Long shots dashed hopes of favorites in Derby race

Long shots dashed hopes of favorites in Derby race

Posted: May 17th, 2021 by Admin

Monday, May 9, 2005

Saturday’s running of the Kentucky Derby left favorites in dry churned up dust, as speedster Spanish Chestnut forced an early pace that only long-shot horses fully answered. The two top finishers, Giacomo and Closing Argument ran past race favorites Bellamy Road and hopeful Bandini, who came off the starting gate well and into the first turn. But they faded under a blistering early pace that at the half-mile pole was second fastest in race history.

Only Afleet Alex, showing at third, applied salve to the wounded crowd of 154,000 ticket-tearing fans. Betting for this year’s race totaled a record $103.3 million counting both on- and off-track wagering. A 2 dollar wager on the winning horse Giacomo paid $102.60.

TV viewership in top metropolitan markets was down only slightly from the previous year, which considering the wagering shows no lack of interest in the race:

Win: Giacomo $102.60
Place: Closing Argument: $45.80
Show: Afleet Alex: $19.80
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As increase in digital music sales slows, record labels look to new ways to make money

As increase in digital music sales slows, record labels look to new ways to make money

Posted: May 16th, 2021 by Admin

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Every September, the Apple iPod is redesigned. Last year saw the release of the iPod Nano 5th generation, bringing a video camera and a large range of colours to the Nano for the first time. But as Apple again prepares to unveil a redesigned product, the company has released their quarterly sales figures—and revealed that they have sold only 9m iPods for the quarter to June—the lowest number of sales since 2006, leading industry anylists to ponder whether the world’s most successful music device is in decline.

Such a drop in sales is not a problem for Apple, since the iPhone 4 and the iPad are selling in high numbers. But the number of people buying digital music players are concerning the music industry. Charles Arthur, technology editor of The Guardian, wrote that the decline in sales of MP3 players was a “problem” for record companies, saying that “digital music sales are only growing as fast as those of Apple’s devices – and as the stand-alone digital music player starts to die off, people may lose interest in buying songs from digital stores. The music industry had looked to the iPod to drive people to buy music in download form, whether from Apple’s iTunes music store, eMusic, Napster or from newer competitors such as Amazon.”

Mark Mulligan, a music and digital media analyst at Forrester Research, said in an interview that “at a time where we’re asking if digital is a replacement for the CD, as the CD was for vinyl, we should be starting to see a hockey-stick growth in download sales. Instead, we’re seeing a curve resembling that of a niche technology.” Alex Jacob, a spokesperson for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which represents the worldwide music industry, agreed that there had been a fall in digital sales of music. “The digital download market is still growing,” they said. “But the percentage is less than a few years ago, though it’s now coming from a higher base.” Figures released earlier this year, Arthur wrote, “show that while CD sales fell by 12.7%, losing $1.6bn (£1bn)in value, digital downloads only grew by 9.2%, gaining less than $400m in value.”

Expectations that CDs would, in time, become extinct, replaced by digital downloads, have not come to light, Jacob confirmed. “Across the board, in terms of growth, digital isn’t making up for the fall in CD sales, though it is in certain countries, including the UK,” he said. Anylising the situation, Arthur suggested that “as iPod sales slow, digital music sales, which have been yoked to the device, are likely to slow too. The iPod has been the key driver: the IFPI’s figures show no appreciable digital download sales until 2004, the year Apple launched its iTunes music store internationally (it launched it in the US in April 2003). Since then, international digital music sales have climbed steadily, exactly in line with the total sales of iPods and iPhones.”

Nick Farrell, a TechEYE journalist, stated that the reason for the decline in music sales could be attributed to record companies’ continued reliance on Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, saying that they had considered him the “industry’s saviour”, and by having this mindset had forgotten “that the iPod is only for those who want their music on the run. What they should have been doing is working out how to get high quality music onto other formats, perhaps even HiFi before the iPlod fad died out.”

