News Press freedom has been increasingly threatened in Austria ever since the far-right FPÖ entered the government in December 2017. Until then, Austria had been one of the European Union countries with the best records and is ranked 11th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Receive email alerts AustriaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence DR The comments were made by Hans-Jörg Jenewein, the media spokesman of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), the junior partner in Austria’s ruling coalition. He described ORF journalist Wolfgang Wagner’s interview with the president on 5 February as “outrageous” and “typical conviction journalism,” in which a “personal agenda” was used to “get those answers the left would like to hear.” Help by sharing this information Jenewein’s comments were a continuation of his party’s strategy of portraying journalists, especially ORF journalists, as partisan and thereby questioning their credibility. In reality, Wagner has repeatedly demonstrated political independence in his many years as a journalist handling sensitive subjects. June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF Austria added: “This is a direct attack on press freedom and thus on the democracy in Austria, and we must defend ourselves against it. The FPÖ is just looking for opportunities to demand organizational and personnel changes. We must not allow the freedom of independent media to be restricted in this way”. November 23, 2020 Find out more “Individual journalists are deliberately attacked by the FPÖ in order to intimidate them and to undermine entire media outlets,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk. Although these smear attacks of the FPÖ are unjustified, they can severely tarnish the reputation of ORF.” RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union December 2, 2020 Find out more RSF_en to go further Jenewein also called for a “reform of the head and limbs” at ORF and a reorientation of its personnel, because of the broadcaster’s alleged structural flaws. February 20, 2019 Austria’s far-right launches new attack on public broadcaster Organisation The far-right Freedom Party of Austria’s attack on public TV broadcaster ORF’s interview with President Alexander Van der Bellen, calling it reminiscent of an East German news programme and demanding the interviewer’s removal, was “extremely dangerous,” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said. News Follow the news on Austria ORF director-general Alexander Wrabetz and the broadcaster’s editorial board also reacted sharply to Jenewein’s criticism. AustriaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence News
St Lucia is home to the University of Queensland and so it is very popular among students. Rents are relatively cheap too, averaging $190 per week. Popular for its great amenities, Indooroopilly is exceptionally well serviced with the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre (the region’s biggest), a railway station and only a couple of stops from the CBD. (Source: Flatmates.com.au) Fortitude Valley is a favourite among backpackers and ravers. If you love the night-life, every night of the week, this is the suburb for you. Spring Hill – Average weekly rent $230 for a room St Lucia – Average weekly rent $190 for a room Spring Hill is the most searched-for share house suburb in Brisbane on Flatmates.com.au. It’s also among the most expensive share house suburbs with a private room.Most flatmates are drawn here for the close walk to the CBD and the Valley, but also because it’s far enough away to get a good night’s sleep. Fortitude Valley – Average weekly rent $250 for a room A hidden gem right behind Southbank and only 20 minutes’ walk to the city, West End is a favourite of students and newly arrived migrants. The multicultural community, night life, opportunity shops and cheap rent make this suburb a real draw card. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago THE 5 MOST POPULAR BRISBANE SUBURBS FOR SHARING A HOUSE Flatmates Jake Eve, Sam Prouting and Courtney Rixon share a unit in Bowen Hills because they want to live in an inner-city suburb. Picture: AAP/David Clark.RENTERS desperate to live in Brisbane’s trendiest suburbs are bunking down with strangers in a bid to save money and afford their favourite luxuries.A new survey by Flatmates.com.au has found 56 per cent of renters in the Queensland capital share a house because they cannot afford to live by themselves, and a further 20 per cent share to split the cost of bills.Shared rooms in Brisbane rent for an average $184 a week, but rooms in the sought-after, inner-city suburbs of Fortitude Valley and Spring Hill cost renters as much as $250 a week. But Flatmates.com.au executive manager Steven Caddy said Brisbane’s room rents were some of the best in the country in terms of value for money when it came to the entertainment, public transport, lifestyle and job opportunities on offer.