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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Theater of Birds structure (click on image to enlarge)Kidspace Children’s Museum was one of four children’s museums in the nation to receive a 2018 ArtWorks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.Viviana Palacio and Keith Patterson of Cloud Formation Lab were selected from several local artists that applied to be selected for the Artist-in-Residence program at the museum. Viviana and Keith are creating a new, interactive installation on the museum’s campus and have been running a series of workshops throughout the year as part of this grant-funded program.The workshop projects have celebrated the rich history of the museum’s surrounding area and expose early learners to art and its connection to the community. The installation unveiling will take place on Friday, July 19 beginning with a short program at 11:00 a.m.“The artist-in-residence program made it possible for us to turn the idea of working with artists on a long-term basis into a reality through the National Endowment for the Arts ArtWorks Program,” said Kidspace Chief Officer of Learning Environments, Lauren Kaye. “It has been a wonderful experience to have the Cloud Formation Lab artists here facilitating workshops with our guests and envisioning a work of art which fits seamlessly into our existing environment.”The artists have been on campus every Thursday to interact with museum guests and hosted monthly workshops at the Free Family Night arts and culture series. Each artist-in-residence workshop mimicked the specific Free Family Night theme. For instance, May’s Free Family Night focused on discovering painting, which was also reflected through the art process in the workshop.The installation project, the Theater of Birds, revolves around the study of birdlife of the Arroyo Seco. Construction of the installation began in January 2019 and for the first half of the year, worked as an open frame and container for experiences, actions, and experiments. The artists have been hosting visits, workshops, and actions at Kidspace since early October 2018. Activities have explored the four phases of birdlife: birth, growth, movement, and migration. The interactive installation, now in its final phase, is envisioned as an upside-down nest from which a puzzle of feathered creatures has emerged. The installation unveiling will take place on Friday, July 19 with an interactive sound experiment. The Theater of Birds will live as a permanent outdoor learning environment where nature can be explored and stories can be imagined.Artist in Residence Viviana PalacioKidspace Children’s Museum is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., in Brookside Park, Pasadena, CA on 3.5 acres of both indoor and outdoor, interactive environments. The museum features over 40 hands-on exhibits with daily programs and monthly events for children ages 1 to 10. The mission of Kidspace is to nurture the potential of all children through kid-driven experiences, inspiring them to become joyful, active learners. Admission is $14 for adults and children. Free for children under one year. For more information, visit kidspacemuseum.org.The artist collective Cloud Formation Lab is composed of the duo Viviana Palacio and Keith Patterson. 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Read Full Story Like its neighbor Botswana, the Republic of Namibia is considered one of Africa’s success stories. Twenty-four years after gaining independence from South Africa, the sparsely populated nation is experiencing political stability, economic growth, and a dramatic reduction in rates of new adult HIV infections.Namibian Prime Minister the Right Honorable Hage Geinbob spoke about leadership challenges in Africa at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) on March 7, as part of the Centennial Dean’s Distinguished Lecture series.In his introduction, Max Essex, Mary Woodard Lasker Professor of Health Sciences, praised Geingob as “an eloquent and effective leader in the Namibian struggle for representation and respect.” A former school teacher turned freedom fighter, Geingob served on the elected assembly responsible for developing the Namibian constitution, which has been described as one of the most liberal and democratic in the world, Essex said. Geingob was elected the country’s first prime minister in 1990, and served for 12 years. He was executive secretary of the Washington, D.C.-based Global Coalition for Africa for several years before returning to service in the Namibian government in 2004.“New Africa is on the march,” Geingob said in his remarks to the HSPH audience. A key to the continent’s development has been a move to a more ????transformational” style of leadership in governments and in the African Union, he said.
DRIVER Danny Persaud has played down the Group three battle that is expected to unfold today at the second round of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s National Race of Champions.Persaud, who pilots the blue ‘buy me auto sales’ Mazda Miata spoke to the media yesterday, saying, “I feel good, it’s been a long time since we haven’t had a late Saturday night running behind racecars.”The car has been ready for a while now. All we needed to do is dust the cobwebs off, charge the batteries and we are ready to go racing.”When asked about the battle looming today in the Group three class, the former Group three champion said, “Yeah, I know there are some pretty quick guys in my group, noteworthy Vishok Persaud and the Lotus but we aren’t worried. We have our ducks in a row and we have what it takes.”He also thanked his sponsors“Racing this meet wouldn’t be possible without my sponsors ExxonMobil, STAG Beer and Buy Me Auto Sales, so I have to say a huge shout out to them.”Today’s meet begins at 09:00hrs with the Motul Time attack.
