first_imgMOR SPIRIT: A better-than-looked 1 ½ length winner of the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Robert B. Lewis Stakes here Feb. 6, he took the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity at the same distance on Dec. 19. Although he’s proven a bit reluctant on occasion in the mornings, the Pennsylvania-bred ridgling by Eskendereya is progressing nicely for Baffert who won last year’s San Felipe with Dortmund, who provided him with his record fifth San Felipe win. Owned by Michael L. Petersen, Mor Spirit has been ridden to all three of his career wins by Gary Stevens, who’s back aboard on Saturday. – UNCLE LINO: A sharp second in his first route try to Mor Spirit in the 1 1/16 miles Robert B. Lewis, this improving son of Uncle Mo will try to establish himself as a top tier Derby hopeful for trainer Gary Sherlock. Ridden in all four of his starts by Fernando Perez, Uncle Lino pressed a solid pace in the Lewis and finished well. Owned by Tom Mansor, Purple Shamrock Racing or Sherlock, Uncle Lino will get an “acid test” in the San Felipe.   EXAGGERATOR: A big second to undefeated Eclipse Champion Nyquist in Santa Anita’s Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes Feb. 15, this Kentucky-bred colt by Curlin figures to improve with the added distance and a recent race under his belt. Owned by Big Chief Racing, LLC, Head of Plains, LLC, Rocker O Ranch LLC and Keith Desormeaux, he’s proven to be a versatile sort who can press the pace or stalk. With a pair of graded stakes wins to his credit, he has three overall wins and two seconds from seven starts, good for career earnings of $1,023,120. He’ll again be ridden by Desormeaux’s Hall of Fame brother, Kent. UNBEATEN CAL-BRED SMOKEY IMAGE, UNCLE LINO & DANZING CANDY ALL HAVE BIG CHANCES IN FINAL PREP TO $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY WITH 85 KY. DERBY QUALIFYING POINTS AT STAKEcenter_img SMOKEY IMAGE: Much like California Chrome in 2014, undefeated California-bred Smokey Image will be trying graded stakes completion for the first time following a massive 8 ½ length win versus statebreds in the California Cup Derby at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 30. Untouched in six starts, his last three versus Cal-breds, the chestnut colt by Southern Image tried two turns for the first time in the California Cup Derby Jan. 30, winning by 8 ½ lengths in gate to wire fashion. Trained by Carla Gaines, he’ll be ridden by California Chrome’s regular pilot, Victor Espinoza. Smokey Image is owned by Irvin Racing Stable and he’s banked $435,100. DANZING CANDY: Trained by Cliff Sise, Danzing Candy has been ultra impressive in a pair of allowance wins at the current Winter Meet, his most recent a 5 ¾ length gate to wire romp going a flat mile here on Feb. 4. Lightly raced, this Kentucky-bred colt by Twirling Candy will make his stakes debut in the San Felipe, which will be his fourth career start and second around two turns. Bred by Ted Aroney’s Halo Farms and owned by Halo Farms, Bashor or Bashor, Danzing Candy has trained forwardly out of his most recent win and will be ridden for the third time in a row by Mike Smith.THE SAN FELIPE STAKES FIELD IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7                   Approximate post time, 3:05 p.m. PTUncle – Lino Fernando Perez – 120Danzing Candy – Mike Smith – 120Mor Spirit – Gary Stevens – 124Cupid – Martin Garcia – 120I Will Score – Rafael Bejarano – 120Smokey Image – Victor Espinoza – 120Exaggerator – Kent Desormeaux – 122                The San Felipe Stakes, final major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9, will award the winner 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points. The second, third and fourth place San Felipe finishers will earn 20, 10 and 5 points respectively. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 9, 2016)–Keith Desormeaux’s Exaggerator and Bob Baffert’s Mor Spirit headline a talented group of seven three-year-olds in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at    1 1/16 miles. In addition to the top two, unbeaten California-bred Smokey Image and rapidly improving sophomores Uncle Lino and Danzing Candy all rate big chances with a total of 85 Kentucky Derby qualifying points at stake.last_img read more

