New Chef and His New Menu Bring Fresh Take to the Langham’s Terrace Restaurant

first_img Community News Pasadena Eats, The Dining Blog New Chef and His New Menu Bring Fresh Take to the Langham’s Terrace Restaurant From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 | 1:42 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe The Terrace restaurant at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena recently welcomed a new Chef de Cuisine, Jason Yu. Chef Yu’s culinary philosophy and use of local ingredients, complements the existing menu and brings a fresh take to the restaurant’s signature dishes.He’s recently introduced some exciting, new menu items such as Grilled Asparagus with Aji Verde, Ricotta Salata and Pepitas; a delicious Cauliflower Pakora with Crispy Kale, that is vegan and gluten-free; and a Kalbi Short Rib entree marinated in pears and accompanied by pea puree and picked Shimeji mushrooms, to name a few.The Terrace’s California bistro-style menu is comprised of the freshest, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily, along with a delectable breakfast buffet and Dim Sum Sunday Brunch. You can find everything from scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, fresh fruit, cereal and pastries at their Breakfast Buffet, or opt for ordering some breakfast favorites like Eggs Benedict or Huevos Rancheros.Enjoy the new additions to The Terrace’s lunch menu include a Cream of Corn soup or a Rock Shrimp Po’ Boy served with house-made chips. For dinner, enjoy a plate of the Grilled Asparagus or Cauliflower Pakora to accompany the new Bucatini Mussels entree made with Chorizo Butter, Chardonnay, Fennel, Bacon Lardons and Parmesan cheese.The Terrace restaurant at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is located at 1404 South Oak Knoll Avenue.Visit www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/pasadena/ to see the new full Terrace menu and for more information. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Haiti delays final list of presidential candidates

first_imgBy Dialogo August 19, 2010 Haiti’s electoral board has decided to push back until August 20 its release of the final list of presidential candidates, a statement released on August 17 said. “Due to questions posed regarding some candidates, …the electoral board has decided to delay until August 20 the release of its final list of presidential candidates,” the board said in a statement. The council had pledged to release the list by Tuesday ahead of the November 28 elections for a successor to President Rene Preval, as Haiti struggles to revover from a devastating January 12 earthquake. Several of the 34 candidates including hip-hop star Wyclef Jean have had their presidential eligibility requirements questioned at the electoral body.last_img read more

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Apple Pay gains support for 18 more US banks, credit unions

first_imgContinuing recent trends, the additions skew towards a relatively even mix of credit unions with traditional banks. For a stretch of time the company concentrated heavily — though not exclusively — on credit unions.Apple Pay is now available in both the U.S. and the United Kingdom, the latter having gained the platform in July. Several major banks there have yet to launch promised support, including Barclays, Halifax, Lloyds, and the Bank of Scotland.The next country to gain support could be Canada, since rumors have pointed to a November launch. An announcement could be made at an anticipated Sept. 9 press event. continue reading » 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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NCUA Board ups small credit union threshold to $100 million

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA Board voted unanimously in favor of four supervisory actions Thursday, including one that will change the definition of “small entity” in the Regulatory Flexibility Act from credit unions with less than $50 million in assets to credit unions with less than $100 million in assets.At its open board meeting, the agency first approved the expansion of the community charter for the $342 million Charlotte Metro Federal Credit Union in Charlotte, N.C., to include 10 counties in the Charlotte metro area. The credit union previously served Mecklenburg County only. continue reading »last_img read more

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Don’t export masks, Minister pleads amid coronavirus panic buying

first_imgTopics : “We urge them to increase production and fulfil domestic needs first […] We are calling on producers to not export [masks],” he told reporters in Jakarta on Thursday.The minister’s appeal follows cases of mask manufacturers who allegedly hoard or produce low-quality, high-price masks to tap into the recent skyrocketing price of masks following fears of a global spread of the novel coronavirus. Customers in the country have been swarming supermarkets and drugstores for masks and hand sanitizers following President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s announcement of the country’s first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday.Panic buying has triggered a price surge for the item both online and offline in the last two days. A box of face masks is now selling for an average price of Rp 300,000 (US$ 21) – a whopping 1,500 percent increase from the original Rp 20,000 per box. The National Consumer Protection Agency (BPKN) chairman Ardiansyah Parman pointed out on Monday that culprits could be imprisoned for up to five years or face a fine of Rp 50 billion (US$ 3.53 million) for withholding an important product over a period time amid scarcity, quoting the 2014 law on trade.Read also: We’ve found no violation: KPPU on skyrocketing face mask prices”Don’t try to find opportunities when the public is experiencing struggles,” he said in a press conference. “Empathize with them instead.”On Wednesday, State-owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir said during a state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Kimia Farma site visit in Jakarta that the firm has limited the number of masks and hand sanitizer available for purchase at its 1,300 stores nationwide.The policy aims to ensure the products’ availability in the long run amid panic buying prompted by the COVID-19 spread in Indonesia.center_img Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto has urged mask producers to halt the export of masks and cater to domestic needs first amid a spike in demand for the item in Indonesia.The problem is, he said, that a number of producers have intentionally been holding back mask supplies and raising prices.Read also: Kimia Farma puts in place mask and hand sanitizer rationing to ensure availabilitylast_img read more