* InterÂ vs LyonÂ game also live on StarTimesÂ Chelsea new signing Alvaro Morata trained with the Blues squad for the first time yesterday evening in Singapore as attention turns towardsÂ Tuesdayâ€™sÂ International Champions CupÂ game against Bayern Munich at theÂ National Stadium in Singapore.Pay Tv channel, StarTimes has promised its subscribers to air the International Champions Cup games betweenÂ the BluesÂ and the Bundesliga giants from the National Stadium in Singapore as well as the Inter Milan vs Olympic Lyon from the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre in China live.Morata who officially became a Chelsea playerÂ on FridayÂ following his move from Real Madrid, was part of the group which emerged onto the training pitch at the Singapore American School atÂ 7pmÂ local time.The Spanish striker headed out alongsideÂ Cesar AzpilicuetaÂ andÂ Willy CaballeroÂ and immediately looked comfortable among his new team-mates, laughing and joking with members of the squad as they got back to work followingÂ SaturdayÂ night’s 3-0 win against Arsenal in Beijing.After taking part in some light warm-up drills, Morata spent time withÂ Antonio ConteÂ who offered instructions and advice.PedroÂ was missing from the group whichÂ trained yesterday evening having returned to the UK after sustaining a concussion and facial injuries following a collision with Gunnersâ€™ goalkeeper David Ospina.ChelseaÂ and Bayern game is seen as a rematch of the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, which Chelsea won 4-3 on penalties.Meanwhile, Conte has called for the Blues to put in an improved performance as a team in the International Champions Cup.The Blues are looking to respond in good fashion after slipping to a 3-2 defeat against Real Madrid in their last outing in the tournament.Speaking on these coming matches, Brands and Marketing Director, StarTimes, Mr. Qasim Elegbede, said StarTimes remain committed to delivering quality sporting content to its subscribers.â€œQuality sporting content was the reason behind the acquisitions of sporting rights such as the FIFA World Cup in over 48 territories in Africa and other sporting event like the Serie A, Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Chinese Super League and Eredivisie.He said StarTimes will be showcasing the best of these football actions live from the various match centres in China, USA and Singapore to the living homes of subscribers.The ICC is a pre-season tournament that has been held every summer since 2013. In the past two years, the ICC has been split into three different regions; the United States, China and Australia. In the two years prior to that, it was held exclusively in the USA.The live matches can also be watched on StarTimes mobile app available for download on Android and IOS devices for free.Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Share on: WhatsApp New York mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday he doesn’t want to see large-scale sporting events and concerts with fans come back for a long time.“Those big events should be one of the last things we should bring back online. The last thing we should do is gather 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 people in one place,” de Blasio told CNN.“That is the opposite of social distancing, so I think it could take quite a while.”Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday that his California city might not host large gatherings, such as sporting events and concerts, before 2021.– More will die –“It would be very difficult to see that,” Garcetti said when asked if events would resume in this calendar year.Also, Jeffrey Smith, the chief executive for Santa Clara County in northern California, told ESPN that more people will die if events are staged too early and that only a “major miracle” could lead to the 2020 NFL season starting on time.“It puts the entire country at risk,” said Smith, who overseas the area that includes the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and the NHL’s San Jose Sharks as well as several US college teams.“The fundamental thing is sports is not a local event. If you have people travelling from all over and you have no way of knowing whether they’re infected or not — I mean, 50,000 of them in a stadium is not a good idea.” Dr Anthony Fauci says widespread testing, social distancing and empty stadiums are the key to getting US sports up and running againLos Angeles, United States | AFP | The top US health and infectious disease specialist says the key to reopening professional sports leagues in America is to have the athletes play games in front of empty stadiums.Anthony Fauci, who is helping coordinate the US response to the global coronavirus pandemic, said reliable antibody testing and fast results are also crucial to the return of sports.“There’s a way of doing that,” Fauci told US Snapchat show “Good Luck America.” “Nobody comes to the stadiums. Put (athletes) in big hotels, wherever you want to play.“Keep them very well-surveilled, but have them tested like every week and make sure they don’t wind up infecting each other or their families, and just let them play the season out.”Professional sports leagues are in gridlock due to the pandemic that has so far killed nearly 28,000 Americans.The National Basketball Association is pondering a similar model for getting their 2019-20 season restarted in either Las Vegas or the Bahamas.The NBA shut down on March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus, and the National Hockey League, Major League Soccer and the Professional Golfers’ Association Tour quickly followed suit.The PGA is reportedly considering a return on June 11 without fans in attendance, starting with a tournament in Fort Worth, Texas, which was originally scheduled for the weekend of May 21-24.The matches would not be played in front of fans, and the PGA may have to play on gallery-free courses for at least the months of June and July.Eight Tour events were postponed on March 17. The PGA Championship and Masters were rescheduled for later in the season.Major League Baseball’s 2020 season, which was due to start March 26, is on hold, as is the LPGA tour and motor racing, while the National Football League is just hoping it will be able to start its season on time in September.
