New Law Bans Smoking on Public Beaches

first_imgMartens, of Neptune, also believed a cultural change is underway. Fewer people are smoking and it’s for the better, he said.“You don’t see ashtrays in cars anymore, do you?” Martens questioned.Some people, though, think the law could be overreaching. That was Peter Lehmann’s opinion, a German citizen who was concluding a three-week tour of the East Coast at the Jersey Shore. He happened to be finishing a Seneca cigarette before paying the beach entrance fee.“It’s a bizarre thing,” said Lehmann. “We have seen all over the United States that it’s quite complicated.”“(Smokers) have to compromise all the time,” he added, “but to make it completely banned is too much.”This article was first published in the July 26-Aug. 2, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. By Jay Cook | SEA BRIGHT – Melissa D’Anna was never a fan of smoking on the beach. And that was before she recently stepped on two lit cigarettes while giving surfing lessons in Long Branch.“It’s just a nuisance,” said D’Anna, the owner of Lucky Dog Surf Co. in downtown Sea Bright. “If you want to hurt yourself and your life, it’s your choice. But do it elsewhere.”D’Anna is just one of the many Two River-area residents who applauded a new state law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy last week that will ban smoking and vaping on all public beaches and parks across New Jersey. It’s set to go into effect in January 2019.Alongside other state officials in Long Branch July 20, Murphy said the law is designed to address public health issues and environmental concerns. “The Jersey Shore has always been one of the state’s, and indeed our nation’s, great natural treasures and a place for families,” said Murphy. “Today, we’re only strengthening our commitment to the Shore.”The bill is an extension of the New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act of 2006 which prohibited smoking at any indoor public space or workplace. Smokers will no longer be allowed to light up on any municipal, county or state beach, park or forest.First-time offenders could be fined $250. A second offense may cost $500 and any subsequent time after that can cost $1,000.Municipalities and counties, however, can use local legislation to set up a designated smoking area not exceeding 15 percent of the beach. While there is some leeway designed in the law, it’s still a win for “fish and families,” said Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action. Her organization conducts two beach sweeps annually and removed over 29,000 cigarette filters, 7,000 cigar tips, 1,100 lighters and 1,000 cigarette packs from nature just last year.“A lot of people just view their world as an ashtray,” Zipf told The Two River Times this week. “But no longer is the beach going to be one.”Some areas would be exempt from this legislation. The private beach clubs lining Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright wouldn’t have to adhere, said Zipf. It would be up to the individual club to put a ban in.“It would be interesting to see if this would be a way for them to choose to either take part or not,” Zipf said of the beach clubs. “This is a step in the right direction.” The same goes for national parks, like Gateway National Recreation Area where Sandy Hook is located. Guidelines dictated by the National Park Service only prohibit smoking within 25 feet of and inside any enclosed structure, as well as inside government-owned cars and boats.Some beachgoers who spent the afternoon in Sea Bright this week were receptive to the new legislation, like Doug Rice, 62, of Rumson.“No matter where you are, somebody’s going to be down-wind,” he said, before hopping back on his bicycle. “The other (bad) thing is the butts that go in the sand all the time.”Mel Martens, who was working a shift at Giglio’s Bait & Tackle, welcomed the ban.“Being a former smoker and knowing people that’ve smoked for 50 years, having a designated area would make sense to me,” he added.last_img read more

