IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through Aug. 23

first_imgIMCA Modifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,196; 2. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., 1,186; 3. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich., 1,177; 4. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev., 1,174; 5. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb., 1,153; 6. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 1,150; 7. Bricen James, Albany, Ore., 1,148; 8. Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark., and Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, both 1,147; 10. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa, 1,146; 11. Matt Szecsodi, Clio, Mich., 1,136; 12. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, 1,132; 13. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,128; 14. Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, Ill., 1,125; 15. Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls, Minn., 1,118; 16. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa, and Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., both 1,117; 18. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 1,112; 19. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 1,107; 20. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 1,100.IMCA Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 788; 2. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, 785; 3. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 783; 4. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 780; 5. Rob Toland, Colona, Ill., 761; 6. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, 749; 7. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 725; 8. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 711; 9. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, 685; 10. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 672; 11. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, 663; 12. Shawn Cooney, Bondurant, Iowa, 662; 13. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 661; 14. Eric Sanders, Sherrard, Ill., 630; 15. Joe Ross, Thomson, Ill., 620; 16. B.J. Jackson, Clinton, Iowa, 614; 17. Nick Marolf, Moscow, Iowa, 605; 18. Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa, 601; 19. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 582; 20. Tim Simpson, Iowa City, Iowa, 548.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Kevin Ramey, Fort Worth, Texas, 793; 2. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 766; 3. Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa, 763; 4. Austin Mundie, Carrollton, Texas, 744; 5. Matt Richards, Lincoln, Neb., 741; 6. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 711; 7. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., 710; 8. Chip Graham, Lewisville, Texas, 698; 9. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, 696; 10. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 695; 11. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 693; 12. Jason Martin, Lincoln, Neb., and Dusty Ballenger, Harrisburg, S.D., both 685; 14. Ethan Barrow, Bloomington, Ind., 681; 15. Jeff Wimmenauer, Greenwood, Ind., and Tucker Doughty, Sunnyvale, Texas, both 678; 17. Brandon Allen, St. Peter, Minn., 676; 18. Elliot Amdahl, Flandreau, S.D., 675; 19. Jake Martens, Fairview, Okla., 673; 20. Stuart Snyder, Lincoln, Neb., 671.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,200; 2. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,179; 3. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, 1,175; 4. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,153; 5. Mark Adams, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,127; 6. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,125; 7. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 1,113; 8. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,111; 9. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 1,110; 10. Troy Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 1,106; 11. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 1,104; 12. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn., 1,102; 13. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 1,101; 14. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 1,097; 15. Norman Chesmore, Rowley, Iowa, 1,092; 16. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,091; 17. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville, Wis., 1,076; 18. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,074; 19. Colin Heim, Hoxie, Kan., 1,073; 20. Bryce Pritchett, Combine, Texas, 1,061.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks ­– 1. Shannon Anderson, New Virginia, Iowa, 1,200; 2. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 1,179; 3. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 1,169; 4. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 1,165; 5. Luke Wassom, Broken Bow, Neb., 1,149; 6. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 1,147; 7. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,143; 8. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 1,142; 9. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 1,139; 10. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 1,129; 11. Adam Goff, Minot, N.D., 1,114; 12. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,109; 13. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 1,096; 14. Brock Beeter, Minot, N.D., 1,094; 15. Allyn Myers, Berwyn, Neb., 1,092; 16. Bryce Sommerfeld, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 1,086; 17. Adam Ayers, Adair, Iowa, 1,082; 18. Justin Wacha, Vinton, Iowa, 1,078; 19. Roy Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 1,072; 20. Garrett Hager, Hays, Kan., 1,032.Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 1,179; 2. Rodney White, Ector, Texas, 1,158; 3. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,147; 4. Tyler Bragg, Springtown, Texas, 1,105; 5. Trevor Raney, Sherman, Texas, 1,096; 6. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,073; 7. Kyle Wilkins, Italy, Texas, 1,013; 8. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 999; 9. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 938; 10. Ryan Thomas, Lubbock, Texas, 913; 11. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 892; 12. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 838; 13. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 834; 14. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 833; 15. Brayden Wyatt, Wichita Falls, Texas, 799; 16. J.P. Vasquez Jr., Lubbock, Texas, 795; 17. Chase Vineyard, Davis, Okla., 771; 18. James McCreery, Midlothian, Texas, and Edward Grmela Jr., Hewitt, Texas, both 764; 20. Hayden Wade, Waco, Texas, 756.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,189; 2. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., 1,176; 3. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,175; 4. Chase Alves, Chandler, Ariz., 1,171; 5. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 1,167; 6. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,166; 7. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Ill., and Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., both 1,153; 9. Austin Svoboda, David City, Neb., 1,149; 10. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., 1,146; 11. Colby Fett, Algona, Iowa, and Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, both 1,145; 13. Tony Rialson, Cottonwood, Minn., 1,137; 14. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 1,133; 15. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 1,122; 16. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa, and Gage Neal, Ely, Iowa, both 1,115; 18. Kelly Jacobson, Fargo, N.D., 1,111; 19. Austin Howes, Memphis, Mo., 1,107; 20. Brandon Setser, Davenport, Iowa, 1,101.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,192; 2. Dustin Virkus, Clarkfield, Minn., 1,167; 3. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,154; 4. Barry Taft, Argyle, Iowa, and Bubba Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., both 1,149; 6. Alex Dostal, Glencoe, Minn., 1,144; 7. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,137; 8. Curtis Miller, Lewis, Iowa, 1,128; 9. Andrew Harris, South Sioux City, Neb., 1,110; 10. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,083; 11. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 1,065; 12. Terry Tritt, York, Neb., 1,064; 13. Howard Watson, Weatherford, Texas, 1,060; 14. Scott Newbury, Rhome, Texas, 1,053; 15. Julia Childs, Weatherford, Texas, 1,050; 16. John Martinez, Beatrice, Neb., 1,035; 17. Brock Klaith, Marshall, Minn., 1,033; 18. Joshua Young, Beatrice, Neb., 1,006; 19. Austin Friedrich, Saint James, Minn., 977; 20. Ashlee Kelly, Fairmont, Minn., 967.last_img read more

