November 16

What happened to Van der Sar?

first_imgEdwin van der Sar Ajax CEO Van der Sar & Co face watershed season Peter McVitie Last updated 2 years ago 19:00 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Edwin van der Sar Getty Ajax Manchester United Premier League Eredivisie Opinion The 46-year-old has risen from marketing director to CEO at the Amsterdam club, but his reputation is at risk after the club’s questionable decisions As one of the most iconic goalkeepers football has ever seen, Edwin van der Sar made a career of being a reliable guardian and leader.The 1.97m tall Dutchman enjoyed an incredible 26-year long career that saw him win, among others, two Champions League titles, four Eredivisie and Premier League crowns, the UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup as well as reaching the World Cup semi-finals with his country.Ajax 6/4 to win Eredivisie Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Always a safe pair of hands throughout his spells at Ajax, Juventus, Fulham and Manchester United, he has looked to continue that tone into his post-playing career, and in a much bigger role, too.Now the CEO of the club that gave him his professional debut at the age of 20 – the first of 312 games for them – the 46-year-old is tasked with leading Ajax back to the heights they last reached while he was still wearing the jersey.As was the case in his goalkeeping days, Van der Sar’s journey to the top of the administrative ladder was relatively short. Rather than walk into a coaching role when he stopped playing, he had always wanted to follow a different path.GFX Info Edwin van der Sar quoteJust 18 months after he ended his career with a Champions League final at Wembley, he was made Ajax’s marketing director and his influence has grown from there, becoming CEO four years later.It was a direct result of the massive overhaul of the club that Johan Cruyff had led in the year prior, calling for Ajax people to take on administrative jobs to ensure all decisions are made in the interest of sporting achievement.A “Technical Heart” had been installed to protect the club’s philosophy; ensuring the team adhere to their iconic style while maintaining a healthy belief in youth by making good use of the academy and scouting network.It is “the most important organ for football decisions”, Van der Sar says and as its chairman, he works alongside fellow main figures Marc Overmars, director of player policy, Dennis Bergkamp, an assistant with a powerful but blurry role, and head of the youth academy Said Ouali.Five months after they reached their first European final in 21 years and with the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Justin Kluivert, Kasper Dolberg, Frenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek causing a great deal of excitement, Van der Sar and the technical staff’s stock should be higher than ever. However, things have quickly taken a bad turn in Amsterdam and the legendary figures find themselves under fire.The departure of Peter Bosz just weeks after their return to the big stage led to the latest instalment of a recurring soap opera behind the scenes at Ajax. Unhappy with his assistants, Bosz wanted to make changes to his background staff for the 2017-18 campaign.Van der Sar and Bergkamp, who had lost his place on the bench with Bosz’s arrival, were reluctant for the technical heart to relinquish that control of the first team and the situation turned into a stand-off with the club when Borussia Dortmund’s offer arrived. Although Overmars wanted Bosz to stay, the others were happy for him to go and immediately wanted Marcel Keizer to succeed him after an impressive season with Jong Ajax.”There was an insurmountable difference of opinion,” the former goalkeeper said of Bosz’s departure.”We have chosen for the long term. We have a goal as a club, which we want to reach in a certain way. We did not have the Cruyff revolution for nothing.”It only exacerbated claims of a ruinous fraternal atmosphere among the key decision makers, however, as it became unclear as to whose “long term” interests they were acting on behalf – the club’s or their own.Despite an underwhelming coaching career before his impressive sole season in charge of the reserves, Keizer was given the nod. Where Van der Sar and Bergkamp lost an adversary, they gained an ally.“He knows the players, the organisation and stands behind the philosophy of the club,” the CEO said. “Furthermore, he showed promise last season with a clear playing style. With excellent and varied training, he visibly made the players better.”The technical heart were the only ones truly convinced. Ajax fans found it hard to get excited about the appointment and the poor transfer window followed by the elimination from the qualifying rounds of the Champions and Europa Leagues, leaving them without European football for the first time in 50 years, has only increased animosity.This season’s start is worse than that under Bosz, but whereas rumours of a possible sacking were circulating at this time last year, there are not even such threats to Keizer’s role. Instead, it is the Technical Heart who will take the brunt of the outcome of this season. According to De Telegraaf, the club are set to investigate Van der Sar’s role and whether he should hold such influence in the technical staff.“I didn’t study marketing for four years at university or make my way up through Unilever or Coca Cola but what I am used to is having 75,000 people judging every save and every mistake I make – that’s real pressure,” Van der Sar said when his appointment as marketing director was met with scepticism.Edwin van der SarEdwin van der SarBut there’s more than just pressure to leading a club and Van der Sar faces nowhere near the same level of transparency and scrutiny in his current role, which is infinitely more difficult to evaluate than saving the decisive penalty in a Champions League final for Manchester United.The atmosphere within Ajax seems heavily political and one where loyalty and submission to the system is rewarded. Keizer’s appointment is the latest glaring example.Dissenting voices have been cast aside before in public spats, and, left to it, the technical heart has been underwhelming in handling of scouting, transfers and general organisation. Although Frank de Boer brought four straight league titles, he and his side regressed in the final years and it was not until Bosz’s arrival that things picked up. Even their transfers became more considered and effective.In bringing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Siem de Jong back this summer, this summer’s flagship signings can only be seen as myopic and a hark back to the old days, given the duo were Ajax team-mates in 2008.They failed to address several key areas in the squad and were not prepared for the sale of Davinson Sanchez to Tottenham, despite immense interest from Europe’s top sides throughout the campaign.Beyond their Europa League final, the biggest positive for Ajax has been the incredible transfer fees they have recouped for the likes of Arkadiusz Milik (€34 million), Davy Klaassen (€27m) and Davinson Sanchez (€40m) among others in recent years.After the promise of last season, Ajax are even further from the European summit they are looking to return to and many of the issues facing the club are beyond Van der Sar’s control, and having passed up on the chance to progress with Bosz, Ajax’s technical heart has its reputation riding on Keizer. And the outcome will reflect more heavily on the CEO than anyone else.last_img read more

