Malibu residents flee latest inferno

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Firefighters didn’t come to work – we came to war to battle Mother Nature’s fiercest elements in a skirmish that never ends,” said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. “We live in a cauldron of fire. Today’s sudden explosion of fires shows us that the wind is king.” By late Sunday, crews had been unable to contain the blazes and officials warned residents to brace at least another day for fires that could threaten thousands more homes. More than 700 firefighters had suited up to tackle the blazes, with up to an additional 350 on the way from across California. Gov.Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office said more than 400 engines responded, with 10 fixed-wing air tankers from the Cal Fire strike team engaged or on standby. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said more than 100 law enforcement personnel responded to support operations. Flames fueled by ferocious Santa Ana winds roared Sunday across Southern California, straining firefighting resources as homes and landmarks burned and brush fires raced toward mansions along the fabled Malibu shoreline and tract homes in Canyon Country. Winds tore with hurricane force through mountain passes, whipping up fires from Santa Barbara to San Diego with blazes in Malibu, Castaic and Agua Dulce. More than 1,000 people were evacuated from their homes along the coast and in the Santa Clarita area, although no deaths or serious injuries were reported. It was the firestorm nightmare officials had warned of for months after the driest winter on record and a summer of sweltering temperatures. Winds of up to 50 mph along the coast and through canyons and valleys – with gusts up to 100mph – fueled the flames and made aerial firefighting even more challenging. Temperatures as high as 90 degrees choked most of Southern California and the National Weather Service said no relief was expected until Tuesday afternoon. “It will be hotter and drier and stronger winds,” Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Mike Brownlie said. “We were staging resources for the possibility of something like this all over the county. “Extreme conditions cause fires like this. There’s nothing you can do about that; you just do what you can do.” At least 1,200 acres had burned in Malibu and nearly 10,000 more in Canyon Country. Meanwhile, more than 2,000 acres had burned in Agua Dulce, where mandatory evacuation orders were in effect. “It’s almost as if a fire-breathing dragon lives in the hills. Every October you wonder if it’s going to come out,” said Malibu resident Ben Marcus, who scanned a glowing horizon to monitor the fire near his home. At least five multimillion-dollar Malibu homes burned in the blaze that quickly spread through the posh ocean enclave, damaging businesses and landmarks. “It’s crazy. When I got here, there were flames everywhere – it was really scary,” said Sammy Duran, who works at a gas station on Pacific Coast Highway. High winds snapped power lines before dawn along Malibu Canyon Road, apparently igniting the blaze that quickly charged through the canyon toward the coast, turning Malibu Presbyterian Church into smoldering ruins. Nearby, the Castle Kashan – a turreted landmark on a bluff with magnificent ocean views – was destroyed. Across Malibu Canyon Road, the Hughes Research Laboratory was seriously damaged. General Motors had used the site to test its hydrogen fuel-cell prototype vehicles. Frenzied wind gusts hurled embers hundreds of yards. Some landed in palm trees that “exploded” in flames and heavily damaged the Malibu Canyon shopping center. “When the palm trees go, there’s a lot of spread of embers,” said engineer Jim Muth from the Manhattan Beach Fire Department, one