Cats injury concerns ahead of Waterford clash

first_imgJackie Tyrell is definitely out, having undergone surgery after suffering a stress fracture in his foot while training last weekend.Brian Cody has also conceded that Richie Power’s continuing injury problems mean he won’t feature.While Michael Fennelly is unlikely to face the Deise as his back problems have limited his involvement in training.last_img

New Dino Soft Tissue Explanation Is Toast

first_imgEvolutionists cannot deny the presence of soft tissue in dinosaur bones, but their explanation burns up in the heat of critical analysis.Finally, some scientists have taken a hard look at the evidence of soft tissue in dinosaur bones. In Nature Communications, Jasmina Wiemann and six others, including noted paleontologists Derek Briggs and Mark Norell, bravely face the question: how can soft tissues that degrade rapidly still exist in fossils they believe are over 100 million years old? A press release from Yale is frank about the problem this poses for evolutionists who take long ages for granted:Fossil soft tissue in dinosaur bones has been a controversial topic among researchers for quite some time. Hard tissues, such as bones, eggs, teeth, and enamel scales, are able to survive fossilization extremely well. Soft tissues, such as blood vessels, cells, and nerves — which are stored inside the hard tissue — are more delicate and thought to decay rapidly after death. These soft tissues are composed mainly of proteins, which are believed to completely degrade within about four million years.Yet dinosaur bones are much older, roughly 100 million years old, and they occasionally preserve organic structures similar to cells and blood vessels. Various attempts to resolve this paradox have failed to provide a conclusive answer.Notice the admissions they just made:Soft tissue has been a controversial topic for “quite some time” (more than 20 years, actually)Delicate tissues should decay (and do decay) rapidly after death.Proteins should completely degrade within 4 million years.The organic structures found in dinosaur bones resemble “blood vessels, cells and nerves.”Previous attempts to explain how they could last 100 million years have failed.Press release caption: “Dinosaur blood vessel with adjacent bone matrix that still contains bone cells. These structures have a perfect morphological preservation over hundreds of millions of years, but are chemically transformed through oxidative crosslinking. The extract comes from a sauropod dinosaur in Howe Stephen’s Quarry, U.S. (Image credit: Jasmina Wiemann/Yale University)”The Toast HypothesisNow comes their hypothesis, but it will it be toast like the earlier attempts? Actually, yes:Burnt toast and dinosaur bones have a common trait, according to a new, Yale-led study. They both contain chemicals that, under the right conditions, transform original proteins into something new. It’s a process that may help researchers understand how soft-tissue cells inside dinosaur bones can survive for hundreds of millions of years.Notice that they say their hypothesis “may” help long-agers come to grips with this major problem. Does it?The hypothesis relies on (1) an oxidative environment, (2) sandstone or limestone, (3) formation of end products that resist decay, (4) the end products being hydrophobic, so they are not damaged by water. If you get these conditions, they believe, you might get a matrix to extrude from the original material that can preserve the soft tissues for hundreds of millions of years by forming cross-links between the proteins.Accordingly, one should not find soft tissue in reducing environments. Their hypothesis can therefore be falsified. They tested some biological material in the lab, identified the brown stains they saw, and studied it for the end products they expected might preserve the soft tissues. They did not, however, watch it for 100 million years to see if it resisted decay.Setting up Toaster TargetsBasically, they created a “maybe” story that can send paleontologists looking for more soft tissue in certain environments:“Our results show how chemical alteration explains the fossilization of these soft tissues and identifies the types of environment where this process occurs,” Briggs said. “The payoff is a way of targeting settings in the field where this preservation is likely to occur, expanding an important source of evidence of the biology and ecology of ancient vertebrates.”Why, this “targeting” of settings might even help Darwin on his snipe hunt:In identifying brown vertebrate hard tissue fossils in light colored (oxidative) sediments as a target, our observation provides a first field guide to the search for endogenous soft tissues in fossil vertebrate remains as a basis for addressing a range of evolutionary questions.But wait; if field researchers don’t believe that soft tissue can be found in reducing environments, will they even look for it there? Won’t