LA Autism Walk Hosts 40,000 Attendees and Raises Over $1.8M for Autism

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News LA Autism Walk Hosts 40,000 Attendees and Raises Over $1.8M for Autism From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | 5:25 pm More Cool Stuff 35 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 40,000 community autism supporters united for a single cause at the 11th annual Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The event raised more than $1.8M for autism.Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this fundraising effort generates vital funds for autism research and raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism, the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the US, and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.Notable walk attendees included:– Holly Robinson Peete: actress, co-author of My Brother Charlie and Autism Speaks National Board Member– Phillip Palmer: ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor– Gabriella Teissier, Teresa Quevedo: Univision 34 Los Angeles news anchors, both have children on the autism spectrum– Tisha Campbell-Martin: actress, well known for playing “Gina” in the show Martin– Charlene Tilton: actress, well known for playing “Lucy” in Dallas– Kurt Yaeger: actor, currently plays “Greg the Peg” on Sons of Anarchy– Shawn Stockman: singer, well known as a member of Boyz II Men– Jamie Brewer: actress, well known for playing “Addie” on American Horror Story– Dee Walace Stone: actress, well known for playing “Mary,” Elliot’s mother, in E.T.– Erin Murphy: actress, well known for playing “Tabitha” in Bewitched– David Zimmerman: actor, credits include playing cousin “Dom Focker” in Meet the Fockers– Brian Gutierrez: State of California Councilmember, on the autism spectrumFor a tenth year, Palmer served as the Master of Ceremonies.Registration began at 8 a.m. and entertainment and stage programs began at 9 a.m. Walk starts began at 9 a.m. and continued on a rolling basis every ten minutes through 11 a.m.For more information on the LA Autism Walk, go to http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1037427.Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks was presented by Vons. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Herbeauty10 Easy Tips To Help You Reset Your Sleep ScheduleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCouples Who Stuck With Each Other Despite The Cheating ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Make a comment Community Newslast_img read more

AI, the Higgs Boson of the Digital World

first_imgThe four fundamental forces of physics (gravitational, electromagnetic, the weak and the strong nuclear forces), which regulate everything in our universe from the galaxy down to the particle, were created shortly after the Big Bang.Yet, it remains a mystery how they specifically function. There is a fifth force that might exist, which is shrouded by even greater mystery: dark energy, which is not dark and it only acts as a hypothetical thing indicating that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate.Why am I mentioning all of these things? Dell is using the forces of the universe as the basis to design its own digital universe. In it, there are far different forces at work, like IoT, VR, blockchain, and AI, and our planets Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn have been recast as governance, management, and security. Just like in the real world, everything in Dell’s digital universe interacts with everything. The only difference to the real world is that there is an explanation for everything and everything can be proven.By the way, AI plays a crucial role here. It’s the only ‘force’ that can further develop itself; likewise, it can improve other technologies and drive innovation the fastest. It gives ‘flight’ to the other forces, much like the Higgs boson does with other particles in the real world by giving them mass. Nothing would work here with Higgs boson and nothing would work in today’s IT without AI either.But AI is not a pipe dream like many still believe. There are many specific examples of how AI can optimize a company’s processes already. For example, MasterCard has implemented the technology to track down cases of credit card fraud. It would not be possible to tackle this type of fraud properly if it weren’t for artificial intelligence. Criminal activity increases by 50 percent every year and is becoming a tremendous problem. MasterCard can track payment patterns using machine learning detecting any anomalies. They could do this before but it goes much faster now through the combination of AI and big data. And there’s more: People’s shopping habits are translated into rules and added to the existing AI algorithms so they become increasingly effective. And the best part of this approach is that customers do not feel like someone is spying on them. They even welcome the technology because in the end MasterCard is protecting their digital identity.There are many other examples of AI in use today: The University of Pisa uses the technology to predict the success of cancer treatments. The agricultural company Aerofarms has reduced water consumption for growing vegetables by 95 percent through vertical farming in warehouses and productivity of this type of agriculture has skyrocketed by a factor of 390. And McLaren uses AI in autonomous driving applications for real-time detection of objects, calculating 3D positions, and generating 3D images, for example.Not only does AI improves the existing processes, it also optimizes the algorithms itself, meaning that the already improved processes are improved upon. AI is more than just a central technology. It also becomes a part of a business model and an important requirement for competitiveness in future markets.last_img read more

