side’s 1-0 defeat in their Europa League semi-final first leg.Substitute Adrian Lopez capitalised on a momentary lapse in concentration in the second minute of added time to give the home side the advantage ahead of the return in a week’s time.On Liverpool’s last European appearance at home they staged a dramatic comeback to beat the then-favourites Borussia Dortmund and although the late drama went against them in Spain, Klopp remains confident.However, he cautioned against another similar performance like the one against the German club.“I am pleased with the performance, a lot of parts we did really good. Villarreal are a good side but Liverpool are a good side too,” he said.“After controlling a game like this in most parts of the game a 92nd-minute counter-attack it sounds like it is – not too good and everyone knows it and it should not happen.“I’ve seen some unbelievable mistakes but I don’t think about things like this. It happens.“It was not too smart. There are lot of things we could ask but it makes no sense.“It is not a moment for disappointment. If the players want to be angry for 10 minutes then do it and move on.“To be honest it is the first leg. My first thought was ‘Sorry, but it is not over, you have to come to Anfield too and we will be ready’.“With the help of Anfield we can do it – but please don’t compare with Dortmund.”Midfielder Joe Allen had Liverpool’s best chance in just the fifth minute but when left-back Alberto Moreno, who rifled a late shot into the side-netting with substitute Jordon Ibe better placed in the middle, got caught upfield it left Kolo Toure exposed to the much younger Denis Suarez who squared for Lopez.“We had this great moment with Alberto and a header from Christian (Benteke). Maybe the youth (inexperience) came through. Until then it was really a professional performance,” added the German.“Things are possible with 1-0, it is not the biggest result in the world. Villarreal know a lot more about us and they will respect us.“Now we have to find solutions to a few things but I saw we are in a good way. I saw a lot of things that show we can.” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp last_img read more

How to Sell Green Products to Builders and Remodelers

first_imgAs you know I recently returned from speaking to over 400 sales professionals at two different companies. The first company is a multi-state regional retailer of building products. The second company is a national green products manufacturer/installer. Both groups sold directly to builders/remodelers and both groups wanted to learn more about green building for themselves and also what resources they could share with their builders who wanted to become greener.Isn’t that interesting? They wanted to learn about resources that would benefit their builders who also wanted to learn green. That desire to help their customers is what brought me to them after all. It was a chance to help them in their business, which I knew would ultimately help me in mine. To that at end I gave them all a “To-Do” List of items to accomplish in the year ahead to help them reach their goals. Items I believe will increase their sales and make their customers stronger! In no particular order I recommended the following 11 ideas:1. Know your product & your competition. As a green builder I regularly know more about a salesperson’s product than they do. If you are a vendor selling green, learn your stuff as well as you know the old sticks and bricks. Learn how it stacks up to the competition before you come calling on me. Practice at home, not in my office.2. Learn about basic building science. That means know how what you are selling fits into they larger system of which it is a part. Maybe that’s a wall or floor system. Perhaps the thermal envelope or drainage plane. Just know it.3. Keep it simple. No two hour presentation please. Just the basics. Think green lists. Where does it fit? Show me fast, then follow my lead if more detail is warranted.4. Never, ever email a proposal. No matter how much I kick and scream, insist on bringing it to me and walking me through it. Don’t expect or ask for a signed contract but don’t let me off the hook either — make sure I understand what you quoted.5. Address my fears. Lots of new stuff on the market that I am afraid could get me in trouble. Leverage that. Explain how you will keep my butt out of court and my client happy.6. Sell to the ego. We all have one so don’t ignore it. Peer pressure can be a wonderful motivator and since nobody wants to be left behind, assure me that by using what you are selling not only will I not be left behind my competition, I will remain out in front of them.7. Throw out your stereotypes of green building and green builders. It doesn’t matter if I am (or you think I am) a tree hugging, Sierra Club loving vegetarian, if you want my Green (or my clients) you best learn that those stereotypes are fast becoming obsolete. Red or blue, we are all buying green!8. Remain generous in partnering on legit green homes. Just because your builder wants a sweet deal doesn’t mean you should give it. Save your sponsorships and underwriting for unique, professionally designed and built, nationally certified green homes. Do not settle for anything less!9. Get your CGP designation. Where else will you get to spend three straight days sitting in a room with potential clients from 9 to 5? I mean a room full of builders and remodelers for three straight days, this should be a no-brainer!10. Learn LEED for Homes & National Green Building Standard (ANSI 700). If you need an explanation here, begin in GBA’s Green building Encyclopedia Green Rating Systems section11. Believe it!a. Green ain’t going awayb. Obsolete building practices are historyc. 3rd party inspection are the wave of the futured. Green does not have to cost moreI hope you can write your own list and take the time to sit down with your key business partners and do some sharing, some strategic planning together. Whether these partners are suppliers, trade contractors or manufacturer reps is up to you. But I believe if you share your insights and wisdom on how they can make their business greener, it will ultimately makes your greener as well!last_img read more