November 14

Apathy at Arsenal continues despite win

first_imgPremier League Laboured Arsenal edge Stoke as apathy in the stands continues Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 22:51 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Arsenal celebrate vs Stoke Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Arsenal v Stoke City Stoke City The apathetic home support let out boos of frustration at half time with Arsenal having one eye on their Europa League tie Arsene Wenger’s voice returned just in time for Arsenal’s clash with Stoke, in what felt like a dead rubber exhibition encounter at times.The Frenchman couldn’t fulfil his usual pre-match press conference and matchday programme duties due to falling ill earlier this week, with assistant manager Steve Bould using the opportunity to back the Frenchman by claiming he is “hungrier than ever” to win.Arsenal’s first half performance was laboured, dull and witnessed by a frustrated home support in a once again under capacity crowd. The excuses made for the empty seats in recent weeks have included the bad weather and public transport issues, but while it may have been Easter Sunday there can be no doubt that the home supporters are beginning to grow weary of the gradual decline that has gripped the Emirates Stadium over the past two seasons. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Gunners certainly put in the kind of display to suggest they have one eye on Thursday’s Europa League quarter final against CSKA Moscow but a clinical second half performance, including two penalties, guided Arsenal to three points which may end up having little relevance to their hopes of finishing in the top four come May.Indeed, Wenger and Bould have already mentioned that Champions League qualification via the league remains extremely unlikely, meaning the two legged affair against CSKA takes even more priority next week.Apathy has become the word of the season among the red side of north London. Empty seats, banners and rants on social media have become commonplace over the past few months and the sterile atmosphere is a sign of the times.Asked about the atmosphere after the game, Aaron Ramsey insisted that it didn’t affect the players despite audible boos ringing out at half-time.”It was alright. We don’t let that affect us,” he said. “They were behind us, they frustrated in first half, as were we. They stuck with us.”Those boos of frustration and disappointed murmurs are likely to continue even if Arsenal progress in the Europa League. They need to keep pace with the teams around them but the fact that Wenger has already resigned his side to not being able to qualify for the Champions League through a top four finish makes the domestic end to the season an almost thankless task.”They will be back on Thursday, don’t worry,” said Wenger in response to a question about the many empty seats on show. “It’s explainable by the fact that it’s Easter. It’s just down to the fact that we don’t fight for the Championship.”Thursday’s Europa League tie will test Wenger’s theory as to why the fans have kept away from the home Premier League games in recent weeks, but it seems to show no sign of improvement even when Arsenal win as shown in the past two games.Wenger’s own future will be called into question when the season ends and it’s likely that the decision on where he’ll be next season will be based on if he can take his team to Lyon and win the Europa League in May. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

October 24

Refreshing Renovations: A Guide to Today’s Hottest Styles for the Home

first_img How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness You’ll Never Have to Pivot a Sofa Again Thanks to Ikea’s Newest Collection Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. Trying to style your home in a more sleek, masculine way but not sure how to achieve the look you want? We’ve got you covered with this guide to three of the most popular interior design styles for men.MinimalismWhat it isMinimalism is exactly what it sounds like — simple spaces with minimal color, patterns, or accessories. Nature is the artwork in Minimalist designs. Rooms are often painted white with white furniture arranged to face a wall of windows, allowing the focus to be on the beauty of the surrounding landscape.Though Minimalism’s focus is on less, that doesn’t mean living like a broke college student. Minimalist interiors feature high-end finishes — exotic wood flooring, white leather sofas, stone covered feature walls, and custom lighting. Check out JM Architecture’s Lake Lugano House for a jaw-dropping example of just how beautiful a Minimalist home can be.Jacopo Mascheroni’s Lake Lugano HouseOf all the interior design styles, Minimalism is the most meditative. It allows for contemplation and a releasing of possessions, while also understanding that life is about quality over quantity.Why it’s the right style for youFar from cold and boring, Minimalism is a sleek style that is perfect for any guy seeking an upscale look. The bright whites contrasting with deep blacks and touches of stainless steel or polished woods all combine to create a luxurious feel. Minimalism is also ideal for anyone seeking a calm space in which to unwind after a hectic day at the office — no loud colors, bold patterns, or accessories to visually overwhelm you.Shop the LookMinimalism may be about high-end finishes, but it is possible to achieve this style on a budget. Installing laminate Brazilian walnut instead of real wood flooring provides the same look at half the price. Shopping from websites like Article can also save you money as they eliminate the middleman and sell directly to consumers. Their Cube sofa is ideal for a Minimalist space and one-third the price of buying it from a showroom. Pair it with their Amoeba Wild Walnut coffee table and Stilt Floor Lamp in white to complete the look. Remember, with Minimalism, less is more so you don’t need to go overboard with the accessorizing.Cube Quartz White Modular Sofa by ArticleModernismWhat it isIn the design world, Modernism refers to the timeless style of the mid-20th-century. However, people use the word “modern” and “contemporary” (its own distinct style) interchangeably, so you’ll often see Modernism spelled out as “Mid-Century Modern.”Modernism was all about bringing the outdoors in and simplifying your life. Its distinctive look incorporated open floor plans, lots of natural light, light woods, and innovative materials like molded plastic. From Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair to Florence Knoll’s iconic lounge seating collection, many of the most famous names and furniture designs came from the Modernist movement.Why it’s the right style for youAre you afraid of bold colors? Modernism has you covered with its muted, calming colorway — no bright, in-your-face colors. Modernism also brought us sleek-lined, low profile furniture, which helps create an open feel even if you don’t have an open floor plan. Where Minimalism is about very little accessorizing, Modernism is about thoughtful accessorizing. It’s a chance for you to showcase that one beautiful piece of artwork that you splurged on or to display souvenirs from your travels.Shop the LookFranklin Sofa by JoybirdJoybird is the place to create a Modern home. They have everything you need, from seating to storage to accessories. Want real vintage furniture for your vintage look? Chairish’s extensive, curated collection of like-new vintage pieces will give you that authentic, Mid-Century vibe. Love Florence Knoll’s Sofa but don’t have a spare $11,000 to spend? Joybird’s Franklin Sofa gets you nearly the same look for 1/10th the price. Try it in one of their classic Modern colors like Bella Forest green. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can pair the sofa with Joybird’s Pring Area Rug in orange. The muted, barely orange ton of the rug complements the deep green of the sofa. Finish the space with their Auden Media Console in walnut – the silver door pulls coordinate with the legs of the sofa and the warm wood grain adds a touch of nature that all Modern spaces crave.UrbanismWhat it isUrbanism (also called Industrial or Urban Industrial) is a distinctly masculine, gritty style. Think exposed brick, 100-year-old hardwood, lots of concrete, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Warehouses converted to living spaces with wide open floor plans, exposed Edison bulbs, and stainless steel appliances all combine to create the Millennial man’s ideal city dwelling.But it’s not all rough, unfinished surfaces. Urbanism also features upholstered seating, fluffy bedding, kilim patterned area rugs, and plenty of plants to add life to the space.One of the keys to Urbanism is repurposing old objects into new furniture, like turning a reclaimed rolling cart into a coffee table or creating a nightstand from concrete blocks, the way The New Design Project did in their NYC apartment.The New Design Project Upper East Side New York City Apartment / Photo by Alan GastelumWhy it’s the right style for youThis style is super low maintenance (have you ever heard anyone complain about their ‘dirty’ exposed brick walls?). Urbanism also gives you that city living feel, even if you don’t live in the city. An Urban Industrial home is just the right combination of unfinished and warm — a unique pairing that makes for a welcoming space.Shop the LookFroy has a vast collection of Urban Industrial furniture, lighting, storage, and home accents. Their pieces are the right amount of rugged with a touch of sleek sophistication. All coordinate well together, making it easy to create a cohesive Urban Industrial look throughout your home. Build your Urban bedroom by starting with their Bren Platform Bed – the frame is the perfect combination of natural raw wood and brushed metal. Froy’s Bedouin Thebes Rug in Deep Rust adds a touch of softness that all bedrooms need while bringing in dark, masculine colors in a trendy kilim pattern. Their Elway Adjustable Tripod Floor Lamp in black is a unique piece that will round out the urban industrial look. The Best Small-Space Furniture for Living Tiny Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

