KEY BISCAYNE, Florida (AP):Serena Williams had been eliminated from the tournament for less than 20 minutes when she climbed into her white Mini Cooper with the chequerboard top and pulled out of the players’ parking lot, fastening her seat belt as she drove.A hasty departure, for sure.Williams’ 20-match winning streak at Key Biscayne ended yesterday with a 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-2 loss to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round of the Miami Open.Williams was bidding for her ninth title in the event and her fourth in a row. But after a gruelling first set that lasted nearly an hour, the 21-time Grand Slam champion faded on a sweltering afternoon.This is the first time she hasn’t reached the Key Biscayne quarter-finals since 2000, when she lost in the fourth round to Jennifer Capriati.”I did the best I could,” she said during a postmatch news conference that lasted less than three minutes before she cut it off. “I can’t win every match. These players come out and play me like they’ve never played before in their lives. I have to be 300 per cent every day.”Williams, 34, will retain the No. 1 ranking, but she hasn’t won a tournament since earning her 69th title at Cincinnati last August.”She’s still No. 1, and she still plays great,” Kuznetsova said. “I don’t see much to be depressed about.”The No. 15-seeded Kuznetsova won with defence, extending points until Williams would make a mistake. The Russian finished with only 18 unforced errors to 55 for Williams.In addition, Williams’ serve was uncharacteristically unreliable. She hit 13 aces but also had nine double faults and was broken six times.PHYSICALLY FINEWilliams said the 91?F temperature – a record for the date – didn’t faze her.”Physically, I’m fine,” she said. “I don’t know, I guess I didn’t move today. Maybe that was one of the things that didn’t work out for me.”Kuznetsova, 30, won Key Biscayne 10 years ago and is into the quarter-finals for the first time since 2009.”I’m too old,” she told the crowd. “I’ve been many times on this court. I love being back here, and I’m really happy with my performance.”Also sidelined were No. 3-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 4 Garbine Muguruza. Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka, seeded 13th, committed only 12 unforced errors and defeated Muguruza7-6 (6), 7-6 (4). No. 19 Timea Bacsinszky eliminated Radwanska 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.In men’s play, No. 6 Kei Nishikori beat No. 27 Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2, 6-2.Williams lives 90 minutes from Key Biscayne and has long considered the event her home tournament. But the stadium was two-thirds empty for her match, partly because of weather so uncomfortable some spectators draped towels over their heads seeking refuge from the sweltering sun.
Persons caught pilfering drugs from the country’s public hospitals will be jailed. Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence made this pronouncement on Friday at the signing of the contract for construction of the new maternity ward at the New Amsterdam Hospital.The minister told the gathering that perpetrators will be jailed for a very long time,Minister Volda Lawrence addressing the gatheringas the situation has become unmanageable and is costing the Government large sums of money.“We just keep buying and buying, and it seems as though there’s a black hole somewhere that (the purchases) are falling into. Yes, I do think about the investment that we’re losing, but I also think of those poor brothers and sisters who will have to go without their medication because they turned up here and were told, ‘We do not have any’. Unlike many of us, they don’t have anywhere else to go or anyone else to turn to,” Minister Lawrence explained.The New Amsterdam Hospital has for years been plagued by drug shortages, and this situation has been directly linked to the suspected acts of pilfering.Minister Lawrence has called on employees of public healthcare institutions to be alert and report any suspicious activities, even as efforts are in place to provide new equipment and structures to boost the delivery of services.“I want to assure all of you that these matters will be addressed, so I’m going to ask you to be vigilant; we’re all in this thing together,” she declared.The Government has allotted $33.3 billion in its 2018 budget for the health sector. From this amount, over $2.2 billion will be spent on drugs and medical supplies for hospital and health centres across the country.
