The Miami drug trade no longer needs go-fast boats or drug mules. New drug dealers are using the Internet. These tech-savvy dealers order from overseas suppliers with just a few mouse clicks and pay with simple money transfers. In Blood Under the Sun: Miami’s New Drug Trade, the Miami Herald’s reporters explore new models for doing drug business in the digital age.
By Alex Lawson
Britain has spawned a surprising number of entrepreneurs who have struck it rich with compelling ideas for new businesses. Successes range from an on-line beauty products retailer, to a dog food company catering to dog-loving Britons (tails.com), to TrialReach that is helping patients find clinical trials that could be a lifesaver. In Britain’s Brightest Entrepreneurs, some of the best new business ideas uncovered by the Business reporters of the Independent are presented in a collection of stories.
The 2006 season for the storied Miami Hurricanes proved to be one of the worst for the program in three decades. Finishing with a 6-6 record, the fall of the most successful college football program of the past 25 years was one of the biggest stories in collegiate football. The season was the culmination of a gradual decline since the Hurricanes won their fifth national championship in 2001. In each year since, Miami seems to have regressed in terms of national stature, going from the undefeated national championship in 2001 to falling from the AP Top 25 in 2006 for the first time in 10 seasons. In this book, Barry Jackson chronicles the rise and fall of this great football program.
By Oliver Poole
There is an elephant poaching crisis in Africa that threatens the magnificent animal with extinction. But the tide is beginning to turn. Countries affected have begun to coordinate a reaction to this crisis. The Giants Club was founded by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, with the presidents of Botswana, Gabon, and Uganda, with support from Space for Giants and its patron, Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the Independent and Evening Standard newspapers. “Giants Club” is a special section of the Independent introduced as a platform for telling the stories that are turning the tide in this battle against man’s greed and disregard for our planet. The best of those stories by Independent journalists are included in this book.
In View Across the Pond, David Usborne takes a witty and insightful look at US politics and life in America. In this collection of articles from The Independent, the European perspective on Election 2016 provides a new look at America choosing its 45th president.
By Elina Diaz
Color Los Angeles the way you want to see it... Color your journey through the City of Angeles. Color elaborately hand drawn pen and ink illustrations of the most iconic destinations in LA.,―from The Hollywood sign to the Walk of Fame, down through Griffith Observatory and across the boulevard, enjoy all the treasures this city has to offer. Each page contains facts about the history of Tinseltown, so regardless if you’re a neighbor to the president or a first time visitor to the west coast, you'll have your own relaxing coloring experience for years to come.
“Voices in Danger” is a special section of the Independent introduced as a platform for telling the stories of journalists around the world killed, kidnapped, jailed or threatened just for doing their jobs. The Independent owner, Evgeny Lebedev personally experienced the horror when his father’s Russian newspaper, Novaya Gazeta had five staff killed in recent years. In this Independent Print Limited edition, reporters of the Independent tell the sometimes brutal stories of their brave colleagues, in the hope that their experiences can make a difference.
By David Ovalle
Blurb/Description They pumped iron, co-owned a tattoo shop, drove fancy cars and chased an array of party girls — all while, prosecutors say, secretly importing club drugs from shady Chinese labs and enlisting a crew of well-placed associates: Their sexual conquests wired money overseas and picked up shipments; strippers and at least one DJ peddled pills that brought in millions of dollars. “Brothers in Arms and Drugs” details the story of an ex-Marine and Army intelligence specialist, caught up in the Miami drugs and sex world, who built one of the largest Molly rings in Miami’s history.
Coyote Peterson’s… Bravest Animal Adventures chronicles some of the wildest encounters Coyote Peterson has had with wildlife over the course of his life. The stories begin with his first snapping turtle catch at the age of 8 years old and lead down a trail of incredible moments he and his camera crew have had while filming their Brave Wilderness Shows. From a giant alligator that nearly caught Coyote in its bone crushing jaws, to a 700lb Grizzly Bear that helped Coyote teach the audience what to do and NOT do if you ever encounter one of these enormous predators in the wild. Each and every tale is laced with fast paced action and daring adventure as Coyote, driven by a natural curiosity and love for animals, gets dangerously close to these incredible creatures. This collection of short stories aims to inspire a healthy dose of adventure and a fascination with wildlife for children of all ages. While the danger is eminent for Coyote, each story reminds the reader that animals rule the wild places of this planet and as long as we respect them from a safe distance even the most frightening of creatures are more likely to be afraid of us than we should ever be of them. Be Brave… Stay Wild!
