Maryland police officer faces assault charges after slamming teen’s neck into ground during arrest

first_imgPLU$XANZ/Twitter(WASHINGTON) — A police officer in Maryland is facing criminal charges after being filmed slamming a suspect’s neck into the sidewalk with his knee during an arrest.Kevin Moris has been charged with second degree assault and misconduct in office over an incident that happened on July 3, 2019, during his arrest of Arnaldo Andres Pesoa, 19.Moris had his police power suspended and was put on paid administrative leave on July 5, which remains in place, Ramon Korionoff, a public information officer for the Montgomery County Police Department told ABC News.The initial internal investigation into the incident has since been put on hold until the conclusion of the criminal case, Korionoff said.John McCarthy, the state’s attorney for Montgomery County, held a news conference announcing the charges on Tuesday.“Today is not a day to rejoice the prosecution of a police officer but rather to make a somber and sober decision to hold one accountable,” McCarthy said Tuesday.“The actions of this officer do not represent our county police, generally, nor do they show law enforcement at its finest moment. It is important to have continued bridges of trust to our community. Charging this officer with two counts is what is appropriate in this case,” McCarthy said.Second degree assault carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence, and there is no set sentence for misconduct in office, leaving the sentence to judge’s discretion, the state’s attorney’s office told ABC News.Pesoa’s charging document details how an undercover police officer first interacted with Pesoa after seeing him post about psychedelic mushrooms on Snapchat, and that the undercover officer then arranged to buy mushrooms from Pesoa.Moris was one of four officers who approached Pesoa in a McDonalds where he was allegedly set to sell the drugs to the undercover officer, according to the charging document. Moris told Pesoa that he was under arrest, and the criminal complaint details how Pesoa allegedly resisted, and was eventually placed in handcuffs.What ensued outside the McDonald’s was caught on video that was then posted on Twitter. While the charging document details that Moris and another officer “took Pesoa to the ground so that the search incident to arrest could take place there,” it does not describe how Moris pushed his knee on top of the back of Pesoa’s neck and later pulled Pesoa’s t-shirt over his face while Pesoa was shouting obscenities.The criminal complaint states that Pesoa “spit onto Officer Moris’ right shoe and ankle area” before he was forced on the ground.Pesoa was found to have marijuana and mushrooms on his person and he is now charged with two counts relating to possession with intent to distribute, one charge of resisting arrest and a charge of second degree assault.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Mourinho hails Fabregas display

first_img After three years in Barcelona, Fabregas returned to the Barclays Premier League on Monday night – and he instantly looked at home in Mourinho’s side, who looked very much like title contenders. The Spain midfielder set up Andre Schurrle with a perfectly-weighted pass and he also had a hand in each of Chelsea’s other two goals, scored by Diego Costa and Branislav Ivanovic. Costa was a constant menace to the Premier League newcomers all night and he got on the score sheet with a poacher’s effort from 12 yards. Fabregas then cushioned a perfect ball into the path of Schurrle to cap off a 25-pass move before Ivanovic met the Spaniard’s corner to make it 3-1 in the 34th minute. Mourinho was happy with how his team responded to Scott Arfield’s opening strike, and he found Chelsea’s second goal particularly pleasing. “Everything was fantastic, the movement and the quality of the pass and the vision and the understanding between them was beautiful,” the Portuguese said of Schurrle’s goal. “Emotionally we were not affected by the goal we conceded. “We conceded a goal, but we never lost composure and we deserved these three points against a side that is going to give a fight to everyone that comes here.” Mourinho’s only complaint was with the officials for booking Costa for simulation when his trailing leg was actually caught by Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton. “It was a penalty, but the linesman decided not to give it,” said Mourinho, who also handed Thibaut Courtois his debut and brought summer signing Didier Drogba off the bench in the second half. “The kid (Costa) presents himself here today with a fantastic, competitive, clean and polite attitude. “I hope he doesn’t get more unfair decisions.” Burnley manager Sean Dyche, who led the Clarets back into the top-flight last term, was not too disheartened by the defeat, which came in front of a noisy capacity crowd at Turf Moor. “Chelsea have quality in all areas,” the former Watford manager said. “We kept going, which is important. The will and demand is there. “We have a strong mentality. Ian Holloway said last year we had the strongest jaw in the division. “We know it is not a sprint, it is a marathon and it is going to be a tough marathon.” Dyche has brought in seven new players this summer, but he feels more additions are needed. He said: “We need to build a squad. It is not just a starting 11. We are carrying light numbers. We definitely need strength in depth.” Watching the £27million signing dictate a high tempo and put in tackle after tackle, it was hard to think why Arsenal, and Manchester United in particular, passed up the opportunity to sign the 27-year-old Catalan, who was given the man of the match award for his efforts. Afterwards Mourinho praised Fabregas for providing him with the creativity and drive that was sometimes missing from the Chelsea midfield last season. “I think the team played very well but I agree with Cesc being the man of the match because him and (Nemanja) Matic they controlled the game,” the Chelsea manager said. “Those two dictated the intensity of the game. They are both good brains in this team and I am happy with that because probably last season we couldn’t control the game the way we did today. “In the last 10 years, Cesc and I were in the same league for six or seven years so I know what he can bring to this team. “He makes the right decisions, the right intensity of the game and he brings other people in the right direction. I am really happy with him.” Fabregas was one of four summer signings to feature in a new-look Chelsea team now shorn of the likes of Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard. Chelsea will come up against better opposition this term, but the way they started the season suggests this new and improved Blues team deserves its status as title favourites. Jose Mourinho hailed Cesc Fabregas after the midfielder enjoyed a stunning debut in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Burnley. Press Associationlast_img read more