BEV closureThe approximate 390 workers, who will be placed on the breadline next month when BEV Processors Inc closes its seafood operations, are expected to be paid a series of incentives by the company.This was indicated when the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) met with company officials on Thursday on behalf of the workers, in accordance with the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act and the Trade Union Recognition Act.According to the Union, the news of the company closing operations came as a shock to many workers, most of whom are single mothers already finding it difficult to solely maintain their families.During Thursday’s meeting, the company’s owner, Bruce Vieira, indicated that several factors would have impacted the decision to end operations in the fishingGAWU President Komal Chand and General Secretary Seepaul Narine updating workers at BEV Processors Inc. on Thursday following a meeting with company officialsindustry. For the past 34 years, the company, which is located at Houston, Greater Georgetown, has been one of the leading processors of fish and shrimp for local and overseas markets.“Mr Vieira contended that in the last few months there has been a substantial decline in the prices being received from his customers locally and abroad. The low prices have resulted in the company having some 600,000 pounds of shrimp on hand. Moreover, the company is required by year-end to have Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. On that matter, he shared that MSC certification process is tedious and it would take about 18 months to complete. He shared too that sales to overseas markets would be severely curtailed unless the MSC certification is obtained,” GAWU said.The BEV boss also related his concern as to whether Government would renew at year-end, the concession through which fishing companies are allowed to purchase fuel under arrangements that allow for lesser taxes to be paid.“Mr Vieira, in the circumstances, expressed deep fear that his company could suffer heavy losses and huge debts,” the Union noted.Nevertheless, the company has agreed to pay its 390 workers a series of incentives to soften the impact thatThe employees wore a worrying look on their faces during the briefing with the unionthe closure will have on their livelihoods. Apart from the statutorily required redundancy payments, the company, through the Union/company engagement, has agreed to pay workers for their full year’s annual leave. This will be done even though the years’ of service would be incomplete when operations cease.Additionally, the workers are also expected to receive their full incentive payment for July, 2018, although the company would end operations around July 15, 2018.“Also, the company agreed to pay the workers 100 hours of their pay rates they would usually receive during the closed season despite the shuttering of the company’s operations before the season commences. The closed season, which would last from August to October, sees a temporary cessation of fishing operations to allow fish to spawn,” the Union further detailed.Following Thursday’s engagement with company officials, the Union representatives met with the workforce and apprised them of the outcome of the meeting.“The Union shared with the workers its dismay that the situation has reached such a sad end. Some workers lamented what life could become if they are unable to secure new jobs. The GAWU committed itself to ensuring that the workers’ rights were protected and vowed to stand in their corner. The workers obviously upset by the sudden closure decision but were nevertheless, in the circumstances, heartened that the Union managed to secure additional payments on their behalf,” the statement noted.Moreover, it was indicated that BEV is also working to secure jobs for the employees. Some of the workers may have an opportunity to be employed by Noble House Seafoods Limited, an entity where GAWU also enjoys bargaining rights. Noble House Seafoods has expressed intention to buy BEV’s shrimp processing equipment as well as its trawlers and as such, it is expected that the company would also retain some of the employee.“This possibility will be confirmed early next week. Additionally, BEV is reaching out to other employers with a view to secure jobs for the now redundant workers,” the Union assured.According to GAWU, this new case of large-scale loss of jobs could not have come at a more distressing time. The Union reminded that over the last few months, several thousand sugar workers became jobless from an unwise policy to minimise the industry. Separately, it added more workers have lost their jobs arising from the economic circumstances that are prevailing at this time.At Thursday’s meeting, GAWU was represented by its President, Komal Chand; General Secretary Seepaul Narine among other Union officials and members of its BEV branch.
