August 26, 2012 |
"The Arab World Unbound: Tapping Into the Power of 350 Million Consumers" opens in a Hezbollah-controlled grocery shop in south Beirut, where people are drinking Red Bull. From there on, it just gets better and better. Most of us know the Middle East and North Africa only from what we see on our television screens and read in the newspapers. The daily tale of riots and protests, bombs and bullets can leave us feeling profoundly depressed about the entire region and its prospects.
October 28, 2012 |
When Andrew Conru founded a dating website called FriendFinder, he soon became frustrated by users uploading explicit videos. Conru spent many hours deleting clips of home pornography before realizing he had stumbled by chance on a profitable niche. He renamed the site Adult FriendFinder and later sold it for a reported $500 million. The role of simple luck in success is a fashionable topic. Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, concluded recently that there was little to learn from profiles of companies and chief executives, because their triumphs were more a case of serendipity than good judgment.
February 21, 2014 |
Now, how to get to 10,000 to 15,000 steps a day? Experts advise sprinkling activity throughout the day. So here's just one strategy: 1. Strap on the fitness tracker immediately after waking. 2. Make it a point to look at your fitness tracker every hour on the hour, beginning one hour after you awake. 3. Aim to get 800 to 1,000 steps in by the start of every new hour. (That might not happen, but the goal will help you scout opportunities to fit in steps.) 4. If necessary, play "catch up" by getting in a few hundred steps before work, at lunch, after work and when you get home.
February 26, 2004 |
In basketball, free throws can make the difference in a game. In hockey, the power play provides the perfect chance for a team to attack an opponent's goal. Similarly, the water polo teams that take advantage of their six-on-five opportunities tend to enjoy the most success. Consider Chino Hills Ayala, which recently beat La Canada, 11-1, in a girls' playoff game. The Bulldogs scored six times in eight man-advantage chances and limited their opponent to one goal in 13 similar situations.
February 2, 2013 |
One is the reigning Major League Soccer most valuable player and the other should have won the award a year earlier. One leads the league in scoring over the last three seasons while the other leads the league in assists. But accolades and gaudy numbers aren't the only things Chris Wondolowski and Brad Davis share. Because despite their offensive prowess, neither has gotten much of a look from a U.S. national team that has often had trouble scoring. Wondolowski, 30, invited to his second consecutive winter training camp this year, played only sparingly in three friendlies for the U.S. in 2012.
May 19, 1991
Ruben Navarrette Jr. writes an impassioned piece in support of affirmative action ("If You Hadn't Been Mexican," Opinion, May 12). Along the way, he cites incidents that support his appeal, but somehow overlooks those that might embarrass it. Whites with inferior grades blaming him for not being admitted to college have never been a threat to affirmative action. It is whites who are rejected for reasons other than grades who have called the concept into question, as Allan Bakke showed in 1978.