October 18

Kristen was told to hide sexuality to get Marvel movie

first_imgLos Angeles: Twilight star Kristen Stewart says she was advised not to hold hands with her girlfriend in public if she wanted to land a role in a Marvel movie. “I have fully been told, ‘If you just like do yourself a favour, and don’t go out holding your girlfriend’s hand in public, you might get a Marvel movie’. I don’t want to work with people like that,” Stewart said, in an interview to Harper’s Bazaar. Stewart, who famously dated her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson, explained why she wants to be open about her sexuality. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”I think I just wanted to enjoy my life. And that took precedence over protecting my life, because in protecting it, I was ruining it. Like what, you can’t go outside with who you’re with? You can’t talk about it in an interview?” she wondered. There are people in the world who don’t like you, and they don’t like that you date girls, and they don’t like that you don’t identify as a quote unquote ‘lesbian’, but you also don’t identify as a quote unquote ‘hetero-sexual’. And people like to know stuff, so what the f*** are you?” Stewart added. The actor, who is dating screenwriter Dylan Meyer, says people are becoming more “ambiguous” and feel it’s a “gorgeous thing”, according to a report in mirror.co.uk. Stewart stars in Amazon Studios’ forthcoming film “Seberg,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival over the weekend, and will appear in Sony’s “Charlie’s Angels,” out November 15.last_img read more

October 13

Fewer affected in Marriott hack but passports a red flag

first_imgBETHESDA, Md. — Marriott says fewer guest records were compromised than feared in a previously announced data breach.But the largest hotel chain in the world confirmed Friday that approximately 5.25 million unencrypted passport numbers were accessed.The compromise of those passport numbers has raised alarms among security experts because, combined with names, addresses and other personal information, they can be used to open fraudulent accounts, or be used by foreign operators.The FBI is leading the investigation of the hack and investigators suspect the hackers were working on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of State Security.The hackers accessed about 20.3 million encrypted passport numbers. There is no evidence that they were able to use the master encryption key required to gain access to that data.The Associated Presslast_img read more

October 8

Ranil in India on threeday official visit

Refuting opposition’s claim that the Sri Lankan Prime Minister will sign a comprehensive trade treaty with India, Mr Samarawickrema said in a statement that the new Government’s objective is to focus on uplifting Sri Lanka and help the local economy generate much-needed jobs for youth through close ties with India.He said, Sri Lanka is keen to have stronger ties with India on areas such as investment, technology, education, agriculture, industrial development and culture. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile, International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrema, who is accompanying Wickremesinghe, had said that the focus of the Prime Minister’s visit will be more than just negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement which covers only trade and services. The Prime Minister will call on President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday at Rashtrapati Bhawan and hold talks. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left for New Delhi today on a three-day visit. During his stay, he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow and there will be a press statement by the two Prime Ministers, India’s National radio announced today.Thereafter, the two countries are likely to sign MoUs in various sectors. read more

October 6

Reacting to anthrax reports UN health agency urges continued vigilance

“Local and national public health systems are gearing up to respond to outbreaks of infectious disease, whether deliberate or naturally occurring,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland. She said three lessons should be drawn from recent events. “First, public health systems have responded promptly to the suspicion of deliberate infections; second, these systems must continue to be vigilant, and third, an informed and responsible public is a critical part of the response.”The agency, which is monitoring the situation and providing updated guidance at regular intervals, today released new guidelines on responses to suspected anthrax infections.Asked about reported anthrax infections in countries other than the US, WHO spokesman Ian Simpson told the UN News Service that there had been some rumours as well as a verified incident. “One case has been confirmed in Kenya, they’ve done a good job of finding it and they are well-equipped to handle it.” He added that the disease had come “from a letter sent to a Kenyan that has been tested positive for anthrax.”Anthrax is completely curable following a correct and rapid diagnosis, according to WHO. Although anthrax is an extremely serious condition, its most dangerous form – inhalation or pulmonary anthrax – can only be caught by direct exposure to spores suspended in the air. Inhalation anthrax does not spread from person to person.Explaining how citizens in all countries should respond to the deliberate use of anthrax, WHO’s Executive Director for Communicable Diseases, Dr. David Heymann, said anyone who feels ill should seek medical advice. “Unless they have been directly exposed to anthrax spores, they cannot have anthrax and should not be concerned,” he emphasized.”Anyone who receives or sees a suspicious letter or package should report it to the police or other local authorities in the normal way,” added Dr. Heymann. “Police and health authorities are equipped to test and react to any suspicious package and whatever it might contain.”WHO also emphasized that people should not attempt to use antibiotics to treat or protect themselves without first seeking medical advice. The agency warned that misuse could lead to harm or drug resistance. read more