“Brisbane is a very attractive city to live in as it has the best of both worlds,” Mr Caddy said. “It’s an edgy city with a great art scene, but it comes with beautiful weather and close proximity to amazing beaches and landmarks (but without the Sydney price tag). “Many young renters may choose to move to Brisbane to study and then decide to stay for the lifestyle.”REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said landlords could charge high rents in sought-after suburbs because many renters valued location above anything else. “Sharing a room is all some people can afford if they want to live somewhere central,” Ms Conisbee said. “Comparing the city’s average rent with people’s average income shows most people are spending more than a third of their income on rents and it’s even harder for low-income earners.” Nerida Conisbee, chief economist of REA Group. Image: AAP/Monique Harmer.Jake Eve and his partner, Sam Prouting, share a two-bedroom apartment with a friend in the inner-city suburb of Bowen Hills.Mr Eve said he loved being able to live in a sought-after location and still be able save money.“We wanted to be close to the city and work, and have the convenience of getting around,” Mr Eve said.“Everything is at your doorstep and I don’t mind going to the bars and the clubs nearby.”Each of the flatmates pay $150 a week in rent and split the bills.“It’s actually been quite affordable given we’re in a nice building and a great location,” Mr Eve said.“We were able to save for a nice, big Euro trip last year.”The survey also found almost half of all renters believe strangers make the best house mates.Mr Eve agrees.“I feel like you don’t know someone until you’ve lived with them and I know a lot of friendships that have crumbled as a result,” he said. Indooroopilly – Average weekly rent $170 for a room West End – Average weekly rent $180 for a room
On-loan striker Lacina Traore’s Everton future will be clarified in the next 48 hours as a decision will be made on whether the Ivory Coast international requires surgery. Everton have an agreement with Barcelona over their on-loan forward Gerard Deulofeu which states the more matches he plays the lower the loan fee will be, but Martinez said it was not possible to say at this stage what the financial situation was with Traore. “At the moment it is too early to have a final answer for that because obviously we don’t know how long he will be out for,” he added. “It is important we work together with Monaco and get the best possible treatment for the short and long term.” There was more disappointing news on the injury front with a hamstring concern ruling out captain Phil Jagielka for a couple of weeks, meaning he will also not be available for England’s friendly against Denmark on Wednesday. However, another on-loan striker, Romelu Lukaku, is set to return at home to West Ham at the weekend after being sidelined for a month with an ankle injury. “This has been the most demanding season personally in his career,” Martinez said of the Belgium international. “The injury has come at a good moment as it has refreshed him and he is desperate now – if you see him in training you see the Romelu we saw in the first week of training.” Lukaku is due to return to parent club Chelsea at the end of the season but Martinez said there had been no discussions about keeping the striker for the longer term. “The only thing we are interested in is Romelu’s development, and that is where we get the rewards of an outstanding footballer who can make a difference on the front line,” the Toffees boss said. “The final 10 weeks is where you can control the small margins and he is in the perfect frame of mind to be as good as he can be.” “It is important we are working together with Monaco and what we need to get right is the player gets the perfect treatment: when I say the perfect treatment, this is not a straightforward injury,” Everton manager Roberto Martinez said. “Lacina had a previous injury a few months back but he was fully fit and without fatigue – because obviously in the warm-up you don’t incur any fatigue – (so) that injury is a bit of a worry. “The injury can be solved by conservative treatment or it can involve surgery – that is a massive decision. “Depending on what route we are going down is going to have certain consequences. “It could mean Lacina could play for us again or if he can’t – it’s a bit too early. “You get to a point where if it is only going to be a matter of three or four weeks we want Lacina to be here until the end. “If it is going to be any longer than two or three months then the loan period is over.” Traore has featured in just one match, scoring and playing 61 minutes against Swansea in the FA Cup on February 16. Discussions have taken place with the 6ft 8in forward’s parent club Monaco on the best course of action, but, if an operation is required on a hamstring injury, it will almost certainly end his short stay at Goodison Park. The 23-year-old, who arrived on loan on January 24 with an existing hamstring injury, was withdrawn from the starting line-up at Chelsea on Saturday after reporting a problem with his other leg during the pre-match warm-up. Press Association
