Area teams get ready for state football playoffs

first_imgChad Freshnock is back on the field, brightening the outlook for the Middletown High School North football team as area squads qualified for this weekend’s NJSIAA playoffs.Freshnock rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns as the Lions beat Freehold Township High School, 27-14, in Middletown Nov. 6. Connor Welsh, who had carried the load while Freshnock was injured, had 16 carries and 91 yards“That’s a big lift,” coach Steve Bush said of Freshnock’s return. “He is our best football player. We have so much more depth. He’s a weapon who can score from anywhere at any time.”The Lions improved to 6- 2 at the cutoff for the state playoffs and clinched their second straight winning season.Middletown North will have what Bush said is its first home playoff game since 1986 when it takes on Sayreville War Memorial High School (5-4) at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the North Jersey, Section II, Group IV tournament.Bush said the team needs to sharpen its defense over four quarters from what it showed against Freehold Township (4-5).“We’re trying to peak for the playoffs,” Bush said.The coach looks to continue the balanced attack he got with the throwing of quarterback Don Glenn, who passed for 258 yards and a touchdown.After that playoff game comes a Thanksgiving showdown against unbeaten Middletown High School South and the chance to be the spoiler again. On Nov. 6 Middletown South clinched a share of the Shore Conference A South Division championship when it rallied from a second-quarter deficit and beat Freehold High School, 38-7, behind Cole Rogers’ 212 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The Eagles need a victory over Middletown North on Thanksgiving to clinch the title outright for what would be its 17th division championship since 1986.Middletown North earlier in the season beat Manalapan High School, which put Middletown South (8-0) in position to take control of the division.Middletown South and St. John Vianney High School, which is also unbeaten, wrapped up No. 1 seeds in the state playoffs in their respective brackets, which guarantees home field all the way to the state championship games should they get there.Middletown South, which moved this year to North Jersey, Section II, Group IV, is home to West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North (5-4) at 7 p.m. Nov. 13. West Windsor- Plainsboro North has won its last three games.If Middletown South and Middletown North win their opening-round games, they will go head-to-head in the second round, which means they would play against each other on back-to-back weekends.St. John Vianney (9-0) hosts Donovan Catholic at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in Non-Public, Group III. The Lancers wrapped up their regular season Nov. 6 with a 67-0 rout of Manasquan High School. St. John Vianney beat Donovan Catholic (3-5) in a 63-21 rout Oct. 24 That winner plays in the next round against the victor of No. 5-seed Red Bank Catholic High School at No. 4-seed Pope John Regional High School of Sparta. Matawan Regional High School, Keyport High School and Mater Dei Prep also qualified. Matawan rolled by Barnegat, 31-0, Nov. 6 as Makiya Caesar rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns in the team’s sixth straight victory after three losses to open the season. Shawn Ramcheran ran back a punt 64 yards for a touchdown, Derrick Wiley rushed 30 yards for a touchdown and Adam Elliott kicked a 24-yard field goal for the Huskies (6-3), who clinched a playoff berth the previous weekend with a victory over Manasquan at the cutoff. Matawan, seeded No. 5, opens defense of its Central Jersey, Group III championship at No. 4-seed Hopewell Valley Central High School (7-2), which comes off a 17-14 victory over Northern Burlington County Regional High School.“It’s good to get out of the Shore,” said Matawan coach John Kaye, whose team is in good health after some key injuries early in the season led to the 0-3 start. “We don’t want to play Rumson, Red Bank and Ocean right away. All four Shore teams [in the bracket] are playing outside teams, and it’s interesting for us to play a West Jersey team.”Matawan has scored 30 or more points in its last five games behind the balanced passing of George Pearson and the running of Caesar, while the defense has shut out two teams this season.The winner of the Matawan game plays the winner of No. 8-seed Rahway High School at top-seeded Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.Keyport (5-4) wrapped up its regular season with a 35-12 victory over Keansburg High School. Des Underwood rushed for 143 yards and scored three touchdowns, and Ky’Sun Pryor scored three touchdowns and rushed for 83 yards. Keyport clinched a playoff spot in its previous game, a 20-0 victory over Mater Dei.Keyport, seeded No. 7, plays at No. 2- seed Asbury Park High School in Central Jersey, Group I in its first appearance in the state playoffs since 2012, when it dropped its opener to Florence Township Memorial High School. The Red Raiders lost to Asbury Park, 28-21, Oct. 16 when Asbury Park scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to overtake Keyport.“They’re unbelievably athletic,” Keyport coach John Paczkowski said. “We have to gel and play hard — Keyport-style football. We need that from our offensive line and our fullback, Jay Hanson, who has been leading the way with the blocking.”The line includes Devon Keegan, Evan Smutz, Travis Alvarez, Erik Nellis, Matt Acuna and Zach Frick.Paczkowski also got word before the Keansburg game that his father, who was in hospice care the last two weeks, had passed away from cancer. Paczkowski credited his team for responding so well during his personal struggle, and he decided to coach the game against Keansburg.“As much as my mom and dad are family, this team also is a family,” Paczkowski said as he was making funeral arrangements for early in the week.The victor plays the winner of No. 6- seed Point Pleasant Beach High School at No. 3-seed Palmyra High School. No. 8-seed Mater Dei plays its Non-Public Group II playoff opener at top-seeded Montclair Kimberly Academy. That victor takes on the winner of No. 5-seed St. Mary’s High School (Rutherford) at No. 4- seed Hudson Catholic Regional High School. Mater Dei (3-6) comes off its fourth straight loss, 14-13, to Point Pleasant Beach. Marvin Pierre had a 2-yard run for Mater Dei, and Eddie Lewis returned an interception 94 yards for a touchdown. By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent last_img read more