Twitter’s Vine App Officially Comes To Android

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Twitter will continue to add new features to Vine on both the iPhone and Android apps, including the capability to use the front-facing camera, search funtionality, Twitter mentions and hashtags and the ability to share Vine videos on Facebook. Vine will only be available to users on Android devices running version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher.  dan rowinski Tags:#Android#twitter Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Android users rejoice: Twitter’s popular Vine app has finally come to Google’s mobile operating system.Vine, the app that allows people to take short videos and post them to Twitter through their smartphones, has only been available to iPhone users since Twitter launched it in January this year. The app has proven popular, with 13 million users, according to Twitter. Now that Vine has reached Android, expect that number to grow very quickly.Vine for Android is a little bit different than it is for the iPhone. Twitter said that it is working to make the two flavors have the same capabilities in upcoming updates. The Vine for Android app lets you create the standard six-second video with sound and looping playback, an “Explore” button to discover popular Vine videos, a “Find Friends” feature where you can invite others to join and the ability to digitally zoom, the latter unavailable in the iPhone version.last_img read more

In and around your city

first_imgA checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.Food Asian plattersInformal, contemporary and no-fuss, Holy Basil, the specialty restaurant at the newly launched Radisson Blu Plaza is the perfect space to spend a leisurely evening at. The beautiful Buddha figurine and the lanterns hung from the ceiling set,A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.FoodAsian plattersInformal, contemporary and no-fuss, Holy Basil, the specialty restaurant at the newly launched Radisson Blu Plaza is the perfect space to spend a leisurely evening at. The beautiful Buddha figurine and the lanterns hung from the ceiling set the mood for the delicious South-East Asian feast that is on offer here. The menu is a blend of Thai, Japanese and Chinese cuisines featuring sushi, sashimi, roast meats, dim sum and a variety of wok-fried delicacies. Their duck cooked in Chinese wine and oyster sauce, sauteed lobsters with asparagus and the robatayaki (traditional Japanese grill) are cracker dishes. Wrap up your meal with selections from the dessert menu like the chocolate spring rolls and green tea crepe.Meal for two: Rs 1800 plus taxes.Where: Road No 6, Banjara Hills.Tel: 6733 1133.ShoppingBling bagsJazz up your evening wardrobe with this handbag from Da Milano’s autumn 2012 collection. It is a lovely blue bag with woven detailing that promises to be an attention grabber. Price: On request.Where: Shopper’s Stop, Begumpet.Tel: 27761084.Q and A: Winning strokesAn inspirational biography of badminton ace Saina Nehwal, written by journalist TS Sudhir was released in the city last month. The book couldn’t have come at a better time with Nehwal clinching the bronze for India at the Olympics. Simply Hyderabad caught up with the senior journalist.Q. What was your biggest reason for writing this book?A. I have followed badminton as a sport and also Saina Nehwal’s badminton career ever since she started out. Saina’s rise to her current stature is an interesting story of hard work as well as unconditional support from her parents. This book is not just Saina’s story but is as much about badminton in India, Pullela Gopichand’s story and that of many other players who are not so commonly known. In a cricket obsessed country like ours, it is important to write about other sports and other sportspersons too.Q. Could you share with us some interesting tidbits about Saina that you came across during the course of your work?A. There are quite a few things. Something that immediately comes to mind is this comment made by her fitness trainer who says that while Saina is very disciplined about fitness, once she’s done with what she needs to, she’s like any other youngster who’d laze around, not want to shower on time, leave her clothes piled up on chairs-that kind of stuff. I’ve attempted to introduce to the reader who Saina is as a person, behind the sportswoman that we are all familiar with.Q. Howcome you chose to write a biography of someone as young as Saina?A. Yes, it is unusual to write a biography of a 22-year-old. But my idea was to write this book while Saina is still active. Her never-say-die attitude, her focus on the game and the undying hunger to win is bound to inspire many youngsters who might end up reading the biography.Q. Did you have to tweak your style of writing for this book?A. Yes. My writing in here is very simple and straightforward unlike the more stylized kind of writing that I tend to indulge in otherwise. I needed to ensure that the book is read by all age groups and particularly by school goers.Q. What does Saina have to say about the book?A. Well, she hasn’t read it yet. She wasn’t even reading newspapers before she was headed to London for the Olympics. Now that she’s back, she should read it, hopefully.advertisementlast_img read more

Fincantieri Marks Triple Milestone for Princess Cruises

first_imgItalian shipbuilder Fincantieri celebrated three construction milestones for cruise line Princess Cruises, a brand of Carnival Corporation & plc, on February 14.The milestones were held for three Royal class ships, currently in different construction phases.Fincantieri started the day with a steel cutting for Princess Cruises’ sixth and last Royal-class ship, still unnamed, from the shipyard of Castellammare di Stabia, Naples. The section, once completed, will be transported by sea to the yard in Monfalcone, where the ship will be completed in 2022.Additionally, in Monfalcone, the parties held a keel laying of Enchanted Princess, the fifth unit of the same class to be delivered in 2020.Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard also floated out the Sky Princess, the cruise line’s fourth unit after Royal, Regal, and Majestic. The ship is set to join the fleet by the end of the year.At the conversion into contracts of the Memorandum of Agreement announced in July 2018, the partnership between the Monfalcone yard and Princess Cruises will continue with two next-generation cruise ships.These will be the largest built so far in Italy with a gross-tonnage of 175,000 tons, expected to be delivered at the end of 2023 and in spring 2025. The vessels will accommodate around 4,300 guests and will be the first of the ship owner’s fleet to be dual-fuel powered primarily by liquefied natural gas (LNG).Image Courtesy: Fincantierilast_img read more