Guyanese girl gets into 8 Ivy Leagues and 13 other schools

first_imgGuyanese-born Kelly Hyles, 17, achieved a remarkable accomplishment, getting accepted into all eight IvyKelly HylesLeagues colleges in the US, as well as 13 other schools.While she is a straight A student, she is the first to admit that getting into so many schools didn’t come without a lot of hard work.Though she grew up in Queens, New York, Hyles spent the first decade of her life in a small village called Vryheid’s Lust, on the East Coast of Guyana.“They were a bit more serious about school,” said Hyles of children from her village. “Teachers are allowed to beat you – it wasn’t anything severe, but it keeps kids in check.” She moved to the US when she was 11.Hyles lives with her mother, who has set an example of what hard work looks like. Her mom works two jobs – she’s a home aide and a certified nursing assistant.Hyles commutes an hour and a half every day to the High School for Math, Science and Engineering in Harlem; one of New York’s nine specialised high schools.Hyles is one of less than two dozen black students in her senior class, which has more than 130 people. It’s a common theme throughout New York City’s specialised high schools – a fact she found troubling.“I am convinced that the decrease is not due to intellectual aptitude, but to lack of preparation and confidence,” she wrote in one her personal statements.So she did something about it. Hyles partnered with the DREAM programme, which prepares students for the Specialised High School Admissions Test. For three summers, she spent every weekday mentoring students at her former Brooklyn middle school.When Hyles took the SAT for the first time in May 2015, she wasn’t satisfied with the results. She channelled that energy into studying more. A classmate gave her text books he no longer needed.“My biggest sacrifice was sleep,” she said, adding that she averages about five hours a night. “Sometimes, I wanted to sleep late or go to the movies or a party with my friends, but I had to prioritise.” Hyles said she knew her mother wouldn’t have enough money to put her through school.“I knew I had to at least get academic scholarships, if not need-based scholarships,” she said, adding that college application fees were waved due to her financial standing.Being a great student isn’t enough, though. “I knew I needed to be well-rounded,” said Hyles, who is also a cheerleader and a dancer. “I heard stories of people that made amazing grades that didn’t get into the colleges they wanted.”So Hyles and two other students started a Black Student Union at her high school in 2014. “There were no clubs in which students could voice their outrage,” she wrote in one of her favourite college essays about the unrest after the shootings of unarmed black teens.The group hosts weekly meetings to discuss social issues and black “excellence.”Hyles, who was recently named a Ron Brown Scholar, said she was well aware of the negative stigmas ahead of her – she’s black and a woman.Instead of letting those beliefs win, she embraced things like her skin colour and her kinky hair. Hyles added that moving to a new country at a young age “was a culture shock,” but it taught her to be adaptable.She said she waved at a woman and said “Good afternoon, auntie” while riding her bike when she first moved to the US. That’s the typical greeting in Guyana, but not so in Queens. “She looked at me like I was crazy.”All of this has prepared her for wherever she lands. Hyles applied to 22 schools and was waitlisted only at Stanford University. She said that while Harvard has been her dream school, she’s considering all of her options.“Honestly, I’ve had so many changes in my life I feel like I can adapt to fit in anywhere,” she said.last_img read more

Of What Use Is A Beautiful Monrovia to Poor Residents?