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Wolves snap up Gorkss

first_imgWolves have signed experienced defender Kaspars Gorkss from Reading on an initial 93-day emergency loan. Press Association Gorkss becomes Dean Saunders’ first signing since he was appointed manager at Molineux a month ago and the deal is with a view to a permanent transfer at the end of the season. “I am delighted we have brought Kaspars in,” said Saunders on capturing the 31-year-old Latvia international. center_img “He has been with teams who have been promoted from the Championship over the last two years and is 31, which is a good age for a central defender. “I think he can help take us where we want to go. “He is strong, brave and no-nonsense and will put his head in – which is what we need. He also has a good character and is a winner, and that can only help the group. “He is an experienced player who has played in the Premier League this season and also played for his country last Wednesday night. “This is a start for me of what I am trying to build here.” There is a 24-hour recall clause in the deal allowing Reading to bring Gorkss back to the Madejski Stadium after the first 28 days of the loan. last_img read more

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The Agony and the Ecstasy

first_imgLocal boy Grant “Twiggy” Baker clinchesthe top spot.(Image: Barry Tuck, Red Bull photofiles) Dave Smith of South Africa gets a littlehelp in preparing for the Red BullBig Wave Africa competition.(Image: Jennifer Stern)Jennifer SternThe tenth annual Red Bull Big Wave Africa competition, which was held in 15- to 20-foot surf at Dungeons in Cape Town on Saturday 26th July, was an unmitigated success – possibly the best one in the history of the event.The fantastic, frightening and notoriously fickle Dungeons redeemed itself by providing spectacular waves on only the second day of the five-week window period. Yes, the date of the competition is not set beforehand. Instead, all the competitors, organisers, support staff, press and spectators stand by for the entire five weeks, logging on to the website regularly and waiting for the magic green-light SMS. This means that foreign professional surfers need to spend a full five weeks in Cape Town for a one-day competition. And, not that it’s surprising, they don’t mind at all.The Red Bull Big Wave Africa (BWA) is one of the three top paddle-in big-wave competitions in the world. For the uninitiated, on some big-wave spots, the waves are just too fast for surfers to paddle in to, so they are towed onto the wave by jet skis or rubber ducks. While this is by no means a wussy option, there is something magical about catching an enormous wave under your own steam.And Dungeons is certainly a contender for the title of the world’s best paddle-in big wave. California-based Greg Long says ‘Dungeons is the place to get the biggest waves in the world between June and August.’ So it’s not surprising that he spends those months in Hout Bay, which is as close as he can get to the object of his desire – Dungeons. Clearly he’s a man who likes a challenge, as he also categorically states that Dungeons is the most difficult paddle-in wave he has ever surfed – and he’s spent hours on all the well-known big-wave spots in the world, dividing his year between California, Mexico and Cape Town with short trips to Hawaii and other big wave destinations in between.By invitation onlyAnd Long is no exception. There are twenty-four invited competitors – twelve South Africans and twelve internationals – with a small reserve of alternates. And they are all absolutely dedicated athletes. They have to be. Dungeons is no place for sissies, and anyone taking off on that wave with less than 100% dedication is in trouble. These are all seriously hard men – but with big boyish smiles and an apparent easy-going attitude to life. They train hard, they surf hard, they – literally – lay their lives on the line every time they paddle in to a monster wave and – of course – they play hard. They take life seriously but enjoy every second of it.In the same way that a big wave is no place for the faint-hearted, it’s also no place for the arrogant. There is never any concept of conquering the ocean, or any of that macho stuff. Surfers really do have to be in tune – especially with a wave the size of Dungeons. And the Big Wave Africa family seems to be an astonishingly close community without being cliquish. In fact, the competition is an interesting mix of supreme professionalism and a fun day out for a bunch of friends. While all the surfers are serious competitive athletes with training schedules as hard and strenuous as any Olympian, they genuinely seem to be going out there to have a good time.Mickey Duffus, the original BWA director and a competitor every year since the inception of the event, describes one of the highlights of the last ten years, “I think seeing the guys in 2003, the year that Greg [Long] won, when the guys came back in the boat and they were all… you could see something, didn’t know what happened, there was a bond, a real strong bond and only when they got onto the podium, and said they are sharing the prize money, to me that is the highlight, that collective decision they made, to me that is the spirit of the whole thing ….. it’s really just the camaraderie of the whole thing.”And that’s how it started, really. In the late nineties, a small cadre of hard-core Cape Town locals were surfing Dungeons, and the BWA just sort of happened. Somehow, between Red Bull CEO, Tony Henek and Mickey Duffus, the idea of a big wave competition was born – and there was absolutely no question that the venue would be Dungeons.Location, location, locationWhat makes Dungeons special is a combination of its underwater topography and its position right in the path of swells generated deep in the Antarctic. There are no butterflies in Antarctica so, when a penguin flaps its wings, it creates a little current of air that combines with others and starts pushing the sea into little ripples. And the little ripples combine with others and become bigger ripples and so on. And the longer the ride those little ripples have, the more chance they have to grow