they tend to look for evidence to confirm this new “toast” hypothesis? Finding more burnt “toast” on dinosaur bones (i.e., the end-products they believe can stabilize soft tissue), won’t they claim it proves that soft tissue can last hundreds of millions of years?Manipulating the BreadIf you look at their Methods section, they took 35 samples of bone and, after photographing them, decided which ones came from oxidizing vs reducing conditions. Then they cleaned the samples ethanol, pulverized them, and decalcified them by washing them in hydrochloric acid “until complete structural disintegration was reached.” How many would suspect this might alter the raw material? They tried to be careful to avoid contamination, but outsiders might need to judge whether they were careful enough. Then, on the basis of brown precipitates in solution, they decided whether the proposed decay-resisting end products formed. This is certainly a lot more manipulation than the visibly-obvious microscope probing of stretchy material that Mary Schweitzer demonstrated on 60 Minutes. An unbiased observer of that program, which elicited gasps from the host, would certainly not think that was decay-resistant material that had undergone significant diagenesis (chemical modification since burial). It looked like the real original biological material, color, texture, stretchiness and all.See full size image with captions in Nature Communications, Fig. 1.The best response to this new hypothesis might be to just look at Figure 1 in their paper, where they show blood vessels, osteocytes (bone cells) complete with filipodia (tiny hairlike projections) from dinosaurs, and spongy layers from a rhea and a dinosaur that appear identical. See for yourself in the open-access paper. Read where these came from, and how old the moyboys say they are. The new hypothesis requires that all these fine details had not significantly modified for over 100 million years, despite all that time for changes to have occurred in pH, oxygen, water, bioturbation and much more. Who are you going to believe, desperate evolutionists concocting a theory that’s toast to hang onto their precious millions of years, or your lyin’ eyes?Look at the desperation in this statement from the paper, dressed up in jargon to sound less desperate:The maximum longevity of original proteinaceous matter in vertebrate hard tissues has been estimated at 3.8 million years, although molecular remnants have been reported from older rocks. Thus, the preservation of originally proteinaceous soft tissues in Mesozoic fossils, although independently confirmed for oligopeptide-grade degradation products, appears anomalous not least because the preservation of originally proteinaceous remnants in fossil vertebrate hard tissues seems to be biased towards oxidative depositional environments, which are thought to favor decay. Reconciling this apparent contradiction requires a general mechanism to explain the potential transformation and stabilization of proteinaceous matter through diagenesis over millions of years. Such preservation has been attributed to isolation and stabilization by incorporation into minerals, organo-metallic complexing, and physical or chemical binding to mineral surfaces, and anhydrous sugar-protein crosslinking processes, but none of these models provides an explanation for patterns of originally proteinaceous soft tissue preservation in vertebrate hard tissues in deep time.They are at their wit’s end. They’ve been launching ideas for years, and each one sinks. They have to make up a story – any story – to keep the creationists from having a victory party, where they will say, “We told you so! Dinosaurs are young. Charlie and Charlie’s* millions of years are a myth!    *Lyell, DarwinAs usual, the evolutionists ignore creationist material on the subject. They cite six of Mary Schweitzer’s papers, but ignore Mark Armitage, who found osteocytes in a Triceratops horn and published a peer-reviewed paper on it (that cost him his job at a state university). They ignore all the other reports in creation magazines and creation journals. If you want to hear material on this fascinating subject that has not been whitewashed in the Darwin acid bath, you will have to read our previous articles tagged “dinosaur soft tissue” and check these other resources:Kevin Anderson explains the significance of soft tissue in the film Is Genesis HistoryBob Enyart keeps a running tally of soft tissue finds, with references, at Real Science RadioBrian Thomas has written several articles on the subject for the Institute for Creation Research (ICR)So far, evolutionists have only focused on the preservation of proteins in dinosaur fossils. If they ever seriously address the reports of radiocarbon and DNA, that will be a bridge too far. The whole geologic column will come crashing down.(Visited 1,569 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Photo library: People 9

