Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Iniong wins debut in ONE undercard Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Greene had a game-high 33 points to go along 10 rebounds to lead TnT while Jayson Castro and Ranidel De Ocampo combined for 29 points.White had 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Batang Pier but committed eight turnovers.Romeo added 20 points, on 8-of-20 shooting, while Romeo had 15.ADVERTISEMENT On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test MOST READ “The defense was pretty decent tonight, especially on Terrence [Romeo] and Stanley [Pringle],” said TnT head coach Nash Racela. “Moreson on their import Malcolm White.”TNT managed to clamp down on the Globalport trio of White, Romeo, and Pringle in the fourth quarter allowing just eight points from them in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnIn comparison, KaTropa’s reinforcement Donte Greene had 11 points all to himself in the final period.Kris Rosales and Moala Tautuaa capped off TNT’s 11-4 run late in the fourth with the reserve point guard finding the versatile big man underneath for the jam to give the KaTropa a 105-83 lead with 2:32 left in the game. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely TNT vs GlobalPort. PBA IMAGESTnT launched its torpedoes and proceeded to sink Globalport with a commanding 109-88 victory in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday.The KaTropa upped their win streak to five games for a 5-1 card to take sole possession of third seed while the Batang Pier were left to anguish at 10th with a 1-5 record.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments
Dear Editor,I have, with keen interest, observed the issues regarding the settlement of court cases involving billions of taxpayers’ dollars published in the press. I do not recall, at any time in living memory, such a large number of cases being settled for such huge sums of money. It is difficult not to be suspicious about these settlements. I do not rule out the possibility of some type of corruption.What strikes me as strange is Attorney General Basil Williams’s constant reference to “inheriting cases from the PPP Government.” My understanding is that those cases were not filed against the PPP, but the Government of Guyana. So, when there is a change in Government, the cases are bound to continue against whosoever assumes the reins of Government. Therefore, cases filed while the PPP was in Government must continue against the new Government, even though there was a change of Government after May 2015.I am shocked that AG Williams seems not to be able to understand this simple principle. It is as if he expected the PPP to take away the cases to Freedom House when they left office.While I am not a lawyer, I have been around Croal Street for over three decades. The truth of the matter is that Mr Williams has had a long career in the Magistrates’ Courts, arguing cases against Police prosecutors. The older lawyers will confirm that he never did any civil or constitutional case of worth. That lack of experience is now magnified on a national stage, because all the cases at the AG’s Chambers are civil and constitutional matters. Therefore, do not expect these outpourings of blame from Mr Williams to stop in the near future.Since these settlements involve billions of taxpayers’ dollars, in the public’s interest, I wish to ask Mr Williams for clarification on the following matters:1. RUDISA beverage caseDid the CCJ not adjourn this case for Guyana to remedy the breach of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas? And when a Bill to amend the Customs Act to bring it into conformity with the Treaty of Chaguaramas was tabled in the Parliament, did not the APNU/AFC with its one-seat majority in Opposition vote down this Bill twice?Mr. Williams was part of an AFC/APNU one-seat majority that voted down this Bill twice, was it not explained to him in the Parliament that if this Bill was not passed, then the CCJ would have awarded judgement against Guyana? How can Nandlall and the PPP be blamed for this?2. Toolsie Persaud Ltd v AGInformation published in the press suggests that this case started since 2008. Mr. Williams took office in May 2015. Judgement was handed down in April 2018. Could Mr. Williams explain how, after three years in office, he did not know a case as big as this case was being tried in the High Court, and that the Attorney General was a party? Is he asking this nation to believe that in this three-year period, no one even whispered anything to him about this matter?How come a lawyer from the AG’s Chambers was present when judgement was delivered? Could Mr. Williams explain how, after judgement was delivered, he said to the press that the AG was not a party to the proceedings? So, even when judgement was delivered, and it was published in the newspapers, he still did not know that the AG was a party?3. BK InternationalMr. Williams is quoted in the press as saying that Mr. Nandlall had agreed to pay BK $225 million for