up to be big waves. And the Southern Ocean is a big place. So, by the time they’ve reached the outskirts of Cape Town they are so not little. They’re big, long, deep, ocean swells that get deflected around Vulcan Rock and Tafelberg Reef – two submarine structures much loved by Cape Town divers in the calmer summer months. And once around these underwater hills, the swells recombine – sometimes stacking one on top of the other, sometimes pushing the swell off to one side. That’s what makes Dungeons so tricky and unpredictable. But it’s also what gives it those enormous waves.So the 1999 competition went ahead with not much in the way of fanfare or infrastructure – or waves for that matter – but Red Bull persevered and thought they’d give it another try. In 2000, they set up a proper water safety system under the auspices of the legendary USA-based water safety expert, Shaun Alladio. Dungeons was a bit more generous with the waves that year, and the resulting video footage was seen around the world and piqued the interest of a few of the international big-wave chargers who were surprised and delighted to discover that there was one mother of a wave off the fabulously visitable city of Cape Town.The rest is history. Every year it’s got bigger, and every year it’s got a little more professional and a bit more organised. In 2003 Mickey Duffus decided that he couldn’t handle being director of the event and surfing in it, so he handed the reins over to Gary Linden, who was joined by Jonathan Paarman in 2006.And – this – the tenth BWA was considered by many to be the best so far. Greg Long, who won the prize for the biggest barrel said, ‘I always knew Dungeons had the potential to paddle in to the biggest wave and the biggest barrel. This was the culmination of eight years.’ It’s hard to measure the size of a wave but the biggest 2008 wave was officially about 25 foot, which means the face of the wave is about double that – 50-odd feet. Think that over – it’s about 15m or five or six storeys.When asked if he’d be back next year, Long smiled as if spending the southern winter anywhere else was crazy, and added that Cape Town was probably his favourite place in the world – a combination of Dungeons of course, the local surfers who have all become his friends, and the good red wine.South African takes top honoursThe competition was won by Durban-based Grant “Twiggy” Baker with Brazilian Carlos Burle second and Greg Long third. Long also won the Billabong Biggest Tube award by riding a barrel that you could probably (theoretically) drive a bus through. Burle won the Von Zipper Deep Throat Award for courage and commitment in taking on challenging waves. Other speciality awards include the Sensi Threads Biggest Wave Award, which was won by local Capetonian James Taylor, and the Dakine Ikaika Award for Special Moments, was awarded to Hawaiian Mark Healy. “Special moments” usually include a wipe-out of note.And wipe-outs are not uncommon on this unforgiving wave. The casualty count for the 2008 competition included one burst ear drum, one concussion, and one dislocated shoulder – as well as a relatively minor injury amongst the press photographers on the rubber ducks lurking just outside the impact zone. Oh – and about 15-20 surfboards – almost one per competitor.If you’re wondering why it’s called Dungeons – ask anyone who’s been held down by one of those big waves for 10, 20 or 30 seconds. Dungeons are cold, dark, scary places – and that’s pretty much what it feels like when you’re being tossed around in the kelp and being pounded into the reef by a few hundred tons of icy Atlantic.It’s no place for the faint-hearted.Useful linksRed Bull Big Wave AfricaRed BullSurfing South Africalast_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, July 19, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest More hot air today, with humidity that makes it feel worse.  Parts of Ohio, particularly NW and northern areas, caught a huge break with several clusters of thunderstorms moving through, keeping sun at bay and allowing for the hottest part of the day to pass with no major jump in temps. Those areas will not be so lucky today, joining the the state in yesterday’s warm up. Highs today and tomorrow will range from 90-97 and overnight lows this morning and tomorrow morning will be only from 75-80. The next 48 hours are going to be ugly. Showers and thunderstorms work through the state on Sunday with a cold front. The rain totals will be mostly from .25”-.75” with 75% coverage. There is a chance for heavier thunderstorms that would boost rain totals to near an inch or more, but we think those will be highly localized. The action sags through the state from NW to SE, with the best rains Saturday afternoon and evening through the overnight. Monday still features some leftover showers in the southern third of the state to start the day, but all areas turn out partly to mostly sunny before the day is through. The NW areas just see it sooner, as the clearing sweeps through in the same manner as Sunday’s front. Mostly sunny, dry weather will be in for the balance of the week, Tuesday through Sunday. WE see temps in the upper 70s Monday and Tuesday, then slowly climbing through the 80s Wednesday through Friday, and we get into the 90s again for next weekend. The map at right shows 10 day rain totals. The extended period continues the dry weather for Monday the 29th as heat remains in the area. That can trigger a few scattered thunderstorms, but only 40% coverage. For Tuesday the 30th we end up partly sunny, hot and humid, but cant rule out afternoon thunderstorms. Wednesday is our other organized front crossing the state, bringing rain totals of .25”-.75” with 80% coverage. The remainder of the extended period turns out partly to mostly sunny for Thursday and Friday, the 2nd and 3rd. So, overall, we have on decent threat of rain in the next 10 days, and only 2 well organized threats in the coming 16 days. That is below normal for this time of year. Put that together with the hot air the next 2 days, and a return to well above normal air again a week from now, and it is not the best recipe for crop growth, development, and/or pollination.last_img read more