Hall of shame

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Apparently child services is no longer failing thousands of kids and families throughout the county. Who knew? No, the county supervisors and their faithful bureaucrats don’t need posh new digs. They need a reality check. On Tuesday, the supes approved a $200,000 study to examine the various options for what form their reconstructed HQ would take. The options range from an overhaul of the existing structure to what seems to be the inevitable option: a new building at the site of a parking lot slated for construction as part of the $1.8 billion Grand Avenue Project – itself something that should go on the back burner for a long time. The county’s study seems like little more than a way for the supes to pretend they are really considering all the options. In actuality, they have long been committed to making their monument to themselves part of the Grand Avenue Project’s monument to municipal egos. You would think Los Angeles County doesn’t have a problem in the world, seeing how its supervisors giddily plan to spend upward of $200 million on swank new downtown headquarters for themselves. Apparently the county health system – which has long been bleeding cash and closing down care centers – has miraculously recovered. Apparently the Sheriff’s Department has been able to find those desperately needed 1,000 deputies to complete its force. Apparently the overcrowded jails have stopped granting criminals an early release due to a lack of space. Projected price – $221 million, although only a fool would believe a government project would actually come in at budget. Bottom line: We’re looking at a project that could easily end up costing more than a quarter of a billion dollars, and for what? The Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, built in 1960, may not be the most charming structure ever erected, but it’s safe and adequate. But safe and adequate aren’t good enough for politicians who demand creature comforts unavailable to most taxpayers and want their buildings to look the way they imagine themselves to be – glitzy, glamorous and gorgeous. The Hahn Building is “outmoded” and “inefficient,” according to the county’s Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen. That might very well be true, but then, so is our system of roads, freeways and transit. And we’ll go out on a limb to suggest that most residents of L.A. County would rather have a modern and efficient transportation system than a modern and efficient county office building. They certainly would rather have supervisors who care about improving the quality of life for all county residents, not just themselves. Instead of wasting $200,000 studying construction options, the supes should spend some time studying the real – and long ignored – problems of Los Angeles County.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Parents warned of new Snapchat feature that pinpoints your exact location

first_imgParents have been warned to ensure that their child’s settings on Snapchat are on ‘ghost mode’ as the latest update for the app allows friends to pinpoint your exact location.Your location will not be hidden automatically following the new update, so users will have to open the map and manually disable the location-sharing feature.To turn on ghost mode, open the map and click the settings button on the top right hand corner and enable ghost mode. How does it work?When you open your camera, pinch your fingers as though you’re zooming out of a photo. The Snap Map will appear and allow you to see your friend’s Bitmoji and where exactly they are.Weirdly, Snapchat have turned your Bitmoji (personalised avatar) into an Actionmoji, which changes your avatar depending on what you’re doing. If you’re listening to music, your Actionmoji will be wearing headphones. If you’re driving, your Actionmoji will appear in a car.A Snapchat spokesperson says “Snapchat may look at things like your location, time of day, or speed of travel. Examples of Actionmojis today include things like: at the beach, at the airport, sitting, and a handful more.” Snapchat have also included a heat map for their ‘our story’ feature, while allows people at various events to curate a public story together. Blue means a few snaps have been taken, with red meaning a lot have been taken.Speaking about the update, Snapchat say “We’ve built a whole new way to explore the world! See what’s happening, find your friends, and get inspired to go on an adventure!”They add; “Actionmojis only update when you open Snapchat.”Parents warned of new Snapchat feature that pinpoints your exact location was last modified: June 24th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:actionmojibitmojifeatureSnapchatsnapmaplast_img read more

