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Jamai Raja fancied in the third

first_img Trained by Paul Smith, ELVIRA will report in good nick, and despite the obvious clams of CHANGE HIM NAME, with the improving female apprentice Mellisa Ward again in the saddle following his near miss to INFANTRY OFFICER over 1200 metres on Sunday, as well as ROCKETEER and FIFTYONESTORM, she gets the nod in a field of nine. The third race over 1300 metres for maiden three-year-olds looks tailored for JAMAI RAJA, who ran a fair race when finishing six lengths fifth to SORENTINO’S STAR over 1400 metres in the valuable Pick-3 Super Challenge Trophy on November 28. Prior to that, on November 14, the chestnut colt by Market Rally out of Angela’s Favourite chased home his highly thought of stable companion ZUGULU over this trip in the Caymanas Juvenile Sprint and with trainer Richard Azan calling up his promising 4.0kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey for the ride, reducing the weight to 51.5kg, the hint should be taken. Best of his 12 opponents is THE PROMISE LAND (Wesley Henry up), a lightly raced colt who is steadily coming along. After winning easily over 1820 metres on a $350,000 claiming tag last Saturday, ABOVE THE RADAR, with Aaron Chatrie again in the saddle, steps down in class for the fourth race over a mile, and although he can expect stiff opposition from OUR CREATION (Bebeto Harvey up) and AUDRE’S BLESSING, in a 10-horse field, should bring fitness into play and win again. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by down-in-class RAGING PROSPECT (Shamaree Muir up) and the fleet-footed YOGA, working well with Paul ‘Country’ Francis riding for trainer Solomon Sharpe. Their respective dangers are HOLOGRAM SHADOW under Shane Ellis and LEGAL ACCOUNT, with four-time champion Omar Walker riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta. The Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park last Saturday and the carryover to tomorrow’s 12-race meet stands at $4.2 million. There is also a carryover in the second Super-6, this amounting to nearly $1 million. The Pick-9 will be conducted from race four to 12; the first Super-6 from race one to six; the late Super-6 from race seven to 12. We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a three-year-old maiden special over 1820 metres to be contested by seven starters, including top contenders CAPTAIN GRANVILLE and the free-running ABOGADO, to be ridden by champion jockey-designate Shane Ellis and Wesley Henry, respectively. The Andrew McDonald-trained ABOGADO has been knocking loudly at the door in sprints, failing by a head to stave off the outsider QUEENOFSAINTROSE over 1200 metres on December 5, a race in which CAPTAIN GRANVILLE finished a well-beaten ninth after being brought slowly into stride. Prior to that race, CAPTAIN GRANVILLE was second to MEET JUSTIN over a mile as the 4-5 favourite and returning over a more suitable trip, and the figure eight now fitted, should outfinish ABOGADO in the closing stages. ELVIRA, who beat all, barring the in-form FRANKENSTORM over the round-five course on November 28, is tipped to go one better now dropped-in-class ($350,00 claiming from $450,000) in the second race over 1100 metres. (1) CAPTAIN GRANVILLE/ ABOGADO (2) ELVIRA/CHANGE HIM NAME (3) JAMAI RAJA (4) ABOVE THE RADAR/ OUR CREATION (5) RAGING PROSPECT/ HOLOGRAM SHADOW (6) YOGA/LEGAL ACCOUNT Elvira gets the nod FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIESlast_img read more

OH DEER – WHAT AN AMAZING PICTURE!

first_imgThe deer pass near Burtonport. Picture by Packie Bonner.It’s the kind of picture that makes up appreciate the natural beauty of our Donegal landscape.Packe Bonner was on hand last night as the sun set on Keadue Strand to capture these deer wandering home for the evening.Packie reckons they could have been on their way to the last night of the Burtonport Festival!   OH DEER – WHAT AN AMAZING PICTURE! was last modified: July 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burtonportdeerKeadue Strandlast_img read more

