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Another giant oak falling to development’s impact

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first_imgThe old oak had been designated Ventura County Historic Landmark No. 134, and officials said it might have been as old as 700 years. Its trunk was more than 9 feet thick at the widest point. “The base is solid all the way through,” said Clark, who had once been concerned that the trunk might turn out to be hollow. Although hundreds of oak trees that stood on the valley floor have died or been removed by developers over the past century, there are still thousands of healthy ones in Simi Valley, where these two native species are protected by a city preservation ordinance similar to the one in neighboring Thousand Oaks. The old oak cut down on Heritage Oak Court last month was the biggest coast live oak tree in Simi Valley, said Mike Kuhn, an environmental planner for the city from 1974-2003 who surveyed 4,000 of the city’s oaks. “It was enormous,” he said. An industrial park was built around the old tree, but despite efforts of Kuhn and others to save it, it eventually died and had to be cut down. Accounts from early travelers in Simi Valley show that the eastern floor from Stearns Street to Corriganville was called “El Roblaro,” a woodland filled with big coast live oaks and valley oaks, Kuhn said. “Oak trees are part of our heritage. The east end of the valley used to be an oak forest,” Kuhn said, noting that residents and developers have been planting oak trees for years. “That’s kind of a key to all this, planting new oak trees. It’s part of our heritage.” The cul-de-sac on Heritage Oak Court already has been replanted with five oaks in the spot where the big coast live oak stood. Some recent housing developments where large old oak trees have been preserved because of Simi Valley’s oak tree preservation laws include the Hidden Oaks Development west of the Santa Susana Knolls area and the Big Sky development in the hills north of Erringer Road. And some huge old valley oak trees still stand tall in the middle of the city among the houses and businesses at the east end of town. One such tree takes up nearly two lots among the homes north of Los Angeles Avenue at Honeyman Street and Redman Court. A brush fire in the hills resulted in flooding and a buildup of sediment that eventually killed most of about a dozen majestic oak trees that once stood in Happy Camp Canyon north of Moorpark College. In fact, Kuhn said the canyon on the old Strathearn Ranch apparently got its name indirectly from the large trees. “That name Happy Camp Canyon referred to the annual gathering of cattle and picnics when people would gather under those towering trees,” he said. Communities like Encino in the San Fernando Valley and Thousand Oaks got their names from the massive old oak trees, although some of the biggest are gone. In Thousand Oaks, the remaining old giants like one in the parking lot of Lupe’s Mexican Restaurant are marked by plaques recognizing their protected status in the community. George Moore, a landscape architect who has worked for years with the city of Thousand Oaks to preserve oak trees and who helped draft Ventura County’s oak tree preservation ordinance, said people frequently ask him exactly how many oak trees there are in Thousand Oaks. “I would bet we have at least 10,000 valley oaks and live oaks,” he said. “There are probably at least 50,000 scrub oaks.” Although many trees have died over time from old age or encroaching development, the thousands that are surviving are doing relatively well and are not affected by sudden oak death syndrome like trees farther north in California, experts said. “Our oak trees on the whole are very healthy in Ventura County,” Moore said. “We have beautiful oaks here.” eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The valley oak, on Los Angeles Avenue near the Yosemite Veterinary Clinic, is a safety hazard whose limbs have fallen over the years, damaging the clinic. The deciduous tree and the evergreen one cut down last month were both hundreds of years old and partly hollowed out. The tree-cutters found some strange things inside the coast live oak – a palm tree, an old cement bag, some barbed wire and what appeared to be the remains of a coyote – and they are still hoping to slice off a clear section at the base to display at the Strathearn Historical Park. They originally hoped they could mark the tree rings with reference to important dates in history, but questions have arisen about the condition of the trunk and how to cut through it. “They tried to cut (a slice for the historical park) and the chain saw broke,” said Judy Dwyer, a member of the city’s tree advisory committee. She and Clark said it might take months to cut a usable slice of the trunk and have it examined by a professional arborist to determine the age for display. SIMI VALLEY – In what city officials say is not a trend, another of Simi Valley’s tallest oak trees is expected to be cut down within a few weeks because it is diseased and decayed. Officials said the fact that this 95-foot-tall valley oak is only several miles away from an old coast live oak cut down in January is not a sign of a new threat to the area’s oaks, but an example of how development has changed environment in Simi Valley. “It is just a coincidence,” said Jerry Clark, Simi Valley city landscape architect. “These particular trees came to the point where they could no longer survive,” he said. “It is an indicator that some of these trees that grew in the valley hundreds of years ago face a constrained, restricted growing environment today,” he said. last_img read more

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FORMER TYRONE STAR PETER CANAVAN CALLS FOR DECLAN BONNER TO APOLOGISE