By Susyn Reeve
Do you feel that something is holding you back? Do you realize it could be you, unaware that old resentments are blocking you from the fullness of your being? Heart-Healing: The Power of Forgiveness and Letting Go teaches you how to put compassion and unconditional love into action in a practical, easy and lasting way. Susyn Reeve explores the many areas of our lives where forgiveness is needed. Some of these topics get right to the core of your inner self, addressing life challenges; others may be surprising, and many may have gone unnoticed in your life - until now. Within this book, you will find great opportunities for real and transformational growth. Each chapter includes stories, exercises, and affirmations to help free you from any resentment and anger you may be holding towards yourself or others. This “psychological clutter” of old resentments and grudges can canker the soul; hatred and anger blocks love and light. And that holds you back. Susyn Reeve, an interfaith minister who apprenticed under Don Miguel Ruiz, takes readers through a process of heart-healing: looking at old grievances and wounds, childhood programming, memories of being bullied, relationships with family, friends, break-ups and divorces, betrayal and work issues, and all of these events which bruise us in our day-to-day life. She also addresses pain and sadness caused by global issues and crises that effect our community. Reeve shares her own 9/11 story and how that galvanized her to help others. Written in her wise and warm trademark style, Reeve’s book is an insightful, inspiring, refreshingly honest, and practical guide to living a life of contentment, connection and long-overdue joy. The helpful and hopeful advice and practices on these pages add up to a transformative journey to peace of mind and whole-heartedness. Susyn does not gloss over life’s pain and struggles but shows us how to use them to embrace new perspectives and possibilities.
How to Self-Publish for Under $100 is THE bible for getting published. Publishing expert an author, Cinquanta Cox-Smith offers all her tips and tricks for self-publishing on a reasonable budget for content creators who don't have a publishing deal, but who have a nice following on their social platform. This is the beginning, middle and end to getting your manuscript out in the market and producing residual income.
Chef Richard Ingraham has been NBA star Dwyane Wade’s personal chef for more than a decade. The Miami native is also a Chopped contender and the founder of the private chef network, ChefRLI, which caters to professional athletes. Now this chef to star athletes is ready to share the secrets of cooking for a peak performance lifestyle. He’s worked with several top tier athletes in all the major sports including Asante Samuels, Santana Moss, Antrel Rolle and Michael Oher from the National Football League, Manny Machado and Jon Jay from Major League Baseball and from the NBA Patrick Ewing, John Wall and of course, Dwyane Wade. Chef RLI has also worked with top entertainers such as Gabrielle Union and Kelly Rowland. The company’s corporate clients include the Food Network and Walmart. Chef Richard’s book is designed for those who want to change their diet for peak performance whether that be at the gym or the office. This is an insider’s guide to how it really happens. Step-by-step in 90 recipes he will show the CrossFit enthusiast, the working mom and the weekend golfer how to eat for optimum performance because he knows all of the secrets, and it’s not all kale smoothies and grilled chicken. In addition to his recipes, Chef Richard will share what he’s learned about eating well to live well throughout his career from his parents and grandparents, who were his first culinary instructors, to his celebrity clients. Readers will get advice on how changing what you put in your body will change what you put out into the universe and make you feel better physically and emotionally. It’s not just about making sure you get the right mix of veggies and carbs. This is about feeding your spirit as well. Chef Richard is serving up recipes for life.