George Groves has predicted that his left hook will see him become a world champion in Saturday’s eagerly awaited rematch with Carl Froch at Wembley.Groves will be making his second attempt to take Froch’s IBF and WBA belts, having been controversially stopped in the ninth round when they met in November.Before that fight, Groves told Froch he would win the early exchanges and land with his right hand.The Hammersmith man was as good as his word, flooring Froch with a thumping right in the first round.He continued to dominate the fight only for referee Howard Foster to step in and end the contest following a flurry of shots from the champion.This time around Groves again promised to tell Froch at the final pre-fight press conference how he plans to win the fight.And he duly declared: “Anyone who has watched my media workouts will know we’ve been working on the left hook. And it’s the left hook that will finish Carl Froch.”Groves was furious when the first fight was halted.Froch, 36, was repeatedly tagged with punches before the contentious end to the pair’s first fight, but he insists he will deliver a clear-cut victory this time.“Of course I’ve still got what it takes and can still do what I do. Age, I know it’s a cliché, really is just a number,” Froch said.“I’m extremely confident and I put a lot of that down to the career I’ve had. Just enjoy it. I’m certainly going to.“When I turn up in the shape I am now, I’ve proved that I can perform at the top level and mix with the top fighters in the world.“I’m convinced this fight won’t go the distance. George Groves won’t hear the final bell.”But Groves, 10 years younger than his opponent, is convinced this weekend’s clash, which will be attended by a crowd of around 80,000, will herald his arrival as an elite-level fighter.The former British champion said: “We’ve worked on perfection in camp and this couldn’t be more perfect – I’m going to become world champion, in London, in front of so many people.“I’m going out on Saturday night to become champion and look very good doing it – and doing it on the biggest stage.“No stone has been left unturned. I’m fully prepared and can’t wait to become world champion.“I plan to arrive, not just in Britain but across the world, as a legitimate world champion and someone to be feared and chased.“I want to be a great ambassador for Britain on the world stage and it all starts on Saturday night.” West London Sport will have Twitter updates from Froch v Groves as well as James DeGale’s world title eliminator against Brandon Gonzales. See also:Heartbreak for Groves in world title clashFroch insists ref was right to stop fightPromoter predicts Froch-Groves rematchGroves: I’ll bounce back and be championGroves’ trainer reveals he had reservations about fight refereeFroch ordered to face Groves in rematchFroch-Groves rematch will be at WembleyGroves vows to avenge ‘stonewall robbery’Promoters Sauerland snap up Groves Froch ‘mentally more switched on’ for rematch, says HearnGroves’ trainer Fitzpatrick convinced Froch wanted to avoid rematchFroch sees rematch with Groves as the biggest fight of his careerGroves predicts ‘changing of the guard’ in rematch with FrochDeGale ready for crucial fight at WembleyGroves weighs in ahead of title rematchFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SAN FRANCISCO — Warriors coach Steve Kerr hasn’t experienced anything quite like this season before. Not only because the team is off to its worst start since he took over five years ago but also, as injuries deplete a championship core, the Warriors have played the last three games with just eight players. Kerr has deemed them the “Elite Eight.”No team in the league has had players miss as many games due to injury as the Warriors. With Stephen Curry (broken hand) and Klay Thompson (ACL) …
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Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Finance#Pinterest#social media#Venture capital#Venture Funding A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guest author Derek Brown is a technology executive and analyst who blogs at One Blind Squirrel.Pinterest is a three-year-old start-up with what is rumored to be no revenue to date. Zero. In fact, by all accounts, it hasn’t even attempted to generate revenue yet. In three years! Hard to fathom in this day and age, isn’t it?And, yet, some of the sharpest minds in the venture capital community are so confident in Pinterest’s team and business that they recently invested in the company at an eye-popping valuation of $2.5 billion. Yes, billion!If you were involved in the Internet economy of the late-1990s, as was I, you may be rolling your eyes right about now and muttering to yourself about Pets.com, Kozmo, Webvan, theGlobe.com, govWorks, Boo.com, eToys and all the other so-called-companies that were, for one brief moment in time, valued as if they had discovered the cure to cancer, only to be out of business a few short quarters later. Ahh… the memories.Assuming that