Last Sunday night, I asked my good buddy Schmoldt .45 if he knew what major sporting event had taken place that day.He quickly responded, “Well, Aaron, that would be the final round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.”Uh, Schmoldt, nobody cares about this thing. Especially when the name of the tournament winner, Arron Oberholser, sounds more like a German lager than a golfer.”OK, was it the qualifying races for the Daytona 500?”Well, yeah, but that’s not quite what I’m looking for.”Oh yeah! I heard something about … about … a tractor pull!”Sigh.Sunday, Derrick Brooks was named MVP of the 2006 Pro Bowl when he returned an interception for a zzzzzzz …Wow. I couldn’t even finish the topic sentence of this column without boring myself to death.You know? The Pro Bowl? Where the world’s greatest players of the world’s greatest sport flock to the world’s greatest vacation spot to culminate another exciting season?You didn’t watch it? Join the club, we’ve got jackets.Not that anyone cares, but the NFC gained back a shred of dignity to carry into the off-season with a 23-17, uh, “victory” at Aloha Stadium last Sunday.While it’s hard for anyone to really get fired up for a meaningless game in the wake of the Super Bowl, the quality of this particular Pro Bowl showed just why even the almighty “SportsCenter” stayed away from nonstop coverage.For starters, this was the lowest-scoring game in seven years. In general, All-Star games generate interest by lighting up the scoreboard, but this wasn’t the case Sunday.The reason for the ice-cold offense: the AFC and NFC defense combined to force 10 (10!) turnovers in the game. Brooks, who returned an interception 59 yards to the house, earned the immortal award of Most Valuable Player in the game, as well as a brand-new car.After the game, Brooks said, “I’ve been here a few times, and I don’t have many wins. Obviously, this award is a reflection of the NFC defense. We went out there and played a fine game.”No offense, Derrick, but wouldn’t it be easier to just say the NFC offense sucked less?It’s not like each conference’s defensive players were playing with a vengeance. If you’ve ever watched the Pro Bowl, you know that the object of the game is to entertain the crowd while doing whatever it takes to keep the jerseys clean. Basically, the defense treats each and every opposing ball carrier like their newborn son out there.I understand that no superstar wants to risk next season, or even their careers, over an irrelevant game. I’m just saying that I simply can’t take this no-contact spectacle seriously.That a linebacker was the game’s best player might explain the lousy ratings. According to USATODAY.com, the ESPN ratings for this year’s Pro Bowl were down 19 percent from last year, garnering viewers in under three million houses.In other words, the game barely outdrew a Spanish soap opera, a three-hour infomercial and an NHL game.Of course, it wouldn’t be a true NFL-sanctioned game without some crappy officiating. Apparently, Peyton Manning — who showed some strides by not calling out his offensive line after the game — threw a touchdown pass to UW alum Chris Chambers, but replays showed that Chambers should have been ruled out-of-bounds.Good thing is, since the three hours on the field mean less to the players than the two weeks spent off the gridiron, those interviewed about the call laughed it off.Somewhere, Mike Holmgren is counting to 10 and breathing deeply.But you know, this game should mean more to the Pro Bowlers. Each player of the winning team makes a whopping $20,000 more than those of the losing squad! I think Brooks is going to pay more in luxury tax for that new car.The fact is this game is a joke. Several big-name players skip it in fear of injury for the next season, and those who do compete end up looking like sixth-graders in the tackling department.Perhaps an All-Star game could be the one thing the NFL lacks in comparison to the other major sports leagues.”Hey, Brenner!” Schmoldt yells. “The Rubik’s Cube Time Trials just came on ESPN!”Yawn. Wake me when March Madness starts.