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When Jobs negotiated a deal with record labels to ensure every track was sold for 99 cents, they considered this unimportant—the iPod was not a major source of revenue for the company. However, near the end of 2004, there was a boom in sales of the iPod, and the iTunes store suddenly began raking in more and more money. The record companies were irritated, now wanting to charge different amounts for old and new songs, and popular and less popular songs. “But there was no alternative outlet with which to threaten Apple, which gained an effective monopoly over the digital music player market, achieving a share of more than 70%” wrote Arthur. Some did attempt to challenge the iTunes store, but still none have succeeded. “Apple is now the largest single retailer of music in the US by volume, with a 25% share.”

The iTunes store now sells television shows and films, and the company has recently launced iBooks, a new e-book store. The App Store is hugely successful, with Apple earning $410m in two years soley from Apps, sales of which they get 30%. In two years, 5bn apps have been downloaded—while in seven years, 10bn songs have been purchased. Mulligan thinks that there is a reason for this—the quality of apps simply does not match up to a piece of music. “You can download a song from iTunes to your iPhone or iPad, but at the moment music in that form doesn’t play to the strengths of the device. Just playing a track isn’t enough.”

Adam Liversage, a spokesperson of the British Phonographic Industry, which represents the major UK record labels, notes that the rise of streaming services such as Spotify may be a culprit in the fall in music sales. Revenues from such companies added up to $800m in 2009. Arthur feels that “again, it doesn’t make up for the fall in CD sales, but increasingly it looks like nothing ever will; that the record business’s richest years are behind it. Yet there are still rays of hope. If Apple – and every other mobile phone maker – are moving to an app-based economy, where you pay to download games or timetables, why shouldn’t recording artists do the same?”

Well, apparently they are. British singer Peter Gabriel has released a ‘Full Moon Club’ app, which is updated every month with a new song. Arthur also notes that “the Canadian rock band Rush has an app, and the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, led by Trent Reznor – who has been critical of the music industry for bureaucracy and inertia – released the band’s first app in April 2009.” It is thought that such a system will be an effective method to reduce online piracy—”apps tend to be tied to a particular handset or buyer, making them more difficult to pirate than a CD”, he says—and in the music industry, piracy is a very big problem. In 2008, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry estimated that 95% of downloads were illegitimate. If musicians can increase sales and decrease piracy, Robert says, it can only be a good thing.

“It’s early days for apps in the music business, but we are seeing labels and artists experimenting with it,” Jacob said. “You could see that apps could have a premium offering, or behind-the-scenes footage, or special offers on tickets. But I think it’s a bit premature to predict the death of the album.” Robert concluded by saying that it could be “premature to predict the death of the iPod just yet too – but it’s unlikely that even Steve Jobs will be able to produce anything that will revive it. And that means that little more than five years after the music industry thought it had found a saviour in the little device, it is having to look around again for a new stepping stone to growth – if, that is, one exists.”

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Tus Documentos Pr – Documentos Legales, Formularios Y Contratos

Posted: May 16th, 2021 by Admin


Tus Documentos PR es un portal en línea dedicado a la descarga de documentos legales, formularios y contratos adaptados y actualizados según las regulaciones de Puerto Rico. Organizado de forma clara y por temas, en este sitio web puedes encontrar casi cualquier documento legal que necesites y, si no fuera así, puedes ponerte en contacto con los administradores para recibir un presupuesto del tipo de documento que desees.

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Siguiendo la lógica de que si una cosa funciona hay que seguir usándola, muchos profesionales jurídicos de Puerto Rico utilizan a diario modelos de documentos, que ya han sido usados anteriormente, para evitar tener que volver a escribirlos por completo. La redacción de un documento desde cero no solo supone una forma poco eficiente de emplear el tiempo de trabajo del profesional, sino que también aumenta las posibilidades de cometer errores. Por el contrario, con un modelo bien redactado el profesional se puede centrar en adaptar el modelo al caso que le atañe con la seguridad de que el resto del documento ya ha sido revisado, por lo que no necesitará grandes modificaciones.

