OCA members to offer over 115 consignments in Replacement Female Sale

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Several members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will sell over 115 consignments in the OCA Replacement Female Sale on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at 6 p.m. at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Company facility in Zanesville, Ohio. Consignments include approximately 30 mature cows, less than five years of age, and approximately 85 bred heifers.Breeds represented will include Angus, Angus x Red Angus, Polled Hereford, Red Angus, Simmental, Simmental x Angus, Simmental x Red Angus, and crossbred. Service sires represented include Angus, Hereford, Maine-Anjou, Red Angus and Simmental.“Now is an excellent time for producers to add quality replacement heifers to their herds,” says John Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator. “The economic forecast for the cow-calf segment of the beef industry is very good for the next few years. Feeder calf prices remain strong from a historical perspective and the future looks positive as well. This sale represents an excellent opportunity for cow-calf producers to add quality bred heifers to their herds and potentially take advantage of the positive economic outlook for the beef industry.”last_img read more

How to Become a Building Enclosure Control Freak

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESAll About Water-Resistive BarriersVapor Retarders and Vapor BarriersDo I Need a Vapor Retarder?All About Wall RotQuestions and Answers About Air Barriers Frank Lloyd Wright was a control freak. This was a guy who not only designed houses but also all of the trim details and even the furniture.No, you’re right. That’s not really enough evidence to convict him. The really damning part is that he also placed the furniture exactly where he wanted it in the homes he designed… and expected you to keep it there! If you owned one of his homes, you better hope he never visited and found the furniture out of place. If so, you’d get a good scolding. Then he’d put the furniture back where it was supposed to go. Control freak!Sadly, his personal life was a mess, and his control didn’t extend to some areas where it would have helped more than in the placement of furniture, but let’s focus simply on the idea of control for now. If you design, build, inspect, rate, or verify buildings, I want you to be a control freak, too. Not about furniture — about control layers.One of the biggest knowledge gaps I see in the world of building is the understanding of the properties and uses of the various materials used in building homes. For example, I ask this question a lot in our classes and when I speak: What is the purpose of housewrap?I usually get told that it’s an air barrier or a vapor barrier. I rarely get told what it’s really for. It’s one material you can use as a really important control layer in the building enclosure. But what’s it supposed to control? Become a control freak.Here’s what you want to control in a building:HeatAirLiquid waterWater vaporUnderstand also that controlling doesn’t necessarily mean stopping. Let’s take a look at these and see what materials we can use as control layers for them.Controlling heatThis one’s easy and obvious, right? You use insulation to control the flow of heat across the building enclosure. Yeah, that part’s easy, but there are a lot of choices for insulation materials. Some of them also qualify as air barriers or vapor retarders or both. It’s not a problem doubling up to control heat and air, but you’ve gotta be careful with vapor retarders.The Passive House folks are the total control freaks in this area.Controlling airThis one’s easy in theory, too. Seal up the house as tight as you can. The old myth that a house needs to breathe has been thoroughly debunked. Unfortunately, not everyone has gotten the message. I’ve talked with home builders, even here in Georgia where they have to pass a Blower Door test, who still believe that you shouldn’t air-seal a house too much or you’ll make it ‘too tight.’ Sorry! Not true.Be a total control freak here and get the air leakage as low as you can, as they did in this net-zero home in Tennessee.Controlling liquid waterThis is probably the most important control layer of all. Wait, no, it is the most important control layer because if you screw this one up, your house fails, sometimes quicker than you might imagine. If you’re not absolutely maniacal about being a control freak here, it could well come back to bite you.And this is what hous wrap does. It’s a drainage plane behind your cladding (siding, brick, stucco…) that keeps water away from the more vulnerable materials behind it. It needs to have proper flashing at all openings for windows and doors, be layered in a shingling fashion so water doesn’t get funneled to the