The 11th of the PSG decade for France Football

first_imgCenter of the field: physics and talentIn the center of the field, two that follow and two that are gone. The closing is Thiago Motta (2012-2018) with Verratti (2012-act.) And Matuidi (2011-2017) of flyers and Di María (2015-act.) of midpoint. The Brazilian retired in Paris, where he reached his best level and was key for many seasons. Verratti arrived as a promise from Pescara and has been confirmed in the capital with Matuidi next door for years. Di María also met his best football in the French capital after a difficult season at Manchester United.Front: And Neymar?In the lead, France Football has chosen Edinson Cavani (2013-act.), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2012-2016) and Kylian Mbappé (2017-act.) leaving ‘on the bench’ to Neymar (2017-act.), the most expensive signing in its history. “He is not left out for his statistics, of course, even less for his class or his technical gestures of madness. The reason is his injuries and, therefore, his absence in the key games at the end of the season “, they assure in the French publication.Edinson Cavani enters as top scorer in the history of the club with 198 goals. Zlatan, second top scorer, reaches eleven for being the first big star that arrived in the Parisian capital and Mbappé, for being the last great talent to arrive. Since 2017 he has already accumulated 79 goals and points to the best eleven of this decade. Goal: Serve before KeylorThe goal is for Salvatore Sirigu (2011-2016). The Italian was a goalkeeper of guarantees during the years he was in Paris and when they maintained confidence in him. Even so, France Football says that the best goalkeeper for pure talent who has occupied the goal of the Parc des Princes is the newcomer Keylor Navas. “It takes a short time to be able to enter the eleven type,” the French publication is justified.Defense: a totally Brazilian defenseThe defense is a 100% Brazilian wall with Thiago Silva (2012-act.), Marquinhos (2013-act.) And Maxwell (2012-2017). Silva is an institution in Paris. Current captain, he was one of the great movements of the PSG in these ten years and has been fixed in the center of the defense since his arrival. Marquinhos was a strong but profitable investment and now, it is among the best plants in the world and even plays with solvency as five. Maxwell arrived as a substitute for Barça but in Paris he was the owner of the left wing. 214 games until its withdrawal in 2017. Paris Saint-Germain has lived a key decade in its history. Those of the capital were confirmed in these ten years as the great dominators of the French championship winning six of the ten leagues disputed, four of them consecutively (from 2012 to 2016).With the Champions League as the great goal for the 20s, France Football has drawn the best eleven of the players who have gone through the PSG during the past decade where the absence of Neymar, the player for whom they have paid the most, is striking in the history of the club.last_img read more

Simeone, 1-4-3-3 and the bench of 300 million euros

first_imgDefensive aids in Atlético failed in Espanyol’s first goal already I gave it they made it a two for one of Javi Lopez Y Wu Lei that ended the center of the Chinese who put in own goal Savic. And one more time Oblak was Salvador and prevented the Espanyol from going 2-0 to the break with a hand-held stop changed from outside the area of Victor Sanchez. Espanyol exceeded the intensity and football Atleti and R.D.T. I was giving a world class super class exhibition and Simeone had to move card and had a bench of 300 million euros (João Félix, Diego Costa, Vitolo, Marcos Llorente, Mario Hermoso and Vrsaljko) to look around the marker because it is no longer worth a draw. To have João Felix on the bench was another stranger frivolity of Cholo (like the ostracism of Marcos Llorente that had gained ownership) based more on that the Portuguese star no longer pays attention to the defensive obsessions of the Argentine coach, which makes its players think of defending even when they are attacking and no longer has everyone convinced as in the golden age of cholismo.They were already warming Vitolo, Costa and João Félix when Saul dropped a great goal of yours to tie the game. The Athletic it stretched and began to impose its highest quality because El Cholo started the second half with a 1-4-3-3 asking for his squad (Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Lodi; Thomas, Koke, Saúl; Correa, Morata, Carrasco). When Simeone entered João Félix he kept the 1-4-3-3 minutes and put the Portuguese on the left. Five minutes later pulled Costa for Morata. And in 69 Vitolo came out on Correa returning Atlético to 1-4-4-2 (Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Lodi; Koke, Thomas, Saúl, Vitolo, João Félix and Diego Costa). It was then, in the return to 1-4-4-2, when those of Abelardo, who if they play like this do not deserve to descend, they got back into the game and they could also win the match.With all the arsenal in the field, Atletico lacked offensive resources to overcome the defense of Espanyol. And those resources are not given Simeone. The draw was a bad result, but as a result of the good work of Espanyol and a new bad weather of the Atleti of a Simeone to which each game is seen more deranged in the band and spread his nervousness to the mattress players. He left Athletic to try to send in the field of Spanish. To his usual 1-4-4-2 (Oblak; Trippier, Felipe, Savic, Lodi; Koke, Thomas, Saúl, Carrasco; Correa and Morata), Simeone put an offensive variant in which Carrasco Y Koke they created one more line (1-4-2-2-2), getting inside and ahead of Thomas and Saul, to leave the bands free for the incorporation of the sides, the only offensive option of the Cholo in addition to the direct game of Oblak.last_img read more

