Pasadena Records Only A Single COVID-19 Infection on Monday

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Public health officials in Pasadena reported a single new COVID-19 infection and no new deaths in the city on Monday, marking seven straight days of new daily cases numbering in the single digits, and the fourth day in a row without a reported fatality.The new case brought the city’s total number of infections to 11,032, while the local death toll remained at 327.City spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said the data was “very positive,” but the virus is still circulating in the public, and precautions remain vital as more aspects of society saw pandemic restrictions lessened as Southern California ascended into the “red” tier of the state’s COVID-19 framework.“We need to work hard to follow protocol,” she said. “With more capacity opening up today, safety must be a priority so we can continue to move forward and get back to normalcy.”Over the prior week, Pasadena recorded an average of 5.6 new infections each day, according to city data.Huntington Hospital reported treating 33 COVID-19 patients on Monday. Seven of them were being cared for in intensive care units.According to the latest available city figures, more than 38,400 Pasadenans have been inoculated with at least one dose of a two-dose vaccine regimen, and more than 22,300 residents have received both doses.The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported another six fatalities due to COVID-19 on Monday, lifting the overall virus death toll to 22,475.Another 422 new infections were also reported, raising the cumulative total from throughout the pandemic to 1,210,663. Health officials noted that numbers on Mondays tend to be low due to weekend reporting lags.Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 continued dropping, reaching 865 as of Monday, according to state figures, with 241 people in intensive-care units.State health officials announced 2,460 new infections and 95 additional deaths, raising the state’s totals to 3,528,795 known cases of the virus and 55,330 deaths.The statewide average positivity rate over the prior week was recorded at 1.9%, according to the California Department of Public Health.As of Monday, L.A. County represented 34% of California’s total COVID-19 infections and 41% of the state’s deaths.City News Service contributed to this report. Subscribe 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it 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. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Pasadena Records Only A Single COVID-19 Infection on Monday No fatalities reported in 4 days By BRIAN DAY Published on Monday, March 15, 2021 | 4:42 pmcenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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 More Cool Stuff Community News Community News Make a comment STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

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Family Resource Associates Gives Hope And Help To Families

first_imgby Gretchen C. Van BenthuysenNearly 30 years ago Maire Merritt gave birth to her second daughter, Eileen, who has Down syndrome.“I knew nothing about Down syndrome or cognitive development (the ability to think and understand),” said Merritt, a retired high school teacher. “I had no background in the area.”But a friend of his knew Sue Levine, the program administrator and a founder of Family Resource Associates (FRA), a nonprofit agency based in Shrewsbury dedicated to helping people with disabilities reach their full potential and independence through therapy, technology and education, while also supporting their families.“Sue came to the hospital and offered to help me in any way she could,” Merritt said. “For parents of newborns, this is a frightening experience. You feel isolated. Sue proved to be invaluable to me and a tremendous resource over the years.”
Executive director Nancy Phalanukorn also is one of the original five professional women along with a group of 30 parents who founded FRA in 1979. They were frustrated by bureaucratic inertia and lack of services for pre-school children with disabilities, especially children age three and younger.“One area we specialize in is caring for infants,” she explained. “But what happens after age three and before they enter public school? Those kids were just sitting at home.”Growing and changing to meet the needs of a growing and changing population of chil- dren and adults with special needs became FRA’s mission.“We started with 30 kids with Down syndrome and genetic disabilities,” Phalanukorn said. “The second year we had a boy with autism. Now we serve 150 infants a week and of those 30 are on the autism spectrum.”FRA has an annual budget of $1.6 million with a relative- ly small administrative staf f of seven, Phalanukorn said, with 92 percent of the budget spent on programming. The infant program, which includes home visits, has a staff of 38 professionals and 15 people teach the adult classes. Volunteers donate about 8,000 hours per year and that includes a tech team that refurbishes donated personal computers to give to needy families. Annual fundraisers include a golf outing and a gala dinner-dance. “It’s always a balance of donations, fundraising, grant writing and fees,” Phalanukorn said. “And we have an extremely active board of trustees that help us grow and meet the needs of students and families.”
FRA’s adult services also have grown with facilities in Eatontown and Brick featuring studio apartments for independent living and life skills classes such as preparing meals using a microwave and toaster oven and maintaining personal living space.Designed like 12-week college semesters, classes are offered twice daily with 10 to 14 students per class. For ty topics are available, including money skills, nutrition and hygiene, how to look your best, getting ready for a job inter view, self-advocacy and self-expression, current events, as well as fun classes such as yoga, dance and karate.
One service Phalanukorn said FRA is very proud of is the TECH Connection, a computer lab with 20 stations open to the public and designed to make technology more accessible to people with limitations due to accident, illness or aging.People with special needs can sample specialized soft- ware and adapted devices before making a purchase. Assistive technology training for professionals and thera- pist is available as is a lending library for special needs people who may borrow more than 450 assistive devices and specialty software.FRA’s focus is not entirely on the disabled child or adult. Family support includes individual counseling, workshops, monthly meetings for siblings ages 4 to 9 and 10 to 15, plus monthly meetings of Moms of Young Children with Down syndrome and Parents of Children with Multiple Impairments.Maire Merritt said she had her husband Bill learned more from other parents than they ever learned from books.“We went to several parent workshops held at FRA to become informed parents and knowledgeable advocates for our children,” she said. “FRA also helped us to see the whole child and not just the disability. They guided us.”Eileen Merritt will celebrate her 30th birthday on Jan. 30. She graduated from Old Bridge High School, attended four different proms, is still friends with people she met in grammar school, volunteers in the children’s section at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library system, plays golf, and participates in the Special Olympics New Jersey in sailing and earned medals in rhythmic gymnastics. She serves as an FRA ambassador making public appearances. She also has a boyfriend. And that’s the short list of her accomplishments.last_img read more