back side, and sealed at the seams.Of course, housewrap is only one of many types of drainage plane. You can also use a product like Huber’s Zip sheathing, rigid foam board, or any number of other materials.This is where Frank Lloyd Wright could’ve used some help in being a better control freak. Some of his spectacularly gorgeous buildings had some spectacular liquid water failures. It may be nice to work in a striking-looking building, but if I had to listen to that water dripping into the bucket by my desk all day, it’d drive me crazy. To be fair, though, he didn’t have the kinds of materials to work with that we have today.Whatever you do here, be a total control freak with liquid water.Controlling water vaporThis is probably the most confusing one. A lot of people think housewrap is a vapor barrier. Guess what? It’s not even close! It’s got a permeance well outside the range of even a Class III vapor retarder.And speaking of permeance, be sure you understand the difference between permeance and permeability as well as the three classes of vapor retarders. Go now and read my article about water vapor if this is a mystery to you. Once you thoroughly understand this, it may be clear to you that you don’t even need a vapor barrier.The thing about controlling water vapor is that you sometimes need to stop, and sometimes you need to let it flow. In a really cold climate, we stop it on the inside of a wall but not on the outside. In a mixed-humid climate, like Atlanta, you don’t want a vapor barrier on either the inside or outside.The Perfect WallJoe Lstiburek likes to talk about what he calls the Perfect Wall. It’s got all the proper control layers and puts them in places where the assembly can work in any climate. Check it out. I combobulated the Perfect Wall a while back. (In case you’re wondering, I just got tired of seeing so much discombobulation in the world.)Control the flows!There you have it — a quick overview of your path to becoming a control freak. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

Top 10 Mobile Devices Of 2012

first_imgYou have to give credit to Samsung for thinking big. Really big.The Note II is the next iteration of its “phablet” smartphone/tablet that employs the embedded S Pen stylus. It is a 5.55-inch smartphone made for the large of hand or those who want a small tablet that can make real phone calls. Samsung, one of the few companies in the world that can pull off multiple flagship devices, believes that the Note II is the pinnacle of innovation from all the disparate devices that the company produces. The Note II improves on TouchWiz of the Galaxy S III, provides a plethora of “S” apps (like Notes and entertainment) and finds creative uses for the stylus (which also saw significant improvement from the original Note). The Note II is not for everybody, but it has a lot to like.Best Feature: S Pen. Improved camera and gallery software. Worst Feature: The size can be odd and awkward unless you are in the market for an extremely large smartphone. Limited apps for the S Pen.See Also:Samsung Galaxy Note II: The Tale Of The Comically Large SmartphoneSamsung Desperately Wants You To Believe In Its “Year Of Innovation” 8. Microsoft Surface In the fall of 2011, Amazon did something that that no company had been able to do up to that point: effectively compete with Apple’s iPad. Amazon did this by releasing a tablet that severely undercut Apple’s original slate on price while also offering a host of entertainment capabilities. At $199, the Kindle Fire was priced to sell.The problem with the original Kindle Fire is that it was not really a quality device. It used a stripped down version of Android Gingerbread 2.3.6 and ignored many common hardware features that many people would expect. It was boxy and slow, a shadow of its iPad competition.Google was paying attention. If Amazon proved the market for a cheap 7-inch tablet, Google moved to perfect it. The result? The Nexus 7, a good quality 7-inch tablet announced in June and shipped in July that is perhaps the best tablet you can find at its price. It is a Nexus device, which means it is a flagship for the newest version of Android and a template that other manufacturers can work upon. It is thin but sturdy, features a front-end camera and quality set of hardware, satiating consumers looking for an iPad alternative at a fraction of the price. Best Features: Form factor (thin build plus screen size), Android Jelly Bean.Worst Features: Does not meet the iPad on battery life, screen resolution and durability.See Also:An iPad-Toting Mom Reviews the Google Nexus 7The Android Nexus 7 Tablet (and Jelly Bean) ExplainedGoogle’s New Nexus 7 Tablet Gives Android an Instant BoostGoogle Nexus 7 Makes Amazon Kindle Fire Irrelevant6. Kindle Fire HD 8.9Kindle Fire by AmazonGiven the success of the original Kindle Fire, people anxiously looked towards the 2012 refresh