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first_imgWilliam Spawr1832217%$91,840 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won CATCH A FLIGHT EYES BIGGER PRIZES AFTER CALIFORNIANCatch a Flight is on the move. The Argentine-bred horse is an up-and-comer Richard Mandella hopes will continue to climb the stakes ladder when he runs in today’s Californian Stakes, a Grade II race for 3-year-olds and up that could lead to the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 27.“He’s doing well and continues to improve as we go,” Mandella said of the 5-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway, who won the Grade III Precisionist Stakes on May 2 after running a creditable third behind victorious Shared Belief in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap.“He is what he is,” Mandella said matter-of-factly. “He just won that little stakes and he ran good against Moreno (beaten a head for second in the Big Cap on March 7).“It will be interesting to see how we do at this stage with a little more experience,” Mandella said. “But Moreno’s a good horse, I know that.”TEXAS RED WORKS WITH DWYER IN MINDBreeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Saturday in 1:02.80, after which trainer Keith Desormeaux indicated the son of Afleet Alex could make his return to the races in the $500,000, Grade III Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park on July 4, as opposed to the Grade II, $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby the same day.“The Dwyer is a one-turn mile, and the Los Al Derby is a mile and an eighth,” Desormeaux said. “The horse is 100 percent right now and if plans work out, we could run at Saratoga this summer, so the Dwyer in New York seems like a good starting point.”Texas Red missed the Triple Crown classics due to abscess issues on his right front foot. Now Desormeaux is looking forward to a summer campaign that could start with a bang, naturally enough on July 4.FINISH LINES: Detroit Tigers superstar outfielder Miguel Cabrera, a winner of the 2012 American League Triple Crown, posed for pictures last night with prospective Triple Crown winner Victor Espinoza prior to the Halos defeating the Tigers, 2-0, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Special thanks to Angels PR wizard, Tim Mead . . .Best wishes for a speedy recovery to top agent Ron Anderson who underwent triple bypass heart surgery earlier today in New York. Anderson currently represents Joel Rosario . . . Santa Anita Oaks winner Stellar Wind, prepping for the Grade II Summertime Oaks on June 20, worked five furlongs Saturday morning in 1:00.20 for John Sadler . . . Santa Anita hosts a book signing of John Perrotta‘s new publication, “Racetracker,” from noon to 2 p.m. across from Champions! Gift Shop next Saturday. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Vann Belvoir323659%$135,340 Philip D’Amato40126430%$678,540 Victor Espinoza2353422%$390,120 Joseph Talamo821551618%$578,578 Tyler Baze11821132218%$1,081,440 ESPINOZA, AGENT PURSUE ELUSIVE TRIPLE AGAINAnd so it comes to pass that Victor Espinoza, a former bus driver, and Brian Beach, aformer broadcaster, stand once again on the verge of racing immortality.In just over a week, jockey Espinoza, and his agent, Beach, could be indelibly etched in history. All Victor has to do is guide American Pharoah to victory in the Belmont Stakes next Saturday and capture the Triple Crown, ending a 37-year drought that began in 1979, a year after Affirmed became the 11th and to date last winner of the game’s most elusive prize.The symbiotic team of Espinoza and Beach know this drill. They went through it last year with California Chrome, who dead-heated for fourth in the Belmont, thus missing the Triple and ending a five-week frenzy that began with victory in the Kentucky Derby, followed by a Preakness triumph that led to pursuit of the Belmont.“It’s been similar as far as the whole routine,” said Beach, experienced in race track PR and a former radio and TV broadcaster who has represented Espinoza since January 2013. “Media inquiries and requests have steadily increased as the Triple Crown series has gone on.“We both had pretty positive experiences with it last year and the same so far this year. It’s just a matter of trying to manage his time and also trying to fulfill all the requests. This year, if anything, I think we’re doing fewer than last year.“Santa Anita helped quite a bit by holding a big media event last Thursday (May 21) when both Bob (Baffert, trainer of American Pharoah) and Victor were able to knock out a bunch of interviews all in one day. That kind of helped slow things down.“It gets a little exhausting mentally after a while to keep answering the same questions over and over again. This weekend, we’ve got it pretty much shut down. He’s got one more deal tomorrow with CBS Evening News, and when we get to New York, we have just a few obligations. He’ll be at the post position draw Wednesday with media there. Hopefully, we can take care of everything then and give him a break the last couple of days before the race.”The easy-going Espinoza and less-than-gregarious Beach might be opposites in some respects but are otherwise two veritable peas in a pod when it comes to maintaining low profiles, both on and off the track.“It’s pretty hard to wipe the smile off Victor’s face,” said Beach, 52, a former Director of Broadcast Publicity at Bay Meadows and Golden Gate Fields, who has represented Kent Desormeaux, Julie Krone, Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens, each in the Hall of Fame.“Prior to the jobs at Bay Meadows and Golden Gate, I worked in radio and television for about 10 years, so I know what they’re going through on the other side of it and they’re all trying to do their jobs and get their stories, so I try to help them as much as I can.“The great thing about Victor is his positive attitude and good outlook on things in general. He understands the whole process, this being his third time through it (the first being in 2002 with War Emblem).“He’s able to kind of compartmentalize all that and do his job and try to have some fun with the whole thing.” Fernando Perez791312916%$490,760 Martin Pedroza6651088%$261,294 Edwin Maldonado61812913%$337,200 Richard Baltas35114331%$449,570 Mike Puype3747611%$334,920 John Brocklebank1132127%$142,490 Peter Miller451011222%$375,810 Felipe Valdez71710610%$296,840 Mark Glatt3145513%$204,494 TRIPLE CROWN COUNTDOWN ON FOR ESPINOZACATCH A FLIGHT ON THE MOVE IN CALIFORNIANTEXAS RED WORKS FOR POSSIBLE RUN IN DWYER Tiago Pereira3668417%$276,670 Flavien Prat751616421%$954,730 Ricky Agarie1331323%$112,640 Dan L. Hendricks1132027%$110,390center_img Robertino Diodoro1932316%$110,240 Martin Garcia2463325%$156,710 Richard Mandella2666423%$490,160 Rafael Bejarano9420211721%$971,782 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Jerry Hollendorfer43510612%$388,534 Michael Machowsky1854228%$132,920 Bob Baffert2052425%$216,560 Eddie Truman1261150%$220,150 Bruce Headley1031030%$76,450 John Sadler4257712%$245,488 Peter Eurton2833611%$224,636 Jeff Bonde1131127%$140,250 Elvis Trujillo585479%$269,290 Carla Gaines1433021%$149,830 (Current Through Friday, May 29) Doug O’Neill641114617%$501,598 Kristin Mulhall1332023%$77,200 Drayden Van Dyke6297615%$400,132 Mike Smith3077323%$591,060 Gonzalo Nicolas7266128%$218,508 -30-last_img read more