Despite Game 1 beating, CEU Scorpions ‘won’t quit’

first_imgLATEST STORIES On Basketball: Kyrie gets a new address, but Cavs win trade View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies MOST READ CEU coach Yong Garcia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCentro Escolar University coach Yong Garcia was left with no words after his side absorbed a 78-56 beatdown against Cignal HD in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals on Tuesday.With the Hawkeyes firing in all cylinders and going on a 24-6 opening assault, the Scorpions failed to keep up and suffered the 22-point humiliation to go down 0-1 in the best-of-three championship series.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal What’s in store for your animal sign this year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay “It’s so hard to win if we shoot the way we did, just 26-percent,” the mentor said in Filipino after CEU’s paltry 21-of-82 shooting from the field.Cignal’s defense was on point all game long, caging the Scorpions’ trifecta of guards in JK Casiño, Aaron Jeruta, and Orlan Wamar to a measly three points on a combined 1-of-26 shooting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Garcia said that the off-game from the trio should serve as a lesson as CEU seeks to bounce back and force a winner-take-all Game 3 on Thursday.“I told them that sometimes, they need to play decoy. They should know when to attack and when to pass up the ball. We got lots of forced shots earlier,” he said. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees JK Casiño. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCasiño acknowledged that the Hawkeyes did a good job on containing the Scorpions, saying, “They were able to adjust on our plays and our individual tendencies. All of our shooters were shooting blanks.”But the veteran playmaker shared that the bad showing only motivated three guards to rebound stronger for Game 2.“We want to make an impact all the way. From the start, we have no expectations. Now that we’re here, we’re going all out. We want to make a statement that even though we’re not in the UAAP or the NCAA, we can still make an impact in Philippine basketball,” Casiño said.And Garcia vows that CEU will leave everything in the table on Thursday.“We won’t quit,” the coach said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

‘Rape Remains a Threat to Gender Equality’

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The president of Journalists against Sexual, Gender Based Violence, Lawrence M. Fahnbulleh, has said that rape remains a threat to gender equality, women’s empowerment, peace and security of Liberia.At a workshop held yesterday at the Ministry of Gender in Monrovia, Mr. Fahnbulleh explained that gender based violence is not only widespread in Liberia but also in all societies.“Stigma and a continuing reliance on solving issues with communities have all contributed to low reporting, and the resultant inadequate provision of care for survivors, or action against perpetrators,” he said.Mr. Fahnbulleh further explained that the GBV does not only lead to physical and mental trauma, but it often carries long-term social consequences for survivors.“Around 15 percent rate of divorce occurs and 25.8 percent of wives are abandoned,” he said.According to him, the collective advocacy by the media and partners have contributed to the Government of Liberia and partners working to establish preventive and response system for rape and other gender based violent cases.“In 2014, 1,394 GBV cases were recorded of which 74 were rape with the number of reported cases lower than previous years of 2012 that reported 2,493 cases,” he said.The decrease in the reported cases in 2014 was largely due to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, he noted, adding that rape is unfortunately accepted as part of gender relations.“This perception was made worse during the civil crisis, as SGBV was used repeatedly as a weapon of war against many Liberian women and girls, with the terrible violence they experienced up to now with them.“Child rape is the most prevalent form in Liberia and sometimes results in death,” he disclosed.Mr. Fahnbulleh explained that it is worth noting that these numbers do not represent the actual picture as entrenched cultural norms and community and family pressures prevent many cases from being reported.Major challenges in the fight against GBV, he said includes compromise of cases, refusal by parents or guardians to report cases, traditional justice system, and limited number of trained magistrates.According to him, effective mechanism to control rape includes the establishment of Sexual and Gender Based Violence Crimes Unit, Women and Children Protection Section, Criminal Court “E”, Mobile In Camera Trial Screen and the Gender Based Violence Unit of MOGSCP.He recommended that there must be a national conference, the objective of which is to review concerns, identify the gaps and challenges and dialogue with the community and identify solutions.Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is violence against a person on the basis of gender. It constitutes a breach of the fundamental rights to life, liberty, security, and dignity (self respect), equality (fairness) between women and men, non-discrimination and physical and mental integrity.last_img read more

