Spain in charge in qualifying quest after beating Sweden

first_imgSpain made it four wins out of four and took full control of their Euro 2020 qualifying group by seeing off closest challengers Sweden 3-0 at home on Monday after overpowering their opponents in the second half.Captain Sergio Ramos scored for the seventh time in eight internationals to give his side the lead with a penalty in the 64th minute and Alvaro Morata also converted from the spot to double the home side’s advantage in the 85th.Substitute Mikel Oyarzabal completed the victory at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium two minutes later after coming off the bench to make his competitive debut, curling into the bottom corner from just inside the area.The win took Spain on to 12 points at the top of Group F after four games. Sweden are second, level on seven points with third-placed Romania.Romania thrashed Malta 4-0 away. Fourth-placed Norway have five points following a 2-0 win at the Faroe Islands.Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifying results:Bulgaria 2 Kosovo 3 Czech Republic 3 Montenegro 0 Denmark 5 Georgia 1Faroe Islands 0 Norway 2 Latvia 0 Slovenia 5 Malta 0 Romania 4 North Macedonia 1 Austria 4 Poland 4 Israel 0 Rep of Ireland 2 Gibraltar 0 Serbia 4 Lithuania 1 Spain 3 Sweden 0 Ukraine 1 Luxembourg 0last_img read more

Paris Hilton is now guest of L.A. County

first_imgThe 26-year-old Hilton was sentenced to 45 days in jail after a judge found that she violated her probation on alcohol-related reckless-driving charges by repeatedly driving on a suspended license. Assuming no in-custody misbehavior is alleged, she is expected to be released June 26 – after only 23 days behind bars – in terms of state sentencing guidelines. Hilton “was cooperative during the \ process, which included being fingerprinted, photographed, medically screened,” Sgt. Diane Hecht of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said in a statement. Hilton was issued a booking number and wristband and surrendered her personal property to custody personnel for safekeeping, Hecht said. “She was also issued jail clothing, an orange top and pants, and personal hygiene items,” the statement said, adding that the booking process was completed around 1 a.m., when she was escorted to her cell. “Ms. Hilton will be housed in a cell by herself and will be segregated, in a special housing unit, from the general population during her stay at CRDF,” Hecht said. She said the cell is 12 feet long, 8 feet wide and 8 feet high. Inside are two bunks, a table, a sink, a toilet and a small window. A woman had reportedly been pre-screened to share a cell with Hilton. Officials did not immediately explain why it was decided that Hilton would be housed alone. The star of the “Simple Life” reality television program is being housed in a section generally reserved for potentially vulnerable inmates, such as police officers and public officials. Hilton is expected to be allowed to spend one hour per day outside the cell to shower, use the telephone – not her personal cell phone – and watch television in a small pod adjacent to the cell. Her lawyer, Richard Hutton, said that means the heiress will be essentially locked down in isolation for 23 hours a day – making for some long days and nights. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LYNWOOD – With a throng of media camped outside, Paris Hilton began serving a sentence expected to last 23 days at a Los Angeles County jail Monday in Lynwood, where she was being housed in a cell by herself. The hotel heiress surrendered at the Twin Towers jail in downtown Los Angeles at 11:15 p.m. Sunday, was booked at 11:38p.m., then transferred to the Century Regional Detention Facility on Alameda Street in Lynwood, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported. Department spokesman Steve Whitmore described Hilton as being “cooperative,” “calm,” and “focused” during the booking process. Surrendering in downtown Los Angeles and starting her sentence a day earlier than had been expected served to preclude what officials had feared would be an unsafe crush of paparazzi at the Lynwood facility coinciding with her arrival. last_img read more

