San Francisco Welcomes E85

first_imgHome Energy San Francisco Welcomes E85 San Francisco Welcomes E85 SHARE By Gary Truitt – Mar 19, 2015 Previous articleHoosier Delegation Attends NFU ConventionNext articleBrazil’s Harvest 60% Complete Gary Truitt SHARE Today marks the first offering of E85 to flex-fuel vehicle owners in San Francisco. Pearson Fuels and All Stars Fuel will be celebrating the high-octane E85 at today’s ribbon cutting by offering E85 at $0.85 per gallon today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 2831 Cesar Chavez St. in San Francisco. Robert White, vice president of industry relations at the Renewable Fuels Association, commented, “There are more than 18 million flex-fuel vehicles registered in the United States. Drivers of these vehicles deserve access to E85 and today the Renewable Fuels Association commends Pearson Fuels and All Stars Fuel for identifying the need to bring this low-cost, cleaner-burning, alternative fuel to San Francisco.”E85 is approved for use in all flex-fuel vehicles and more than 3,450 stations are offering higher-level ethanol blends to consumers nationwide. Learn more at www.ChooseEthanol.com and www.E85prices.com. Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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54-year-old Derry man to be sentenced for child sex abuse

first_img Pinterest Google+ 54-year-old Derry man to be sentenced for child sex abuse Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Facebook Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Twitter Google+ A 54-year-old Derry man has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced next month after he admitted sexually abusing his cousin beginning when she was aged six.Frankie McFadden of Moyola Drive in Derry appeared at the local Crown Court where he faced a total of 12 charges that occurred between 1975 and 1979.McFadden also faced charges of assault against the victim in the mid 1980’s including a threat to kill charge.A prosecuting barrister outlined some of the details of the offences which began when the injured party was aged six and continued until she was aged 10.The court heard that McFadden told his victim that ‘this is our wee secret’.When the victim said she was going to tell on him McFadden told her she was ‘dirty’ and no one would believe her and he told her if she told it would ‘kill her mother’ and he would kill her.The barrister said that the woman recalled being raped and said she never felt pain like it.Following the death of the woman’s father she told her mother what had happened.When interviewed by police McFadden made partial admissions and said that the incidents occurred when he was babysitting the child who he had a ‘notion’ of.McFadden was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on January 7. Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglary Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img By News Highland – December 20, 2013 WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 Pinterest Previous articleLetterkenny Town Council passes last ever budgetNext articleWork to begin on Dungloe and Glenties sewerage schemes in New Year News Highland Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored News Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologistlast_img read more

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Generation Z: Creative and committed, against the virus