Fabregas set for Chelsea exit, Eriksen’s Tottenham contract ultimatum – GOSSIP

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic says he could stay and carry on playing for Manchester United for another three seasons. (Sky Sports)Chelsea have offered playmaker Cesc Fabregas to Italian champions Juventus. (Tuttosport)Joe Hart’s Manchester City career could be in the balance, with Pep Guardiola opting to drop the England goalkeeper for Willy Caballero for the Premier League opener with Sunderland. (The Guardian)Guardiola also wants to continue overhauling his squad by signing Barcelona stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. (Daily Express)Christian Eriksen is demanding Tottenham break their wage structure to get him to stay at the club. The Danish playmaker, who has two years remaining on his current £32,000-a-week, wants his wages upped to £150,000-a-week to pen a new contract. (Daily Mirror)Juventus and Inter Milan are both interested in Eriksen. (Daily Telegraph)Meanwhile, Spurs are preparing a £13m bid for Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder Adrien Silva. The 27-year-old is also wanted by Everton. (L’Equipe)Crystal Palace forward Yannick Bolasie is set to seal a £25m move to Everton next week, with the deal potentially rising to £30m. (Daily Express)Saido Berahino has told West Brom he intends to see out the final year of his contract, despite interest from Crystal Palace and Stoke. (Daily Mail)The Baggies are obviously keen to sell the 23-year-old for profit this summer, but will not sanction a move unless manager Tony Pulis can find a suitable replacement. (Daily Mirror) Transfer Rumours and Paper Review 1last_img read more

MAN SPAT IN GARDA CAR AND CALLED OFFICERS PSNI SCUMBAGS

first_imgA man who was approached by Gardai as he was sitting as a passenger in a car told them he would kill them if he wanted to.Mark Loughrey, 23, a barber with his own business, was approached by Gardai while sitting in the car at Chapel Street, Stranorlar on April 6th.When questioned by Gardai he called them PSNI informants and said they were in bed with the PSNI. On another occasion Loughrey, who is originally from Strabane, reversed into another car while driving a black Ford Focus before driving off.When he was spotted by Gardai he sped off in the direction of Glenfin Road and refused to stop despite Gardai activating their flashing blue lights.Other vehicles including a keep were forced to swerve to avoid him and he eventually crashed into a ditch.He ran off after the crash but was apprehended by Gardai, had no driving license or insurance and was found to be over the legal drink-driving limit when tested.Solicitor for Loughrey, Mr Donagh Cleary said the reason for the PSNI reference was because there had been an incident when he had been wrongfully arrested in the North.However Mr Cleary apologised for this client’s behaviour and said alcohol was the common denominator in his behaviour.Judge Paul Kelly told Letterkenny District Court that Loughrey needs to get himself sorted out.He adjourned the case to allow for a probation report into Loughrey and also ordered him to do a driver’s course.MAN SPAT IN GARDA CAR AND CALLED OFFICERS PSNI SCUMBAGS was last modified: May 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GardaiMark LoughreyPSNIStranorlarlast_img read more

Gor Mahia ends Vipers’ CECAFA dreams

first_imgTadeo Lwanga (left) scored Vipers only goal on Sunday (Photo by Agency)CECAFA Kagame Cup 2018Gor Mahia 2-1 Vipers SCNational Stadium, Dar es SalaamSunday, 08-07-2018Reigning Uganda Premier League champions Vipers SC throw away a 1-0 lead on Sunday to lose their Quarter Final tie with Kenyan giants Gor Mahia at the ongoing CECAFA Kagame cup in Tanzania.The Venoms took the lead on 15 minutes with a 30 yard strike from midfielder and Captain Tadeo Lwanga but failed to add on to their advantage.Rwanda Amavubi striker Jacques Tuyisenge found the equalizer for Gor Mahia in the 47th minute.Gor Mahia’s Burundian new recruit Francis Mustafa, signed from Rwanda Premier League outfit Kiyovu Sports, tapped home the 55th goal of this year’s edition of the competition in the 73rd minute to put the game to bed.Mustafa’s goal arrived after Viper’ newly signed goalkeeper Bashir Sekagya had parried Tuyisenge’s shot initial shot on target.The result signaled the end of the road for Vipers who were competing in their second ever CECAFA tournament after a similarly disappointing show in 2010.Vipers SC coach said he saw plenty of encouraging signs in his side’s loss to Gor mahia but admitted he wants his boys to be fearless in their defending.“There was a lot of good play going on today, a lot of movement and how they have gone about their business on the ball and also off it in general play, explained the Portuguese.“You have to take a perspective, sit back, look at the whole picture and analyze where we were poor and where we were strong and insist on the strong points and get rid of the weak points we may have showed.“I think we had the first chances in the game so overall l believe that we had a very dynamic game and put a lot of effort in.“It was a pacey game with both teams really going for it.In the other quarter final, Tanzanian side Simba out classed a hard fighting AS Ports from horn of Africa nation Djibouti 1-0.Super substitute Mohammed Rashid scored the price-less goal 9 minutes after replacing injured Adam Salamba in the 57th minute.Gor Mahia faces the winner of the last eight clash between defending champions and home side Azam and Rwanda’s Rayon Sports, who face off on Monday afternoon.Vipers XIBashir Ssekagya, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Yayo Lutimba (Pius Wangi), Bashir Asiku, Geoffrey Wasswa, Taddeo Lwanga, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Steven Mukwala (Brian Nkuubi), Milton Karisa, Dan Sserunkuma, Duncan Sseninde.Fixtures Monday, 9th July 2018:-Azam (Tanzania) Vs Rayon Sports (Rwanda) – 4PM-Singida United (Tanzania) Vs Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (Tanzania) -7PM*Both matches at National Stadium, Dar es salaamComments Tags: Kagame CECAFA Cup 2018miguel da costatadeo lwangavipers sclast_img read more