Messi suspended from Argentina’s opening World Cup qualifier

first_imgIn this Saturday, July 6, 2019 photo, Argentina’s Lionel Messi, center left, and Chile’s Gary Medel, center right, scuffle as referee Mario Diaz, from Paraguay, left, shows the red card to both of them during Copa America third-place soccer match at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)ASUNCION, Paraguay — Lionel Messi was suspended from Argentina’s first qualifying march for the 2022 World Cup and fined $1,500 by South American football’s governing body.CONMEBOL said its decision Tuesday resulted from Messi’s red card during Argentina’s 2-1 win over Chile on July 6 in the third place match of the Copa America. Messi was ejected in the 37th minute after an altercation with Chile’s Gary Medel, who also received a red card.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division MOST READ Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station 28-year-old Russian boxer dies after suffering brain injury in ring Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. South American qualifying starts in March.The decision does not mention Messi’s attacks against the Copa America organization. Messi said there was corruption in the tournament and that the tournament was set up for Brazil to win. Messi later apologized to CONMEBOL for his comments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Benefits of township living View commentslast_img read more

Mercedes still miles ahead of F1 pack

first_imgMercedes won 16 of 19 Grand Prix last season and seemed intent on ironing out a few reliability problems that prevented even greater dominance in 2014.“We all loved the experience of last year and everyone wants to do it again,” Hamilton warned his title rivals after just his second day in the new Mercedes W06.“It’s been pretty amazing to see how reliable the car has been and how much mileage we’ve covered.”Lap times in the early stretches of testing are notoriously unreliable as a guide to how the teams will perform come the first Grand Prix of the season in Melbourne on March 15.However, with four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel now on board, the spring appeared back in Ferrari’s step after a season to forget.The Italian giants managed just one podium finish in 2014, finishing fourth in the constructors’ championship, and provoking two-time world champion Fernando Alonso to jump ship to McLaren.Ferrari went fastest in three of the four days in Jerez with Finn Kimi Raikkonen claiming he could already tell “this year is a completely different story to last year.”Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said he was aiming for a modest two race victories when the car was unveiled last month, but new Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne has demanded improvement from the start line in Melbourne.“I am encouraged by the performance of the new car, though it is one thing to do a quick lap and another to do an entire race,” said Marchionne.“Now we’ll see when the world championship starts in Australia. I do not expect miracles, but it is important to see progress.”At the other end of the spectrum in Jerez was McLaren, who suffered teething problems in their new partnership with Honda after a 22-year absence.Alonso and Jenson Button managed just 79 laps between them in Jerez, a figure which racing director Eric Boullier admitted only amounted to about 50 percent of what they had hoped for.Boullier also warned that any more setbacks in Barcelona will mean a delay in when the Woking-based team can realistically expect to be challenging at the front of the grid when the season gets underway.Red Bull are also under pressure to put in more laps in the Catalan capital after their RB11 went largely unnoticed in Jerez not due to its camouflaged exterior but a lack of running time with just 165 laps on the board.Elsewhere, all eyes will be on Susie Wolff as she drives the Williams on Thursday before Valterri Botas and Felipe Messi take over for the final three days.Force India will also be making their first outing of the season after skipping the test in Jerez.However, with the new VJM08 not expected to be ready until the second set of testing in Barcelona from February 26 to March 1, Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg will be driving the car which took them to sixth in the constructors’ championship last season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BARCELONA, February 18- The build-up to the 2015 Formula One season steps up a gear when the second of three four-day pre-season tests gets started in Barcelona on Thursday.There was a familiar sight when testing began in Jerez earlier this month as the Mercedes of world champion Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg was literally miles ahead of the competition, completing 516 laps over the four days.last_img read more