Horse Evolution Is Back on the Charts

first_imgThe old horse-evolution charts from the 1880s have been revised substantially since 1920 when paleontologists began to realize the story was not so simple.  (Thomas Huxley had used the series of O. C. Marsh as a focal point of his 1876 lecture tour in the United States.)  These charts portrayed small horses with three toes evolving into large horses with one toe.  Jonathan Wells wrote in his 2001 book Icons of Evolution that Darwinists have been more forthcoming about the horse series, in trying to set the record straight, more than with any other alleged proof of evolution.  This is evident in many museums, like the Natural History Museum in Washington, which instead of showing a straight tree of descent, exhibits more of a branching bush pattern, and points out that the old picture was inaccurate (see 03/02/2001 story).  Nevertheless, in Science this week,1 Bruce McFadden (U of Florida), a world export on horse paleontology, entitled his review article, “Fossil Horses—Evidence for Evolution.”    It’s not that evolutionists ever denied horses descended from a common ancestor; they just revised the path evolution took.  The idea of orthogenesis (straight-line evolution), popular in the late 19th century, has given way to the paradigm that evolution by natural selection takes an undirected, random path.  In addition, the fossil evidence for horses has shown that some of the assumed ancestors and descendents were, instead, contemporaries.    McFadden wrote the definitive book on horse evolution 13 years ago: Fossil Horses: Systematics, Paleobiology, and Evolution of the Family Equidae (Cambridge Univ. Press, New York, 1992).  Has the picture changed at all since Wells listed it among 10 “icons of evolution” that persist as myths more than proofs?  (See summary of argument on ARN.org.)  Surprisingly, McFadden labeled his revised phylogenetic tree, “Adaptive radiation of a beloved icon” (emphasis added in all quotes), and used the phrase again in his conclusion:Fossil horses have held the limelight as evidence for evolution for several reasons.  First, the familiar modern Equus is a beloved icon that provides a model for understanding its extinct relatives.  Second, horses are represented by a relatively continuous and widespread 55-My [million-year] evolutionary sequence.  And third, important fossils continue to be discovered and new techniques developed that advance our knowledge of the Family Equidae.  The fossil horse sequence is likely to remain a popular example of a phylogenetic pattern resulting from the evolutionary process.The evolution of which McFadden speaks is not simple variation – after all, there is a great deal of size and shape variation among modern horses, from Shetlands to Clydesdales – but macroevolution, or “higher level (species, genera, and above) evolutionary patterns that occur on time scales ranging from thousands to millions of years.”  Here, he is convinced, horses remain the definitive case: “The speciation, diversification, adaptations, rates of change, trends, and extinction evidenced by fossil horses exemplify macroevolution.”    To the chart: what picture does McFadden exhibit compared to the old icon?  Like Wells, he debunks orthogenesis:The sequence from the Eocene “dawn horse” eohippus to modern-day Equus has been depicted in innumerable textbooks and natural history museum exhibits.  In Marsh’s time, horse phylogeny was thought to be linear (orthogenetic), implying a teleological destiny for descendant species to progressively improve, culminating in modern-day Equus.  Since the early 20th century, however, paleontologists have understood that the pattern of horse evolution is a more complex tree with numerous “side branches,” some leading to extinct species and others leading to species closely related to Equus.  This branched family tree (see the figure) is no longer explained in terms of predestined improvements, but rather in terms of random genomic variations, natural selection, and long-term phenotypic changes.”The figure shows most of the fossils being contemporaries of one another in the upper third of the timeline, with grazers and feeders and browsers “exhibiting a large diversification in body size” scattered among the branches.  Only Hyracotherium and Mesohippus occupy the basal position in the tree.  Yet Wells pointed out that orthogenesis is still implicit in the new charts, regardless of the side branches, if there is a trunk leading from eohippus to Equus.  And he emphasized that both paradigms, straight-line and branching evolution, remain philosophical positions rather than observations.    To the bones: what new fossils and revised interpretations of old fossils justify McFadden’s assertion that the horse series exemplifies macroevolution?  The complexity of the horse evolution picture becomes apparent when he points out that only one genus, Equus survives, while three dozen genera and several hundred species have gone extinct.2  Furthermore, most of the alleged macroevolution occurred in North America, where horses went extinct but survived in the Old World.  What evidence has come to light since the “branching bush” paradigm replaced the old icon?  While diversity is evident, macroevolution seems a matter of viewpoint:Although the overall branched pattern of horse phylogeny (see the figure) has remained similar for almost a century, new discoveries and reinterpretation of existing museum fossil horse collections have added to the known diversity of extinct forms.  Recent work reveals that Eocene “hyracothere” horses, previously known as “eohippus” or Hyracotherium, include an early diversification of a half- dozen genera that existed between 55 and 52 Ma [milli-annum, million years] in North America and Europe.  