Mt. St. Helens Renewal Slow, Steady

first_imgThis is an eyewitness report of ecological renewal at the volcano that erupted 32 years ago.This past Saturday, August 4, a group of about 60 people hiked the Johnston Ridge trail to view Mt. St. Helens and hear about its geology and ecology.  The event, advertised on DoNotBeDeceived.org, was organized with help from members of the Design Science Association of Portland and 7 Wonders Museum on highway 504 west of Mt. St. Helens.  The event featured geologist Dr. Steven A. Austin, who personally researched the volcano in the weeks and years after its May 18, 1980 eruption and has hiked the area numerous times.  Dr. Austin had even scuba-dived into Spirit Lake to view the patterns of tree deposition after sonar his team towed under a boat revealed trees sinking into the bottom in upright positions, analogous to the petrified forests of Specimen Ridge.  He also discovered a 1/4oth scale “miniature Grand Canyon” carved by a mudflow in 1982.  This canyon (left center in photo) was the destination of the hike.Renewal at Mt. St. HelensGeology:  The volcano is very stark, with most of the surroundings still highly impacted by the eruption 32 years ago.  Two deep gorges, Loowit Canyon, headed with a large waterfall, and Step Canyon, 600 feet deep, descend from the crater and flow into the North Fork of the Toutle River.  Mudflow damage along this river is still visible for miles west Mt. St. Helens.  In the vast landslide debris field below the crater, the “Little Grand Canyon” becomes visible after about 1.5 miles on the trail.  In many ways (except for color) the 200′ deep canyon resembles its larger namesake: it has stratified layers, round-headed side canyons and sharp gullies entering from both sides.  There is a small stream flowing through it reached after a descent down Truman Trail, after 4.6 miles of hiking (requires off-trail permit).What makes this little canyon fascinating and relevant to catastrophist geology is that we know exactly how and when it formed.  The main eruption on May 18, 1980 deposited a thick layer of landslide debris.  In June, a pyroclastic flow deposited 25 feet of sediments that show remarkable laminations at both large and small scales – a surprise to pre-eruption geological thinking.  Finally, on March 19, 1982, a mudflow that poured from the crater deposited mud on top of the other flows, then overtopped a debris dam, causing rapid downcutting and upstream cutting through the three layers.  While it might appear that the stream carved the canyon, we know from this highly-monitored volcano that the stream is a mere relic that had nothing to do with the canyon’s rapid, catastrophic formation.Ecology:  The blast zone north of the volcano still looks very desolate, especially south of Johnston Ridge.  Fallen trees remain all over the hillsides many miles from the crater, bearing mute testimony to the power of the eruption that flattened virgin forest in seconds.  Pioneer species are making a strong foothold, especially nitrogen-fixing lupine and alder.  Remarkably, some seeds and small animals survived the blast under snowfields and were able to re-establish small populations.  A few douglas fir saplings dot the landscape in places.  Elk herds are among the first large mammals that have entered the blast zone, living on grasses and vegetation growing on plateaus alongside the Toutle River canyons and debris hummocks.  Some birds and frogs inhabit the riparian environment along the stream in Little Grand Canyon.  There is very little shade, though, in the blast zone.Spirit Lake is 200 feet higher than its pre-eruption level.  The landslide on May 18, one of the largest ever witnessed, caused a water wave 860′ high that swept a million logs into the lake onto a new bed of debris.  So covered was the lake with logs and pumice from the blast, early reports claimed Spirit Lake had been obliterated entirely.  The heat and vegetation brought into the water created conditions for rapid growth of anaerobic bacteria, causing an opaque, churning stew of gases and germs.  Ecologists were surprised at how quickly the lake rebounded, however.   The water is blue and mostly clear.  Trout were probably illegally reintroduced by a tourist, since it is questionable they could have found their way in naturally.  They are doing well, after subsiding from record growth rates when first  introduced into the uncompetitive environment.  About 35% of the logs remain, mostly douglas fir that could float for decades more.  Snowmelt over the post-eruption years caused rapid rise in lake levels that threatened another catastrophic dam breach down the North Toutle drainage, so engineers carved a tunnel over a mile long to divert the excess water down Coldwater Canyon.It’s quite humbling to look at this environment that all changed so quickly on March 18, 1980.  Our guides told us that in places where we were walking along the ridge and in the valley, we would have been in the sky before the eruption, looking down on the tops of old-growth forest. The volume of material lost to the once-conical volcano is very striking, even as seen from airliners leaving Portland; it’s like the mountain was sliced horizontally, with a huge gash on the north side where the lateral eruption unleashed its energy.  And yet this was a small eruption as volcanoes go.Mt. St. Helens is important as a living laboratory of rapid geology and ecological succession.  Textbooks on geology and ecology had to be rewritten because of the events that followed that fateful morning (for example, see Science Daily article today).  Dr. Austin’s work is proof against the accusation that creationists only criticize evolution without offering original research.  To the contrary, his work, unfettered by Lyellian presuppositions, has been generally well received and has influenced secular geologists to reconsider the role of rapid catastrophic change.  The evidence he uncovered and published is second to none.  Moreover, his winsome Christian manner, alongside the quality of his research, has gained the respect of notable geologists willing to think outside the box.Several of our guides also believe that God, showcasing his power through this event, also showed mercy in providential timing of the eruption.  It could have destroyed much of Portland had the blast aimed in that direction instead of north, and would have killed many more people on the north side had it occurred the day before or after that Sunday morning, because the prior day property owners were allowed to come in and get their belongings, and the day after a new group of campers and sightseers would have come within the actual (not predicted) danger zone.  The 57 who were killed were all forewarned of the danger; now, Spirit Lake Lodge owner Harry A. Truman and the others are fossilizing under tons of sediments.  Solomon said, “Boast not thyself of tomorrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”  (Account, photo and commentary by David Coppedge.) (Visited 98 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South African scholar named a Charlotte Fellow