The changes included an increase in the banking from 12degrees to 20 and a curved pit lane unlike anything the drivers had seen before. Because the new surface produced such fast speeds, Goodyear had to bring a very hard left-side tire that was capable of withstanding the loads. It created a perfect storm of slick asphalt, little grip and a garage full of grumbling drivers. “I felt like I was on ice from lap one until the last one,” said Gordon, the four-time series champion. “There is no reason for us to show up at racetracks and be at a white-knuckle experience for an entire weekend.” That sentiment was echoed over and over as drivers climbed from their cars. “It was out of control pretty much all day,” Clint Bowyer said. LAS VEGAS – The only sure win in Las Vegas these days is betting on Jimmie Johnson. The defending series champion beat teammate Jeff Gordon on Sunday to win his third straight Nextel Cup race at LasVegas Motor Speedway. And this one came under extremely different conditions on a reconfigured race track that gave everyone fits. “It was the poorest race I’ve ever been in. It wasn’t fun to drive,” David Stremme said. “You couldn’t run side-by-side. When you got alongside of somebody, you were scared to death you were going to wreck,” Matt Kenseth said. The race was marred by ninecautions, most of them products of the new configuration and tough tire. David Ragan spun on the opening lap, and Casey Mears, Robby Gordon and Ward Burton were in a three-car accident 10 laps in. Joe Nemechek and Dave Blaney wrecked eight laps after that. “There’s just no grip at all,” said Mears, who blamed Gordon for the accident. “Everybody is having a hard time getting a hold of their cars.” Johnson understood Goodyear’s choice of tire based on the short timeframe the company had between the January test that revealed the high speeds to when a choice of tire had to be selected. But he called on the company to figure out a way to work more with the teams in the future. “When we go to new surfaces, we need to be on the conservative side and we need to be able to test it,” Johnson said. “To show up and not test what you are going to race is where all of the frustration comes from. I do understand that Goodyear wants to build a strong, safe tire. And not everybody is going to agree with going to a hard tire. But if we have a chance to test it, we’ll find a way to be comfortable.” Johnson led 89 of the 267laps en route to the win, but it came at Gordon’s expense. Gordon dominated by leading 111 laps, and appeared poised to tie the late Dale Earnhardt for sixth place on the career list with 76 victories. But Gordon thought he had a flat left-rear tire following a late round of pit stops, and gave up the lead with 32 laps to go when Jeff Burton passed him. Johnson got by both of them five laps later and held on after a final restart with 11 to go. He credited it to the final pit stop, when crew chief Chad Knaus made a tire pressure adjustment that balanced out the damage he received from brushing the wall. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This track was a different challenge for us, no doubt about it,” said Johnson, who led Gordon across the finish line for a 1-2 finish that gave Hendrick Motorsports its 150th NASCAR victory. Johnson suffered a pit-road penalty and a slight bounce off the wall, but otherwise had few problems navigating his way around the track that was under intense scrutiny all weekend because of changes owner Bruton Smith made to the 1.5-mile speedway.
0Shares0000German coach Norbert Elgert is in charge of the Under-19 team at the Schalke’s youth academy, of Germany’s most successful © AFP/File / Ryland JAMESGELSENKIRCHEN, Germany, Oct 12 – Schalke 04 are a sleeping giant in the German league, yet their youth academy is one of Germany’s most successful, producing World Cup winners, Bundesliga stars and Premier League exports.Germany has just qualified for Russia 2018, where they will defend the World Cup title they won in Brazil when four former members of Schalke’s academy were in the squad. Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, Juventus defender Benedikt Hoewedes and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Julian Draxler all came through the Gelsenkirchen club’s youth set-up.Schalke 04 are nicknamed “The Miners” due to Gelsenkirchen’s industrial setting and their youth academy, called the “Miners’ Forge”, has a long list of talented alumni.Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, 21, Liverpool defender Joel Matip, 26, and Arsenal left-back Sead Kolasinac, 24, are just some of its graduates.The latest starlet to rise from the academy to Schalke’s senior squad is 19-year-old Weston McKennie, a future US international in the making.But what attributes make a future professional or a World Cup winner?“Talent is important, but that only gets you through the door,” Norbert Elgert, coach of Schalke’s Under-19 team, told AFP.– Have a ‘Plan B’ –“Athleticism and skills as a team player are all important. Then there are also things which are often overlooked — character, personality, desire to improve.“You have to have the confidence to elbow your way up in a squad of 25 to 30 players, or you have no chance, but then you still have to be a team player.”Norbert Elgert, coach of Schalke’s Under-19 team, has seen an impressive list of names roll off the production line at Schalke since 1996 © AFP / Jonathan STOREYThe 60-year-old has seen an impressive list of names roll off the production line at Schalke since 1996.Elgert is passionate about coaching and, with his flowing grey locks, adopts a father-figure role.“We put a lot of emphasis on education, right up to ‘Abitur’ (university entry qualifications),” he said.