Parking structure maintenance to be considered by City Council

first_imgTags :city councildaily pressdaily press newsparking structureSanta MonicaSanta Monica City Councilshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLocal surf Instructors Compete with Illegal SchoolsPolice department requests $730,000 for new phonesYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsDraft Housing Element released to publicBrennon Dixson2 weeks agoFeaturedNewsRent Board announces general adjustment effective SeptemberBrennon Dixson3 weeks agoFeaturedNewsCommissioners talk diversity, or a lack thereofBrennon Dixson3 weeks agoFeaturedNewsSMMUSD breaks down budget revisionsBrennon Dixson3 weeks agoFeaturedNewsCity and Coalition settle legal battleBrennon Dixson3 weeks agoFeaturedNewsCity Manager selection process beginsBrennon Dixson4 weeks ago HomeNewsCity CouncilParking structure maintenance to be considered by City Council Jun. 12, 2017 at 6:30 amCity CouncilParking structure maintenance to be considered by City CouncilGuest Author4 years agocity councildaily pressdaily press newsparking structureSanta MonicaSanta Monica City CouncilParking Structure 3  On Tuesday, the City Council will consider granting several contracts that could impacting, parking, traffic and public access television.Parking Garage RepairSeveral of the City’s parking garages are overdue for serious repairs, according to a staff report. Parking structures, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10 are all candidates for upgrades that include waterproofing structural slabs, concrete walls and columns. The total cost of construction could reach $3.2 million dollars and will likely be performed by Slater Waterproofing, Inc. If approved by the City Council, construction will begin in September and last about 15 months.Five of the City’s eleven parking structure were constructed in the 1960’s. In March 2008, two large pieces of concrete fell from the second level slab at Structure 1 onto the Promenade Maintenance Office.   The temporary shoring of the slab is still in place today, and would be updated with the waterproofing construction if it is approved by the City Council. In 2009, severe concrete cracking at Structure 3 prompted the City to inspect all the structures which are showing wear and distress. Structure 3 will be demolished if the City approves plans submitted by Arclight Theaters to replace the structure with a movie theater and mixed-use development. Both structures 1 and 3 are in need of seismic retrofitting.Parking Structure 5 could be shut down for as long as five days during the construction because it needs deck sealing on multiple levels. City staff estimates construction could result in a temporary loss of about fifty parking spaces during the week and no more than 25 on the weekends.   Because of the parking impact, staff placed restrictions on the contractor’s work during the Pier Concert Series and Wednesday Farmers Markets. No work would take place during the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.CityTV Broadcasting EquipmentThe City Council will consider replacing CityTV’s 15-year-old Mobile Production Vehicle and aging video equipment in order to improve its on-location video production services. If approved, $625,471 worth of new gear will be up and ready to go later this year and allow the City to livestream and broadcast public meetings not held in the Council Chambers – including school board meetings and City Council meeting during the construction of the new City Services Building. The City plans to use the equipment to cover the Twilight Concerts, parades and sporting events. Staff says if the new equipment is not ordered, future field productions may have quality issues or may simply become unfeasible.Traffic ForecastingOn Tuesday, the City Council will consider granting a $280,500 contract to a transportation consulting firm to update the City’s Travel Demand Forecasting Model. The consulting firm, Fehr & Peers, originally developed the model in 2008 to evaluate how existing and future development in the City may impact traffic patterns. The model allows City leaders to analyze weekend traffic patterns, greenhouse gas emissions, car trips per person, and walking and bicycle demand for different streets. The model was last updated in 2013 and should be recalibrated for optimal accuracy every four years, according to a staff report from the City. The new forecasting model will factor in new development projects, regulations and the Expo Light Rail, which opened in [email protected]last_img read more