PRRD asked to take action on hazardous structures built without permits

first_imgOPTION 5: That the Regional Board take no further action on the subject property considering there is a covenant and notice already registered on title.The report includes photos of the property in question. OPTION 1: That the Regional Board find the subject Property to be in a hazardous condition within the meaning of Section 305 of the Local Government Act and require remedial action as set out in the recommendation.OPTION 2: That the PRRD require the owner to obtain the required Development Permit and Building Permit within a reasonable time of not more than 120 days. This option would require the owner to obtain a report of structural and geo-technical engineers confirming that the structures and land may be safely retained. This report must be acceptable to the PRRD.OPTION 3: That the Regional Board place a notice against the title of Lot 1, Block 2, Section 18, Township 83, Range 18, W6M, PRD, Plan 14194, pursuant to Section 57 of the Community Charter, advising that all structures on the land were constructed/placed without building permit and contrary to the development permit and restrictive covenant registered on title.OPTION 4: That the Regional Board instruct legal counsel to pursue contempt of court proceedings for noncompliance with the Consent Order filed on January 20, 2009.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District is trying to make sure a certain set of structures that were built without proper permits are going to see proper action taken.The structures were built at 9813 River Drive. There is also concern that the buildings are being built in an area that is subject to landslides.The buildings were not built to PRRD Bylaw specifications.- Advertisement -According to a report sent to the PRRD, staff is recommending that the Regional Board find the structures to be in a hazardous condition within the meaning of Section 305 of the Local Government Act and require remedial action as set out in the resolution which meets the legislated requirements for a Remedial Action Requirement.The resolution is: An opportunity for the land owner to provide structural and geo-technicalreports which express the opinion that the remedial work described in the reports can be performed tosafely retain the structures in accordance with PRRD Bylaws.The 5 options to resolve the situation are:Advertisementlast_img read more

‘Brave Liverpool performance showed what is possible with this team’ says Klopp

first_imgJurgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s against the odds 2-1 win at Crystal Palace will show his players what they are capable of achieving.The Reds were losing 1-0 in the second half when James Milner was sent off and appeared to be heading for a third successive defeat against the Eagles.But Roberto Firmino’s eighth goal of the season levelled matters, before substitute Christian Benteke bagged the winner with a spot-kick in added time.“We showed what is possible with these boys,” Klopp told talkSPORT, following our live commentary of the match at Selhurst Park. “It’s more important for the boys than me, because I know it’s possible, but to show it is really important for them.”The German has overseen some impressive wins away from home since taking over at Anfield, as well as inspiring the kind of comebacks that had dried up under the previous manager.And Klopp was quick to praise the spirit shown by his players.“It was a great win for us today, everything was against us, we became brave, we changed a little bit the system, the guys did really good.“You need to run a little bit more because we had one player less, but they did good, I can’t remember real chances for Crystal Palace. “We had not a lot [of chances], but a few. “It was surprising more for Crystal Palace, they became nervous, that’s how it is in a situation like this.“To lose against Liverpool is even for Crystal Palace not the biggest problem, but against 10 players from Liverpool?“You start thinking that should not happen, so in this moment they had to lose something, we only had to win something. “We took the chance.”last_img read more