Si bien el profesional siempre debe comprobar el documento en plenitud, pronto notará que las comprobaciones de un trabajo bien hecho requieren mucho menos tiempo que la redacción de un documento completo ante una hoja en blanco. En todo caso, asegúrese siempre de leer los documentos de nuevo antes de presentarlos y de que sus clientes lean y entiendan lo que dice y las consecuencias que tiene su presentación.

En algunos casos será necesario escribir sus propios documentos. Incluso en esos momentos, nuestros modelos pueden servirle como ayuda y servirle como ejemplo en cuanto a estructura, el lenguaje utilizado y la forma de presentar los datos.

En Tus Documentos PR puede encontrar documentos relacionados con el derecho familiar, comercial, demandas por daños y perjuicios, instancias, documentos relacionados con el derecho laboral, documentos para bienes raíces, para compraventas e incluso contratos para construcciones o un modelo de presupuesto familiar.

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NBC employee wins $266M from California lottery

NBC employee wins $266M from California lottery

Posted: May 15th, 2021 by Admin

Thursday, May 6, 2010

An NBC employee won US$266 million from the California Lottery’s Mega Millions drawing.

The winner, wishing to remain anonymous, will receive $165 million in total, after federal taxes, reports spokesperson for the lottery Cathy Doyle Johnston.

David Reese, a KNBC assistant manager, was informed by the winner around 2:30 local time Wednesday. Reese told the employees working the night shift to keep the name a secret until the winner wishes to step forward.

Reese said the winner worked for NBC as a freelancer for four years, and her husband was laid off two weeks ago.

L & L Hawaiian BBQ in Pico Rivera, California, sold the winning ticket with the numbers 9, 21, 31, 36, 43, and the “Mega Number” 8. Danny He, the owner of the BBQ, will receive $1 million from the lottery for selling the winning ticket.

According to lottery officials, there was a 1 in 175,711,536 chance in winning with all six numbers with 38 other states and the District of Colombia playing as well.

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At least 40 dead after string of attacks in Pakistan

At least 40 dead after string of attacks in Pakistan

Posted: May 14th, 2021 by Admin

Friday, October 16, 2009

Pakistani officials have said that five attacks on government sites across the country have killed at least forty people. The latest attack occurred late on Thursday at a government residential area in Peshawar. Officials said they suspect Taliban militants for being responsible for the attacks.

Authorities said that the situation in the eastern city of Lahore was under control, following separate attacks on the country’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and two police training centers.

Gunmen with at least one suicide jacket stormed the FIA building at mid-morning. The FIA is an agency responsible for investigating matters relating to terrorism and immigration. Early last year, the building was the target of a suicide truck bomb that killed more than 20 people.

“Reportedly, four men attacked the FIA building and initial reports are that two of them have been killed,” said the provincial interior secretary, Nadeem Hassan Asif Punjab.

Soon after the assault on the FIA began, gunmen targeted two police training centers on the outskirts of Lahore. In the suburb of Manawa, gunmen targeted a center that militants attacked earlier this year. In the other incident, attackers with suicide jackets in Bedian climbed over a wall to gain access to the Elite Force Training Center. It took several hours before security forces were able to gain control of all the sites.

Reportedly, four men attacked the FIA building and initial reports are that two of them have been killed.

The attacks in Pakistan’s east took place hours after a suicide car bomber targeted a police station at a garrison town about an hour’s drive from the northwestern city of Peshawar.

Speaking to local media, Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said intelligence agencies had expected attacks on security sites in the country and that authorities will remain on high-alert. He said the recent violence shows the militants want to bring the frontlines from Pakistan’s violent northwest to Punjab province.