Spieth takes another gut punch, but still standing

first_imgAUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth got knocked on his butt again Thursday at the Masters. He got busted in the chops again on the back nine at Augusta National. Spieth, though, sounded undeterred after signing his scorecard, because he knows he wasn’t alone this time, and he knows there’s so much more time to recover this year. With winds gusting up to 40 mph, the first round was mostly about who could endure a beating. Spieth sounded like a guy eager to show he can take a punch, and that just might be what it takes to win this kind of Masters. “Looks like something in single digits could win this,” Spieth said. “I certainly can still shoot single digits.” A year ago, Spieth took the kind of punch that can dizzy a player for the rest of his career. He made a quadruple bogey-7 at the 12th hole in an epic final-round collapse that cost him back-to-back Masters titles. Masters Tournament: Scores | Live blog: Day 1 | Full coverage In his return there Thursday, Spieth safely navigated his way through the 12th with a par, but he got walloped with another punch on the back nine he didn’t see coming. At the 15th, Spieth rinsed a wedge shot, spinning it off the front of the green and back into the water. He made another quadruple bogey, an ugly 9 there that included some uncharacteristically clumsy short-game mistakes. Spieth shot a 3-over-par 75. That’s the highest score Spieth has posted in his 13 rounds at the Masters. No player has ever recorded a score higher than a 7 on any hole and gone on to win the Masters. Still, Spieth was more defiant than disturbed. “I’m going to probably need to play something under par tomorrow, which adds maybe bit of pressure that I wouldn’t have put on tomorrow, because I was thinking even par for the two days was a good score,” Spieth said. “I feel like I need to snag something tomorrow, but do it through patience and taking advantage of the par 5s.” There was so much focus on Spieth Thursday, with anticipation high for his return to the 12th. The grandstand was packed full when Spieth got there. Patrons were lined shoulder to shoulder, teeming around the tee box, waiting to cheer Spieth through this. It wasn’t exactly an ideal arrival, though, Jeunghun Wang was making a mess of the hole in front of Spieth. Wang airmailed the green, searched the woods for his ball, then marched back to the tee box to play again. It added to the tension there with Spieth waiting. When Spieth finally made his way on to the tee, he got a standing ovation. “I always have nerves walking to that tee, I always have,” Spieth said. “It was a tough today, because you don’t know exactly what the wind is going to do to the ball.” Spieth wasn’t surprised at the welcome he got at the 12th tee. Past Masters champions are always welcome there. He was more surprised by the reaction his tee shot got when he hit the back of the green. “I was a bit surprised at how loud the cheer was when my ball landed about 35 feet away from the hole,” Spieth said. “But I was relieved to see it down and on the green.  I guess everybody else felt that maybe more than I did.” Spieth followed with a birdie at the 13th to get within one shot of the lead before fading. At the 15th, Spieth laid up to 98 yards, looking to birdie the par 5. “I struck the shot well, I just hit the wrong club,” Spieth said. “I struck it very solid, but I used a club that would spin instead of one that would maybe take the spin off.’ Spieth took a penalty drop and moved up to 78 yards, thumping that shot over the green. Then he chipped 30 feet past the hole and three-putted for his 9. It didn’t take long for Spieth to rebound. He birdied the 16th and made a nice par save at the 18th to keep from drifting too far back. “I got three rounds to go,” Spieth said.last_img read more

Hatton leads big in Abu Dhabi as play suspended

first_imgABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Tyrrell Hatton moved five shots ahead of Rory McIlroy on Friday in the second round of the season-opening Abu Dhabi Championship. The Englishman eagled the second hole and later added four consecutive birdies before play was halted because of fading light after his tee shot on the 14th. He was at 12 under overall when play was stopped. McIlroy, at 7 under through 14 holes, birdied the first and third holes but double-bogeyed the par-4 fifth to go with three other bogeys. The second round will restart Saturday morning with McIlroy and Romain Langasque tied for second with finishers Jason Scrivener (70) and Jazz Janewattananond (69). Defending champion Lee Westwood is nine strokes off the lead. Like McIlroy, he has four holes to play in the second round. Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Hatton’s only blemish was a bogey on the third hole. Justin Thomas is 11 strokes behind in his first event since Ralph Lauren ended its sponsorship deal with him following a homophobic slur he muttered to himself after missing a putt in the recent Sentry Tournament of Champions. The Abu Dhabi Championship begins a run of three events in the “Gulf Swing” — the Dubai Desert Classic and the Saudi International come next.last_img read more

