Ohio’s Buehler vying for National FFA office

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s candidate to become National FFA Officer for 2017-2018 is Mary Buehler, former president of the Ohio FFA Association. She continues to be in contention for national office.“It’s really neat to transition from state president to national officer candidate,” Buehler said. “A lot of those people that I met throughout my year last year — those members — they are what have inspired me to run as a national officer and I’ve been getting a lot of texts and messages from them as encouragement and I just hope I can represent Ohio to the best of my ability.”Buehler must go through a number of interviews that whittle down the amount of blue corduroy-clad young people hoping to lead the organization over the next year.“It started back in June. I was chosen for a candidate for Ohio so it’s been all sorts of prep and studying since then. I drove to Indy on Friday evening and we started the process bright and early at 7 a.m. on Saturday. I’ve had three rounds of interviews so far and one more to go before we find out who’s going to be advancing on.”Buehler offers advice to FFA members experience the 90th National FFA Convention.“I would say just to soak up the awesomeness that is convention. It’s so empowering to be in such a big sea of blue and to meet people from all across the nation. There’s a lot of really neat people. Lock in that encouragement and inspiration and bring it back home with you.”last_img read more

Facebook Announces “Send” Button: A “Like” With Context

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Over the past year, we’ve become accustomed to using Facebook’s “Like” button for a variety of reasons – to show approval, to agree with a sentiment, to follow a brand and to share content. For this last function, however, the Like button can be a bit of a blunt tool when what’s really needed is a precision instrument.Today, Facebook announced the “Send” button. By using Send, Facebook users will be able to share content with specific groups of friends, rather than everyone on their friends list, giving them the precision sharing tool they’ve needed all along.The Facebook Send button launches today with 50 partner sites and will likely be implemented by more site quickly. Most often, it will likely accompany the Like button and allows users to share content with their friends by email, Facebook message or as a post to a Group’s wall.A year ago, we launched the Like button, which gives you a quick way to share the things you find on the web with all your friends. But there are times when you find something that you only want to share with a few specific people.Say you’re on Orbitz and want to tell your roommates about a great idea for a summer vacation, or you come across a Huffington Post article that you only want to share with people at work. With the new Send button, now you can share things with any of your Groups or individual friends on Facebook.As noted, Facebook’s Like button just celebrated its first birthday last week. In the last year, the button has been integrated on more than 2.5 million websites, with 10,000 new websites adding the button daily. Will the Share button, which is integrated similarly with a few lines of code, share in the Like button’s popularity?Facebook says that Groups, which launched just six months ago, now number well over 50 million. The ability to direct your content sharing on Facebook from third-party sites could certainly boost the popularity of Groups and catapult the popularity of a Send button, despite the simple, no-hassle, easy-to-understand functionality of the Like button. Related Posts center_img Tags:#Facebook#news#NYT#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos mike melansonlast_img read more