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first_imgFormer Tyrone legend Peter Canavan has called on Donegal minor manager Declan Bonner to apologise over the allegations he made following Donegal’s win over Tyrone in the Ulster MFC.Bonner claimed that his minor captain Michael Carroll was taunted over the death of his father.However, Canavan has called for Bonner to apologise for those comments as Tyrone strongly deny that any of their players made the remark. Canavan said both management camps were trying to establish what had happened and they were getting mixed information.Canavan told the Irish Daily Star, “They made contact with the Donegal minor management and I think they had numerous calls trying to establish what happened and they were getting mixed information.“Next thing was they read about it in a local paper when the Donegal manager (Declan Bonner) made allegations he never made to Tyrone’s management.“There was no other further investigations done and Tyrone’s minor manager Mickey Donnelly spoke to his own players and they denied anything like that was said. “Not only is there people in Donegal angry, there’s a family in Tyrone very angry that their son has received death threats through social media and accusations about things he had said when he is certain he never said them.“There is one man who has the potential to put this to rest – the man who went to the press initially.“I think he would need to back it up with fact or find out what actually happened and make an apology to the Tyrone minor manager and players. FORMER TYRONE STAR PETER CANAVAN CALLS FOR DECLAN BONNER TO APOLOGISE was last modified: May 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAnewsrowSledgingSportTyronelast_img read more

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Who was voted into the 2002 World Cup All-Star Team?

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first_img 13 DEFENCE: Sol Campbell (England)Campbell’s actions at club level made him one of the most hated footballers in the country, but he was one of the best performing defenders of his generation. On the international stage Campbell was consistenty brilliant, and he won 73 caps for the Three Lions between 1996 and 2007. When he played at the 2006 World Cup, Campbell became the first England player to represent the country at six consecutive major tournaments. As well as being voted into the 2002 World Cup All-Star Team, Campbell was also named in the team of the tournament at Euro 2004. 13 Brazil won their fifth and, to date, last World Cup, beating Germany in the final 2-0. Ronaldo scored both goals in the Yokohama showpiece, taking his tally to eight for the tournament to finish with the Golden Boot as top scorer.There were a number of shocks at the finals, including defending champions France being knocked out at the group stage, and both Turkey and South Korea reaching the semi-finals.Ronaldo was one of the stars in Asia that summer, but who else caught the eye at the tournament? The World Cup All-Star Team is named to remember the best performers, and you can see who was selected below…2002 FIFA WORLD CUPHosts: South Korea and JapanChampions: BrazilRunners-up: GermanyThird place: TurkeyFourth place: South KoreaTop scorer: Ronaldo (Brazil) – 8 goalsBest Player: Oliver Kahn (Germany)Best Young Player: Landon Donovan (United States) 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 MIDFIELD: Claudio Reyna (United States)Widely considered as one of the greatest players to ever represent the United States, Reyna is a familiar face to fans of English football. He spent six consecutive years on these shores playing for Sunderland then Manchester City, while he also represented Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg and Rangers before ending his career with New York Red Bulls in his homeland. Reyna was a member of four World Cup squads (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006), and it was after the USA’s elimination from the latter edition that he announced his retirement from the international game with 111 caps and eight goals to his name. MIDFIELD: Rivaldo (Brazil)Despite his brilliance, this lethal Brazilian isn’t solely remembered for his eight goals in two World Cups (including five as Brazil won it in 2002). There’s another image that springs to mind. It’s Rivaldo, holding his face and rolling around in agony like he’s been attacked by an Alien face-hugger, after Turkey’s Hakan Unsal had kicked the ball at his, erm, thigh. Such play-acting was well beneath you, Big Riv. DEFENCE: Roberto Carlos (Brazil)The ultimate attacking full-back, Roberto Carlos reinvented the position with his marauding runs down the flank. He is well known for his ludicrous free-kicks and the power with which he could kick the ball, having once had a shot measured at over 105 mph. His club career was primarily spent with Real Madrid, with 584 appearances made in 11 years, while he won 125 caps for his country. He was twice named in a World Cup All-Star Team, having helped Brazil to the 1998 final, and then to the gold medal in 2002. DEFENCE: Fernando Hierro (Spain)A legend for both Real Madrid and Spain, Hierro is well known on these shores for the season he spent at Sam Allardyce’s Bolton. Before he headed to England in 2004, versatile defender Hierro won 89 international caps and played more than 500 games for Real. He won 16 trophies while playing for the Bernabeu club, including five LaLigas and three European Cups.center_img 13 The 2018 World Cup is just around the corner, so talkSPORT.com are trawling through the archives to relive past tournaments.Today we are taking a look at the 2002 edition, a tournament set a number of precedents; it was the first World Cup to be held in Asia, and also the first to be jointly held by two separate countries. GOALKEEPER: Oliver Kahn (Germany)Imperious in 2002, Kahn was beaten once (by Robbie Keane) and kept five clean sheets out of six as Germany one-nilled their way to the final. Sadly for him, this is where his sheet was truly soiled. He fumbled a save into the path of Brazil striker Ronaldo, who ate the chance up. Germany lost 2-0 and while Kahn won player of the tournament, he was never quite the same keeper afterwards. 13 Ronaldo scored both goals in the final as Brazil won their fifth, and most recent, World Cup FORWARD: Miroslav Klose (Germany)Germany’s Polish-born head honcho – he scored five with his nut in 2002 alone – seemed to have perfected the art of disappointing for his club before coming alive at the World Cup. His form on the biggest stage was so good that he is the World Cup’s greatest goal scorer with 16 goals. Take that, Ronnie. DEFENCE: Hong Myung-bo (South Korea)The first-ever Asian player to be named in the top three players of the tournament, Hong won the Bronze Ball after leading the hosts to a historic fouth place in 2002. It’s been 16 years and we’re still trying to get our heads round how South Korea could beat Spain in the quarter-finals, but it’s fitting that Hong scored the winning penalty in the shootout. It was his fourth-consecutive World Cup, and after 135 appearances, he ended his international career with a moment to savour. FORWARD: Ronaldo (Brazil)Fortunately, Ronaldo had a better World Cup in Korea and Japan than in France four years earlier. ‘El Fenomeno’ found redemption in 2002, scoring twice in the final against Germany as he also won the Golden Boot (with eight goals) as Brazil lifted their fifth World Cup. He was a little past his peak by 2006, but he still had enough in the tank to get the three goals required to make him the World Cup’s leading all-time goalscorer on 15. Fast, strong, balanced, with a cushioned touch and a deadly finish with either foot or bonce – the mind boggles as to what he might have achieved had he actually ever turned up in shape.*The 2002 World Cup All-Star Team featured 16 players. We have cut the selection down to 11 to field a 4-4-2 formation. The five players excluded are: Rustu Recber (goalkeeper, Turkey), Alpay Ozalan (defender, Turkey), Yoo Sang-chul (midfielder, South Korea), El Hadji Diouf (forward, Senegal), Hasan Sas (forward, Turkey)talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 13 MIDFIELD: Ronaldinho (Brazil)Shortly after dazzling in 2002, Manchester United tried and failed to sign this smiling assassin. The PSG whizz was the name on everyone’s lips at the time and the bain of all England fans having helped dump them out of the tournment when he lobbed David Seaman. Was it a fluke? Probably not. This is a man who won the Ballon d’Or in 2006 and the Champions League in 2006 all while never losing that contagious smile. 2002 WORLD CUP ALL-STAR TEAM MIDFIELD: Michael Ballack (Germany)When Gazza, bless his crazy socks, got booked in 1990 and knew he’d miss a potential final, he cried. When the same fate befell Michael Ballack in a semi-final in 2002, he scored the goal that got Germany to a final he knew he could play no part in. This free-scoring midfielder, whose career is littered with near misses, later led his side to third place at the 2006 World Cup. 13last_img read more