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story Movie Delays Release to 2021

first_img View Comments Star Files Ariana DeBose Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, fans will have to wait to see Steven Spielberg’s new West Side Story film. Originally scheduled to hit theaters on December 18, Variety reports that the movie musical will now be released on December 10, 2021.The original 1957 musical—a collaboration of Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim—was adapted into an Oscar-winning 1961 film. As previously reported, Tony-winning playwright Tony Kushner wrote the screenplay for this new version, which is expected to hew more closely to the original musical than the 1961 film and is choreographed by Tony winner Justin Peck.In addition to Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler playing star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria, the cast of West Side Story also includes Tony nominee Ariana DeBose as Anita, Maria’s best friend; Tony winner David Alvarez as Bernardo, Maria’s brother; and Tony winner Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for starring in the original movie, as Valentina, a new character created for this version. “West Side Story” film(Photo: Niko Tavernise/Twentieth Century Studios)last_img read more

Fees and costs hiked to offset some court cuts

first_img June 1, 2008 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Fees and costs hiked to offset some court cuts Senior EditorIt has dozens of pages, multiple charts at the end, and enough of the standard strike-through language and underlined new verbiage to cross the average reader’s eyes.But what might look like just another dry legislative enactment — titled CS/SB 1790 — will impact many if not most lawyers in Florida as well as have long-range impacts on the funding of the court system.Among other things, the bill, pending before Gov. Charlie Crist as this News went to press, raises dozens of filing fees and court costs, which in turn helped make up a shortfall in state funding for the judicial branch and for the Department of Corrections.It also made several other changes, notably switching the payment of jurors and witnesses from the courts to the clerks of courts (who got a resultant increase in their fees they are allowed to keep to offset the extra expense).Perhaps the most notable fee increases, according to Fred Baggett, the Tallahassee private attorney who is also general counsel for the Florida Association of Court Clerks, is an increase in the civil filing fee from $250 to $295, and an increase in the filing fee to evict a tenant from $70 to $295. In addition, defendants who include a counterclaim in their response will have to pay another $295 filing fee, as will those making third-party pleadings.From the perspective of the courts — and state attorneys and public defenders — the most notable aspect of the bill is the money it raises. According to figures from the Senate Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Committee, CS/SB 1790 is projected to raise $121.1 million that will go to the state’s general revenue fund and another $14.9 million will go to various trust funds.Of the new general revenue funds, about $75 million was allocated to the courts, state attorneys, public defenders, and related agencies.For the $14.9 million in trust funds, $8 million was set aside for the courts’ mediation programs. Under the existing court fee structure, $1 from each civil suit filing fee was set aside for mediation, which beginning July 1 with the new fee system, $16 of each $295 filing fee will be sent to the mediation trust fund.A new mandatory cost of prosecution — $50 for every misdemeanor case and $100 for every felony case — is expected to raise $3.6 million, with 100 percent of that going to a trust fund for state attorneys. (Prosecutors can seek and judges can grant a higher amount.) There’s a similar defense cost to be imposed on behalf of public defenders, but they get 25 percent of that in a trust fund, with the remainder going to the general revenue fund. The bill also raises the $40 application fee for those seeking a public defender to $50, and that is expected to raise another $1.5 million in trust funds for public defenders.There is also a new $50 application fee for indigent parents who seek an appointed attorney in a dependency action. That fee is expected to raise around $800,000, which is going into a trust fund for the new Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsels.Baggett said the genesis of CS/SB 1790 came actually last year in a required report from the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation, an entity which is charged with overseeing how court fees and costs are collected and distributed. That report noted that an increase in court fees could be justified and that would raise $62 million. In what was expected to be a good budget year, that report received no action in the legislature.But this year, after two rounds of budget cuts to the 2007–08 budget and with even less money available for the 2008-09 budget, lawmakers saw the report as a way to get money for the badly strained court system, related agencies, and even for corrections. After tweaking the various fees and costs, the bill is expected to raise the combined $136 million in general revenues and trust funds.As welcome as the new monies are, CS/SB 1790 did not solve the critical budget problems for the courts, state attorneys, public defenders, and others.According to the committee figures, the new revenues will not quite replace the loss of other general revenue funds to the courts and related agencies. Without the bill, the court system had faced a $17.9 million reduction in general revenues. After the bill passed, that was reduced to $6.9 million, or 1.6 percent less than it ended with in the 2007-08 fiscal year. (In the two rounds of budget cuts in 2007-08, the courts had $24 million in general revenues cut.) Including the two rounds of budget cuts made during that year, court officials say that amounts to about 6.7 percent less from recurring general revenue and trust funds for 2008-09 than they began the 2007-08 year with, with the expected result of cutting court employees by 250 positions. While some of those are vacant, court officials have said layoffs are inevitable. (See story on Page 1 of this News. )Likewise for state attorneys, the committee figures show that prior to CS/SB 1790, they were facing a 4.3 percent cut, or $14.4 million. With the bill, that is reduced to 0.6 percent. Public defenders were looking at a $7.2 million cut in general revenues, or 4.2 percent, and that’s been shrunk to $1.2 million or 0.6 percent with CS/SB 1790. (State attorneys and public defenders have expressed some skepticism on whether they will get all the money, particularly in trust funds, projected from the bill. See story in the May 15 Bar News. )To generate new funds, CS/SB 1790 raised fees and costs on a wide variety of court-related activities, including recording official documents, various filing fees, probate-related fees, costs related to criminal prosecutions, fines and costs for driving or boating while intoxicated. A chart following this story details the changes, effective July 1.More than raise court fees and costs, the bill also:• Transferred from the courts to court clerks the responsibility for paying juror and witnesses, along with giving them additional fiscal authority to raise the money to pay those bills.• Raised the salaries of the five Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel from $80,000 to $100,000. Under state law, they could not hire any assistants at a higher salary than they earned, and the $80,000 limit made it difficult to hire assistants to handle death penalty cases, where the attorneys must meet high standards of experience and training.• Allowed the CCCRCs to hire part-time assistants who also maintain a private criminal practice. Under current law, public defenders can hire part-time defenders, usually in rural counties, but those attorneys are prohibited from having other private criminal defense work.• Provided that county court judges serving on temporary assignment as circuit judges will no longer receive circuit judge pay• Reduced the number of judges on the Third District Court of Appeal by one, which had been recommended by the Supreme Court.(None of the 61 new circuit and county court judgeships certified as needed this year by the Supreme Court was approved.) Fees and costs hiked to offset some court cutslast_img read more