service rendered. Could Mr. Williams make public any document which supports this contention? This would go a far way in settling the public record, because the PPP Government terminated the contract with BK International. As a result, BK International sued, challenging the termination. These are facts which cannot be disputed. The court proceedings are there to verify it. In fact, Williams admits this in the press, but claims that he filed an appeal in that case. Could Mr. Williams explain why, instead of prosecuting his appeal, he withdrew it and paid BK International US$5.7 million as compensation?4. H. Sugrim v NDIABased on what is reported in the press, this case was filed in June 2015; that is, after the PPP left office. It concluded in 2017. Could Mr. Williams explain how he “inherited” this case from the PPP Government?I hope Mr Williams would clarify the matters mentioned above as soon as possible. The public awaits with bated breath.Yours faithfully,Nandkumar Puran
SAN BERNARDINO – A small plane headed from Long Beach to Henderson, Nev., crashed early today on a freeway at the crest of the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County, killing the pilot and slowing the rush-hour commute. The pilot of the single-engine Piper PA-28 was talking to air traffic controllers in San Diego at 12:42 a.m. when they lost communication and the plane vanished from the radar, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. The pilot, who was the only person on board, apparently did not issue a mayday, Gregor said. The plane had taken off from Long Beach and was headed to Henderson, he said. Shortly after 6 a.m., a wrecked plane was reported on Interstate 15, county Fire Department Supervisor Karen Humphreys said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The plane crashed on the expansive, hilly median between the north and southbound lanes. Televised news cameras showed a broken but intact plane on the brushy, hilly median. There was no fire. One person was found dead in the wreckage, she said. No lanes were closed but traffic was slowed by gawkers and backed up for several miles. The cause of the crash was under investigation but there were reports of fog, heavy winds and rain in the area in the early morning. “With the weather conditions, it’s very possible that was a contributing factor,” county sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Beavers said.
Liverpool fans think Lazar Markovic could thrive under Jurgen Klopp Lazar Markovic could really thrive if Jurgen Klopp is given the Liverpool manager’s job.That’s the belief of a section of Liverpool fans, who have taken to social media to argue that the 21-year-old’s style is perfectly suited to Klopp’s style of play.According to the latest reports, the former Borussia Dortmund boss is likely to take over at Anfield this week following Brendan Rodgers’ sacking.But he would have to wait to get the best out of Markovic, as the Serbian flyer is on loan at Fenerbahce for the season, where it is hoped he will develop and become a player worthy of the £20m Liverpool paid to sign him.VIDEO: 10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT JURGEN KLOPP 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STUDY after study confirms the same dismal reality: California’s quality of life is on shaky ground, a condition resulting from both the region’s seismic tendencies and decades of government neglect. The latest studies rank California at the bottom of in terms of air quality, education, homeownership and college attendance. Apparently we in the Golden State breathe just about the worst air in the country (New Yorkers, it turns out, have it worse), our schools are crumbling in academics and in physical foundations, and fewer of our children are prepared for higher education. Earlier reports show that our levee system is inadequate. And let’s not even think about the overcrowded prisons, over-stressed hospitals and over-trafficked highways. Still, somehow the myth of the Golden State keeps attracting people from afar. But this is a curse as well, contributing to the housing crush that keeps homes unaffordable for a majority of Californians again a national dishonor shared with New York. Yet despite the growing stack of studies that indicate the great state of California is on a downward slide when it comes to its infrastructure, state leaders can’t get it together to take the first step toward fixing the broken parts. Political infighting between state legislators and the governor earlier this month scuttled what had once seemed like a done deal to get the first of many infrastructure bonds on the June ballot. Evidently, the governor’s political opponents are more concerned with denying their rival a legacy as California’s blight terminator than fixing the state’s problems. Legislators have another chance to start rebuilding California’s crucial infrastructure by pulling together to get the first bonds on the November ballot. Otherwise, California might soon become the Golden State of Disrepair.