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Captain Smith steps down after record-setting career

first_img6 March 2014Graeme Smith stepped down from test cricket after 109 matches in charge of the Proteas, as Australia handed South Africa their first series defeat in five years by winning the third test at Newlands on Wednesday.Australia’s 245-run victory was far from easy and almost didn’t happen as the Proteas put up stiff resistance before losing their final two wickets in the last five overs of the day.The Aussies continued their renaissance with a 2-1 series victory over the world’s number one ranked team, following on from their 5-0 Ashes whitewash of England, but South Africa remained comfortably ensconced at number one, with Australia moving above India to second place, in the International Cricket Council rankings.‘A wonderful series’“It has been a wonderful series,” Smith said in a post-match interview on the field. “It has been wonderful for the game of test cricket. I have always had huge respect for the game and it is great to see it in a good place, especially in a test format.”“What a series! What a summer for the Australian team,” said Aussie captain Michael Clarke of their roller-coaster 2-1 victory.The bigger story, though, was not Australia’s win but Smith’s last match in a test career that began in March 2002. He retired as the most capped captain in test history and as the captain who oversaw the most victories, 53, four more than Ricky Ponting, who is second on the list.Captaincy recordUnder Smith, the Proteas won a record 30 tests at home, while Smith’s 23 wins away equals the record held by the West Indies’ Clive Lloyd.Smith was at his best in the second innings of matches when chasing a victory. Nobody in history scored more than his 1 141 runs in fourth innings wins, and no one averaged more in those matches than the burly left-hander’s hugely impressive 87.76. His four centuries in successful run chases is also a record.Newlands“This is the place where I wanted to retire. It is where it all began for me many, many years ago and the Newlands faithful and the people of Cape Town have been so supportive of me … When I look at this stadium I have had so many wonderful memories here, so if just felt like the perfect place to finish my career,” Smith said of his decision to retire after the Newlands test.“If I think back from a batting perspective, when I started my professional career, I think in my first two seasons every commentator or journalist commentated on my style of batting and grip and said I was never going to make it. To finish playing my career with 17-odd thousand runs in all three formats is something that I am extremely proud of. That took a lot of determination and a lot of mental strength and a huge effort.“From a leadership perspective, to have been in the job as long as I have, to have as many victories, and to have shared a dressing room with so many terrific players and coaches over the years, is certainly a dream come true,” Smith added. “I didn’t think I would ever have achieved the heights that I did.”Number oneOn taking South Africa to the number one position in test cricket, Smith said: “When you’re [a captain at the age of] 22, there is a lot of growth that has to happen. It took me a few years to figure out what the team needed.“To have the number one bowlers in the world, to have some of the top batsmen in the world, and being a part of an environment where you see these guys come in and be successful, is hugely rewarding as a captain.”Reflecting on the direction the team has taken, he said: “The culture within the squad is something that I have been very proud of, and being able to grow the Protea culture and seeing the guys take it from strength to strength is something that I am proud of.”‘Amazing player, fantastic leader’Australian captain Michael Clarke showed his appreciation for Smith’s contribution to cricket, saying: “He’s been an amazing player for a long time and a fantastic leader, and somebody that I have certainly looked up to.“The game is a sadder place for Graeme retiring. I think he deserves a lot of credit for what he has achieved, where he has got South Africa to, and to be able to keep them at number one for such a long period of time.”International Cricket Council praiseInternational Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Dave Richardson paid tribute to Smith in a statement, saying: “On behalf of the ICC, we congratulate Graeme Smith on his retirement following a very impressive and successful international career.“Graeme featured in a number of memorable matches for South Africa and led his country in a world record 109 tests, as well as 150 One-Day Internationals. He will no doubt go down in cricket’s history as one of its most respected captains and opening batsmen.“Batting at the top of the order is not an easy job, but his determination to succeed is reflected in his career statistics and record of success, particularly in leading South Africa to the top of the yest rankings,” Richardson said.“The way he matured as a captain, encouraged his side to play hard but fair, be humble in both victory and defeat, was a great example to all.”Career statisticsDuring his career, Smith played 117 test matches, scoring 9 265 runs at 48.25, with 27 centuries and 38 fifties, plus 169 catches and eight wickets to his name. He finished his career 12th on the all-time list of run scorers in tests.He also played in 197 limited-overs internationals, making 6 989 runs at 37.98, with 10 centuries and 47 fifties, and bagged 105 catches and 18 wickets.last_img read more

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The benefits of pregnancy diagnosis