of dozens of municipal forces called in to help. Parts of Malibu resembled a war-torn ghost town, with closed businesses and burning embers flying across the roadways and igniting hot spots along the highway. Flames damaged a CVS drugstore and several other stores including a Ralphs and First Interstate Bank that lost its clock tower. Lisa Clunis, 17, was among dozens of volunteers who hauled horse trailers to Malibu and helped residents in canyons evacuate their horses and livestock. Sheriff’s deputies summoned the volunteer crew at 6 a.m. Its first task was evacuating 60 horses from Sycamore Farms to a site farther from the fire’s reach. At Pepperdine, about 2,000 students hurried from their dormitories to the cafeteria at the center of campus. Campus minister Thomas Fitpatrick noted that its fire retardant landscaping and concrete buildings provided an added measure of comfort. The school let students return to their dorms by mid-afternoon Sunday but advised them to stay home from class today. First-year students Tucker Roundy and Michael Horton were camped out in one campus shelter where students studied, slept and watched movies on laptops. “This is the first time I’ve ever been evacuated for any reason,” said Horton, 18, from Oklahoma. Many who evacuated homes and nearby campgrounds reported waking up to a red sky as black smoke shrouded the rising sun. Gusts knocked tents all around campgrounds within Malibu State Park, and some said campers panicked. “The sky was scary, it looked awful,” said M. Yvette Del Muro. “It was weird waking up to that, but what scared me most was the wind.” Olen Rush helped transport more than 30 dogs from the San Piper Pet Hotel off Pacific Coast Highway. The dogs were taken to Zuma Beach, where officials from Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control were assisting in transporting pets to safety. “The animals are fine, they seem calm,” Rush said. “But we lost power, and we thought it was best to get out of there.” Others near Bonsall Drive evacuated because gas and power lines had shut down and cell-phone use was limited. “We’ve been through this before, so most people know what to do,” said Connie Schurr, who has lived in Malibu since 1989. “As bad as it is, this still isn’t as bad as in 1993.” That year, hundreds of homes in Southern California burned, including in Malibu as more than a dozen major brush fires flamed out of control over more than 75,000 acres from Point Mugu to the Mexican border. The Santa Ana winds came as no surprise – but their intensity was, said Bill Hoffer, a spokesman for the National Weather Service. “I feel like the outside air’s taken over my smoking habit,” said Hoffer, noting that in his 20 years with the National Weather Service in Southern California he could not recall such strong winds. “This happens every year at this time, but it looks bloody horrible because trees are blowing up. … It can blow mothers-in-law right out of their lawn chairs.” Some evacuated residents made their way north toward Zuma Beach to pick up supplies at HOWS Market and to catch up on all the news. “All I took with me was this cell phone and my purse,” said Ann Ryan, who has lived in Malibu with her husband for more than 30 years. Ryan awoke to a voice projected through a bullhorn about 6 a.m., telling neighbors in Malibu Country Estates across from Pepperdine University to evacuate. The two were still in their pajamas when they headed to the grocery store to buy bread, coffee and some cold cuts so they could eat in their car. “I’ve lived through about four of these fires,” Ryan said. “Sometimes I get tired of it, but it’s just so pretty here.” Staff Writers Kerry Cavanaugh and Brent Hopkins contributed. pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Hayes gives ‘South Park’ the shaft