On Saturday, militants with ties to Punjab, as well as the South Waziristan tribal region, assaulted the Pakistani army’s headquarters in Rawalpindi.

Pakistani intelligence officials believe the attacks are a reaction to the military’s raids on South Waziristan. The military is expected to launch a full-scale assault on Taliban militants in the region bordering Afghanistan.

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American racehorse Barbaro euthanized, co-owner reports

American racehorse Barbaro euthanized, co-owner reports

Posted: May 14th, 2021 by Admin

Monday, January 29, 2007

Barbaro, winner of the 2006 Kentucky Derby, was euthanized on the morning of January 29, according to co-owner Roy Jackson. Barbaro suffered a major injury to his right hind leg shortly after the start of the 2006 Preakness Stakes.

According to Jackson, “We just reached a point where it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain. It was the right decision, it was the right thing to do. We said all along if there was a situation where it would become more difficult for him then it would be time.”

Barbaro’s right hind leg was shattered in the opening lengths of the Preakness race. Three bones in the leg were broken – the cannon bone, the sesamoid bone, and the pastern bone. Laminitis took hold in the left hind leg as a result of the extra weight borne on the leg by the horse. It appeared for a while that Barbaro would recover; however, earlier this month, the horse suffered two significant setbacks that greatly reduced his ultimate chances for survival.

The three-year-old colt underwent emergency surgery on May 20 to fuse two joints in the damaged right leg. Further surgery was required on January 27 to insert two steel pins into one of the healed bones. The latest procedure was especially risky because it because it transferred more weight on to the leg, with the foot resting on the ground not bearing any weight. The right rear hoof was already deteriorating, having developed a painful abscess earlier in the week.

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Get The Benefits Of Raw Food Diet For Dogs}

Posted: May 13th, 2021 by Admin

Submitted by: Zachery Stalley

In the past, medical trends for canine nutrition have begun to revolutionize the traditional ideas about feeding dogs. Vets have begun to bring up points that have people thinking about what they give their four-legged friends. This is because recent discoveries have brought to light the major benefits of this type of food for your dogs. These benefits are more numerous than have previously been believed, and many people are consulting vets to sound out this option. Let us tell you about the benefits of raw food diet for dogs.

Raw food diets for these pets usually involve meats, bones, or organs. The idea is that this is what your pet’s ancestors have eaten, and they still have the genetics in their body to respond better to that kind of nutrition. This method was traditionally exclusive to animals that were in need of special types of nutrition due to illnesses and allergies, such as an allergy to corn. But today, vets have proposed the statement that if these materials worked great for special cases, maybe they would improve the health of all types of canines.

The first major part of the benefits of such nutrition in your pets is internal. The vitamins and nutrients found in meats, etc. Are good for your pet’s heart – even more so than the brands found in the store that are known for being good for the heart. The real thing is often the best option. Real materials are a lot easier to digest, especially if they don’t have all the fillers that store-bought creations tend to have. This has a long list of positive effects on your pet’s digestive system. Your pet will even have more energy and just feel better.

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The external effects of this kind of diet for these pets are nearly as numerous as the internal ones, and can be seen as soon as just a couple weeks after the meal switch is made. Their teeth will be whiter and their breath will smell better.

This is because the natural products won’t cause as much plaque as food with all the fillers, etc. Also, your pet’s skin and coat will be greatly improved. Both will be much healthier because of vitamins and nutrients.

The other major benefit if a raw food diet for your dog doesn’t really affect your pet at all. It is more of an added bonus for you. Many types of canines, such as pit bulls, need certain amounts of food and nutrition to keep up muscle and energy so they can maintain their weight.

These can be quite costly. Meats and organs will make your animal build muscle better and feel fuller with a fraction of the cost. Your wallet will thank you.

Raw food diets for dogs have traditionally been used only for special circumstances, but this method is becoming more and more of an idea being adopted for all canines. Although there are still drawbacks for some kinds of dogs, people are flocking to their vets to see if this method would be more advantageous for them and their four-legged friends.