first_imgMedupi Shabangu is only the third SouthAfrican in 14 years to receive theprestigious award.(Image: Medupi Shabangu)MEDIA CONTACTS • African Wildlife FoundationJohannesburg+27 11 447 2399RELATED ARTICLES• 10-year plan to save Africa’s chimps• Wildlife poachers to be taken down• SA scientists win AU awards• SA biologist wins thesis award• Research centre for African oceansWilma den HartighA South African researcher, one of five scholars from Africa, has been awarded a place in the African Wildlife Foundation’s (AWF) 2010/11 Charlotte Conservation Fellows Programme.Medupi Shabangu, who is working on a master’s degree in Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town, is also one of only three South Africans who have been selected for the programme since its inception in 1996.According to the AWF, each of the five Fellows was selected because of their achievements and exceptional dedication to conservation in Africa.“The programme is doing a good work in Africa to create a fund for African scholars who can become future leaders in conservation enterprises on the continent,” says Shabangu.The Charlotte Conservation Fellows ProgrammeThe programme was established in memory of the American philanthropist and conservationist, Charlotte Kidder Ramsay, who passed away in 1995.The Charlotte Conservation Fellows Programme has played an important role in advancing conservation on the African continent. With upcoming local researchers able to continue their master’s and doctoral research studies in conservation-related fields, Africa is able to expand its skills base of professionals and institutions. In doing so, the continent is better equipped to look after and manage its precious wildlife resources.Through the programme, researchers have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of conservation, improve their qualifications, upgrade their skills and keep up to date with new information and technology related to natural resource management.The AWF supports between three and six Charlotte Fellows every year with scholarships of up to $25 000 (R170 612). The programme has been running for 14 years and to date some 50 students from East, West, Central and Southern Africa have received assistance for their graduate degrees in biology, conservation economics, enterprise development and community conservation.South Africa’s Charlotte FellowMedupi Shabangu says it is a great honour to be selected. “I feel privileged to be counted as one of the Charlotte Fellows on the African continent. This will remain an experience I cherish for the rest of my life,” he says.The work that earned him a Charlotte Fellowship involves investigation into the potential of “transformative community conservation” in the Land Reform and Land Restitution programme in the Kruger National Park (KNP).Shabangu’s research explores some of the most difficult issues in land reform. It looks at both the theoretical and practical ways to reconcile conservation and restoration of land rights to communities who were dispossessed of their land rights in the KNP.According to the Land Research and Action Network (LRAN), land in South Africa is a very complex subject and is one of the country’s most pressing developmental and political issues.Land reform can make a big difference to the lives of the rural poor in terms of income, and is a logical starting point for the redress of past imbalances and inequality. Land reform is also seen as a central component for economic growth in rural areas in particular.Shabangu’s research sets out to test whether restitution claims are a threat to biodiversity conservation, or vice versa. He admits that this is tricky as there are no easy solutions to issues of transformation in South Africa, land reform, conservation, community involvement, rural development and community-based natural resource management.He says it is important to help communities who have lodged claims on land which was historically part of the KNP to effectively manage conservation-based projects.“It is a noble intention to correct the wrongs of the past, but this has to be done sustainably,” says Shabangu.It is important to preserve the KNP, which is not only an important tourism landmark in South Africa, but also a revenue-generator for the economy and is part of the country’s heritage.“We have to strike a balance between conservation, economics and land issues.”His goal is to help communities realise how they can be empowered through sustainable use of natural resources and conservation. “This can help our rural communities leverage enormous capital,” he says.In South Africa, alternative models are needed to resolve land claims in protected areas. “Such land claims have the potential to transform ownership patterns of conservation land and create a role for land claimants in conservation and tourism development,” he says.According to Shabangu, there is great potential for rural communities to establish conservation enterprises in the Park as a main source of revenue. This isn’t only limited to tourist lodges, but extends to other supporting enterprises such as cleaning services or landscaping. “There are numerous entrepreneurs out there who can do these things,” he says.There is always the need to evaluate the ecological footprint of any new enterprise in the park and Shabangu says that the balance between development and the conservation values of the KNP must be maintained at all times.“Natural resources can empower communities in South Africa in a big way and I want to help people see our natural heritage as part of their culture and identity.”Shabangu loves his work and sees it as his calling to continue researching and finding solutions to conservation and empowerment of rural communities.A greater focus on conservation in AfricaShabangu is encouraged by the greater interest in conservation on the African continent. “Our natural heritage is God-given and has to be protected by us,” he says.Protecting Africa’s natural resources also has important implications for the way in which the continent and South Africa can be branded as a tourist destination, adds Shabangu.“We have an abundance of natural resources. No other country has similar diversity, but it is up to us to conserve it and use it sustainably,” he says.Africa’s other winnersThe other four Charlotte Fellows recognised for their hard work in conservation are: Susan Siamundele from Zambia; Edward Amum Didigo from southern Sudan; Lawandi Kanembou from Niger; and Florentin Wendkuuni Compaore from Burkina Faso.Their research ranges from environmental risk management and renewable energies to eco-tourism.South Africa’s Dr Hector Daniel Magome was selected as a Charlotte Fellow in 1996/97 and 1998/99, and was able to complete his PhD studies as a result. His career began in 1986 at the Bophuthatswana National Parks Board, where he was the country’s first black ecologist. He worked there for 10 years. Today he is the executive director of conservation services at the South African National Parks authority (SANParks).He also heads up SANParks’ transfrontier conservation initiatives and is vice chair of the World Commission for Protected Areas in Southern Africa.Magome was a pioneer in helping the government work together with local communities to create economic incentives for conservation. He was also instrumental in transforming South Africa’s National Parks Act to include local people in park management.The only other South African recipient of a Charlotte Fellowship in 1998/99, Ulli Unjinee Poonan, completed her Masters in Geography and Environmental Studies at Wits University.She is regarded as a specialist on land restitution issues concerning national parks and trans-boundary conservation. Poonan began her PhD studies at Wits University in 2004, researching the impact of SANParks’ social ecology unit in the KNP.last_img read more