first_imgBy accessing this photo library, you agree to the Media Club South Africa photo library terms and conditions of use.Click 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.PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Store controllerMareka Mthokho checksunderground equipment atHarmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Fitter aide ZolileManianiana fixes brokendrills at Harmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Cage assistants(from left) MoeketsiMomlekoa, Ndlaka Mtanoand Bless Hamilton at theshaft at Harmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Cage assistants(from left) MoeketsiMomlekoa, Ndlaka Mtanoand Bless Hamilton at theshaft at Harmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Cage assistants(from left) MoeketsiMomlekoa, Ndlaka Mtanoand Bless Hamilton at theshaft at Harmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Cage assistants(from left) MoeketsiMomlekoa and Ndlaka Mtanoat the shaft at HarmonyGold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Lamp repairerVuyelwa Ramphoma works ona damaged underground headlamp at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com» Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Students attendingthe certificate in naturalresource managementcourse at the SouthernAfrican Wildlife College.The 10-month course isaimed at junior resourcemanagers at game reserves. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Students attendingthe certificate in naturalresource managment courseat the Southern AfricanWildlife College. The 10-month course is aimedat junior resource managersat game reserves. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library?Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

The Flipside Of BitTorrent – Why Many Musicians Still Hate It

first_imgLast week, I wrote a popular post on the continuing popularity of BitTorrent, and how some artists are now choosing to embrace it as a marketing tool to expose their music to a wider audience. But many activist musicians disagree with the notions that BitTorrent is anything more than outright theft. Singer-songwriter David Lowery of the band Camper Van Beethoven is a good example.For this group of musicians, BitTorrent and other channels for often-illegal file downloads continues to represent a real and present threat to their livelihoods. The only debate in their minds is how to best squash the problem of BitTorrent.Why BitTorrent Doesn’t Work You can tell the week probably won’t go well when the first email you get on Monday morning comes from a pissed-off rock star, and he’s none too happy with you. But that was my start to the week, as Lowery dropped me a line to bust my balls in a humorous way, as he put it, about BitTorrent Downloads Booming – And Benefitting Musicians. Lowery, whose skills go far beyond music and into mathematics and business – he’s a lecturer in the University of Georgia’s music business program – disputed the very idea that anyone could successfully make a go of using BitTorrent as a way of increasing exposure for musicians.“In particular for the last 18 months I have studied in detail BitTorrent activity for my critically acclaimed cult band Camper Van Beethoven. I also have reams of data on file sharing and searches at Cyberlocker sites. You really think there are no lost sales in BitTorrent activity?” Lowery wrote. “Can I have some of what you are smoking? Why would you search for a song called ‘Take the Skinheads Bowling’ unless you heard the song? There are no current magazine articles on Camper Van Beethoven, TV shows, or mentions on squidbillies. They heard it and they wanted it. Occam’s Razor, dude.”It’s All About The Middle Class In particular, Lowery is very concerned about the “middle class” of artists who are getting the worst hit by illegal file sharing. Big name artists, he argued, can weather lost sales, and smaller artists are busy trying to do anything to catch a break. But the non-superstar successes are getting squeezed hard by file sharing.“You should hang out in a town like Athens, Georgia… where I teach. There are at least 60 small national/regional touring acts, The middle class of the music business. I’ve not met one that is honestly cool with people sharing files instead of buying them,” Lowery stated.So what about artists like Ed Sheeran in the UK, who recently said in a BBC interview, “You can live off your sales and you can allow people to illegally download it and come to your gigs. My gig tickets are £18 and my album is £8, so it’s all relative.” How does this position fit with Lowery’s point of view?“Ed Sheeran clearly has never looked at his own show settlement sheet, if he thinks he’s making 18 pounds a show. He and his touring party is lucky to gross 9 pounds minus management and agent fees (15% and 20% in UK – much higher than US) Then he pays touring expenses. I bet he nets the same or less per fan live than he would from a decent record deal per fan. And of course most artists are lucky if they manage to play for twenty percent of those who bought/”shared” their CD that year,” Lowery replied. “Still he’s in the top tier, so I bet he makes a decent amount of money. For now.