Use of Spray Foam Insulation Drops

first_imgBuilders may be backing away from spray foam insulation.Between 2008 and 2012, spray foam’s market share grew from 3% in new home construction to 11%, a nearly four-fold increase. But last year, according to a survey from the Home Innovation Research Labs, its market share fell to about 8% as more builders returned to an old favorite: fiberglass.Fiberglass batts and blown-in fiberglass continue to dominate the insulation market with 55% and 19% shares respectively, the Home Innovation Annual Builder Practices Survey found. Other choices include rock wool, rigid foam board, and cellulose.“While we all recognize that a one-year data shift does not constitute a trend in building product usage, this may be signaling a change in the home insulation landscape,” the report said.Researchers found a variety of reasons for the spike in interest for spray-foam insulation, which is a more expensive option than cellulose or fiberglass but is valued for its high R-values (roughly R-6 per inch for closed-cell spray polyurethane) and its air-sealing qualities in floors, walls, and roofs.Using closed-cell foam on the underside of the roof deck turns the attic into a conditioned space and allows builders to put heating and air conditioning ducts as well as HVAC equipment in the attic without paying an energy penalty. Builders have an easier time of explaining the benefits of spray foam to home buyers, the report said, and using the insulation makes it easier to comply with tougher energy codes.Some builders are still willing to pay the higher cost for spray foam insulation, and it’s found a niche in luxury homes and with builders who do ten or fewer homes per year, the report said. But overall, fiberglass is king, with a market share that actually grew slightly between 2012 and 2013. It’s used in about 75% of new homes. A variety of factors may explain the declineThe report said that it’s not entirely clear why fewer builders seem to be using spray foam, but the Annual Builder Practices Survey of 2013 points to a number of possible reasons. For one, the survey found that builders were trying to economize by using fewer and less expensive materials in the houses they build, the report said.In addition, there are now other options for building well-insulated homes with lower air leakage rates, including Huber Zip roof and wall sheathing, spray-on air sealants, denser fiberglass batts with higher R-values per inch, raised-heel trusses (also called energy trusses) that allow more insulation to be installed at the perimeter of the building, and foam-board wall sheathing.Another possible explanation comes in the mix of homes that are being built. Spray foam insulation is more common in high-end homes, the report said, but the market seems to be shifting toward multifamily rentals.“And there is another very simple reason that may be at play — some home builders tried spray foam insulation but have returned to the materials they were using before,” the report says. “A survey conducted by Home Innovation Labs in 2013 showed that 30 percent of builders who have used spray foam in the past are not using it now.“In our research, we often hear builders state that fiberglass, by far the most popular home insulation material, is simply the most cost-effective, easy-to-install material for most applications.”last_img read more

How Mastercard wants to become your new travel ticket

first_imgPublic transportation systems around the world are very different. Ticketing systems and route information are often confusing and rarely convenient for the user. But what if your credit card could act as a Fifth Element-style multipass enabling you to board that commuter train or bus with a wave of your hand?This is the idea behind Mastercard’s initiative to make its contactless payment system to work getting people around town, or cross-country, with ease.Embracing contactless paymentsMore than 80 cities around the globe are enabling commuters to pay for their train or bus pass by tapping their card on an onboard terminal. For users that prefer to use their smartphones as a contactless payment medium, this feature will work for them, as well.This allows holders of a Mastercard to skip the ticket lines and hop on board with a tap or a swipe. London, a city with one of the largest public transportation systems in the world, introduced contactless payments in 2014. Since then, an incredible 40% of daily pay-as-you-go trips are taken by passengers using this system.See also: How contactless payments can help disaster-proof smart citiesCommuter rail lines in New York are set up so travelers can “Masterpass” their ticket. Singapore is following suit, becoming the first city to offer contactless ticketing in the Asian market.“While every city has its own characteristics, virtually all of them are dealing with congestion and pollution, hence they are eager to shift passengers from cars to public transport,” said Pablo Tomasi, senior analyst, smart cities and IoT, IHS Markit. “With constraints on their budgets, cities are looking for smart, cost efficient ticketing and demand management solutions that enhance urban life.”Mastercard showcased this technology during the Global Public Transportation Summit in Montreal this week. Mobile ticketing and contactless payments are a key part of Mastercard’s strategy to extend its reach and provide a value-add for its customers.What are long-term implications?Mobile ticketing and contactless payments are an appealing addition to any public transportation system. These systems have long been struggling with a ticketing bottleneck. Having a simple, one-step solution for passengers to board and pay their fare makes life easier not only for Mastercard’s customers but countless other passengers in the transportation system.This isn’t an exclusive system for Mastercard customers. Visa, American Express, and other payment system providers have long been pushing to make it easier for their customers to use their services. Time will tell whether or not this system will make public transportation more appealing to the larger market. Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Ryan Matthew Pierson Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…center_img How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#MasterCard#Payments#travel IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

Are You Really Responsible for Your Increased Revenue?