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LIFFORD SCOUT GROUP WIN INAUGURAL ERRIGAL COUNTY BEAVER SCOUT CHALLENGE

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first_imgBeaver scouts from 19th Donegal (Lifford) Scout Group, have won the inaugural Errigal County Beaver Scout Challenge which was held yesterday (SAT) in Buncrana.The youngest aged group in the scouts, the 6 – 8 year olds, had to undertake a number of challenges during the course of the event before claiming their victory.The event, which was attended by Beaver Scouts from as far as Killybegs, Castlederg, Carndonagh and Bocan, turned out to be a very successful first venture. Thanks must go to Buncrana group leader Alison Clarke and her trusty team of volunteers for organising the event.Group Leader, Joe Boland, said that it was a credit to the Beaver Scout Leaders, Emma McNulty, Lisa McGuire and Christina Foy for the amount of time, effort and commitment they gave to the group and it’s a just reward to their return.“It was a terrific time out and everyone got on so well. It proved yet again that scouting is a great source of education, adventure and fun for young people,” said scout leader Boland.The Lifford-based group are going from strength to strength with the Cub Scouts and Scouts having their first overnight camp at the grounds of Lifford Gun Club. There, they learned how to cook outdoors, build a bivvy (shelter made of available materials), and honed their already considerable scouting skills.One brave young scout, Adam McGinley, braved the elements and spent the night in his bivvy and said afterwards that it was a very warm, cosy bed and he had a great night’s sleep.The group would to like to express their thanks and gratitude to the committee of Lifford Gun Club for offering them the use of the excellent facility and look forward to many more camps.EndsLIFFORD SCOUT GROUP WIN INAUGURAL ERRIGAL COUNTY BEAVER SCOUT CHALLENGE was last modified: May 15th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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South Africa and China host exhibition for science and technology