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “South Park” co-creator Matt Stone responded sharply in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, saying, “This is 100 percent having to do with his faith of Scientology … He has no problem – and he’s cashed plenty of checks – with our show making fun of Christians.” Last November, “South Park” targeted the Church of Scientology and its celebrity followers, including actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta, in a top-rated episode called “Trapped in the Closet.” In the episode, Stan, one of the show’s four mischievous fourth-graders, is hailed as a reluctant savior by Scientology leaders, while a cartoon Cruise locks himself in a closet and won’t come out. Stone told the AP he and co-creator Trey Parker “never heard a peep out of Isaac in any way until we did Scientology. He wants a different standard for religions other than his own, and to me, that is where intolerance and bigotry begin.” Isaac Hayes has quit “South Park,” where he voices Chef, saying he can no longer stomach its take on religion. Hayes, who has played the ladies’ man/school cook in the animated Comedy Central satire since 1997, said in a statement Monday that he feels a line has been crossed. “There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins,” the 63-year-old soul singer and outspoken Scientologist said. “Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored,” he continued. “As a civil-rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Harrington gets a crack at big league

first_img“If the kid’s still out there trying to pitch and obviously his heart still wants to play baseball, heck, why not? Let’s see what he can do,” Fleita said. Fleita scouted Harrington when he played for Palmdale. “I remember a big guy with a great arm, but after that I’m not really sure what happened to him,” Fleita said. Fort Worth pitching coach Dan Smith told Baseball America that a key factor in Harrington’s progression was his shedding more than 40 pounds after showing up for camp last year weighing 250. He said Harrington’s velocity has improved significantly, although it’s still not close to where it was when he was in high school. Smith said Harrington is now throwing a curveball for the first time since high school. Scouts projected Harrington’s curveball to be above average by major league standards, but he abandoned it in favor of a slider when he began pitching professionally for the St. Paul (Minn.) Saints in 2001. Smith has coached Harrington for all six years he’s played Independent ball going back to his St. Paul debut. “I told him all along I’d probably be happier than his dad when he signed. I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs with him,” Smith said in Monday’s online edition of Baseball America. “I’m thrilled to see him get to the opportunity. What he does with it is up to him.” Fleita said he couldn’t accurately evaluate Harrington’s chances of reaching the major leagues until he sees him in spring training, but he said now that he is in affiliated baseball, the opportunity is there. “I’m sure he’s like every other kid who’s made a mistake and deserves a second chance,” Fleita said. “There’s a lot of great stories out there of guys who were given a (second) chance.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Six years after one of the most publicized negotiating debacles in professional sports, former Palmdale High pitching sensation Matt Harrington signed a free-agent contract with the Chicago Cubs. Harrington didn’t receive a signing bonus, and he is not guaranteed to make a team out of spring training. A first-round draft pick in 2000 when he graduated from Palmdale High with a 97mph fastball, the 6-foot-4 Harrington turned down a contract reportedly worth $3.7million to sign with the Colorado Rockies and a year later turned down $1.2million from the San Diego Padres. Harrington spurned the Rockies’ offer under the advice of former agent Tommy Tanzer, who said he received assurances from the Rockies that Harrington would receive a $4.95million signing bonus, according to published reports. Colorado officials have persistently denied the assertion. Harrington hired high-powered agent Scott Boras in 2001 and the Padres drafted him that year, but he rejected the $1.2million offer under Boras’ counsel. Harrington has pitched in Independent ball for each of the past six seasons, including the past five with the Fort Worth (Texas) Cats. He had his best year in 2006, going 6-1 with a 2.90 ERA. Chicago Cubs farm director Oneri Fleita told the Daily News the decision to sign Harrington was based on organizational scouting reports indicating Harrington had “turned the corner” earlier this year. Harrington will be 25 when he reports to spring training in February. last_img read more

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Last chance to book tickets for the Santa Express at Oakfield Park

first_imgAs twilight falls, the magic begins at Oakfield Park. The Santa Express at Oakfield Park runs from Saturday 1st to Sunday 23rd December and offers children and families a magical Christmas experience that they’ll treasure forever.It’s just three weeks until Oakfield Park opens its doors for this very special event and tickets are selling fast, so don’t be disappointed this year and book your tickets today.This year’s Santa Express at Oakfield Park includes a new theme as well as lots of additional features including story-telling, Elf workshops and a craft marquee. Children and families are invited to experience the magical four realms in Oakfield Park’s enchanted woodland and board the Santa Express where they’ll enjoy an exciting train ride through Oakfield Park’s magnificent woodlands, through thousands of Christmas lights, installations and decorations.On arrival, children and families will be welcomed to a cosy grotto where Father Christmas and his special helpers will be waiting to greet them.Families and friends are invited to step aboard The Santa Express at Oakfield Park; take a trip through thousands of Christmas lights, installations and decorations before meeting Santa and his elves.All children on Santa’s list will receive a gift and adults can enjoy the event with a complimentary hot drink of mulled wine. The park’s restaurant, Buffers, will also be open so guests and families can enjoy a delicious festive menu and children can post their Christmas letter to Santa in the special post box.As part of The Santa Express in Oakfield Park, new Autism friendly train rides with tailored experiences have been introduced. Tickets for The Santa Express at Oakfield Park cost €10 for an infant, €18 for a child and €15 for an adult. Group discounts are also available for groups of 28+. The cost includes a train ride, meeting with Father Christmas, a gift for each child and a hot drink for adults. A professional photographer will be on hand to capture precious family moments and prints will be available to purchase.Buffers Restaurant will open daily during December and visitors can choose from a delicious festive menu made with local produce.To book The Santa Express at Oakfield Park visit www.oakfieldpark.com/eventsFor group discount on groups of 28+ or for carriages with wheelchair access, please book by calling our Reservations Hotlines on 00353 (0) 74 9173068 or 00353 (0) 74 9173922. These booking lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm. Any other special information can be included on the online booking system under ‘Special Requirements’. Full details, terms and conditions are available on the booking page.Don’t miss this year’s Santa Express at Oakfield Park, a truly magical Christmas experience to share with family and friends. Here’s a taste of the magical experience of Christmas at Oakfield Park:Last chance to book tickets for the Santa Express at Oakfield Park was last modified: November 8th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Oakfield Parksanta expresslast_img read more