Valencia bullying decision upheld

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsTwo sheriff’s deputies determined there had been no crime, but Bishop insisted on making a citizen’s arrest of the assistant manager, according to the court record. After an investigation by the city of Los Angeles, Bishop was disciplined for unnecessarily identifying himself as an LAPD detective, causing the unnecessary response of an outside law enforcement agency and effecting an unlawful private person’s arrest, according to the court record. On Feb. 27, 2002, the police chief imposed a recommended 65-day suspension, the court document said. Bishop filed a petition to overturn the decision, which was denied. (661) 257-5252 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – A Los Angeles police officer accused of bullying employees at a local movie theater lost his appeal this week to have disciplinary action against him set aside. On Wednesday, the Second District Court of Appeal affirmed a decision by the Superior Court to uphold a 65-day disciplinary suspension on LAPD Detective Stephen Bishop for his actions in March 2000. Bishop’s daughter and a friend had attempted to buy a ticket at a Valencia movie theater using a $100 bill, but employees questioned whether the cash was real, according to a court document. The assistant manager of the theater refunded the girl’s money, returned the bill to her friend and advised her to take the bill – which proved genuine – to a bank, the record said. Upon arriving home, Bishop’s daughter told her father what happened. He went to the theater, identified himself as a detective from the North Hollywood station and insisted his daughter had been kidnapped and held against her will, according to the court record. last_img read more

Qatar 2022 – Update on the preparations for the Middle East’s first World Cup

first_imgThere is no bigger sporting event on the planet than the football World Cup, and talkSPORT has been catching up with the man tasked with delivering the first Middle East edition of the tournament.Hassan Al Thawadi (pictured above with FIFA President Gianni Infantino) is the Secretary General of Qatar 2022’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, and he sat down with our very own Mike Bovill to discuss preparations for the event, and what football fans can expect.Listen to the full interview in the audio player above.last_img read more

Liverpool ace explains why Reds’ ‘historic’ season has hurt him

first_img Loris Karius’ horror show cost Liverpool any chance of Champions League success last season Joe Gomez says he has been hurting having been forced to watch Liverpool’s ‘historic’ season from the sidelines.Gomez, the defender, began the season as Jurgen Klopp’s first choice to partner Virgil Van Dijk at centre-back, while also providing cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right.However, a lower-leg fracture sustained in a challenge with Burnley’s Ben Mee on December 5 – where he was expected to be sidelined for six weeks but a setback meant he required a second operation – delayed his comeback until mid-April. LATEST The second half of Gomez’s season has been curtailed by injury Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS no dice tense As a result the England international featured just six times – with his only start coming in the 3-0 Champions League semi-final defeat in Barcelona – during the thrilling title run-in and progress to a second successive European Cup final.The 21-year-old has admitted that was difficult to take.“It’s probably underestimated a bit how much it can affect us as footballers,” he told huge blow Portsmouth vs Sunderland (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Charlton vs Doncaster (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Watford (Saturday, 5pm) – talkSPORT Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool lost that game because of two goalkeeping errors and a brilliant Gareth Bale overhead kick, but Gomez believes that experience and their close-run league title challenge means they go to Madrid to face Tottenham in a better position than they were last year.“I definitely think we go into this final in a different place,” he added.“It’s still a Champions League final and they’re always separate occasions and you have to approach it with the same mentality. “Like it might just seem that you’re injured and now you just watch the boys, but it hurts – especially a year like this that was pretty historic.“To watch a large majority of those games, having had a taste of it at the beginning, was difficult to take.“Obviously it was nice to overcome it and get a bit of involvement at the end.“We’ve just got to move on now and we’ve got a big game. There’s a lot of ups and downs, but it’s all a learning curve.”Gomez missed last year’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev after undergoing ankle surgery to correct a problem initially sustained on international duty in March last year.He, along with midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), had to watch from the stands as Real won 3-1 in a game which saw in-form Mohamed Salah forced off in the first half with a shoulder injury after a tangle with Sergio Ramos. REPLY REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT deals Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ getty “But I think this year speaks for itself and the growth in the team has been massive.“(The manager) shows and emphasises the fact that we’re a different team and we can’t go into thinking that we’re the same team.“In that sense, we can take the confidence from that, but still have the desire to win one because we know what it means for this club and we want to get the sixth star.” Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January getty shining Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card LIVE ON talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE 2 gameday cracker last_img read more