Pinterest’s investors share many of the same recent memories (or, more aptly, nightmares), what could be so compelling about the company and opportunity that would justify their support of such a lofty valuation this time around?Passion At ScaleIn short, I believe it is the economics of passion at scale.Pinterest, in its own words, is “a tool for collecting and organizing things you love).” (Italics mine.) By pinning images from around the Web to their own board(s) or browsing others’ pinboards for images (which can then be “liked” or “re-pinned” to their own board(s)), users are able to create, manage, share and discover highly personalized image collections that define their passions.Vintage fashion. Wind surfing. Gourmet cooking. Disneyana. Digital photography. Wedding gowns. Home decor. Camping. Italian design. Rolex watches. Travel planning. Architecture. Mid-century furniture. Urban farming. Knitting. Cross-Fit… The list of people’s passions is literally endless; and, Pinterest helps its users collect, organize and maintain all of them. On their own (or, with the help of the broader community). In granular, image- and/or SKU-specific detail.Self-identified passionistas on a product-by-product basis — are you kidding? I’m not sure a marketer or merchant could dream of more fertile ground among a set of unknown people, short of seeing a prospective customer standing directly in front of items on a shelf, with cash already in hand. And, I’m not even convinced that would be more compelling on a long-term basis.What could possibly be better? How about having that level of insight into the interests and intents and aspirations of not hundreds of thousands, but tens of millions, of people per month! According to press reports, Pinterest is already doing just that, hosting roughly 30 million unique monthly visitors who are generating more than 2.5 billion page views, the majority of which are likely coming through little more than domestic word-of-mouth promotion.Fast forward three years and I think it’s entirely reasonable to assume that Pinterest is successful at growing its user base and traffic flows by 5 times, fueled by existing users continuing to build out their identities, waves of more mainstream domestic users finally catching on and contributions from millions of new pinners (their word, not mine) in overseas markets. That’s a lot of passion under one roof!Passion PaysOn the business side of the house, passion pays. Extremely well.Advertising, alone, could generate several hundred million dollars of revenue per year. Let’s say, hypothetically, that Pinterest follows in the footsteps of virtually every sizable media company on the planet, by introducing advertisements of some sort across its pages in the next few years. With marketers across every vertical likely salivating at the prospect of reaching into the company’s massive, impassioned and finely segmentable audience, it seems more than plausible that advertising rates across the company’s site could be at least 50% higher (if not considerably more) than the current industry average. Accordingly, with 12.5 billion page views per month (three years from now) and a site-wide CPM of, say, $4, Pinterest would generate advertising revenue of roughly $50 million per month, or about $600 million per year.And yet, despite this sum, Pinterests more intriguing revenue opportunity at Pinterest lay in its role as a direct facilitator of online commerce.Passions, as we all know, cost money — lots of it, over extended periods of time; and, it is money that we are, on some level, actually excited to spend. So, whether it’s a weekend warrior who pins a Burton snowboard, or a hobbyist portrait photographer pinning a Zeiss lens, or a budding interior decorator who pins the perfect accent table on Fab, Pinterest has the potential to become an economic kingmaker when these enthusiasts transition into consumers looking to purchase the goods/services that bring their passions to life.Projecting Pinterest’s NumbersTo appreciate the financial implications of Pinterest’s role in the transaction cycle, think of the service as a massive affiliate that gets paid for delivering customers to online merchants. If just ~3% of its 150 million+ users (three years from now) decide to indulge in their passions by clicking from a “want-to-have” product image on one of their own Pinterest boards to a relevant online merchant, the company could claim a direct role in driving 4.5 million transactions per month. Assuming an average transaction size of $200 (remember, people are buying their passions, not everyday staples), Pinterest’s users would account for ~$900 million worth of monthly purchases. Were the company to receive a 7% affiliate “take”/lead fee/commission on these sales, it would generate transactional revenue of about $60 million per month, or $720 million per year.As if annual revenue of $1.3 billion (from just two sources) weren’t enough, the company’s margin profile has the potential to be the envy