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Photo library: Development 7

first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Development contact sheet (625KB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) KwaZulu-Natal North Coast: Reconstruction andDevelopment Programme(RDP) houses. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu-Natal North Coast: Reconstruction andDevelopment Programme(RDP) houses. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu-Natal North Coast: Reconstruction andDevelopment Programme(RDP) houses. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu-Natal North Coast: Reconstruction andDevelopment Programme(RDP) houses. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu-Natal North Coast: Reconstruction andDevelopment Programme(RDP) houses. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu-Natal North Coast: Reconstruction andDevelopment Programme(RDP) houses. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu-Natal North Coast: Reconstruction andDevelopment Programme(RDP) houses. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu-Natal North Coast: Sugarcane fields. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu-Natal North Coast: Sugarcane fields. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageDEVELOPMENT 7: {loadposition dev}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library?Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

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Fraser-Moleketi takes top UN job

first_imgFormer cabinet minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi opens a 2007 seminar oncombating cybercrime in the SADC region.(Image: Centre of Specialisation in PublicAdministration and Management) Fraser-Moleketi, left, with former presidentNelson Mandela and Tshwane mayor GwenRamokgopa, right, on the occasion ofMandela receiving the freedom of the cityof Tshwane.(Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation)Janine ErasmusFormer South African Minister of Public Service and Administration Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi has been appointed to the top position of democratic governance director in the United Nations Development Programme’s Bureau for Development Policy.Fraser-Moleketi assumed her new duties on 2 January 2009 after serving her country for 14 years at the highest levels of government. She tendered her resignation as Minister of Public Service and Administration in September 2008 when the ruling African National Congress (ANC) ordered former president Thabo Mbeki to step down. Mbeki resigned from office on 21 September, the day after he received the ANC directive.Fraser-Moleketi was one of 14 resignations from Cabinet at the time. These included 11 ministers and three deputy ministers, one of whom was her husband, Deputy Minister of Finance Jabu Moleketi.The UNDP is the global development arm of the United Nations and is committed to enabling positive change and a better life for people by making knowledge, experience and resources available in developing nations. The organisation is active in 166 countries, working with them to find their own solutions to the challenges of the modern world.Fraser-Moleketi joins the global organisation at the level of assistant secretary-general. She said that she felt the need to step back and work on a global scale with the skills and competencies she had gained.“I am confident in the democratic processes in the country,” she said. “I will still contribute from wherever I am as a patriot.”A born leaderGeraldine Fraser-Moleketi was born in Cape Town and even at school she showed an aptitude for leadership roles, serving on the Students Representative Council.After matriculating she took up studies for a diploma in teaching at the University of the Western Cape, a period during which she also became active in community matters as a member of the active role in the Bellville Association for Community Action. She never completed the course, as she left South Africa in her second year of studying to go into exile in Zimbabwe as a member of the ANC.In exile Fraser-Moleketi joined Umkhonto we Sizwe, the ANC’s military wing, and received basic military training in Angola. She received specialised training in the former USSR and in Cuba and was for a time seconded to the Lutheran World Federation.Her return to South Africa came in July 1990 at the request of the South African Communist Party (SACP) after it was unbanned in February that year. Fraser-Moleketi helped set up the party’s first national office, holding the position of SACP national administrator and acting as personal assistant to Joe Slovo and Chris Hani, successive General Secretaries.Although she never completed her teacher’s diploma, Fraser-Moleketi went on to study at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government in 1994. Back home, she was admitted to Pretoria University in 2003 to study for a master’s degree on the basis of recognition of prior learning. She finished her studies in 2006, receiving her masters (cum laude) in Public Administration.She was appointed Minister of Welfare and Population Development in July 1996 and Minister for Public Service and Administration in June 1999. Fraser-Moleketi has used her influential position to fight for gender equality in government and society, and has led South African delegations to Commonwealth Women Minister’s meetings, as well as chairing the Pan African Conference on Women’s Development, Equality and Peace in Rwanda.In 1995 she was the deputy leader of the South African delegation to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. She also led a study tour to Australia and Uganda, which subsequently played a big role in the establishment of the Office of the Status of Women in the Office of the Deputy President.Fraser-Moleketi has published a number of works on public administration, and has delivered numerous papers at both national and international conferences on social development, gender quality and transformation of public services.She serves in several other capacities, including Deputy Chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration since 2006, and has been patron of the Free and Open Source Software for Africa, a cause she firmly believes in, since 2007. Other humanitarian roles have included chair of The President’s Award, which has as its patron-in-chief Nelson Mandela, sole patron of the National Eisteddfod Academy, trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and patron of DaimlerChrysler’s Toys for Africa Project.She was awarded an honorary professorship by Stellenbosch University and a fellowship to the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus on janinee@bigmedia.co.za.Related articlesMbeki resigns as SA presidentAnti-abuse campaign hits SASA’s women power aheadCelebrating the power of womenSA judge UN Human Rights headUseful linksUnited Nations Development ProgrammeDepartment of Public Service and AdministrationGeraldine Fraser-Moleketilast_img read more