Your Facebook Activity is Now an Ad

first_imgTags:#advertising#Facebook#NYT#web But in Twitter’s case, Promoted Tweets didn’t come from just anyone’s content – they could only be selected from the advertiser’s account or those affiliated with it. A promoted tweet wouldn’t be stolen content from an unsuspecting user.Of course, that’s not Facebook’s way.How Facebook’s Sponsored Stories WorkWith Facebook’s Sponsored Stories, your activity is now up for grabs, available to the advertiser associated with the brand, business or app you interacted with.Just checked in to a restaurant? That’s an ad. Just liked a brand? That’s an ad. Just shared a news story from the Web? That’s an ad. Facebook is launching a new ad format called “Sponsored Stories,” which allows participating advertisers to promote your Facebook activity by turning it into homepage ads seen only by your friends. This activity can include liking a Facebook page, checking in via Facebook Places or sharing content to the News Feed from a Facebook application.These shares, which would have appeared in your friends’ News Feeds anyway, are now given special promotion by way of a Facebook ad that appears on the right-hand side of the homepage. The ad will display your friend’s name, photo, a picture and link to the relevant Facebook Page or application, plus any likes and comments.Similarities to Twitter’s Promoted TweetsDoes this sort of user-generated advertising sound familiar? It should – Twitter is doing nearly the same thing.?Twitter’s Promoted Tweets service was introduced last spring, offering advertisers similar options for generating ads from the social networking site’s content. It was an new concept for advertising – taking content that would have appeared within the service’s search results (the de facto way to see what people are saying about a given subject on Twitter) – and highlighting that content through a top-of-the-page ad showcasing the promoted tweet itself.In November, Twitter announced it would begin rolling out the Promoted Tweets into users’ timelines, too, through its partner, HootSuite, a provider of a popular Twitter client application. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts sarah perez The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Advertising Transparency?The funny thing about these “personalized recommendations,” as Facebook calls them, is that an ad could come from a restaurant check-in that led to the worst meal of your life or it could show up after you “liked” a retailer only because they were running an ad that said “like us on Facebook for 10% off.“Your friends would see the promoted activity – activity that may or may not tell the whole story of your interaction with that business. Unless you comment on the item to explain, all your friends would see is the activity itself.On the flip side, that does raise an interesting question – what if you did comment on the activity? What if, say, after a check-in at a restaurant, you commented about the terrible food or service? Because Sponsored Stories display the likes and comments, your friends would now be able to see your complaint, too. But do advertisers have any way of knowing that? And can they pull a Sponsored Story if so? That’s a key point, and it’s unclear what level of control advertisers have here. It’s important though, because real personalized recommendations work both ways – they deliver the good news and the bad. Without both sides represented, this is just a new way to spam your friends.Future ImplicationsWhile on the one hand, the fact that my activity is now being turned into ads for my friends makes me feel a little icky inside, I don’t totally hate this idea. I would like to see what new restaurants my friends are trying, what online articles they found worth sharing, where they shop, etc. That’s the least offensive kind of advertising I can imagine, and arguably, the most effective, too, if done right.What’s even more interesting about this integration, however, are the future implications it brings to mind. Thanks to the Facebook/Microsoft partnership, these types of personalized recommendations could soon find their way into Microsoft’s Bing search engine, for example. That could finally hit the sweet spot for personalized search.One of the complaints about the limitations of the Facebook Like is that your friends aren’t going to go around liking boring things like household appliances or other sorts of items undeserving of a Facebook share. But by including check-ins and website shares in this advertising initiative, it’s easy to imagine a future where a Bing search for a refrigerator delivers a results page that tells you: “John just checked in to Sears on Monday” and commented “great appliance sale!”That could be interesting.Maybe a little creepy, too. But if there’s one thing Facebook doesn’t shy away from is toeing the creepy line, to see how much invasiveness its users will tolerate before crying out “privacy violation!”The funniest thing about this new form of advertising is that it’s actually far more intrusive than Instant Personalization, which simply shared select profile info with partner websites on an opt-out basis. Instant Personalization received federal regulator attention, while this move will likely fly under the radar, despite the fact that it co-opts your content for ads, with no opt-out option at all.Creepy. Genius. Nice move, Facebook.Source, Image Credits: Inside Facebook, Facebook.com A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit At launch, Facebook’s Sponsored Stories partners are Coke, Levi’s, Anheuser Busch and Playfish, plus nonprofits like Donors Choose, Girl Up!, Malaria No More, Amnesty International, Women for Women, Autism Speaks, (RED), Alzheimer’s Association and UNICEF.Oh, and there’s no way to opt-out, says Facebook. “While there is no way to opt out of seeing all or being featured in any Sponsored Stories, you can remove specific stories by clicking the ‘X’ displayed in the upper right side of a story and choosing the appropriate option when prompted.”The stories also respect your Facebook privacy settings, so only people who can read your News Feed stories can see the Sponsored Stories.last_img read more