“We encourage that because what percentage actually make it? — Four or five percent maximum will be Bundesliga footballers.“Whenever I speak to a player about their future, I always ask, ‘what is your Plan B?’“We have to look past football, for those who don’t make it, get injured or get sick.”His success with Schalke attracted an offer a few years ago from Bayern Munich, but Elgert, who was born in Gelsenkirchen, opted to stay.He said Germany’s ability to produce talented young players stems from the lessons learnt from mistakes in years gone by — namely Euro 2004, when die Mannschaft failed to qualify from their group.“It was important for us to learn from the past,” said Elgert.“It wasn’t just enough for German teams to be organised, we were overtaken by countries like Spain, Holland or Italy.“The German Football Association (DFB) has been very innovative with the academies and always kept an eye on what is going on in other countries.”He clearly has strong links to his former players and eagerly asks how Ozil and Kolasinac, who joined Arsenal in June, are regarded in England.His eyes light up when he describes spotting talent — like the teenage Ozil.In fact Elgert receives a text message during the interview — he smiles as he shows the caller ID that reads “Ozil, Mesut”.“He was playing an Under-17 trial here, which I was overseeing as part of a school project,” said Elgert.“It wasn’t just the way he controlled the ball with great technique, it was the way he could read the game.“He was always looking where his players were and making good decisions.”Elgert persuaded Ozil to join the academy at Schalke, where he made his senior debut in 2006, leaving two years later for Werder Bremen in a deal worth five million euros ($5.8m).He went on to Real Madrid and when he joined Arsenal from the Spanish giants in 2013, Ozil cost 47 million euros.Elgert looks pained when discussing Neuer, arguably the world’s top goalkeeper who is currently sidelined with a fractured foot.“It’s just a huge pity, he lives for football and just wants to play football,” said Elgert.“I don’t worry about him. Of all the people this could have happened to, he will come back and be in his best form for Russia” and the World Cup finals.– ‘Welcome home’ –“I have known ‘Manu’ since he was 10 or 12 years old,” Elgert recalled.“He wasn’t fixed in the goalkeeper position then, he trained and played as an outfield player.“He was obsessed with football, in a positive way, he took tremendous pleasure in playing football.“You could see his ambition by the time he reached the Under-19 team.“He wasn’t first-choice, someone else was playing goalkeeper.“I said to him: ‘Manu, with your talent you can decide for yourself when you play.’“He quickly became the first-choice for our Under-19 team, but also for Germany.”Doesn’t it hurt when, after years of investing time and resources in players, they pack their bags for bigger clubs?“When they leave, your heart bleeds. Sead, for example, developed well here, but on the other side you are pleased for him,” admitted Elgert.“I’d rather see him here, like a lot of ‘Schalkers’, but I am pleased to see he has found his feet and is helping his team.”Schalke are currently mediocre and firmly a mid-table side in the Bundesliga.“It would have been an interesting team here if all the boys had stayed,” Elgert said.“We could have challenged the likes of Bayern Munich, but that is the past and the club (Schalke) profited from those who left financially.“You only have a career for a short period of time.“The boys who left, like Manu, will always have a bit of Schalke in them.“When they return to visit, I always greet them with ‘welcome home’.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Pictured at the launch of the inaugural Falcon and Thomsons new weekly sun service to Costa Dorada from Ireland West Airport Knock were from left to right, Jonathon Lapsley, Nicole OíDonnell with baby Grace O’ Donnell, Rory Herron and baby Freya and Natalie Kelly from DonegalDonegal holidaymakers now have a brand new destination choice after leading Tour Operators Falcon and Thomson launched the inaugural flight on their new Costa Dorada service direct from Ireland West Airport Knock. With a weekly flight every Tuesday until the 16th of August, holidaymakers throughout the West of Ireland have the opportunity to discover the ‘Golden Coast’ from their local airport.Costa Dorada is home to the popular resorts of Salou, La Pineda and Cambrils while also on the doorstep of Barcelona. Speaking at the launch of the inaugural service, Charlotte Brenner, Marketing Manager for Falcon and Thomson, said “We are delighted to welcome the first passengers on our inaugural service to Costa Dorada from Ireland West Airport.“We are delighted to see a full flight of passengers from all over the West and North West region departing on the first flight and believe Costa Dorada serviced through REUS airport will prove a very popular choice for local holidaymakers. Over the last number of years Costa Dorada including the resorts of Salou, La Pineda and Cambrils has become a firm favourite from Ireland due to its short flight time, excellent range of quality hotels and apartments and attractions for all the family”.Welcoming the inaugural service, Donal Healy, Head of Marketing & Route Development at Ireland West Airport said they are delighted to welcome the first flight to Costa Dorada with Falcon and Thomson.