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are entering an exciting time of the year for cow-calf producers. They have started or soon will be weaning their spring-born calves. Weaning is an excellent time to prepare the calf crop to become herd replacements or for future marketing opportunities by implementing health programs and transitioning to feed rations. It is also a great time to determine the pregnancy status of the breeding herd. Management practices for both these groups can go a long way to determine the ultimate profitability of herd.The factor that should ultimately sort a female to the keep or cull pen is pregnancy status. The three primary methods used in pregnancy diagnosis are rectal palpation, ultrasound evaluation, or blood testing. Each these methods can effectively diagnose the female’s pregnancy status when properly implemented. Obviously the preferred result is for the female to be pregnant. Pregnancy diagnosis is relatively inexpensive, especially when you consider the potential savings of expenses it facilitates.While variable costs such as feed have moderated somewhat lately, it is still fairly expensive to maintain a cow on an annual basis. Producers often fail to consider fixed costs such as machinery, buildings, management, and replacement animal expense. We do not have enough space in this article to debate a sample budget, but it is fair to say the annual carrying costs for a beef female can run from $700 to over $1,000 depending on the situation. An open female is not going to generate any income to help pay the bills.Carrying an open female over to the next year or the next breeding season only compounds the accumulation of expenses.In nearly every case, the producer would be better off selling the open female and replacing her with a bred female. This is particularly true of yearling females. If you can’t get a properly developed, healthy yearling heifer bred in a 60- to 90-day breeding season, sell her as a heavy feeder calf or finish her out to harvest weight. If she is sub-fertile as a yearling, she will likely have fertility problems as a mature female.At the risk of stating the obvious, the pregnant female is the foundation for any productive cow-calf operation. Hopefully the female will calve in a relatively short calving season that occurs during the months of the year that are best suited for your operation and time constraints. A pregnant female can also create some additional marketing opportunities for the producer.Now is an excellent time to evaluate your herd and consider marketing decisions for the fall. Young, high quality cattle backed by solid genetics are in demand with potential buyers. Yearling heifers bred artificially to proven calving ease sires are very marketable. It is also a great time to evaluate the body condition of potential sale animals and make nutritional adjustments to the animal’s diet in anticipation of a sale date. It is my experience that while prospective buyers may complain about overly fat breeding cattle, they certainly resist purchasing breeding cattle that are in thin body condition.One upcoming sale opportunity to consider is the 2017 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s Replacement Female Sale on Nov. 24. Consignments for the sale are due to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association by Oct. 2, 2017. Sale information can be obtained by contacting the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at (614) 873-6736 or at their web site located at www.ohiocattle.org .last_img read more

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Twitter Ad Revenue May Triple This Year to $150 Million

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Twitter’s revenue from advertising may hit $150 million this year, according to estimates from eMarketer, a figure that certainly goes a long way to answering one of the company’s perennial questions: “what’s your revenue model?” eMarketer says it’s “cautiously optimistic” about Twitter’s new ad products and predicts that the microblogging platform may see a threefold increase in revenue this year from the $45 million it brought in in 2010, the first year it sold advertising. That figure may grow to $250 million in 2012, according to the eMarketer forecast, as it rolls out a self-serve platform and develops its whole “promoted suite of products.” This suite includes promoted trends, promoted tweets, and promoted accounts.According to the eMarketer estimates, the vast majority of this revenue will come from the U.S.“If Twitter can grow its user base and convince marketers of its value as a go-to secondary player to Facebook, it will succeed in gaining revenue,” says Debra Aho Williamson, eMarketer principal analyst. A “secondary player” indeed, but far behind the almost $2 billion in ad revenue that Facebook takes in.center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification audrey watters Tags:#NYT#twitter#web last_img read more

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What’s Holding Up The Internet Of Things