How to Keep the Noise Down

first_imgA second layer of drywall, often 5/8 in. rather than 1/2 in. thick, along with resilient channel to isolate the drywall from the wall framing, increases mass and reduces sound transmission. Andy Ault, however, suggests three other options.These are: Celotex SoundStop (a sound-proofing fiberboard), QuietRock by Serious Materials, and something called Soundproofing Mass Loaded Vinyl, manufactured by Super Soundproofing Co.“We practically make this our [standard operating procedure] in walls between master baths and nurseries/adjoining bedrooms,” Ault writes of SoundStop. “We bond the SoundStop to the framing using an acoustical sealant running horizontal to the framing. Then we tape the joints with butyl tape. Next, we layer the gyp board over that in a vertical orientation. It’s quick, easy, and relatively cheap and gets very high marks from our clients.”Pricey options are unnecessarySome of the products Ault has used are expensive in comparison with conventional drywall, and the added cost may not be worth it, says Ted White.He calls SoundStop “another generic ‘sound board.’ Soundboard does not decouple, has very little mass, and is too dense for proper absorption,” White says. “Also, the very limited if nonexistent acoustic data makes this product all but abandoned by the acoustic community.”In apparent reference to Ault’s next step up, QuietRock, White says that any “pre-damped” drywall will perform well, and at a lower cost. “You will always be able to field-assemble your own board using standard 5/8-in. drywall and a damping compound,” he says. “The resulting wall will be half the cost, and much higher performance.”Finally, the massloaded vinyl (which can cost as much as $3.25/sq. ft). “is simply mass,” White adds. “Drywall is mass, plywood is mass, etc. Mass is mass. At $1-plus a square foot, you’re better off using standard drywall from Home Depot.”And if you’re going to add a second layer of drywall, he adds, don’t forget to use a product called Green Glue to further dampen sound transmission.Insulation helps, tooGBA Advisor Michael Chandler’s approach is to cover one side of the wall with a 1/8-in. layer of structural cardboard sheathing called ThermoPly and spray the back with an inch of open-cell polyurethane foam.“We generally do this on the ‘noisy side’ of the wall, especially in laundry rooms and bathrooms,” Chandler says. “The foam is a lousy sound emitter, and it helps seal up electrical openings and flanking paths.”He repeats advice given by Riversong, that potential pathways for sound transmission under doors and through ductwork and electrical outlets must be sealed. This is what he means by “flanking.”“Insulation in the stud bays definitely improves sound containment,” writes Thomas Jefferson. “Denser is better, but even a standard fiberglass batt works.” Denim batts, mentioned as a possible option by Car, is a good choice as well, he says.“I think the highest-performing material would be mineral wool,” says Jefferson, “e.g., Roxul or Thermafiber. Dense-packed cellulose would also work well and has the best green cred (lowest energy embodied, highest recycled content).”White, however, says insulation in a single-stud wall does a good but not great job, mainly because sound transmission through the wall framing limits its effectiveness. He suggests blown-in cellulose or fiberglass if the walls have already been drywalled, and R-13 fiberglass batts if they are still open.