This book fills the gap for 20 million queer Americans where 90% of the current queer nonfiction titles are predominantly by and about white, educated, upper middle class LGBTQ artists and icons, mostly gay men. Global figures, diverse representatives, Lesbians, disabled, gender fluid, working class artists, icons and, especially, everyday heroes are left out of the portrait. Most collections highlight research and feature dead heroes. Only Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes crossed over into bestseller status, cutting across race, class and sexual orientation in its readership. This collection is based on actual interviews with real stories and direct quotes. The subjects are leading successful, happy and fulfilling lives. Readers can see themselves in the featured LGBTQ icons, from the highest-ranking Lesbian at IBM to the Argentinian baker in Oakland, from the Maori Olympic rugby player and New Zealand MP to the African American choreographer from a potato sharecropping family, from the former president of the L.A.F.D. Women Firefighters to the Dutch-Spanish firefighter in the UK, from the Kansas gay dads to the Mexican American founder of a nonprofit to help queers stop smoking, from the first openly Lesbian Bishop of a major Christian religion to a Cuban immigrant inaugural poet, from the owner of the London gay bookshop featured in the film, PRIDE, to the first Transgender Member of Parliament in the world, and so on. This is what makes my book original. It’s one of the only books of its kind on the current amazon.com list of Top 25 Gay & Lesbian History Books and Nonfiction bestsellers. These are the “happy ending” stories queer readers and their allies crave. On a global scale, the awareness of the broad swath of LGBTQ artists, icons, everyday heroes and their contributions is often limited. This book brings those global role models out of the shadows for the gay boy in Ireland being bullied in his all-boys Catholic school or the Ugandan Lesbian fearing rape or worse in a country that outlaws homosexuality. With the Internet and e-books, nonfiction queer titles can find their way into the 73 countries where queers risk imprisonment for the crime of being queer or the 13 states where being gay brings the death penalty. For all our advances, American queer youth are still 4 times more likely to attempt suicide as their straight peers (The Trevor Project, 2016). In America, queer youth make up 40% of the homeless population compared to 7% of the straight population (True Colors Fund, 2016). Studies are limited, but most indicate that substance abuse among LGBTQ Americans is 20-30% higher than the general population. From the Book: "This book will touch hearts and save lives. This book will encourage queer youth, college students and adults to pursue their dreams. I’m writing this book to inspire and embolden the next generation of queer youth, adults and allies around the world. I want American queers to realize on a visceral level that the fight for global LGBTQ rights, as well as gay rights in the U.S., is not over. I don’t want LGBTQ young professionals to experience what I did as a closeted Lesbian in a corporation where it was literally dangerous to come out. In one of my Persuasive Speaking classes at HP, one of my students, a highly educated white American engineer, delivered a speech justifying murder for only 5 crimes, one of which was homosexuality. At another company, I was OUTed by a former friend and colleague and subsequently fired by a Southern “cracker” CEO. A labor lawyer advised that I had no recourse since I was not OUT and couldn’t prove that this was a targeted “layoff.” The next corporate job, I was OUT to my department, but not to the salespeople I was training around the world. When the secretary OUTed me to the entire building at corporate headquarters, I had recourse with my boss and HR and was, subsequently, promoted and the secretary moved to another building with a stern warning. When I first met my Kiwi wife, she was not a citizen and we couldn’t marry in the U.S. This caused us to make all kinds of jujitsu moves; from becoming Civil Union partners in New Zealand to carrying Power of Attorney papers everywhere we went to paying extraordinary taxes and tax preparation fees because we could not marry. That was not that long ago: Marriage Equality was just won in the U.S. Supreme Court on Jun. 26, 2015."
Sex is always hot. Other people's lusty antics even hotter. This book pulls back the curtains on a dizzying array of hilarious stereotype-busting sexual mores from around the world. It is joyful, deliciously outrageous, titillating, hilarious. The fact that it's all true makes it even more fascinating. It takes the ever-intriguing question “What is ‘normal’ sex?” and creates a rollicking worldwide tour with LOL perspectives on extraordinary sexual mores. It will astound you, regale you, blow you away. At the same time, it expands your tolerance, proving sex is like happiness – universally sought but subjectively enjoyed.