Gongloe Recounts Liberia’s History with Fraudulent Elections

first_imgWith barely 466 days to the holding of the 2017 elections, a prominent Liberian lawyer has cautioned his compatriots to guard against repeating history, highlighting Liberia’s infamous entry in the Guiness Book of Records for having had “the most fraudulent election in world history.”Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe, a rights activist, said this kind of practice often leads to chaos and therefore, Liberians must avoid a repeat. He made the observation on Sunday when he spoke at a program marking Ricks Institute’s closing convocation where 47 students who completed the 12th grade were honored by the administration.Cllr. Gongloe spoke on the topic: “Keeping the Promise of Maintaining Peace in Liberia: An Obligation of All Liberians.”Gongloe recalled how Liberia’s fifth President Edward James Roye was brutally overthrown in 1871 for failure of the political establishment at the time to keep the promise of upholding the law, “because they were all driven by the greed for power.”He said President Roye attempted to illegally extend his term of administration, betraying the promise he made in his oath of office that he would uphold, defend and promote the Constitution and statutory laws of Liberia.“For so doing,” Gongloe said, “some politicians, some of who were lawmakers, opposed Roye and illegally removed him from office by issuing a manifesto along with the use of non-government armed militia. They, too, like President Roye, betrayed the promise of respecting the Constitution and statutory laws of Liberia.”“More disappointingly,” Gongloe told the gathering, “in 1927, President Charles Dunbar King manipulated the electoral process to illegally retain power. In the presidential election between King of the True Whig Party and Thomas J. R. Faulkner of the People’s Party, the result was a victory for King, who was re-elected for a third term after defeating Faulkner. “King obtained 243,000 votes, while Faulkner got 9,000 votes, when the total number of registered voters in that election was only 15,000. He, too, betrayed the promise of upholding the law and morally governing our country. He was a beneficiary of a corrupt electoral process introduced and managed by him,” the former Labor Minister said.According to him, the 1927 election is still recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the most fraudulent election in world history. “The vote was referred to as ‘the most rigged ever,’ and also made it into the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the most fraudulent ever,” Cllr. Gongloe told the gathering. He said following the election, Faulkner accused members of the True Whig Party government of using slave labor at home and selling slaves to the Spanish colony of Fernando Po, as well as involving the Army in the process. Despite the government’s denials and a refusal to cooperate, the League of Nations established the “International Commission of Inquiry into the Existence of Slavery and Forced Labor in Liberia” under the chairmanship of British jurist Cuthbert Christy to determine the extent of the problem. American President Herbert Hoover briefly suspended relations to press Monrovia into compliance.King and his vice president were later forced to resign. Another example of a rigged election, according to Gongloe, was recorded in 1987 when the government under then military Junta leader Samuel K. Doe, who headed the self-established National Democratic Party of Liberia, rigged the election against the opposition, headed by Jackson Fiah Doe, who was supported by the Liberia Action Party. He said although the 1847 Constitution of Liberia provided for the equal rights of all citizens, it was not until 1904 that the indigenous people were recognized as citizens of Liberia and it was not until 1946 that the indigenous, including the women, were allowed to vote and be voted for in election for public offices.This, he said, was another betrayal of the promise contained in the Constitution of 1847, that citizens would be treated equally.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PHOTOS: Grande Prairie RCMP request help to locate missing female youth who may be headed to BC

first_imgUPDATE: Both Mary Estelle and Kaetana Cardinal have been located safe and unharmed by police.GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Police in Grande Prairie are asking for help in locating two missing female youth, who they believe could potentially be on the way to BC.Mary Estelle, 13, was last seen on September 6th at around 4:00 pm near the Grande Prairie Court House.- Advertisement -Estelle is described as: 130 lbs Brown hair Brown eyes Last seen wearing a white shirt and black jeans Aboriginal Metiscenter_img Brown eyes Shoulder length brown hair 5’4″ Kaetana Cardinal, 12, was reported missing on September 7th by family.Cardinal is described as:Advertisement Police believed the two may be travelling together and may be headed to BC.If you have any information on Estelle and/or Cardinal’s whereabouts, you are asked to contact call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701. You can also contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-8477.kaetanacardinal-mp-report_2maryestelle-mp-report_2.last_img read more

