StumbleUpon Share Share Submit This week’s 6 of the Best gives the readers on SBC News an insight into the life of Mattias Eriksson, the newly appointed Chief Product Officer at Kambi.Keep reading to find out more about Eriksson, formerly Director of Business Development and Innovation at Svenska Spel, including which album changed his “exploration of music”, and what book he describes as lifelike in its “logical irrationality”.Best HolidayCan we just agree on how unfair these questions are? It’s like picking which one of your children is your favourite.Having said that, probably visiting friends in Delhi a few years ago – we got an insider’s look into life in one of the most dynamic cities I ever had the chance to visit! The people are incredible!Best AlbumStevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the key of life’ is an astonishing accomplishment. I didn’t spend serious time with it until I was in my mid-twenties, but it fundamentally changed the trajectory of my exploration of music.Best FilmToo many to mention, but Dr Strangelove comes to mind. Sign of the times we live in, perhaps.Best Sporting ExperienceI was in the stands for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 30-yard bicycle-kick goal against England in 2012. And then, of course, anytime my hometown ice hockey team Skellefteå AIK plays in the Swedish top division.Best BookJoseph Heller’s ‘Catch-22’. Its logical irrationality is both highly entertaining and slightly annoying – a bit like life really.Best AppTwitter, I’m a politics junkie – enough said. At work, I couldn’t function without the Calendar. Strike that, I wouldn’t function at all.
Video Assistant Referee confirming a goal in match using VAR systemBratislava, Slovakia | AFP | UEFA will not introduce Video Assistant Referees (VAR) for next season’s Champions League because of ongoing “confusion” surrounding its use, Aleksander Ceferin, the president of European football’s governing body, said on Monday.“Nobody knows exactly how it works yet. There is still a lot of confusion,” Ceferin said at UEFA’s Congress in the Slovakian capital Bratislava as he confirmed it would not be introduced for next season’s Champions League.VAR has been used this season in various club competitions, including the German Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A.It looks set to be used at the World Cup in Russia in June and July, with the International Football Association Board (IFAB) set to confirm that decision on March 3.FIFA president Gianni Infantino recently said he was “confident and positive” about VAR being introduced.“I am not at all against it, but it needs to be better explained when it is being used. We will see at the World Cup,” added Ceferin.“It could be a good project, useful for football, but we must not rush to take such decisions.” VAR can only be used for four game-changing situations: after a goal, penalty decisions, after a straight red card or in cases of mistaken identity.However, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge disagrees with UEFA’s decision.“If I’m honest, I regret that,” said the Bayern boss.“I’ve found in the Bundesliga that the refereeing decisions that are being made are far more reliable and are fairer than what you’ve often experienced in the past.“Unfortunately, that’s how things are for now, but I am convinced that eventually the video refs will also enter the Champions League.“The referees are thereby supported in a positive way. It makes the game better, more reliable and fairer.”Share on: WhatsApp
Beacon Hill Country Club will wrap up a multi-million-dollar golf course improvement project in 2020, enhancing its fairways, bunkers and more. Photo by Allison Perrine “The bunkers themselves are a complete enhancement,” said Alexander Mueller, general manager of the country club, referring to the sand traps. “In heavy rainstorms, it would take the crew a day or two to get the bunkers back into playing conditions. After the first course renovation, the bunkers that were redone – you could play them in an hour.” By Allison Perrine | [email protected] Beacon Hill’s dining room. Photo by Allison Perrine “We look at them as our future,” said Mueller. Additionally, the club purchased a home across from its entranceway on Beacon Hill Road that will likely be torn down for a new use for club members, said Mueller. Though they’re an estimated three months away from determining exactly what that use may be, some ideas have been tossed around like a pickleball court, paddleball, additional indoor hitting bays or a fitness center. They are trying to determine what their members want and if there are cost-effective ways to make it happen. But its amenities and views aside, Mueller said its members are what set Beacon Hill apart from other country clubs in the area. It takes pride in its junior programs and the camaraderie that exists amongst club members and staff. The club’s junior golf and swim team programs are popular and the club takes pride in prioritizing groups. Typically, there are 80 to 100 children in the programs in any given year. Administrators at the elegant 40,000-square-foot clubhouse started work on its golf course at the end of 2018. Weather permitting, the second phase of work should be completed by mid-April and club members will have their course back before Memorial Day weekend. The last phase will resume in mid-August and will be completed by December. It was established in 1899 and has been open continuously. Aside from its 18-hole golf course, Beacon Hill includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool, outdoor patio, grille room, cocktail lounge, fitness studio and more. It has private events for club members throughout the year and offers programs for adults and children. Staff members recently hired a new executive chef, Scott Howlett, to elevate the fine dining for club members. They also recently hired a new golf professional James McDonald. “It’s a lot of new activity for Beacon Hill,” said Mueller. Beacon Hill is a private country club that sits on a 90-acre property on the hills of Atlantic Highlands, providing views of the New York City skyline and the bay. “The view is what everybody really likes,” said Mueller. “You get spoiled with that.” ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Beacon Hill Country Club will complete a $2 million-plus golf course improvement project this year, bringing new bunkers, reshaped fairways, renovated greens and more to its members. The club has upward of 380 members and strives to be a premiere Monmouth County, family-oriented country club. The goal, they says, is to delight visitors with a unique, unpretentious environment and to meet those expectations in a fiscally responsible manner. The article originally appeared in the March 5-11, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.