of Amazon’s tablets. In turn, Amazon pleased its fans by releasing not one but two new Fires this year. Both were significant upgrades over the original. The most significant upgrade for the Fire line was the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. Amazon included much of what was missing in the original Fire, including a higher quality screen, a front-facing camera, a dual-core processor and a better graphics processor. The 8.9-inch version (Amazon also released an upgrade for the 7-inch Fire) is big enough that it will please consumers looking for larger tablets at cheap prices but small enough to not seem overly awkward. The Fire still runs off a derivation of Android and sports easy access to all of Amazon’s media properties such as books, movies, TV shows and music. Best Feature: Amazon media services.Worst Feature: The handicapping of Android. Amazon does not let users download apps from Google Play, instead forcing them to the Amazon Appstore for Android. That also means that Google services like a native Gmail app, Google Maps, Chrome for Android and others are missing, replaced by inferior Amazon products. See Also:What The Kindle Fire Says About Amazon’s Whispered PhoneA Close-Up Look At Amazon’s New Kindles7. Samsung Galaxy Note II What? You thought we would let Samsung have the top spot by itself?Not a chance.The biggest story of 2012 has been the war between Apple and Samsung. In the courts, on retail shelves, in commercials and media publications, in consumers pockets and in their hearts – the war between Apple and Samsung has been a bitter, if highly entertaining battle all year.So, in a hat tip to a year dominated by Apple and Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5 are co-best devices of the year. The iPhone 5 is the marvel of industrial design in the smartphone industry. It is hard to quantify this if you have not held one. When you do, your thoughts instantly turn to, “Oh man, this thing is so light, so thin. It is beautiful.”For any other criticisms that the iPhone 5 can have levied at it, the flagship smartphone from Apple is indeed worthy of aesthetic praise. Apple also finally included LTE in the iPhone 5, increased the screen size, improved the internal hardware and performance all the while keeping a similar degree of battery life to the previous iPhone models. Apple added several important new features in iOS 6 such as Facebook integration, improved Siri functions, PassBook and new camera features. Apple also ditched Google Maps in feature of its own Maps app, what the industry may refer to as a work in progress.Best Feature: Size, weight, screen, camera and iOS 6 improvements.Worst Feature: No Near Field Communications, something which many people in the mobile payments industry greatly wished for. Maps. See Also:My Week With The iPhone 5: The First Of ~104?Die Hard 5: New iPhone 5 Aces Torture Tests [Video]iPhone 5’s Lightning Connector Is A Bigger Problem Than Apple ThinksWhy I’ll Buy An iPhone 5 (& Mark Zuckerberg Will, Too)iPhone 5: Apple’s Biggest, Smartest, Fastest Yet3. iPad Mini 2012 was a big year in mobile. We have never seen a year like this where there were so many quality devices from so many disparate suppliers all competing for the interest of consumers and enterprises. What were the best of the best? We rank the top 10 smartphones and tablets below:1. Samsung Galaxy S III Nokia, like Samsung, is trying to think differently. Too bad that the interface of Windows Phone does not leave much room for creativity because there are several fine aspects of the Lumia 920 that can be commended. Nokia has one of the most progressive approaches to NFC of any other mobile manufacturer with speakers and headphones that can transfer music playing on the smartphone to the other device and back. Nokia also is one of the first major manufacturers to go all in on wireless charging. The Lumia 920 boasts one of the best cameras in the smartphone market with superior optics and software. The Lumia 920 comes with a 4.5-inch screen in a variety of colors. It may be a touch heavier than many consumers are used to (especially if you just held an iPhone 5) but that does not necessarily take away from its usefulness. Best Feature: NFC capabilities, wireless charging, camera. Worst Feature: Size and weight. See Also:Nokia Lumia 920: Not The Windows Phone For MeNokia’s New Lumia 920 Could Raise Smartphone Bar With Windows Phone 8[Photos] Highlights Of The New Nokia Lumia 820 and 920Smartphone Makers Turn Desperate 2012 was a rough year for Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC. It lost ground to Samsung in the Android market, faced injunctions from Apple (and eventually was forced into a patent settlement) and saw consecutive quarters of poor revenue. All of this bad news for HTC came despite the fact that it made several of the top smartphones of the year. The One X (and its next iteration the One X+) headline this mini-renaissance from HTC. It is a 4.7-inch smartphone on AT&T that is thin and comfortable, sports a dual-core processor (quad-core for the One X+), quality camera (though behind that of some other smartphones on this list) and a simple yet quality skin with Sense 4. The One X is a smartphone that people take notice of and, sometimes, mistake for a Galaxy S III considering that they are virtually the same exact size. Many Android users prefer HTC’s flagship over the Galaxy S III. Best Feature: Uni-body design, screen size, Sense 4. Worst Feature: As is often the case, a feature can be both a strength and a weakness. The uni-body design also means there is no removable battery for the One X. See Also:HTC One X: Today’s Best Android SmartphoneWhy Samsung’s Profits Are Growing as HTC’s PlummetHTC Isn’t Dead Yet – But It Is Feeling Mighty Ill5. Nexus 7 Apple, a company that normally is shrouded in secrecy, did not do a very good job of keeping its secrets in 2012. By the time the iPhone 5 was released, we had a pretty good idea of what exactly it entailed. Yet, at the end of the year, there was one big question that nobody had really been able to verify: Would Apple really release an iPad Mini?We expected it during the iPhone 5 announcement. It did not materialize. Apple then announced a surprise product launch at the end of October. This time, it really was the Mini. Apple also came out of left field with a fourth-generation large screen iPad. Nobody saw that coming. The Mini is a 7.85-inch tablet that is thin and functional. It does not have the same high-quality display that the original iPad has but it fits a market niche for smaller tablet screen sizes that had come to be dominated by the likes of Amazon’s Fire series of slates and Google’s Nexus 7. The market demanded a smaller, cheaper tablet from and Apple delivered with the Mini.Best features: Screen real estate in a smaller tablet form factor, thinness and weight.Worst Features: Overall size. It is not quite as easily held as a 7-inch tablet, making it a tweener between the one-handed Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire and the larger tablets like the Microsoft Surface, 9.7-inch iPad and Nexus 10.See Also:Apple Announces iPad mini Starting At $329, Dives Headlong Into Small-Tablet MarketiPad Mini Review: Few Surprises, Lots Of QuestionsAt $329, Can Apple’s iPad Mini Compete With Google & Amazon?A Day With “The Real” iPad: Why The Mini Will Be Big4. HTC One X Related Posts Samsung pulled off a feat in 2012 that only Apple had previously been able replicate year after year. It released a flagship device that was highly anticipated by both Samsung fanboys and the consumer populace as a whole. While there may not have been any lines at AT&T or Verizon stores the day the Samsung Galaxy S III was released, smartphone enthusiasts indeed waited for the release of the S III with great enthusiasm, and have purchased the smartphone in droves.Samsung said that it had passed the 30 million sales mark for the Galaxy S III in early November. With the two biggest shopping months of the year in front of it, Samsung will likely be very pleased with how many of its flagship devices have made it into consumers’ hands. The smartphone is worthy of the praise. The Galaxy S III has a slick 4.8 screen, a responsive (if sometimes confusing) interface, quality camera and Near Field Communications capabilities. Samsung has worked hard to create a device that not only looks good, but is packed full of features. Consumers have recognized the effort and rewarded Samsung with their loyalty.Best Features: Screen size, hardware features, camera. Worst features: Some people complain about the plastic back feeling cheap. TouchWiz skin on top of Android operating system can be cluttered and confusing.See Also:Samsung Galaxy S III Tops The iPhone 4S: But It’s All About Timing[Review] Does the Samsung Galaxy S III Live Up to Its Hype?1.a iPhone 5 The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology When Google announced the Nexus 7 at its I/O in June, many people figured that the flagship Android device for 2012 would be a tablet, not a smartphone. Well, that turned out not to be the case.In October, Google announced three more Nexus devices to go with the update to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean: the Nexus 4 by LG, updated Nexus 7 by Asus and a larger tablet, the Nexus 10 by Samsung. Of these, the Nexus 4 is the device that should excite Android fans the most. It is a 4.7-inch smartphone with a 1280×768 resolution that rivals the iPhone’s Retina display. It has a quad-core processor, one of the first in a smartphone in the United States and can be used with a wireless charger. Android fans like pure power and the Nexus 4 has that, in spades. Best Feature: Quad-core processor, Android Jelly Bean 4.2.Worst