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now High water covers a lot of stumps. It’s not until the water recedes that the stumps are revealed to you.Right now, the economy is humming along rather nicely. Companies are generally doing well, growing, and spending money. Because your clients are doing well, you are doing well right along with them. You might have 12 percent or 15 percent growth this year, a fact that should make you happy. But a closer look might dampen your spirits a little.How much of your growth is really your client’s growth and not your own? What percentage of your increase is really the fact that some of your clients—and maybe even a subset of clients in a certain industry—are producing your performance improvement?“But wait,” you say. “These are clients we expected to grow. This is a good thing, Iannarino.” And I agree that it is a good thing. But how much of a good thing? If your goal was 12 percent growth and 8 percent of that growth comes from your existing clients, then the growth of new revenue is 4 percent. Maybe that’s what you expected, and maybe it isn’t. Would 4 percent be the right growth number for new revenue when the economy slows, or when your existing clients reduce their spending in the future?Do your increased sales really belong to your client’s growth? Is their growth covering up your lack of growth? Could it be hiding a problem that you will not recognize until sometime in the future when it is too late to do anything to change your results quickly enough?If you look at your sales results, would you be able to generate the 12 percent or 15 percent growth with the opportunities in your pipeline now? Would you risk going backward in an economy that was just average or slightly below average?Make hay while the sun is shining, but don’t pretend that good fortune isn’t responsible for some part of the success your experiencing.last_img read more

Shraddha is a very dear friend, I am yet to find love: Aditya Roy Kapur

first_imgAditya Roy Kapur, who is ready with his next release in romantic comedy Dawat-E-Ishq, says he is yet to discover love in real life. The film has been directed by National-award-winner Habib Faisal and also stars Parineeti Chopra.Aditya Roy Kapur plays a cook named Tariq, who is from Lucknow while Parineeti is a sales representative from Hyderabad in the movie, releasing on September 19.”I have been in a relationship and which I thought was love but it was not. I am still discovering love. Hopefully, I will be meeting the right person one day. But I am not looking for it actively. If it has to happen, it will,” Aditya said.The buzz in B-Town is that he is dating his Aashiqui 2 co-star Shraddha Kapoor.When asked about Shraddha, Aditya said, “She is a very dear friend and that’s it. The media has written a lot about us and I believe that is part and parcel of being an actor.”Aditya Roy Kapur is said to be dating Shraddha KapoorAditya believes that media focuses more on his personal life than his career. “I don’t get affected by all these stories. My mood doesn’t depend on what I read. What matters to me is how my family and close friends feel.”Aditya Roy Kapur says he had to read up a lot to prepare for his role in the movie.”The zone which I have entered in the film is completely alien to me. I have never been to Lucknow and I can’t cook. The best I can do is make coffee, scrambled eggs and Maggi! I completely went with his direction. My father is an excellent cook so I took a few chopping lessons from him which really came handy during the shoots.”advertisementAditya will be seen in a new avatar in the film as he will be sporting a crew cut with ‘surma’ in his eyes.”As an actor I feel one should use his look to trick people. My director wanted me to adapt this look as he felt the audience needed to see a new character on screen.”Aditya, who will be starting his new film Fitoor next month with veteran actress Rekha and Katrina Kaif, feels a film takes time to happen.”Post Aashiqui 2 I wanted to see how the industry reacted to my performance. That took about two months and then I waited for a few good projects. Before signing Dawat- E-Ishq I came across few more offers but none of them interested me. This film has a soul and I went for it. And to sign and shoot for the film it took another few months.”Aditya’s siblings include producer Siddharth Roy Kapur and actor Kunal Roy Kapur, who has done films like Delhi Belly and Nautanki Saala. The trio has not discussed about doing a film together.”Actually, the thought never occurred to us. I can’t just call up Siddharth and ask him to make a film where all of us will be part of. We are all a close knit family. Vidya Balan is an excellent actress we all look upto her. Every Sunday we meet for lunch whenever we are in Mumbai and we all talk about several things.”Aditya, whose earlier films London Dreams and Action Replayy did not work at the box office, is happy with the way his career is shaping up post Aashiqui 2.”I am happy that post Aashiqui 2, I am getting opportunities to work with big names. Life has given me a chance. I never looked at my failures? I wish to continue my journey doing better films in coming years.”last_img read more