Major West Ham boost ahead of Tottenham clash

first_img1 Cheikhou Kouyate West Ham have been handed a major boost with the news midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate did not suffer a broken arm in training on Tuesday.There were major fears that the Senegal international could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after he fell awkwardly during a training session and was taken straight to hospital.But a medical assessment showed there was no serious damage and he has been given the all-clear to resume training on Wednesday.The news will come as a major lift to under-fire manager Sam Allardyce, who is already missing club record signing Andy Carroll for the rest of the season with a knee injury.Allardyce was also pleased to see Winston Reid, James Collins, Matt Jarvis and Diego Poyet all back in training following their recent injuries and they should all be available for the big London derby against Tottenham on Sunday.last_img read more


first_img10.30PM latest: DONEGAL IS BEING pounded tonight with constant snow storms – the county’s worst snowfall for almost 30 years – and there is now a highly unusual ’emergency weather warning’.A spokesman for Met Eireann has confirmed the snowfalls of the last 24 hours have been the worst for decades – and it just keeps on coming with drifting in areas.And tonight roads are being closed as Gardai plead with people NOT to travel unless it is an emergency. Many of the main towns – usually the scene of Christmas party-goers – are empty. An ’emergency weather warning’ means people should not travel unless it is a realy emergency.A snow plough has broken down on the Mountain Road outside Carndonagh foricng the road to close.At least another 30 centimetres of snow if due to fall overnight with temperatures remaining at freezing giving little hope of a rapid thaw.Deputy Dinny McGinley says vast tracks of Donegal, especially in the south-west of the county from Ardara to Dunfanaghy, have been completed untreated. He slammed the NRA for not getting enough salt stocks into Donegal despite warnings as far back as a month ago.Meanwhile shops are facing a Christmas trading disaster and have blamed the Government for hanging them out to dry during the heavy snowfalls.As Arctic-like blizzards blow across the county today, businesses in Letterkenny, Donegal Town, Buncrana and Ballyshannon say trade is well down.Hopes that today would be the first busy shopping day of the last weekend before Chrissmas have been dashed as shoppers were stuck at home.And with the cold snap expected to last until well into next week, they say many shops could be forced to close their doors in the New Year. CEO of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, Toni Forrester, said she was furious how the National Roads Authority had turned its back on Donegal.“We do not blame the council because they do not have enough salt and have to prioritise the roads they treat.“Letterkenny is one of the main shopping hubs of the North West and the town’s Main Street is like a skating rink because of the lack of salt provided by the NRA.“The bottom line is that for everyone €1,000 a business makes, it gives €210 of that back to the Government in VAT. The Government has let Letterkenny businesses and all other businesses in the North West down. “There is a lot of anger among business owners and Christmas was their one last hope at what has been a tough trading year for many. But many feel they are now facing an uphill battle to make the end of the year a profitable one.“The Government and the NRA knew this snow was coming. It was forecast but they didn’t prepare themselves and now businesses are paying the consequences,” she said.Many parts of Donegal were covered in up to six inches of snow as gales created blizzard-like conditions in many places.But with the National Roads Authority limiting the supply of salt, many roads have simply not been treated.Donegal County Council, which has just 1,000 tonnes of salt left, has been forced to salt just 370 kms of its primary routes compared with the 1,200 kms it treated last week.Senior Roads engineer Vincent Lynn said they have had no option but to contain the amount of salt they are using.“We have about 1,000 tonnes left and we have had to divide the roads into priority routes. We simply have no choice.“We are told more salt will be arriving by the middle of next week. We have done our best to get as much as we can,” he said.Killybegs Independent Colr Thomas Pringle says although the NRA told Donegal County Council it bought 80,000 tonnes for the region last July, only half of that was ever delivered.He added that huge parts of the county will now be cut off in the coming days and that the NRA will have to review their policy as a matter of urgency.In Ballyshannon and Bundoran, the army have come to the assistance of some schools with up to a dozen soldiers from Finner assisting in the gritting around schools.Ends10.30PM FRIDAY UPDATE: EMERGENCY WEATHER WARNING ISSUED – WORST SNOWFALL FOR 30 YEARS & MORE ON WAY was last modified: December 17th, 2010 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)last_img read more