first_imgThe Internet of Things – in which ordinary objects get smart and connected, making possible all sorts of new services – promises to give us smarter cities, fewer traffic jams, a cleaner environment and a Series victory for the Cubs. (OK, maybe not that last one.)Trouble is, while lots of technologists and technophiles talk about the Internet of Things as if it were already here, there really isn’t any such thing. Not in any true sense of the term.To be sure, there are plenty of smart gadgets out there that are wired up and broadcasting data to other devices – home alarms, for instance. Cameras. Heat sensors and hydrometers. But as you might have already noticed, we’re still a long way from the day when your refrigerator sees that you’re out of milk and orders a new gallon, or when your suitcase checks your calendar for out-of-town meetings and makes sure your travel clothes have been washed and folded. Here’s why.No Lingua FrancaIn its most basic sense, the Internet is just a network that connects any given device to any other given device. That connection alone, however, doesn’t mean that these gadgets will know how to talk to one another, much less that they’ll have anything to say.When devices can communicate, it’s generally via one or more “protocols,” or specialized languages for handling particular tasks. You’ve almost certainly encountered the most popular protocol on the Internet –  the HyperText Transfer Protocol, or HTTP. (Yes, that’s the “http://” you sometimes see leading off Web addresses in your browser.) HTTP allows computers of all sorts to send files, images and videos to one another across the Web.Like HTTP, many other commonly used protocols handle specific communication tasks. SMTP, POP and IMAP, for instance, are all e-mail protocols. FTP handles basic file transfers. And so on.Special-purpose protocols like these generally work just fine, since Web, mail and FTP servers don’t normally have a lot to say to one another. (When they do, simple translation software handles the job.) As the Internet has evolved, it’s been easier to keep using a bundle of simple and stable single-issue protocols than to try to bundle them into anything more sophisticated.You’re probably starting to see the problem. Devices on the Internet of Things may have to handle a bunch of different tasks. And there is very little consensus on which protocols to use. In other words, what we’ve got here is failure to communicate.“All of the technology is undefined,” says Holger Reinhardt, a product architect at the cloud-management startup Layer 7. “The Internet of Things is an amorphous philosophy and terminology.”A Tower Of BabbleSo instead of talking directly to one another, devices on today’s nascent Internet of Things now communicate primarily with centralized servers controlled by a related developer or vendor. That works, after a fashion, but it also leads to a bunch of balkanized subnetworks in which devices can communicate perfectly well with each other – but can’t actually talk to devices on any other balkanized subnetwork. Take cars. A Ford Focus, say, can communicate perfectly well with Ford service or data centers when sending data about itself over the Internet. If a part needs replacing, the car’s systems can report back to home base, which in turn generates a service notification to the car’s owner.But say you wanted to create real-time traffic alerts based on information from cars currently on the road. Now you’ve got trouble, because your Ford is probably only set up to talk to other Fords – not Hondas or Porsches or Teslas. This is because they don’t speak a common language. So, for instance, there’s no easy way to let vehicles daisy-chain warnings that there’s road construction ahead or that an idiot driver is roaring up the shoulder at 90 mph.Some of these issues are simply problems of network architecture – that is, deciding whether devices will communicate via, say, Bluetooth or NFC. Those are relatively easy to fix.The protocol issue, by contrast, is a direct obstacle to the Internet of Things, because a bunch of siloed devices talking only to the companies that own them does not an Internet make. (Though maybe you’d end up with the CompuServe of Things. Catchy, no?)Too Many Regional DialectsNow, even competing car companies will eventually figure out that a common data protocol will be good for business. But that doesn’t solve the protocol problem – it just makes the silo bigger by including all new cars. There are still plenty of other devices that would like to talk to cars, but can’t – like, say, toll gates and gas pumps. They each speak a regional dialect the others can’t understand.To consider this a little more closely, consider a “smart” living room featuring three devices connected to the Internet: a Nest thermostat, a Spark-enabled light and Makita automated drapes. Each device gathers data and sends it back to its manufacturer, and can take a handful of limited actions. If the room gets too warm, the Nest will turn on the air conditioning. If it’s dark outside, the Makita controller will close the drapes. If someone’s in the room and it’s dark enough, the Spark could turn on the light.See what’s not happening? The Nest isn’t talking to the Spark, which isn’t talking to the Makita, which isn’t talking to the Nest. At best, you might be able to get a hub-style home-control system that could manage each of these devices. But such controllers often suck the same way universal remotes for your home TV setup do.Note also how little it matters that these gadgets are connected to the Internet. The fact that they’re online only means you can control them – individually – from your smartphone. Big deal.We can blame the exuberance of engineers. New technologies encourage a Wild West attitude among developers who want to pursue their own approaches instead of agreeing on common standards. As a result, we have an insane alphabet soup of protocols that govern how machines talk to each other: IBM’s MQTT, OMG’s AMQP-based DDS, RESTful HTTP, XMPP, CoAP, NanoIP and SSI.To be fair, there can be good reasons for some of those different protocol dialects. HTTP, for instance, works great for always-on Web servers, which can easily handle the two-way, real time “request and response” style of Web communications.But not all devices on the Internet of Things will be set up for that kind of inter-machine conversation. Gadgets whose batteries can run down, or which have to deal with spotty or weak signals, can’t always respond to real-time HTTP-like requests. That’s why they tend to rely on other protocols – ones that, for instance, pass messages from device to device opportunistically. (As in, for instance, the PubSub category of protocols, which includes MQTT.)Still, the dialects present yet another challenge to the Internet of Things.Show Us The MoneyThe only way a true interconnected Internet of Things will work, experts like Layer 7’s Reinhardt argue, will be when economic incentives push device makers to share access to their controls and to the data their gadgets generate. Right now, those incentives mostly don’t exist.See, it can take a lot of effort to get smart things to talk to each other in meaningful ways. Reinhardt offers the example of a smart trash barrel in a public park. If a trash contractor wants to receive data from the barrel (i.e., is it full?), the barrel maker first needs to make sure it can talk to the trash contractor’s systems. Then it needs to give the contractor permission to access the barrel’s data.These days, that first step can take a fair bit of time and trouble. In turn, that expense puts a damper on how frequently the barrel owner is willing to go through the process. It also makes data acquisition more costly to the trash contractor, who might just decide to have an employee walk past the barrel instead.Now assume the barrel starts off able to communicate with the trash contractor’s systems. Now the barrel manufacturer could push a button and deliver its data to anyone with little pain or labor overhead. Once the process of allowing that kind of data sharing becomes easier to replicate, then device makers will be more interested in sharing data to generate revenue.Connected Silos Or An Internet Of Islands?Ultimately, the Internet of Things will take one of two shapes. If present trends continue, data to and from devices will largely be trapped within centralized silos, a la the home automation example above. Eventually, companies and vendors will interconnect those silos, rendering protocol differences all but irrelevant. And then economic incentives start to line up, too.Data, however, would remain more difficult to share than it should be, given the need to keep building new links between silos. It would have to travel farther and might be subject to congestion at hubs, slowing down services. And the centralization of data could raise security and privacy concerns. Still, this setup would be much closer to a real Internet of Things than what we have now.Alternatively, stronger and more widely used protocols used by more devices could create an “Internet of Islands,” in Reinhardt’s turn of phrase. Devices within a room could communicate directly with each other, the home and then their neighborhood. Data would stay in these smaller domains, speeding services and bolstering privacy.This latter network represents a much more flexible and responsive Internet of Things. Once you’ve empowered different devices to communicate freely with other machines, automated systems can start to learn what’s going on in the world around them and adapt to human needs. Too bad current technology trends and near-term economics aren’t exactly paving the way for it.Lead image of an automated home courtesy of Sony Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffitt Tags:#connected home#Internet#Internet of Things How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudcenter_img Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …last_img read more