October 6

Bird flu Annan pleads for urgent aid to poor countries especially in

Since the International Pledging Conference on Avian and Human Influenza in Beijing in January, “vast and urgent needs have emerged… which makes it yet more imperative to convert the pledges into cash quickly,” Mr. Annan said in a statement.“Bearing in mind the growing challenges faced by poor countries in all regions, donors will have to be prepared to mobilize additional resources for urgent as well as long-term needs. And we must work together to create flexible mechanisms that bring funds and expertise more rapidly to where they are needed, particularly for culling and compensation,” he added.Mr. Annan noted that with the rapid spread of the H5N1 virus from Asia into Europe, the Middle East and Africa, both the disease, and the measures needed to control it, will increase the vulnerability of millions of families, most of them in poor countries. “We know that H5N1 avian influenza can be controlled if outbreaks are identified quickly, infected animals are culled, and movement and marketing of poultry are stopped in outbreak areas,” he said.“But such measures can succeed only if communities and animal health authorities work together, if we keep the public informed about risks and the means to reduce them, if we monitor progress carefully, and if we provide swift and adequate financial compensation for culled birds,” he added of the need to encourage poor farmers and families to report the disease and take the necessary steps.Stressing how absolutely dependent some nations are on outside assistance to do their part and protect their people, he said that nowhere was this clearer that in Africa, from where he has just returned after a two-week mission.“As I learned at first hand, there is an immediate and desperate need for expertise, funds, transport and equipment. With H5N1 cases now confirmed in four African countries, that need grows more pressing every day,” he declared. “Avian influenza threatens the entire world. It knows no borders. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that all countries – rich and poor – are protected and prepared. The United Nations family will do all it can to help ensure that this happens.”Since December 2003 the H5N1 virus is known to have infected 186 people, of whom 105 have died. According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), it remains an animal pandemic that very rarely infects humans, and there is no sign that it is changing in order to spread more easily from animal to human or from human to human.But the great concern is that the virus could mutate into a type that spreads easily from person to person. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic that broke out in 1918 is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people worldwide by the time it had run its course two years later. read more

October 4

GM and Ford unveil app maker programs but voice integration with some

by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2013 1:19 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LAS VEGAS, Nev. – It’s not wise to Google the nearest gas station, compose email, or use your smartphone to check the latest sports scores while driving. But many Americans do.Drivers have grown so accustomed to their on-the-go tasks that automakers are increasingly trying to make those things easier to pull off with both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road.As General Motors and Ford commissioned ideas from app makers this week, the possibilities for what you can do with your vehicle’s steering wheel buttons, microphone, speakers and internal gauges are quickly expanding.How would you like to choose your favourite tune by simply uttering the song’s title, turn your car into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, or respond to an ad you hear on the radio without lifting a finger?At the International CES show, General Motors and Ford launched programs that will open their designs to developers, inviting them to create software applications for future car models. It’s a relatively new strategy for car makers, but one that many gadget manufacturers employ, including Apple, which did it for the original iPhone in 2007.The programs free the automakers from having to keep pace with new technologies by tying the functionality of their cars’ internal systems to advances in smartphones.Ford Motor Co.’s app developer program, called Sync AppLink, “is a way for (the company) not to worry about the next big app,” said product manager Julius Marchwicki.General Motors Co. said its framework “gives developers a whole new sandbox, with wheels.”In some ways, though, the current systems inside cars have a long ways to go to provide the functionality that smartphones have offered for years.For instance, in a demo of Ford’s new integration with music service Rhapsody, you can wirelessly sync your phone with the car and listen to playlists you have already created by pressing the voice button on the steering wheel and saying “play playlist 1.”But you can’t just choose a track by voice on a whim, which is part of what makes these unlimited streaming plans attractive even at $10 a month.Saying “Bruno Mars” to your Ford car won’t pull up “Locked Out of Heaven,” although typing it on Rhapsody’s website or smartphone app can. The same is true of Pandora’s radio app in Ford cars.The company plans to improve the car’s ability to respond to voice commands that cover a wider range of search terms and speech in AppLink 2.0, which is expected out by September of this year, said C.J. King, development engineer for AppLink.General Motors showed off its new relationship with Apple’s Siri voice assistant, which is newly integrated in some of its cars including the Chevy Spark. Siri, however, only linked up to the car’s speaker and microphone and didn’t offer access to the car’s inner systems.Rhapsody CEO Jon Irwin said that it’s really just the beginning for automakers to work more closely with high-tech content providers.“This is the first step in what’s going to be a really exciting year,” Irwin said. “As that technology evolves, you’ll see it get better and better.”When it comes to integrating new driver-friendly advancements, American automakers are playing catch-up to their Asian counterparts.Hyundai’s Blue Link technology syncs with iPhones and Android devices already and allows users to check their car’s maintenance data like tire pressure, fluids and the condition of airbags on their mobile devices. The service debuted in 2011 on its Sonata and is expanding to a wider range of vehicles. Voice-activated control of third-party music apps isn’t integrated yet, but the company is exploring using Google’s Android software to do so.Toyota’s use of voice is the most advanced of the auto providers, even though it had nothing new to show at this year’s CES.When it upgraded its Entune service for Toyota cars and Enform for its Lexus line at CES last year, drivers got the ability to use their voice to control several key apps, allowing them to say, for example, “Adele” to the iHeart Radio or Pandora app to create a custom station with tracks from the British singer and others who sound similar.Voice commands also worked to buy movie tickets, make restaurant reservations through the OpenTable app and get turn-by-turn navigation towards cheap gas.Both Toyota’s and Hyundai’s systems require yearly subscription fees after free trial periods.On Chrysler’s Ram 1500 truck introduced at the gadget show this year, iHeart Radio was added as an application. Users who link their smartphones to the car can select from customized stations they’ve made already but aren’t able to create new ones by voice. That is not likely to be a barrier for long, said Brian Lakamp, president of iHeart parent Clear Channel Digital.“Voice activation — it’s a trend and it’s going to get more and more sophisticated over time,” Lakamp said. “We’ll be lock-step when they’re taking advantage of voice to the extent they can.”The truck also includes the option of using a 3G cellular phone chip inside the vehicle itself to become a Wi-Fi hotspot for $15 a day. That could be an attractive feature for people who might want to use the truck for a tail-gate party.And one small company called Livio was looking to drum up some business from radio stations and automakers with a prototype for embedding tiny codes inside traditional FM radio streams. The codes would allow cellphone users to respond to advertisements with a tap on their smartphone screen. The technology could one day enable companies to send coupons through traditional FM radio stations to drivers who let them know they’re interested.The Livio Connect system “opens FM radio to two-way communication,” said marketing director Nicole Yelland. “No longer is it shouting at you. There’s a dialogue.”Given that Google, Toyota and others have been testing driverless cars, it’s not hard to imagine the day when your smartphone will hear your stomach gurgle, get Burger King to send you a coupon, and then guide the car up to the drive-thru window for a quick bite. GM and Ford unveil app maker programs, but voice integration with some apps still a far cry read more

