Will Jets be trap game for rising Steelers

first_imgIn this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith walks off the field after losing 24-17 to the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)The Steelers (6-3) made believers out of everyone last weekend when they soundly defeated the highly respected Baltimore Ravens 43-23 to move among the NFL leaders. But they can’t afford a letdown against the lowly New York Jets, 1-8 this weekend in New York if they are going to keep their championship hopes alive.The defense stepped up big time behind the leadership of the old veterans James Harrison and Brett Keisel to keep pressure on Joe Flacco while limiting the ground game, holding Justin Forsett to just 32 yards on 9 carries. Part of that was because the Steelers jumped off to a big lead with forced turnovers and special teams play.The win moved the Steelers into second place in the AFC North behind the Cincinnati Bengals who beat the Jacksonville Jaguar, 33-23, to up their record to 5-2-1.Flacco was held in check as he was 30 of 45 for 303 yards with two touchdowns, and two interceptions.last_img read more

Lord Equus to rebound

first_img IDEAL TRIP (7) PROLIFIC PRINCESS (8) ITALIANO/MIND SET (9) LORD EQUUS/CLASSY AVIATOR (10) LOTTERY TICKET/ HONEY DARLIN (11) NUCLEAR AFFAIR (12) SMOKEY TOPAZ/ MERITONE Walker, Graham, and O’Shaun Connection should team up once again to win the eighth race over 1500 metres (claiming $450,000-$400,000) with down, in-class ITALIANO. Having beaten better in his first two races of the season in January, the seven-year-old grey gelding should defy topweight of 57.0kg over what is an ideal trip for him but should still be wary of the Wayne DaCosta-trained MIND SET and the recent winner STAR NEW VISTA. LORD EQUUS, who finished a good fifth to FUTURE KING in the recent Post to Post 2000 Guineas, should take a lot of beating in the ninth race over 1200 metres, this for non-winners of two three-year-olds. Trained by 14-time champion PhilipFeanny, LORD EQUUS notched his last win over this trip in the fairly good time of 1:13.4, and based on his good fourth to CHASE THE GREAT in the March 19 Prince Consort Stakes (Guineas trial), will prove hard to beat with only 51.5kg and Oneil Mullings aboard. CLASSY AVIATOR (Wesley Henry up) and the Wayne DaCosta-trained LITTLE BIG HORN (Walker up) are twin dangers in a field of 11. Race number 10 for the Ricochet Cup over the round-five course for maiden three-year-old fillies should resolve itself into a straight fight between the Feanny-trained HONEY DARLN (Mullings up), who went down fighting against SUPER COP last Saturday, and the DaCosta-trained LOTTERY TICKET (Walker up), who showed promise on her recent debut. It should to be close, but for me, it’s LOTTERY TICKET. The 11th race, the Caribbean Choice Jamaica Oaks for native-bred three-year-old fillies over 2,000 metres, looks a mere formality for the impressive 1000 Guineas winner NUCLEAR AFFAIR, to be ridden by champion jockey Shane Ellis for trainer Gary Subratie and owner Michros. This exceptional hree-year-old filly is unbeaten in three starts this season, and having looked razor sharp at exercise, should lead home Guineas runner-up A THOUSAND STARS in a field of 10. Then, close all bets with the speedy SMOKEY TOPAZ under top apprentice Linton Steadman in the last race over 1,200 metres, where MERITONE and BLUE DIXIE are main rivals in a field of 11 overnight allowance horses. TOMORROW’s Jamaica Oaks 12-race programme at Caymanas Park offers a host of carry-overs, including $4.2 million in the Pick-9 from Race Four to 12 and $1.1 million in the late Super-6 from Race Seven to 12. There is also a place pot carry-over of $281,000 as well as $95,097 hi-five carry-over from Sunday to tomorrow’s fifth race and a superfecta carry-over of $146,000 from Sunday’s eighth race to the first race tomorrow. We look at the second Super-6 commencing in Race Seven, a four-year-old and up restricted allowance (non-winners of two) for fillies and mares to be contested by 10 starters over 1,200 metres. VALLEY OF QUEENS, KIMBERLY GOLD, SWEET DIMENSION, and the sparingly raced filly PROLIFIC PRINCESS are expected to figure prominently. Victory should go to the Neive Graham-trained PROLIFIC PRINCESS despite racing for the first time since August of last year. Back then, she was a runaway winner over this trip in the fairly good time of 1:14.3, and with connections, including popular owner O’Shaun Connection doing very well with their string of horses this season, PROLIFIC PRINCESS should return with a bang under title-chasing jockey Omar Walker. She has most to fear from KIMBERLY GOLD, who hails from the in-form stables of Steven Todd. LATE SUPER-6 FANCIESlast_img read more