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Tickets for PH-Japan Fiba World qualifying game in Tokyo sold out

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES “I am so pleased to know fans in Japan pay a great deal of attention to the game against Philippines,” said Michihiro Tanaka, secretary-general of Japan Basketball Association.“I truly hope our team will show their best and start the road to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 with a victory in front of our home fans.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe historical venue, which staged the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, only has a seating capacity of a little under 4,000.After Japan, Gilas Pilipinas, which will be bannered by the returning Andray Blatche, four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and Jayson Castro, faces rival Chinese Taipei at home at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Nov. 27. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Nextcenter_img Porzingis hits tiebreaking 3, Knicks beat Hornets The Philippines aims to make a good account of itself after a disappointing seventh-place finish in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup three months ago. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Filipino crowd has always been Gilas Pilipinas’ sixth man. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOFor those who are still thinking about watching the Philippines-Japan game in the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers live, don’t bother.As per Fiba.com, the duel set on Nov. 24 at Komazawa Gymnasium in Tokyo has already sold out as early as Monday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Japan, Kazakhstan take wins in AVC classification

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The classification stage will be used to determine the eight teams’ seeding come the quarterfinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments PHOTO from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Japan and Kazakhstan netted early wins in the classification stages of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Sunday, gaining a head start for a better seeding in the quarterfinals.The Japanese swept Chinese-Taipei 25-19, 25-16, 25-20, to improve their record to 2-0 as the “carry-over” effect applies to the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Resurgent Federer advances to Montreal final MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Japan technically owns a 3-0 win-loss record but with Australia getting eliminated from the tournament the win over the Aussies won’t be counted in the classification rounds.Chinese-Taipei slipped to 1-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Kazakhs had a slight slip-up in their game against Vietnam but prevailed in four sets, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-20, and improved to a 2-0 record in the classification stage.Vietnam is at 0-2 in the classification stage.last_img read more

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Column: A look back at the best (and mostly worst) in sports