Higuain goal hailed as ‘Drogba-esque’ by Chelsea fans on Twitter

first_img GETTY Love that goal from @G_Higuain ! Chels have started this game well 💙 #CFC #KTBFFH— kevin cattermole (@kevincattermole) February 2, 2019 That’s more likely from @ChelseaFC .Higuain with the first goal as blue. #CFC #CHEHUD #COYB— Irfan Khan (@i_r_f_a_n_27) February 2, 2019 2 Higuain is looking mental. His physical presence, movement off the ball and the quick shots he’s taking means he is at least bagging a hat-trick. #CFC— Azza (@CFCAzza) February 2, 2019 tense Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars The goal has already earned comparisons with Drogba What a finish by Higuain. Drogba-esque #cfc— Mustafa Nizami (@MustafaNizami) February 2, 2019 gameday cracker HIGUAIN GET IIIIIIINNNNNN! #CFC #KTBFFH— DrTwenty2 (@22Mkhize) February 2, 2019 deals Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining Higuain has a long way before reaching the heights Drogba did but these Blues fans seem optimistic he has what it takes.Below you can see some of the best Higuain tweets from these Chelsea fans. LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Always knew Higuain is a great signing. 1-0 to Chelsea! #CFC— Eden Hazard (@KhaiHazard) February 2, 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Lovely finish from Higuain for his first goal for Chelsea! #CFC— Andy (@Amrith1504) February 2, 2019 no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow Higuain celebrates his first goal in Chelsea colours Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REVEALED He has re-united with under-pressure Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, after the pair worked together at Napoli during the 2015/16 season.And a bit of that pressure on the Italian will have been alleviated after seeing his big signing open his goalscoring account.N’golo Kante found Higuain with an incisive through ball on the right and the forward did the rest by firing the ball powerfully beyond the helpless Jonas Lossl in the Terriers goal.The Argentine added another in the second-half with a curling effort that took a slight deflection as the Blues ran out 5-0 winners.Higuain’s exploits prompted many Chelsea fans to take to Twitter to celebrate the goal, with one fan even likening him to club legend Didier Drogba. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Well taken goal by Higuain, let’s hope there’s plenty more of that on the way🤞 #cfc— Darin Olson (@darinolson) February 2, 2019 Higuain scores for Chelsea! Never thought I’d say that. #CFC #CHEHUD #Chelsea— RafayBaakza (@rafayb7) February 2, 2019 2 Gonzalo Higuain is off the mark at Chelsea after his clever run and emphatic finish gave his new club the lead over Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge.The Argentine completed his loan move to the Blues in January after cutting short his season-long loan spell at AC Milan. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED Exactly what we needed! Great goal by #Higuain 💙 Let’s keep this going. And that ball by #Kante will just go unnoticed. But what a player. #CFC— Jishnu Srivastava (@JishnuSri8) February 2, 2019last_img read more

Pellegrini likens West Ham starlet Declan Rice to Javier Macherano

first_img The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 REPLY Rice has been so consistent for West Ham this season Manuel Pellegrini insists Declan Rice is England’s best defensive midfielder and compared the West Ham starlet to Javier Mascherano.The 20-year-old controversially switched nationalities from the Republic of Ireland last week, despite making four senior appearances for the Boys in Green. 3 “At least I am talking about the English players. Maybe there are other foreign players in big teams also playing well, like Fernandinho.“But I repeat we are just starting to see what will be with Declan in the future.“He is improving in a lot of different things in that position. Maybe he must improve more and have a better view of the pitch but he has such good technique that he never misses a pass.“He is always keeping his position in the correct moment so as a young player he will always be learning more things, but at this moment he is a complete player.” Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update SORRY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury tense whoops Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion gameday cracker Mascherano worked under Pellegrini as a teenager revealed latest Born in London with Irish grandparents, Rice only appeared in friendly fixtures so FIFA regulations allow him to switch.The former Chelsea youth starlet is set to make his 60th appearance for the Hammers tonight against Fulham and Pellegrini believes he is ready to make the jump to the national side.The Chilean said: “He is ready to play for England. We are just starting the development of him as a player.“But at this moment his performances are better than every holding midfielder. Dier and Henderson are inferior to Rice at this moment, according to Pellegrini 3 huge blow Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT MOST POPULAR FOOTBALL STORIES 3 During his time as River Plate boss, Pellegrini managed a 17-year-old Javier Mascherano and says Rice reminds him of the former Barcelona star.He added: “Mascherano at 17 was similar to Declan in his mentality — they seem to have the mentality of a 35-year-old.“But Declan knows he is just starting and that is important.“He is always listening when you talk to him and always trying to learn from others with more experience.”last_img read more