The Politics of Academic Scientists: Democrats Vastly Outnumber Republicans

first_imgA news item in Science1 entitled “Academia as a ‘One Party’ System” will probably attract the attention of conservative talk show hosts:Universities in the United States are very keen on fostering “diversity” as long as it’s not ideological diversity, according to the National Association of Scholars (NAS), a conservative group of academics.  Last year NAS surveyed members of scholarly societies in six fields in the social sciences, asking which political party they identified with.  About 30% of the 5486 people polled responded; of these, 80% were Democrats. Economist Daniel B. Klein of Santa Clara University in California and Charlotta Stern of the Institute for Social Research in Stockholm, Sweden, conclude that because the prevalence of Democrats was even higher among younger academics, it appears that “lopsidedness has become more extreme over the past decades, and … unless we believe that current professors occasionally mature into Republicans, it will become even more extreme in the future.”    “The ‘one-party campus’ is a problem irrespective of what one’s own views happen to be,” the authors warn.  (Klein says Stern is a liberal and he himself is a libertarian.)  They suggest that measures could be taken–such as “proportional voting on curriculum and hiring decisions”–to enable political minority voices to be heard.The ratios of Democrats to Republicans varied from 3 to 1 in Economics to 30 to 1 in Anthropology, with Political Science, History, Philosophy and Sociology scaling in between.2  Surprising as it may seem (sarcasm intended), it appears that Republicans are an endangered species on college campuses.    This announcement motivated us to check the National Association of Scholars website to see if there were similar statistics for science faculty, and sure enough, there were.  Klein and Andrew Western have a working paper from their survey of Stanford and Berkeley.3  The Democratic-Republican (D:R) ratios for the hard sciences track those for the social sciences: Biology 21:0 (Berkeley) and 29:2 (Stanford); Chemistry 32:4 (Berkeley) and 10:5 (Stanford); Mathematics 23:6 (Berkeley) and 12:3 (Stanford); Neurology/Neurobiology 55:4 (Berkeley) and 13:2 (Stanford); Physics 28:2 (Berkeley) and 14:3 (Stanford).    Though not as pronounced, the trend held up in the Engineering departments: Civil Engineering 14:4 (Berkeley) and 10:3 (Stanford); Electrical Engineering 22:7 (Berkeley) and 18:6 (Stanford).    There was not a single subject area where Republican faculty members had representation even close to parity with Democrats.  Several had zero or one Republican, like Anthropology (12:0 Berkeley and 6:0 Stanford), Psychology (28:1 Berkeley and 24:0 Stanford), Sociology (17:0 Berkeley and 10:0 Stanford), English (29:1 Berkeley and 22:1 Stanford), French/Italian (12:0 Berkeley and 1:0 Stanford), History (31:1 Berkeley and 22:0 Stanford), Linguistics (7:1 Berkeley and 6:0 Stanford), Music (13:1 Berkeley and 4:0 Stanford), Philosophy (9:1 Berkeley and 10:1 Stanford), Journalism (4:0 Berkeley).  Even Religious Studies was dominated by Democrats (2:1 Berkeley and 7:0 Stanford).    The overall ratio of Democrats to Republicans for the Hard Sciences and Math categories at these two prestigious universities was 237:31, nearly eight to one.  For the Social Sciences categories, it was 177:13, almost 14 to one.  For the Humanities, it was 175:8, almost 22 to one.  The overall score in all 23 departments was 720 Democrats and 81 Republicans, nearly nine to one.  The authors make their conclusions clear and forceful:A ratio of even 2 to 1 is deadly to the minority.  A ratio of 5 to 1 means marginalization.  Someone of a minority viewpoint is dependent frequently on the cooperation of her departmental colleagues for many small considerations.  Lopsidedness means that dissenters are avoided or expelled, and that any who survive are very unlikely to be vocal critics of the dominant viewpoints.    These facts are inherently important.  Academia is a major part of the political culture; it profoundly influences how tens of millions of Americans will understand social affairs and, indeed, their own personal selfhood.  