Feature: Lack of 4G LTE. The Nexus 4 instead uses the “advanced 3G” standard HSPA+.See Also:Google’s Nexus 4: If You Like Huge Android Phones, You’ll Love This OneGoogle’s New Nexus Line Challenges Apple On All Fronts10. Nokia Lumia 920 What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#2012 Trends#Android#iPad#iPad mini#iPhone#microsoft surface#Samsung#smartphones#tablets dan rowinski It took a long time, but Microsoft finally came to market with an iPad competitor. The Surface runs Windows 8 and retails for $499 to start and, according to the commercials for it, is highly recommended to be used with an attachable keyboard. The Surface makes this list as much as homage to Microsoft finally hitting the tablet market as it does for being a quality device. The Surface is the type of device that Microsoft hopes can spur the adoption of Windows 8, create momentum for a dedicated hardware division and show the world that Microsoft will not be ignored in tablet industry. Best Feature: Windows 8.Worst Feature: Windows 8.  See Also:Microsoft Surface Review: The Best… SomethingWas Microsoft’s Surface A Mistake? Of Course NotMicrosoft Surface RT Reviews Are In – And They’re Mostly MediocreHands On with Microsoft’s New Surface TabletMicrosoft Surface vs. Apple iPad: Head To Head Comparison [Video]9. Nexus 4last_img read more

UST rookie Alessandrini set to miss rest of 1st round due to shoulder injury

first_imgChief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Read Next According to a source, doctors in UST told Reyes to give rest Alesssandrini even before the Ateneo game but the magnitude of the match became a necessity for the rookie to be put in the lineup.Despite the hurting shoulder, Alessandrini was still able to put up 11 points, one point shy of her 12-point average prior to the duel.Reyes said it will be up to the rest of the team to carry the scoring load and lift UST from its 1-2 record.“I won’t gamble it anymore, the other players will have to step up because if I played Alessandrini even more she might be sidelined for an even longer period,” said Reyes.ADVERTISEMENT The Golden Tigresses not only lost libero Rica Rivera due to injury, but also their prized rookie Milena Alessandrini.UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes said Sunday that Alessandrini will be out for the rest of the first round after the Filipino-Italian spiker suffered a partial tear in her right shoulder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“She has a strain on her right shoulder but she still tried to fight earlier,” said Reyes in Filipino after their four-set loss to Ateneo, 25-16m 22-25, 22-25, 23-25, at Filoil Flying V Centre. “Despite her injury, she still has the drive and the willingness.”“If you’re injured, no matter what you try to do you will be hurt but she fought until the end.” 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Racal, Cruz take blame for Alaska loss to NLEX Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHcenter_img University of Santo Tomas’ campaign in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament is off to a rough start.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Blackwater set to acquire Maliksi from Star in 4-player trade

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trade papers have already been sent to the Office of the Commissioner on Sunday, beating the trade deadline on Monday.The 29-year-old Maliksi has had a career resurgence this season for Star, averaging a career-best 13.4 points on 41 percent shooting from three and 2.9 rebounds this season, enough for him to earn a nod to the Gilas Pilipinas squad in the 2017 Seaba Championship last May.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingJavier, meanwhile, has struggled to find playing time in his first year in the pros after a stellar career from the University of the East.The two are expected to bring immediate impact to Blackwater, which is hoping to advance to the quarterfinals for only the second time in its franchise history. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Stephens tells best friend Keys: ‘I wish it could have been a draw’ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Gamalinda on the other hand is averaging 7.22 points on a 53 percent shooting from three to go with 3.8 rebounds this conference.Pascual is also hoping to finally get the break with the Hotshots after seeing his numbers dip in the import-laden conferences.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn an interesting turn of events, Star is sending sweet-shooting swingman Allein Maliksi to Blackwater in a four-player trade.Sources close to the situation bared that the Hotshots are shipping Maliksi and rookie big man Chris Javier to Blackwater for hardworking forward Bambam Gamalinda and promising big man Kyle Pascual.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more