August 10, 2018 FacebookTwitter Posted: August 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom Updated: 1:19 PM KUSI Newsroom, Man who threatened Torrey Pines High School sent to jail, treatment SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A former Torrey Pines High School student who posted threats targeting the school on his Instagram account was sentenced Friday to a year in custody, with at least six months to be served at a residential alcohol and mental health treatment facility.Kevin Matlak, 21, pleaded guilty last month to one count of making a criminal threat.Superior Court Judge Polly Shamoon placed Matlak on five years probation and ordered him to stay away from Torrey Pines High and have no contact with three people named in a criminal complaint.Defense attorney Brian Watkins said Matlak didn’t threaten anyone directly, but three former classmates — whom the defendant didn’t know — read his posts on Instagram and felt threatened by them.The classmates of Matlak’s who graduated in 2015 reported the threats to law enforcement on May 30, leading to his arrest.“I hate all of you,” Matlak wrote in one post, according to Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco.“Get the (expletive) out of San Diego 2K18 before I find u,” the defendant wrote in another post. Matlak also posted a photo of him holding an AR-15 rifle in one hand and giving the middle finder with the other hand, Greco said.RELATED STORY: Former Torrey Pines High School student pleads guilty to making threatsThe principal of Torrey Pines High School wrote a letter to the court, detailing how the threats impacted him and his assistant principals, knowing that the person making the threats had not been arrested and knowing that they could be in harm’s way after they made the decision to keep the school open the next day.Kevin Matlak from 2015
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Dan Cohen AUTHOR The local utility next month will begin installing a microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in southwestern Arizona that will serve as a backup power supply for the installation as well as the surrounding community in the event the commercial grid goes down.“On a hot summer day, if customers are using a lot of electricity in Yuma and we need more power, we can turn on the generator to serve customers in Yuma. So it improves reliability for the area,” Jenna Shaver, a spokeswoman for Arizona Public Service (APS), told the Yuma Sun. Microgrids are small, self-contained electrical grids which can run in conjunction with or independently of the main power grid.The microgrid, which will be installed next to the base’s existing power station, will use diesel fuel to generate up to 25 megawatts of electricity, which is expected to be enough to meet its future energy needs. Diesel was selected because of its low impact on the environment, and because it allows the microgrid to be fired much more quickly than other energy sources, according to the story.“It can start up in seconds, that’s one of the reasons we chose that,” Shaver said. “Whereas natural gas might take minutes, this takes seconds to start up and provide power.”She said the project will make the installation the first military base in the country to have 100 percent backup power.“This is a historic moment for the Marine Corps, Department of the Navy and Department of Defense. We are moving towards an energy secure future, and we are proud that MCAS Yuma has made such a significant step towards that goal,” Col. Ricardo Martinez, the installation’s commanding officer, said in a statement.The microgrid is expected to be completed by June. APS will operate and maintain the system for the base during a 30-year lease, and solar panels may be added in the future. Shaver would not reveal the project’s cost.