of most. Based on my 15+ years of experience evaluating a wide variety of online marketplace business models, it wouldn’t surprise me if Pinterest were able to sustain gross margins of 90% or more and adjusted EBITDA margins comfortably in excess of 25% (even while continuing to invest heavily in future growth). At these levels, the company would generate adjusted EBITDA of approximately $325 million per year.Worth It? Or Not?So… were Pinterest’s investors ultimately wise to value the company at $2.5 billion? No comment.Will the company generate any annual revenue, let alone $1.3 billion, and adjusted EBITDA of $325 million in a few short years? I don’t know.Will Pinterest eventually be worth $5 million or $50 billion? I can’t wait to find out.Those purposeful vagaries aside, though, I clearly see the underpinnings of a company with tremendous potential and, if I squint just enough, a business that could be the driver of billions of dollars of passion-fueled online commerce each year — and that’s a position that few companies ever even have the chance to dream about. derek brown Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts
Even as the 2003 invasion of Iraq by British and US forces to find out “weapons of mass destruction” is back in focus, former UK prime minister Tony Blair has said that war should not be blamed for the violent insurgency that has gripped the country, with critics rejecting his comments as “bizarre”.This image posted on a militant website on Saturday, June 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, appears to show militants from the Al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leading away captured Iraqi soldiers in plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq. The Islamic militant group that seized much of northern Iraq has posted photos that appear to show its fighters shooting dead dozens of captured Iraqi soldiers in a province north of the capital Baghdad. Iraq’s top military spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi confirmed the photos’ authenticity on Sunday and said he was aware of cases of mass murder of Iraqi soldiers. AP PhotoFILE – In this Friday, June 13, 2014 file photo, An Iraqi refugee girl from Mosul stands outside her family’s tent at Khazir refugee camp outside Irbil, 217 miles (350 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Days after Iraq’s second-largest city fell to Al Qaeda-inspired fighters, some Iraqis are already returning to Mosul, lured back by insurgents offering cheap gas and food, restoring power and water and removing traffic barricades. AP PhotoAsserting that there would still be a “major problem” in Iraq even without the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003, Blair told BBC the current crisis “affects us all”, calling for more western intervention in the area.Militants post images of mass killingadvertisementMeanwhile, the Islamic militant group that seized much of northern Iraq has posted photos that appear to show its fighters shooting dead dozens of captured Iraqi soldiers in a province north of the capital Baghdad, AP adds.The pictures on a militant website appear to show masked fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, loading the captives onto flatbed trucks before forcing them to lie face-down in a shallow ditch with their arms tied behind their backs. The final images appear to show the bodies of the captives soaked in blood after being shot.Captions say the killings were to avenge the death of an ISIL commander, Abdul-Rahman al-Beilawy, whose death was reported by both the government and ISIL shortly before the Al Qaeda splinter group captured Iraq’s second largest city Mosul and Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit in a lightning offensive.Iraq’s top military spokesman, Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, confirmed the photos’ authenticity on Sunday and said he was aware of cases of mass murder of captured Iraqi soldiers in areas held by ISIL.UN human rights chief Navi Pillay warned on Friday of “murder of all kinds” and other war crimes in Iraq, and said the number killed in recent days may run into the hundreds, while the wounded could approach 1,000. Speaking in Geneva, she said her office has received reports that militants rounded up and killed Iraqi soldiers as well as 17 civilians in a single street in Mosul.Her office heard of “summary executions and extrajudicial killings” after ISIL militants overran Iraqi cities and towns, the statement said.Most of the soldiers who appear in the pictures are in civilian clothes. Some are shown wearing military uniforms underneath, indicating they may have hastily disguised themselves as civilians to try to escape.Many soldiers and policemen left their uniforms and equipment behind as the militants swept into Mosul, Tikrit and surrounding areas.The captions did not provide a date or location, but al-Moussawi said the killings took place in Salahuddin province, the capital of which is Tikrit.