The next step, then, is full awareness.  All interested parties—students, parents, taxpayers, and the faculty themselves—should become aware of the facts.1Random Samples, “Academia As a ‘One-Party’ System,” Science, Volume 306, Number 5702, Issue of 03 December 2004.2“Surveys on Political Diversity in American Higher Education,” National Association of Scholars.3Daniel B. Klein and Andrew Western, “No. 54: How Many Democrats per Republican at UC-Berkeley and Stanford?  Voter Registration Data Across 23 Academic Departments,” Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics.  See also the Students for Academic Freedom website.Here is our long-sought data to corroborate what we declared was intuitively obvious back on 09/22/2003: the Darwin Party is virtually synonymous with the Democratic Party.  In academia, many of them are liberals, secularists and socialists.  So connect the dots.  Who are the ones writing all those Darwinian just-so stories in the science journals?  Are they the neutral, objective, unbiased scientists in lab coats?  Do they represent a cross-section of American political spectrum, such that it could be claimed the evidence supports evolution to any unbiased observer?  Do these professors reflect a cross-section of American culture, values, and ideals?  No.  They are the same ones protesting the war against terrorism, voting for same-sex marriage, standing silent as courts trump the will of the people, and loathing the military.    Since Republicans are more likely to hold conservative family values, attend church, believe in God and oppose abortion, this should make the light finally go on about the connection between Darwinism and secular liberalism, and make educated people question whether Darwinian evolution is strictly a scientific issue.  It’s alarming to note also the rise in anti-Semitism on college campuses.  Palestinian terrorists are routinely given a pass as “freedom fighters” while Israeli actions in their own defense are painted in the vilest terms.  Notice also how the liberal academics tend to see the U.N. as the solution to all problems, and castigate the Republican administration for not taking action on global warming (which, we all know, is caused by evolved aliens—see 12/27/2003 editorial).  Are these mere coincidences?  Does it appear that certain political and scientific views have a common ancestor?  Do you begin to suspect that, on some issues, political ideologues are co-opting the sacred cow of “science” to rationalize their political ideology and world view?  Is it not for good reason we label the evolution propagandists the Darwin Party?  We’d like to hear Ken and Eugenie explain away these statistics.    Whatever the cause, and whatever it means, the political situation on American campuses is severely broken and needs “affirmative action” in the best sense of the term.  How ironic that the party that parades its values of inclusiveness, diversity and tolerance should have such a radically one-sided political slant in the very institution that is supposed to represent the open marketplace of ideas.  These statistics should alarm Democrats as well as Republicans.  They should alarm parents who consider sending their impressionable high school grads to learn under these professors.  Would they expect their sons and daughters to learn good political science at the Democratic National Convention?  Imagine Congress with ratios like these, and the laws one side could pass to perpetuate its dominance and suppress dissent.  No one should stand for this kind of inequity in academia.  We suspect that if parity is ever achieved, the Darwin Party will lose its hubris and be forced to get off the sofa (see 12/22/2003 commentary) and do real science.  If that happens, and Republican PhD biologists and anthropologists with “God bless America” bumper stickers get a hearing, Darwinists will be forced to defend their position in open debate about the evidence rather than taking evolution for granted and ignoring their critics.  When that happens, Darwinism is doomed.(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