Jaleo: A Solid Debut of Flavorful Offerings

first_imgShare This!This past weekend, Jaleo by Chef José Andrés finally opened its doors to the public for a “soft opening” window, bringing classic Spanish cuisine to Disney Springs’ West Side neighborhood. Located at the corner of Splitsville/Bongo’s/AMC Theaters, Jaleo looms large in the spot formerly occupied by the Wolfgang Puck Café. We dropped in for dinner on opening night (and snagged the first table in the restaurant!) to sample a few dishes and get a first impression of the restaurant. We’ll return for a formal review in a few weeks, after the restaurant officially opens for both lunch and dinner (dinner only, for now), but keep reading for a rundown of our overall thoughts from this first visit.If you ever visited Wolfgang Puck Café, the interior of Jaleo will look pretty similar to you – it’s the same layout (with a few walls removed to create an open bar area and and more integrated dining room), with tile mosaic murals and large-scale photo murals of iconic Spanish scenes adorning many walls. Warm colors from lighting in the kitchen and dining areas bathe the restaurant, reflecting off metal accents. The highlight of the space is the paella pit and accompanying view into the kitchen – every time one of the massive paella dishes has finished cooking, the chefs ring a bell and the entire restaurant joins in the celebration. Jaleo’s menu does offer a few larger dishes, including seafood and steak entrees meant to be split between two or more. The restaurant also features two paella dishes daily, out of a rotating menu of five options. On opening night, we were able to sample the Paella Valenciana, featuring chicken, rabbit, lima beans, green beans, and saffron. One plate of paella is meant to serve about 2 people, though you can order a pan for eight or more. Alongside a few tapas, this plate would definitely fit the bill for two, but I wouldn’t leave full if I’d split this and only this. Overall, the paella’s flavor was robust, full of brightness from the saffron and tons of meat and vegetables, but I did crave a bit more of the socarrat (the bits of crispy rice that come from the bottom of the paella pan). With all the hamming it up the restaurant does for the Iberico’s presentation (ha!), I half-expected a bit more for the signature paellas – perhaps served in a smaller skillet tableside, which serves the dual purpose of giving you a bit of socarrat with every bite and that fun sizzle showboating that you see with fajitas at any Mexican restaurant. All in all, though, the paella was great, and I’ll be interested to return and try another variety soon. A Jaleo bartender prepares a glass of red vermouth Garlic shrimp Flan with Catalan cream and Valencia oranges A sampling of cheeses Iberico ham hand-carved tableside Mushroom and goat cheese croquetas, potato-wrapped chorizo, garlic shrimp, and grilled chicken with garlic sauce finished out our hot tapas order, with bold flavors in each dish, highlighting incredibly fresh produce and tons of herbs (rosemary and cilantro, at the fore). Our table nearly cut each other trying to grab the last morsels of patatas bravas, a fried potato dish topped with spicy tomato sauce and aioli that Len Testa lovingly dubbed “pizza potatoes” based on the flavor – this is easily a dish I could see myself coming to Jaleo to try regularly. A Jaleo chef patiently waiting to carve Iberico ham tableside Pan de cristal con tomate Garlic chicken Mushroom and goat cheese croquetascenter_img A selection of Spanish cheeses; a fun, molecular gastronomic take on an olive plate; and of course, traditional pan de cristal con tomate rounded out some of our first course dishes. Our server made sure to note that the bread for this dish is literally flown in from Barcelona, as it’s the only bread in the world Chef Jose Andres has tried that works for this absolutely divine dish. Jaleo’s paella pit Patatas bravas Olive plate with spherified liquid olives and anchovy/piquillo stuffed olives To put it simply, we had a fantastic meal from start to finish at Jaleo. You could certainly tell it was the restaurant’s opening night, with a few minor bobbles here and there, but where most restaurants struggle in the beginning (pacing, food quality), Jaleo well and truly shined. For now, they are open only for dinner service, with reservations and lunch service coming soon (check out the neighboring quick service for options then). I can’t wait to return soon for a full, in-depth review! We sampled a few drinks from the bar both before and during our meal – most were on par with other Disney Springs restaurants in terms of pricing and quality. $12-16 will get you a cocktail off Jaleo’s pretty varied cocktail menu, with beers in the $8-10 range and a quality selection of vermouth. The wine menu is extensive, featuring a pretty nifty chart at the front describing standard wine qualities and color-coding them on the subsequent menu. Basque-style cheesecake, Chocolate mousse with caramelized bread, sorbet trio, and olive oil ice cream with grapefruit Our small group sampled about 20 items from the tapas and paella-centric menu over the course of two hours, with incredible service and pacing by our server, even if it hadn’t been opening night, first seating. Overall, there wasn’t a single dish that failed to deliver in execution or flavor, and several dishes are absolute standouts as things I can’t wait to try again in coming weeks. The restaurant does tableside carving of the famed aged Iberico ham, which we took full advantage of in all its pomp and circumstance – diners around us flocked to our table to gawk and take photos, in what is sure to become one of the restaurant’s signature offerings. Desserts were barely on our radar after so much food, but the short menu featured a smart mix of fruity, chocolate, decadent, and light offerings. The flan is Chef Andres’ grandmother’s recipe, and like the rest of the meal, the true soul of those preparing this, and the traditions behind it all, really shined through. A decadent play on New York-style cheesecake (Basque-style, made with goat cheese), it was a huge and rich shareable dessert, while we all also fought over an incredibly rich chocolate mousse topped with a caramelized bread slice (think: the crunchy lid of crème brulee, but more fun because you get to break it up with your hands). Seasonal sorbets and an olive oil ice cream with grapefruit dish round out the menu – we expected these to be competent, but both impressed with strong flavors and fine execution. Jaleo’s white sangrialast_img read more

