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Life Lessons.

Life Lessons.

first_imgAfter a two-week adventure, 12 Georgia high school studentsreturned from Costa Rica this summer with lifelong memories anda newfound appreciation for home.”Our main goal was to have the students become greaterstewards of the earth and see the diversity,” said Pat Clifton,one of two coordinators of the young scholars program at the Universityof Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”We wanted them to understand another culture. But the tripresulted in much more.”For six years the CAES has offered the Young Scholars programfor high school students. Selected students work beside researchersat the college’s experiment stations in Griffin and Athens. Thisyear the program’s coordinators added a new feature.Working With Researchers Here and Abroad”Our college includes several international programs,”Clifton said. “We wanted to offer an international experienceto our young scholars.”Jerry Arkin, assistant dean of the Georgia Experiment Stationin Griffin, had recently visited Costa Rica. He suggested takingthe students there.”Costa Rica is a perfect place for an agricultural andecological trip,” said Marilyn Johnson, the other Young Scholarscoordinator.”It’s probably the youngest land above water,” shesaid. “The soil and mountains are very young, especiallywhen compared to the United States. Mountains like the Appalachiansare very old, and our soil is so depleted in comparison to theirs.”Besides its rich ecosystem, Costa Rica offered a rich, safe,learning environment.”It’s a very safe culture,” Johnson said. “Thewater is safe to drink. There are no required immunizations. Andto top it off, we have two UGA faculty working there who werewilling to teach our students.”The faculty members,Milton and Diana Lieberman, run the San Luis and San Miguel BiologicalStations. Scientists completing internships at the facilitiestaught the young scholars, too.The trip had only one obstacle: money.Luckily, Johnson was writing a grant proposal to the NASA SpaceGrant Consortium when the idea came up to take the students onan international trip.”The Liebermans have backgrounds in remote sensing, whichallowed us to link the trip with the NASA grant,” she said.Missing the Conveniences of HomeThe students faced culture shock in Costa Rica, Johnson said,even though it’s a developed country. “There was enough differencefor them,” she said, “to be very grateful for some ofthe conveniences and sanitation we have in the United States.”Clifton said it was easy to see the students’ appreciationgrowing for the United States. Costa Ricans “don’t have thevariety of foods we have,” she said. “And they havelimited access to technology.”While the students missed the material goods of home, theyadmired the closeness of Costa Rican families.”The students were impressed,” Johnson said, “withhow happy the people are despite not having all the material thingswe’ve grown accustomed to. You can tell these people value familyand fresh air and good food.”The Young Scholars stayed in Costa Rican families’ homes fortwo days. “We were as close to them as you can get,”Johnson said. “You see them interact with their children.You see how important their children are to them. And their farmsare their pride and joy.”Unspoiled Coasts, Forests and MountainsThe students saw the Costa Rican coast and mountains. “Wewere on a reserve, and the coast was isolated and absolutely preserved,”Clifton said. “We saw coffee fields, and the area is verydiverse. It’s unbelievable to see what happens to plants whenthey are left untouched.”The coordinators hope to find funding for an internationaltrip for the young scholars program each summer.”One of the students, now a college freshman, told mehow much she is enjoying her Spanish classes,” Clifton said.”She credits that to her experience in Costa Rica.”last_img read more

I want to leave now – Messi tells Barcelona

I want to leave now – Messi tells Barcelona

first_imgLionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club after almost a decade at the Catalan side.The 33 year old has reportedly been unhappy with the club’s decline in form and poor transfer business over the past couple of seasons.The six time Ballon dor winner, has a release clause of €700 million, but there is a clause within that contract that says he can leave for free at the end of every season.Barcelona, however, insist that that clause expired in June this year, and Messi will only be allowed to leave if his release clause is met.Messi has scored 634 goals for Barcelona in 731 games for Barcelona.European transfer guru and Sky Italy journalist, Fabrizio Romano confirmed the happenings on his official twitter page on Tuesday. Barcelona have also decided to mutually terminate the contract of forward Luis Suarez.Inter Milan and PSG have been linked with a shock move for the Argentine maestro in recent weeks.last_img read more

How Risky Is Cold OSB Wall Sheathing?

