Hero saves therapy horses from Buckweed Fire

first_img“The fire,” said his father and stepmother standing near him. A Valencia resident, Pulsifer has been riding at Heads Up for seven years. At first, he couldn’t get on, walk or groom a horse by himself. Now he does all of that and even teaches other children with special needs how to brush and bathe a horse. “Riding the horses has given him more confidence in himself,” said his father, Rob Pulsifer, 52. Saving the horses With flames approaching, Tindell sent his wife, daughter and son away as he worked to round up the facility’s horses. When he realized he couldn’t do it alone, he ran south on Bouquet Canyon Road and Tindell – who suffers from Parkinson’s disease – fell several times. “The wind blew his cowboy hat off. His hair caught on fire,” Pitchford said. “He put it out with his hands.” Tindell suffered second-degree burns on his back and third-degree burns on his hands and face, she said. A U.S. Forest Service ranger eventually picked him up at Texas Canyon Road and transferred him to an ambulance that took him to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. He was then transferred to the Grossman Burn Center where he is expected to remain for three more weeks undergoing skin grafts. The family’s home was burned and they are staying with relatives. Jim’s brother, Tim Tindell, and some forest rangers were able to get the horses into a safe arena on that fire-filled Sunday. The next day, the horses were rescued by a sheriff’s deputy and others who took them to a temporary site. “It’s called Magic Ranch, which is perfect,” said Michael Holt, 48, president of Heads Up. Special kids Heads Up works with children with a range of special needs, and half of its 75 clients are autistic, Pitchford said. Children are matched with a horse according to their needs and personality. The kids are pushed to do things they might not feel comfortable doing, such as interacting with other riders or stretching to grab a bean bag off the horse’s mane. The Buckweed Fire has done the same thing for the 21-year-old organization. “We were content doing what we were doing,” Holt said. “We got kicked out of our comfort zone.” Organization leaders are now evaluating their next steps. They want to buy the ranch they are occupying temporarily and make it a permanent site. Heads Up also wants to provide free therapy to all children who attend their classes. Currently, if they can pay, they do; if they can’t, they don’t. While group leaders are working on those large-scale goals, they also have short-term ones that need to be accomplished. They have started raising money to help the Tindell family recover. “Heads Up is a big family,” Pitchford said. “It’s not just an organization.” They also need the children to help rehabilitate the horses – brushing, walking, feeding and loving them. On Thursday morning, Chris Pulsifer walked Big Nikki around the arena. Big Nikki, along with Little Niki, Murphy and Gypsy, look skinny, sad and tired. “We really want to spoil them. They deserve the pampering,” Holt said of the horses. “They spent over 24 hours in a forest fire.” [email protected] 661-257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We will be back,” said Nancy Pitchford, 64, the group’s executive director and founder. “We can’t let our kids down. We just can’t.” The organization has moved to a temporary spot in Canyon Country since the fire demolished its horse trailer, a hay barn, the feed room, saddles and the mobile home where Tindell lived with his family. Amid the fray, Gypsy – an 8-year-old quarter-horse pony – was the only horse that was hurt, suffering burns around her eyes, muzzle, back and right rear leg. On Thursday, Pitchford gently held a wet sponge to Gypsy’s nose, preparing to dab on burn cream. As Gypsy was led from the barn, Chris Pulsifer – who is autistic – caught a glimpse of the singed horse. “What happened to his eyes?” the 19-year-old asked. CANYON COUNTRY – On that Sunday as the Buckweed Fire roared closer, Jim Tindell thought of the horses. Manager of a Saugus equestrian facility that helps disabled children, Tindell braved the inferno to round up and rescue the organization’s 12 therapy horses. The Santa Ana-fueled fire left Tindell with second- and third-degree burns and he is now hospitalized at the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital awaiting skin grafts. But while the fire also torched the Heads Up – Therapy With Horses facility in the Angeles National Forest, it hasn’t extinguished the same type of determination that Tindell displayed amid the blazes. last_img read more