“Why? Because it works best in the low frequencies,” says White. “Mineral fiber has a slight edge in the upper frequencies, but that wall will not have high-frequency issues. It will have low frequencies as the only significant frequency issue. Since fiberglass has the edge there, we use it.”Our expert’s opinionHere’s the take of GBA technical director Peter Yost:As with all areas of performance, managing sound requires the right blend of design, materials, and construction. You can’t purchase quiet; you need to get the science right first.Sound is energy expressed as pressure variations in air. When sound strikes a material, it can be transmitted, reflected, or absorbed. To reduce sound transmission through building assemblies, there are three options:1. Reduce transmission by reducing air leaks (flanking paths).2. Reduce transmission by absorbing the vibrations with materials and/or spaces in the assemblies.3. Capture or trap air vibrations with variegated surfaces on the noise-generating side of the assembly (to trap or capture means to absorb rather than reflect or transmit).To seriously reduce sound transmission from room to room, you need to use all three options.Flanking paths are addressed the same way we address them for energy efficiency (by air-sealing all gaps and installing weatherstripping on doors). But if the rooms have forced-air heating or cooling, configuration of duct runs may come into play.Mass dissipates vibrational energy, but different materials can respond to different frequencies.Variegated surfaces are materials such as corkboard, acoustical ceiling tiles, or conical foam cushion.How you combine these techniques depends on the quality and the quantity of the sound transmission you are trying to block. If it’s a teenage rock band, you might have to move them to the basement to eliminate at least one plane of transmission, the floor.I have never done any acoustical testing of building assemblies, so I rely on resources such as Architectural Acoustics: Principles and Design or the simpler and free “Classroom Acoustics”, offered by the Noise Pollution Clearinghouse. Both include building assemblies with verified STC ratings.The practical advice offered by White, Riversong, Chandler, and Ault seems reasonable. Just remember that individual materials don’t manage sound transmission, whole assemblies (wall, ceiling, and floor) do. PRODUCT GUIDE OUTSIDE RESOURCES RELATED ARTICLES FHB: The Quest for a Quiet Room FHB: Quiet, PleaseInterior Walls and Floor FramingQ&A: How do I Soundproof a Bedroom? A teen whose musical tastes run to head-pounding heavy metal classics? Uncle Ted, whose snoring would wake the dead? Who knows what’s giving Robert Car pause for thought. Whatever it is, he wants to build in some effective sound-proofing.“I’m aware of using more than one layer of drywall,” he writes in Q&A post, “but is that the only way?”Increase the mass of the wallCar is reluctant to add a second layer of gypsum drywall mainly because it will, however slightly, reduce the usable space in the room.But increased mass is part of an effective strategy for reducing sound transmission.“Here are some good rules of thumb,” writes Robert Riversong. “When the mass of a barrier is doubled, the isolation quality (or STC rating) increases by approximately 5 dB, which is clearly noticeable. Installing insulation within a wall or floor/ceiling cavity will improve the STC rating by about 4 to 6 dB. An airspace of 1-1/2 in. will improve the STC by approximately 3 dB. An airspace of 3 in. will improve the STC by approximately 6 dB.” Mineral Wool Sound Attenuation Fire BlanketThermal-Pruf, Dendamix, and Sound-PrufAcoustical Underlayment Airborne Sound Insulation in Multi-Family BuildingsControlling the Transmission of Impact Sound Through Floors How Air Affects a House RELATED MULTIMEDIAlast_img read more