2015 Pork Rib-Off results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Smokin’ Joe from Columbus had the grand champion ribs in the 19th Annual Ohio State Fair Pork Rib-Off. Smokin’ Joe from Columbus had the grand champion pulled pork at the 19th Annual Ohio State Fair Pork Rib-Off.Nine of Ohio’s finest barbecue teams, from backyard chefs to major restaurateurs, gathered in Columbus for the 19th annual Ohio Pork Rib-Off. This event invites teams to prepare both ribs and pulled pork that are evaluated by a judging panel for taste, tenderness and appearance. This year’s contestants prepared their best pork for guest judges; Senator Bob Peterson, Ohio Senate District 17; James Phillips, The Breakfast Grub Guy; Jim Ellison, Stock & Barrel and Columbus Brew Adventures; Steve Reinhard, Ohio Soybean Council; Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net; and Virgil Strickler, General Manager, Ohio Expo Center.Grand Champion Ribs: Smokin’ Joe’s, ColumbusReserve Champion Ribs: Team Baney-Q, ColumbusGrand Champion Pulled Pork: Smokin’ Joe’s, ColumbusReserve Champion Pulled Pork: Bark Bros. BBQ, ColumbusPeople’s Choice Award: Tony’s Restaurant, FindlayBest BBQ Sauce containing soy: Team Baney-Q, ColumbusIn addition to $3,000 in prizes through support from the Ohio Soybean Council, top teams received commemorative banners and trophies.“We (the Ohio Pork Council) are very pleased with today’s event and the opportunity we are given each year to showcase pork and some of Ohio’s most competitive barbecue teams,” said Quinton Keeran, OPC Director of Communications and Rib-Off coordinator. “The Rib-Off provides the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the versatility of pork and celebrate what individuals are able to do with the product. Eat more pork!”Just after “Smokin’ Joe” was given his awards at the 2015 Ohio State Fair Pork Rib-Off, The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with him about his return from retirement.2015 Pork Rib Off Smokin’ Joe swept the pulled pork and ribs competition with his old school BBQ. Ohio Ag Net’s Ty HIggins got to serve as a prestigious judge for the competition this year. Hickory River Smokehouse is getting ready to hand out samples. Things are lookin’ good at Charcoal Mafia BBQ Pizza Mike’s pulled pork. The Pig of the Month BBQ crew was getting the pulled pork ready. Tony’s from Findlay got the People’s Choice Award. Bark Bros. from Columbus has some good looking ribs. Baney-Q BBQ from Columbus was serving up some ribs.last_img read more