New genera have recently been proposed for the complex middle Miocene radiation, although the validity of these genera is still debated.The truth is in the teeth, he concludes: “Horse teeth frequently preserve as fossils and are readily identifiable taxonomically.  They serve as objective evidence of the macroevolution of the Equidae.”  Yet his discussion reveals that, although the teeth of these animals display considerable variety, “The tempo of this morphological evolution has sometimes been slow and at other times rapid.”  The final third of the chart shows groups branching out with teeth designed for grazing and others designed for browsing or feeding on both grasses and leaves.  What he terms “explosive adaptive diversification in tooth morphology” appears to have doubtful justification, since most of the species on the chart overlapped in time.    McFadden mentions nothing else in support of horse evolution, but spends a paragraph debunking an old evolutionary myth: Cope’s Rule.  Cope and other early evolutionists seemed to assume bigger is better: ancestors were small, descendents got larger over time; “this notion is now known to be incorrect,” he says.  In his chart, horses got larger at first, but since 20 ma ago, “In contrast, from 20 Ma until the present, fossil horses were more diverse in their body sizes.  Some clades became larger (like those that gave rise to Equus), others remained relatively static in body size, and others became smaller over time.”  Nevertheless, as stated earlier, he concludes on the positive note that “The fossil horse sequence is likely to remain a popular example of a phylogenetic pattern resulting from the evolutionary process.”  But is a popular example the same thing as an expert’s example?1Bruce McFadden, “Fossil Horses–Evidence for Evolution,” Science, Vol 307, Issue 5716, 1728-1730 , 18 March 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1105458].2It must be recalled that identifying species from fossils is highly subjective, since interfertility cannot be established; today’s quarter horses and Belgians might be assigned to different species based on skeletal remains, yet are interfertile.What’s wrong with this picture?  The horse evolution icon, like Rasputin, has been shot, stabbed and drowned, but is taking his time to get dead.  Here is one of the classic proofs of evolution, explicated by Mr. Horse Evolution himself, and are you convinced?  Saying this is proof of evolution doesn’t make it so.  Better look this gift horse in the mouth.    Consider some salient points.  (1) Extinction is not evolution.  If a creature abruptly appears in the fossil record, survives for a time, then goes extinct, no evolution has occurred, in the macro sense.  (2) If animals appeared and existed as contemporaries, they cannot be arranged into ancestral relationships.  (3) If they existed on different continents, it becomes a stretch to assume they shared genetic information.  (4) Assigning skeletons to different species is a highly subjective process – and therefore subject to one’s presuppositions.  (5) The dating of these fossils assumes evolution and long ages – a case of circular reasoning.  (5) Variations in teeth adapted for different feeding habits reveal nothing about the origins of teeth.  Teeth are very complex structures (see 03/13/2003 and 06/04/2002 entries).  (6) Terms like “explosive adaptive diversification” assume evolution; they explain nothing about how random mutations could have produced simultaneous morphological changes that all had adaptive value.  (7) Interestingly, McFadden omits any mention of horse toes.  The old picture showed three-toed horses evolving into one-hooved horses of today.  But even that begs the question of whether one toe is better (or more evolved) than three; it almost seems backward.  Duane Gish in Evolution: The Fossils Still Stay No points out that in the evolutionary story of ungulates, the picture is reversed: ungulates supposedly evolved three toes from one.  (8) The basal clade Hyracotherium has doubtful relationship to horses at all.  Its position in the horse tree is merely for evolutionary wish fulfillment, to put something in the blank.  If omitted, most of the rest of the Equidae become contemporaries.  Furthermore, there is a big gap between Hyracotherium and anything preceding it, so where did it evolve from?  (9) McFadden’s analysis only considers size, teeth, and location.  How did the remarkable capabilities of the horse, like catapulting legs (01/02/2003) and damping muscles (12/20/2001)arise by chance?  (10) If you think this story is pathetic, the whole mammal phylogenetic tree is a mess (see 05/28/2002, 12/03/2003 and 03/18/2003 entries).    In the Peanuts cartoon, Linus once asked Lucy to read him a bedtime story.  Exasperated by his persistent pleas, she blurted out, “A man was born, he lived and he died.”  Linus contemplated, “Makes you wish you could have known the fellow.”  Dry bones in the ground don’t say much.  Evolutionists, unsatisfied with the starkness of the raw data, enjoy the entertainment of weaving fanciful tales in between the bones.    In short, McFadden seems committed to rescuing his beloved icon from the withering attacks of both creationists and other evolutionists, so that he can announce triumphantly in Science that the rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air only serve to give proof through the nighttime of data that the icon is still there.  But enough of storytelling.  Get a horse.  Go for a ride and clear your head of evolutionary confusion.  Horses are wonderful animals, full of grace, humor, expression, strength and majesty.  Learn some incredible things about horses in the new film Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution III.  Thank God for the horse, one of man’s most capable and faithful 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Consulate General of the Republic of Poland visits The Andersons