How to Vacation on the Cheap

first_imgBy Molly C. HerndonPhoto by Ruth and DaveA family vacation is an annual tradition for many families but for those on a tight budget, it may be an unnecessary expense. Here, I’ve collected many of the the discounts available to military families that can help make a fun-filled getaway more attainable.BudgetLike any big purchase, a vacation requires planning. Many vacationers are shocked when they receive their credit card bill after returning from a vacation; the time to create a spending plan is before you leave, not after you return. Creating a budget creates parameters that guide vacation plans. Knowing how much you can realistically afford to spend and how much you have yet to save creates the timeline for your trip as well. Using a goal-setting spending worksheet may be helpful. Professional financial planners can help families by suggesting to clients with wanderlust that perhaps the big family vacation to Disney World can be a goal for next year, and while saving up, the family might enjoy a shorter trip closer to home this summer. Some considerations for determining cost are listed below.Getting ThereTrain, plane or automobile? While packing the family into the minivan and setting out on a road trip might seem like the most economic choice, the cost of gas and car maintenance must be factored in to the budget. The AAA Fuel Cost Calculator and the Fly or Drive Calculator take into consideration the make and model of a vehicle as well the distance and any overnight trips that might bump up the cost of a road trip.Finding last minute airfare deals can be a great way to save on air travel, but booking well in advance can reap better prices, too. Additionally, it may be difficult for families to to take the risk of finding a cheap deal at the last minute, especially if traveling within a specific date range for an event or due to a work schedule. If flexibility is an option, military families may want to look at flying “Space-A” on military flights. During mission assignment flights, empty seats are offered up as available to eligible travelers, and these tickets can be at a very-low or no cost to passengers. Of course, destinations are limited to military terminals and registration is required in advance, but the possibility of flying across the globe for free makes this option one worth looking at more closely.Traveling by train is often the cheapest option. Amtrak  schedules offers train trips at convenient times and to destinations throughout the United States, and military Service Members receive a 10% discount off fares. If travel destinations fit within a train route, consider this option, but also consider the added cost of a rental car if one will be required at the final destination.HotelWebsites like Groupon and LivingSocial often post deals for hotels in tourist destinations, and clubs like AAA offer discounts at many hotel chains, but military families may want to consider the option of using military lodging facilities to save on lodging expenses. Like “Space-A” travel these accommodations are only open to eligible vacationers as space is available, and advance reservations may or not be possible. These options range from accommodations on military installations to top-notch resorts and hotels with special space and pricing reserved for military members. Military OneSource suggests planning these trips well in advance and calling their offices to speak with a consultant at 800-342-9647. FoodFood costs eat up a lot of the vacation budget. Staying in a hotel with a kitchen or refrigerator can help cut down on expenses by keeping restaurant costs at a minimum. Tourist guidebooks often offer coupons for many area restaurants, but be aware that restaurants in tourist areas are generally more expensive. It helps to plan ahead; by researching area restaurants you can plan in advance for a special dinner out while saving on dining expenses the rest of the week. Hotels that include a free breakfast each morning can also be a great deal. Sharing entrees and cutting back on alcohol are also good tips to reduce the bill. Of course, many restaurants offer military discounts, so it never hurts to ask!Photo by emrankActivitiesThinking about the fun things you’ll do on vacation is the best part of vacation planning. Think about who will go on this trip: young children? Teenagers? Elderly relatives? Try to match activities with what makes the most sense for your group. Finding deals in advance online can be a huge help. Sign up to receive daily emails from coupon sites, like Groupon, in your vacation destination city during your planning to see what deals are out there. Also, consider the “free” activities available in your vacation destination, like public parks, beaches, street fairs, and festivals.After taking into consideration all the costs associated with traveling, it’s likely that this summer is a good time to begin planning a family vacation for next summer. But that doesn’t mean this summer can’t be full of family fun. “staycations,” camping, and visiting and staying with relatives can be great, fun, and inexpensive ways to spend time together and save money. Here are some additional ideas about saving money on family trips.Share your own vacationing on the cheap ideas in the comments section below!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on June 24, 2014.last_img read more