first_imgWith their art, technology know-how, creative social networking skills or political commitment, post-millennials, known as Generation Z, have found their own ways to help others through the coronavirus lockdown.From Colombia to Senegal, Malaysia to North Macedonia, AFP talked to a group of 15- to 24-year-olds, who put their energy and skills to use within their communities, contributing perhaps to shaping the post-virus world.Only history will tell if they’ll become the “Coronavirus Generation”, forever marked at a formative time in their lives by the pandemic, which brought more than half the planet to a standstill. Interrupted revolutions From Hong Kong to Santiago and in other cities too, the epidemic forced the temporary suspension of demonstrations for change by pro-democracy movements.But, says 24-year-old Camila, from Chile, they’re only on pause.Preferring not to divulge her surname, she said that she had taken part in protests against social inequality in her country since the end of October.”This government prefers to risk seeing you die than to see its companies suffer losses,” she claimed.In the face of exploding unemployment in the poorest parts of the Chilean capital, Santiago, some residents have already defied the lockdown to demonstrate and call for food aid.And, warns Camila, when the pandemic is over, many will take to the streets again because they have lost a loved one and the government didn’t look after them. Topics : Solidarity beyond the smartphone”If I don’t volunteer and those like me don’t volunteer, then who will?”, asks Malak Sabah, 24.In her high visibility vest, she has been the linchpin of an initiative to sanitize the streets of Lebanon’s overcrowded Wavel Palestinian refugee camp, where she grew up.  The art of isolation Art has helped some youngsters overcome the confines of lockdown and health conditions while living in small apartments.Wan Jamila Wan Shaiful Bahri, a 17-year-old autistic painter from Malaysia, devoted her time to creating her Our Heroes series in tribute to front-line workers.”I compile all the stories I saw in the daily news regarding coronavirus,” she told AFP, from her studio at her home just outside Kuala Lumpur.Better known under the name Artjamila, the teen proudly showed one of her canvasses, depicting people dressed in blue, with big, dark eyes looking worried above their masks.One of her works was selected for a health ministry awareness campaign. More than 10,000 kilometers away in North Macedonia, high school student Eva Stojcevska found a way to keep her passion for drama alive, despite performances being cancelled.To save her school’s annual cultural festival, the 16-year-old from Skopje and her friends reorganized it on Facebook instead where several dozen people took to the virtual stage for live shows.With more than 40,000 views and rave reviews, it “turned out a lot better than expected,” she said.center_img Drones and 3-D printing Jose Otero, a 22-year-old Venezuelan living in Colombia, has come up with what he describes as a low-cost drone to beat the travel restrictions by carrying medicine and test results around the northern city of Barranquilla.”They used to tell us that we had to separate ourselves from technological devices or telephones because that separated us,” he said.”On the contrary, right now it is what unites us.”In Senegal, engineering student Ibrahima Cisse, 23, and his friends at Dakar’s ESP Polytechnic Higher School built a special bicycle equipped with a rear-end loud speaker for sharing preventative information and a hand sanitizer dispenser.He said that they were learning how to be useful through initiatives that take into account the environment, people’s needs and reducing costs.”We’re in a poor country and you shouldn’t think of extravagant projects,” he said.At 15, Romeo Estezet, a Paris high school student, has made his bedroom into a 3-D printing workshop and is turning out 80 protective visors a day.”My dream is to show other young people the usefulness and, above all, the ease of this technology, which puts the production of objects within everyone’s reach” especially in a crisis, he said. As for the future?As well as feelings of injustice and, at times, anger, the young people that AFP met expressed great optimism and hope that positive lessons will be learned from the unprecedented crisis.”I hope that, in future, people will be more aware of their health, more aware for the environment around them and understand that even their smallest steps can influence everyone,” said Stojcevska, emphasizing the looming climate threat for future generations.Badi, the sportsman, longs for society to be more focused on equality and social cohesion.”We realize that certain jobs, usually neglected, in the end are more important,” he said, referring to how there would have been nothing to eat without cashiers showing up for work during lockdown.However, for many young people the pandemic has made their economic futures more uncertain.According to an International Labor Organization study, the 15- to 24-year-olds are already the main victims of the economic slump, with one in six out of work.As the world faces historic economic and social costs from the pandemic, Sabah, the refugee, knows that hard times still lie ahead.”But they won’t last forever,” she said. Worried that some were not taking the risk seriously enough after the first COVID-19 case in the camp, an awareness campaign was launched, Sabah said.”It’s a hidden virus, you can’t deal with it with physical strength, it requires awareness, knowledge and protection,” she told AFP.Having always known a world connected by the likes of Google, Facebook and Amazon, this generation understands the power of social networks in getting a message across, Walid Badi, a French professional handball player, said.Not only that, but these young people also realize they’re best placed “to help the most vulnerable”, the 24-year-old, who lives in Ivry-sur-Seine near Paris, said.The health crisis demonstrated that “we’re not just good for staying at home, hooked to our smartphones, but are deeply rooted in reality,” he added.While competitions were off the cards during confinement, he used the time to step up action through his Solidaritess association in aid of the homeless, distributing clothes to the “forgotten” in the capital’s suburbs.last_img read more

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Paul Pogba faces ‘six-week trial’ to save Manchester United career, says Arsenal legend Paul Merson

first_img Comment Paul Pogba faces ‘six-week trial’ to save Manchester United career, says Arsenal legend Paul Merson Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 16 Jun 2020 10:33 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Paul Merson believes Paul Pogba has six weeks to save his Man Utd career (Picture: Sky Sports)Paul Merson has warned Paul Pogba he faces a ‘six-week trial’ to save his Manchester United career.Having missed most of the season through injury, Pogba is back fit ahead of the campaign’s restart, with United travelling to Tottenham to face their former manager Jose Mourinho on Friday evening.Pogba returned to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016 but has persistently been linked with another move away from Manchester United over the past three transfer windows.The coronavirus pandemic has made big-money transfers less likely this summer but Merson still believes Pogba will be ‘gone’ if he fails to impress during the final stages of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTManchester United – currently fifth in the Premier League – still have nine league matches to play and the Europa League to compete for and Pogba could emerge as a key player over the coming weeks alongside January signing Bruno Fernandes.‘Paul Pogba is on a six-week trial at Manchester United and if it doesn’t work out he will be gone,’ Merson wrote in a column for Starsport.‘The spotlight is going to be on him when he comes back because United were playing very well without him before the break. Pogba is back fit ahead of the Premier League restart (Picture: Getty)‘How he does over the next few weeks will decide whether they keep him, and how much he is really worth to any potential buyers.‘I think it’s a massive few weeks for him. If it doesn’t work out I think he will take the blame.‘He has a chance now to play with Bruno Fernandes and see how it works. I think they should work well together.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It’s all about being on the same wavelength. He will have confidence in Fernandes. Before, he was playing Hollywood passes because he didn’t trust his team-mates.‘I think we’ll see a better Pogba because he will keep it simple now. If he looks up and sees Fernandes open he will play it to him.‘Those two should hit it off in my opinion. But let’s be honest, if it doesn’t work for Pogba now, it’s just not going to, is it?’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Chelsea legend John Terry reveals how close he came to joining Manchester UnitedMORE: Manchester United interested in summer move for Watford defender Pervis Estupinanlast_img read more

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‘I’ll be absolutely buzzing!’ Kieran Tierney desperate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign new Arsenal contract

first_img‘I’ll be absolutely buzzing!’ Kieran Tierney desperate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign new Arsenal contract Kieran Tierney wants Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal (Pictures: Sky Sports / Getty)Kieran Tierney says he will be ‘absolutely buzzing’ if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang commits his future to Arsenal by signing a new deal.Aubameyang, who has scored 71 goals in 110 matches for Arsenal, has entered the final year of his current contract at the Emirates.It appeared as though the Gunners may look to sell Aubameyang this summer to avoid losing him for nothing in 12 months’ time, but Arsenal are now increasingly confident he will put pen to paper on a new deal.Asked about Aubameyang potentially staying at the Emirates, Tierney told Sky Sports: ‘Hopefully man, hopefully!ADVERTISEMENT🗣 “He’s one of the best guys, most humble guys I’ve ever met. I’ll be absolutely buzzing, to be honest”Kieran Tierney on his teammate & captain @Aubameyang7 👏 pic.twitter.com/tqCwx9qpSZ— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 1, 2020‘He’s brilliant, brilliant for the team, brilliant for me. He’s an absolute joy.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘One of the best guys, one of the most humble guys as well.‘He’s a great captain, leads by example and if we can sign him I’ll be absolutely buzzing to be honest.’Gabon international Aubameyang was asked about his future following Arsenal’s victory over Liverpool in the Community Shield and said: ‘We’re going to see these coming days.‘Today we get the trophy and that’s it. We are improving. There is still work to do but I’m really happy and it’s an exciting time to be an Arsenal player.’Last month, another Arsenal player – new signing Willian – also urged Aubameyang to stay in north London.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe former Chelsea forward said: ‘I joined Arsenal because we can challenge for titles but Pierre will be a big part of the plan.‘He has to stay – it is very important to me. This is a guy who gets 25-30 goals a season and we have to keep a player like that.‘He’s one of the best players in our team and somebody I want to be making chances for.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal defender Rob Holding close to Newcastle United loan moveMORE: Dani Ceballos closing in on Arsenal return following Mikel Arteta intervention Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 1 Sep 2020 3:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link16.5kSharescenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Nortel scheme moves to next judgment after £340m win in Canadian case

first_imgTrustees of the Nortel UK Pension Scheme secured £340m (€430m) in deficit funding from its now-defunct Canadian sponsor but failed in a bid to force through a financial support directive (FSD) for greater funding.In a case argued in the province of Ontario, trustees, supported by the UK Pension Protection Fund (PPF), challenged Canadian company Nortel Networks Limited (NNL) for funding to repair a deficit after Nortel’s insolvency in 2009.The UK arm of Nortel supported a 40,000 member defined benefit (DB) scheme, which had a £2bn deficit at the time of insolvency.The Canadian communications business triggered one of the world’s largest insolvencies in 2009, sending all global subsidiaries into administration, chiefly in Canada, the US and Europe. Trustees, the UK pensions regulator (TPR) and the PPF launched a legal case against administrators of the US and Canadian businesses to secure funding for the UK DB scheme and avoid its entering the lifeboat fund.Legal proceedings over the distribution of monies created by the sale of NNL’s assets are ongoing, with JP Morgan holding a $7bn (€5.6bn) sum as US and Canadian courts decide how to distribute assets to creditors.In the latest case in Ontario, trustees and the PPF challenged NNL’s administrators, looking to secure two separate levels of funding based on written guarantees from NNL to its UK DB scheme.They also made a financial claim based on TPR’s ability to issue an FSD – a UK legal claim on assets to support underfunded pension schemes – against NNL.The Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled that one of the guarantees, valued at £340m, could be upheld but ruled out a smaller $150m guarantee and gave no credence to the trustees’ claims based on the FSD.Judge Justice Newbould said issuing the FSD against NNL would be unreasonable but did not venture whether a court of appeal would agree with his judgment.However, the Court acknowledged FSDs should be treated as appropriate claims in Canadian insolvency proceedings, after local administrators argued against this.The value of the FSD was unquantifiable at the time of the ruling given the implications of outstanding cases in the US and Canada over the distribution of assets.The FSD claim value would depend on the distribution of the $7bn in assets to claimants in Europe, compared with those in the US and Canada.Should European claimants fare well in any future decision, the value of the FSD would decrease, and vice versa.Lawyers representing trustees and the PPF welcomed the clarity of the secured funding and the credibility of FSDs in Canadian insolvency practices.Angela Dimsdale Gill, Hogan Lovells partner and lead litigator for the PPF and trustees, said her clients would carefully consider the next steps on the matters lost in the case.“The trustee and PPF have reluctantly but determinedly been part of [Nortel litigation] and continue to do their best to represent the interests of UK pensioners,” she said.“It is important not to have knee-jerked reactions, but, of course, there are some aspects of the judgment we find disappointing.”A spokesman for the PFF added: “[The] judgment provided greater clarity for the amounts being pursued by the scheme. We continue to consider the judgment and the next steps available to us and the trustees.”The remainder of the case now rests on judgments from US and Canadian courts, expected next year.Complications have arisen over conflicting challenges from Europe, the US and Canada, including pension schemes and bondholders, for the $7bn of assets.US and Canadian courts are now sitting simultaneously, but not conjointly, to reach a ruling based on two sovereign laws – an unprecedented legal situation.Gill said: “The critical decision on allocation will come next year. The claims process is inter-linked with the allocation dispute, and we will not really know where the scheme has ended up until it is all over.”The original article was amended to correct the currency for the smaller claim from £150m to $150m. Apologies for the mistake.last_img read more

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Jol on thin ice

first_imgManager Martin Jol is sure Fulham will recover from their latest defeat – but he has no idea whether he will be in charge for the club’s next game against Tottenham. The pressure is mounting on Jol after his team were condemned to their fifth straight league defeat against West Ham on Saturday. The Hammers showed no mercy at Upton Park as Mohamed Diame, Carlton Cole and Joe Cole all found the net on a miserable afternoon for the west London club. Press Association Adel Taarabt was the only Fulham player who came out of the derby with any credit, and the away fans made their discontent clear by shouting “Jol out” and “you’re getting sacked in the morning” in the second half. On Sunday morning there was no news about Jol’s future. When asked after the West Ham game whether he would be in charge for Wednesday’s game against Spurs, Jol seemed far from certain: “I don’t know. You don’t have to ask me. “I don’t know [what this means for me]. We’re in a difficult situation, but of course, there’s always one thing, you have to work hard in training and get your confidence back. It’s not easy.” Fulham fans further undermined their manager by chanting the name of his right-hand man Rene Meulensteen, who is being tipped to replace Jol if he goes. Whoever is in charge come Wednesday night, they need to address serious failings within the Fulham squad. The team looked tired at West Ham and devoid of any attacking threat. Fulham are three points from safety and they have to face Everton and Manchester City before Christmas. Jol insists there were positives to be taken from Saturday’s London derby, and the Dutchman believes the club still have a chance of avoiding the drop. “There are three clubs that go down and there have only been 13 matches so far,” he said. “You have to be strong, be tough mentally and get the points. We always regroup because they are good lads. “We didn’t have Berbatov today because he was ill. I dropped Bryan Ruiz because we wanted to up the tempo and I feel that Adel Taarabt did that. It almost paid off but it didn’t. “We had a few good breaks and the first half was okay. We switched off in the second half, they scored through a deflection so that killed us.” Jol will hope that Berbatov and back injury victim Brede Hangeland will be back for the game against Spurs. While Jol’s future is uncertain, his opposite number Sam Allardyce can afford to relax a bit following his team’s first home win since the opening day of the season. Diame hopes the win will prove to be a springboard for West Ham, who were booed off last week following a 3-0 derby defeat to Chelsea at Upton Park. “When you’ve lost at home, like here against Chelsea 3-0 and you go straight back to win 3-0, always you have the confidence to play the next game,” Diame told West Ham TV. “We have just three days until we play against Crystal Palace and we need to make sure we take the three points there. “I hope it can [kick-start the season]. We need to improve and keep working like this until the end of the season. Fulham and Crystal Palace are both towards the bottom like us, so we need to take the three points on Tuesday too.” last_img read more

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Smokies hand out awards on eve of last regular season game

first_imgUnsung Hero: Luke SandlerMost Improved Player: Mitch FoyleTop Defenseman: Braden PearsMost Inspirational Player: Adam WheeldonMost Dedicated Player: Bennett HambrookRookie of the Year: Scott DavidsonFan Favourite: Adam WheeldonEd Shelly Memorial Award: Garrett McMullenMost Valuable Player: Brent Baltus/Tyler BerkholtzRandy Emery’s Warrior of the Year: Tyler BerkholtzThe Smoke Eaters, 25-28-0-2 and fifth in the Interior Division, play its final regular-season home game is this Sunday, (March 10) against the Penticton Vees at 3 p.m.For ticket information call (250) 368-5000. A handful of players, including Nelson Minor Hockey grad Adam Wheeldon, took home a pair of awards as the Trail Smokies handed out team awards at the annnal banquet Tuesday at the Riverbelle Restaurant.Wheeldon, in his second campaign with the Smokies, finished the season with eight goals and 10 assists and took home the Most Inspirational Player and Fan Favourites honours during the evening.A total of 12 individual trophies and honours were handed out in front of more than 100 people Tuesday.Forwards Tyler Berkholtz and Brent Baltus shared the Most Valuable Player award, 17 year-old forward Scott Davidson was named the Smokies’ Rookie of the Year and captain Garrett McMullen was presented with the Ed Shelly Memorial award.The Smokies’ four 20-year-olds, Baltus, Berkholtz, McMullen and Bennett Hambrook were also presented with their game jerseys from this season.The full list of award winners is as follows:Top Scorer: Brent BaltusScholastic Award: Scott Davidsonlast_img read more

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Sport Stacking extraordinaire Sascha MacMillan solid at Worlds

first_imgThe event was won by Josh Hainsel of USA.Sport stacking, which is also known as cup stacking or speed stacking, is an individual and team sport that involves stacking specialized plastic cups in specific sequences.Participants stack cups in pre-determined sequences, competing against the clock or another player.Sequences are usually pyramids of three, six, or ten cups.The governing body setting the rules is the WSSA (World Sport Stacking Association) with the quicker the stacking the better the stacker.Many shoppers frequently Baker Street businesses in Nelson may have noticed MacMillan practising his routine.MacMillan, who used the money raised to cover travel expenses to Korea, placed second, fifth and ninth in the 11-year-old age categories for the three different stacking events.the World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA) was formed in 2001 for the purpose of promoting and governing sport stacking around the world. The Sport Stacking extraordinaire Sascha MacMillan of South Slocan recently returned from Jeonju, South Korea with a 12th overall place finish in the boy’s division at the Sport Stacking Championships.MacMillan, 11, was one of 300 athletes from 18 countries competing in the individuals, doubles and relays during two days of competing.MacMillan, a member of Team Canada who discovered Sport Stacking on YouTube, finished as the top Canadian in the Male Individual Combined 3-3-3, 3-6-3 and cycle stack category.last_img read more

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Grokster faces the music, shuts down

first_img Glickman said Grokster will send anti-piracy messages to existing users, and the company is forbidden from maintaining its software or network. “Without those services, the system will degrade over time,” Glickman said. Grokster lost an important Supreme Court ruling in June. Justices ruled that the entertainment industry can file piracy lawsuits against technology companies caught encouraging customers to steal music and movies over the Internet. The decision, which gave a green light for the federal case to advance in Los Angeles, significantly weakened lawsuit protections for companies that had blamed illegal behavior on their own customers rather than the technology that made such behavior possible. The court said Grokster and another firm, Streamcast Networks Inc., can be sued because they deliberately encouraged customers to download copyrighted files illegally so they could build a larger audience and sell more advertising. Writing for the court, Justice David H. Souter said the companies’ “unlawful objective is unmistakable.” “They’re out of business,” said Charles Baker, a lawyer for Streamcast. “It’s over for them. There was a lack of desire to continue to fight this thing going forward.” Baker said the settlement does not affect Streamcast, the co-defendant in the entertainment industry’s lawsuit. The Supreme Court noted as evidence of bad conduct that Grokster and Streamcast made no effort to block illegal downloads, which the companies maintained wasn’t possible. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Grokster’s Web site was changed Monday to say its existing file-sharing service was illegal and no longer available. “There are legal services for downloading music and movies,” the message said. “This service is not one of them.” The head of the Recording Industry Association of America, Mitch Bainwol, described the settlement as “a chapter that ends on a high note for the recording industry, the tech community and music fans and consumers everywhere.” It was unclear whether Grokster can afford to pay the $50 million in damages required under the agreement. The head of the Motion Picture Association of America, Dan Glickman, said the entertainment industry would demand full payment unless Grokster satisfies all its obligations under the settlement. Grokster’s brand will survive. The new fee-based version of its software will be available within 60 days, according to one executive involved in the deal. This executive spoke only on condition of anonymity because the sale of Grokster’s assets is pending. Grokster’s decision was not expected to affect Internet users who already run the company’s file-sharing software to download music and movies online, nor was it expected to affect users of rival downloading services, such as eDonkey, Kazaa, BitTorrent and others. WASHINGTON – Grokster Ltd., which lost a Supreme Court fight over file-sharing software used for stealing songs and movies online, agreed Monday to shut down and pay $50 million to settle piracy complaints by Hollywood and the music industry. The surprise settlement permanently bans Grokster from participating, directly or indirectly, in the theft of copyrighted files and requires the company to stop giving away its software, according to court papers. Executives indicated plans to launch a legal, fee-based “Grokster 3G” service before year’s end under a new parent company, believed to be Mashboxx of Virginia Beach, Va. Mashboxx, headed in part by former Grokster president Wayne Rosso, already has signed a licensing agreement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment. “It is time for a new beginning,” Grokster said in a statement issued from its corporate headquarters in the West Indies. last_img read more

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