first_imgChris Rock? Billy Crystal? Who has Ellen DeGeneres’ number?(Insert sound of crickets.)Well, since no one appears interested in a major career boost, we’ll resort to our usual method for doling out the 2018 awards.Without further ado, the winners (using that term very loosely) are:INVERTEBRATE AWARDADVERTISEMENT You see, we never even got to the point where Kevin Hart accepted the honor, then had to withdraw because people capable of working the screengrab function pointed out that he’s posted some terrible things about gay people.I guess the lack of an actual ceremony — not to mention those all-important goody bags they hand out backstage — has stifled our search just a bit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBut we’ve still got time to rectify the situation.Anyone interested? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ The city of Atlanta was once dubbed “Losersville,” with good reason. Until this year, the 1995 World Series-winning Braves were the A-T-L’s only big-time champions (though those who remember soccer’s Atlanta Chiefs, all 14 of them, would beg to differ). Atlanta United broke the 23-year drought by winning the Major League Soccer championship in just its second season. While certainly out of character for the city United calls home, the title was a fitting reward for a franchise that has stunningly become one of the best-supported teams in the world. Atlanta broke its own league record by averaging more than 53,000 fans per game during the regular season. Every playoff game drew more than 70,000.MOST AMERICAN-LIKE PERFORMANCE AT THE RYDER CUPReturning to form after winning golf’s premier team competition in 2016, the star-studded U.S. team was blown out by the Europeans at Le Golf National outside Paris. One week removed from his first victory in more than five years, Tiger Woods went 0-4 in the Ryder Cup. Phil Mickelson lost both his matches as well. Europe romped to a 17½-10½ victory — its ninth triumph in the last 12 tries of the one-sided rivalry.JUAN ANTONIO SAMARANCH BOONDOGGLE CUPThis award will now be handed out every other year. In other words, during every Olympic year, when the city that just hosted the games realizes what a financial mess it left behind. After this year’s Winter Games, Pyeongchang was saddled with empty venues, feuding over who pays for upkeep and a glistening ski course that’s now an abandoned dirt runway. To the surprise of no one, there wasn’t much use for a speedskating arena, or a hockey center, or a bobsled track, or a ski-jump stadium once the 2½-week party was over. Now, it looks as if many of those venues might have to be razed because it’s too costly to keep them open. Kudos to the South Koreans, who faithfully followed the wasteful tradition established by Montreal and Athens and Sochi and Rio de Janeiro.We look forward to handing out the next prize to Tokyo in 2020.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FIFA research says 3.5 billion people viewed some World Cup action LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? FILE – Vegas Golden Knights players hug after a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks during Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 6, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Wanted: a host for the sixth annual Newby awards.Yes, we’re in a bit of a bind, though nothing like the good folks at the Academy Awards.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Always one of the most competitive categories in sports, this year the choice is clear. While it’s hard to deny the spineless wonders at the World Anti-Doping Agency, who went against the advice of pretty much everyone except Vladimir Putin when they in effect forgave Russia for its massive doping operation, we’ve got to go with those who looked the other way for years when faced with very clear evidence of Larry Nassar’s serial sexual abuse. Really, folks, this should be an easy one. If you know of a doctor, coach or anyone who is abusing another human being, report it. Nassar will spend the rest of his miserable life behind bars. Those who allowed him to get away with his crimes for so long are equally culpable.URBAN LIAR 101While we’re on the subject of lacking backbone, let’s not forget Urban Meyer. The Rose Bowl will go down as his last game, but we’d prefer to focus on some other achievements that came to light during his final season as Ohio State coach. Like spending the better part of the past decade hiding, denying, ignoring and justifying the horrific behavior of assistant coach Zach Smith. Meyer served a three-game suspension, returned to lead the Buckeyes to another Big Ten title, and then announced his retirement. Of course, disgraced coaches never just fade away. Meyer says he’ll be back on campus next year to teach a course on character and leadership. You can’t make this stuff up, folks.WORST FAREWELL TOURDanica Patrick, who had far more success on Madison Avenue than she did on the race track, closed her career in appropriate style. The much-ballyhooed “Danica Double” turned into the Danica Dud when Patrick crashed out of both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. She finished 35th out of 40 drivers in her final stock-car race, followed by 30th out of 33 in her Indy-car capper. While Patrick was undoubtedly a highly influential figure, it feels as if her career was largely an opportunity wasted.BEST DEBUTTalk about a longshot. The Vegas Golden Knights brought the NHL to the glittery land of all-you-can-eat buffets, watered-down drinks and washed-up stars. But instead of going through the growing pains that are a rite of passage for most expansion franchises, the Golden Knights won their division and made it all the way to the Stanley Cup final. Alas, that’s where the fairytale ended with a loss to the Washington Capitals. Too bad. If nothing else, it would’ve been fun to needle Toronto fans that an expansion team we presume was coached by Wayne Newton held the title champions of hockey, while the Maple Leafs haven’t won the cup in over a half-century.SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR REDUNDANCYThe College Football Playoff is certainly a welcome upgrade over previous methods for selecting a national champion, but it’s also clear that changes are needed. The same teams keep showing up in the four-team field, including Alabama all five years, Clemson four times and Oklahoma on three occasions. Notre Dame is the only newcomer this season. An eight-team playoff would be an easy fix, giving automatic berths to each of the Power Five conference champions, another automatic berth to the top team from the Group of Five, and two wild-card spots to round out the field. Of course, that makes so much sense we can expect the powers-that-be to resist with all their might. Oh well, maybe next century.MOST UNLIKELY TITLE SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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The Blog Editor’s Ultimate Guide to Managing Multiple Contributors