Chill Direct: A Farm System For Video Distribution

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… What’s The Competition?Smaller services offering purchasable video and pay-to-view such as VHX and Laffster are growing, while Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video can’t be ignored. Netflix and Hulu stream saleable content and YouTube relies on measly ad sales that reward only huge traffic drivers (see The YouTube Industry Has A Transparency Problem). Norgard called the major players closed platforms, meaning most people aren’t able to get their material into these marketplaces without prior relationships. He says Chill Direct is open to spurring discovery of new talent (the only thing off limits is hardcore sexual content). Just as important, built-in analytics can help creatives take control of their own careers. “To build an actionable marketing plan a creator needs data, pure and simple,” Norgard said. “Studio executives and marketing departments for years have been utilizing costly market research to inform how projects are distributed. Creators will have access to where their audience is coming from, traffic, what’s converting products, who is buying, how many emails they are collecting, and where the audience is located geographically.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting adam popescu Tags:#content#distribution#social video Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… What’s the biggest hurdle to getting people to watch your film or video? Getting it in front of them in the first place. Unfortunately, your options are limited.Chill Direct, a new service from the social-video site Chill, hopes to expand those options and act as a new farm system to get content to TV, theaters and film festivals.If you’re as well-known as rising comic Louis C.K., who has famously parlayed his talent into a successful online special, you can essentially create your own ad-hoc distribution network. Last year, C.K. sold his “Live at the Beacon Theatre” show directly to fans for $5 each. Production costs were a reported $170,000, and the show earned $1.1 million in digital sales. C.K. then resold that content to the FX cable channel, which led to deals with other TV outlets. It was a major coup for the raw comedian and a big shift in thinking about content delivery. Assuming you’re not Louis C.K., you need help from a distributor, preferably one that leaves the bulk of any proceeds in your pocket. Chill Direct is positioning itself to be that kind of distributor.Self-Distribution For Everyone?But is self-distribution even possible for unknowns and aspiring creatives? It is if their content is properly placed in an online storefront with decent traffic – and the creator receives a strong revenue-sharing deal with the provider. At the very least it’s likely to be more lucrative than trying to monetize via pay per clicks ads on YouTube.That’s where Chill Direct comes in. Built around a package of open programming interfaces (APIs), it’s a platform to promote video on a 70/30 price-share basis, “giving creators the ability to distribute video direct to fans,” explained Chill’s co-founder and chief executive, Brian Norgard. The idea is let creatives focus on production, not distribution. A buffet of options include the cost of a site, managing uploads, coding, hosting, email marketing, social and real-time analytics. Plus, creators keep ownership of their content. That means if a third party like HBO wanted to buy thier content, creators aren’t obligated to give Chill a dime. Chill will even take the sold content off its site, as most buyers demand exclusivity. Norgard is confident that leveraging Chill’s 20 million users – plus its $10 million in funding and investors that include Hollywood powerhouse agency William Morris Endeavor – will be the key to helping Chill Direct users get their long-form videos seen. “We’re not starting from scratch. Traffic comes from the existing community, creators promoting their projects and paid media,” he said. Eight projects are on the service right now, two of which are comedy specials; one by Maria Bamford and the other by Ari Shaffir. There’s also the noted YouTube documentary “Please Subscribe.” Norgard wouldn’t comment on how well these projects are selling.Early ReviewsFor filmmakers like Alex Rotaru, the notion of a platform to show and launch his content is very attractive. Rotaru, currently distributing his award-winning documentary film Shakespeare High on the Showtime network, says if Chill Direct works as advertised, it’s the holy grail for independent filmmakers, and a potential new road to festivals and more mainstream screens. “A deep marketing strategy has always been the issue, in my view, with a do-it-yourself model,” Rotaru said. “Because the normal pathways into the studio system or into television are literally so Byzantine, they require all these secret handshakes. The right agent, the right moment, the right festival, the right critic, the right fish for lunch before the screening. It’s really the weakest link of the entire chain, distribution, as far as indie filmmakers.” But LockerGnome founder and prolific YouTuber Chris Pirillo warned that even if it the service can attract exclusive, premium material, the key challenge is convincing viewers to watch. “That’s not always easy for content creators, even the really good ones,” Pirillo said. Yet he acknowledged the value for producers to get paid for their work, an uphill battle in online video. “If this service can make it easier to offer more value to a fan base, it could be a win for content producers.”Another problem is the culture of giving away video, said Drew Baldwin, the founder of Tubefilter. “That’s one of the big challenges here because if there’s an acceptable substitute in terms of entertainment that’s free or ad-supported, it’s going to be very difficult to justify that cost.” But Baldwin added that the rest of the online video world is watching to see if Chill Direct works. “YouTube is in a great position to take advantage of that (model),” he said.  8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Spanish Town Residents to Benefit from Health Fair at St. Catherine High