Find a Bug in Google Chrome, Earn $500-$1,337

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google has just launched a new program aimed at improving security for its new Web browser, Google Chrome. Developers who find a bug in either Chrome or Chromium, the open source codebase used as the testing grounds for Chrome, will receive anywhere from $500 to $1,337 for reporting the issue. The amount of the reward will vary depending on the severity of the security hole discovered, says Google. Those bugs deemed “particularly severe or particularly clever” will receive the higher amount. Plenty of researchers have contributed to the Chromium project thus far for free, and to them Google hopes this new program will serve as a token of appreciation for their ongoing efforts. However, the introduction of monetary rewards is meant to encourage more participation in the community from external sources who have not yet pitched in. The concept for an incentive program is not new, as Google notes in its blog post. It’s based on a similar venture created by the folks at Mozilla, the organization behind the Firefox Web browser. Like Mozilla, Google’s rewards also start at $500 for most issues. The payment of $1,337 – a nod to the geeky Internet slang called “leet speak” – will be reserved only for critical bugs that would have had a major impact if left unpatched. Participating researchers are asked not to publicly disclose the bug prior to reporting to Google. According to the company, responsible disclosure is a two-way street and Google admits their job will be to fix the reported issues in a reasonable time frame. Currently, the program only encompasses the work being done in Chromium and the Google Chrome Web browser, but not in third-party plug-ins such as those found in any of the newly launched Chrome extensions. Bugs that take advantage of vulnerabilities in the base operating system of the computer running the Web browser will also be ineligible. Those interested in contributing to this new program can file their bugs using the Chromium bug tracker. Only the first researcher to report the issue will receive the reward. To kick off the program, the first developer or development team to earn the cash will receive a little notoriety for their actions – they’ll be featured on the company’s releases blog. Future contributions will be credited in the appropriate Google Chrome release notes section and some developers may even be featured in the Google Security thank you section of the corporate website itself. sarah perez Tags:#Browsers#Google#security#web Related Posts center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