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first_imgThe first bi-annual South Africa-China exhibition launched on Thursday, 13 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Entrepreneurs, scientists and other professionals in the science and technology industry gathered to showcase products which included drones, robotics and high-tech medicine. This event took place over three days.Daan du Toit, Hou Jianguo, Dr Phil Mjwara and Tian Xuejuan cut the ribbon at the opening of the South-Africa China exhibition. The three day event aims to enhance the two countries’ collaboration. (Images: Melissa Javan)Reasons for the exhibitionThe two countries have been cooperating on science and technology since 1999. “The exhibition is aimed at creating a platform for South African and Chinese science councils, academic institutions and industry players to exchange information on new technological trends and foster collaborative linkages,” said the Department of Science and Technology.Panel discussions were held until Saturday to bring light to research. Development topics included:The benefits of herbal/plant and bio-resources to benefit the economy for the pharmaceutical and medical industries,The challenges and opportunities for renewable energy in the developing world, and;Advanced manufacturing.Andrew Mu, employee of the surveillance camera company Hikvision, is one of the vendors at the exhibition. Here he is standing next to the aerial vehicle that he said is used by the Chinese fire and police departments.Potential to improve livelihoods in AfricaThe Chinese Vice-Minister for Science and Technology, Hou Jianguo, said the exhibition had huge potential to further economic growth and improve livelihoods in both countries.He said that innovation was important for enterprise development.Jianguo told delegates at the opening ceremony that China was always willing to work with South Africa’s young scientists and research institutions, calling this a powerful strategy through which both countries could implement its development objectives.He said deepening cooperation in human capital development was critical to growing the next generation of scientists, and that China was looking forward to having more young people from South Africa visiting science institutions in China.In this regard, China would train hundreds of young scientists from South Africa over the next five years.Dr. Phil Mjwara, director general of South Africa’s department of science and technology said they hope to deepen the partnership between South Africa and China. “This event will lay a basis for the exiting partnership.””This event creates a dynamic platform for networking in research and investment.”He said an example of existing partnership is that Tshwane University is already collaborating with China.Mjwara also said that there’s a lot of room for South African products to be exported. “We also have a lot of products that are not here (showcased at the event).”The participantsThere were more than 50 stalls in which the South African and Chinese participants showcased their products or services.Gift Lubele of GN Lub said he started his business last year when he was in matric. “We have our first big client now.”His business transforms disposed items into products. For example, he makes couches out of old tyres.Gift Lubele believes: “If vast environmental predicaments are man made, it is the very same man who can resolve them.”Jessica Zha and Andrew Mu, Hikvision employees, showcased its video surveillance products.For instance, the company’s unmanned aerial vehicles are flown into areas that are unreachable to people. Zha said the country’s police and fire departments make use it. “If something is wrong somewhere in the mountain, the vehicle is sent out to view and analyse the situation.”It can fly at 80km/h and its battery lasts for about 33 minutes,” she said.Another surveillance Hikvision camera can detect temperature. It is used on farms and forests and sets off an alarm in the early stages of a fire, explained Zha.      Scientists of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Biosciences division use their knowledge of indigenous plants to help people in rural communities create products. The popular plants they have researched are the moringa and marula.Zodwa Mbambo and Phatheka Mbambiso are research scientists of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Biosciences division in Pretoria. They incorporated their knowledge of indigenous plants to develop products. These products range from cosmetic, to medicinal, and food consumption.For example, they created a nutritional powder breakfast drink for learners. The ingredients include vegetables and cow pea leaves.The powder drink is currently distributed as a pilot at five schools in the country. The over 2 000 learners get the mixture in a packet every morning and mix it with a cup of water.Mbambo said they also help people in rural areas use indigenous plants to create products. “We analyse the plant material. From the plant extract we develop a product.”Besides doing that, these scientists test the products and help their clients comply with the regulatory requirements. The clients are able to then sell the products such as lip balm, tissue oil and aqueous cream.Mbambiso said over the past three years they have helped 19 small, medium and micro enterprises to develop products that are commercially ready to use.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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Tubular Skylights Introduce Daylight to Dark Homes

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first_imgMuch attention is focused on efficient lighting—from CFLs and LEDs to advanced controls. But for daytime lighting you can avoid electricity use altogether–with daylighting. Most daylighting is provided with windows or skylights (roof windows that are installed in the plane of the roof). For a lot of applications, there’s another, easier option: tubular skylights.Tubular skylights have three components: a round, domed plastic skylight that mounts on the roof; an 8- to 22-inch-diameter cylindrical metal tube with a highly reflective interior surface that is usually less that 12 feet long, but in some cases may be over 20 feet; and a diffuser that mounts on the ceiling. Sunlight shines through the skylight dome and bounces its way downward through the reflective tube to the diffuser, which delivers the light below. For cold climates, some manufacturers offer an additional layer of glazing in the tube or diffuser to reduce heat loss back up through the tubular skylight.While a standard skylight requires structural modifications to carry roof loads as well as a large, insulated light-well to bring the light into the living space, a tubular skylight is thin enough that it can fit between roof rafters or trusses and ceiling joists. The installation is much easier and less expensive. Most tubular skylights come with very good flashing kits to make the roof penetration weathertight–though the challenges of any roof penetration shouldn’t be underestimated, and an experienced contractor should be used.Tubular skylights reduce daytime electricity use for lighting. Daylight is only provided only during the daytime, of course, so savings will only occur in applications where spaces are used during the daytime. It’s a great option for home offices, home daycare spaces, and homes for retired seniors—but not as good when homeowners are gone all day.Tubular skylights are most effective in providing illumination to upper-floor or single-story houses where the ceiling is less than 10 or 12 feet from the roof. Installations in which tubular skylights extend through a second storey to provide light to a first-floor space are less common–but can be done.The key to effective operation is the highly reflective interior surface. These aluminized surfaces often reflect more than 95% of the light striking them. But because the reflectivity is less than 100%, there are light losses with increasing length of these skylights. A tubular skylight delivering daylight through 20 feet of reflective tube will deliver significantly less light that one with just six feet of tubing. Keep that in mind when planning installations.I haven’t lived in a house with tubular skylights, but I’ve spent time in a handful of homes, apartments, and commercial buildings with them. In a space illuminated by a tubular skylight, you’re not really aware that it’s sunlight providing the light. From the interior it looks like a fairly standard (really bright) light fixture, with the light evenly distributed by the round, typically white, diffuser. One 13-inch tubular skylight provides as much light as six or seven 100-watt incandescent light bulbs!Some proponents of skylights point out that full-spectrum light is provided–which can help to stave off “Seasonal Affective Disorder” (SAD), which is thought to result from too little natural light during winter months.Some products are available with integral electric lighting to provide illumination after the sun goes down. A few other add-ons from some of the dozen or so manufacturers include daylight dimming baffles that allow users to adjust the light level and integral ventilation fans, which may make sense in a bathroom or kitchen.Costs range from about $150 at the low end to over $600 for the largest, deluxe models, plus installation. Among the leading manufacturers of tubular skylights are Solatube International, Sun-Pipe Company, Velux, HUVCO Daylighting Solutions, Daylighting Technologies, Tubular Skylight, Tru-Lite Skylights, and Sun-Tek Manufacturing.I would avoid models that earn the 30% federal tax credit, such as the 160 DSe and 290 DSe from Solatube. They satisfy the tax credit requirements for fenestration products by using glazing that limits the U-Factor to 0.28 and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) to 0.20 (less than the maximum 0.30 for each). I like the U-Factor limit, but the low SHGC may not make sense for a product designed to deliver daylight. For less solar gain (and illumination), just install a smaller-diameter tubular skylight.I invite you to share comments on this blog. What’s your experience been with tubular skylights?Alex Wilson is the executive editor of Environmental Building News and founder of BuildingGreen, LLC. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feeds.last_img read more