Woodside, Cheniere close Corpus Christi LNG deal

first_imgWoodside of Australia said that the conditions precedent to the LNG deal it has signed last year with Cheniere’s unit Corpus Christi Liquefaction have been satisfied.Cheniere has just made a final investment decision on the construction of Trains 1 and 2 of the Corpus Christi liquefaction project.Under the deal, Woodside will buy about 0.85 million tonnes of LNG per annum from the Corpus Christi project on start-up of the second train at the export facility being developed near Corpus Christi, Texas.LNG will be purchased on a free on board basis. The price payable by Woodside will be 115% of the monthly Henry Hub price plus US$3.50 per million British thermal unit (MMBtu), in line with contracts signed with the other buyers from the Corpus Christi LNG project, Woodside said in a statement on Thursday.The twenty-year agreement includes an extension option of up to an additional ten years and a mechanism that gives Woodside the option to forgo deliveries with sufficient notice through the payment of US$3.50/MMBtu for cancelled quantities.Cargoes to Woodside from Train 2 are expected to start in 2019. LNG World News Staff; Image: Woodsidelast_img read more

Awesome BMX action in Pietermaritzburg

first_img11 April 2011American Corben Sharrah rose to the occasion to win the grand final of the UCI BMX Supercross at Alexandra Park in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday, while young French rider Manon Valentino confirmed her status as the hottest property in female BMX racing by completing a rare double in the women’s division.A quietly spoken 19-year-old from Tucson, Arizona, Sharrah timed his charge to perfection, shifting up a gear in the semi-final to dominate the Frenchman Joris Daudet, who had until that stage been the men’s pacesetter.In the final, Sharrah got the hole-shot and as he led into the first berm he looked in total control.While the pack jostled behind him, resulting in classy Kiwi Marc Willers going down, Sharrah never let his control of the race slip, flying home to win from Australian Khalen “Wild Child” Young, with timetrial superfinal winner Daudet in third.Suited my style of riding’“This track really suited my style of riding,” said Sharrah, as he was mobbed by well wishers from Team USA. “I had a really good gate and won the big battle to get into the first turn first.“When I realised I was leading, it was all about staying calm and focused. That was the critical part for me.“It feels fantastic to win the first World Cup of the season,” he added.Dreadlocked French sensation Manon Valentino, aged 21, was ecstatic after completing a totally dominant win in the women’s main final. “This is totally amazing! What a comeback for me!” gushed the former junior world champion, whose first year as a senior was dogged by injury.In truth, she had won the final by the time she had turned into the second straight.Without peerFrom her quicksilver reaction off the start gate, to her athletic and fluid pace across the demanding 15-metre triple on the first straight, Valentino was without peer, and romped home to win by more than a second from Argentinean Gabriela Diaz, with Kiwi icon Sarah Walker earning the last spot on the podium.Australian ace Sam Willoughby was the shock omission from the main final line-up. He was one of four riders to crash out of the semi-finals in a pileup on the first berm that also accounted for gutsy Canadian Tory Nyhaug, Dutchman Jelle van Gorkom and Joshua Meyers of the USA.Two podium contenders fell by the wayside in a drama-laden second men’s quarter final, where on-form Frenchman Sylvain Andre and former world champion Donnie Robinson of the USA, who was being cheered on his comeback to the Supercross circuit, were both unseated in spills.SA hopeful oustedIn the men’s qualifying rounds the last local hopeful left in the men’s draw Gavin Lubbe was squeezed out of qualifying for the quarter finals. Needing only to repeat the two fourth places from his first two heats, he was sluggish off the starting line and completed his final heat in seventh, and was eliminated.