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Posted: May 10th, 2021 by Admin

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Dozens arrested in leadup to St Petersburg G8 Summit

Dozens arrested in leadup to St Petersburg G8 Summit

Posted: May 10th, 2021 by Admin

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

A G8 summit has been planned to take place from 15-17 July in St Petersburg, Russia. Several sources have reported that a systematic police crackdown on people participating in alternative meetings (a Libertarian Forum and the Russian Social Forum) and critical of the official meeting has begun almost a week prior to the summit. Estimates range from dozens to one or two hundred arrests and detentions.

For the past several years, especially since the 27th G8 summit in 2001 in Genoa, the G8 summits of the leaders of seven of the world’s richest industrialised countries and of Russia have been regularly met by popular protests by critics who assert that members of G8 are responsible for global issues such as global warming due to carbon dioxide emission, poverty in Africa and developing countries due to debt crisis and unfair trade policy, exacerbating the AIDS crisis by medicine patent policy and other problems that are related to globalization. These protests have been met by massive numbers of arrests and police violence, on some occasions.

In contrast to previous G8 meetings, this time arrests have been taking place a week before the official meeting itself has started. At least 23-25 human rights activists and political activists, including two German citizens, have been detained by police in Moscow, St Petersburg and other cities in Russia since 7 July. Many of them have been sentenced to ten days’ imprisonment, enough to prevent them from participation in political protests until the end of the official summit.

Some sources claim that the true detention rate may be much higher, such as an unconfirmed report attributed to the Siberian Confederation of Labour (????????? ???????????? ?????) claiming 200 arrests. The activists’ legal team claims that more than 100 arrests and detainments have occurred.

Discussions on global energy issues and other themes have started at the Libertarian Forum despite the arrests, and the Russian Social Forum is expected to start on schedule on 13 July, followed by the official G8 meeting on 15-17 July. Permission to carry out a street demonstration by the Russian Social Forum has been refused by the authorities.

Russian authorities say that demonstrations are permitted, but only in the location set aside for them – a sports stadium about 25 km (16 miles) from the Constantine Palace, which will house the summit. The Russian Deputy Interior Minister Alexander Chekalin said that allegations of harassment were “from the realms of supposition”.

“The police’s actions are commensurate with the situation at hand. The situation demands particular measures, sometimes intensified. Sometimes it demands that we visit a family in their apartment,” He said.

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How A Business Loan Can Change Your Financial Future

Posted: May 10th, 2021 by Admin

byAlma Abell

Qualifying for a loan can mean the difference between beginning your life as a small business owner and waiting years for your dreams to come true. Bad credit can be one of the biggest hurdles for hopeful entrepreneurs. Thankfully, business loans for bad credit do exist and with a little guidance, today’s small business owners and startups can get the boost they need to get their companies up and running.

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Where Can I Get a Business Loan?

Whether you need heavy equipment financing for your construction company or a medical equipment loan for your new private practice, finding financing is the first step to success. This is especially true if you are looking for a loan that will assist you regardless of your bad or absent credit. First Capital Business Finance is one company that provides these services and more.

Like many other financing companies geared toward helping business owners taking their startups to the next level or increasing their customer base, First Capital Business Finance provides money lending, advising and other services to move companies forward and create better business environments for all. This includes business loans for bad credit, commercial truck title loans and much, much more.

What Can You Use a Business Loan For?

Truly, there is no limit to what a business loan can be applied to. Anyone from a contract builder to a medical professional can apply loaned funds to making their business better. Depending on several factors – including exactly how you intend to apply for the borrowed money, how much you need and how quickly you need it – some businesses may qualify for government-backed loans while others may need to seek to finance with an independent institution. Whatever avenue you choose, there’s almost nothing you can’t do once you have the funds in hand. Consult a loan agent today, and see what a business loan can do for your company – and your future.

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