Session 4 photo highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There was plenty in the packed Session 4 including the Creed Speaking Presentation, officer awards, a keynote presentation from National FFA Secretary Victoria Harris, CDE winner announcements, the Prepared Speaking Presentation, the Agriscience Fair recognition, and the Ohio FFA Officer parent recognition. Ryan Matthews The top reporters in the state were recognized. The top treasurers in the state were recognized.. The top secretaries in the state were recognized. Johnathon Cottingim CDE winners were recognized Student reporter Kolt Buchenroth is ready for Session 5! Agriscience Fair winners were recognized Agriscience Fair winners were recognized National FFA Secretary Victoria Harris Josie Montoney thanks her parentslast_img read more

Mobile Marketing Association to Address Smartphone Privacy Issue

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#marketing#mobile#news sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img As Apple faces a class action lawsuit where it’s being accused of sharing users’ personal information with advertising networks without their consent, the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) is now stepping in with plans to develop a set of mobile privacy guidelines for the industry.The new guidelines will complement the group’s existing Global Code of Conduct, and will attempt to address the growing need for marketers and consumers to have a “transparent, accepted understanding,” in its words, as to how information on a mobile device is collected and what’s being done with it.MMA to Create Mobile Privacy GuidelinesGreg Stuart, Global CEO of the MMA, said the group recognizes the importance of consumer privacy. “In order for marketers and publishers to responsibly and sustainably engage consumers through and with the mobile channel, we need to continuously update how we address the collection, management and use of personal data or related consumer information,” he explained earlier this month.To create the new guidelines, the MMA is asking members of the mobile community, including carriers, marketers, agencies, media companies and media technologies, to join its Privacy Committee. The issue will also be addressed at its upcoming Consumer Best Practices Meeting, January 25-26 in Boca Raton, Florida.Compared with the $25 billion online ad industry, the mobile marketing industry is still in its infancy. It won’t reach $1 billion until 2012, reported AdWeek, citing data from eMarketer. “If we’d seen how fast mobile Internet and apps were going to grow, maybe we would have stepped in sooner,” Stuart told AdWeek.[Author’s Note: if they had seen how fast it would grow? Were they not watching?]?There’s no timeline for the completion of the new policy, Stuart said. “It’s more important that we get it done right. This release was a call to arms.”A Need to Address Mobile Privacy Concerns This issue was recently in the forefront of people’s minds, thanks to a Wall St. Journal series called “What They Know,” that highlighted the growing lack of privacy in today’s digital world. One piece in particular (“Your Apps are Watching You“) dealt with mobile privacy.The Journal found that, after an examination of 101 popular smartphone applications on iPhone and Android devices, 56 transmitted the phone’s unique device ID to other companies without the user’s awareness or consent. 47 also transmitted location and 5 sent age, gender and other personal details.Counterpoint: Tracking is GOODThe somewhat overly paranoid reporting from The WSJ was met with some backlash online, especially from the tech blogging community. In a post entitled “Hello, My Name is: 9649e796e8b23900dc9629a18f2d47306430e62f,” BGR blogger Andrew Munchbach made a convincing argument that mobile tracking isn’t really all that bad. (The headline referred to his UDID, the unique device identifier that’s used to build an online profile of a device, and therefore, the user). “I’m not all that concerned with third parties, even advertisers, knowing the age, gender, UDID, and/or the general (or even specific) location of my device’s end-user (that’s me),” Munchbach wrote. “So Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds, knows that the dude using my mobile device is, um, a dude, was stuck on level 5-13 for six straight hours, and was in Newport, RI when this all occurred. So the game looked through my address book to see if there were contacts that were also playing Angry Birds with whom I could connect. I kind of like these features,” he said.He also said that even when that data is passed to an analytics company, it’s used – anonymously – to provide useful usage statistics and intelligence. “Rovio can use this information to improve its product, which would seem like a benefit to me, the player. Heck, Flurry may even go one step further and use this information in its own reporting and assessment of the mobile industry or publish a report about it…still doesn’t trouble me all that much. Why should it? It’s an age, gender, and ever-changing location that is linked to a number that represents a mobile device.”