“Hello out there, we’re on the air, it’s hockey night tonight…”

first_imgBy Andrew ZwickerRossland TelegraphYou couldn’t be blamed over the weekend if you were humming Stompin’ Tom’s unofficial Canadian Anthem as you walked through town. While the goalie didn’t jump, the players did bump and the fans all went insane as someone roared andThe Outlaws scored at the good ole pond hockey game.Gifted with glorious sunshine and perfect temperatures for maintaining an outdoor hockey rink, the BC Pond Hockey Championships went off without a hitch after being delayed for a week by unseasonably warm and wet weather.Local ice-maker extraordinaire Raymond Von Diebeisch was out hosing down and manicuring the ice throughout the week leading up to the event and by puck drop on Friday night had a good 30cm’s or more of cold hard ice down on the Emcon lot.“I’ve got to give a huge hats off to the ice that Ray was able to create,” extolled organizer John Reed. “He did a phenomenal job going way over, above and beyond the call of duties. The ice was phenomenal!”Due to the rescheduling of the event just 15 of the 27 initially registered teams were able to make it, but sunny skies, hard ice and the sense of sportsmanship and cooperation that taking the game to the pond brings out kept the action hot and the puck cold.One wander around the events ground over the weekend and the subtle and not so subtle differences between the arena game and the pond game were readily apparent.From costumed players dipping into celebratory beverages together before the sun was even high enough to clear the shadows to the no goalie, non-stop style of play and high scoring affairs there was a noticeably different vibe from that of your typical rink.In the men’s competitive division the KVR Gilnockie Ruttin Bucks regained their title as Western Pond Hockey champs. The Bucks, winners of the inaugural tournament three years ago put a licking on the Top Shelf Construction team in the finals with a 27 -16 victory to claim the title.The Bucks include Jarod Seminoff and Aaron Shrieves of Nelson. Following a slow start which took some time to adapt to pond rules, The Outlaws after losing their first game of the tournament, picked up a secret weapon for the rest of the tournament and went unbeaten into the finals.“We had to learn to keep our shots down as we kept missing the net in the first game with the short little nets,” explained Mark Brooks of The Outlaws. “That first game we were basically just running and gunning and didn’t really have any strategy.”From game two on we started working on covering our men a little more and trying at least to make it look like we knew what we were doing.”Adding a local “over 50 year old” as they put it, local teacher Wayne Antsey brought the missing piece to the puzzle and the boys never looked back despite a chippy semi-final game against the Tighty Whiteys.In true dramatic fashion the rec division finals came down to overtime. During regulation time the Outlaws were leading significantly and appeared to be cruising to victory. Pond Hockey has a few unique rules however. At the end of regulation each team’s penalties from the games are tallied and the difference in number of penalties goes to the opposing team as goals.That tied the game up and sent it into overtime where ultimately Lifeworks were defeated 27-25.“It’s just a ton of fun,” added Brooks. “We love coming up for this tournament, the whole weekend is just a great time with some good hockey mixed in.”In the last two tournaments, on the women’s side, Jackie Haines played a key role for the Wild Things.This year however she decided to form her own team made up of some of the younger Smokettes and Chicks with Sticks players and in a grudge match of sorts ended up facing her old squad in the finals. Ultimately the Wild Things breakaway player came back to bite them in the final as the Organic Drycleaners knocked them off for the title in a 16 – 5 final.“It’s always fun to be able to play in a tournament like that with a whole bunch of your friends you know,” added Haines. “It’s especially fun when a lot of the girls in the area are teammates in our regular league. It gives us a chance to break up our regular routine and have some fun on the pond. We’ll be back next year to defend our crown for sure.”With a successful third year of the tournament now in the books Reed is looking forward to next year and is working on a few tweaks to fine tune the crowd favorite event for next year.One change Reed is hoping to make is to take the weather guessing game out of the equation after having to reschedule due to weather the past two years. The hope is to secure the Rossland arena for tournament weekend next year so that regardless of weather the event will go on with a full slate of teams.With the winners in each division winning free entry into both the National Pond Hockey Championships in Ontario as well as the Northern Regional Championships in Prince George next year the top teams will surely be taken where, the hockey players, face off down the rink and their beer cups will be filled up for the champs who win the drink.last_img read more