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Content Marketing Originally published Jan 30, 2013 9:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Want a more well-rounded and sufficiently fed business blog? The answer is simple — don’t do it all yourself! Okay, okay … easier said than done, right? But in all seriousness, a blog with multiple contributors results in a better blog overall.Think about it. Who do you think is better capable of writing a stellar post about email marketing for this blog: Someone on HubSpot’s marketing team who manages our social media presence, or someone on our team who manages our email and lead nurturing campaigns? Not only does having multiple blog contributors help you generate more blog content, but it also allows you to showcase the thought leadership and perspectives of your company’s various experts. Because everyone has a specialty, right?But managing a blog with multiple contributors is a whole different ballgame than having just one or two dedicated bloggers. Believe me: As editor of this very blog, I’m faced with the challenge of managing the contributions of the 30+ people (and growing) on our marketing team, as well as contributors from other parts of the company, and external contributors like guest bloggers — so I can attest to the fact that it’s no easy feat. And because the “How do you manage multiple contributors?” question is one I’ve been getting asked a lot lately, I thought I’d share with you some of the tools, processes, and tips and tricks I use to help make managing multiple contributors a lot more, well … manageable ;-)Encouraging Blog ContributionsOf course, all of this is moot if you don’t have multiple blog contributors to manage in the first place. And while this blog post will assume that you do have that challenge on your hands, I don’t want to gloss over the challenge of encouraging blog contributions in and of itself.So if you’re not quite at the point where you need to worry about effectively managing multiple contributors — but would like to get there someday — check out this comprehensive blog post about how to cultivate a content culture at your company instead. Then bookmark this post for when you’ve effectively cultivated a content culture and you’ve got a whole new challenge on your hands.Now onto some tips for successfully managing multiple contributors.Create and Implement a Written Style GuideMultiple contributors can be a great way to help you publish a lot more content and, thus, boost your blogging frequency. And considering the fact that an increased blogging frequency is shown to positively impact key metrics like blog traffic and leads, what blog manager wouldn’t mind having more content to work with?But any good blog manager knows that you can’t just automatically hit ‘Publish’ on any new blog post contribution you get. You also need to have an editing process in place to ensure that the content is up to snuff and that it aligns with your blog’s goals, style, tone of voice, etc. And let’s not undermine how much of a time suck editing can be, folks. I’ve seen editing others’ contributions take anywhere from 20 minutes to 4 hours. This is where a written style guide comes in handy. A written style guide serves as the commonly acknowledged authority to address contributors’ questions of grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage. As a result, creating and implementing a written style guide can save you a ton of time during the editing process, since the idea is that your contributors will be creating blog content with the style guide in mind — preventing you from having to do a lot during the editing process. One of the main goals of implementing a written style guide is to achieve consistency in the content you produce, so while you can follow an established style guide like the AP Stylebook, there’s also nothing wrong with creating your own house style guide to address any specific nuances you want your writers to be aware of. In fact, we recently created The Internet Marketing Written Style Guide in an attempt to cover all of the basics for online writing, and explain the best way to use the most common words and phrases unique to inbound marketers. It also provides some step-by-step guidance if you really do want to create a house style guide of your very own. Whether you use ours as is or modify it for your own business, just make sure your contributors know your style guide exists and that they’re required to follow it in their writing.Provide Training for Your ContributorsAnother thing that will save you time in the long run is to provide some upfront training about how contributors can write successful blog posts — for your blog in particular. They may know about some general blogging best practices, but every blog is unique, and your contributors should have a good idea of what makes a piece of content successful for your particular blog and its audience.It’s up to you to decide what makes most sense in terms of how you implement this training. Maybe it’s a group-style training session every few months. If you’re not adding new contributors too frequently, maybe it’s a one-on-one training session between you and your new contributor. Maybe you come up with a written training guide on your internal wiki including resources that every new contributor is required to read before they start blogging. Or perhaps it’s a combination of the above.Whatever you decide, I recommend including the following in your blog training:Your Written Style Guide: We just covered this, remember? ;-)Your Target Audience/Buyer Personas: Remind your bloggers who they should be writing for, and what your buyer personas’ specific problems, needs, and interests are so they can create blog content that directly appeals to the readers you’re trying to attract through your blog.Topic Selection Guidance: How should they go about selecting blog topics? Are there certain subjects they should focus on or avoid based on your goals and historical data about what works — and what doesn’t — on your blog? (We’ll discuss topic selection guidance more later in this post.)Your Blog’s Voice/Tone/Style: What tone of voice and writing style should your bloggers strive to achieve? Does your audience prefer a formal or more conversational tone? Should they crack a joke every once in a while?The Blog Editorial Process: How should bloggers work with you during the editorial process? Is there an editorial calendar they should work with? (More on this stuff later, too.) What deadlines should they adhere to? How will you implement feedback and revision cycles? Outline your editorial process so bloggers know what to expect and how to work with you.Other Nuances: Do you want your bloggers to cite data in a certain way? How should bloggers use and cite images and visuals in their content? Are there specific formatting guidelines you want them to follow? Keywords they should target, etc.?Sampling of Successful Blog Posts: Providing examples of awesome finished products will give contributors tangible evidence of what great contributions looks like. Use an Editorial Calendar (But Stay Agile)One of the best blogging tools I’ve come to rely on — particularly when it comes to managing multiple contributions — is my blog editorial calendar. If you aren’t already using one, go create one — or download ours for free — and start using it immediately.Not only does a blog editorial calendar enable you to plan out your blog content in alignment with your various blog goals such as search engine optimization, lead generation, and achieving any sort of topic balance, but it can also keep your contributors accountable for the content they commit to by establishing deadlines for drafts and content revisions.It’s up to you how much you want to involve your contributors in your calendar. My recommendation is to let them access it, but refrain from letting them edit it, which can easily be done by using something like a Google Doc for your editorial calendar. For example, our blog contributors can see when we have open slots to fill and what types of content we’re looking for to fill those holes. And once they