“There are no major stars with significant sales that have used BitTorrent. Counting Crows did this year for an EP and then mysteriously pulled out after a couple weeks. No announcement. Totally scrubbed from BitTorrent site. Smells bad,” he added.Creative ConundrumLowery’s experience in the music industry has led him to a pretty pragmatic insight demonstrating that BitTorrent doesn’t really work.“Most artists and labels are not creative thinkers. They follow the latest trend or style cause that’s where the money is. When college radio or Grey’s Anatomy is successful for one artist/label. Everybody tries the exact same thing,” he explained. “If BitTorrent is really is a way for artists/labels to increase revenue they will be on it like a flash mob. That flash mob should have happened by now.”Lowery is certainly not alone in his disapproval of BitTorrent, but he’s no ally of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Lowery’s concern is mostly with that of the musicians like himself. He does, however, get frustrated with what he sees as straw man arguments that paint RIAA as an evil business monstrosity that somehow justifies the practice of illegal downloads.It’s Not Just An RIAA IssueLowery’s concerns are mostly shared by Casey Rae, co-director of the Future of Music Coalition. But their preferred solutions are pretty different. For Lowery, the solution is advocating and creating the environment for an ethical Internet. For Rae and the rest of the FMC, it’s more about creating much easier access to music – so easy, in fact, that the desire to use illegal file sharing will be greatly reduced.“We believe artists should be paid for their work,” Rae explained, and that’s the environment his organization is trying to set up.It’s not particularly easy. The major record labels in the US are still living in the past and their licensing process reflects that. Negotiating digital sales or streaming rights for a music catalog can take up to two years, and labels often want their cash up front.The problem is so acute, Rae added, that when Spotify finally came to the U.S., the Swedish company had to give up some of its own equity to the three major record labels to get them onboard. “The music and motion picture industry are still working under a scarcity model,” Rae lamented. “Unfortunately the Internet doesn’t recognize scarcity.”And Rae does not care for the RIAA’s tactics of litigation and legislation. “We need to wallpaper the Internet with available content.”That available content will probably be streaming content, if Rae’s predictions hold. Even the “traditional” paid download services lie Amazon, Apple and Google are shifting to the cloud model, where local downloads become the backup for the user’s music collection in the cloud.If licensing music can become a more streamlined process, Rae envisions a world where illegal downloads will be pointless, since songs can be easily found and played on demand. Artists and their labels will receive equitable payment, and the wave of illegal piracy should start to subside.The technology is already there. Now it’s a matter for the business processes to catch up.Lead image Courtesy of Shutterstock.Camper Van Beethoven image originally posted to Flickr by Clinton Steeds. It is licensed under the Creative CommonsAttribution 2.0 Generic license. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App brian proffitt Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Tags:#biz#music 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Central Railway PR team wins cricket tie against media team

first_imgMumbai, Jan 4 (PTI) Chief PRO team of Central Railway defeated Railway Reporters team in a cricket match by seven wickets.The CPRO CR team comprising officers and staff of the PR department won the toss and elected to field.Railway Reporters team put up a score of 113 runs in 15 overs losing 8 wickets.The match, played at railway sports ground in presence of senior railway officers, had a nail biting finish with the captain (CPRO) Sunil Udasi hitting the winning shot in the penultimate over.Chief PRO team of CR lifted the trophy winning the match by seven wickets.Ulhas Babre of the CPRO team was awarded Man of the Match for hitting 40 runs off 30 balls, including 4 sixes.D K Sharma, General Manager of Central Railway, who was the chief guest at the award presentation function, lauded the railway teams efforts and appreciated the initiative of the PR dept in organising such event.He announced that such cricket matches would now be held annually.”Such events will not only help in boosting the morale of the employees but will also create a better co-ordination with media,” he said.Senior Deputy General Manager and President of Central Railway Sports Association Ashutosh Gangal, Principal Chief Engineer S K Agarwal, Principal Chief Commercial Manager Shailendra Kumar, Principal Chief Personnel Officer N Swaminathan, Divisional Railway Manager of Mumbai Division S K Jain, Chief Security Commissioner of RPF Atul Shrivastava were present on the occasion. PTI APM NSKlast_img read more