Win Family Tickets to Eclipse Cinema for six months in DAY SIX of the 12 Days of Giveaways!

first_imgTo celebrate our continued success as well as the arrival of our new sister site,, we’re bringing you an amazing giveaway.As an early Christmas present to our readers, we are hosting the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!Every second day from now until December 24th, we will be offering an unbelievably good prize. The fifth prize was a luxurious Sunday Sleepover for two at the top-quality hotel Harvey’s Point. Our winner will have the chance to enjoy a chilled out Sunday, take in the views of Lough Eske while enjoying a scrumptious five course Sunday Lunch in the Lakeside Ballroom before checking in to a palatial suite for the night.Congratulations to our Instagram follower Leanne Donegan! You’re the winner! It’s time to bring you DAY SIX’s amazing prizeOur sixth prize is from the hugely popular Eclipse cinema!Our lucky winner will get free family tickets for six months!Eclipse cinema shows the biggest blockbusters, with their 4K screens making the cinema-going experience even more spectacular.How to EnterThis competition is open to all our readers, and there are multiple ways to enter. Each entry on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Email counts as one, so the more you do the more chances you have of being the lucky winner.This competition is open from 5pm today (Sunday, 11th December) to 12noon Tuesday (13th December).Here’s how you can enter on all Donegal Daily and Donegal Woman platforms:Facebook: Find the competition post pinned to the top of the Donegal Daily or the Donegal Woman Facebook page.LIKE the postLIKE the Donegal Daily and the Donegal Woman Facebook pageSHARE the postTAG a friendTwitter:Visit @donegaldaily and @dglwomanRETWEET the competition tweet pinned at the top of the pageFOLLOW @donegaldaily and @dglwomanInstagram:Visit @donegaldaily or @donegalwomanLIKE ♥ the competition image for Eclipse CinemaFOLLOW @donegaldaily and @donegalwomanEmail:Simply send a mail to donegalcompetitions@gmail.comPut ECLIPSE CINEMA GIVEAWAY in the subject titleTerms & conditions apply.  Good luck! Win Family Tickets to Eclipse Cinema for six months in DAY SIX of the 12 Days of Giveaways! was last modified: December 11th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Councillor calls for Northern Ireland to get Ireland’s two extra MEPs after Brexit

first_imgDonegal County Council has agreed, after a vote, to call on the government to give the two extra MEP seats allocated for Ireland post-Brexit to the people of Northern Ireland.Ireland is set to be allocated two more EU Parliament seats when the UK leaves the union and their 73 MEP positions.Sinn Fein councillor Gerry McMonagle was met with some debate in the Lifford council chamber today after suggesting that Donegal County Council backs a Sinn Fein submission to hand the two extra seats to Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland currently has three MEP seats. Cllr McMonagle has asked for the Irish Government to make changes to allow citizens in the north to keep their representation in Europe and allow candidates in the north to stand for election and vote for candidates.Cllr McMonagle pointed out that the majority of Northern Ireland voted against Brexit and are set to lose their EU rights and inclusion in schemes when the UK pulls out of the EU.“The allocation of the two new seats to the North would ensure that citizens from Derry to Kerry would have a voice in Europe,” he said.Cllr McMonagle added that ensuring representation of the North in EU Parliament is a key part of continuing the peace process. The motion was opposed by Cllr Nicholas Crossan, who was seconded by Cllr Ian McGarvey.Cllr Crossan said Ireland is underrepresented in the EU and argued that the two seats should not be handed to the north.“I think Brexit is the biggest farce since Y2K,” Cllr Crossan said, adding: “I don’t believe that there is going to be a border, it’s outrageous to even think that.”Cllr McMonagle said he was frightened by the fact that some councillors do not believe that there will be a hard border and customs checks in the future.He added: “There is a general acceptance that the North is a special case. What I’m saying is that they are Irish citizens, the option is that we give them political representation through the EU.” Donegal Councillors voted 18-5 in favour of Cllr McMonagle’s motion. Cllrs Niamh Kennedy and Martin Harley abstained from voting.As the motion was passed, the executive agreed to write to Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to call on the Irish Government to facilitate the change in legislation that would allocate the two new MEP seats to the north.Councillor calls for Northern Ireland to get Ireland’s two extra MEPs after Brexit was last modified: September 24th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Holiday Food and Beverage Options for Disneyland