…But Some Want to Opt-Out & Today You Can’tWhile in Munchbach’s case, the tracking is seen in a positive light, there are some who would prefer the option to opt-out, as you can in most of today’s modern desktop-based Web browsers, through the use of built-in tools like privacy/”incognito” modes, browser add-ons and extensions and even alternative search portals that promise no tracking.WSJ polled its readers on the matter, and a majority (67.7%), said they want apps to tell them every time they collect and send info about their mobile device. Clearly, these voters were worked about about the idea, having just read the article. Apps that constantly nagged you if and when they could share information would be worse than Windows Vista’s User Account Control security feature which seemed to ask you every single time you tried to make the simplest change on your PC.Still, the mobile world, as of yet, does not have any such opt-out options. It’s all or nothing – use the app, or don’t. But if you do, you’re agreeing to certain conditions. The MMA’s influence may help to create new scenarios here that will better serve mobile users, not just with regard to apps, but for all sorts of mobile ads, including SMS text messages, in-app banner advertising and ads on the mobile Web itself. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Blue Heron EcoHaus: Placing the Concrete Floors

first_imgGrind-and-polish concrete? Not at our placeThe grind-and-polish look is something I really like. You need a concrete grinding machine with diamond discs starting with very rough grits of 80 and 120, which grind the top layer of concrete off and expose the pea gravel aggregate. Eventually, you work up to 800-, 1200-, and 2000-grit discs that give a highly polished look to the floor. You get a lot of interesting variation and different colors of the pea gravel coming through (although some people specify all gray or black pea rock if they want something more consistent).Crews prep the main floor before placing the concrete.For us, there were a couple of downsides with this approach. First, the concrete topper they were going to pour was only going to be 1 1/2 inches thick, which is pretty darn thin. Although you are only taking about 1/8 inch or so off the top, we had 1/2-inch PEX in-floor piping and metal concrete mesh overtop – grinding off too much could be a horrible thing.We had seen this first hand. A good friend had built an eco-house in town and wanted a ground and polished concrete floor. Unfortunately the contractor ground off about 1/4 inch too much. It looked great initially, but the layer of concrete over the in-floor heat was so thin that in the next few weeks the concrete started to crack badly following the pattern of the in-floor tubing. It looked so bad.Needless to say, I was a bit paranoid of that risk.The second consideration is that you need to grind and polish before drywall as it makes a crazy mess. And you can’t grind and polish until it has cured for one month. That would mean that we would have to put the interior on hold for a month, which we really did not want to do.The other option was simply to power-trowel the main floor, same as the basement. We have seen this look a lot in more modern homes and I really like the simplicity of it. It is not complicated at all and is, in fact, the simplest, cheapest, and easiest way to go. (Pour and trowel is about $2.50/square foot, while the grinding and polishing cost would be an additional $5 to $6/square foot above and beyond). You pour the floor, power trowel the crap out of it, and call it a day. (In 28 days you can seal it, buff it, wax it — whatever.)As I said, we liked how the basement floor turned out, particular the very “swirly” areas, as my wife calls them. I hoped that we could make the floors slightly different from the basement floor. I looked into the possibility of adding a bit of black pigment to darken the gray slightly; however, I abandoned this idea after I was told that the pigment dries the concrete faster and can lead to an uneven finish. Polyethylene Under Concrete Slabs Finishing a Basement FloorAll About BasementsGreen Basics: Basements It’s “too hot” to pourHe told me that they were planning to have the concrete poured in two days, but they would first need to finish laying the rebar and tying everything in. “I’ll be back at 6 a.m. tomorrow,” he said, before driving off headlight-less into the night. I came by the house at 7:30 a.m. and, not surprisingly, they were not there. Sometime during the day, however, they were back working away in the basement — this time, they’d brought a rusted old Honda. Apparently, this car had headlights and was more reliable.On Thursday, which was the day of the scheduled pour, they did not show up at all. (What other profession could you simply not show up to work and there be no repercussions?)The bossman called our general contractor later in the day, apologizing and saying that he had to fire the criminal-looking guy, but promised to complete the pour the next day. I told the contractor that