Join us for live news and analysis Friday at 6:30 p.m. when the Warriors try to settle the score against the Eastern Conference power Bucks in Milwaukee.The Bucks (16-7) have the NBA’s third-best record heading into the game, including an impressive 134-111 win over the Warriors a month ago in Oakland. Milwaukee got 26 points from point guard Eric Bledsoe that night as Golden State saw its eight-game winning streak end. Stephen Curry also injured his groin in that game, which …
The building measures only 86 square feet, barely big enough for a sofa, but DUS Architects is betting it represents a method of building that is cheaper, faster and less wasteful than conventional construction.The Urban Cabin was made from a linseed-oil based “bio-plastic” with a 3-D printer and installed as an “urban retreat” with its own tiny park and outdoor bathtub in a former industrial part of Amsterdam.Although the cabin can be rented for short stays, no one is really going to live there. DUS Architects sees the structure as part of its ongoing research into “compact and sustainable dwelling solutions in urban environments.”DUS says the technology is well suited for small, temporary dwellings — in disaster areas, for example. The material can be shredded and turned into new buildings when the original structure is no longer needed.DUS is part of the rapidly growing experimentation in 3-D printing technology that can reduce production time by 50% to 70%, labor cost by as much as 80% and construction waste by as much as 60% over conventional building, according to a report at Construction Dive.DUS also is involved in a three-year project in Amsterdam to create the demonstration Canal House, also a 3-D printed structure. Printed buildings can be very largeThe technology is not limited to tiny, experimental structures. In an earlier report, Construction Dive described a five-story apartment building in a Chinese industrial park created with a very large 3-D printer by WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. The apartment building stands next to a 1,100-square-meter mansion created entirely with a 21-foot by 33-foot printer. The mansion, as well as its contents, were made with a material blending glass fiber, steel, cement, hardening agents, and recycled construction waste.WinSun has met with Saudi Arabian officials on a potential project to print 1.5 million homes over the next five years to address a housing shortage among middle-class citizens. Earlier this year, Dubai announced its intent to build one-quarter of all new city buildings with 3-D printing by 2030.In the U.S., Tennessee-based Branch Technology said it would begin construction next year of a futuristic single-family home picked in a design competition, the website 3ders.org reported.Branch’s “C-Fab” technology extrudes a carbon-fiber-reinforced ABS plastic that can be covered with conventional materials, such as concrete or spray foam, according to the website.
What makes something a “great deal?”It has something to do with price, but it surely is in price alone. You can buy a Nissan Versa for $13,990. It has a 109 hp engine, and a five-speed manual transmission. It comes with an AM/FM radio and a CD player, and it also has air conditioning. It is a great deal. But it’s not likely that you’re going to buy one. Why not? Because it’s not a great deal for you.A 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom goes for $470,295. It has a 12 cylinder engine. It has optional bespoke, leather trim bucket seats. You can choose an optional rear seat lounge theater configuration with 12 inch monitors. you can also add a pen set to the glovebox. Or a humidor. It’s a great deal. But it’s not likely you’re going to buy one of these either. Why not? Because not a great deal for you.Too often, great deal means low price. But a great deal is really a combination of the price and outcomes. The Nissan Versa and the Rolls-Royce Phantom will provide transportation. Either one of them will get you from point A to point B, but the experience will be quite different from one to the other. This is as true for the things you buy as it is the things you sell.Your clients will always be able to acquire what you sell at a lower price. But that lower price is no indication by itself that your client got a “great deal.” The question that you need to ask clients who believe low price equals “great deal” is whether or not it is a great deal to give up some of the outcomes they need in order to pay a lower price.Your clients may also be able to easily obtain the outcomes you sell at a much higher price. But making a greater investment than is necessary doesn’t equate to a “great deal.” The question you need to ask clients in this category is whether or not gaining additional outcomes at the same price would be valuable to them.Value is in the eye of the beholder. You need to be a great deal at a price that allows you to profitably serve your clients.
View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “Messi is the centerpiece of our success,” Valverde said after Barcelona won the league. “Obviously, since he arrived the club has won numerous titles. If there’s a player above everyone else, it’s him. He sets our style and his level of competitiveness improves everyone.”Barcelona knows it will need the best of Messi when it plays Liverpool at the Camp Nou, so the team has worked as hard as ever to manage his playing time and make sure he will be in top form at the Camp Nou.Valverde has been using Messi only at key moments in recent games, saving him for the decisive stages of the Champions League — which the club has not won since 2015. Barcelona was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the European competition the last three seasons.Valverde has often left Messi on the bench in recent Spanish league matches, sending him on if the team was struggling. That was the case last weekend in a match against Levante, which Barcelona needed to win to secure the league title. Messi came off the bench at halftime and scored the winning goal in the 62nd minute.Messi also didn’t start in the previous league match, against Alaves, entering the game with about 30 minutes left to help the team hold on to a 2-0 win.ADVERTISEMENT The Argentina forward historically got little rest time in his career with Barcelona, being one of the players with the most minutes nearly every season. He hasn’t missed a lot of time because of injuries, with his latest long-term absence coming last year when he was sidelined for about three weeks because of a broken forearm.Valverde started managing Messi’s playing time more aggressively this season as the team reached the final stretch. Messi had been playing nonstop as Barcelona played a difficult period that included games against Real Madrid and French club Lyon in the last 16 of the Champions League. Valverde then sat him for a league match at Villarreal, using him off the bench midway through the second half and seeing him help the team erase a late two-goal deficit in a 4-4 draw.Messi played two consecutive decisive matches after that, against Atletico Madrid in the league and Manchester United in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals, but then didn’t make the squad for the 0-0 draw at last-place Huesca.Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp said he knows what to expect from Messi.“Out of the players I’ve seen, I’d say that Messi is No. 1,” Klopp said. “I’ve coached a few good players. My father always said Pele but I was too young to watch him live.”Klopp also said Barcelona has plenty of quality aside from Messi, and that he wouldn’t mind leaving Camp Nou with a point.“A draw would not be the worst result in the world tomorrow,” he said. “So many people came to play Barcelona and had a plan and then they got a proper knock.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles 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 LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Wednesday won’t be one of those days, as Barcelona faces Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals.“I’ve rested Messi more than usual but this has been a month with two Champions League clashes, and twice we had to play three games in a week,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Tuesday. “We wanted to clinch the Spanish league title, but at the same time we also wanted to make sure he was prepared for this tie. I think I’ve probably got the balance right.”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, logisticsA few days ago, Messi won the Spanish league trophy for the 10th time in his 15 seasons with the Catalan club. He scored the decisive goal — yet another one — that allowed the team to clinch its eighth league title in 11 seasons.He has also helped the team advance to a fifth straight Copa del Rey final, and reach the Champions League semifinals for the first time in four seasons. MOST READ Hotshots underdogs as they try to knock Beermen off lofty all-Filipino perch Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, center, takes part in a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, Spain, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. FC Barcelona will play against Liverpool in a first leg semifinal Champions League soccer match on Wednesday, May 1. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — For the biggest moments, there is always Lionel Messi.The 31-year-old Argentine has been the key to Barcelona’s success ever since he made his debut, but more and more this season he has been rested.ADVERTISEMENT