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Human virus linked to gorilla deaths

first_imgRay Maota Gorilla Doctors, Jan Ramer and Eddy Syaluha prepare an antibiotic dart for an infant gorilla sick with respiratory disease. An infant gorilla with a runny nose, one of the signs of a respiratory disease. (Images: Gorilla Doctors) MEDIA CONTACTS • Molly Feltner  Communications Officer  Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project  +250 783885168 RELATED ARTICLES • Centre to return gorillas to the wild • Baby gorillas named in Rwanda • Black rhinos return to Serengeti • Biggest nature park in the worldA virus causing respiratory disease in humans has been linked to the deaths of two mountain gorillas in Rwanda, researchers from Africa and the US have discovered.The findings were revealed in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, a publication of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.Survival of species criticalThe death of the endangered apes two years ago has been the subject of an intense study by researchers from the non-profit Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, the Davis Wildlife Health Centre at the University of California, the Centre for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University and the Rwanda Development Board.The gorillas that died came from the Hirwa group living in Rwanda. There was an outbreak of respiratory disease there between 2008 and 2009, and an adult female and baby ape succumbed from the attack.With about 786 mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) in existence today, finding the root cause of the infection is critical to the conservation of the species.Because this type of gorilla is so scarce, tourists from around the world pay good money to see them in the national parks of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.This brings in much-needed cash to boost conservation efforts, but it also increases the gorillas’ exposure to a wide range of humans and their germs, upping the apes’ chances of contracting a foreign disease. Gorillas share 98% of the same DNA as humans, which makes it even easier for them to contract human-borne viruses.Analysis of tissue samples taken from the dead gorillas showed traces of the human metapneumovirus.Mike Cranfield, executive director of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, said: “Because there are fewer than 800 living mountain gorillas, each individual is critically important to the survival of their species.”Linda Lowenstine, a veterinary pathologist with the University of California’s Davis Mountain Gorilla One Health Programme, who has studied gorilla diseases for more than 25 years, said: “The type of infection we see most frequently is respiratory, which can range from mild colds to severe pneumonia.” Mountain gorilla conservation in AfricaPoaching, habitat loss, diseases and military conflict have all contributed to the demise of mountain gorilla populations.In response to this, a number of sanctuaries have been set up in recent years in various African countries. These include the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park of south-west Uganda; Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, also in Uganda; Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda; Virunga National Park in Congo; and the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which was founded by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.The Dian Fossey centre is home to 30 young gorillas which are free to roam an area of natural habitat spanning 350 acres.The mountain gorilla eats mostly fruit and can be found at lower levels of the forest than its subspecies, the Grauer’s gorilla.The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project is a US-based non-profit organisation dedicated to saving the mountain gorilla species. The project and the Davis Wildlife Health Centre are partners in the Mountain Gorilla One Health Programme.The programme’s mission is to uncover emerging diseases that can be transmitted between people and animals.last_img read more