“It’s great to see a packed flight for the inaugural service and bookings have been very strong for the programme for the rest of the summer so much so that the programme is already on sale for summer 2017’. Set along the beautiful Costa Dorada or the ‘Golden Coast as it is commonly known, the three main resorts of Salou, La Pineda and Cambrils offer an excellent choice for families, couples and adults alike. From the bustling Salou with its Palm lined prom running along a beautiful sandy beach to the more traditional fishing village of Cambrils, while La Pineda boasts its own golden beach, waterpark and low key nightlife.All resorts are on the doorstep of the famous theme park PortAventura, where kids of all ages can enjoy roller coaster rides and some wild water adventures at the Caribbean themed PortAventura Aquatic Park. Alternatively a day trip to Barcelona, which is located only 90 minutes away, will satisfy the culture vulture with quirky art and architecture and football fans with Nou Camp!Falcon and Thomson, part of the TUI Group, is a leading tour operator specialising in package holidays tailored to suit the needs of modern Irish families. The company has built its long standing reputation on offering Irish holidaymakers quality hotels and apartments including its exclusive Holiday Villages, SplashWorld Resorts, Kids Clubs, Sensatori and Family Life range that aren‘t available from anyone else in Ireland.For further information on holidays to Costa Dorada including Salou, La Pineda and Cambrils visit www.falconholidays.ie ; call 1850 45 35 45 or contact your Falcon Travel Shop or local travel agent.NEW COSTA DORODA SERVICE LAUNCHED AT IRELAND WEST AIRPORT was last modified: June 29th, 2016 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)
Naomh Naille Club NotesSlotto: There was no winner of this week’s jackpot. Numbers drawn were 6 4 1 5 3 2 7. The consolation prize of €80 went to Anna & Thomas Burke, C/o Christy Dunleavy. Thank you all for your continued support.Cardiac Screening will take place in the clubhouse this Saturday the 6th of April. The new official St. Naul’s club telephone number is 087 7034777. Anyone still interested in getting screened needs to contact the above number as there is still a small number of appointments available. The age limit is 4o years and under and the cost is €45 per person. Those who have already booked will get there time of appointment this week. Donegal GAA Fundraiser: The Donegal GAA is holding a Fun Run & Walk Day in Ballybofey on Saturday 6th April at 11am. All clubs in the county are taking part & expected to have at least 10 people participating in this event. Sponsorship cards for the event are available from Cieran Kelly (087-2450505).Game Results: Well done to the Senior Men, Reserve Men and the Senior Ladies who all got their league season of to a good start with the men teams beating Aobh Rua at home on Saturday and the Ladies beating Red Hughs, 4-7 to 2-1, at home on Monday. The club would like to wish Aidan Kennedy a speedy recover after picking up an injuring during the senior game.The U-14’s lost out away to Bundoran on Sunday, hard luck boys.The club would like to wish a big congratulation’s to Conor Mc Brearty and Fiona Gillespie who got married recently. GAA NEWS: ST NAUL’S CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 2nd, 2013 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) Tags:St Naul’s GAA Club notes
Paul Merson has warned Arsenal fans to not be fooled by the team’s recent form, saying the Gunners will be ‘ripped to shreds’ when they face Liverpool.Unai Emery’s side are unbeaten in all competitions since their 3-2 defeat to Chelsea on 18 August, after which they won 11 games on the bounce and now find themselves fourth in the Premier League table.Few expected Arsenal to really challenge in their first season of the post-Arsene Wenger era, but their recent form has led some, talkSPORT host Jim White included, to suggest they could now compete for the title.But Merson has urged supporters not to get carried away by Arsenal’s run, telling talkSPORT after they beat Leicester 3-1 in October to make it 10 wins in a row: ‘They haven’t played anybody yet!’ 3 Arsenal produced a brilliant second-half performance to beat Leicester to make it ten wins in a row Paul Merson believes Liverpool will tear Arsenal apart at the Emirates getty Asked if Arsenal are genuine title contenders, he told talkSPORT host Jim White: “No. If they finish in the top four they’ve pulled up trees.“They’ve done well to win ten games on the trot, don’t get me wrong.“But when they come up against Tottenham and Liverpool, and especially Liverpool at the Emirates, I would be shocked if Liverpool didn’t win by three clear goals.“They will rip Arsenal to shreds.“I’m scratching my head, because Arsenal have won ten games in a row and in half of those games they could have been behind by so many in the first half.“But when they get going in the second half, when everything is rolling, then they’re the Harlem Globetrotters. 3 3 Ozil turned in a brilliant display against Leicester – but he doesn’t do it enough While it may appear an impressive feat, a quick glance at the Gunners’ recent opponents shines a different light on their run.Their league victories have mostly all come against struggling teams – with Everton and Watford are the only top-half opponents they have beaten – while it also includes a win over Brentford in the EFL Cup and two European minnows in the Europa League.MORE: Stuart Pearce dismisses Arsenal’s ten-game winning run – ‘Their fixtures have been kind’Arsenal have lost just two games this season, but they came against the only ‘top six’ teams they have played so far – Manchester City and Chelsea.Their next game against a top rival is on November 3 when they host Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.And Merson is expecting a bloodbath. “I mean look at Mesut Ozil, he was phenomenal. If he played like that every week, he’d be the best player in the world.“So no, I can’t buy into it. I think they’ve been very, very fortunate.“They haven’t played anybody yet, and you can’t play like this against teams like Liverpool.”Listen back to Paul Merson on talkSPORT above!