You’ve heard a lot about Facebook this year, but you may not have heard about Watch.Watch is the social network’s hub for video, and, unlike the rest of company, it’s been mostly unscathed by Facebook’s privacy, security, disinformation and leadership scandals. Unfortunately for Watch: Neither its successes nor failures have been glaring enough to attract notice.House of Cards was the first show to put Netflix’s original-content efforts on the map. David Giesbrecht/Netflix Since launching last year with a reported $1 billion programming budget, Watch has yet to score with a critical smash or popular hit. It hasn’t got a signature show, like House of Cards, that puts its original content on the map, or a must-see program, like Stranger Things, that drives people to it in droves. Ask Facebook and it’ll say Watch is faring great. Watch’s niche programming is a feature, not a bug, according to Fidji Simo, Facebook’s head of video. “What we’re really going after is the amount of conversation and engagement, and that can be realized both in niche communities or in broad hits,” Simo said in an interview last week. “But we’re not really going for massive viewership.”Facebook is part of a scrum of tech and media companies wrestling one another to lock down your attention for TV online. But while most are taking aim at Netflix with online video subscription services, Facebook is stalking YouTube’s turf of free video you watch with ads. And with 2.27 billion people using Facebook every month, the world’s biggest social network may be the one competitor with the scale to actually take on YouTube. It just needs to figure out how. 2:58 1 “We are seeing some trends in younger audiences, and they are really engaged with these types of shows and create a lot of conversation,” she said. Looking forward to next year, Simo said much of Watch’s efforts will be focused on developing ways to make video more social, interactive and immersive, like testing a dark background when you’re watching a show. And Watch wants to keep widening its advertising base, so creators have more ways to make money from their videos. Of course, pushing for advertising led Facebook into the middle of minefields. Even Watch will need to watch its step. CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies Digital Media Share your voice Zuckerberg defends actions after New York Times investigation Facebook Tags Comment “I’m not sure Watch is the future of Facebook video,” said Michael Greeson, president and director of research at the Diffusion Group, whose research shows half of adult Facebook users have never heard of the service. Instead, he says, it may be “the next step in the company’s learning curve.” Squishy stats More than 400 million people visit Watch each month and stay for at least a minute of video, an indication they’re intentional viewers. On a daily basis, the number is 75 million people, and among those, the average watch time is 20 minutes.That implies Watch has roughly 25 million hours of viewership each day. Red Table Talk, a talk program with Jada Pinkett Smith, is Facebook Watch’s most followed show. Stan Evans To put that in perspective, people watch more than a billion hours of video on YouTube daily. And Google’s massive video site has more than 1.8 billion logged-in users every month. But, as is always the problem with online video, none of these comparisons are perfect. YouTube’s billion-plus daily viewing hours, for instance, take place across its entire site. Facebook Watch’s stats don’t include videos people watch on other parts of the site, such as their News Feed. And these squishy, imperfect comparisons make it hard to gauge whether Facebook’s most successful shows are doing well. By pure number of followers, Jada Pinkett Smith’s talk program, Red Table Talk, is Facebook’s biggest show, with 4.3 million followers. What do you even compare that to? Maybe Tyler Oakley. Oakley, sometimes referred to as the Ellen DeGeneres of YouTube, has fewer followers on Facebook itself than Red Table Talk does. But he has 3 million more subscribers on his main platform, YouTube. (For the record, DeGeneres’ own Facebook following is nearly 30 million. So we can say Red Table Talk isn’t a hit on the scale of the Ellen Show. Illuminating.)Sorry for Your Loss, which stars Elizabeth Olsen as a young widow, has been Facebook Watch’s most critically praised original. Facebook That Facebook is measuring its success in social conversation and engagement makes things cloudier still. Watch’s most loyal audience, measured by the number of people who completed at least three episodes, is for Sorry for Your Loss, a bereavement drama starring Elizabeth Olsen. Sorry for Your Loss is also Facebook’s most critically acclaimed program and Watch’s best shot so far at potentially scoring award nominations. But the show’s third episode has just 182,000 views. Compare that to the final episode of Netflix’s House of Cards — that is, the eighth episode in the sixth season of a series that’s well past its heyday. By Nielsen’s ratings, House of Cards’ finale still pulled in an estimated 901,000 viewers. And that’s just in the first week. The first three episodes of Sorry for Your Loss have been available free for three months globally. Growing painsOf course, Watch is still a baby.”Facebook Watch is a grand experiment, and it’s still early in the game,” said Peter Csathy, chairman of CreaTV Media, a media- and tech-focused business advisory and investment firm. “It’s been watching and learning and growing and changing, and that’s all part of the plan.”Facebook Watch’s strategy also doesn’t lend itself to