it was tomorrow, or else he was off of the job.After a frustrating few days with their first concrete contractor, the owners found a substitute who got the job done with a minimum of fuss.On Friday, I received a phone call from our concrete contractors to say it was “too hot” to pour the basement slab. Granted, it was 34°C (about 93°F). He said that the concrete would cure too fast and they would not be able to guarantee a nice finish. I wondered to myself: Is this a convenient excuse for them in case the floors didn’t turn out? What am I to do? Ask them to pour it anyways?I called a couple of friends that I have in the concrete business and asked if they were pouring today. They were. I asked if there would be any reason to not pour a basement today and they told me that an insulated basement would be perfect in this weather — being at least 10 degrees cooler in there and not in direct sunlight.That afternoon, we made calls to find a replacement for our concrete guy. I couldn’t handle it anymore — how many chances do you give someone? That being said, we needed the floor done immediately. This idiot had already set back three other trades with his five-day delay. Especially when Taylor and Curtis worked so hard to be ahead of schedule despite some of the challenges they faced.Incredibly, we talked to Tyco Concrete Finishing, which was able to squeeze us in early the next week. That Sunday evening we met the owner on site. (I was relieved to see him drive up in new super-duty 4×4 truck). He spent a couple hours with us going through everything, including checking what little work the other guy had done, making sure he knew how we wanted it finished, and confirming all of the dimensions and depths.Two days later, the floor was poured. Choosing the simplest optionEventually the decision came down to this question: What is the simplest option? Through this process we have found ourselves periodically down a rabbit hole wondering how we got there and how everything became so complicated. Our answer in those situations, or when we’ve debated about two or three different things, is this: simple is always better. The more complicated, the more things can go wrong.So I told the concrete guy, “Finish the concrete just like the basement — only more swirly, please.” (He told us that the metal blades of the power trowel are what make the surface swirled and darker; troweling longer and on a higher speed can darken the concrete further).The finished result: Swirly.The morning of the pour was crazy again. Our builder did not realize the concrete truck would be there so early, and he’d left a bunch of stuff around the house. I received a text at 6:30 a.m. from the concrete guy: “Someone has to get over here and move all this stuff. Truck is here.”Fortunately, we were living very close by, so I threw on some clothes and was out the door. We frantically (concrete starts to cure as soon as it leaves the plant – being 30 minutes from the city, every extra moment counts) moved a trailer, two big garbage bins, scrap wood, plywood, and all sorts of junk.Meanwhile the rest of the concrete crew was even more frantically throwing down the concrete mesh (which provides structural support, like rebar, in thinly poured floors like ours). This stuff was crazy heavy and looked so cumbersome to work with, but these guys were pros. They had the whole floor laid and secured in about 20 minutes.And so the pour began again. I could not stay and watch, and truthfully, I did not want to see it. Seeing that gray/brown sludge of mud being rolled in and dumped on the floor simply made me nervous. I just wanted to see it looking pretty at the end.When we got home, all was quiet again. We went to the back door and peaked our heads in.So swirly!So very swirly! Main floor concreteWe were very happy with how the basement concrete slab turned out. Tyco Concrete had come through for us on short notice and they had done a really nice job. So one week later we had them come back in to do a second pour, this time for the main floor.We had really debated about how we would like to finish the concrete, but I should digress for a moment and simply state our reasons for a concrete floor in the first place.First, it’s thermal mass. Thermal mass has the ability to absorb and store energy (heat in particular). For passive solar heating in the winter months, the concrete floor acts like a battery, gaining heat during the day and releasing the heat in the evening. You could use a tile or brick floor to similar effect. Conversely, in the summer and shoulder months (April and October), you really don’t want the sun shining on the thermal mass, as this can lead to overheating. (Thus the importance of passive shading and overhangs).We still needed a heating system, and a concrete floor would accommodate in-floor tubing for hydronic heat.Finally, concrete is sexy.Okay, so now that that is cleared up, we had to decide on how we would like to finish the floors. We had already decided that