October 4

Fusion ABC and Univisions love child targets Latino millennials and their hipster

by Laura Wides-Munoz, The Associated Press Posted Oct 19, 2013 6:46 am MDT MIAMI – The long-awaited DNA exchange between ABC and Univision emerges from the test tube this month, aiming to stretch the limits of traditional network programming. The English-language television network, called Fusion, will target millennial Hispanics and their BFFs as it attempts to capitalize on a generation for which cultural fusion is the norm and digital media is king.The network will provide something of a grab bag: a mix of hard news, commentary, sports and irreverence aimed at 16- to 30-year-olds. Sure, there will be nightly news programs, but also an animated puppet news and entertainment show by David Javerbaum, former head writer of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Think Comedy Central, the hipster online magazine Vice.com, ABC and Univision, all in one.“Not everyone will get it; and that’s sort of the point,” Univision News President and now Fusion CEO Isaac Lee wrote in a memo to staff earlier this month.To “get” what Fusion is attempting, it helps to tour its home and meet the players:THE STARTUPThe green and blue mood-lighting of the warehouse-turned-news hub known as Newsport suggests Miami Beach club over newsroom. Like millennials who can’t afford to move out on their own, Fusion shares the cavernous space with Spanish-language parent Univision News. Senior staff members gather for brainstorming sessions in brightly painted and glass-walled rooms overlooking the newsroom.On a recent afternoon, Lee strode across the floor like the head of a Silicon Valley startup, sketching flow charts of Fusion’s evolution. As he talked, one millennial staffer wrestled a ping pong ball from the mouth of Chocolate, Lee’s brown Labrador. Others chimed in on the essence of the network that goes live Oct. 28.As befits a project geared to a generation used to downloading the latest mobile update, Fusion has been beta testing in plain view. In 2011, Lee brought together a group of recent journalism school graduates to work on an English-language Tumblr for Univision. The young journalists created original news, curated stories and produced short documentaries.Lee learned what worked (humour) and what didn’t (direct Univision translations). The approach bought him time to win over holdouts at Univision, a company that built its brand on Spanish-language affinity.THE PROS“I hate ties. They are really useless. Why do I have to have a piece of cloth hanging from my neck every day?” fumed Jorge Ramos, the silver-haired veteran Univision anchor with piercing blue eyes, one of a handful of journalists to join Fusion.As Ramos jogged up the stairs, he yanked the offending garment out of his bag and held it up to his neck. “This is my Univision uniform,” he said, then dropped his arm and grinned, “and this is Fusion.”Ramos, who co-hosts Univision’s popular nightly newscast with Maria Elena Salinas, will pull double duty. He frankly acknowledges his own millennial kids don’t watch his Univision newscast, or any other. He is also blunt about the limits of his native language.“It is very frustrating many times to have a great interview on the Sunday news story, and no one (in Washington) is paying attention simply because it’s in Spanish,” he said.Ramos doesn’t plan to dumb things down. He does plan to mention Mexico — the country sharing 2,000 miles of the United States’ southern border — almost as much as he mentions Syria. One of his first interviews is with Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who earned attention and a U.S. Department of Justice investigation for his aggressive attempts to crack down on illegal immigration.THE FEMALE FACTORAlicia Menendez describes her new Fusion show as a mix of sex, money and politics.Isn’t everything?“Yes, but most people won’t admit it,” Menendez shot back. The 30-year-old gained early exposure to politics as the daughter of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. She’s anchored programs for HuffPost Live and Sirius XM but says Fusion is the first network to speak to her generation.Her first show: millennials’ lack of monogamy and how self-inflicted singledom affects home purchasing.Fusion describes itself as “Championing a smart, diverse and inclusive America.” But Menendez’s show notwithstanding, when it comes to gender, Fusion resembles Silicon Valley startups more than its tagline: it’s stocked with talented women on the news floor but has virtually none on its senior creative and executive team.THE PARTNERSHIPABC News President Ben Sherwood compares Fusion to the web of highways California built back in the 1950s.“No one could understand why you would build a freeway with six lanes. But the visionaries of California knew that if you built these freeways, people would come,” he said.Like California’s freeway system, the plan is to scale up, starting with 20 million homes and expanding to 60 million in the next few years.It was a logical move for the Disney-owned ABC, which has no cable news counterpart and provides Fusion broad distribution through its cable and satellite contracts. It can also share news content with minimal investment. ABC has sent staff to work with Fusion on content and production, and Fusion’s vice-president of news Mark Lima came from ABC’s “Nightline.”For Univision, Fusion poses a greater risk, but the company has the financial wherewithal to weather initial bumps. Its prime-time broadcasts ruled July sweeps ahead of the other four major networks among coveted 19-49 viewers. In Fusion, it’s looking ahead to the second- and third-generation Latinos who get their news in English. Nearly two-thirds of the 52 million Hispanics living in the U.S. are native born.Still, the experiment hasn’t been without awkward moments. As Fusion prepared to go live, top staffers were quoted sniping about the ages of their older counterparts at Univision.THE COMPETITIONFusion has competitors. Participant Media launched Pivot TV this summer, promoting social advocacy among millennials. Sean Combs’ new music focused Revolt TV debut’s this month.Still, Morley Winograd, a University of Southern California fellow and author of books on media and millennials, says Fusion has the right ingredients for success and a huge potential market for advertisers.“The two earliest cable channels specifically targeted at millennials were the ABC Family Channel and the Disney Channel,” Winograd said. “It’s not surprising then that a ‘Fusion’ of Univision and ABC decided upon Latino millennials as their market. Each side of the partnership knows a great deal about one half of that audience combination.”Lee insists Fusion will take some time to find its footing. MSNBC took years to settle on its left-of-centre brand. Fox News Channel wasn’t the nation’s most popular cable news network out of the gate.“Nobody’s doing what we are doing,” he said, “so there’s one way to find out what works and what doesn’t.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fusion, ABC and Univision’s love child, targets Latino millennials and their hipster BFFs read more

October 2

Kevin McGuff staff upgrades with hiring Carrie Banks

New Ohio State assistant coach Carrie Banks. Credit: USF AthleticsCoach Kevin McGuff and the Ohio State women’s basketball team added Carrie Banks as an assistant coach, the team announced on Tuesday. Banks joins her second Big Ten team after being an assistant coach at Northwestern for the past three seasons.In a press release, McGuff praised Banks’ ability to recruit and add character athletes to the program. He said that he is excited to bring Banks to the OSU family.“Her work ethic and passion for helping young athletes develop will be a great fit as we continue to move our program forward,” McGuff said.Despite ranking third in the country averaging 86.0 points per game as a team, the Buckeyes ranked 331 out of 344 in team defense allowing an average of 74.6 points per game. Banks was the addition OSU needed to make as one of the preseason favorites to win the national championship. Under Banks’ direction, Northwestern’s defense allowed 70.0 points per game last season.At Northwestern, Banks helped coach point guard Ashley Deary to a Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015-16, setting a school-record 141 steals. With two-time All-American junior Kelsey Mitchell at the point for the Buckeyes, Banks could develop Mitchell into a defender that matches her skill on offense.In 2014-15, Northwestern earned its first NCAA tournament appearance in 18 years with Banks on the sideline.She served as an assistant coach at University of Detroit Mercy from 2007-2009 for two seasons and at University of South Florida for three seasons from 2010-2013.Banks has strong roots in Ohio where she was a junior varsity coach at local high school Dublin Jerome from 2004-2006. She also pursued a master’s degree in journalism at Kent State University and worked for the Big Ten Network in the past.Banks will make her debut beside coach McGuff on Nov. 14 in the Schottenstein Center against South Carolina. read more