As the pro-Fury crowd of 15,816 at the MGM Grand cheered, Wilder briefly protested the stoppage.– ‘A warrior’ –“I just wish that my corner would have let me went out on my shield,” he said. “I’m a warrior.”Wilder’s fierce punching power had been on full display when he knocked Fury down twice in their first fight in Los Angeles — the Briton miraculously climbing off the canvas in the 12th round to hang on for a share of the spoils.With new trainer Javan “Sugarhill” Steward in his corner, and more than 16 pounds heavier than the first encounter at 273 pounds, Fury was on the attack early, backing Wilder up with his jab and landing several hard shots in the opening round.Fury failed to produce the second-round knockout he had predicted, but he was clearly in control.The fight, arguably the biggest heavyweight collision since Lennox Lewis bludgeoned Mike Tyson into submission on the banks of the Mississippi River in 2002, drew a star-studded crowd.Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Patrick Mahomes was ringside, so were Mark Davis, owner of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders and Raiders coach John Gruden.Retired NBA greats Magic Johnson and Jerry West were on hand, as was current Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green.Former heavyweight world champions Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield were acknowledged in the ring before the bout — a nod to the fact that boxing’s one-time glamour division was back in the spotlight.Top Rank president Todd duBoef told ESPN that with gate receipts of $16.9 million Saturday’s fight broke the record for a heavyweight fight in Las Vegas, passing the $16.8 million set by the title rematch between Lewis and Holyfield in 1999.It’s a far cry from the record $72.2 million in gate receipts generated by the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao clash in 2015.But Wilder-Fury III would be another big draw — and set the stage for a mega unification fight against Britain’s Anthony Joshua, the WBA IBF and WBO champion, for the undisputed title.Share on: WhatsApp British boxer Tyson Fury, right, knocks American Deontay Wilder down before stopping him in the seventh round during their World Boxing Council heavyweight championship fight in front of a crowd of 15,800 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las VegasLas Vegas, United States | AFP | Tyson Fury reigns again as a heavyweight world champion after battering Deontay Wilder to a stunning seventh-round stoppage in their World Boxing Council title rematch.Fourteen months after their dramatic split-decision draw, Britain’s Fury dominated the American champion — who had blood dripping from his left ear and leaking from his mouth when referee Kenny Bayless called a halt as Wilder’s corner threw in the towel.“The king has returned to the top of the throne,” said Fury, who had dropped Wilder in the third and fifth rounds as he remained unbeaten while handing Wilder the first defeat of his career.The self-styled “Gypsy King” from northern England — who was carried to the Las Vegas ring on a golden throne — had put on a boxing masterclass in their first fight on December 1, 2018, but he was clearly ready to brawl from the opening bell on Saturday.A massive right from Fury knocked down Wilder in the third leaving him on wobbly legs and although he went down again moments later it was ruled a slip.A huge left to the body had Wilder down again in the fifth, and Fury was raining blows on Wilder when Bayless called a halt at 1:39 of the seventh round after one of Wilder’s corner team hurled a white towel into the ring to save him from further punishment.A point deduction in the fifth round for holding was barely a blip for a dominant Fury. Two of the judges had the Briton winning every round, while the third judge gave one round to Wilder.The 34-year-old American suffered his first defeat in 44 fights, falling to 42-1 with 1 drawn and 41 knockouts.The “Bronze Bomber” was unable to surpass Muhammad Ali’s record of 10 successful heavyweight title defenses.“Even the greatest have lost and come back,” Wilder said. “I make no excuses. This is what big-time boxing is all about.”Fury regained a piece of the heavyweight title more than four years after beating Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA, IBF and WBO belts — and after depression, drink and drug problems had threatened to end his career.“I just want to say a big shout out to Deontay Wilder,” said Fury, who improved his own unbeaten record to 30-0 with one drawn and 21 knockouts. “He manned up. he really did show heart of a champion.“I hit him with a clean right hand and dropped him, and he got back up and battled on into round seven.“He is a warrior, he will be back, he will be champion again.”