Roger Speed joined Jim White on talkSPORT on Monday ahead of the five-year anniversary of his son Gary’s tragic death.Former Wales star Gary was just 42 when he took his own life at his home in Chester on November 27, 2011.Two of his old clubs, Leeds and Newcastle, joined together on Sunday to pay tribute to Gary during their Championship meeting at Elland Road.Every player wore a shirt in the warm-up emblazoned with the number 11, the shirt number worn by Speed throughout his career, while both sets of supporters conducted a minute’s applause in the 11th minute of the match and chanted his name throughout.Roger was present along with his wife Carol at Elland Road for the tributes and told talkSPORT it was a touching and special way to remember his son.“It was unbelievable”, he said. “Carol and myself thought Gary was special but when you get 30,000 singing his name like that, he must have been really, really special.“It shows you how respected he was. Two sets of fans singing the same thing about the same person, you will never see that again. It was fantastic.”Listen to the full interview with Roger Speed on talkSPORT above
CANYON COUNTRY – An explosion sounded Friday afternoon in Canyon Country, moments before a house was engulfed in flames. The three-bedroom home was gutted – except for the attached garage – but nobody was hurt, county Fire Capt. Michael Erb said. Erb said the fire appeared to have started in the back yard of the Keaton Street home, and while the cause was unknown, investigators would look at the possibility that a propane tank had exploded. Neighbors first hurried to help by battling the flames using garden hoses, then retreated to care for the distraught family, owners of the popular Cruz’s Bridal Shop in Saugus. Andrew Farrell said he and his dad and brother had only recently painted and reroofed the house and redone the backyard. “No one was home. I guess we were lucky,” he said. “The motorcycles are in the garage. I think that’s all we’ve got left.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“I was coming home from work and saw black smoke and flames,” neighbor Don Richards said. “Some of us grabbed garden hoses, but it started to get gnarly. Glass was breaking, things were popping. At one point, you know you can’t do any good. “It’s so sad to lose everything.” Fire engineer Carlo Loffredo was first on scene and saw flames shooting from the rear of the house. It was too hot to go inside. “The house was boiling,” Erb said. “We’re lucky nobody got hurt.” Friends soaked towels with water spraying from a hydrant to cool and soothe a weeping Adriana Farrell who lived in the house with husband Matt, twin 18-year-old sons Matt and Andrew and 16-year-old daughter Adriana.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Web TrendsAndroid Isn’t a Phone OS Because in the Future There Will Be No Phones T-Mobile is working on plans to build several devices that run Google’s Android operating system but can’t really be considered phones, according to internal documents secured by the New York Times this weekend. The revelation appears to provide more evidence to the argument that Android isn’t really a mobile phone’s operating system because in the future there won’t be devices thought of as phones. There’s no good reason for phones to continue to exist as distinct devices for voice communication. For all intents and purposes, there will be no phones in the future – only portable data devices used for all kinds of communication, voice being an equal partner with the web.The Future of Journalism Will Be Radically DifferentAn Interview with Spot.us about the changing nature of journalism. These days, everywhere you look it seems that some newspaper is closing its doors, stopping its presses, or maybe just going online-only. This sea of change is being heralded by some as the “death of journalism,” a transformation that has been brought about thanks to the web. But is the web really killing journalism? Or, is it allowing an entirely new type of journalism to emerge? When Sensors and Social Networks Mix The integration of sensors with social networks will lead to real-time data and more useful web apps.In posts this week we reviewed an MIT experiment called WikiCity, that gathered real-time location data from mobile phones in Rome and graphically mapped trends from it. We then looked at a more commercial product doing similar real-time location data analysis, called Citysense. That product aims to let users find the most popular night spots in San Francisco and the most efficient ways to get to them. The next stage of projects/products such as Wikicity and Citysense will be to enable users to social network, using data from sensors as one input.When NOT to Use Social Media These days, everyone is talking about social media and discussing what services and tools to use, how to use them, why you should use them, etc. In fact, if you listened to all the advice out there, you would probably think that no matter who you are, whether an individual wanting to build a personal brand, or a large multinational corporation intent on communicating with customers, you should be using social media. But is social media for everyone? Are there times when you shouldn’t be using it at all? Microsoft Europe: Internet Usage Will Overtake Traditional TV In 2010 Microsoft, in a new report about Internet usage in Europe, predicts that the Internet will overtake TV as the most consumed form of media in Europe by the middle of next year. Broadband connections in Europe have grown by 95% in the last five years, and the average European now spends about 8.9 hours per week online. Microsoft also predicts that over the next 5 years, usage patterns will shift away from traditional PCs to other web enabled devices like game consoles, IPTV, and mobile phones.State of the Enterprise Market: Slow and Unsteady The 2.0 web is heralding massive challenges for this week’s Enterprise customer. But, who is that customer? Is it the Enterprise buyer with an IT budget? Is it the line of business executive who says, “Screw IT; let’s do this” and rolls his own social computing platform by hiring a half dozen open source developers? Is it the departmental user who pays for a wiki with her credit card, recruits her team members and evangelizes on working a different way? The answer is: yes, it’s all of these, and no (unfortunately) it’s none of these. 