September 25

Senior defence chief warns lack of funding for armed forces could lead

first_imgHe implied that ­using live feeds from drones, social media, databases and other areas could help with decisions and dealing with live threats, but also shore up defences against cyber attacks.Saying it was the area that concerns him most, he told the newspaper: “If you can target a system or a sensor that the enemy has through a variety of means – electronic warfare, offensive cyber, lasers, which is another area we are seeking to develop national edge in – then you are able to write the rules of the battlefield.“If you don’t and you don’t know what is going on and you can’t trust your sensors and you’re not able to talk to everyone that you need to or you fear that you’re being second guessed by your adversary, then you are going to lose,” he added. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Britain’s armed forces face the ­prospect of defeat in future military disputes unless it gets more funding, a serving military chief reportedly warned last night.The threat from Russia and the growing range of weapons and technologies being developed by other states is a chief concern of General Sir Gordon Messenger, who could be in line to take over as the head of the ­military later this year.The Vice Chief of Defence Staff told The Times there are activities that “need to be countered” as he called for a bigger defence budget to deal with the dangers from abroad.He also highlighted his fears over North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s ­nuclear ambitions, saying they are a “global security issue”, and that British plans were afoot to see how we could help South Korea and the US deal with the danger.Highlighting how some countries and terror groups pose a fresh challenge today because they blur the lines of peace, he said: “There is a duty for us, as a key influential ­nation… to have capabilities that ­counter it, deter against it and from a national perspective defend ourselves and our allies against it.”His intervention comes at a time when Defence Secretary Gavin ­Williamson has been calling for more funding for the armed forces. The shortfall in the armed forces budget is thought to be £20 billion to £30 billion over the next decade.center_img Gen Messenger, 55, said Britain has to “wake up to the idea” of using data to help defeat enemies, saying it “is actually frankly as important if not even more important than whether our tanks out-range an anti-tank missile”.last_img read more

September 25

Irreplaceable 17th Century banister destroyed after businessman pulled it from wall of

The businessman damaged the banister (not pictured) Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. An “irreplaceable” 17th Century banister was left smashed to pieces after a businessman pulled it from the wall of a world-famous museum.Michael Fadi Said, 41, wrecked the rail when he signed into the “special” touching area at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, where visitors are encouraged to feel the displays.The relic, worth £1000, was particularly popular with the blind, who use the space to experience the art through touch, Hendon magistrates heard yesterday.The oak baluster dates from 1670-1680, and was intended to be a handrail with a spiral central section finely carved in the Restoration style.A Victoria and Albert spokeswoman told The Telegraph it would have been made by turning the wood on a special lathe, and the piece has been a part of the museum’s permanent collection for 112 years. She said: “However, it has been an important part of the display in the British Gallery as it gives visitors the chance to physically feel the quality of the work done by craftsmen three hundred years ago.“It was a particularly important part of the visitor experience for our blind guests. We run a programme of events tailored for blind and partially sighted visitors which focus on the touch objects. The businessman damaged the banister (not pictured)Credit:David M. Benett/Getty Despite admitting that it was his handwriting that signed the guestbook to gain access to this area, Said denied it was him who broke the artefact.He told police: “I’m being arrested for something I didn’t do.”  The authorities traced him using his address and signed message that he left in the V&A guest bookBut after failing to appear for trial, the businessman of Kensington, West London, was convicted of one count of criminal damage and an arrest warrant has now been issued.Angela O’Dwyer, prosecuting, said: “This item is what’s known as a ‘touching object’ – members of the public are permitted and even encouraged to touch it. But he goes much further then that and pulls it off the wall and it breaks into pieces.”Said, who currently lives in an EasyJet hotel, was convicted of assault last year and has also received a suspended jail sentence for making death threats in Croatia.He even “posed” for the CCTV cameras at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London while looking at objects in a special “touching” area, Hendon Magistrates court was told. His actions have meant that he faces a ban from the V&A and its affiliated museums once the police locate him for sentencing.Repairing the damage to the relic, which was particularly popular with both blind and disabled visitors, will require specialists.District Judge Helen Clarke said: “It’s an irreplaceable item given its age and specialist repair is going to be needed.”The museum’s spokeswoman added: “The V&A takes the security of our visitors, staff, objects, buildings, information and reputation extremely seriously.” “The information sign which accompanied the baluster was also written in braille so that blind visitors could learn more about the piece.” read more

September 25

Village phone box saved after Frenchman refurbishes it for just £30

“There was a vote and 52 verses 48 villagers opted to keep the phone box. We called the vote Box-it, like Brexit!”So far Jean-Luc has spent around £30 stripping the flaking red paint off, put a primer on and applied a striking light pink undercoat which has attracted attention from villagers. “There were a few raised eyebrows when people saw it,” he said. “I think they were worried that some Frenchman who didn’t understand that phone boxes in Britain are red was painting them pink!”He is now working on getting the interior up to scratch and installing a defibrillator – a common fixture in more modern UK phone boxes.”It’s going to be like a monument,” he said. “Kids should know that places even as small as Capton were connected to a phone network at one point because everyone’s got a mobile phone these days.”Some people wanted to get rid of it because it was looking so sorry for itself. I got upset because it would be getting rid of a bit of history and something iconic.”Parish councillor Sune Nightingale added: “The villagers voted and then it just sat there for about a year, but a few people were asking what was happening with it. Jean-Luc’s striking pink undercoat attracted attention from villagersCredit:Telegraph Jean-Luc told The Telegraph: “BT don’t want to keep the phone box because it’s too complicated to keep it and nobody really wants to look after it, so I restored it.”I wanted to keep it because it’s the only one we’ve got in the village. I thought it would be very sad to get rid of it just because it can’t be looked after. It seems mad. It’s an antique and should be preserved, full stop. “Some wanted to remove it and others wanted to keep it. In the vote it got a Remain majority by a very narrow margin!”Jean-Luc’s work has really helped people see how pretty it can be. Villagers have suggested we make it into an art gallery, a swapping centre, a library, an outdoor shower or even a disco – but I’m not sure a doorman will be needed!” The last red telephone box in a Devon village has been rejuvenated by an altruistic Frenchman, after the local council bought it from British Telecom for £1 to stop it being demolished.Retired photographer Jean-Luc Benard is refurbishing the “iconic” piece of history in leafy Capton, near Dartmouth, so future generations know how people used to communicate before mobile phones existed.He began the challenging project after villagers teamed up with Dittisham Parish Council to buy it from BT as part of the company’s ‘adopt a kiosk’ scheme operating across the UK.The use of BT’s public telephones has dropped by 90 per cent in the last decade. Locals can now buy phone boxes which are no longer fit for purpose for just £1 and transform them into something “inspirational” for the area.This one – the only phone box still standing in Capton – could be turned into a one-man disco, a bookshop or even a shower, according the council. Jean-Luc's striking pink undercoat attracted attention from villagers Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