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Aereo Legal Victory Means Disruption For More Than Broadcasters

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first_imgAn ongoing court battle may decide the fate of an upstart programming provider that could prove to be disruptive to broadcasters and even other services that provide ways for cable cutters to obtain the shows they want.Aereo, the controversial startup that provides subscribers with access to local TV programming on tablets and smartphones, will live to fight another day after a decision handed down from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York, affirming an earlier ruling blocking an injunction on the service.The preliminary injunction was requested by the plaintiffs in the copyright infringement lawsuit brought against Aereo by local New York broadcasters and their corporate parents.Aereo uses tiny antennas to rebroadcast over-the-air channels to each of its subscribers’ mobile devices, even recording broadcasts using DVR-like functionality.The problem for broadcasters, which include CBS Corporation, Comcast, News Corporation, PBS and the Walt Disney Company, is that none of Aereo’s $8/month fee goes to the local TV stations. This is not the case when programming is carried over cable and satellite services, which have to pay the stations rebroadcast fees – fees the TV stations are increasingly depending on in a time when advertising revenue is on the decline thanks to competition from Internet ad services.(See also To Truly Stop Aereo, TV Broadcasters Need To Innovate Like Hell.)The initial injunction against Aereo was spiked in July 2012, and the broadcasters in the lawsuit vowed to appeal. Yesterday’s ruling from the Second Circuit is the result of that appeal.Because each customer controls one and only one antenna in Aereo’s antenna farm, the judges felt that this did not constitute public performance of TV programming. And the DVR service seemed to be in line with an earlier ruling in a case against Cablevision that found DVRs to be perfectly fine.For cable cutters, particularly those in the larger cities when antenna use is not always practical, services like Aereo will serve as an effective tool for customers seeking to bypass cable and satellite fees.But Aereo could also be a source of disruption for the first generation of alternative broadcast sources, such as Hulu, Apple’s iTunes, and Amazon.For example, today, if I don’t catch a network show over the air (which happens a lot on my schedule), and it’s not available on Hulu Plus, I will have to buy that episode from Amazon. But if an Aereo-like service ever comes to my city, I can DVR that episode and hold it to watch it when I want… even without waiting the usual one day later for the episode to be available on one of these services.If reliable, then now I would have to re-balance my entire cable cutting budget. Hulu Plus provides my primary network TV programming with Amazon as backup. An Aereo-like service would enable me to skip the Hulu Plus subscription fee and buy less programming from Amazon, thus saving me even more money, which is the whole point of this exercise.That’s just in my situation, of course, but I would imagine anyone that’s taken an Apple-centric approach would find similar savings with buying less programming from iTunes.Aereo and similar services won’t completely replace Amazon/iTunes content, because there’s content on basic cable channels I like to watch, and more esoteric channels like BBC America for Doctor Who. Not to mention that right now Aereo works best for tablets and other mobile devices, not the big-screen television.Aereo itself is not done yet – the plaintiff broadcasters can still appeal the injunction decision up the legal ladder. Even if they don’t, there’s still the actual court case that must be to be held. But for now, it looks like the startup has found a way to successfully dodge copyright restrictions to keep its service going.If ultimately successful, Aereo and similar services will prove to be disruptive to many forms of programming providers, not just broadcasters. Expect a lot of companies to be tuning in to this trial.Image courtesy of Aereo. Tags:#Aereo#television 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts center_img brian proffitt 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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I am a complicated person: Chris Gayle to India Today