Google enters video war

first_imgLAS VEGAS (AP) – Google Inc. is upping the ante in the online video gold rush, allowing content owners to set their own prices in a bid to create a more flexible alternative to Apple Computer Inc.’s pioneering iTunes store. Google’s planned video expansion, announced Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show, already has lined up commitments to sell thousands of downloads, including recent television broadcasts of popular CBS shows and professional basketball games, as well as vintage episodes from series that went off the air decades ago. A launch date for the expansion has not been released. “This is a historic meeting of established and new media,” Google co-founder Larry Page said during a keynote spech. Page drew a sellout crowd, a turnout usually only drawn by technology luminaries such as Microsoft Corp.’s Bill Gates, who has headlined the electronics show for 10 years. The video providers have the option of offering content on a download-to-own or download-to-rent basis. In a sign that content owners will likely pursue different approaches through Google Video, the National Basketball Association will sell broadcasts of its games one day after the event for $3.95. Meanwhile, public television staple Charlie Rose will post his interviews the day after a broadcast, allowing a free streaming for the first 24 hours then making it downloadable afterward for 99 cents each. Meanwhile, CBS is selling episodes of its popular “CSI” and “Survivor” series at the standard iTunes price of $1.99 per download. Although Google’s service allows content owners more pricing freedom, it isn’t necessarily as liberating for users. While all of videos downloaded through Apple can be transferred onto a portable player albeit only its own iPod for on-the-go viewing, that won’t be true at Google’s service. Google has developed its own copy protection technology that so far prevents content owners from moving their video downloads to a mobile playing device. In instances where the content provider adopts Google’s copy protection scheme, watching a video sold through Google will require users to be online so they can log on and view it via the company’s video player. CBS and the NBA are among the content owners adopting Google’s copy protections. However, if a content owner posts unrestricted video on Google, the user could move the video onto pretty much any portable device. Charlie Rose is among those offering unprotected video. In another distinction from iTunes, Google Video so far works only on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows-based PCs and not yet on Apple’s Macintosh computers. By relying on its own proprietary copy-protection technology, Google threatens to compound the frustration that some consumers feel when they buy songs from one online source like the iTunes store, only to discover the music can’t be played on an incompatible gadget such as Creative Technologies’ Zen player. Forrester Research analyst Josh Bernoff offered a possible explanation for Google’s decision: “It’s arrogance.” Page told a group of reporters after his speech that Google felt other copy protection schemes would not have worked as well as one made in-house. A majority of new media players and media centers, other than Apple’s and Sony’s devices, are built to work with Microsoft’s copy-protection technology a setup that most entertainment companies have embraced. “So now Google is telling Toshiba and others, ‘No, you have to implement ours.’ It’s just crazy,” Bernoff said. Other than that potential weakness, Google appears to be laying the foundation to become a future entertainment hub along with rivals Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft’s MSN, said Creative Strategies analyst Tim Bajarin. Yahoo is widely expected to extend the range of its video offerings, although chief executive Terry Semel didn’t announce any new initiative on that front during a Friday speech at CES. “Yahoo and Google will both offer video, and I think at the end of the day, video is what the Web wants,” Semel said in an interview afterward. “The opportunities are quite large for all the Internet players.” At the show, Semel unveiled a software platform that he said would allow Yahoo users to view customized content, including video, on Web-connected televisions and cell phones. The Google Video Store, an expansion of a free-video service Google launched last year, marks the Web search engine leader’s first foray into a paid service. If Google’s Video proves popular, it could help the company lessen its dependence on Internet advertising, which accounted for virtually all of its estimated profit of $1.5 billion last year. Some industry analysts view Google’s lack of financial diversity as its Achilles’ heel. Hoping to build upon the popularity of its Internet-leading search engine, Google introduced its test version of its video service last June. Until Friday, it was almost exclusively a collection of home videos viewable for free through a live stream online. Despite its limitations, Google Video saw a 58 percent increase in traffic compared to the previous month, from 1.6 million to 2.6 million unique visitors, according to Nielsen/NetRatings. That accounted for about 3 percent of Google’s traffic in November. Besides programming from CBS, the NBA and Charlie Rose, the list of other video material that will be sold through Google includes: old episodes from “I Love Lucy,” “The Twilight Zone,” and “The Brady Bunch;” music videos from Sony BMG; and historic video from Getty Images.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “It’s the biggest marketplace of content that was previously offline and is now brought online,” said Jennifer Feikin, director of Google Video. Since Apple began selling video downloads for its iconic iPod in October, a flurry of companies have joined forces to distribute TV programming or other video content. The company says it currently offers more than 3,000 music videos and 300 television shows for sale. Google’s flexible pricing model sets its service apart. Apple dictates all the pricing in its iTunes store, charging $1.99 for each video download and 99 cents for each song downloaded. The restrictions already have caused considerable consternation in the music recording industry and eventually could trigger a backlash on the video side. With Google’s marketplace, content suppliers can name their own price, from zero on up. The content owners who charge for video downloads must share 30 percent of the revenue with Google. last_img read more