September 25

Duchess of Yorks friend branded untrustworthy by judge after failed attempt to

Manuel Fernandez outside Central London County Court in July Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A close friend of the Duchess of York has been accused by a judge of trying to disguise his lavish lifestyle in a failed bid to win almost £1million in damages from Essex Police.Manuel Fernandez, 52, had sued the force for loss of earnings, claiming that “serious” failings preceding his sister’s murder had derailed his successful career.But Alper Riza QC awarded the businessman, who has been romantically linked to the Duchess, only a fraction of the £900,000 damages claim, declaring him an unreliable witness.He said Mr Fernandez gave “confusing evidence” about the time he purchased a brand new Aston Martin, finding that he purchased it after being made redundant and not while still employed as he claimed.The judge said Mr Fernandez was fully aware the “very expensive” car was “evidence of a lifestyle he sought to suppress.”He added: “I cannot accept the evidence of his friends that he is trustworthy in preference to what I was able to observe myself.” Mr Riza also dismissed Mr Fernandez’s claim that he was interested in justice not money, noting: “His claim for pecuniary loss of well over half a million pounds is unusually high for a human rights claim. Manuel Fernandez outside Central London County Court in JulyCredit:Champion News The judge, sitting at Central London County Court, disagreed that Mr Fernandez had been made redundant from technology firm FICO due to underperformance following a two-year “prolonged depressive reaction” to his sister’s murder but rather because of the firm’s “perceived need”.He said his subsequent launch of Vvoosh, a lifestyle startup, was an “ambitious” venture which “shed light” on his confidence during that time.Mr Fernandez had argued that his life fell apart when his sister, Maria Stubbings, was strangled with a dog lead by her former boyfriend, Marc Chivers, in 2008. Chivers, who was jailed for life, had already served a sentence in Germany for killing another girlfriend in a similar manner.Just two months before he killed Miss Stubbings at her Chelmsford home he had been released from a three-month sentence for assaulting her. An inquest in 2014 found police blunders contributed to her death.Mr Riza ordered Essex Police to pay Mr Fernandez £20,000 for the emotional impact of the murder, ruling out any award for loss of earnings.Mr Fernandez is rumoured to have dated the Duchess of York between 2014 and 2017, although she has always insisted they were “just friends”. read more

September 24

Airobotics partners exclusively with RockBlast to bring automated drones to Chile

first_imgAn Israeli leader in automated drone technology, Airobotics has announced the beginning of an exclusive distribution partnership with engineering company RockBlast to allow Chilean mining companies to use the advanced Airobotics system at mining sites. In the permanent search for new technologies, RockBlast became the first company to introduce a fully autonomous drone system into South America to enhance and improve the mining industryAs one of the leading mining companies in Chile, Minera Centinela is actively seeking to improve the efficiency and productivity of its operations while creating a safe work environment for its employees and the surrounding area. Airobotics’ autonomous drones including the Optimus will be used at the Minera Centinela mine to help achieve this goal with their 24/7 multi-purpose functionality and safe and easy operations which do not interfere with mine operations“We’re successfully implementing our autonomous drones with Tier 1 mining companies in the US, Australia and Israel, and we’re excited to expand our operations into Chile,” said Ran Krauss, CEO and Co-Founder of Airobotics. “The Optimus drone will help improve Minera Centinela’s competitiveness in the market, increase efficiency, and improve safety for its employees. Our partnership with RockBlast will also allow us to deliver our disruptive technology to mines across Chile improving the overall mining industry in the country.”Automation has boosted productivity at mine sites by 25% and drones are one of the most versatile and cost-effective ways to integrate automation into the industry. Without the need for human pilots, they can operate safely in the most hazardous and remote sites. Airobotics’ automated drones perform a variety of applications, which will be implemented at RockBlast’s customer mine sites, enabling continuous operation of the open pit while retrieving highly accurate data of operational progress. These applications include:• Stockpile volumes and end-of-month reconciliation• Terrain mapping and change detection• Asset management and scheduling• Situational awareness and emergency response• Infrastructure and equipment inspection• Security and surveillance“Drones have positioned themselves as a technological tool of high value throughout the world, particularly in mining. As part of the growing digitization of information in mining, the data obtained by drones has become an essential factor for decision making in the different stages of the mining process and RockBlast, together with Airobotics, is a part of this new era,” said Horacio Gutierrez Abelaida, CEO of RockBlast.Airobotics has developed a pilotless drone solution, the first of its kind in the global market. It provides an end-to-end, fully automatic solution for collecting aerial data and gaining invaluable insights. The industrial grade platform is available on-site and on-demand, enabling industrial facilities to access premium aerial data in a faster, safer, more efficient way.The team at Airobotics fuses expertise in aerospace hardware design, robust electronic systems, leading software engineering, and years of experience in commercial drone operations. This varied experience has allowed them to design a solution suited to address the needs of the world’s most complex industrial environments.RockBlast started its operations in 2010. The company was created by professionals from the mining industry. It has gained its position in the Chilean market as an outstanding player in drilling and blasting, geomechanics and technological development. Innovation and state-of-the-art technology, together with the high specialization of its team are part of RockBlast DNA. The company has had a sustained growth in recent years, with technology and engineering contracts for companies such as BHP Billiton, Anglo American Chile, Antofagasta Minerals, Lunding Mining and Pucobre.Minera Centinela is part of the Antofagasta group and is located in the Antofagasta Region;  specifically 21 km from the town of Sierra Gorda. In addition, it maintains a dock in the town of Michilla, a coastal town belonging to the municipality of Mejillones. Centinela mines both copper sulphide and oxide ores. It produces copper concentrate with gold and silver byproducts. During 2016 Minera Centinela produced 236,000 t of fine copper.last_img read more