10 Things to Know About Shooting with Vintage Lenses

first_imgFollow tips when outfitting your digital camera with vintage glass.There has be a recent revival among vintage lenses in the photo and filmmaking community. Perhaps it’s the hip look or the affordable pricing that is driving pros to shoot and experiment with used glass. For now, you can still get many lenses for a bargain – but with the recent uptick in popularity the price of used lenses may increase as well.Whether you are new to vintage lenses, or just interested in learning more about them, check out our 10 things you should know.1. You can use vintage glass on your camera.Using simple adapters you can adapt vintage lenses to a variety of modern lens mounts including Micro 4/3, Canon EF, Nikon F, & Sony E. These adapters come in a variety of prices, some for under $10.Image courtesy of FStoppers2. Vintage glass is cheaper than modern glass.If you were to compare a vintage lens to a modern lens you will quickly find that most vintage lenses are much cheaper. For example an Olympus OM 50mm f/1.4 can be picked up for around $90 on Ebay compared to a comparable new Canon lens which goes for $400.3. Most vintage lenses have external aperture control.If these vintage lenses didn’t have external aperture control it would be very difficult to use them in modern productions. This is due to the camera’s inability to communicate with lens. However, when you have external aperture control you can change the f-stop with a simple wheel turn.4. Most vintage lenses can be easily de-clicked.De-clicking a lens can be an extremely scary process, especially if you trying to de-click a modern lens. Thankfully, vintage lenses don’t have the same build as modern lenses. Vintage lenses are usually held together by very easy to access screws, making them easy to take apart and de-click. You also don’t have to worry about damaging computer components inside vintage lenses.For a primer on de-clicking lenses check out this informative post and video by Matthew Duclos.5. Some vintage lenses have awesome distortions.While it may not be great for shooting modern portraits or weddings, the distortions created by shooting on vintage glass can be incredibly stylish and unique. Vintage glass usually has more chromatic aberrations and the focus can be a little soft, but if you are wanting to get the popular ‘Instagram/hipster’ look, vintage glass is perfect.Courtesy of PetaPixel 6. Vintage lenses can’t autofocus on your camera.Because your modern camera wasn’t designed to communicate with old lenses you will (probably) not be able to use the autofocus feature. There are a few exceptions with vintage Nikon F mount lenses, but even then, it can be difficult to get the old autofocus parts to function correctly. This makes it difficult to use vintage glass in a photography context, but for film or video this shouldn’t be a problem.7. You can add gear rings to vintage glass to make them cine-lenses.The internet is full of adaptable gear rings that make any lens a ‘cine-lens’. If you want to learn more about creating a cine-lens out of vintage glass check out our previous post on the subject.Courtesy of Caleb Pike8. Most vintage lenses have some vignetting (but in a good way).Distance and size isn’t always perfect with vintage glass, so you can expect to see vingetting with most older lenses. While some would argue that vingetting is a bad thing, it can sometimes create an interesting effect. This is particularly helpful if you are trying to get a vintage look with your lens, but it all depends on your personal preference.9. Buying good adapters is crucial when using vintage lenses.While you may be able to pick-up a cheap adapter for $10 on Amazon that doesn’t mean that it is a good adapter. When adapting for vintage lenses every millimeter matters. So, if an adapter was cheaply made it could potentially have focusing issues, or worse mess up your camera. Be sure to do your research and go for quality when you’re picking a lens adapter.10. Some vintage lenses are coming back.If you’ve been following the Petzval lens you have probably seen the amazing footage and images it can create. In short, the Petzval lens was a vintage lens from the  mid-1800’s that has recently been recreated for the modern user. Instead of having to buy an adapter, the Petzval lens comes natively in both Canon and Nikon lens mounts. If you want to read more about the new/old Petzval lens check out our previous post on Petzval lenses.Have you had any experience with shooting on vintage glass? Let us know how it went in the comments below.last_img read more

Be the Value

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 Value is in the eye of the beholder. There are lots of different ways to think about value. But you can be the biggest part of the value proposition.Your Business AcumenYou create value by understanding fundamental business principles. You understand how what you do is translated into greater revenue, lower costs, and increased profits. Part of business acumen is knowing how your business works and understanding your business model. It’s also knowing how your client’s business works and their business model.Business acumen is the new sales acumen. You create value by understanding how to help your clients with their business.Your Situational KnowledgeYour experiences are also valuable to your clients. You have some scars, as my friend Dave Brock would say. You’ve seen what works. You’ve also seen what has failed. Your experiences allow you to create value for your clients by helping them find the path to better results, seeing around corners, avoiding common pitfalls, and taking advantage of opportunities.Your situational knowledge creates value for your clients by helping them make decisions based on experience.Your IdeasNothing makes you more valuable than ideas. Resourcefulness is perhaps the greatest human attribute. Your ability to generate new ideas that help move your client’s business forward is valuable–and it can easily differentiate you in a crowded marketplace.Your ideas allow you to be the value.Your Ability to CollaborateYou have business acumen, situational knowledge, and ideas. But so does your client. They want to collaborate with you on a solution to produce better results. You know what you know, but you don’t know everything your client knows. Your ability to collaborate with them on a solution creates value, and it almost also creates more value than dictating a solution that hasn’t taken into account all the things that makes your client unique.Your ability to collaborate makes you a good partner and an effective team member. It creates value for you clients by helping them get the solution they need.Your Ability to Build ConsensusThere is no power sponsor. There are sponsors. More and more, business are making decisions by consensus. The status quo is well-entrenched in their organizations, and it’s sometimes as difficult for your contacts to sell within their own organization as it is for you to sell in yours.Your ability to help your clients build consensus in their organization makes you a value creator. It’s helping them do something they struggle to do on their own: build the case for change.Your Ability to ExecuteYou create value for your clients by owning the outcome that you sold them. They aren’t paying for the idea alone. They’re paying for the execution of that idea. They’re paying for results.You create value when you orchestrate the effort of your team, owning the outcomes, delegating the transactions, and producing the results they need. Execution is value creation.last_img read more