Independent TD Thomas Pringle has said he is “extremely pleased” that the Supreme Court has today decided to refer three questions to the European Court of Justice on the validity of the ESM Treaty.“I commenced this action because I was very concerned about the legality of the ESM under Irish and European law and I am extremely pleased that the Supreme Court has agreed with my concerns and decided to refer three questions on the ESM to the court of justice for adjudication.The Killybegs-based Deputy said in doing this he has achieved what he set out to do in having this Treaty considered in all its implications and tested against our constitution and the EU Treaties. The Supreme Court is asking the ECJ to consider three issues;1: Whether European Council Decision 2011/199/EU of 25th March 2011 is valid?2: Is a Member State of the EU whose currency is the Euro entitled to enter into and ratify an international agreement such as the ESM Treaty?3: IF the European Council decision is valid, is the entitlement of a Member State to enter into the ESM Treaty subject to the entry into force of the council decision of 25th March 2011? ‘The Supreme Court refused my application for an injunction to prevent the state ratifying the ESM Treaty because in the words of the court ‘should the appellant be successful that will be an adequate remedy’ because the state has said that if the ECJ rules in my favour the state will withdraw from the ESM if they have ratified it by then’ continued Pringle.‘If ratification now takes place we are in danger of having committed over €500m in capital contributions by the time that the ECJ rules and if they decide in my favour it is doubtful if we could recover that money’ concluded Pringle.”The court has now adjourned the case pending the outcome of the reference.PRINGLE WELCOMES SUPREME COURT REFERRAL TO EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE was last modified: July 31st, 2012 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) Tags:ESM Treatypringle
About 35 million U.S. homes now have broadband access, compared with 110 million homes with TV. About half of those Internet users say they have watched video online, according to industry analysts. Several alternates to traditional TV viewing have been announced in recent weeks, including a deal between Apple Computer Inc. and Walt Disney Co. that makes reruns of “Lost” and other programs available as individual $1.99 downloads for viewing on computers or video-capable iPods. CBS and NBC have also decided to allow video-on-demand of some of their prime-time shows.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dozens of old television shows including “Welcome Back Kotter” will be available online and free-of-charge under a deal between America Online Inc. and Warner Bros. In the latest alternative to traditional TV viewing, a new broadband network called In2TV will be launched in early 2006 by AOL and Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution, the companies said Monday. Besides the TV shows, In2TV will include games, polls and other interactive features. “Welcome Back Kotter,” “Sisters” and “Growing Pains” are among the 30 series to be offered initially as Internet streamcasts. They will be grouped on channels by genre, including comedy, drama, animation, sci-fi and horror, action-adventure and “vintage TV.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In2TV plans to offer more than 100 TV series and at least 300 episodes per month in the first year, the companies said. The shows will be delivered through AOL Video on Demand, AOL Video Search and AOL Television. At the time of launch, the programs will be available exclusively on AOL and will not be in syndication on TV, AOL official said. Some of the shows will be offered in a new video format, “AOL Hi-Q,” that AOL promises will offer DVD quality on a full computer screen. Users will be directed to a plug-in to install the technology on their computer. The shows will contain two minutes of advertising per half hour, streamed before and after the shows, and also at the traditional commercial breaks when the show aired on TV. Sponsorships and banners will also be sold, according to AOL. In2TV will offer an early test of whether consumers can be persuaded to watch longer-form programming on their computer screens. Currently, much successful Internet programming runs only a few minutes long on the theory that many viewers don’t have the patience to sit through longer shows at their desktop or laptop.