Messi puts on masterclass for watching Coutinho

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey round of 16 second leg football match against Celta Vigo January 11, 2018 © AFP / LLUIS GENEMADRID, Spain, Jan 12 – Lionel Messi put on a masterclass in front of new recruit Philippe Coutinho as Barcelona trounced Celta Vigo 5-0 Thursday to ease into the Copa del Rey quarter-finals 6-1 on aggregate.Coutinho, dressed in a black shirt dotted with white stars, was in the stands at the Camp Nou for the first time since his 160 million-euro ($192 million) move from Liverpool. It didn’t take long for the Brazilian star to appreciate the playing riches on show on the pitch.“The first half was extraordinary,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.Level at 1-1 after the first leg, the three-time defending champions were 4-0 up by half-time.Messi grabbed the opening two goals in the 13th and 15th minutes, both finished with a sublime first touch with his left foot, both created by Jordi Alba.Messi then returned the favour by setting up Alba to score past the hapless Sergio Alvarez in the Celta goal before Luis Suarez made it 4-0 on the night after 30 minutes when the Uruguayan burst through the defence.The tie petered out in the second half but French international Ousmane Dembele showed why Barcelona paid 105 million euros for him last year when he dribbled past three defenders from the halfway line before being denied by a desperate tackle.Dembele did have time to set up the fifth goal of the night three minutes from the end when his corner was headed home from close range by an unmarked Ivan Rakitic.“It’s luxury to have Leo in the side, he’s the best in history. We always look for each other to score goals and today we have done it twice,” said Alba.Earlier Thursday, Espanyol overturned a 2-1 loss in the first leg to defeat Levante 2-0 with Leo Baptistao and Gerard Moreno on target either side of half-time.Sevilla also progressed with a 2-1 win at home to second-tier Cadiz for a 4-1 aggregate.Barcelona’s forward Ousmane Dembele (C) vies with Celta Vigo’s defender Sergi Gomez during the Spanish Copa del Rey round of 16 second leg football match January 11, 2018 © AFP / LLUIS GENEWissam Ben Yedder, after 31 minutes, and Joaquin Correa in the 54th minute, were on target for Vincenzo Montella’s team.On Wednesday, Real Madrid laboured to a 2-2 draw with Numancia to progress to the quarter-finals 5-2 on aggregate.In a much-changed side, Lucas Vazquez scored both of Real’s goals after the 11th and 59th minutes.But on both occasions, their modest visitors fought back thanks to a brace from Guillermo on the stroke of half-time and then after 82 minutes.Numancia ended the game with 10 men after captain Dani Calvo was red-carded in the dying moments.Leganes, a modest club from the Madrid suburbs, reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their 89-year existence.Despite losing 2-1 at Villarreal, who are currently sixth in La Liga, Leganes progressed on away goals having won the first leg 1-0.Moroccan international Nabil El Zhar scored the crucial away goal for mid-table Leganes on the half-hour mark.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