commit to a certain time slot, they know they need to get us a draft at least three days ahead of time so we have time for feedback, revisions, and editing.One more thing worth noting about a blog editorial calendar: It shouldn’t be set in stone. Think of your editorial calendar as a working document. As long as you’re not pushing up deadlines for your contributors, it’s okay to move things around for the sake of staying agile. That means that if a contributor gets you their blog post three days ahead of their scheduled publish date and it needs no revisions, you should feel free to publish it sooner if it helps. This agile business blogging behavior also allows for you to capitalize on time-sensitive opportunities like newsjacking, which can’t ever be planned for ahead of time.Offer Topic GuidanceI’m going to let you in on a little secret folks: When it comes to writing a successful blog post, topic is everything. You can write the most amazing blog post in the world about a given topic, but if your readers don’t care about that topic, it’s not really going to help you achieve your blogging goals. As a result, helping your writers come up with great topics before they start writing is key to getting the most out of your blog contributions. It can also save you a whole lot of time in the editorial process. In addition to addressing some general topic selection do’s and don’ts in your initial blog training, here are some tips to help you ensure that every blog post is about a topic you approve of:Create a Blog Topic/Idea BacklogThe ideation process of blogging can be one of the toughest parts, and you might find that some of your bloggers would rather not have to come up with the ideas themselves. Spend some time brainstorming some great ready-made blog topics that contributors can choose from. You can even roll this up into your editorial calendar by pre-populating specific slots with topics that writers can claim.Ask Bloggers to Run Ideas by You FirstWhile you may have some contributors who appreciate not having to come up with topics on their own, you might also have contributors who hate “assignments.” We’ve found that it’s always best to encourage contributors to write about what they know and love, because it usually results in a much better blog post. That being said, we’ve also run into situations where a blogger spends their time writing about a topic that isn’t a great fit for our blog, and we don’t end up publishing it. That’s a big waste of time, isn’t it?The solution for this is simple: Give your bloggers the freedom to brainstorm their own topics, but require that they run their ideas by you first before they start writing. And instead of just running a blanket topic by you (e.g. “I’m going to write about social media marketing.”), ask them to get more specific by providing a working title (e.g. “X Ways to Measure the ROI of Your Social Media Marketing”) and a brief outline of what they’d cover in the post. This will allow you to guide your contributors toward topics that both appeal to your audience and help you accomplish your blogging goals. A lot of times, all bloggers need is some help tweaking the angle or making some outline modifications. Provide Editorial Feedback & Require RevisionsWhen it comes to the editorial process itself, you have one of two choices: Do all the editing yourself, or give your writers feedback on how to improve their contributions so they can revise the content themselves. There are pros and cons to each, and your decision may also depend on factors such as how much work a blog post needs to be ready for publishing, the amount of content you have to work with, and when you want to publish something. Here’s what I mean …Editing Content YourselfPro: The ability to turn content around quickly, rather than waiting around for the contributor to make revisionsCons: More time spent editing, and the missed opportunity of educating contributors about how their post could’ve been better — so they could ultimately become better bloggersProviding Feedback & Requiring Revisions Pro: Incrementally improving your contributors’ blogging ability over time, meaning an improvement in the overall quality of content and efficiency of your blog management processCon: A longer turnaround time as you craft your feedback and wait for contributors to make revisionsIf you’re really trying to improve your blog and the quality of the content you get from your contributors, I truly recommend going the feedback/revisions route. It’s the most effective long-term solution, and over time, you’ll see a big difference in the quality of your contributions and how much easier they are to prep for publishing.If time isn’t on your side and you absolutely must edit the content yourself, I recommend taking notes about what feedback you would’ve provided and saving the original article so you can show contributors the before and after versions. This way, they can still learn what would’ve made their original article better. You can either share this feedback over email, or sit down with them one-on-one after the fact if that’s more productive.Establish a System for Working With Guest BloggersWhile the prospect of other people blogging for you for free may sound like the best thing since sliced bread, working with guest bloggers can be tricky. Unless a guest blogger is going to become a regular contributor for your blog, it usually doesn’t make sense to spend the time to train them like you would one of your internal contributors. And with a lack of training, it’s less likely that a guest blogger will contribute something that really works for your blog. And you should never sacrifice the overall quality of your blog for the sake of accepting guest contributions. Rather, you should be holding that content to the same standards you would your internal contributions.If you’re open to the possibility of accepting guest contributions, I recommend pulling together a public-facing web page outlining your specific guest blogging guidelines. This will help you set expectations with guest bloggers from the start, provide them with some basic information they need to be successful, and outline any processes they should be aware of upfront. This will also save you the time of explaining your system to potential new guest bloggers, and help set them up for success. For an example of how these guest blogging guidelines might look, check out our own guidelines here.In addition, you might want to set some internal guidelines for working with guest bloggers to ensure the back and forth doesn’t become too much of a time-suck. For example, depending on your bandwidth, maybe you can’t afford to work with guest bloggers on feedback/revisions, giving them just one chance to get it right. Or maybe you limit feedback/revisions to one single round, and nothing more. Or maybe you only spend the time to work with guest bloggers who have a certain reach, relationship with your business, or industry leverage. Ultimately, it’s up to you; just make sure your system aligns with your other goals.For more detail about how to manage guest blogging contributions, read “How to Keep Guest Contributors From Ruining Your Blog.”The Final EditWhen it comes down to it, you or another dedicated member of your blogging team should be putting the finishing touches on all your blog contributions. And while you may have done your best to set your contributors up for success along the way, it’s likely you’ll still need to do some editing beyond just general proofreading, even after a round or two of feedback and revisions. I think this goes without saying, but make sure you’re editing the final version of any post with things like your blog’s tone and your written style guide in mind. Even though you’re giving your blog a variety of perspectives with your various blog contributors, you should still maintain a unified voice and style. Stay consistent, and make sure the final product practices what you preach.What other tips do you have for effectively managing multiple blog contributors? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more

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