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Marciej Golubiewski, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, was a welcomed guest at The Andersons Maumee Ohio Headquarters this week. Co-hosting this visit was The Ohio Corn Marketing Program and Chairman Keith Truckor, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Assocation Board member Fred Yoder, and Ohio Corn & Wheat Director of Market Development Director Brad Moffitt. Also joining the Consulate General on the visit was Sabina Klimek, who serves as counselor for trade and investment to the Consulate General.Paul Mathews, The Andersons Grain Division, introduced the international visitors to The Andersons business operation and divisions. The Poland representatives discussed trade with The Andersons regarding corn, ethanol, DDGS, wheat, and other grain co-products. This goal of this mission, and any trade mission sponsored by Ohio Corn & Wheat, is to discover how the countries can work together for robust trade and commerce.In addition to agriculture, the Consulate General and Trade Commissioner visited the Marion Whirlpool for discussions on manufactured goods. The delegation also traveled to Northeast Ohio to study food and manufacturing assets that may be a part of an international trade platform.Pictured L-R are Brad Moffitt, Ohio Corn & Wheat-Director of Market Development; Maciej Golubiewski, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland; and Agata Golubiewski.last_img read more

Bits of Destruction Hit the Book Publishing Business: Part 4

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… bernard lunn Tags:#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img In this fourth part of our investigation into the ongoing changes in the book publishing business, we look at the author’s point of view. What are they getting today? What would they like to get? What can they reasonably expect to get as this drama unfolds? Authors are the creative juice of the whole eco-system. If they don’t create material that people want to read, no one will make any money.Their struggles in the old model have been well documented (of course, we should have expected them to write about their experiences): the starving writer up in the garret who uses rejection letters from publishers for wallpaper is an established literary hack. In the new world of print on demand, e-books and social media marketing, the author takes center stage. Those with an appetite for it can really take control of their work and commercial fortune.Part 4 in Our SeriesIn Part 1, we looked at the three big waves crashing down on the traditional book publishing business: Google Search, e-books, and print on demand. In Part 2, we tried a bit of science fiction, speculating on how this might play out for all participants: readers, authors, printers, publishers, retailers, and e-book device vendors. In Part 3, we looked at the economics of returnability and the impact of the Espresso Book Machine on the supply chain. In Part 4 here, we focus on authors, without whom we would have nothing to read.Narrative or Reference?The impact of digitization depends on the type of book you’re talking about:Narrative books, such as novels, biographies and other stories. The printed book is an ideal format for narrative books. Amazon had to recreate the print-reading experience to make the Kindle work for narrative books. Using an e-book device scores on many counts: choice, delivery, price (possibly), storage; but whether it beats the experience of reading a good old fashioned book is still unclear. In any case, narrative books are not well suited to typical online or mobile devices. Reading a novel on a laptop browser or iPhone is a degraded experience.Reference books, such as education, scientific/technical/medical, and business books. Historically, these have been squeezed into the book format because no better alternative existed. The online experience could be far better than print in this case. Online, you can search, link to related works, drill down into details, see and hear rich media, etc.Thus, we expect the impact of digitization will be much bigger and more immediate on reference books than on narrative books. Both will be affected, but reference books may see a music industry-style wave of change, while the change to narrative books may be slower and more nuanced.New or Established Author?This is another huge factor. This quote from an excellent report by Gilbane on “Beyond E-Books” says a lot about the business from the author’s perspective:“During the 2009 O’Reilly TOC