A battle royal is on the cards after England players Jack Singh Brar and Jake Burnage tied with South Africa’s Kyle McClatchie for the Brabazon Trophy lead at Woodhall Spa Golf Club. They are eight-under par after the very blustery third round of the English men’s open amateur stroke play championship and they hold a four-shot lead over the rest of the field. If Singh Brar wins it will complete a remarkable double, following his Lytham Trophy success earlier in the season. If Burnage wins it will underline his form and provide ample compensation for losing out at Lytham, where he finished third. If McClatchie wins it will be the perfect 20th birthday present. All three were thoroughly tested by today’s conditions, with the strong winds really picking up on the back nine. “It was brutal,” said Burnage (Saunton, Devon), pictured top, who managed to play round in three-under 70. “I’ve played here plenty of times and that was the hardest ever.” He set up his score with five birdies in the first 10 holes and then, liked the others, settled in for the slog home. A couple of excellent up and downs, including one on 18, held his score firmly together. “I’m really looking forward to tomorrow, it’s a chance to grab it with both hands,” he said. Singh Brar (Remedy Oak, Dorset), pictured left, signed for one-over par 74 today and declared: “It was a complete battle out there. It wasn’t too bad on the front nine but as soon as you turned the corner the wind came through the trees. “It was all about staying in there – you couldn’t win it today but you could definitely put yourself out of the tournament.” The 20-year-old has been right in the mix throughout the tournament and added: “It will be nice to be in contention tomorrow. This is what you play for, that feeling of competing and contending is the best.” McClatchie, pictured below, hails from the Johannesburg area, where it is generally calm, although a recent outing at Royal County Down in the Irish Open provided a crash course in wind management. Today, he shot two over 75 and remarked: “I started badly – I was two over after five – but I knew if I kept doing the right thing there were chances to make birdies. I made two birdies on par fives, which calmed me down, and although I bogeyed 15 and 16 I played really well on the back nine.” He’s equally excited about tomorrow. “I’m really chuffed. I said at the beginning of the week that I would try to put myself in position for the last nine holes. Hopefully I can do that.” Four shots back on four-under is a group which includes two players who made impressive charges today. Scotland’s Jamie Stewart moved up 33 places with his six-under 67, which included nine birdies. England A Squad player Matthew Jordan (Royal Liverpool) improved 22 spots with his 68. “My aim today was to do as well as I possibly could and see where I finished,” said Jordan. “I was playing well and when a putt dropped on four I got on a bit of a roll. It was one of those nice days when you play well and putt well – it doesn’t often happen.” The fourth was the first of a run of six birdies in seven holes for Jordan, who dropped just one shot on the 14th. Also in the group on four under is English amateur champion Dan Brown (Masham), David Boote of Wales and Conor O’Rourke of Ireland. Click here for full scores and tee times Images copyright Leaderboard Photography 27 May 2017 England pair in three-way tie at Brabazon Trophy
SUICIDE VICTIM–In this Jan. 10, 2010, photo, New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau (55) warms up on the field before an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File) by Barry WilnerAP Pro Football WriterJunior Seau, one of the NFL’s best and fiercest players for two decades, suffered from a degenerative brain disease often associated with repeated blows to the head when he committed suicide last May, the National Institutes of Health said in a study released Thursday.The NIH, based in Bethesda, Md., said Seau’s brain revealed abnormalities consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. It said that the study included unidentified brains, one of which was Seau’s, and that the findings on Seau were similar to autopsies of people “with exposure to repetitive head injuries.”Seau’s family requested the analysis of his brain.The 43-year-old star linebacker played for 20 NFL seasons with San Diego, Miami and New England before retiring in 2009. He died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound.He joins a list of several dozen football players who were found to have CTE. Boston University’s center for study of the disease reported last month that 34 former pro players and nine who played only college football suffered from CTE.“I was not surprised after learning a little about CTE that he had it,” Seau’s 23-year-old son Tyler said. “He did play so many years at that level. I was more just kind of angry I didn’t do something more and have the awareness to help him more, and now it is too late.