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first_imgWest Indies star batsman Chris Gayle on Friday launched his autobiography — Six Machine — in India. From his infamous sexist comment at the Big Bash to playing more Tests for his country, the ‘Universe Boss’ spoke at length with India Today.CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO UNIVERSE BOSS”Not just World boss, I’m now Universe Boss. It’s fantastic to be in India, lots of fans, electric. Very loved in India, I can repay that by entertaining on the field and taking selfies with everyone.” (Chris Gayle back in India, dances up a storm with Virat Kohli)ON BEING COMPLICATED”I am complicated, I have moods which change quickly, it’s evident on social media. I’m thankful for social media to express myself instead of taking it out on the bowlers all the time!”There are things about me people don’t know because media doesn’t talk about it. People have branded me as a party animal but there is nothing wrong in that. (Why Chris Gayle doesn’t deserve to play in Indian Premier League anymore)I have done lots of good things for other people, but people sell negative things. I’m not looking for any credit but there are other sides to me.”ON TEST COMEBACK “I have played over 100 Tests, two triple tons, yet people brand me as ‘King of T20 cricket’ which is fine. But as an opening batsman with a batting average of 40 is good. Injuries have stopped me but I’m trying to come back to Tests. I want to play a few more Tests, plenty more years left, no need to rush back. I still have another triple Test ton left in me.” ON MISSING OUT ON 200 IN IPLadvertisement”I could have got 200 in that IPL game (when he scored 175 vs Pune Warriors in 2013, highest T20 individual score). I had thought team would need 180 to win, but I myself got 175. 200 was there for the taking, if I could have got more strike. But it was a team thing, foundation was set.”He looks into camera – “AB, you should have given me the strike so that I could have got a double hundred!”ON BIG BASH SAGA”It was uncalled for especially from the media. Past cricketers did too but they are now commentators, they are paid to take sides. They can’t come out and side with me, or they will lose their job. Those cricketers were ‘badder’ than me, their history is there, they have done worse. They tried to make me look bad because I’m from West Indies. Most people don’t like us because we have this flair and swagger on the field.” “People don’t like our swag. We dominate on the field. People gravitate to us. They don’t like that. Because we can do so many things, we are multi-talented in all aspects of sports. When we excel people try to bring us down.” NOTHING WRONG WITH ‘DON’T BLUSH BABY’ COMMENT “Nothing is wrong. I will stick by that until I die. It was a joke, everybody took it too seriously. The person (Mel McLaughlin) I said it too wasn’t offended at any particular time.” (Chris Gayle asks female journalist: Have you ever had a threesome?)PEOPLE TRYING TO BRING DOWN GAYLE”I can call her now. She said it publicly Gayle apologised. She was forced to do it. She’s not with the channel anymore. There was a backlash, people trying to target Chris Gayle. An ex-cricketer said Gayle should be banned from Big Bash. “Ian Chappell punched someone and was locked up. They have done worse than me, just for a couple of lines. “We all know about (Andrew) Flintoff, taking sexual enhancers, he has done worse. They are just trying to bring down Chris Gayle.” WHY GAYLE IS THE TARGET?”Because I am a fun person. People like me. I like to party, I give the people what they want. I make sure I perform on the field.” HOW HAS INDIA CHANGED YOU?”I grew up with struggle, just like many Indian cricketers. Like Dhoni selling tickets, I used to sell juice in the market, I used to hustle to make money for school and to eat. I’m a hustler.” ON DRAWING COMPARISON WITH ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC”Based on things we have done we are alike. His haters have become his fans. He needs new haters now. When you turn 35 people think you are done. He’s still doing more than youngsters. In cricket I am the only one. Just one. Universe Boss. I’m the only one. No other cricketer like me. I’m saying it and I mean it.”  IF NOT A CRICKETERadvertisement”(Cristiano) Ronaldo is wearing my boots right now. Shining on the football pitch. If you see my skills, oooff. I can’t even say the words. I would be such an entertainer. I would be better than George Best off the field with the crazy stuff. Laughs.”Sports is stressful especially when things not going your way. That’s why it’s important to have close people around you. Sports teaches about life.” ON FUTURE GOALS”I set all targets when I was young. I have achieved all. Last one was a child. I got that four months ago. Greatest thing that ever happened to me. I will set more targets to get drive and passion.”RAHUL AS DANGEROUS AS KOHLI “KL Rahul is very talented. This is a Jamaican slang ‘run for your money’. People take it wrongly. It’s not that he will outshine Kohli.”Kohli has been dominating for long. Kohli is the man, no doubt about that. Rahul is learning the game even more. He can be as dangerous as Kohli. Rahul has a bright future in all formats. Makes cricket looks easy.”I also like Rahane a lot. He has been around for long. He is a smooth operator. He reminds me of Carl Hooper. Very easy going.”TIPS TO WEST INDIES TEST TEAM”I wish it will be the next series vs Pakistan but it’s a young team. It will take time as the captain is also very young. They should try to learn quickly and stand for something. Be more competitive and don’t let anyone walk over you. It’s a rebuilding process in Test cricket.”We always struggle in long format because we concentrate in short periods.” TYSON NOT BIGGER THAN ME”Make sure you read my book. You have read Mike Tyson. Tyson is not bigger than me. I’m taller than him. He’s short but he might punch a bit harder…. laughs.”last_img read more