How Risky Is Cold OSB Wall Sheathing?

first_imgDuring the winter months, wall sheathing is usually cold. Cold sheathing is risky, since it tends to accumulate moisture during the winter. Unless the sheathing can dry out during the summer months, damp sheathing can rot.Cold sheathing can get wet from two directions. It can get wet from the exterior, due to leaks through defective flashing or a poorly detailed water-resistive barrier (WRB). It can also get wet on the interior, due to a phenomenon traditionally called “condensation,” but more accurately called sorption. (As building scientist William Rose likes to say, “Capillary materials do not exhibit condensation at the dew point.”)Most wood-framed walls are somewhat leaky. Interior air can leak into wall cavities through cracks around electrical boxes and cracks between the drywall and the wall’s bottom plate. When the warm air reaches the cold wall sheathing, one of two things usually happens: frost can form on the sheathing, or, at temperatures above freezing, the sheathing (which is hygroscopic or “sorptive”) can gain moisture from the air. (The source of the moisture taken on by sorption can be either interior or exterior moisture; for further details on moisture sources, see Bill Rose’s posted comment below.)Most cold-climate homes have wall sheathing that gains moisture every winter. Usually, however, the wall sheathing doesn’t rot, because:Building components can survive occasional wetting, as long as the rate of drying exceeds the rate of wetting. If, on an annual basis, the wall dries more than it gets wet, it will probably be okay.Probably — but not necessarily. In many areas of the U.S., OSB-sheathed walls have failed at an alarming rate. A combination of factors — poorly installed WRBs, air leaks through drywall, and the use of claddings (like stucco) that dry very slowly — have caused… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

U.K. Judges Say Apple Is Getting Cute With Samsung Court Order

U.K. Judges Say Apple Is Getting Cute With Samsung Court Order

first_imgTags:#Apple#infringement#Samsung dan rowinski More than a few people were eager to see how Apple would comply with a British appellate-court order this summer to state publicly  that tablet competitor Samsung had not copied its iPad design. Well, it’s done so, and at least three people — the appellate judges — are unhappy with Apple’s effort. Here’s the statement on apple.com.Look at Apple’s statement below.  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Apple, which had charged in the U.K. that Samsung infringed on its registered designs, but the original judge disagreed and took the unsusual step of ordering Apple to publicly state that it’s accusation was false.According to The Guardian, the three-judge panel said that Apple’s statement does not comply and is erroneous. It has ordered Apple to publish a notice on its home page within 48 hours pointing to a corrected statement in, “not less than 11-point font,” according to the Guardian. Apple said that it could not comply in less than 14 days, which at least one judge found incredible. Specifically, the judges took issue with how Apple its acknowledgement included statements from the original judge, Colin Birss;  information about other, German, infringement actions; and the Apple vs. Samsung patent trial in California, which Apple won this summer. According to Bloomberg, Apple lawyer Michael Beloff said of the court order and his firm’s response, “the only purpose is to dispel commercial uncertainty,” and that it was not “designed to punish, it is not designed to make us grovel.”I think that the way Apple has fought the U.K. ruling and now how it has acted on its court-ordered obligations shows a company that thinks it is above the law. It is easy to imagine a boardroom full of Apple executives turning purple over the British court order. So, the best way to avoid looking bad is to fuzz the situation to make itself look good rather than give Samsung (and the U.K. court) an inch. I think sometimes the high road is the one that holds the most honor, gains the most respect. Apple had an opportunity to both dispel commercial uncertaintly and regain honor and respect. It failed.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

SDL SM2: Find Out What People Are Saying About Your Business On Social Media

SDL SM2: Find Out What People Are Saying About Your Business On Social Media

first_img(This post is sponsored by SDL-SM2, a social-media analytical tool for small- and medium-sized businesses and small agencies.)Tracking and measuring social media is no longer just a nice-to-have for businesses – it’s now a core essential of any modern marketing plan. And that’s true for giant multinational corporations as well as small businesses, agencies, researchers and even social-data hobbyists. Where Does Social Media Monitoring Start?Typically, identifying the Who and Where of social media conversations about your brand and market is a great place to start. The next step is to drill down into word associations and sentiment analysis: What words are people using to describe your products and services, and what are the values associated with those words? And to fully understand where your brand stands in the market, you need to know what people sareaying about your competitors.What does all this mean in practical terms for your business? SDL SM2 makes it easier to identify your most likely prospects. By understanding where they spend time online and what they like to talk about, you can tailor your marketing to be more efficient and effective. And you can get this information without running expensive, intrusive and time-consuming surveys, questionnaires and focus groups.SDL SM2 is available at affordable prices via credit card on flexible month-by-month payment terms with no long term commitment.For more information on Social Media Platforms for Small Businesses, check out SDL’s Cheat Sheet Inforgraphic. Tags:#marketing#small business#social media#social networking Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Yes, They Really Are Talking About YouIf you’re new to social media monitoring, you might think no one’s talking about your business at all. But that’s probably not the case. More likely, they’re talking plenty, you just don’t know about it.Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to listen in with SDL SM2, the entry-level, self-serve product offering from the SDL Social Intelligence Division. SDL SM2 offers automated sentiment analysis of more than 60 billion social conversations on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter as well as forums, blogs and wikis going back to 2007 – in your choice of more than 50 languages. It includes customizable and shareable real-time dashboards and the ability to segment the data with category rules. You can even export social media data into Excel or SPSS for further analysis.Social media monitoring isn’t just an academic exercise. It’s all about helping you achieve your business goals: strengthening your brand, staying relevant to customers and driving revenue.Monitoring social data is critical because it:Provides both current and historical informationCan help predict consumers’ behavior Delivers pure, customer-generated feedbackOffers unique insight into competitor activity and perceptionsProduces deep understanding of customers – beyond their relationship to your brandcenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… ReadWrite Sponsorslast_img read more