When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in South Africa’s brutal Robben Prison, he tirelessly turned to the poem Invicitus. The inspirational verse was by the Victorian William Ernest Henley, penned on the occasion of the amputation of his leg. Still I Rise takes its title from a work by Maya Angelou and it resonates with the same spirit of an unconquerable soul, a woman who is captain of her fate. Just as Invicitus brought solace to generations so does the contemporary classic. It embodies the strength of character of the women profiled. Each chapter will outline the fall and rise of great ladies who smashed all obstacles, rather than let all obstacles smash them. The book offers hope to those undergoing their own Sisyphean struggles. The intrepid women are the antithesis of the traditional damsels in distress; rather than waiting for the prince they took salvation into their own hands. Women celebrated in the book include Madame C. J. Walker-first female American millionaire, Aung San Suu Kyi-Burma’s first lady of freedom, Betty Shabazz-civil rights activist, Nellie Sachs-Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize recipient, Selma Lagerlof-first woman Nobel Laureate, Fannie Lou Hamer-American voting rights activist, Bessie Coleman-first African-American female pilot, Wilma Randolph-first woman to win three gold medals, Sonia Sotomayor-first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, Wangari Maathai-Nobel Prize winner, Winnifred Mandela-freedom fighter, Lois Wilson-founder of Al-Anon, Roxanne Quimby-co-founder of Burt’s Bees. From the Book: "Still I Rise Maya Angelou, 1928 - 2014 You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise. You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise. I rise I rise I rise."
We live in a digital world that we weren't prepared for. From currency to memories, everything is digital today. The endless information, creativity, businesses (and cat videos) online is mesmerizing. With all this knowledge at our fingertips, it’s no wonder small business are popping up at an alarming rate. Content creation through sites like YouTube, Tumblr and Periscope are changing the landscape. And the monetization of this art adds to the confusion of what is yours and how you need to protect it. In her new book, The Law of Creativity: Think Like an Artist, Protect Like a Lawyer, author and attorney Rachel Brenke breaks down the legal and creative blend that it takes to find success in your new business. Whether you’re starting a blog, vlog or brick and mortar, Brenke explains the highs and lows that you need to brace yourself for.
By Marc Silber
In Advancing Your Photography, Silber provides the definitive handbook that will take you through the entire process of becoming an accomplished photographer. From teaching you the basics to exploring the stages of the cycle of photography, Silber makes it so you can master the art form. Purposefully compact, this handbook is meant to fit in your camera bag as it will be your guide and coach as you expand your artistic endeavor. Photography and the technology associated with it is constantly evolving, but the fundamentals remain the same. Advancing Your Photography will carry you forward in a lifetime of pursuing the art and chairmanship of photography. What you’ll learn from this book: * The top tips for making outstanding photographs from Ansel Adams and other top photographers — with many examples and step by steps to implement * How to put this advice into use and train your eye to see composition with emotional impact * Know and master the key points of operating your camera like a pro * How to capture remarkable photographs with more tips from the pros * How to process your images to professional standards From the book: "What makes this books so powerful is that I have been able to distill from my 1000s of hours of interviews with top photographers high level knowledge, that would take decades to acquire — but I have presented this knowledge in a way that even a new photographer can grasp and put right to work. If someone applies themselves and rolls up their sleeves, with this handbook, they can become an excellent photographer and make photographs that they and others will love."
By Joel Strong
Overflowing with striking photography and essays, Big Head, Big City…New York exposes the celebrity of New York like never before. Kardashian’s dancing in Hell’s Kitchen, Trump and Hillary flirting in Central Park, and Amy Poehler jamming with the guys from N.W.A are only the beginning of this underbelly of New York City’s most glamorous, self-important residents. Where Humans of New York captured the heart-wrenching pulse of Manhattan, Big Head, Big City….New York uncovers its hilarious spirit. A city spewing with celebrity, it was only a matter of time before these acts were captured. Clever, comical and, creative, these celebrities simply can’t help but get caught in these unflattering situations. Joel Strong’s art project started out simple: hold tiny cut-outs of Leonardo DiCaprio stills from the 90s over strangers’ faces and Instagram it—“A sort Humans of New York meets BOP Magazine,” as he puts it. His love for everything social—social media, human interaction, celebrity, and fashion—is evident in each post, but there’s also something refreshingly intriguing about the canvas of the art project itself. While most are posting photos of their gourmet meal at wherever (who cares?), or boring (and borderline sociopathic) selfies, Joel Strong’s mydaywithleo unwittingly advises you to retire your narcissistic ploys and start thinking deeper—but not too deep. Called “a genius” by Pop Up Magazine, Strong has emerged as one of the top social media artists and his singular POV and style is refreshingly quirky.