Conference, Jason Fried of 37signals described the book that he and his colleagues had written based on lessons learned from creating and servicing their successful project management and collaboration product named Basecamp. They published their book with Lulu.com and report sales of almost $500,000 in the last several years. This enabled them to reach number three on the Lulu bestseller list at one point. Ideally, this story would have a happy ending, and they would publish their next book with Lulu.com. Alas, the success of their previous book motivated a traditional publisher to offer them a significant advance for their second book. The offer was too tempting to refuse. They now have to hope that the traditional economic model, with 10 to 20% royalties, will generate more than Lulu.com’s 80-20 split. In essence, they are wagering that the traditional publisher will be able to sell at least four times the number of books that Lulu.com would have sold.“When asked about this, Young was nonplussed. He simply stated that his goal was to publish their third book and to make them loyal authors in the future. It is his number one goal to help his authors become successful.”This will be music to the ears of traditional publishers. They can leave first-time authors to self-publish via print on demand (POD), because once the authors are established, they will want the kudos, branding, and distribution that only traditional publishers can deliver.Well, perhaps. We are still in the very early stages of this wave of change.Get Me Into the Book StorePublication doesn’t feel real to an author until they see their book in a traditional bookstore. Seeing it on Amazon.com is nice, but everyone knows that shelf space is unlimited online. The real prize is occupying scarce shelf space at Barnes & Nobel and independent bookstores. What the author wants to know from their publisher is, “How are you going to get me into that bookstore?”Pure online players will respond with something along the lines of, “Well, if a lot of readers find you online, then enough of them will buy your book for a traditional publisher to become interested in you, and then that publisher will get you into bookstores.” That is a relatively weak answer.But the traditional model of stuffing shelves with “returnable” books, many of which end up getting shredded by the publisher, is clearly unsustainable, as we explored in Part 3.How this will play out is far from clear. But one thing is clear: the landscape will look quite different.And Do It NOW!If you are writing a timeless classic, then the traditional three- to four-month lag between the completion of the manuscript and the book’s appearance in bookstores is fine. If you are writing about something timely, that just won’t cut it anymore. Bloggers and online writers will steal your thunder before your book hits the shelves. The immediacy of print on demand and e-books eliminates this time lag.Write About What You KnowWriters do love to write, so it is not surprising that some are starting to document their experiences in the new world of POD and e-books. One that caught our eye is Literary Adventures in POD, but there are many more.Literary Agent 2.0In the old model, first-time authors usually had to find an agent, who then found a publisher. This site has good FAQs on the process and on deals.These relationships — between author and agent, and agent and publisher — are often very personal. As such, they can be totally wonderful or totally awful, and there are plenty of tales of both. They are typical “Let’s do lunch” relationships. So, bringing Web technology to this match-making experience is logical; one venture that has done this is Creative Byline.Four Big Changes for AuthorsFewer advances. The lack of an advance will be compensated for by…A bigger share of the pie. We expect this to grow from 10% to 30% (or more) of the retail price. The retail price will likely drop, too, and so authors will have to…Create the finished product themselves. Authors will have to pay for cover art and editing out of pocket, as well as…Become savvier about online marketing. A lot of tools are out there: social media, affiliate networks, email lists, SEO/SEM, and so on. Some authors will leave this up to intermediaries (the next form of publishers), and some will do it themselves.The future of authors can thus be summed up as: do more of the work, get a bigger percentage of the retail price (which will be lower), and hustle online.We would love to hear from authors about their experiences. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