Maddie Madayag looks at back her journey to being one of Ateneo’s leaders

Maddie Madayag looks at back her journey to being one of Ateneo’s leaders

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PBA: Ginebra ends two-game skid, clobbers Columbian MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES Maddie Madayag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It’s been quite a journey for Maddie Madayag in the five years she’s been with Ateneo.From being one of the quiet supporters in the bench area during her first two years, she’s slowly risen the ranks and is now one of the Lady Eagles’ most prominent leaders to earn the co-captain spot with Bea De Leon.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games07:50BYS Academy: Create a Fall Glam Makeup Look02:42PH 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 Everything started from Valdez and youngsters like Madayag had to follow the leader.If Valdez’ had nearly individual share of the leadership during her time, the case couldn’t be said for Madayag, De Leon and the other seniors in the team.READ: Madayag wants to set example for young stars“There are a lot of us leading the team,” said Madayag who’s finishing her Interdisciplinary Studies course in Ateneo. “I have Kat [Tolentino], there’s Bea, Kim [Gequillana], and Ponggay [Gaston].”“There’s constant communication between us on how we can all help the team become better.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting And now that she’s entering the final UAAP season of her career, Madayag can’t help but acknowledge the change she herself underwent.READ: Madayag to Ateneo doubters: ‘Watch this season and see us play’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Before we just followed and did what Ate Ly said or did,” said Madayag in Filipino Friday at Blue Eagle Gym. “We just did what we were told to.”Maddie Madayag says leadership in Ateneo is not just placed on her shoulders with teammates Kat Tolentino and Bea De Leon there to guide the team with her. pic.twitter.com/C6BVygSDm0— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) February 1, 2019Madayag was talking about Alyssa Valdez, Ateneo’s most successful women’s volleyball player with three MVPs and two championships in the UAAP, who led the team during the middle part of the decade.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View commentslast_img read more

Olympiacos: Its a Start…

Olympiacos: Its a Start…

first_imgA mediocre Olympiacos (better in the first half) came away with a 0-1 victory against Arouca in Portugal for the first leg of the Europa League Playoff Qualifying Round. The win puts Olympiacos in the driver’s seat to qualify for the Group Stage of the competition before next week’s second leg in Greece. The only goal of the game came from Seba midway through the first half.Olympiacos took control of the match early on as Arouca sat back and “waited” for the Greek Champions. The Erythrolefki kept the possession and pressed in Arouca’s penalty area with Seba and Ideye wasting chances to open the score. The breakthrough came in the 27th minute when a brilliant pass from Cambiasso found Pardo, who played a great ball to Seba and his well-placed tap-in gave Olympiacos 0-1 lead. After a good showing in the first half, Olympiacos took their 0-1 lead into the break.Arouca became more of a threat in the second half as Olympiacos failed to create opportunities to score. Arouca came close to an equalizer with Gonzalez’s solo effort (passed Botia, Figueiras, da Costa) leaving him one-one-one with Kapino, but Olympiacos’ keeper kept the hosts off the board. Olympiacos responded with a chance of their own with Cambiasso missing the target from Seba’s pinpoint cross. Arouca pressed for the equalizer with their final chance coming from a free-kick where Kapino once again denied the hots. The final whistle came with a sigh of relief for the Greek Champions, giving them the clear advantage before next week’s match in Greece.The win will restore some confidence in the team after their disappointing elimination to Hapoel Be’er Sheva in Champions League Qualifying. Additionally, it buys them more time as they continue to “rebuild” their new team for the upcoming SuperLeague and Europa League season. Olympiacos will host Arouca next Thursday to confirm their place in the Europa League Group Stage.Source: AGONAsport.com (Facebook – Instagram)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more