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Faf du Plessis praises young South Africa squad after series win over Australia

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first_imgFaf du Plessis reckons he’ll forget about the booing, eventually, and his enduring memories of the Australian tour will be about South Africa’s against-the-odds series win.South Africa’s depth was tested when its inspirational captain was ruled out before the tour because of injury, and leading paceman Dale Steyn broke down on the second day of the series.”Obviously there were a lot of questions asked. We lost A.B., which is a massive player. We lost Dale,” Du Plessis said Sunday, summing up the 2-1 series win after Australia rallied to claim the third match by seven wickets.”Before the series, if you told the South Africa team they’d lost those two players, they would say to you we had no chance to beat Australia.”The South Africans were in dire trouble at 81-5 on day one in Perth, but recovered with an innings-reviving partnership between Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma to reach 242. Australia raced to 158 in reply, until Steyn dismissed David Warner for 97. It turned out to be Steyn’s only real contribution to the series.And it proved to be a turning point in South Africa’s favor.Enter Kagiso Rabada, in his ninth test, who took two big wickets in the first innings to back up Vernon Philander, the new leader of the attack, who took four. Rabada returned to take five wickets in the second innings of a 177-run win.In Hobart, Philander was unplayable on the first morning, taking 5-21 as Australia was skittled for 85. Kyle Abbott, coming into the XI to replace Steyn and playing his eighth test, took three wickets in the first innings and 6-77 in the second, when Rabada chimed in with four as South Africa won by an innings and 80 runs to clinch the series.advertisementIn the meantime, Dean Elgar and J.P. Duminy posted centuries in Perth, where de Kock scored two half-centuries. In Hobart, where the Australian batsmen made the wicket appear unplayable, de Kock scored a century and shared another important partnership with Bavuma that helped set South Africa on course for its massive victory. (Day-Night Test: Australia take control in Adelaide)Du Plessis scored an unbeaten 118 in the first innings in Adelaide South Africa’s first experience of a day-night test before making tactical declaration at 259-9 on the first night. That will stay with him as a lesson in the pink ball format.Australia replied with 383 and was on top, but Stephen Cook prolonged South Africa’s resistance with a gritty 104 in the second innings his highest score since a century on debut against England in January.”I said before the series this will be a great tour for young guys to make names for themselves, and the guys did that,” du Plessis said. “Everyone stepped up everyone put their hands up at different stages.”Philander was voted player of the series for his 12 wickets and 136 runs with the bat, including a high of 73. Rabada was second in the bowling ranks with 15 wickets in between established Australian pair Josh Hazlewood with 17 and Mitchell Starc with 14. Abbott was a constant threat in his two tests, taking 13 wickets at an average of 14.84. (Steve Smith hails new recruits after Australia win at last)Du Plessis had a tumultuous last week, being found guilty by the International Cricket Council of ball tampering, after he was seen putting his fingers in his mouth while he was sucking a mint, then shining the ball in Hobart.Cricket South Africa appealed the verdict, and du Plessis said he’s been unfairly made a scapegoat for doing something that cricketers all over the world have long done.It dominated headlines in Australia the day before the test, and du Plessis was loudly booed as he walked out to bat. Some in the crowd booed when he reached his century.”The last couple of days there was a little bit of huff and puff,” du Plessis said. “From a cricket point of view, what will stick me is winning this series.”From a personal note, to overcome everything that happened and to score a hundred in that first innings is something I’ll remember forever.”last_img read more

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Pakistan reclaiming cricketing glory after tumultuous Tableeghi tryst