first_imgA middle-aged woman with a little market stall in the Jallah Town community in Monrovia wailed as the ‘General’ of the Sirleaf administration, supported by armed men, broke down her market stall. She wept profusely and her greatest concern was ‘how will I sell tomorrow to feed my children’. But that question is of no issue to the ‘General’. From her cries, one could tell she is amongst about 70% of Liberians living on less than a dollar a day. Her survival is dependent on an informal and micro-business popularly known in Liberia as ‘from-hand-to-mouth’. Yet, she is hopeful every day that she will survive, with or without government.“Let’s go everybody, we have more to do, we will force these people to be clean”, the ‘General’ called out to her men. This is all in the name of ‘beautifying the city’.But in his last Pan African Post Card, the late Secretary General of the Pan African Movement, Dr. Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem challenged this beautification campaign which is replete across Africa. He wrote: “In the name of ridding cities of illegal constructions, returning to the original city plans and ‘beautifying’ our cities, City councils and governments at all levels are creating more poverty ruining lifelong savings accumulated through extreme sacrifice and hard work. Of what use is a ‘beautiful city’ peopled by citizens who have lost their livelihoods? Would they appreciate the beauty?”Breaking market stalls in the usual violent and unprovoked manner does not in any way hold the solution to a clean and beautiful city. I, like all other Liberians, including the General and the Commander-in-Chief (CIC), share the same dream of seeing Monrovia a beautiful, flourishing and livable city. But I doubt if the ‘General’ and the CIC have any idea on making Monrovia a beautiful, flourishing and livable city; because it is ten years now and they are leaving Monrovia as they met it in 2006 without basic services. Thanks however to foreign merchants who are putting up some sky rises in the Sinkor area, even though those merchants have to procure their own electricity, water, and sewage systems in the heart of the city. Less than 2% of Liberians have access to these basic services. Liberians would appreciate more were the CIC to direct her energy to building a system of participatory governance through which basic services are delivered, than deploying a‘General’ to beautify a city with hungry and dismally underserved inhabitants. If the ‘General’ and the CIC could take a retrospect of what they have done in the last ten years about the city, they would quickly realize that they have done the same thing – an overzealous and uncontrolled exercise of power over weak and poor people – over and over and the results have not changed; and they are likely to do the same in the next two years, unless they listen to the rest of us who think differently, and, indeed, progressively. But Albert Einstein had a word that properly describes ‘the act of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’. It is important that they ask themselves this question: Why do we have to do the same thing every year, yet the problem persists? I really won’t venture into answering that question, but would rather go into what they have not done, and that is where the solution lies. They have not mobilized the people into collective actions, and they do not work with the communities in their work. Critical to making Monrovia clean, beautiful and prosperous is mobilizing the people into collective actions or self-governance structures. All previous governments and the current one have failed to work with local people in solving local problems. The only disappointment is that this current regime has not learned from the failures of the past regimes, or perhaps it is deliberately ignoring the lessons. From all indications, the hegemonic and imperial state has only used raw power to get things done in our communities and in most cases its agents abused power particularly when it is in the wrong hands – like Chucky Taylor, or like the current ‘General’. They see the local people – mostly poor, weak and vulnerable people – as lazy and dirty. However, the poor social state of those people and the products of their interactions with their own communities are the outcomes of the incompetence of their leaders, for example, the former Mayor of Monrovia, the fierce ‘General’. For the ‘General’ and her likes, they must leave their offices and clean the environment. They don’t believe that the state or the government must work along with the communities through local structures to produce peaceful and desirable local outcomes. But their perception of local people is not only wrong and selfish; it is equally an attempt at creating false impressions and inflicting personalities beyond their natural scopes. Our communities have survived far better than the state which has fallen in numerous instances. The recent triumph of the communities over the Ebola virus is an example of strong local organizations in Liberia. Communities were succeeding while state institutions like the National Oil Company were collapsing as a result of poor leadership and unforgivable thievery. Therefore, beautifying Monrovia is not just about breaking stalls and shacks; it is more about organizing and giving local institutions more power for self-governance particularly in the areas of waste management and sanitation. But bigger than that is about organizing the state properly to deliver basic services, particularly in the areas of water and sanitation and other programs in poverty reduction. This should not be too much to achieve in ten years with well-intentioned leadership. The number of international and domestic support and increased in foreign direct investment (FDI) had all provided enormous resources and a propitious environment for transforming the lives of the poor people. Unfortunately, as the sun sets on the CIC and the ‘General’, they are yet to point to anything meaningful they have done about transforming the lives of the people whose living conditions will continue to dictate the outlook of the city of Monrovia. Now without proper sanitation services, and in the midst of serious poverty, they still think that they can make Monrovia look like an elite city. But as Taju would ask, “Of what use is a ‘beautiful city’ peopled by citizens who have lost their livelihoods” – like the poor woman in Jallah Town? In the Cause of Democracy and Social Justice the Pen Shall Never Run Dry. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Graffiti police sting