21 hours agoREVEALED: Man City rejected Bernardo Silva as teen

first_imgREVEALED: Man City rejected Bernardo Silva as teenby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveBernardo Silva was rejected by Manchester City as a teenager.Super agent Jorge Mendes touted the Portuguese star when he was an emerging force at Benfica but City opted not to make a move. In an extract from the book ‘Pep’s City: The making of a Superteam’ published by Goal, it was revealed that Mendes had said: “You need to realise that Bernardo’s going to become the best in the world.”He eventually joined the club for £43m. Silva, 25, has emerged as one of City’s most important players and was nominated on the long list for this year’s Ballon d’Or. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Cong manifesto full of lies PM Modi

first_imgPasighat (Arunachal Pradesh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday tore into the Congress, terming its manifesto as a “hypocrisy document” which was “full of lies”. Addressing his second rally in Arunachal Pradesh within a week, the prime minister cited the Congress manifesto for the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, and said it had promised that every house would have electricity by 2009. “However, till 2014 around 18,000 houses were unelectrified… Just like them (the Congress), their manifesto is corrupt and full of lies. Therefore, it should be called hypocrisy document, not a manifesto,” Modi said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Congress President Rahul Gandhi Tuesday released his party’s manifesto for Lok Sabha polls, making jobs creation, addressing farm distress, bringing a single moderate rate of GST and giving Rs 72,000 per annum to poor families as key focus if the party comes to power. The prime minister also charged that the Congress was fooling farmer in the name of votes, whereas the BJP government has always been with them. “We never committed the sin of betraying farmers but we introduced the mechanism from seed to market,” the PM said. Modi said the upcoming Lok Sabha polls will be about the choice between “trust and corruption, and about resolution and conspiracy”. Simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the state assembly will be held on April 11.last_img read more

Israel to free 26 Palestinians on Monday

first_imgThe 26 Palestinian prisoners Israel has agreed to free as part of ongoing peace talks will be released on Monday, a source in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said.Netanyahu had agreed to the release of 104 Palestinian prisoners in line with commitments to the US-backed peace talks, which resumed in July, and groups have been freed on August 13 and October 30.“Their release should come on Monday night after the 48-hour delay given for appeals from victims’ families to the supreme court,” the official in Netanyahu’s office told AFP on condition of anonymity. In the past, Israel’s supreme court has turned down all appeals against the release of Palestinian prisoners.Netanyahu’s government gave the green light on Saturday for the latest tranche of prisoners to be freed.“All of the released prisoners perpetrated offences prior to the (1993) Oslo accords and have served sentences of 19-28 years,” an Israeli government statement on Saturday said.“If any of those to be released resume hostile activity they will be returned to serve the remainder of their sentences,” the statement warned.The planned release of the latest group of detainees comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry prepares for a fresh tour of the region on New Year’s Day to try to push talks forward.It will be his 10th trip to Israel and the West Bank since March, with his most recent visit in early December.Kerry has been piling on the pressure in a bid to nudge the Palestinians and Israelis to reach an interim framework ahead of a full accord ahead of a deadline set to expire in late April.Meanwhile, Israel is set to announce plans for new settlement construction to coincide with the prisoners’ release, an official said on Thursday.Media reports say the plans are for 1,400 settler homes.Kerry and the European Union earlier this month urged Netanyahu to delay plans to announce new settlement construction on land Palestinians want for their future state.But Netanyahu was bullish in the face of international pressure over settlement construction.“We will not stop, even for a moment, building our country and becoming stronger, and developing… the settlement enterprise,” he told members of his rightwing Likud party last week.last_img read more

Moroccos FM sees positive prospects in Middle East peace process

first_imgParis- Morocco’s minister of foreign affair and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, saw on Sunday positive prospects to reach an agreement on various aspects in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.The official who took part in a meeting of the Arab League’s follow-up committee of the Arab peace initiative, held in Paris in the presence of US Secretary of state John Kerry, Mezouar told MAP “convergences of viewpoints between various parties are starting to appear”, stressing that the Arab side requested during the meeting explanations on some points.He added that John Kerry has brought “concrete answers”, noting that there one or two items that need to be deepened. Mezouar was upbeat that a final solution will be reached in the coming weeks, stressing that “the Arab side has supported the US peace initiative and commended efforts by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas “.last_img read more