West Ham outcast determined to fight for first-team place

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT revealed And Oxford, who made his Premier League debut for West Ham as a 16-year-old in 2015, has been training with the club’s Under-23s.The Sun reports the 19-year-old believes there have been three bids between £10million-£20million for him.When the January transfer window opens, he fears the Hammers could send him back to German club Borussia Monchengladbach, who used him sparingly during a loan spell last term. scrap Reece Oxford during a loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach last season LATEST PAYBACK Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions latest West Ham outcast Reece Oxford is determined to fight for his first-team place.Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini has not included the defender in any of his matchday squads this season. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 1 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 center_img gameday cracker BEST OF Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane RANKED SORRY tense Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade But Oxford is understood to be intent on staying at the London Stadium despite his lack of first-team action.His only taste of football this season has come in the Checkatrade Trophy for West Ham’s U23s – and it’s been 10 months since his last senior appearance.Oxford has two-and-a-half years left on his existing contract, which he signed in December 2016.last_img read more

Supporting social entrepreneurs

first_img16 August 2005Ashoka – Sanskrit for “the active absence of sorrow” – is a global organisation working to support and provide a network for social entrepreneurs in their quest to cure social ills. It’s been hard at work in South Africa since 1990. Ashoka was founded in 1980 by American Bill Drayton on the belief that social entrepreneurs have the highest leverage and widest impact for fixing social problems. The organisation provides the entrepreneurs with financial backing and a professional framework to help them spread their ideas and innovative solutions, individually and collectively.But what is a social entrepreneur?“The job of a social entrepreneur is to recognise when a part of society is stuck and to provide new ways to get it unstuck,” the organisation explains on its website. “He or she finds what is not working and solves the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution and persuading entire societies to take new leaps.“Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionised the fishing industry.“They go beyond the immediate problem to fundamentally change communities, societies, the world.”Ashoka FellowsLeading social entrepreneurs can be nominated as Ashoka Fellows, after which they must undergo a rigorous search and selection process. In this, they must demonstrate that they have a big new socially relevant idea, creativity, entrepreneurial quality and ethical fibre.Ashoka provides new Fellows with a three-year living stipend, allowing them to focus full-time on building their institutions and spreading their ideas. Fellows also benefit from being a part of the Ashoka global fellowship for life. Ashoka continues to add to the array of services and opportunities for Fellows, designed to meet their needs at the different stages of their careers.Ashoka has invested in more than 1 500 Ashoka Fellows in 55 countries. These Fellows have transformed the lives of millions of people in thousands of communities worldwide. The organisation elects about 150 new Fellows every year.Into AfricaAshoka launched its Africa programme in 1990 with the election of the first Ashoka Fellows in southern Africa. It was followed by expansion into West Africa and the Sahel region in 1992 and the opening of the East Africa office in 2001. Operations covering North Africa and the Middle East began in 2003 with the launch of the Cairo office.Today there are over 200 Ashoka Fellows in 17 African countries, and roughly 25 new Fellows elected each year in Africa. Ashoka Africa has five regional offices based in South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, and Uganda.In South Africa, Ashoka has a nationwide presence with offices based in Johannesburg. With 85 Fellows working in Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe, the organisation has a firm footing in the region.Home-based careOne such innovator is Ashoka Fellow and nurse Veronica Khosa, who got up and did something about her frustrations with healthcare in South Africa. She saw sick people getting sicker, elderly people unable to get to a doctor and hospitals with empty beds that would not admit patients with HIV.So Veronica started Tateni Home Care Nursing Services, instituting the concept of home-based care in South Africa. Beginning with practically nothing, her team provided care to people in a way they had never received it – in the comfort and security of their homes.Just a few years later, the government has adopted her plan and, through the recognition of leading health organisations, the idea is spreading beyond South Africa.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Gauteng matric results best in South Africa