first_imgAs part of a sting, deputies from the sheriff’s Region III Community Oriented Policing Services Bureau, the Norwalk special assignment team and Whittier police went to 12 stores in Whittier, Santa Fe Springs and La Mirada on Friday to check if businesses were keeping cans of spray paint inaccessible to the public and to make sure they were not selling to minors. Two Explorers, ages 15 and 17, acted as customers in need of spray paint. The two teams also also passed out fliers that listed the pertinent county codes, as well as what other things are considered graffiti implements. The latter includes felt-tip markers, gum labels, paint sticks, etching tools and any other device that leaves a mark. By the end of the operation, Deputy Robert Alexander said Automotive Colors in Santa Fe Springs and Castle Automotive in La Mirada were ticketed for selling to minors while the Home Depot in La Mirada was cited for having spray paint accessible to the public. The offenses are considered misdemeanors. Automotive Colors and Castle Automotive could be fined $1,000 or one year in jail. Home Depot could face a $500 fine or six months in jail. SANTA FE SPRINGS – A 17-year-old boy walked out of Automotive Colors on Friday holding a can of black spray paint and a receipt for $2.75. He met up with a young woman and they drove off. Within minutes, two patrol cars pulled into the parking lot of the Florence Avenue business. While two deputies took pictures of the Brite Touch spray paint and the receipt, two Whittier officers cited the store manager for selling a graffiti implement (the spray paint) to a minor. The manager apologized and said it won’t happen again. He declined to talk to a reporter. The team moved on to the next location. Alexander said it’s what they figured in the beginning, that the majority will be in compliance. “This is not to penalize people but to inform people about the other implements,” he said. The sting was another take on how to deal with graffiti, he added. Alexander said they’re responding to the community’s needs, and graffiti is one of the concerns. The stores in compliance included Wal-Mart on Telegraph Road in Santa Fe Springs and the Auto Zone on Carmenita Road in Santa Fe Springs. At both places, the employees asked the decoy for an ID. “Everything went well. You guys passed. You asked for ID,” Whittier Officer Lenin Ceja told Angel Levario, manager of the Auto Zone. “Great, I passed,” she said. Levario said it’s their store policy to ask for an ID when buying spray paint. “And it’s the law. You have to be 18,” she added. She lauded Friday’s operation because it is checking if everybody is in compliance. (562)698-0955, Ext.3026160Want 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

Storms give area a soaking

first_imgA spring storm doused the San Gabriel Valley on Wednesday, bringing chilly high winds and a wet commute responsible for accidents, including an overturned big rig and a downed power line that killed a dog. The low-pressure system responsible for the rain was the latest in a series of winter-style storms to barrel out of the Gulf of Alaska. Meteorologist Jamie Smith of the National Weather Service said more unstable weather, and possibly rain, is expected this weekend. A big rig on the San Bernardino (10) Freeway carrying chicken and produce for an El Pollo Loco restaurant overturned about 1 a.m. Wednesday near Holt Avenue in Covina after colliding with a car, authorities said. – From staff and wire reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event 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


