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Education key to oil, gas sector development − T&T professor

first_imgGuyanese packed the Savannah Suite of the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown, to capacity on Thursday at a public lecture on, ‘The importance of education in the development of the oil and gas sector – experiences and perspectives of Trinidad and Tobago’. The lecture was delivered by Professor Andrew Jupiter.Hosted by the Ministry of Natural Resources in celebration of Mining Week, Professor Jupiter’s hour-long presentation examined how linking the emerging oil and gas sector with education is critical to maintain the international standards required in the sector.A section of the gathering at the lecture by Professor Andrew Jupiter“A possible first step to the development of the required human resource for the sector could be the establishment of energy based apprenticeship programmes,” Professor Jupiter said.These programmes could provide a continuous supply of craftspeople and technicians, the professor added. As the sector begins to develop, a large cadre of highly trained personnel with transferable skills will emerge.“When you start you have to look beyond. You have to look at local capital and public training; it has nothing to do with engineers, that’s where you want to go,” Professor Jupiter pointed.The role of the state is very important in facilitating this development through education, the Professor said: “Education will play a significant role in filling the human capital gap in Guyana’s energy sector. Developing human capital is one way to convert below the ground non-renewable petroleum resources into above the ground renewable human resources.”Education is critical to Guyana’s sustainable energy sector and overall economy. As the sector grows, spending on education can increase: “You are at the top bracket in terms of resource development as a country at this time. This is an exciting time in Guyana; go back to school and learn something.”Professor Jupiter urged that contract arrangements be negotiated to the benefit of the people.Professor Jupiter served as Trinidad and Tobago’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries from 1998 to 2004. He served as President of National Energy Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago 2009-2012.He holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences, Post Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering from the University of the West Indies (UWI). He also holds a Master’s of Engineering Degree in Mineral Engineering Management from the Pennsylvania State University.Currently, Professor Jupiter is attached to the department of Chemical Engineering, UWI, serving as the Energy Consultant with Trinidad and Tobago Methanol Company and Chairman of the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago.Guyana is strengthening bilateral arrangements with the Caribbean nation in the areas of education, infrastructural development, oil and gas, eco-tourism and agriculture, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman informed.last_img read more

SCANNAIN AR ARDAN IS BACK IN GAOTH DOBHAIR!

first_imgThe cast!The last time it was a huge success.And now Scannáin Ar Ardán is back but for one night only.The night is organised by CLG Ghaoth Dobhair who are running Scannáin ar Ardán one last time. This time all money raised will go towards 5 BIG CHARITIES who have helped people locally for years.The charities are as follows:1. Mary McGinley’s flights from Donegal to Dublin for cancer patients2. The Jack n Jill foundation 3. John Coll MS treatment fund4. Eamon McDevitt’s bus service for cancer patients travelling Donegal to Galway.5. The Wheelchair Association (Gweedore Branch)Tickets will be available from Derrybeg & Bunbeg Post Offices and from members of the cast. Or you can contact Anne Blair for tickets and further info at 0871379701 or anneblair2211@gmail.comThe show is taking place on Saturday the 6th of February at 8pm. Tickets are €15 each SCANNAIN AR ARDAN IS BACK IN GAOTH DOBHAIR! was last modified: January 24th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PERFECT END TO UNDER 10 FUTSAL FINALS AT GAME ON SPORTS CENTRE

first_imgThe U10’s Futsal League Finals were held at the indoor football pitches, Game On Sports Centre in Letterkenny on Saturday 2nd February.Letterkenny RoversThe League was a great success with clubs coming from all over Donegal to take part. Many thanks to Brian Gallagher and Michael Boyle for organising it.The tournament could not have been possible but for the manager, coaches and referees who all gave their time free of charge. Results as follows:A Trophy – Glencar MilanA Shield – Dunfanaghy YouthsA Plate – Bonaghee United B Trophy – Glencar BarcelonaB Shield – Glencar CelticB Plate – Milford BluesThe Birch Abban Cup was won by: Letterkenny RoversRunners up – Glencar Madrid The B Cup: Letterkenny PumasRunners up: Letterkenny TigersGlencar battled well but were beaten in their final.PERFECT END TO UNDER 10 FUTSAL FINALS AT GAME ON SPORTS CENTRE was last modified: February 6th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DDTV: SUPERFAN BUSTER SWITCHES FROM THE DUBS TO DONEGAL!

first_imgDDTV: Buster Brady is a Donegalian! And that’s official!In this hilarious video watch how Buster (actor Danny O’Carroll) discovers it’s Donegal playing Kerry in this Sunday’s All Ireland Final at Croke Park. Danny, a Manorcunningham man now of course, even reveals where he got his new Donegal jersey.Click Play to Watch the Mrs Brown’s Boys actor in superhero action:DDTV: SUPERFAN BUSTER SWITCHES FROM THE DUBS TO DONEGAL! was last modified: September 16th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Buster BradyDanny O’CarrolldonegaldublinKerrylast_img read more

MacGILL SUMMER SCHOOL: MICHEÁL MARTIN’S SPEECH IN FULL

first_imgFF leader Micheal MartinFIANNA Fail leader Micheal Martin has used a speech in Glenties tonight to attack Sinn Fein and its record in the North.Here’s his speech in full:2016 will be an important year for our country.  I have no doubt that the Irish people will embrace the commemoration of the founding event of our republic with enthusiasm.  It will be a moment of both celebration and reflection. The republican tradition of 1916 is one that any country should be proud of.  The Proclamation remains a remarkable document for its lack of rancour, its promotion of equality and its demand for a nationalism which is generous and outward looking.Most of all this will be the centenary of an event which was spectacularly successful in changing the future of our country and opening new possibilities. Easter week ended in military defeat – no other outcome was possible – but the rapid and overwhelming progress of the republican cause in the following years, and the dominance of constitutional republicanism since then, makes the Irish Revolution one of the most successful and sustained in European history.It was a revolution fought with the determination to create a democratic state – and it led to a state which was one of the very few in Europe to resist both fascism and communism in the last century. There is a lot to celebrate next year and, quite frankly, the last thing that is needed is political parties seeking to use the commemoration to promote contemporary political aims.  This should be a moment for the people and the proper role for politics in this is to facilitate remembrance and reflection. Too often in recent decades 1916 has been abused in the service of current causes.  First anti-nationalist revisionism and now the new-revisionism of the Provisionals movement have both sought to cynically misread the legitimate place of 1916 in our political discourse. This new-revisionism of the Provisionals is perhaps the single biggest barrier to an inclusive commemoration – promoting as it does a cynical rewriting of history and a campaign to legitimise a movement repeatedly rejected by the Irish people.So let’s not have conferences full of politicians claiming that their manifestoes represent the ideals of the Proclamation and let’s not have grandiose plans claiming that they will somehow ‘finally’ realise the vision of 1916.Instead let’s take up a bigger challenge.  Let’s show how we can continue the work of the men and women of 1916 to build a state which can set a vision for the future – how we can deliver a politics focused on the needs of Irish people today and the years ahead. Whatever way you look at this, the most important element of this is to have an election which allows a real and honest debate about the future.At some point before the main Centenary events there will be a general election.  The Taoiseach says it will be held early next year while Fine Gael has been revealed as researching the impact of holding it late this year. Whatever the date is the government is in the mode of permanent campaigning – with every word and every policy designed purely to help win votes.Last week’s so-called National Economic Dialogue once again reflected the government’s debasement of language.  The last thing which was involved was dialogue.  It was a choreographed set-piece for members of government to make exaggerated claims and position themselves for the election. While the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and government ministers told us about how responsible and open they were, they continued to make promises of giveaways and they set themselves up for yet again producing a dishonest budget.Last year they knew that a record-breaking supplementary provision was required for the Department of Health – yet the €600 million was keep out of the Budget Day figures.  This year Leo Varadkar says he’ll need another €1 billion – and you can be sure this will be hidden on Budget Day. In fact, over the last four years there has been a growing policy, driven at Cabinet level of publishing Health spending plans which are known in advance to be misleading.Perhaps the most cynical thing we’re seeing from the government is a policy of relaunching existing facilities in order to claim that something new is being done.  This has happened in every county and in the areas of health, education and enterprise.While those who casually reprint the press releases may be fooled by these tactics, the public clearly aren’t.I believe that there has never been such a disconnect between political discourse and the attitudes of the public.  The basic narrative which the government has worked so hard and often so successfully to sell to the media has been completely rejected by the public.Anyone who wants a positive election focused on the future of our country has to face the fact that Fine Gael in particular has no interest in this.  They have already briefed constituencies their electoral strategy which will have two parts.  First there will be promises of lots of money on the way.  Second there will be an all-out negative campaign against the opposition.This very much reflects Fine Gael’s commitment to the British Tory election strategy.  What they miss of course is that the Tories did not start so far behind, were not as unpopular, did not have scandals and crises such as in justice and health – and a water charge which is losing money and reducing funding for fixing pipes.  There is also the small matter of whether Labour will continue to meekly accept that it should play the role of the Liberal Democrats.Following the Tory playbook we can also all be assured that Enda Kenny will try to limit the leaders’ debates to a mass-participation free-for-all where he can avoid being challenged on detail – and he will absolutely refuse to participate in any head-to-head debatesThankfully we have a far more participative democracy than the UK and our electoral system is not receptive to the type of negative campaign which seems to be on the way.This is not to say we have constructive campaigns.  Research shows that with each successive election media coverage has focused more on personality and the ‘horserace’ element of campaigning.  2011 was one of the most consequential elections in our history but there was very little real debate on the options for policy after the election.I think it is in part because the election was so focused on tactics and personalities that Fine Gael’s ‘not a red cent’ and ‘Labour’s way not Frankfurt’s way’ were not fully scrutinised.  It’s also part of the reason why those parties so rapidly abandoned their policies and actually started claiming credit for policies they had voted and campaigned against.I believe we have an opportunity and a duty to deliver an election which actually discusses credible ways forward for our future.  If we have another election where questions are focused on politics to the exclusion of substance it will be another missed opportunity for our country.There is no difference between Gerry Adam’s “tell the troika to go to hell” and “Labour’s way or Frankfurt’s way”.  It’s well past time to commit to a debate about credible ways forward for our country.And as this is the place where the Taoiseach promised the abolition of the Seanad, I think it should be said that the public appetite for throwaway initiatives designed to win a few headlines has disappeared in the years since.A century after our most important founding event there are a series of specific challenges facing us in public life and they are what should dominate our election.First of all we need a vision for the future of our economy not just for the future of the budget.  For example the current enterprise strategy is a repackaged version of the one put in place a decade ago.  There is no appreciation of the scale of the change not just in our country but in Europe and the world.We need an economy which works for all parts of our society and we need a policy which recognises the huge pressures faced by towns and communities throughout the country. This government is developing a two-tiered economy, where many are being left behind.  To tackle this and to open the possibility of secure and well-paid employment to all we have to first recognise the problem and then act.Investing in people and ideas has to be taken more seriously.  At its most basic we have to give every child access to guidance and counselling, we have to have a finance system which will support smaller enterprise and we have to stop the haemorrhaging of scientific talent which has been directly caused by government policy.We also need a vision for what the exact role of the state is.  At the moment the only vision being offered is to go backwards – to run tax and spending policy in light of getting back to early 2008.  There is no sense about what ambitions we have for the state – and where we see its limits.  What are the priorities and how can they be funded.You don’t set a vision for the future in daily planted stories about tax cuts on the way.I believe that the Irish people want good, accessible and secure public services – and that they are willing to support them when shown that their money is being well used and that it is being levied fairly. Increasingly then public don’t believe that taxes and charges are being levied fairly and this is a major factor behind the discontent of the large middle-ground.Setting out crude indicators about 50/50 splits doesn’t address the question of what is your vision for what the state does.It is incredible that for probably the first time in our history there is a white paper statement of policy objectives in place for only one major service – and that’s for compulsory health insurance, a policy which is so flawed that the Minister concerned won’t acknowledge it.Given the scale of change in our country there is a clear need to set out for each major public service a medium and long-term vision.  A statement of objectives and priorities for public services – and a more progressive approach to taxation – is a basic demand.Within this we need a vision for how we are going to protect the idea of community within Irish society.  For the first time in nearly two decades community development has been dropped from ministerial responsibility.  Urban and rural development schemes involving relatively small amounts of money have been abolished and others have been neutered in what has been one of the most centralising periods of government since independence.One of the key things which has helped us in the most difficult of times has been a community spirit.  Often in the face of a ‘system’ which they feel ignores them, communities have played an enormous social role. But if we take this for granted it may not survive – and certainly there are areas of Dublin in particular where the removal of support for community activities is having a devastating impact.If you remove Garda stations, post offices, schools and even local representation from communities, what is left?  And don’t forget, this is as much an issue in our cities as it is in rural areas.We need a clear vision for communities, one which sets out core standards for public services and which enables a coherent and long-term development strategy.We of course also need a vision for genuine political reform.In recent years there has been an aggressive centralisation of power into fewer and fewer offices.  Cabinet itself has been marginalised, something the Tánaiste herself railed against until she became part of the inner circle.  The government exercises a more complete control over parliamentary business than ever before.While debates have been limited in the past, the scale of guillotines is unprecedented as is the fact that core policies are being pushed through without debate or oversight.Less information than ever is available through asking parliamentary question – with the Taoiseach answering fewer questions than predecessors.  It has got to the stage where we are lodging Freedom of Information questions nearly every day in order to get basic information.The majority will should prevail in parliament, but it should not be able to so easily shut down debate and exclude oversight.I believe that the first act of the next Dáil should be to begin to end this dominance by opening up key positions to all parties and reforming rules which allow ministers to obstruct basic accountability.Finally I think we also have to have a vision for the future of this island as a whole.  The historic victory of constitutional nationalism in 1998 created dramatic new possibilities for the people of this island.  The men and women of violence were pushed into abandoning the repercussions and threat of violence and an agreed framework for the future was ratified in referendums North and South.The unfortunate reality is that the combination of two detached governments and an Executive dominated by the obsessive self-interest of its two largest parties has squandered much of the potential.This is a moment of clear crisis.  It is not just a crisis about Tory welfare policies, it goes much deeper than this.Collapsing public engagement with politics in the North, rising poverty, growing sectarianism and a focus on political posturing over substance has caused immense damage.Anyone who knows anything about our history knows that we can take nothing for granted.We urgently need a new urgency in relation to Northern Ireland.  This should start with a Border Region Development agency to protect and deliver on the economic and social potential in the border region. We need an end to tolerance of sectarian actions by parties.Equality isn’t a ‘Trojan Horse’ as Gerry Adams said recently, it’s a fundamental principle for the future of both parts of this island.The Irish people have not just shown endurance in the last 7 years, they have been actively engaged in public affairs.  They have been deeply concerned with policy and they have evolved very significantly in their beliefs.One of the many reasons why they have not bought into the government’s narrative is that they can see that there is an obsession with presentation and short-term tactics.What is missing is a sense of where we want our country to be in the years ahead.In the election which will mark the centenary of our revolution the single most fitting thing we could do as politicians is to understand this and to respond.MacGILL SUMMER SCHOOL: MICHEÁL MARTIN’S SPEECH IN FULL was last modified: July 20th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2015fianna failLEADERMACGILL SUMMER SCHOOLmicheal martinlast_img read more

Salient notes from Euro footy Weekend

first_imgZidane made a winning return to the Bernabue (Agency Photo)1- Bookmakers Wrong On Uefa Seeding:Bookmakers have Manchester City as favourites to win this year’s Champions League ahead of Barcelona, with Juventus rated third.They are wrong to rate City ahead of Barcelona. First off, as Citizens boss Pep Guardiola himself admits, his team are teenagers in the competition.Rating a side whose best ever finish was a semifinals place is a tad naive. Secondly, City don’t have Lionel Messi. The world’s best player is peaking at the right time, thanks to rest he was getting earlier in the season.And thirdly, City don’t boast a strike partnership as fearsome as Messi and Suarez. Those two have developed a telepathic understanding and are both better attackers than anyone on the Etihad Stadium payroll.2- Why La Liga ought to be renamed Blagrualiga: You’ve probably heard of the term Bayernsliga used to refer to Germany’s top flight league, thanks to Bayern Munich’s overriding dominance.Can someone please coin a similar moniker for Spain’s Liga Santander?Such is FC Barcelona’s dominance, we’re soon forgetting that Primera Liga is supposed to be a duopoly akin to the Old Firm – Celtic and Rangers.Barcelona’s 4-1 victory over Real Betis means Blagruana are cantering to their ninth Liga Santander title in twelve seasons (shame upon Real Madrid).Coinage on the lines of Blagrualiga would not be too far off the mark.3- Zidane good news for Real:  The magnetic power of Zinedine Zidane was apparent as he guided the record Spanish and European champions to victory over Celta Vigo within 48 hours of his reappointment to the Santiago Bernabeu hot seat.The entire Los Blancos squad was clearly pulling in the same direction for the man who won three consecutive Champions League titles before taking a sabbatical ten months ago.The biggest loser from Zizou’s arrival is Thibaut Courtois whose place in goal has reverted to multiple Champions League winner Keylor Navas. Otherwise, Isco, Gareth Bale and Marcelo; who had all been frozen out by Santiago Solari, are back and firing on all cylinders.4- Championship teams have Anti-Pep template: For the fourth time in the space of two seasons, I witnessed a Championship side stand toe to toe with Premier League champions Manchester City in a manner most EPL sides are incapable of.Swansea pushed City all the way in Saturday’s FA Cup match and only fell courtesy of an offside Sergio Aguero goal. Even the Argentine’s equaliser that drew the Citizens level at 2-2 came thanks to a dubious penalty.Lower division teams definitely face Pep Guardiola’s trailblazers without fear. I saw it twice with Bristol City and Wolverhampton Wanderers last season.To stand a chance against City, opponents must out-work, out-run and out-duel them mentally. Besides, they must have six defensive players stationed within their 18-yard box.5- Sarri deserves second season: Chelsea fans are once again up in arms because their side fell 0-2 to Everton to miss the chance of leapfrogging Manchester United on the EPL table.The Pensioners’ inability to finish off numerous chances created in the opening stanza was their undoing.That is not something for which you can blame beleaguered manager Maurizio Sarri. In fact, as Sarri noted in his post-match comments, the opening 45 minutes at Goodison Park were the best the Londoners have played all season.All that was missing were goals. Instead of hiring and firing, Chelsea would benefit from giving Sarri another crack next season.The football Sarri teaches is good to watch. It just needs a little tweaking and we shall have Chelsealona.Comments Tags: Allan Ssekamatelast_img read more

Albertina Sisulu Stamp Handover

first_img“A woman of fortitude”, this is the centenary theme bestowed upon Albertina Sisulu as the country celebrated her profound legacy she left behind in 2018. Albertina Sisulu was a fearless champion of democracy, human rights and one of the leaders who contributed to the 1956 Women’s march against the apartheid pass laws to the Union Buildings in Pretoria.Remembering her legacy, on Tuesday, 23 April two special commemorative stamps celebrating the life of Albertina Sisulu were officially handed over to her family by the South African Post Office. The two stamps feature different stages of her life.As the country celebrates 25 years of democracy, it is most imperative that such acknowledgements of our struggle stalwart be a reminder to all citizens of the fight endured to attain the freedom and democracy we are privileged to have. These stamps not only celebrate the life of Ma Sisulu but rather an important part of South Africa’s history and heritage shared with the world.The stamps can be used as postage on any ordinary South African standard letter and are available at all post offices. Commemorate the legacy of Ma Sisulu not only with a stamp but continue to build on her legacy and fight for greater social and economic inclusion.Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #MaSisulu100 #GetInvolved @PlayYourPartSAlast_img read more

Congress Sets Sights On Fixing Privacy Rights

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Aaron Swartz#Congress#FISA#PIPA#privacy#security#SOPA The Senate will be taking on much-needed digital rights legislation in the new 113th Congress, including requiring law enforcement to have warrants before poking around online communications.In a speech at Georgetown University Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt). stressed the need for defending civil liberties, protecting privacy, improving transparency and making a push to require a warrant before law enforcement has carte blanche to read people’s emails, social media messages and other modes of online communication.We’re Trusting These Guys?Congress has been questioned of late for implementing some eyebrow-raising initiatives that have thrown the Fourth Amendment under the bus and seemingly worked towards the opposite of Leahy’s plans (think FISA, the Video Privacy Protection Act, and half a dozen other problematic regulations).  But if Leahy has his way, this new Congress could create legislation to help both consumers and creators protect their data. Leahy, who voted against FISA and was the chief proponent of last year’s U.S. patent law reform, may be the right man to push these bills along.In his speech, Leahy expressed concern over the potential loss of privacy that comes with the expanding use of drones in civilian life. The Federal Aviation Administration predicts that by the end of the decade, 30,000 commercial and government drones could be flying over U.S. skies. With that outcome literally on the horizon, Leahy plans on making drones the subject of Congressional hearings, indicating that legislators need to focus to make sure that technology will not be used to erode peoples’ privacy.“I am concerned about the growing use of drones by Federal and local authorities to spy on Americans here at home,” he said Wednesday. “We make a tragic mistake thinking that merely giving up more and more of our privacy will make us safer. It will not. Security and liberty are both essential in a free society, and we cannot forsake one for the other.”Leahy also spoke about insuring transparency, specifically referring to press freedoms. The son of Vermont printers said he has “concerns about the press being shut down.” While he’s against the release of classified government documents (think WikiLeaks), he says he will work to “make sure that legislative efforts to prevent classified leaks does not infringe upon our fundamental freedoms, including freedom of the press.”It’s a pretty tricky balance Leahy is striking here, but this may be a way of saying he doesn’t support penalizing journalists who publish formerly privileged documents.Walling Off Our DataThe last, and perhaps most important, tenet of Leahy’s plan was a promise to update outdated cyber security laws, specifically the 27-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Right now the ECPA gives police and government agencies the ability to read people’s emails and digital communications – without a warrant.Leahy, who turns 73 in March, has said the reason he’s stayed chairman of the Judiciary Committee is to reform ECPA. He says electronic documents should have the same legal protection as paper documents. It won’t be easy to fix this, but he’s making it a top priority.“It is going to be a fight,” he said in his speech. “But I think people are realizing they don’t have to give up their ability to use the Internet while at the same time guarding their freedom.”What The Speech Didn’t SayHowever, for all the good will towards modifying these laws, a few major items were missing from Leahy’s speech. Another potential change to the ECPA is currently on the table in the Senate, one which would require all text messages to be archived and available to law enforcement. This under-the-radar item is a proposal and yet to be brought to the Congressional floor. Let’s hope Leahy can muster enough support to put the kibosh on this proposed legislation.And let’s not forget the thousand pound elephant in the room: Very much missing from the speech was an update on whether Congress will push for new versions of SOPA and PIPA. Leahy himself seems to have one foot in the pool and one out when you look at his record. This is the Senator who wrote PIPA and COICA (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act). Yet he was also behind a failed FISA amendment reform that would have shortened the law and decreased the enforcement period to three years — which would have been good. Based on this track record, either he erred and learned from these past mistakes…or we’re all buying what he’s selling. And it’s not worth it. Fingers crossed the truth is the former, not the latter. Today, Friday, is Internet Freedom Day. And as the the world celebrates the life of the too-soon-departed Aaron Swartz and the one year anniversary of the Internet blackout victory against SOPA and PIPA, big change looms. Let’s hope Leahy has our best interests at heart when it comes to protecting our privacy. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. adam popescucenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Simon Biles sets record as US wins world gymnastics team gold

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “Every year it feels better and better just because we’re adding to the legacy,” Biles said. “I feel like I never think of records. I just go out there and do what I came to do, which is compete for the country.”The U.S. team scored 172.330 points to beat second-place Russia by 5.801 points and win its seventh consecutive team title at an Olympics or world championships.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manThe reward for winning was a battery-powered medal that lights up when it senses movement. Biles called it “the sickest medal we’ve ever had.”Biles posted the best individual scores on the vault, balance beam and floor. MOST READ “I think if I do the routine that I did tonight I’ll be more than happy” in Thursday’s individual all-around final, she said.A fall for Sunisa Lee on balance beam in her world championship debut and a fumbled routine from Grace McCallum on the uneven bars left the U.S. with room for improvement, though both were strong on other apparatus.“It’s just so surreal to come out here and end up on top with the strength of the team that we have, even after having a couple falls out there,” Biles said.Russia became the first team to get within six points of the U.S. since China at the 2015 world championships, something which pleased Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova.“We’re happy that we got second because we can’t battle the Americans just yet, but today the gap was significantly lower than at the last few world championships,” Melnikova said.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers NBA slate has some old, something new—a Simmons 3-pointer Becoming his own mancenter_img View comments Simone Biles of the U.S. celebrates on the floor during women’s team final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)STUTTGART, Germany — Simone Biles won a record 21st medal at the world gymnastics championships on Tuesday as the United States retained its women’s team all-around title.It was Biles’ 15th career gold and broke a tie with Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina for the most medals overall by a woman at the world championships. She’s now two short of Vitaly Scherbo’s all-time record of 23 among men or women.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Biles said other teams were “most definitely” closing in on the U.S.“All of the teams have improved their difficulty over the last quad, and I think that’s really exciting to see the strength that they have.”Italy ended its 69-year wait for a women’s team medal with bronze, as China failed to make the podium for the first time since the 2003 world championships.China was fourth after a tough day for Liu Tingting, who fell twice on the uneven bars and again on the balance beam.A fall on the beam mount by Italy’s last gymnast, Elisa Iorio, made for a tense finish but she recovered to score enough to stay ahead of China by 0.536 points.It was a big recovery for Italy, which qualified in last place for the final.“The goal for today was just to do better than qualification and how it goes, it goes,” Italian gymnast Giorgia Villa said through a translator.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

2018 Australian Open Short Track Speed Skating Championships: Eklavya Jagal secures 3rd position

first_imgEklavya Jagal, a student of class VI of the Amity International School in Noida, secured third position in the 500 metres final under midgets age group in the 2018 Australian Open Short Track Speed Skating Championships at O’Brien Group Arena Docklands in Melbourne, Australia.Teams from several countries including hosts Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, OSF and India participated in the championship held from October 5-7, 2018.It was Eklavya’s first appearance in an international competition. Despite the fact that India have no Olympic size Ice Skating rink, Eklavya gave his best performance by clocking 59.4 seconds in the 500 metres race.Eklavya is also the current National Short Track ice skating gold medal holder in the under-13 age group category. Eklavya has been skating for the last three years and has won several medals in various state and national level ice/inline skating competitions. Eklavya Jagal poses with his medal (India Today Photo)Eklavya has a dream to represent India in the Youth Olympics in 2022 and the Winter Olympics in 2026 and he has been training very hard to fulfill his dream both on ice as well as off ice.He wakes up daily at 3.30 AM for fitness training which includes running 7-8 kilometres following by static and dynamic workout and skating practice.Eklavya’s next big assignment is the the Asian Open Short Track Speed Skating Trophy 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia from November 30 to December 2.last_img read more