Study: 93 Percent of Americans Want Companies to Have Presence on Social Media Sites

first_imgRelated Posts 60% of Americans regularly interact with companies on a social media site43% of consumers say that companies should use social networks to solve the consumers’ problems41% believe that companies should use social media tools to solicit feedback on products and servicesMen are more likely to use social media tools to interact with a company than women (33% vs. 17%)33% of younger consumers (18-34) and those with household incomes over $75,000 believe that companies should try to market to them through social networksIt would be nice to see Cone break these numbers down a bit more. What types of social media sites, for example, do users prefer? Are there any specific categories of companies and brands that they want to see on these sites? How exactly do they want to be marketed to? What do they think about implications for their privacy?What is clear, however, is that social media is quickly becoming an important means for companies to reach consumers – and that consumer are also quickly changing their expectations about how, when, and where they want to be marketed to. As more users are embracing social media (and often to the detriment of traditional media), companies have no choice but to follow them. According to the 2008 Cone Business in Social Media Study, 93% of Americans believe that a company should have a presence on social media sites and 85 percent believe that these companies should use these services to interact with consumers. Cone, a Boston-based consulting firm, also found that men are far more likely to interact with a company through social media than women are. 56% of consumers believe that a company is providing them with a better service by interacting with them on social media sites.The numbers in this study are bit higher than those we have seen before (we assume that Cone uses a relatively broad definition of ‘social media’), though the general trends do fall in line with the latest data from Universal McCann we wrote about last week. As Michael Chin points out on the KickApps blog, social media first changed how we interacted with friends, family, and customers. Now, as consumers are getting more familiar with these tools, they also expect them to be a way to interact with companies – and based on this data from Cone, they want this to be a two-way conversation.Here are some other interesting data points from the study: A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#news#social networks#Social Web#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos frederic lardinoislast_img read more