first_imgAlexander Johannes, Gauteng’s topachiever, with former principal Tony Reeler. Some of South Africa’s top achievers. MEC Barbara Creecy (middle) said theirturnaround programme worked. Parents jubilant for their children’s results.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Charles PhahlaneHead of CommunicationGauteng Department of Education+27 11 355 1530 or +27 71 860 4496RELATED ARTICLES• SA matrics excel despite hardships• SA matric results up by 7%• Top marks for IEB matrics• Poor schools score textbooksBongani NkosiGauteng has for the first time achieved the best matric marks in the country, beating the long-time results champion, the Western Cape.Schools in the inland province achieved a 78.6% pass rate for 2010, a 6.8% increase from 2009.But the Western Cape didn’t do too badly either: it accomplished a 76.8% pass rate, up from 75.7% in 2009. It had the highest pass rate after Gauteng.Gauteng’s results victory has earned the province much praise.“For the first time ever, Gauteng is the top-performing province in the country. We do indeed have a great deal to celebrate,” said Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy.“This [78.6% pass rate] means that we are only 1.4% short of our 2014 target of an 80% pass rate.”Creecy announced the province’s results on 6 January 2011 at Wits University, where she was joined by the top matriculants and their parents. The youngsters were honoured with certificates of recognition and bursaries.The students, who will soon enrol at universities, scored several distinctions each and are eligible to register for bachelor degrees of their choice. They have all been awarded bursaries worth R40 000 (US$6000) by the provincial government.Some 43% of matriculants in Gauteng obtained a university entrance pass.Alexander Gerhard Johannes from Pretoria Boys High School is Gauteng’s top achiever – he notched up nine distinctions for his final exams.Pupils at state schools across the country have been applauded for their efforts – especially in light of last year’s teachers’ strike and the Fifa World Cup. All schools were closed for the month-long tournament, and this took away valuable learning time.“Despite all the difficulties, these young people really came to the party,” said Creecy.Gauteng owes much of its success to the Secondary Schools Improvement Programme (SSIP), which was implemented at the beginning of 2010. The programme targeted 276 underperforming schools in the province and gave them more attention and resources.“We identified those schools that were underperforming and gave them more time and invested in them,” said Creecy.Mosupatsela Secondary School, one the beneficiaries of the programme, turned out one of the province’s top performers, Neo Modimokwane.Modimokwane obtained four distinctions in accounting, economics, mathematics and business studies.Her school was one of the top five achievers in the programme with an 85% pass rate. Inqayizivele Secondary School was the overall champion with 94.8% of matriculants passing.The others are Lethukuthula Secondary with 88%, Zitikeni Secondary with 81% and Lesiba Secondary School, which achieved a pass rate of 75%.More than 200 of the schools in the programme improved their results. “This programme involved extra classes on Saturdays starting from the second term in April, during the World Cup and during the September holidays,” said Creecy.“The classes were expanded into a catch-up and exam preparation programme after the strike.”Although not part of the SSIP, Beverly Hills, another Gauteng school, grew its 2009 pass average of 55.1% to 86.9%.About 300 schools will be involved in the programme in 2011. Now that the provincial government is confident about the performance of 60 schools that were part of the initial SSIP, they will no longer be part of the scheme.Pretoria schools shineAs in previous years, schools from Pretoria performed well in 2010. Students there scored the top marks in Gauteng.Pretoria Boys High School is one of a number of schools in the province that achieved a 100% pass rate. Principal Tony Reeler is proud of his school, attributing its success to a good work ethic.“There’s no magic ingredient. It’s only hard work, there’s no substitute for hard work,” Reeler said.The school has improved on its previous pass rate of 99.7% and has set a benchmark, which it aims to reach every year from now on.“If a child gets to matric, I don’t see a reason why that child should not pass,” said Reeler.The overall pass rate in South Africa was 67.8%, the national Department of Basic Education announced. Results have improved significantly across all nine provinces.last_img read more

Helping our young queens

first_imgNtsako Shipalana, at just 24, has been chosen to become one of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part ambassadors. This is in recognition of her efforts to improve the lives of women through her initiative, the Royalty Campaign. Ntsako Shipalana, along with her partners Lerato Hlongwane and Nthando Tembe, has listed the Royalty Campaign under the Assaggi Girls Foundation, to maximise their reach and help more girls around the country. (Image: Ntsako Shipalana)Play Your Part ReporterBorn in the northern town of Tzaneen in Limpopo, 24-year-old Ntsako Shipalana has been selected to join Brand South Africa’s group of Play Your Part ambassadors.This is in recognition of the significant strides she has made in improving the lives of South African girls through her women’s health initiative, the Royalty Campaign.Play Your Part ambassadors are selected for their selflessness and willingness to go above and beyond to improve the lives of their fellow citizens. They are examples of how active citizenship can help transform South Africa for the better.A helping handShipalana says that while she was growing up, when she had to buy sanitary products, she began to notice that some girls couldn’t get these products whenever they needed them.“What about girls who can’t just get up and buy whenever they feel like it, like I do,” Shipalana asked herself. “What happens to them monthly especially being unfortunate?”Knowing how important access to sanitary products was for women, Shipalana decided to do something about this and help give underprivileged women these necessities.She created the Royalty Campaign, which she says was inspired by her birthdays and how she often got gifts to celebrate growing up.The Royalty Campaign provides women of all ages with the sanitary products they need to live their lives with dignity and pursue their dreams without having to worry about hygiene.“I’ve always desired to give back on a big scale, but never knew how. So I jumped on this one without looking back,” explains Shipalana.“I am strong and persistent about girls being queens. This campaign aims to help girls feel like they really are.”Going further and doing moreShe hopes the Royalty Campaign spreads to other provinces and invites supporters to jump on board.And in her efforts to help women beyond the reach of the Royalty Campaign, Shipalana partnered with Lerato Hlongwane and Nthando Tembe, two women who share her passion for empowering themselves and other women.The trio listed the Royalty Campaign with the Assaggi Girls Foundation, a non-profit organisation that provides monthly supplies of sanitary pads to schools so that girls don’t have to miss a day of school as a result of their menstrual cycle.“We have listed the Royalty Campaign project under the Assaggi Girls Foundation as we have a common passion for women empowerment and giving girls encouragement in the best way we possibly can,” Shipalana says.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Why Apple Is Talking to Cable TV Companies – and Why They’re Listening