making shows that break outside their niches. Watch’s goal since the beginning, Simo said, is to create video that’s intrinsically social, so Facebook shows line up with built-in communities on the social network. Hence, beauty pageant fanatics match up well with Queen America, a newer Facebook Watch show that stars Catherine Zeta-Jones.Catherine Zeta-Jones stars as a beauty pageant coach in Queen America. Boris Martin Facebook’s other game plan has been to throw things at the wall to see what sticks. In more flattering Silicon Valley parlance: Fail fast. “We specifically designed our content strategies to be able to learn a lot,” Simo said. “That’s a big part of the reason why we’re funding content, to be able to learn as fast as possible.” Those two strategies combined can yield shows with real traction in specific groups, even if their appeal is invisible to wider audiences. It’s the same paradox that meant many traditional media companies have dismissed YouTube stars as minor leaguers. Facebook’s unrelenting scandals this year haven’t helped Watch. Watch is getting lost in the haze as Facebook puts out its other fires. Instead of Facebook’s brand drawing people into Watch’s shows, it’s increasingly a barrier, according to Csathy.The social network has been especially hard hit among young people, those most coveted by advertisers and a video-centric demographic that Watch has been aiming to lure in. A study by Pew found that 44 percent of people aged 18 to 29 years old have deleted their Facebook apps. Instead, Watch could lean hard into demographics that are already there, said Scott Fisher, the founder of Select, a company that manages top digital creators and influencers like Oakley.”Facebook is almost like the daytime TV” of online video, Fisher said. “Facebook should have the next This Is Us for their originals. That’s the right vibe. If they end up trying to do House of Cards, I don’t know if that makes sense.”But Simo flatly rejects speculation Facebook Watch is recalibrating around older viewers, pointing to teen-targeted shows, such as SKAM Austin and Five Points, that Facebook is renewing.
00:00 /01:46 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Laura IsenseeLawyers hired by the Turkish government have asked the Texas Education Agency to launch a full investigation into Harmony Public Schools.The charter network focuses on math and science education and runs more than 40 schools in Texas, making it the state’s largest charter network and the second largest in the country.“We’re not anti-charter. We’re not trying to displace thousands of Harmony students,” said John Martin, senior counsel with Amsterdam and Partners which filed the complaint. “We’re trying to get to the bottom of several red flags related to discrimination, self-dealing and immigration visa issues.”The complaint alleges that Harmony has abused the immigration visa system to hire Turkish nationals, that it’s discriminated against other non-Turkish employees and that it’s given a large portion of contracts to affiliated companies or former employees.The complaint also alleges that the system has ties to a controversial Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who’s been accused of trying to overthrow the Turkish government.Harmony CEO Soner Tarim said that the complaint is a political attack from a Turkish administration hostile to critics.“You know this was established here, as a nonprofit organization,” Tarim said. “That’s why I call it a political move and it’s a witch-hunt. And we have nothing to do with Turkey.”Tarim, who is a dual citizen with Turkey, said that the current president there, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has received little support from Turkish Americans.He pointed to Harmony’s successes, like a $30 million federal grant and continued expansion.This isn’t the first time Harmony charter schools have faced state and federal investigations, though it’s never faced sanctions.A spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency said that they’ve received the complaint and will decide the next steps. Share
Celebrating the magnificence of Indian weaves, Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao announced the fifth edition of ‘Nayaab’. The exhibition, which is on display at The Lodhi between 11 am and 8 pm from November 23 to 25, is an endeavor to showcase the finest textile traditions of India to its patrons. ‘Nayaab’ strives for excellence and believes in celebrating the finest of Indian weaves by curating and showcasing the wonders of Indian textiles. Each piece will highlight the intricacy and skill of the designer. This edition of ‘Nayaab’ aspires to embody the traditions of the Indian textile heritage and epitomise the stories of the countless hands that have worked hard to create these masterpieces. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith the fifth edition of ‘Nayaab’, the expertise of curators Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao will introduce the work of Indian designers who embody a passion for weaves, textures and natural dyes from the traditional textile heritage of India. The two-day exhibition will highlight a capsule collection by accomplished designers. Each design pays tribute to the ancient traditional textiles of the country and presents them in new, eclectic ways.This exhibition will showcase an exceptional collection of designers featuring, Ritu Kumar, Akaaro, Pero, Kora, Divyam Mehta, Eka, Nalini Malhotra, En Inde, 11.11, Indian Textiles, Weavers Studio, Anavila Saris, Vriksh, Swati Kalsi, Shaw Brothers, Swati Garodia, Taika and Pradeep Pillai.