first_imgSt. Michael’s NotesAll County League Both senior and reserves played Naomh Conaill in Glenties on Saturday evening last.  The seniors were defeated by the narrowest of margins losing on a scoreline of Naomh Conaill 1-14 St. Michael’s 1-13.The St. Michael’s team and scorers were: Dean McColgan, James Henry Alcorn, Stephen Doak, Michael Gallagher, Michael Cannon, Michael McGinley, Chris McElhinney, Michael Langan 0-8, Ciaran Gallagher, Ryan Langan, Daniel McLaughlin 0-3, Oisin Langan, Brian Mclaughlin, Andrew Kelly 0-1, Keelan McGee 1-2.  Subs Brendan Rodden for Alcorn, Stephen Coyle for Oisin Langan and Paul Creamer for Rodden.The Reserves lost their match on a scoreline of Naomh Conaill 1-11 St. Michael’s 0-7.Both teams are at home to Kilcar on this Saturday evening with the throw ins at 5.30pm and 7pm. Well DoneWell done to Martin McElhinney, Christy Toye, Colm McFadden and Mark Anthony McGinley who were part of the Donegal Team that defeated Fermanagh in Ballybofey on Sunday last.  Congratulations to Mark Anthony on making his Championship debut and he was part of one of the pivotal moments of the match when he saved a penalty just before half time.St. Michael’s Lotto RotaThe names for the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto Rota for this Saturday night 18th June Gavin McGinley and Mark Langan, Creeslough/Shandon Daniel McLaughlin.St. Michael’s Mini LottoThere was no jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday night last.  The numbers drawn were 3,5,7,11,12,16.  Two people matched 5 Shaun Boyce Centra Dunfanaghy and Monica and Kelly Rojas Florida. This weeks Jackpot be €2400. The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated.Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at at onlinelotto on facebook .St. Michael’s Bingo Session The €100 on the 5th Game at the Bingo Session in Dunfanaghy on Sunday night last won by Joanne Hughes Massinass Creeslough, the €100 on the 10th Game was won by Bridget Sweeney Magherama Dunfanaghy. Every house New Car if you check on 45 Numbers or less with the Lucky number in the Panel and also called in the first five numbers of that game.The Magic Number from 1 to 90 is drawn out every Sunday night before the bingo begins.  In addition every House winner will receive a free entry to the weekly lotto, this weeks Jackpot is €2400.  The single book is €8, Double, Double Book €12, Sheet €2. Bingo continues every Sunday evening at 8pm in the Massinass Community Centre.This Months 50 Club winners were €65 Grace Alcorn Figart Dunfanaghy, €35 Paddy Coll Massinass and €25 Grace Ann O’Doherty Greenhill.SOS for Photographs! Nicola is currently gathering photographs for the clubhouse. If anyone has ANY team photographs from winning senior, reserve, u21 or any underage teams in league/championship/Gaeltacht she would really appreciate if you let her know. All hard copies of the photos will be returned to you safely once we make a copy of them or likewise photos can be emailed to Please spread the word as the team photos required date back to 1967!! All help with this little project would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone.Club GearMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michaels club gear in children and adult sizes.Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop.St. Michael’s Minor BoardU8sOur U8s had a great game last Thursday in Fanad. Two teams travelled up and put on a brilliant performance. Training as normal this Thursday at the Bridge 6 -7pm .Bus leaves Creeslough at 5.45pm .e 3 for us .We are scheduled to play Letterkenny Gaels this Saturday. more details later. Any queries please contact Bernard on 087 248 1402.Under 10’sTraining as normal this Thursday at the Bridge 6 -7pm .Bus leaves Creeslough at 5.45pm .e 3 for us .We are scheduled to play Letterkenny Gaels  this Saturday.more details later. Any queries please contact Aidan on 083 801 7333.Under 12’sTraining continues on Tuesday evening at the Bridge.  Bus leaving corner of the garden at 5.15pm . Training is from 5.45pm to 7pm. 3 euros for bus. And any queries contact Brandon on 0860765703.Under 12 Go Games have started, throw in every Wednesday evening at 7pm.St. Michael’s hosted Downings last Wednesday evening.  Well done to the players and coaches who secured another win for the home side.The under 12’s are now scheduled to play away to Maccumhails  B Wednesday evening the 15th June and are hosting Milford at the Bridge on June 22nd.RegistrationAnyone still wishing to register/pay outstanding monies please contact either Suzi on 0872849214 or Anne Marie on 0879454107 ASAP.Parish League BookletAnyone who wishes to receive a Parish League Booklet can contact Margaret Ann on 0876207919.Also some league champions 2015 booklets still available.Cul CampCul Camps are now available for booking online. St. Michaels is on from the 25th to the 29th July at the Bridge.Well DoneWell done to Mary Ann Mullen, Courtney Brennan and Marcella Dolan who were part of the Cloughaneely under 14 girls team that beat Convoy by 18pts to 16ptsin the County semi final and now play either Aodh Rua or Killybegs in the final.MICHAEL LANGAN IN GREAT FORM AS ST MICHAEL’S NARROWLY LOSE OUT TO NAOMH CONAILL was last modified: June 14th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASportSt Michaelslast_img read more