first_imgA new report places Apple in discussions with large cable operators to possibly pipe their content through Apple TV or a similar set-top device. If accurate, such an arrangement would not only raise Apple’s profile in the television market, but could also greatly affect the nature of content coming to your TV screen – and how it gets there.It’s no secret that Apple wants to be a big presence in your living room. The $99 Apple TV set top box – and its associated technologies like AirPlay – are evidence of that. But now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is working to negotiate a deal with cable providers that might enable live cable TV content to be viewed on Apple TV.Apple Pivots to a New PlanThese negotitaions may indicate that Apple has not been terribly successful in its original goal to license content directly from television and movie producers. That plan followed the cable-cutter model: give consumers enough content and they’ll replace their existing cable service with Apple’s Internet-based offerings. Google and Amazon have similar ambitions, with Google TV and Amazon Digital Services showing up on devices like the Vizio Co-Star and the Roku, set-top boxes, respectively.If Apple can cut a deal with the cable providers, it would avoid this disruptive model altogether. Instead, Apple could insinuate an Apple TV-like device into the current supply chain from content producer to cable provider to consumer.What Can Apple Offer?It won’t be easy. Other than hooking on to the Apple “cool” factor, there seems little incentive for cable companies to make such a deal. After all, most cable set-top boxes already use a Linux-based operating system layer (which is pretty much free) so why pay more for an operating system licensed from Apple? And, more importantly, cable companies already have the video content. What can Apple offer that they don’t?Well, these three things for starters:1. Music, for one. Apple has well and truly locked up deals with the recording industry, and on-demand music coupled with the capability to play a user’s songs over a home theater system would be a nice plus. For now, most cable and satellite services offer only streaming music channels, often from Sirius/XM.2. Internet content for another. Apple TV doesn’t currently have a Web browser, but a new for-cable Apple device could. For all their investment in TV browsing and DVR interfaces, that’s something that the cable companies don’t really have. Browsers are already showing up within set-top devices: the aforementioned Co-Star features Google’s Chrome browser.3. Apps could be the key to Apple’s appeal to the cable companies. Roku and other set-tops already feature some gaming apps, and cable companies may want to get in on the act. The few efforts made by the cable providers in this area have been, frankly, sad. Apple could bring an instant gateway to millions of high-quality iOS apps.There’s no telling how far along Apple’s talks with the cable companies have gotten, or if any such deal will come to fruition. But of all the players in this space, Apple is in perhaps the best position to deliver the most music and apps right now.That pre-eminent position may erode as Google Play and Android application development grows, so Apple may be trying to strike while the iron is hot to get a first-to-cable-market jump on its online competitors.For more on the ongoing evolution of television, see What’s At Stake In the Epic Battle Between TV Networks and Cable/Satellite Providers.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Apple#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img brian proffitt 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Video: Duke Receives New Sneakers, Gear Ahead Of Sweet 16 Contest

first_imgDuke's new white Nike sneakers.Duke arrived in Anaheim yesterday in anticipation of the team’s Sweet 16 game against Oregon tomorrow night. Yesterday, the Blue Devils had a practice session, and then went back to the team hotel where they were greeted by packages of cool, new swag. Judging by this video, it looks like each player received a couple of gorgeous pairs of new shoes, as well as some gear. Not too shabby at all.Come for the new merchandise, stay for the “Still Not a Player” instrumental in the background of this video. Day 1 Recap in the Golden State.#MarchMadnesshttps://t.co/3wt1RvGOMP— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) March 23, 2016last_img