first_imgShare This!Today is the official kick-off of the holiday season at the Disneyland Resort. And of course, there are a number of great food and beverage options that are being rolled out for the occasion. Here are the yummy goodies you’ll be able to enjoy while traversing Disneyland Park.Holiday ChurrosCaramel and Coconut Churro (Town Square Churro Cart and Churros Near Sleeping Beauty Castle)Santa’s Cookies and Milk Churro (Churros Near Casey Jr.) – Artisan churro rolled in cookie butter sugar and served with sweet milk dipped sauceToffee-Flavored Churro (Tomorrowland Churro Cart) – add-on chocolate-almond or chocolate dipping sauces availableTurtle Churro (Frontierland Churro Cart) – Artisan churro rolled in chocolate sugar and served with caramel pecan dipping sauceSugar Plum Candy Churro (New Orleans Churro Cart) – Sweet and tart churroOutdoor Vending Carts at DisneylandPink, Blue, and Candy Apple Cotton CandyPeppermint-Caramel Corn©DisneyCarnation CaféFried Bolonga Sandwich – Pullman bread, mayo, fried bologna, lettuce, tomato, and pickle stackers served with friesPork Chop TV Dinner – Pork chop with seasoned apples, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, and a cheddar and chive scone served with caramel bread puddingGibson Girl Ice Cream ParlorPeppermint Holiday Sundae – Peppermint ice cream topped with chocolate sauce and crushed peppermintRefreshment CornerFrench Dip Sandwich – Roast beef, spicy mustard, and au jus served on a crunchy French roll with chips©DisneyJolly Holiday Bakery CaféThanks-Mas Sandwich – Oven-roasted turkey, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce on rustic breadButternut Squash SoupSnowman Shortbread CookieSanta Hat Macaron – with white mint filling and chocolate ganachePumpkin Muffin (available through Dec. 1)Dutch Apple Cinnamon Muffin (available Dec. 1)Eggnog Latte Cheesecake – with white chocolate mousse foam and a sprinkling of nutmegHoliday Cupcake – Vanilla bean cupcake filled with red and green chocolate pieces, finished with green and white-swirled white chocolate mousse, and chocolate swirl candy piecesHoliday Brownie – topped with white chocolate mousse and sprinkles and finished with chocolate presents and a Christmas treeMickey Gingerbread Man©DisneyMarket HouseHoliday Strawberry Linzer CookieSnowman Shortbread CookieMickey Gingerbread ManPlaza InnRaspberry Mascarpone Yule Log – Vanilla sponge wrapped with raspberry marmalade and mascarpone filling topped with buttercream ganache and chocolate curlsChristmas Cake – Chocolate sponge cake with red, green, and white swirled chocolate mousse filling topped with buttercream and finished with sprinklesChristmas Bundt Cake (available Dec. 1)Red Rose TaverneBeast’s Forbidden Pastrami Burger – Angus beef patty, uncured wagyu pastrami, Swiss-American cheese, spicy mustard aïoli, and a skewered accompanimentPumpkin Spice ShakeMickey Gingerbread Man©DisneyGalactic GrillCaramel Pecan Brownie ParfaitSteakhouse Burger – Angus beef