“Yeah, it’s frustrating!” said Lubbe. “I was just late off the gate and was playing catch-up from then onwards.”Earlier in the day South Africa’s solitary female challenger Teagan O’Keeffe was sidelined after failing to make the cut for the women’s semi finals, despite strong vocal support from the packed stands.Pile-upsThe regular pile-ups kept the on-site medical team busy throughout the afternoon, with four serious injuries requiring hospital attention, one for a broken ankle and three for broken collarbones.The heady mix of on-track action and music under the blazing sun provided a compelling spectacle for the big crowd that packed into the new BMX venue at Alexandra Park, which will become a permanent BMX facility after the Supercross.R E S U L T SMen’s FinalCorben Sharrah (USA) 34.054Khalen Young (Aus) 34.815Joris Daudet (Fra) 35.095Raymon van der Biezen (Ned) 35.156Andres Jiminez Caicedo (Col) 35.620Robert de Wilde (Ned) 36.026David Herman (USA) 37.689Marc Williers (NZ) 1.13.216Women’s FinalManon Valentino (Fra) 33.714Maria Gabriela Diaz (Arg) 34.858Sarah Walker (NZ) 36.116Magalie Pottier (Fra) 43.085Caroline Buchanan (Aus) 43.726Vilma Rimsaite (Ltu) 49.473Stefany Hernandez (Ven) 1.04.473Lauren Reynolds (Aus) Did Not FinishSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Minstrels take over Cape Town’s streets

first_img6 January 2014 About 40 000 minstrels – or Kaapse Klopse as they are popularly known – took over the streets of Cape Town on Saturday as part of the annual Tweede Nuwejaar (second New Year) street parade, one of the city’s largest and most historic cultural events. In an event lasting around 10 hours, the 75 colourful groups of musicians, dancers and troupe members danced their way from Zonnebloem to the city centre. Around 60 000 of the Cape Town’s residents and visitors cheeredon the performers on a sweltering day in the city’s centre. While the 200-year-old event is usually held on 2 January – the one day Cape slaves were given off every year – it was moved to Saturday this year at the request of the minstrels to allow more people to attend.Glamour A stage was set up at the Grand Parade, where entertainers selected by the minstrels to represent Cape Town’s rich cultural diversity performed before the formal programme began. The event attracts entire communities, including young children, all kitted out in glamorous outfits. “The various brightly clad teams carry a rainbow of umbrellas and some are armed with musical instruments, dazzling onlookers with toe-tapping songs and beautifully choreographed dances, preserving a custom that began in the mid- 1800s,” the city explains on its website. “The Tweede Nuwe Jaar Parade is so ingrained in local society that some performers have been taking part in the parade for over 30 years, and are not only joined by their children but even their grandchildren for this extravagant event.” The annual ‘Tweede Nuwe Jaar’ parade and the Cape Minstrels were part of the rich cultural heritage of Cape Town, Grant Pascoe, Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing said in a statement on the city’s website. “It is more fitting than ever to ring in the New Year a second time, as we enter the 20th year of South Africa’s democracy. Embracing our cultural diversity is an integral part of our commitment to building an inclusive city.” City of Cape Town and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