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first_imgHuge crowds welcomed back members of the victorious Pakistan team after a successful Champions Trophy campaign. Thousands thronged different cities across the country as ten players landed after weeks of downs and ups in England. And thousands gathered outside the residence of skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who proudly held aloft the trophy his team had won by defeating India in a one-sided final.Pakistan celebrated their victory and they deserved to. They earned it. But there is more to celebrate for a country that has long been left frustrated by the inability of their players to stay in sync with the modern-day game – the influence of extreme religiosity influenced by the presence of the Tableeghi Jamaat, is finally on the wane.WHAT IS THE TABLEEGHI JAMAAT?Tableeghi Jamaat or TJ a movement which was started in 1927 by Muhammad Ilyas al-Kandhlawi in India. Wikipedia describes TJ as “a non-political global Sunni Islamic missionary movement that focuses on urging Muslims to return to primary Sunni Islam, and particularly in matters of ritual, dress, and personal behaviour. The organisation is estimated to have between 12 million and 150 million adherents (the majority living in South Asia), and a presence in somewhere between 150 and 213 countries. It has been called “one of the most influential religious movements in 20th century Islam.”The cricket world had noticed a sudden shift in focus in the Pakistan team setup under Inzamam-ul-Haq, who took over as captain in 2004. In the next three years till he retired, players were actively encouraged to offer their namaz (prayers) in full public view. Cricketers grew beards, thanked the Lord before post-match speeches and apparently did not even spend much time at the gym honing their fitness.advertisementHowever, the TJ influence dates back to Waqar Younis’ reign as captain, who had brought on board Saeed Anwar, who was grieving the death of his daughter. The stylish left-handed opener then spent time recruiting team members into their fold and the religious transformation of a cricket team was underway.The impact of Islamist practices in the cricket structure has long remained a talking point in Pakistani circles.Back in 2013, the Dawn had reported former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)chairman Shaharyar Khan in his book “The Cricket Cauldron” wrote of the religious movement in the team. In the 2003 World Cup, Anwar had told his teammates to loud applause that “angels will descend and help Pakistan win the Cup.”CONSEQUENCES OF RELIGIOUS EXTREMESPakistan were knocked out in the first round after winning only against Holland and Namibia, Waqar was removed as skipper and many of their other stalwarts bowed out. Inzamam only took over in 2004 (after a brief stint by Rashid Latif) and under him, key players were kept out in the cold because they did not subscribe to his hardcore interpretation of religion.Inzamam led Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup and again, the team exited in the first round, this time having to deal with the humiliation of losing to Ireland.Pakistan’s performances had started to dip sharply from 2003 and the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009, further pushed things back for Pakistan. No international team has since gone back to play in that country except for Zimbabwe in 2015 for short limited-overs series. Consequently, the team suffered. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) became their home base, the domestic cricket structure, never a strong suit to begin with, plunged further.Under Inzamam’s leadership, Yousuf Youhana, a Dalit Christian, converted to Islam. Shaharyar, in his book, explained, Yousuf was inspired by the message of Islam being propagated by the then captain. More importantly, Yousuf believed conversion would help him become captain at some stage.Pakistan, blessed with the flamboyance of men like Imran Khan and Wasim Akram, were quickly being wiped off the cricketing map. Imran and Akram represented different eras of swag, glamour and inflicted fear and charm in equal measure. They were serious international celebrities and were showered with adulation wherever they went. Pakistan cricketers of subsequent generations failed to inspire similar feelings of awe.HINDU LEG-SPINNER VICTIMISEDThen there was the case of leg-spinner Danish Kaneria. He was banned for life by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) back in 2012 after being accused of trying to influence some of his teammates at Essex to indulge in spot fixing. Kaneria continues to deny his involvement and last year it was reported he was desperate for the BCCI to step in and help him after being ignored by the PCB.However, Kaneria later denied making any such statement but the talented leggie continues to battle it out on his own without any kind of assistance from the PCB.advertisementThe Kaneria episode is in stark contrast to Mohammad Amir, who was jailed for his role in the spot-fixing scandal of 2010 but subsequently returned into the international fold and played a key role in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy triumph.Amir, undoubtedly talented, was backed to the hilt by PCB and the team management despite a far more serious offence while Kaneria has been left to fend for himself despite denying the charges laid down by the ECB.PAKISTAN CRICKETERS TRIED TO CONVERT INTERNATIONAL STARSAfter an ODI against Sri Lanka in 2014, Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad had attempted to convert Tillakaratne Dilshan on the field. Shehzad had a shocking conversation with Dilshan as the teams left the field after a Sri Lankan victory. “If you are a non-Muslim and you convert, no matter whatever you do in life, you can go straight to heaven,” Shehzad was heard saying in a video that went viral. Dilshan’s response was barely audible but it was clear it did not please Shehzad, who said: “Then be ready for the fire.”It was perhaps not the only instance of a Pakistani player trying to convert players of other faiths from another country.Several other media reports had emerged after the Shehzad controversy which claimed Yousuf wanted to convert Australian cricketers. During Pakistan’s horror tour down under when they lost all three Tests, five ODIs and the one-off T20 International, Yousuf spent time chatting up the Aussies to see if they would convert.FEAR FACTOR LOST, ZERO CHARMThere came a phase in Pakistani cricket – 2003 onwards – which saw loss of form and charm. Shoaib Akhtar was fast, brutal and fun to watch – he refused to conform to the rigidity of the team leadership. According to Shaharyar, Younus Khan was another such star, who struggled to hold on despite his phenomenal record.With the advent of time and the emergence of Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan cricket found its footing again and shifted its focus solely back to the game. There are still traces of religiosity in the side but there is a sense of purpose.NEW DAWN FOR PAKISTAN CRICKET?A Test series victory in England  was forged on the back of two old warhorses, who were determined to turn the tide. But the Champions Trophy glory will be owed to Pakistan’s new brigade, which is now eager to catch up with the rest of the world. They want to achieve what their slicker neighbours from India have achieved, they want to see where the fitness of Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya can take them.Zaman was in the Navy a decade back but now wants to be considered among the fiercest opening batsmen in world cricket. Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan and Hassan bowled with spite and venom and they looked fitter than an entire earlier generation of Pakistani pacers. Shadab’s fielding was electric and his confidence on the biggest stage unparalleled. The current cricketers have grown up watching Younus practice for hours, they are accustomed to watching Misbah sermonise on the art of perfection as cricketers and they are more open to the idea of learning from Kohli, David Warner and Steve Smith.advertisementThe new generation of Pakistan cricketers has seen the opportunity to make their name in a new world. There is a chance for them to build the old aura again. With time, the Fakha Zamans, the Shadab Khans and the Hassan Alis will perhaps inspire the same kind of adulation that their illustrious predecessors did, before Tableeghi Jamaat raised its head in the dressing-room.last_img read more

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