patty, provolone, onion strings, and sweet spiced bacon on a toasted bun served with choice of yogurt or french friesApple Pie SlushNova Coffee Slush – Chocolate-mint-flavored coffee slush©DisneyAlien Pizza PlanetBruschetta Poultrium Pizza – Tender chunks of chicken, house-made bruschetta, and assorted cheeses with spiced marinara sauceGreen Alien Holiday Macaron – with lemon fillingAlpha Broccolius Parfait – Layers of soft mint ganache, green cake, white chocolate mousse, cookies and cream streusel, and whipped topping©DisneyRancho del ZocaloPan Dulce Ice Cream Sandwich – Colorful shell-like Mexican sweet bread with dulce de leche ice cream, cajeta, and churro streuselChampurrado with Churro Bites – Rich, traditional-style Mexican hot chocolate served with cinnamon-sugar churrosChicken Mole – Seasoned half chicken topped with mole, drizzled with sour cream, sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds, and served with Mexican rice and refried beansCaldo de Pollo – Hearty soup of chicken, vegetables, and rice served with onions, cilantro, and limeFrozen Abuelita Hot Chocolate – Layered with frozen horchata and topped with spiced whipped cream©DisneyGolden HorseshoeHoliday Ice Cream SandwichStage Door CaféApple Pie Funnel Cake – House-made funnel cake with cajeta, whipped cream, and streuselHungry Bear RestaurantSnickerdoodle Cold BrewPumpkin Spice Cheesecake Funnel CakeBlue Bayou RestaurantGingerbread Crème Brûlée – with Chantilly cream and a mini chocolate gingerbread man©DisneyCafé OrleansHot Chocolate Beignets – Served with hot chocolate sauce and whipped creamHarbour GalleyHoliday Pozole – plant-based pozole with slow-roasted tomatillos, hominy, and serrano chiles and served with limes, radishes, and shredded cabbagePumpkin Spice Cold Brew CoffeeFrench MarketSmothered Beef – Braised beef with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, roasted garlic, and caramelized onion jusThe Wedding Cake – Buttercream frosting, cherries, and cream cheese filling finished with a splatter of cherry sauceBlue Velvet Cake – With blueberry purée, rice croquette brittle, and a vanilla-blueberry crisp©DisneyMint Julep BarCandy Cane BeignetsChocolate Dipping Sauce Add-OnCranberry Julep – Cranberry-infused mint julepRoyal Street VerandaBlue Lump Crab Fritters – Blue lump crab, cream cheese, herbs, citrus, and herb seasoning with cocktail sauceRiver Belle TerraceBurnt Ends Grilled Cheese Sandwich – Kansas City-style brisket ends tossed in barbecue sauce with pickle and pepperoncini relish and melted cheddar served on Texas toast©DisneyBengal BarbecueYellow Curry Rice Plate – Outback vegetable skewer and herb-marinated tofu served on a bed of jasmine rice with peas, green onions, and a side of citrus-miso slaw These items are only available throughout the holiday season at Disneyland Park, from now until January 6, 2020. In addition, keep in mind that many of these seasonal items are available for mobile ordering through the Disneyland App.last_img read more