first_img The all-day event will commence at 9:00 a.m., with persons being screened and counselled for major ailments. This is part of the school’s effort to partner with the communities, according to Principal, Marlon Campbell. More than 3,000 residents in the St. John’s Road area of Spanish Town are expected to benefit from the St. Catherine High School annual health fair, to be held on Friday, March 15. Story Highlights More than 3,000 residents in the St. John’s Road area of Spanish Town are expected to benefit from the St. Catherine High School annual health fair, to be held on Friday, March 15.The all-day event will commence at 9:00 a.m., with persons being screened and counselled for major ailments.This is part of the school’s effort to partner with the communities, according to Principal, Marlon Campbell.He told JIS News that some years ago they experienced almost three break-ins each year, but through the fair and other outreach initiatives by the school with the surrounding communities, over the last four years there has been no such incident at the institution.“We have never felt so close to the community, and it is things like this that we have done that pull the communities so close to us. It tells me that the partnership is rich and real,” Mr. Campbell said.The Principal added that the school wants to uplift the area in the same way that it elevates its students. “We appreciate our communities and they must remain the eyes and ears of the school,” he said.For his part, Coordinator of the event, Jermaine Johnson, said the health fair serves as an educational forum for students, who engage in various sessions throughout the day.He noted that the fair’s theme is ‘Fit Life: Body and Mind’, and the focus will be on encouraging adults and children in the school and the surrounding communities to establish and maintain a healthy physical, spiritual and financial lifestyle.“The aim of our event is to help with primary care, and we want to ensure that we are making a mark in that area, because education is not just about making people ‘bright’ but to ensure that persons are well-rounded,” Mr. Johnson said.He said that the school embraces Christian principles, and is high on caring for others, and this initiative will help in achieving this.Mr. Johnson told JIS News that in addition to the medical entities that will have teams on the school grounds for the event, financial institutions will have representatives present to “guide persons in managing their money”.last_img read more

Conservative leadership contenders make pitches for votes and for the party

first_imgTORONTO – The last time Conservative party faithful gathered en masse in Toronto it was to hear from former leader and prime minister Stephen Harper.On Friday, they met in the same location, this time to hear from the 13 people vying to replace him.Though voting has been underway for weeks and most ballots had already been cast — the winner will be announced Saturday night — some candidates still used their speeches Friday to make last-minute plays for votes.“The key question for this leadership campaign has been which of us can take the very best of those conservative policies that we all believe in and articulate them in a way that resonates with broader Canadians,” said Andrew Scheer, a Saskatchewan MP who is among the front-runners.“I reject the idea that in order to beat the Liberals we need to be more like them.”Another front runner, Maxime Bernier, said not much at all, letting a video of his supporters do most of the talking as they spoke about why they back his campaign and its central focus on removing government involvement in business.Others fine-tuned their messages; Michael Chong dropped all references to his plan for a price on carbon from his final speech, focusing instead on his economic promises.Lisa Raitt said what she wanted to ask for wasn’t votes, but party unity.“When we focus on providing an effective alternative to the Liberals, we govern,” she said.“When we focus on providing effective alternatives to each other, the Liberals get a free ride.”Attacks on the Liberals were a clear theme to all the speeches, starting with none other than the event’s master of ceremonies, Caroline Mulroney.The daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney was once rumoured to be seeking leadership herself.“Who would want to run for the dad’s old job?” she quipped, a dig at Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose father Pierre was also prime minister.Whomever does win the leadership is expected to sit down with caucus as soon as Monday morning to rally the troops and begin the long road to the 2019 election.The Conservatives saw themselves reduced to 99 seats in 2015 and all but shut out of urban Canada.Among their heaviest losses were in the Toronto-area, and it was there in the waning days of the last campaign the Tories held an event in the same Toronto Congress Centre they gathered in Friday.The hosts? The Ford brothers — Rob, the controversial mayor of the city and his brother Doug, who used their considerable electoral clout to rally the party for the final Ontario campaign spot of 2015.But that the notoriously tough-on-crime Harper would allow his campaign to be linked with the Fords, given Rob’s drug-using past, was seen by many at the time as an ill-conceived and last-ditch attempt to save Toronto seats.Harper would go on to lose the election, and resign as leader, just days later. He was the party’s first chief, elected easily in the 2004 leadership race, but chose not to attend the weekend event, though his son Ben was present.Many candidates have stood by Harper during this leadership race, taking issue not with him but with the party’s style in 2015.Erin O’Toole said what Conservatives need now isn’t a fixer, but a champion.“We need a strong and forward-thinking leader who respects our grassroots and builds a strong team that includes all voices in all parts of the country,” he said.Still, the populist passion the Ford brothers brought to bear that night in 2015 hasn’t dissipated entirely.Candidate Kellie Leitch was one of several contenders for leadership who campaigned using similar populist themes; indeed, for a time her campaign manager was the same person who helped Rob Ford secure his mayoral victory.For Leitch, the fact she could garner so much support for her platform positions on screening newcomers for Canadian values and a stricter immigration policy is proof Canadians want to be having those conversations.“Millions of Canadians say they are proud of their nation and they are proud of their values and they want them protected, she said in her speech.“But time and time again the elites have rejected that message — they have said to speak of values is to be intolerant.”Just over 259,000 people bought party memberships in order to be eligible to vote in the race. Polls will close at 4 p.m. E.T. on Saturday and the first results are expected shortly before six.last_img read more