Lord’s Test, Day 2: Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali give England upper hand vs South Africa

first_imgMoeen Ali and Stuart Broad made telling contributions with bat and ball to leave England in charge of the first Test against South Africa after Day 2 on Friday.Ali scored 87 and Broad smashed an unbeaten 57 off 47 balls as England added 101 runs to its overnight score before being dismissed for 458. Joe Root, in his first Test as captain, was out for 190.The Proteas’ reply began badly and they were stuttering at 104-4 just after tea on a decent-looking pitch thanks to two wickets apiece from Broad’s pace bowling and Ali’s offspin.Temba Bavuma and Theunis de Bruyn put on a 99-run stand for the fifth wicket to lead South Africa’s recovery, looking compact defensively and hitting the bad balls, but De Bruyn nicked James Anderson behind in the fifth-to-last over of the day to set back the tourists once again.Bavuma was unbeaten on 48 and South Africa trailed by 244 runs on 214-5, facing an important morning’s play on Saturday against the new ball.Ali became the seventh – and second-quickest – English player to pass 2,000 Test runs and take 100 Test wickets, passing both milestones on Friday.”It’s a great feeling to do it on the same day at Lord’s,” Ali said.”We’re in a good position. The wicket of Jimmy’s at the end was a massive one.”Resuming alongside Ali with England on 357-5, Root added only six runs to his overnight score of 184 – already a record by an England player in his first Test as captain – before edging behind a delivery from Morne Morkel on the first ball of the day’s third over.advertisementRoot looked thoroughly miserable as he walked off to a standing ovation, having missed the chance to register a second double century at Lord’s after one against Sri Lanka in 2014.Morkel trapped the recalled Liam Dawson lbw for a duck two balls later before England counter-attacked through Ali and Broad, who added 46 runs for the eighth wicket – mostly through swipes to the boundary from Broad.South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada bowled Ali and trapped Mark Wood lbw (0) in the space of three balls but Broad continued his assault, smashing Morkel for successive sixes to bring up his first Test half-century in four years.Anderson was the last man out for 12, edging Morkel behind after sharing a 45-run last-wicket partnership. Broad struck eight fours as well as his two sixes.South Africa lost Heino Kuhn (1) and Hashim Amla (29) before tea then captain Dean Elgar (54) prodded forward to Ali and clipped the ball straight into Gary Ballance’s chest and then hands at short leg.When Broad got a ball to jag back off the seam and trap JP Duminy leg before for 15, the South Africans were really up against it, only for Bavuma and De Bruyn to briefly steady the innings.Broad had 2-27 and Ali 2-35.last_img read more