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Q1 Numbers from ReadWriteHire Rapleaf’s Auren Hoffman says that hiring is harder in a downturn because the noise goes up but the quality stays the same. That’s a pretty strong statement to make, but if it’s true then it’s all the more remarkable to see which companies are making hires now.Our site ReadWriteHire covers new hires in tech and new media. We’ve just published our aggregate numbers for the first 3 months of 2009. Who’s hiring? Software and IT companies, social media and social networking companies and marketing and advertising firms. SUBSCRIBE TO READWRITEHIRE FOR THE LATEST NEWS ON JOB HIRES IN TECHWeb ProductsThis Machine Eats Tweets: The System Behind @Comcast and Others This week my home wifi was having trouble and I posted a message to Twitter saying, “My wife has decided to start the day with a call to Comcast customer service, I should have offered to poke her in the eye with a spoon. Would have been more fun for her.” Within minutes a man named Bill (@ComcastBill, really) publicly replied to ask if he could help. I didn’t think much of it, I assumed he was camped on a search.twitter results page for the word “Comcast” or maybe had subscribed to an RSS feed for the search. It turns out though, that far more than that was happening behind the scenes. An extensive machinery of tracking, delegation and analysis stood between Bill and my little Tweet. Maybe it has to be that way, maybe it’s a good thing – but there’s something deeply disturbing about it too.Yahoo Opens Up Its Music Site: Now Includes YouTube, Pandora, Last.fm Yahoo introduced a new version of its Yahoo Music artist homepages this week, which now include links to YouTube videos, Pandora radio stations, Last.fm, and photos from Flickr. Yahoo also plans to open up its API so that others can build applications for Yahoo Music, and, at a later point, artists will be able to create their own customized pages on Yahoo Music as well. Thanks to its drag-and-drop interface, users can easily customize the new artist homepages to their own liking.PostRank Debuts Discovery Engine – Find The Best Blogs on Any Topic PostRank this week announced a new feature to its website called the Discovery Engine. This leverages the power of its existing automatic ranking algorithms to recommend new information sources to visitors. Along with this new tool comes a completely revamped web page layout that focuses more on the user experience on the site.SEE MORE WEB PRODUCTS COVERAGE IN OUR PRODUCTS CATEGORYThat’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. 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In survey after survey, companies are responding that they are incredibly intrigued by the potential of cloud computing, but almost universally there continues to be worry about the security of data that would get moved to the cloud. Some vendor companies have viewed the cloud security problem as an opportunity and made it the focus of their business.One approach that some companies like Boston-based Nasumi are taking is to ensure strong encryption of all data that is moved into the cloud. By doing this the company notes the following advantages:1) Multi-tenancy leaks. Cloud providers are able to pass cost savings onto their customers by building their software to support multi-tenancy, a technique that allows multiple customers to share the same server and resource installation of a software application but be partitioned in such a way that a single customer is not aware that the application is being shared with other customers. Typically data is secured in the application using access controls and software-based security constructs. Because the data from all customers is typically stored in the same location there is the worry that data from one customer could potentially leak and be visible to another customer as a result of a software defect. If data is encrypted, even if it gets leaked, it’s not a problem since the data would need to be decrypted before the information would be compromised.2) Data Transmission. If data is intercepted during transmission to or from the cloud location, the information could potentially be compromised. Encrypting data prior to transfer solves this problem.SSL is an already accepted solution to securing the transmission of data, so the second advantage of data encryption is redundant to what already done today on a standard basis.Data encryption certainly makes sense for securing files uploaded to the cloud and later downloaded from it. But most cloud applications require some level of access to the data that they manage. For example, even document management solutions would ideally have access to the file data to be able to construct a full-text search index. Data stored in relational databases are at the heart of popular cloud computing applications like CRM. For these cloud/SaaS applications to be able to search, retrieve and present the data that they manage to users, the applications must be available to have access to the unencrypted data. But once data is unencrypted on the server, the same issues around data security and data leaks become a worry again.While it seems clear that data encryption will play a key role in securing the cloud, encryption by itself is not the complete solution.
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