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Can Middle America Afford Climate Change Solutions?

first_imgAccording to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we have 12 years before irreversible climate change occurs. That means that if the United States wants to avoid this situation, everyone reading this article (and many more) must decarbonize as quickly as possible. And we must do this with the least negative effect on the economy and our daily lives as possible. Can we even afford it? In a word, maybe. Let’s focus for the time being on residential energy use, and ignore the changes that will be required for industry, commercial buildings, and for-profit transit. As long as a homeowner plans ahead of time, and selects premium, efficient equipment at the right times, it would be possible to make the switch to near-zero carbon consumption over the span of 12 years. However, without constant vigilance, sound planning, and implementation as household products die and are replaced, the full cost of decarbonization will go up dramatically because the cost to decarbonize would no longer be incremental.RELATED ARTICLESGreen New Deal: Just As Dangerous As Climate Denial?America Can Afford a Green New Deal — Here’s HowIs the Green New Deal Just a Pipe Dream?New York City Gets Its Own Green New Deal For example, suppose I am forced to replace my water heater sometime in the next 12 years. Replacing it using the carbon-reduction approach would mean buying a heat-pump water heater. What if I decided not to buy the heat-pump water heater, but a more conventional (and cheaper) model that didn’t do anything to lower my carbon footprint? Ten years later, I might realize, “Whoops! I should have decarbonized my home because climate change is happening.” Now, the water heater with a lifetime of 15-plus years would have to be decommissioned early, thus incurring the full cost of the heat-pump water heater rather than just the incremental cost. This additional cost makes it less likely that I would actually implement a decarbonization strategy because it is less financially viable. Adding up the costs of incremental change Assuming I start today with a decarbonization goal in mind, what would it cost to reduce my daily home carbon consumption dramatically over the span of 12 years? I have a suburban, 3,000-square-foot house built in the early 1990s. It was pretty much an energy hog when I got it, so much so that the previous owner vacated the premises partly to escape the high utility bills and discomfort. So how much will it cost, in a relatively expensive area, to retrofit my energy usage to near zero-carbon? Upon doing some energy modeling using my 10 years of experience in the industry, here is roughly what it would take in incremental costs to achieve a decarbonized, climate-friendly, residential home and transportation (replacement upon equipment failure). Single Family in Suburbs Single Family in Rural Townhouse in Suburbs Townhouse in Urban Apartment in Urban Conditioned space (sq. ft.) 3900 1500 2400 1200 800 Attic air-sealing and R-60 attic insulation – $3,400 $3,400 $2,500 $2,100 $300 High-efficiency LED light bulbs $250 $100 $200 $100 $75 Tier 1 CEE appliances (most efficient Energy Star appliances) $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 Heat-pump water heater (EF* greater than 2.5) $2,500 $2,500 $2,500 $2,500 $2,500 Encapsulated (air-sealed) ducts $2,500 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $0 Inverter-driven, high-efficiency heat pump (20+ SEER**, 11+ HSPF**) $10,000 $7,500 $7,500 $7,500 $5,000 Good performance dual-pane windows or low-e storm windows $4,250 $2,880 $2,880 $2,160 $1,920 Home air-sealing (baseboards, penetrations, walls, foundation) $2,500 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $500 Transportation (electric vehicles and charger) $33,000 $33,000 $38,000 $21,000 N/A*** Rooftop solar $26,900 $16,100 $15,600 $11,100 N/A*** Total $86,800 $70,980 $74,680 $50,960 $11,795 Annual cost (assuming 12 years) $7,233 $5,915 $6,223 $4,247 $983 Annual defrayed utility costs $2,500 $1,700 $1,700 $1,000 $324 Annual defrayed