Marshfield freshman football team rolls past P.J. Jacobs

first_imgTigers improve to 4-1By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield freshman football team improved to 4-1 this season with a 31-6 victory over Stevens Point P.J. Jacobs on Thursday at Marshfield High School.The Marshfield offense exploded for four long scoring plays. Quarterback Will Nikolai threw touchdown passes of 76 yards to Simon Slade and 55 yards to Wyatt LeMoine, Alec Adams had a 70-yard touchdown run, and Matthew Donavan added an 88-yard TD run for the Tigers.Seth Peterson had a 32-yard field goal and four extra-point kicks to account for the rest of Marshfield’s points.Seth Kleinschmidt, Ethan Dagit, Damian Hanes, Kavin Beranek, and Logan Mueller were Marshfield’s top tacklers.Marshfield plays at home against next Thursday against Wisconsin Rapids.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of read more

Al Gore’s Current: Re-defining TV, Using the Web

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… As with Viewpoints, the pods are visually very slick and interactive. I really have to tip my hat to the Current designers, they have done a great job with the site. The philosophy behind the pod is fascinating too. It’s designed to cater to their young audience – who are prone to multi-tasking. I was told that 70-75% of Current’s audience has a computer in the room while they watch TV. And while they are watching TV, they are interested in learning more about what they’re watching – e.g. constantly refreshing the website and getting content from their community. That’s the theory anyway, and the pod format was built around it. The UI makes it very simple to consume the media (video, music), click on responses (uploaded community videos), find related information, even do “assignments” about the topic. As well as showing what times the shows are on TV, of course.Current’s Joshua Katz (President of Marketing) described the pod to me as “what FM radio used to be in the early days”, when one song led to another and there were connections – and (back then) there was still a wide variety of content. A note on the Current demographic: it is roughly 18-34 years old, but perhaps more importantly they’re targeting “influencers” – people who want new info constantly, share it via the Web, and have on average 25-60 people who they interact with online (IM with, etc). This is the Internet age audience, not couch potatoes with a remote control glued to their hand.Conclusion: Reaching for New Form of TVWhat I like about Current, apart from the awesome design, is that they’re attempting to change the way television is consumed and created. It’s a much more interactive experience, where the audience participates and creates. I buy the theory that young people are watching tv and on a computer accessing the Web at the same time. So the pod format is, in my view, an innovative new UI built around this new form of television watching. It’s a bit like when Google created Gmail – they built it for the Web, rather than copying the desktop paradigm. Likewise, Current has developed their pod UI based on a new form of TV/Web experience, rather than copying traditional TV programming formats.Of course, for any TV Network, the content has to be compelling – so it remains to be seen how Current fares long-term on that count. But on the technology and concepts behind Current, what do you think? Is this type of TV/Web format the future of TV? Tags:#Analysis#web ‘On TV’ and the Concept of PodsThe other main feature on the website that impressed me was the wagon wheel-like TV programming guide. It is under the tab labeled On TV. It uses a concept called “pods”, which were described to me as Current’s form of programming. Each pod is a chunk of content, displayed on an interactive wheel. Here is a screenshot: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Last week while in San Francisco I got the chance to visit Current’s offices, to check out the launch of their new website. I spoke to Robin Sloan (Online Product Strategist) and Joshua Katz (President of Marketing), who gave me a demo and overview of their strategy. I came away impressed by’s stunning design – but more importantly the new Web Native functionality that Current has built into (and around) Television watching. This post explores that innovation, which may well change our television viewing habits over time.Current’s Pod format – more on this belowIntroduction to CurrentCurrent was founded by Joel Hyatt and Al Gore and launched August 1, 2005. Gore serves as its Chairman and has understandably been the focus of much of the media coverage Current has received. [FWIW I sat in Al Gore’s office in my visit, although the man himself wasn’t present] The TV Network and accompanying website specifically targets “young adults” – i.e. the MySpace and Facebook generation. The ‘read/write’ principle is very much in effect on the Network and website, because Current encourages TV viewers to create content and engage with it on a very interactive level. For example viewers can create their own ads, called vcams (for ‘viewer created ads’; I was told that viewers much prefer them to professional ads). As of now, the Current TV Network reaches 52 M people worldwide, 42 M of those in the US.As a Reuters report on the launch noted, Current aims to be “the first fully integrated online and television network”. Website users can create their own content, and there is a digg-style interface for voting on it. Comments on stories may include text, video, photos and other forms of media. For example users can post a YouTube video. The Current folks told me that in the private beta, they noticed that users would post videos and other media that was only tangentially related to the original story – which they said produced a more diverse conversation around a topic. was in a private beta for about 8 weeks before its launch last week. Another thing to note is that Current is not purely user-generated – it has a strong editorial voice and many of the frontpage stories are editorially selected.ViewpointsThe first innovative feature I want to highlight is Viewpoints, which is a part of the .com site that Al Gore himself envisaged. It’s a facewall based around a specific topic; usually political or current affairs based. When you first navigate to the Viewpoints page, there is a tagcloud of topics, which then desolves into a facewall of the main topic – today it is “Torture In War”. When you click on a face, a 1 minute video of that person opens. There are 11-12 topics currently, many of them related to the US election. Al Gore himself has posted to Viewpoints, but the Current team were quick to tell me that Gore is just one of the wall of faces – and doesn’t get special treatment. Gore hopes this type of system will encourage politicians to become more topic-focused in the election and other politcal issues. Related Posts The design is stunning, but more importantly the format works – you’re limited to 1 minute to make your point and the community can vote and respond with their own 1-minute videos. The example below shows a video with a 73% disapproval rating and it was responded to by 1 person. The Current folks told me that this format results in more nuanced, personal opinions. Because it is “peer to peer” (in the human sense), people can quickly influence their peers by uploading their viewpoint. What’s more, the best of these clips will be run on Current’s TV shows.last_img read more