September 22

Mrs Browns Boys had the biggest ever opening weekend for an Irish

first_imgMRS BROWN’S BOYS D’Movie had the biggest opening weekend box-office numbers in this country for any Irish movie, ever.The comedy pulled in €1.02million at Irish screens in its first weekend, according to distributors Universal Pictures Ireland, making it the biggest opener of 2014 so far.And it handily trounced Michael Collins (€648,928) and Angela’s Ashes (€641,292) to become the biggest opening in absolute terms of all time for an Irish film in Ireland.(After adjusting for inflation, the movie would be somewhere around third place among Irish films, according to this inflation calculator – which gives Michael Collins a 2013 equivalent of €1.2million and Angela’s Ashes €1.15million.)Mrs Brown’s Boys success comes despite a slew of scathing reviews. RTÉ’s own reviewer called it “the least fun I’ve ever had in a darkened room”, and several critics noted “insulting” racial and gender stereotypes.The million-plus figure makes Mrs Brown’s Boys the third largest comedy opening of all time in Ireland before inflation, behind The Hangover 2 (€1.19million) and Ted (€1.11million).According to Rentrak.com, the film had the 11th most successful opening weekend globally, pulling in an estimated €5.7million.More: Brendan O’Carroll covers for Marian Finucane, plugs his movie, gives a businessman €30,000>More: Lots of British people just found out Mrs Brown is actually a man>last_img read more

September 17

Sorrento Valley medical marijuana business granted first recreational license in California

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A Sorrento Valley medical marijuana business was granted California’s first temporary recreational license and can begin selling recreational-use cannabis Jan. 1, officials said.”The Prohibition is now over,” Torrey Holistics said on its website Friday. “Celebrate the new normal.”The company was issued the first of four temporary licenses Thursday to begin retail sales of marijuana and cannabis products for “adult use,” the state’s designation for recreational marijuana. The other three adult-use licenses were issued to businesses in Santa Cruz and Shasta Lake, according to the state Bureau of Cannabis Control.California voters approved Proposition 64 last November to legalize the recreational use of cannabis products.”Last week, we officially launched our online licensing system, and today we’re pleased to issue the first group of temporary licenses to cannabis businesses that fall under the Bureau’s jurisdiction,” said Lori Ajax, the bureau’s control chief. “We plan to issue many more before January 1.”Torrey Holistics, at 10671 Roselle Street in the Golden Triangle, was also issued a temporary medical marijuana license Thursday. The recreational licenses are temporary and valid for 120 days, after which time the businesses will need to obtain a permanent license, none of which have been issued yet.Bureau of Cannabis Control officials said more than 1,900 businesses have registered on its new licensing site and more than 200 have submitted applications for various licenses. Eventually, the bureau will issue licenses to distributors, retailers, transporters and laboratories that test cannabis products. Officials did not give a reason for choosing Torrey Holistics and the three other businesses to receive the first four recreational licenses.”It’s just exciting,” Tony Hall, a co-founder of Torrey Holistics, told the Los Angeles Times. “This is a once in a multi-generational event.” Sorrento Valley medical marijuana business granted first recreational license in California Posted: December 15, 2017center_img December 15, 2017 , last_img read more

September 9

Aniak Youths Rescue Bald Eagle

first_imgAn Aniak woman came across an injured bald eagle earlier this week. With help from her community in remote Southwest Alaska, she gave the bird a second chance and brought it to the care of veterinary experts.Download AudioAn eagle rescued near Aniak Tuesday and sent to Anchorage. (Photo by Jared Thorson)Around 11 p.m. on Tuesday night, Amanda Hoeldt was riding a four-wheeler with a friend just outside the village of Aniak in Southwest Alaska, when she noticed something unusual in their path, a bald eagle“We saw this eagle up the bank, 10, 15 feet from us, so we stopped the four wheeler to take pictures and the it started running forward and in front of the four wheeler cause were stopped and it saw us and was staring at us,” Hoeldt said. “And then its wing was dragging. So I jumped off the four wheeler and started following it because if his wing was dragging and he wasn’t flying away then I knew he was hurt so I wanted to help.”At one point, the eagle jumped in the Kuskokwim River and began trying to swim away. She says she went after him.“I didn’t really think about it. I just jumped off the four-wheeler and tried to get him,” Hoeldt said. “And then when we had him wrapped in the blanket I was kind of in awe because when we had him wrapped in the blanket he was so much bigger than I thought he would be and he was so much heavier.”Hoeldt secured Eugene the eagle in a dog kennel.But she held onto him the three miles back to town. When she got home, the eighteen-year-old University of Alaska Anchorage student, who is home for the summer, built a plywood pen for the bird with her friend. In the morning, her father contacted Alaska State Trooper, Sergeant Nick Zito who reached out to Bird TLC a raptor rehabilitation center in Anchorage. Officials there said they’d take the bird. RAVN airlines donated transport from Aniak.In the meantime, the eagle had escaped from the makeshift pen. Hoeldt recaptured the bird, and after much hissing, she says she put him into a kennel donated by a local dog rescue organization, Canine Comfort. With the eagle secured, trooper Zito put the bird onto the afternoon flight, which brought it to Guy Runco with Bird TLC in Anchorage.“Well the eagle looks bright alert and responsive. It is up and eating. It does have a droopy left wing. I’m not sure the extent of the injury to its left wing but our volunteer veterinarian will be able to figure that out,” said Runco.The eagle in the Kuskokwim River. (Photo by Jerod Thorson)Hoeldt says she sent a note along with the eagle, that she and her friend named, ‘Eugene’.“I wrote a little note on the dog crate asking them to please take care of Eugene the Eagle and I left my number on it, but I realize it’s probably pretty difficult when they run a whole recovery center to keep track of just one bird and to keep in touch with him,” Hoeldt said. “It would be really cool to see if he makes a full recovery or if the just keep him someplace like a wildlife park or if they even try to fly him all the way back out here or try to move him somewhere else.”Runco says if all goes well, the eagle will be treated and returned to the wild.last_img read more

September 3

Foreign minister to visit Myanmar 19 Nov

first_imgForeign minister AH Mahmood Ali. File photo Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali will visit Myanmar next month to attend the 13th ASEM Summit to be held in Myanmar’s capital.The ASEM foreign ministerial meeting will be held in Nay Pyi Taw on 20-21November where Rohingya issue will come up for discussion, a diplomatic source told UNB.The foreign minister is likely to leave for the Myanmar capital city on 19 November.The European Union on Monday said they intend to seize the opportunity at the meeting to engage, in the margins thereof, in a constructive dialogue with the Myanmar government and will also continue to liaise with all Asian partners on current issues.The EU also encouraged its partners in ASEAN and the region to engage in this process.The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an intergovernmental forum for dialogue and cooperation which fosters political dialogue, reinforces economic cooperation, and promotes collaboration in other areas of mutual interest.Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, is likely to arrive here on a two-day visit on 18 November.He will also join ASEM meeting after Dhaka visit, said the source.last_img read more