first_imgBOXER Jason Quigley is pictured with his dad after sealing a professional deal, as first revealed by Donegal Daily earlier this week.The Sky Academy Sports Scholar declared: “I’m really, really excited. I’ve been contemplating whether to make this move or not, but I’ve gone with this feeling in my heart that I have the excitement and hunger to go on and fulfil my childhood dreams of becoming a world professional champion.“Having the likes of Sky put their faith and trust in me has helped me achieve what I wanted to do, it’s give me a serious amount of confidence,” added Quigley. “To be involved with such a great bunch of athletes was amazing and I wish every single last one of them the very best.”Jason has signed for Golden Boy – the world’s leading professional boxing management team. PROUD BOXER JASON: ‘EXCITING TIMES AHEAD’ was last modified: April 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Golden BoyJason Quigleylast_img read more


first_imgSnowball the seal catching a few rays with his mate in Dungloe Bay yesterday.Local Burtonport fisherman Danny Breslin captured this snap of two seals ‘chilling’ on the rocks in Dungloe Bay, with one of the seals being completely white.Danny who has fished in the area for years, said he regularly spots seals during his fishing trips, but said he’d never seen a white seal before.Danny told Donegal Daily, “I’d see seals quite a bit around the bay, so I was surprised when I seen a completely white one. “He seemed happy enough to pose for the snap, and in the picture it looks like he’s trying to wave to me.Fisherman Danny also revealed he’s now affectionately nicknamed the seal ‘Snowball’.“I’ve decided to call him snowball, and I hope I see him again when I’m out fishing next.“On the day I took the picture it was really warm, so I’m sure Snowball was just up on the rocks trying to catch a few rays and get a nice tan. 🙂   PURE WHITE SEAL SPOTTED ‘CHILLING’ ON THE ROCKS was last modified: July 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:burtonportDanny BreslinFeaturesfishermannewsSealSnowballWhitelast_img read more