MS Dhoni takes selfie as Team India enjoys down-to-earth dinner in Harare

first_imgA lot was said about Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision to tour Zimbabwe with a second-string team. Ajinkya Rahane was expected to lead the side had Dhoni opted out of the series. (Also read: When Makhaya Ntini almost hung himself after losing ODI series to India) The selectors, in fact, left it to Dhoni to decide but the Indian skipper did not want to miss out on any opportunity to get match practise in a season which is going to be packed with Tests. A few even went on to probe if the youngsters in the team would be able to express themselves well under Dhoni in Zimbabwe. (Also read: Mahendra Singh Dhoni ends 20-month wait for ODI series win) Notwithstanding the critics, Dhoni, like always, proved himself with results. Youngsters like Lokesh Rahul, Barinder Sran and Yuzvendra Chahal have gone out there and decimated Zimbabwe in the two ODIs. Dhoni ticked all boxes with the way he handled his young brigade on the field. (Also read: Dhoni defies logic by choosing Rayudu over Pandey at No. 3)Off the field also, the skipper seems to be keeping the mood light. In a photo posted by pacer Jaydev Unadkat, skipper Dhoni is seen having ‘a down-to-earth’ dinner with his teammates. Rahul, Karun Nair, Chahal, Manish Pandey and a few others are posing for a selfie clicked by Dhoni himself.   A second-string India decimated Zimbabwe in the first two matches on Saturday and Monday to take an unbeatable lead in the three-ODI series. This also happens to be Dhoni’s first series victory in 20 months as captain.advertisementCalls to replace Dhoni with Virat Kohli in the shorter formats have been growing louder everyday. However, before leaving Indian shores for Zimbabwe, Dhoni reiterated that the BCCI would take the final call on who would lead India in ODIs and T20 Internationals.last_img read more