“I don’t think any of us were aware of the side effects that could be going on with head trauma until he passed away. We didn’t know his behavior was from head trauma.”That behavior, according to Tyler Seau and Junior’s ex-wife Gina, included wild mood swings, irrationality, forgetfulness, insomnia and depression.The NFL faces lawsuits by thousands of former players who say the league withheld information on the harmful effects of concussions. According to an AP review of 175 lawsuits, 3,818 players have sued. At least 26 Hall of Famer members are among the players who have done so.Seau is not the first former NFL player who killed himself, then was found to have CTE. Dave Duerson and Ray Easterling are the others.“He emotionally detached himself and would kind of ‘go away’ for a little bit,” Tyler Seau said. “And then the depression and things like that. It started to progressively get worse.”He hid it well in public, they said. But not when he was with family or close friends.Dr. Russell Lonser, who oversaw the study, said Seau’s brain was “independently evaluated by multiple experts, in a blind fashion.”“We had the opportunity to get multiple experts involved in a way they wouldn’t be able to directly identify his tissue even if they knew he was one of the individuals studied,” he said.The National Football League, in an email to the AP, said: “We appreciate the Seau family’s cooperation with the National Institutes of Health. The finding underscores the recognized need for additional research to accelerate a fuller understanding of CTE.“The NFL, both directly and in partnership with the NIH, Centers for Disease Control and other leading organizations, is committed to supporting a wide range of independent medical and scientific research that will both address CTE and promote the long-term health and safety of athletes at all levels.”NFL teams have given a $30 million research grant to the NIH.Before shooting himself, Duerson, a former Chicago Bears defensive back, left a note asking that his brain be studied for signs of trauma. His family filed a wrongful-death suit against the NFL, claiming the league didn’t do enough to prevent or treat the concussions that severely damaged his brain.Easterling played safety for the Falcons in the 1970s. After his career, he suffered from dementia, depression and insomnia, according to his wife, Mary Ann. He committed suicide last April.Mary Ann Easterling is among the plaintiffs who have sued the NFL.“It was important to us to get to the bottom of this, the truth,” Gina Seau said, “and now that it has been conclusively determined from every expert that he had obviously had it, CTE, we just hope it is taken more seriously.“You can’t deny it exists, and it is hard to deny there is a link between head trauma and CTE. There’s such strong evidence correlating head trauma and collisions and CTE.”Tyler Seau played football through high school and for two years in college. He says he has no symptoms of brain trauma.Gina Seau’s son Jake, now a high school junior, played football for two seasons but has switched to lacrosse and has been recruited to play at Duke.“Lacrosse is really his sport and what he is passionate about,” she said. “He is a good football player and probably could continue. But especially now watching what his dad went through, he says, ‘Why would I risk lacrosse for football?’“I didn’t have to have a discussion with him after we saw what Junior went through.”Her 12-year-old son, Hunter, has shown no interest in playing football.“That’s fine with me,” she said.
Liam Plunkett got the home side on the scoresheet midway through the frame.However, Jack Karran restored the three-goal advantage before Ronnie Wilkie gave the Thunder Cats hope heading into the second-period intermission with a late goal in the frame.Karran, now with five goals this season, scored twice in a span of 16 seconds in the third to secure the victory for Nelson.Creston Valley outshot the Leafs 33-23 in the game.Quinn Yeager was solid in the Leafs net to register his first win of the season.Nelson leads Grand Forks Border Bruins by one point in Murdoch Division standings.The two teams hook up Friday in the Boundary City as Nelson concludes its three-game road trip.Grand Forks faces the Braves Sunday in Spokane.Saturday, September 30, Nelson returns home to host Creston in a Kootenay Conference rematch at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.LEAF NOTES: The three-goal game for Jack Karran, who finished with four points Saturday, moves the Grande Prairie native into a tie with Jackson Zimmermann as the top goal scorer on the Leafs — each with five goals. . . . Zimmerman has a four-game goal scoring and points streak, totalling seven points during the streak. . . .Sawyer Hunt leads Nelson in scoring with eight points. . . .. Revelstoke Grizzlies and Summerland Steam currently lead the KIJHL overall standings, each with 10 points. Nelson is second at nine with Kimberley, Grand Forks and Kelowna tied for fourth with eight points. Jack Karran scored a natural hat-trick to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 6-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Creston Valley Thunder Cats Saturday night in the East Kootenay City.Karran scored the final three goals of the game for the Heritage City squad to secure the Leafs win.Nelson, unbeaten in four games and first overall in the Murdoch Division, won for the second time in as many nights on the road.The Leafs opened the weekend with a 5-0 shutout of the Spokane Braves Friday in the Lilac City.Sawyer Hunt opened the scoring for the Leafs 11 seconds into the game.Ethan Land, on the power play and Jackson Zimmermann increased the margin to 3-0 with goals less than two minutes apart in the second frame.