transportation costs $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $500 0 Net Annual Cost $3,733 $3,215 $3,523 $2,747 $659 Net Monthly Cost $311 $268 $294 $229 $55 *Efficiency Factor (EF) is a measure of hot water heating efficiency **Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) are measures of cooling and heating efficiency respectively. *** Costs for solar panels in urban apartment units were not included, due to the limited energy density of available roof space relative to the energy usage of all the floors of the building. Urban areas where buildings are over 10 stories tall are generally going to have to rely on the greening of the grid and public transit in addition to the improved efficiency of the buildings to reach net-zero carbon. Not part of this scope. If someone were buying a new house, they’d likely be paying less of this cost, as some of these measures—such as attic air sealing, high-efficiency bulbs, air-sealed ducts, and good quality windows—may be required by code. However, with an existing house and existing cars, people have to make up for previously inefficient construction practices. Working change into the budget When the median national salary is $47,000 per year, that’s effectively $35,000 after taxes (assuming a 25% tax rate), or $2,900 per month. That money must cover all expenses—housing, food, healthcare, transportation, kids’ activities, you-name-it. Whether this household can afford the extra expense of decarbonization would depend on location (urban, suburban, and home type), income, and the number of wage-earning people there are living there. It is essentially between 2% and 11% of what the average wage-earner’s pay. People who are earning median wages or less would probably feel that they do not have enough monthly budget flexibility for an extra $55 to $311 outflow. Some of these costs will come down over time, especially electric cars. Batteries are the most expensive part of the car, and the industry is rapidly changing and improving. Maybe with the right financing options, including 20-year paybacks instead of 12 years, and government incentives, it might allow for getting the carbon benefit now but paying less monthly for a longer period of time. Cue some happy bank executives. At the end of the day, people like me who want to slow or halt climate change are asking everyone to substitute some current costs with another one. If one were implementing such a plan on their own, or taking the situation a bit further to a government-imposed carbon tax on fossil fuel, people are first going to scale back their leisure and entertainment activities before they start cutting back on necessities. However, if a family is lower on the economic ladder, they may not be taking any of these steps toward decarbonization, thereby making the cost of decarbonizing the full cost rather than incremental cost. These families are less likely to have any entertainment budget to dip into in the first place. Wealthy people may buy smaller boats or fewer boats to defray additional energy costs, or they may very quickly scale up their energy efficiency and renewable energy purchasing. If the ultimate aim is to make decarbonizing as widespread as possible across the entire economy, and I argue that it would, then people on one side of this median income divide are going to need more incentives to implement this plan. So, yes, with the right choices, the right incentives from the government, the right life situation, it could be possible for the median American to afford climate change solutions. In other words, maybe. David Kaiser trained as a mechanical engineer and has spent his 14-year career in building energy efficiency, including energy modeling, contracting for Energy Star for New Homes, HERS Rater, LEED for Homes Green Rater, energy auditor on residential, multifamily, and commercial buildings, and now as a green and energy code permit reviewer for Washington, D.C. He asked that editing credit be given to Katherine Kaiser, PhD.last_img read more

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Tim Cook Cleans House At Apple – Scott Forstall Is Out

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dan lyons Tags:#Apple#Bob Mansfield#Jony Ive#Scott Forstall#Steve Jobs#Tim Cook Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… There’s huge news coming out of Apple on Monday, as two top execs are leaving the company, including one, Scott Forstall, who some had viewed as a potential future CEO of Apple. Forstall will stay on as an advisor to CEO Tim Cook through the end of the year but then he’s gone, Apple announced. Also leaving is John Browett, who joined as head of Apple’s retail operation only ten months ago, in January 2012.What’s going on? Apple of course won’t say. But Cook is a notoriously tough boss, the kind who doesn’t waste time getting rid of problems. Problem Children?And make no mistake, both Forstall and Browett were problems.Browett simply was a terrible fit. He joined from Dixons, a British consumer electronics retailer, where he’d been CEO. In August rumors started spreading that Apple was planning to cut retail employees’ hours in order to boost profits. It was a dumb move, one that Apple quickly undid, with a spokesperson telling Dow Jones that “Making these changes was a mistake and the changes are being reversed.” And, right then, the countdown on Browett began.As for Forstall, maybe he just figured out he is not going to become CEO, and so has bailed. Or maybe, as analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies sees it, Cook is making it a priority to have greater integration between iOS and OS X, and “Forstall probably did not fit into this new leadership vision.”Nevertheless, Forstall’s departure comes as a shock. Only a year ago Businessweek raved about him in a piece titled, “Scott Forstall, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice at Apple.”That article called Forstall a “mini-Steve” (meaning he’s like Steve Jobs) but also pointed out that Forstall is such a nightmare to work with that “a number of high-ranking executives have left the company because they found Forstall so difficult.”Not just a little bit difficult. Businessweek reported that other top execs hated Forstall so much “that they avoid meetings with him unless Tim Cook is present.” The two top adversaries? Head of design Jony Ive and head of hardware engineering Bob Mansfield – both of whom, curiously enough, are getting bigger roles in the wake of today’s management shakeup.So maybe the explanation is just that Ive and Mansfield got Forstall voted off the island.Forstall Was A ForceDifficult or no, Forstall had been close to Jobs (he worked at NeXT with Jobs and joined Apple when Jobs returned in 1997) and he was considered a rock star. He oversaw development of Apple’s iOS software, arguably the most important division of the company.But lately Forstall took some heat for the maps fiasco in iOS 6. In the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system Apple dropped Google maps for a homegrown alternative that turned out to be not ready for prime time. Forstall got the blame for it, in articles like “Does Apple have a Scott Forstall problem?” by Philip Elmer-DeWitt of Fortune, who pointed out that Forstall had also been responsible for Siri, the voice assistant that doesn’t actually work right. Forstall also got blasted by Business Insider and by Jean-Louis Gassee, a former Apple executive and close Apple observer who writes an influential weekly column. A paranoid person might suspect that someone inside Apple had it in for Forstall, and was trying to drive him out.Apple InfightingThen just this month Fast Company‘s design correspondent, Austin Carr, reported on a civil war brewing inside Apple over its use of skeumorphic design, an approach in which designers create software that looks like real objects in the physical world – a book application looks like a real wooden bookshelf, a calendar app comes decorated with a fake leather binder, and so forth.According to Carr, Forstall likes skeuomorphism, and kept pushing for more of it, while Jony Ive, the head of design, hated it.Neither of these things, on their own, were probably enough to get Forstall pushed out, but when you’ve got a guy who is obnoxious to everyone around him, and then he slips up a bit, well, this is what happens.Note that Apple’s press release announcing the changes points out that, “Jony Ive will provide leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company in addition to his role as the leader of Industrial Design.Get that? All user interface stuff, on all products.Note also in the press release that Bob Mansfield suddenly is returning to an operational role and “will lead a new group, Technologies, which combines all of Apple’s wireless teams across the company.”That’s funny because just last June, Mansfield, who used to run hardware engineering, announced plans to retire. But then, in August, Apple said Mansfield would stick around, working on “future projects.”Earlier this month Businessweekreported that Cook had lured Mansfield back by offering him “an exorbitant package of cash and stock worth around $2 million a month.” The article also quoted a former Apple employee, Bret Halle, who said “there’s more organizational infighting than is healthy,” and that “it needs to be brought into check.”So now Forstall is out, and Mansfield, who supposedly can’t stand Forstall, is back. Coincidence? Earlier this year, in a book titled “Inside Apple,” Fortune reporter Adam Lashinsky dubbed Forstall “Apple’s CEO-in-waiting.”Well… not anymore.Time Cook image from Apple video feed. Scott Forstall image by Matt Yohe. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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