The Red Sox Bucked Convention To Build A Champion

After Manny Machado waved at a Chris Sale slider for the final out of Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday — the final pitch of the 2018 baseball season — Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez bolted toward the pitching mound and leaped into the arms of the lanky Sale. The celebration began there and spilled into the visiting clubhouse at Dodger Stadium, where the Red Sox sported goggles to protect themselves from the salvos of alcohol. They sang “New York, New York” and “California Love” as both songs blasted from portable speakers. The Red Sox had their fourth World Series title this century with a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, taking the series four games to one.But it’s how the Red Sox arrived at this point, as perhaps the greatest Red Sox team of all time, that is so interesting. While dominating the American League from wire to wire, and then doing the same to a postseason field of super teams, the Red Sox challenged so many narratives along the way.David Price proved that players can shed the most damning of labels with a change in approach (and perhaps just a larger sample of work). Dave Dombrowski, Boston’s president of baseball operations, cashed in trade assets accumulated by former general manager Ben Cherington for premium, veteran players like Sale — even at a time when so many teams were hoarding prospects and young talent. And when other teams elected not to spend in free agency, the Red Sox nabbed the best position player on the market in J.D. Martinez.MLB’s stiffer luxury tax acted something like a soft cap last winter as even large-market clubs like the Dodgers and Yankees vowed to stay under the tax threshold. The Yankees did so for the first time in the luxury tax era, and the Dodgers spent just $4 million on free agents, electing not to bolster what became a suspect bullpen in this World Series. These teams may have taken this route in part because free agency is increasingly viewed as an inefficient way to build a club — but they also likely had an eye on the upcoming free agent class headlined by Bryce Harper, Machado and perhaps Game 5 Los Angeles starter Clayton Kershaw if he elects to opt out of his deal.The Red Sox, meanwhile, were aggressors in a season of passivity. They ranked fourth in free agent spending, going over the luxury tax while leading the majors in payroll. With the slow free agent period, Martinez didn’t even reach an agreement with the Red Sox until spring training camps had opened. The five-year, $110 million contract he signed might not produce value for the club in its later years, but the Red Sox wanted to win in 2018 — and Martinez rewarded Boston with an MVP-caliber season and a home run in the clinching Game 5.1The Red Sox chose Martinez over Eric Hosmer, who inked an even greater deal — $144 million guaranteed — but posted a replacement-level season with the Padres.Those investments — salaries that not every club was willing or able to pay — paid off this October. In many ways, Boston built a super team the old-fashioned way.While much of the Red Sox’s positional group is homegrown beyond Martinez, the Red Sox paid a premium price to acquire Sale from the Chicago White Sox before the 2017 season — and he has been an elite arm in Boston. Prior to 2016, the Red Sox surrendered premium talent for closer Craig Kimbrel. They also gave a record deal to Price that winter — seven years, $217 million. It was their investment in Price that paid off in a big way in the final two weeks of October.On the biggest stage in baseball, Boston kept handing the ball to a pitcher who many doubted could perform in the postseason. Entering his Game 5 American League Championship Series start, Price had never won a playoff game he had started. He was 0 for 11 with a 6.16 ERA.To change his postseason reputation, Price changed his pitch mix.In dominating the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS, Price threw a career-high share of change-ups, at 41.9 percent of his pitches. He followed that up in Game 2 of the World Series with a change-up rate of 28.4 percent before nearly matching that on Sunday in Game 5 when he threw 89 pitches, 23 of which were change-ups, for a rate of 25.8 percent. He threw just seven cutters, which was his most frequent nonfastball pitch in the regular season.After allowing a lead-off home run to David Freese on his first pitch of the game, Price blanked Los Angeles for seven innings. He retired 14 straight Dodgers before beginning the eighth by walking Chris Taylor, which ended his night. He allowed one run, two walks and three hits over seven-plus innings. He struck out five.Price has now won three straight October games, including each of his World Series starts. He’s no longer a choker. “This is why I came to Boston,” he said during a postgame interview. “I know it’s a tough place to play. I know it’s challenging with everything that is going to go on here. I’ve been through a lot in three years since I’ve been here.”Despite Price’s contributions, it was Steve Pearce who was named the World Series MVP for his home-run heroics, including a two-run blast off of Kershaw in the first inning Sunday. Pearce — acquired in a midseason trade — led all players in the series in win probability added, which measures the change in win expectancy between plate appearances. The Red Sox acquired Pearce for his platoon advantage against left-handed pitching, and he came through for them.All teams are trying to do the little things, to find value where others do not. All teams are employing data and video, development and coaching, to get more out of players already on the roster. But the Red Sox did a lot of big things, things that others thought they ought not to. They ignored many common narratives and leaguewide trends.It paid off in a big way. read more

Rugby on the Beach Saturday at Rickys Flamingo Café

first_img Recommended for you What’s on TONIGHT in Providenciales Windvibes Watersports Tournament Returns for 9th Year Race for the Conch impresses Rowdy Gaines US Gold Medal Olympian Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Nov 2015 – Beach Rugby is on this weekend at Ricky’s Flamingo Café from 11:30am. There will be matches featuring players from Provo, Grand Turk and South Caicos starting from noon. The day will include DJ music, raffle prizes, refreshments and that fantastic inflatable stadium. Beach Rugby is courtesy of the TCI Rugby Football Union, on tomorrow at Ricky’s Café. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:beach rugby, Ricky’s Flamingo Cafelast_img