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Pete DeBoer appreciates the fun that the Carolina Hurricanes are bringing to their postgame salutes to the crowd. He didn’t want to see it in person Friday night.After the Hurricanes ended the Sharks three-game winning streak, the team lined up on the blue line, got the entire arena clapping in unison and performed a rowboat celebration. The guys ran to the red line and back, slid on the ice and pretended to be rowing kayaks, sending the home crowd into a frenzy.The scene in …
How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… jon mitchell Geoloqi was a smart little startup from Portland, Ore., that made software for telling a smartphone where in the world it is. All kinds of investors wanted a piece of the action, but Geoloqi said no, no, no. Its founders wanted to find a fit, not an “exit,” a place where they could keep building the apps and maps they love. Now they have. Geoloqi has been acquired by Esri.“I felt like I had known them my entire life,” Geoloqi CEO Amber Case says of her first meetings with Esri, based in Redlands, Calif. “We wanted to be a longer term, more sustainable company, rather than try to knock it out of the park and be gone in two years.” Despite some early offers from other companies and investors, Geoloqi stuck it out, looking for an opportunity just like the one it announced Monday. Location, Location, LocationGeoloqi’s tools help software developers integrate sensitive location features, which are hard to build from scratch. Location services eat into the phone’s performance and battery, it’s hard to find location accurately, and the data have to be secure to protect the user’s privacy. Geoloqi solves those problems for its developer customers.Geoloqi’s free apps show off the kinds of superpowers that can be built using its software development kit. My favorite example: push notifications whenever you walk by a place that has a Wikipedia entry.With the acquisition, Geoloqi’s software is not going away. On the contrary, version 2 is on its way with Esri’s blessing. The Geoloqi office is now the Esri Research and Development Center, and Geoloqi CEO Amber Case is now the center’s director. The same team will keep building the same software, but now its parent company can provide the other half of the value proposition: complete, powerful maps.With Esri, Geoloqi Is On The MapEsri is a map provider. It has amazing data for planning and logistics. I asked Case to rattle off some industries served by Esri’s map data. Here are just a few: education, tourism, government planning, construction planning, telecom/infrastructure planning, retail, environment management, emergency/disaster management… basically anything that uses a map.For example, you could use Geoloqi’s software on Esri’s map data to create a geofence in the shape of a tornado warning, so every phone in the area would know exactly where it’s safe – and where it isn’t.For their first trick together, Geoloqi and Esri released new geocoding features in the Geoloqi service. This allows apps to provide an address instead of just a latitude and longitude, and the service will figure out how to draw the geo trigger. It also allows reverse geocoding, so apps can find the address of a phone just by reading the phone’s location.Esri and Geoloqi are also now offering a mapping library that apps can use. It’s powered by Esri’s ArcGIS, so apps can use it as an alternative to Apple’s MapKit. In other words, if Apple’s maps aren’t good enough, apps can build in Esri’s instead.Solving Real-World Problems The merger helps Geoloqi concentrate on real-world problems instead of catering to the whims of the trendy app market. “They’re a nerdy, developer-focused company,” Case says of Esri, “and they service a lot of different industries that are real industries, not just these [markets for] 18-to–25 year old[s].”To this smart team, the deal was a relief. “People were jumping up and down,” Case says. “We know we can be [at Esri] for a long time and work on cutting-edge stuff.” There’s a clear roadmap, they know what they’re working on, and they can hire more Portlanders. All Geoloqi’s investors hail from Oregon, and the company was a star of the city’s incubators. It’s a real local success story.In an age of quick-flipping start-ups with no soul, the Geoloqi story is a lesson in the payoff of perseverance.Disclosure: I used to hang out with Geoloqi a lot when I lived in Portland because I think what they do is awesome. That’s how I took those nice Instagrams of them.Team photo courtesy of Geoloqi. How to Get Started in China and Have Success Related Posts Tags:#start#startups China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …