USC and United Airlines reach agreement to name Coliseum field

first_imgUSC and United Airlines have agreed to a new naming rights deal for the Coliseum, after facing some backlash regarding the original name change. USC and United had initially struck an agreement in May 2017 to rename the stadium United Airlines Memorial Coliseum. The 16-year deal provided USC over $69 million to use toward the Coliseum’s renovation, part of a $315 million undertaking.  Although United officials initially said that the company would be willing to step away from the agreement if USC did not agree to the original name change, the company said it has much to gain from taking on such a prominent role in the Los Angeles community. “USC is honored to be the caretaker of this Los Angeles treasure and, together with United, we are ensuring the Coliseum’s future as a world-class venue,” Austin said in a statement. “The naming of the field is a significant step in USC’s efforts to usher in a modern era for this historic landmark and preserve its legacy.”  Shortly after the original naming rights deal was agreed upon, veterans groups protested that changing the name of the stadium would dilute its identity as a memorial to World War I veterans. Neither USC nor United have released the financial details of the new agreement, which was shortened to 10 years instead of the original 16. Under the revised deal, USC and United said they will support the stadium’s commitment to honor local veterans by supporting veterans who attend USC and erecting a new memorial at the Coliseum to honor veterans. Hahn also pointed out the numerous historical events that the Coliseum has hosted — including the 1932 and 1984 summer Olympics and a visit from Nelson Mandela — to emphasize the idea that the Coliseum serves just as much as a war memorial as it does a sports stadium. The two parties came to a 10-year deal that will result in a new name for just the field, instead of the entire stadium. The field will now be called the United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum starting August.center_img “I think there are certain things that we shouldn’t sell,” said Janice Hahn, president of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, who sided with the veterans back in March. “The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was built in an effort to honor those men who were from Los Angeles that marched off in World War I and never came back.” Interim president Wanda M. Austin agreed with Hahn’s perspective that the benefits of the deal extend far beyond the Coliseum’s renovation. Photo from USC News “With so many employees, many of whom are proud veterans themselves, and customers that travel to or call [Los Angeles] home, this sponsorship is a meaningful way to underscore our commitment to California,” said Janet Lamkin, president of California for United Airlines, in a statement. “We always want to do what is best for the communities in which we operate — and in this case, reaching an agreement which upholds the name of such a respected venue while modernizing it for the benefit of future generations was the right thing to do.” “I am pleased that USC and United have come together in a way that will honor the memories of veterans who served in World War I and our broader community of veterans,” Hahn said in a statement. “This agreement ensures that United Airlines remains an important corporate sponsor of the Coliseum renovation project and that the legacy of the Coliseum remains. I am proud that we are moving forward with a shared commitment to veterans.” The introduction of the field’s new name will coincide with USC’s first football game on Aug. 31 against Fresno State at the Coliseum.last_img read more

Part One: MLA Pimm reflects on agricultural land reserve changes

first_img“That’s when we realized that there’s was going to have to be two different zones because there was two very different opinions. In zone one which is the Island, and the Lower Mainland, and the Okanagan, you have about 85 per cent of your total farm receipts come from zone one.“In zone two you have about 15 per cent of your total receipts but you have about 90 per cent of your ALR lands. I wanted to also make sure that farming was more viable for all British Columbians. I wanted to keep more farming families on the farm because we’re seeing a rapid decline in farming families, and the other thing is that we wanted to preserve the best agricultural land for future generations to come. Those were the four things I had as a goal to accomplish.”Unfortunately just about the time the legislation was ready for presentation, Mr. Pimm was diagnosed with cancer and to facilitate what turned out to be his successful treatment, he was forced to resign from cabinet.What followed was passage of the ALR changes in the legislature and an associated package of regulations by the cabinet.Advertisement This year’s changes to the province’s Agricultural Land Reserve continue to generate province wide debate and today we begin a series of stories not only examining what those changes are, but also the government objectives and regulations associated with them.To do that, we’ll talk with Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm, who was appointed Agricultural Minister, in June of 2013, following the Liberals provincial election victory.He confirms that making sure the Agricultural Land Commission, the ALR governing body, works for all British Columbians, was key part of his mandate letter from the Premier.- Advertisement -“I took a look at things and found out very quickly that there were differing opinions on ALR lands throughout the province,” he said.“In the areas where your land is covered by snow for six months of the year, you have about 90 per cent of the farming families working off the land so they can make enough money to carry on and to farm during the year.“When you’re in the other areas of the province, where there isn’t snow, you’re actually farming your land all year or pretty much,” Pimm continued.Advertisementlast_img read more

Windows 7 Microsoft waves an early goodbye

first_imgWindows 7: Microsoft waves an early goodbye by Martin Brinkmann on January 15, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: January 18, 2017 – 84 commentsMicrosoft’s Windows 7 operating system is still the world’s most widely used OS, but that does not stop Microsoft from waving an early goodbye to the operating system.The company informed customers on the German Microsoft press site that support for Windows 7 will end on January 14, 2020: about three years from today.This means, according to Microsoft, that devices won’t receive security updates or technical support anymore if they still run Windows 7 by that time.If you are a regular here on Ghacks, or on other tech sites, you know that support will run out. You know about the Windows lifecycle, and that Windows 7 won’t be supported forever by Microsoft.Microsoft waving goodbye to Windows 7Microsoft’s press release paints a grim picture, highlighting that Windows 7 is the cause for high operating costs, that Windows 7 is susceptible for malware attacks causing a reduction in work time, and the cause for an increase in support requests.In addition, manufacturers have begun to stop providing drivers for Windows 7 for hardware they release; Windows 7 won’t support the newest chips by AMD, Intel or Qualcomm on top of all that.Microsoft’s solution for all of this is the company’s newest operating system Windows 10. It states that it was never easier to switch from an older version of Windows to Windows 10. Windows 10 furthermore would offer better and exclusive security features and non-security features such as biometric authentication or the personal assistant Cortana.My TakeMicrosoft gets some of the facts right. Windows 7 support will run out in 2020, there is no doubt about that.It is also okay to inform customers about the end of support for a much used operating system, even three years in advance. Home users may not have any issues changing an operating system from one week to the next, but companies may need months or even years in advanced to prepare for that.But the press release is not entirely fair when it comes to Windows 7. I cannot really confirm for instance that companies have stopped distributing drivers for Windows 7 with their hardware components.While that may be the case for a small selection of components, it seems highly unlikely that companies would stop producing drivers for the most used operating system out there at this point in time.If there is one company that did that, it is Microsoft itself as company executives made the decision not to long ago to support newer chips by AMD or Intel only on Windows 10 and not on older versions of the Windows operating system. That decision was made deliberately by Microsoft.Windows 10 offers better out of the box security than Windows 7, but it should be clear that security can always be better, and that third-party software, and making good use of common sense, may improve it significantly.Closing WordsIt is clear that the time that Windows 7 has left is running out. Three years is a long time however, and the prospect of migrating to an operating system that gets new feature upgrades twice a year may not be to the liking of companies who prefer as little change as possible when it comes to operating systems.Sure, there is the long term servicing branch of the Enterprise edition of Windows 10, but it is reserved to the Enterprise edition. Small businesses, and medium sized businesses who use Pro versions of Windows 10 face the tough challenge of having to upgrade their devices to these new feature upgrade versions of Windows 10 regularly.There is also the privacy issue. Microsoft promises to improve privacy options with the release of the Creators Update, out April 2017.The company burned lots of bridges however, not only because of increased telemetry collecting in Windows 10, but also because of the aggressive pushing of the free Windows 10 upgrade to customer systems.Now You: Windows 7, Windows 10, or another operating system? What will your devices run?SummaryArticle NameWindows 7: Microsoft waves an early goodbyeDescriptionMicrosoft’s Windows 7 operating system is still the world’s most widely used OS, but that does not stop Microsoft from waving an early goodbye to the operating system.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more