acid staining and dyeing the concrete was really not our thing — much too fancy-pants for us. That basically left us with two options: power trowel (same as the basement) or grind and polish. We really like both looks. Editor’s note: Kent Earle and his wife, Darcie, write a blog called Blue Heron EcoHaus, documenting their journey “from urbanites to ruralites” and the construction of a superinsulated house on the Canadian prairies. Their previous blog on GBA was called Adding Walls and Roof. The blog below was originally published in July 2015. (A complete list of Kent Earle’s GBA blogs is provided in the “Related articles” sidebar below.) Some notes on finding a contractorWe knew that we wanted the concrete floors to be a simple, natural, gray concrete, power-troweled and sealed to complement the exposed concrete walls. No fancy finishing, dying, staining or grinding.Being that the basement concrete slab was to be our finished floor, it was pretty important to me that it not look like crap. Therefore, the quality of the contractor needed to be top-notch. Unfortunately for us, that was not how we entered into this venture. I did not meet the contractor before he was actually on site prepping to pour. Darcie had driven home early that day and came upon a most peculiar sight before she reached the house: a rather criminal-looking fellow standing beside a broken-down early 1990s sedan. He was holding booster cables. Our place is a bit out of the way, so this was not a sight one would expect.Of course she stopped to see what the problem was (as the next passerby would probably not be coming along until much later on). He proceeded to tell her that he needed a boost. He’d gotten in a fight with his boss and left from “that house being built down there,” he said, pointing in the direction of our house. My wife boosted his junk car, and asked if he was going back to work? Nope, he said, and drove off.My wife drove to the site and found a lone guy working in the basement: no truck, no car, no nothing. She told him she might have just met his worker on the road and asked how he was getting home. He had no idea. Because she was leaving the property, she called our general contractor and asked that he come pick him up. But as she was about to leave, his buddy returned with the car.When I stopped by later to check on the situation, they were still there. “Working late, boys?” I asked. “Yup,” the boss said, “but we gotta get home, we’re losing light and we don’t have any headlights.” (He wasn’t joking). RELATED ARTICLES BLOGS BY KENT EARLE Adding Walls and RoofDealing With Really Bad WaterMaking an ICF FoundationLet Construction BeginPicking High-Performance WindowsHow Small Can We Go?Choosing a Superinsulated Wall SystemHeating a Superinsulated House in a Cold ClimateIs Passivhaus Right for a Cold Canadian Climate? I do love concrete. It is one of those rare man-made products that border on being a living thing, like plaster or linen. It has such a rich texture and variation of composition that it seems to beckon you to get up close for a better look and touch it.Of course, not everyone will share my appreciation of concrete. Traditionalists have tended to cover up the concrete or at least treat it extensively with stains and dyes to make it more palatable. Not us. When I told an interior designer about our exposed basement concrete walls, his response was, “Now that’s modernism with a capital ‘M’!”“Cool,” I said. “What’s modernism with a little ‘m’?” To which he sheepishly did not have a response. (I’m an ass.)After the foundation walls had cured for 28 days, we had to seal the concrete. We wanted to get this done before the slab went in, because if we waited to do the floors and walls at the same time, not only would there be framing and drywall in the way, but we would also run the risk of having the drywallers slopping crap all over the walls and making a mess of our beautiful concrete finish.Like an idiot, I decided not to purchase a $25 wand sprayer to apply the sealant and instead used a nap roller. A job that would have taken me 30 minutes ended up being closer to five hours, rolling every inch of the wall on multiple passes. (Lesson learned.)Notice the levitating water tank and soaker tub.Next, we had to lift the giant water tank and Japanese soaker tub off of the floor and strap them to the steel beams. (Getting the tub in the basement was another adventure in and of itself; I’ll write about it someday.)The under-slab insulation was then cut and laid. We elected to use 7 1/2 inches of insulation, which is likely overkill but it does bring the floor insulation to R-30. (Our last house had no insulation in the basement at all.) First, there’s a 5-inch thick layer of Nudura EPS, then a 2 1/2-inch thick layer of Hydrofoam, also made by Nudura. This EPS insulation was pretty cool. Having a honeycomb pattern as the top layer allowed for incredibly easy installation of the PEX piping for in-floor hydronic heating.last_img read more