Here are five cars for you if you do not want to buy the Jaguar F-Type

first_imgThe Jaguar F-Type is the latest entrant to the India market from the JLR group, owned by Tata. The F-Type has been grabbing since day one and Badminton ace Saina Nehwal is also contemplating to buy one.But if somehow you don’t want to go for the Satan-taming monster from hell, you can relax. Here are five other options that you can go for if you are not feeling particularly Jaguar-ish.Ford MustangYes, the Mustang has been here for quite a while, and finally made its entry to the Indian market last year. The Mustang is available only in the GT version with its naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 petrol mated to a 6-speed transmission churning out 395bhp. Creature comforts are similar to those found on luxury cars like radar guided cruise control, sensor key, and comes with what Ford calls as the Blue Oval MyFord Touch which is optional.  The Mustang costs Rs 71 lakhs, ex-showroom.Porsche 718No, we are not talking about the Le Mans winning Porsche 718, but this time Porsche has gone for the amalgamation of the Boxster and the Cayman. The drop top version will be called the 718 Boxster and the hardtop version will be known as the cayman. However this can be confusing for some buyers as the new Porsche 718 is actually a clever addition to the 981 series of its Boxster/Cayman models.The new Porsche 718 will come in two engine versions – 2.0- and 2.5-litre four-cylinder but not the straight six anymore. This is Porsche’s latest flat-four which Porsche claims is more economical and low on emissions. Also, Porsche wanted to keep a gap between the Porsche 911 and the Porsche 718. The 2.0-liter four-pot with 295bhp will power the Boxster/Cayman while the “S” versions will have a 345bhp four-pot for the 2 variants.advertisementFinally, the Porsche will get the 7-speed PDK dual clutch automatic gearbox along with the optional Sport Chrono Package which helps with quicker gear shifts. The Cayman starts at Rs 77 lakhs ex-showroom and the Boxster starts at Rs 81 lakhs ex-showroom.Porsche 911No, the 718 and the 911 do not look the same, although they look the same until they are parked right in front of you, they have different performance, and price tags as well. The 911 range contains the Carrera, Carrera 4, Targa 4, Carrera Cabriolet, Varrera 4 Cabriolet, Carrera S, Carrera 4S, Targa 4S, Carrera 4S Cabriolet, Carrera S Cabriolet, Turbo, GT3, Turbo Cabriolet, Turbo S, and finally the Turbo S Cabriolet.This is the 991 range of Porsches which has a similar looking quad-LED headlamp, reminiscent of the 918 RSR, and undergoes a full aluminium reconstruction, lighter than its 997 siblings by over 50 kilograms.The most basic 911 gets the standard 3.0-litre straight six turbocharged petrol engine generating 370bhp and prices start at Rs 1.39 crores (ex-showroom).BMW Z4The Z4 has remained in BMW’s CBU range of vehicles here in India. This is however the 2014 model and which soon becomes the outgoing model as BMW is slated to launch the Z4 roadster this November and the all new Z4 next year. Although the Z4 has a 2.0- and 3.0-litre twin turbo options, the Indian market will only get the SDrivei35 which produces 301bhp of power and is mated to a 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox. Prices are slated to start at Rs 81 lakh, ex-showroom.Aston Martin V8 VantageThe last of the lot, is the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, and also grants you entry to the world of the gentleman’s sports car. This is the baby version of the V12 Vantage and is a road focused grand tourer.The V8 Vantage is powered by a 4.3-liter V8 which produces 380bhp mated to a 6-speed transmission with the power directed at the rear wheels. Price starts at Rs 1.76 crores ex-showroom.last_img read more

Organizing Your Nonprofit Marketing Plan

first_imgA properly organized nonprofit marketing plan supports itself like a pyramid. For each goal, there are objectives; every objective has strategies; and each strategy has tactics.However, all too often the terms goal, objective, strategy and tactic are used as interchangeable ways of saying the same thing. Plainly put, they are not – and the resulting lack of precision can be problematic.GoalsA goal is a “statement of being” for the plan. While the completion of the goal signifies the end of your plan, the objectives, strategies and tactics are the means to that end.ObjectivesCompared to the goal, objectives are more focused and specific, and the best-formulated objectives express results as measurable outcomes. Think in terms of the awareness, attitude or action that you hope to invoke. Often there are multiple objectives in support of a single goal. Meaningful objectives start with action verbs and have four parts. They:Identify a specific audience being addressed,State a measurable outcome,Set an attainment level, andSet a timeframe.StrategiesStrategies are where the rubber meets the road. Rarely is one strategy enough to fully accomplish an objective. Likewise, it is not unusual for a single strategy to serve multiple objectives.TacticsTactics are the specific tools you use to implement your strategies. News releases, brochures, media pitches, e-newsletters, blogs, Web sites, surveys, focus groups, and videos are just a few examples that spring to mind. It is the truly creative part of the plan’s authors to decide exactly which tactics are needed to successfully implement the chosen strategies.In ClosingA good marketing plan is interlinked from top to bottom. Without good tactics, a strategy will not successfully complete an objective, rendering the success of a goal limited.A true marketing plan forces the authors to employ the right mix of experience with critical thinking. With this understanding of the key differences between goals, objectives, strategies and tactics, the end result is a plan that can be executed successfully.(Source: Arketti Group)last_img read more