The Future Is All About Context: The Pragmatic Web

first_imgguest author 1 Tags:#Analysis#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The semantic Web has long been heralded as the future of the Web. Proponents have said that Web experiences will some day become more meaningful and relevant based on the AI-esque computational power of natural-language processing (NLP) and structured data that is understandable by machines for interpretation.However, with the rise of the social Web, we see that what truly makes our online experiences meaningful is not necessarily the Web’s ability to approximate human language or to return search results with syntactical exactness. The value of the semantic Web will take time because the intelligent personal agents that are able to process this structured data still have a long way to go before becoming fully actualized.This guest post was written by Alisa Leonard-Hansen.Rather, meaningful and relevant experiences now are born out of the context of our identities and social graph: the pragmatics, or contextual meaning, of our online identities. My Web experience becomes more meaningful and relevant to me when it is layered with contextual social data based on my identity. This is the pragmatic Web.We need to better understand our identity as it begins to define our experience of the Web and the networked-enabled world we inhabit. Our online identity will increasingly be defined by three “pillars”: who I say I am, what I do and say, and who I connect to (and who connects to me).To clarify, our online identities are comprised primarily of three specific kinds of data:Explicit or prescriptive data (i.e. the data that I input about myself: name, age, occupation, etc.);Activity or behavioral data (i.e. what I do and say online);Relationship data (i.e. my social graph and what my connections say about me).If we consider the power of this pragmatic Web (a highly relevant and individualized Web experience based on the ubiquity of our identity data), we find that it not only impacts individual user experience, but that it opens up entirely new opportunities for business online. The future is not “business as usual.” Business models will be based on what Elias Bizannes of the Data Portability Project calls the “information value network-economic value,” derived from services that focus on activities with comparative advantage and that leverage free access to data.Consider this: as media companies scramble to identify new and innovative ways to advertise to the sea of nameless, pixeled users who graze through their content each day, a rich supply of highly valuable identity data lies just beneath the surface, left unmeasured and unmonetized.Facebook is nothing more than perhaps the largest single database of this kind of online identity data: explicit, activity and relationship data. With the development of Facebook Connect, which allows for the “open” exchange of Facebook user data between Facebook and third parties, Facebook could conceivably (and will) create an Facebook Connect ad network (read: data exchange), supplied by the valuable and highly targetable user identity data that is currently siloed on Facebook’s servers. This identity data within Facebook is what makes the activity in “social media” so valuable.But the centralization of identity data on one or two major networks (such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace) won’t realize the vision of the pragmatic Web. So, how will the pragmatic Web come to be? How do we realize the power of a dynamic Web that is based on our identities? We do so by empowering individuals to access and control their identity across any site or service, through standards that enable data portability and open Web inter-operability. The resulting vision is that of a highly personalized, dynamic, relevant and remixable Web experience, yielding greater access to information through discovery, communication and collaboration. For enterprise, this could mean the rise of innovative new business models, based on data-driven value exchange.One final note on identity data as it relates to enterprise. As Bizannes points out, the value of this kind of identity data rests on the key factors of time and timeliness. Essentially, identity data is valuable only if it is recent. Facebook wouldn’t be able to sell your (permissions-enabled) data to advertisers if it used your explicit data from a year ago rather than from today. So, Bizannes argues that real-time “access” to someone’s identity matters most, and it’s no longer about data “capture.” Thus, as new business models arise out of monetizing permissions-enabled identity data, the value of the business models will depend on these entities having real-time access to the data.Guest author: Alisa Leonard-Hansen is a digital strategist and Social Media Evangelist at iCrossing, a leading global digital agency. She is also the Communications Chair for the Data Portability Project and blogs about the social Web on her blog, Follow her on Twitter @alisamleo. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

Avid Media Composer to Add Subscription Option

first_imgAvid recently announced a subscription option for Media Composer is coming.One of the less buzz-worthy stories from NAB 2014 was Avid’s unveiling of a new subscription based licensing plan for Media Composer. Up to this point in the company’s life, Avid has made the majority of their money from outright lifetime licenses. For the end-user these licenses can get rather costly as a single perpetual license starts at $999.00.Avid states that subscription based software will allow editors to pay for the software only when they need it. But perhaps more importantly a company with multiple editing bays can deactivate certain softwares as clientele expands or contracts. This move is most assuredly a response to the growing success of Adobe’s Creative Cloud, but offering perpetual licenses and subscription based licenses would make Avid unique.What’s Included with Avid Subscription?With each subscription users will have access to Media Composer with the Symphony Option, NewBlue Titler Pro 2, Sorenson Squeeze Lite, Boris Continuum Complete Lite, and iZotope Insight. Along with the software each subscriber will be given access to Avid Support which provides unlimited web and email support, and the option to call Avid once a month with troubleshooting questions. Standard support also gives editors access to the Avid video library, knowledge base and community pages.Pricing and AvailabilityAvid promises that the subscription based software will cost less over time. Users have two subscription options, Yearly and Monthly. The yearly option is $599 a year which equals $49.99 a month. However, for those who sign up for a yearly membership in 2014, Avid is offering a $120 discount which equates to $39.99 for the first year only, then the standard $599/annual applies. For those who want to pay per month the cost is $74.99. Avid also offers a lot of other options regarding support for an additional fee per month/year.Avid’s website states that the latest version of Media Composer with subscription options is coming soon, but no date announced as of yet.. You can sign up to be notified when it becomes available and get more info on the pricing options in this PDF.What do you think of Avid Media Composer offering licensing? Share in the comments below.last_img read more