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Rethinking Some of Those Funding Success Stories

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Analysis#start Related Posts Have a great team. Pick a huge market. Build an awesome product. And boom, the financing will be yours, just like that. Except, not really. Perhaps we do tend to glamorize those sorts of amazing funding success stories, something that can paint a rather lopsided picture of the ease with which startups can secure investment. And in a great post today, entrepreneur Jason Baptiste offers in a great post today with a list of reasons “Why They Were Able to Raise Money.” “They” in this case are those very success stories we frequently hear about companies that, even prior to launch, have raised millions of dollars from VCs. Baptiste uses Flipboard, which recently launched to much acclaim and with $10 million funding from Kleiner. “I’m not sure on the revenue model,” says Baptiste,” but it’s fine.” These sorts of funding announcements can be bewildering to first-time entrepreneurs, contends Baptiste, who lists some of the reasons for their backing.These reasons do break down into “great team,” “huge market,” and “awesome product,” but as Baptiste points out, some teams simply have phenomenal advantage in one or more of these areasThey Got Funding Because They Had The Great TeamIn identifying company’s with great funding success stories, Baptiste identifies those with a strong track record (such as the Skype founders now working on their startup Rdio and reputation in the tech community (such as 4chan’s Moot’s ability to raise cash for his next startup, the stealthed Canvas. Baptiste observes these well-financed founders are frequently thought leaders and have strong domain experience (like oneforty‘s Laura Fitton). Or they are ex-Googlers, Facebookers, or Paypal Mafiosos. And sometimes, they get funding because “they are founders so smart you cannot ignore them” (as with 19 year old Brian Wong, whose kiip recently received backing from True Ventures).They Got Funding Because They’re in a Hot MarketSocial gaming, group buying, cloud computing, and “throw in a little bit of location based mobile “something” for good measure and you get the idea.” Being in a good market like this certainly increases your changes of funding, as does being able to demonstrate already that you have strong growth. They Got Funding Because They Nailed the ProductSome products have been really honed through incubation programs, and these teams often receive strong funding support as they have been pre-vetted, of sorts. And some products, writes Baptiste, are simply “technical masterpieces with a secret sauce that makes them an obvious choice to back.” Certainly many startups can possess one or more of these characteristics, but Baptiste’s post serves as a reminder that getting funded is not as simple as some of the success stories might make it appear. Photo credits: Flickr user Zack McCarthycenter_img audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Google Analytics Becomes More Visual with In-Page Analytics

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting For the most part, examining your web analytics consists of looking at dry columns of numbers and links with a few bar charts and other graphs thrown in for good measure. It’s often hard to understand these numbers in the context of your own site. Now, however, with Google Analytics’ new “In-Page Analytics” view, you can see your analytics data superimposed on your own site. This new view offers a far more visual experience for analyzing your analytics data, as bubbles are now overlayed on top of every link on your site. These bubbles that show the percentage and number of clicks the link attracted and allow you to dig deeper into your data if you choose to do so.You can find this new feature in the “Content” section on Google Analytics. Google currently considers this a beta feature and there are a few known bugs, but overall it seems to work just as advertised. One nice feature is a bar at the bottom of the screen that notes how many clicks on a given page occurred below the current view. It is worth noting that other web analytics providers like ClickTale and Crazy Egg offer a similar feature by providing their users with heat maps that represent clicks on a given area on your site. The concept here is quite similar, though Google Analytics does provide more advanced data than most of these products and is available for free. Related Posts center_img Tags:#Google#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinoislast_img read more

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