LadyGaga as a Service: Bringing Apple and Google to Commerce 2.0

first_imgmike kirkwood A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud#saas And, the authorization to ‘Buy Now’. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market This feature is available to any Apple affiliate, but we find it particularly effective coming from the artist embedded with the video and other endorsements.Tweeting, End to End, Facebook, FTWWe noticed that with a simple interaction, we can logon to Facebook and Twitter from LadyGaga.com and drop a status post, or “tweet” into Facebook or Twitter. Incredibly, inside iTunes, both services are available as well. The real story is that social networks, and commerce networks work together, end-to-end, and, for-the-win. In a twist of fate, in this version of digital music future the record labels win big. They do it by being close to both eyeballs (Google) and library (Apple), and bringing out the thing they know, the pop. LadyGaga is on a rollWith the help of Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Apple she will connect to more platforms than ever before, with fewer clicks and passwords. We wonder how this evolve further into other platforms. Will LadyGaga’s services continue to find new ways to leverage real-time services? We’re starting to envision personal mobile and location aware fan applications. Will the forces of cloud computing and commerce force Apple and Google be best-friends-forever in music? And, will we ever build a phone that doesn’t disrupt us while on the dance floor?And, for god’s sake, damn, Beyonce’ has her back.Top photo credit: Lady Gaga at CES 2010 Lady Gaga, along with her record company, is evolving the album in the form of software as a service. Considering the content of her hit new video, Telephone, it is fitting that she would use software to tackle the hard problem of getting paid by amazing fans.On her path to global dominance, the site, LadyGaga.com has innovated the next generation of brand management for artists. To do this, she creates a join between Google’s YouTube, Apple’s iTunes, Twitter, and Facebook. Way beyond having a an Twitter account, LadyGaga is hosting an interface party, and you’re invited. She’s a performer who is inventing ways to create the value of using multiple platforms to juice the network effects.Commerce 2.0Like it a lot? Take a souvenir home from the party for the low introductory price of $1.99 in your iTunes.Today, we noticed another cultural icon, VC Fred Wilson posted this question on his blog as to what will emerge as Commerce 2.0. iTunes is prominently offered for both buying the video (which is also free on the same page) and also the album. So, there is a bet here that people want to own it, or place value in their iTunes library to offer this connected service. This brings the user to a one-moment to buy scenario. Shown here, there is the familiar transition to iTunes from the LadyGaga site. In default mode, iTunes is set to require a validation step (a second click) to buy the media. The user can can be set easily to bypass this step and enable the user one-click to buy from the web in the future. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… “So the question is who will the YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter of commerce be? Maybe they exist today and will emerge as large scale web services soon. Or maybe they are still ideas in the minds of entrepreneurs and will be hatched in the coming years.It’s an area I am excited about and will be on the lookout for. Clearly I’m not the only one.”This is where we think LadyGaga.com’s promotion for Telephone stands out as an example of the new world economy. This world is connected by the best ad engines of Google. And it is directly connected to Apple’s amazing commerce engine. Apple, in the context of digital goods is showing how extremely well it is positioned to be the industry payment engine. Embedding YouTube: Get it Now, AnywhereWe witnessed YouTube transition from the Wild West to a control point for record labels. Now, a lot of the newest official artist videos flow straight to Vevo, the branded label friendly site that runs ads and controls the experience of the brand. YouTube is taking advantage of its place as a channeling service for video. In this case, the top, most requested inventory pays for the rest of the service. The higher the demand, the more attention it gets. LadyGaga.com, like many sites, uses embeddable YouTube. In addition to pointing to commerce services like iTunes, the video embeds curated links into other properties at Vevo. This provides the site custom promotion experience while leveraging the YouTube and Vevo distribution channel.last_img read more

Two arrests after north Columbia shots fired

first_imgPolice have made two arrests over some north Columbia gunshots on Sunday night.Daniel Ayers, 17, is accused of unlawful use of a weapon, and 18-year-old Le’Andre Mitchell (pictured) is charged with possession of a stolen firearm.Investigators say the gun shots on Silver Mill Drive near Rangeline and Brown School Road on Sunday at about 8 p.m. did not hurt anyone or damage anything. They also say they do not think the gun shots were random.(This story was last updated at 6:50 a.m. Tuesday.)last_img read more