The lawlessness continues

first_imgDear Editor,Simona Broomes is in the news again, and I should say for all the wrong reasons. She is at it again, exposing her baser material this time to personnel of a private security firm. It seems that the lawlessness and vulgar behaviour of this woman knows no bounds, as she goes on this mindless rampage.Not so long ago, this very same individual showed to the world how base she can be when she assembled the “boom out” video in the hallowed chambers of Parliament. In that Youtube scene, Simona came over as a gleeful circus clown who was vainly trying to make us laugh as she poked fun at Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo.However, little did she know that she was giving to Guyana and the entire world a poor, distasteful, idiotic display of her stupidity. This was the minister, stupid at her “best” performance.She never apologised for that senseless and degrading act then, quite to the chagrin of the Guyanese people, only further compounding it with this latest vulgarity. I do not think this woman can get any lower.Broomes is a sick person, and what makes the situation even worse is that she does not know her true condition. Poor soul, she needs urgent attention. It is so sad that this is another one of those public relations stunts that the PNC is showcasing to us.Now, I was in a discussion with one of their supporters recently. I asked him what were his views on Simona’s latest tirade in public, and his response was: she is too vulgar, and needs to be relieved of her position.Well, I told him that is not going to happen, judging from the PNC’s track record. I sarcastically replied that she might very well be elevated, rather than being sanctioned.Going the way of a reprimand is furthest from the thoughts of President Granger. It seems that the more you are obnoxious, particularly in a contemptuous manner, the higher you are esteemed; the more you are vulgar, the more you are respected in that party.The PNC is not going to punish Broomes. It is not going to happen in any shape or form. So Guyanese will just have to suck this one up and brace themselves for more of its kind.But even if one should consider Simona’s situation as bad, I urge you to analyse Basil Williams’s case in threatening a judge. That can be considered the worst case scenario. Not only was it a horrible thing to do, but it also marks the acme of stupidity. And to think of it, nothing was done about him. You are talking about the attorney-general of a country making such base remarks, but not being sanctioned, and being wholly intact in his position as a minister. Fantastic! This can happen only right here in Guyana.You may recall The Bheri Ramsarran matter, when he made that rustic remark to Sherlina Nageer, yes, The PNC Opposition at the time was most vocal, and promptly called for his immediate sacking. The PPP/C Government of Donald Ramotar did just that, claiming that Dr Ramsaran did not act in a gentleman-like manner, nor did he show statesmanship. Although he was extremely provoked (Nageer busting in when he was in the midst of a conversation with another person), the president of the day still deemed his behaviour as bordering on reproach, and for that reason he was relieved of his position. Contrast that situation with this yard fowl and you get the real picture of vulgarity reaching epic proportions with no redress forthcoming.Finally, I would sum it up like this: The PNC is a party that is filled with persons who are vile and of corrupt stupidity, for this selfsame reason, a country called Guyana will continue to go down the long, arduous road of destruction.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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Ailing man begs for bail on gun charge

first_imgA father of two battling renal failure on Wednesday pleaded with the court to consider his health and grant him bail on an illegal possession of a semi-automatic weapon charge.The court heard that on February 20 at Lot 196, Block 3 Green Acres, Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD), Rajendra Harrichand had in his possession a quantity of .9mm ammunition and a semi-automatic pistol. The 39-year-old man denied the charges when it was read to him by Magistrate Fabayo Azore.The prosecutor in objecting to bail told the court that Harrichand should not be placed on bail owing to the seriousness of the crime. He also stated Harrichand had confessed to Police that he used the item for protection and obtained it from a “Spanish man”.However, Harrichand’s attorney in a bail application told the court that if the confession were true, it could be that the man did not understand the line of questioning on account of him being illiterate. The court was also informed that Harrichand was suffering from renal failure and as such, had to report to hospital for dialysis every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The defence attorney presented Harrichand’s medical records to the court in support of his bail application. The Attorney-at-Law also informed the court that his client had a party at his house, just a few days prior to the Police’s discovery, hinting that one of the partygoers could be guilty of the offence.Harrichand was placed on $150,000 bail on the condition that he lodge his passport and report to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters every Friday. The case will continue on March 21.last_img read more

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Canfor announces more curtailments in BC and Alberta

first_imgCanfor announced more curtailments at mills in British Columbia and AlbertaStarting April 27th six sawmills in British Columbia and Alberta will take one week curtailments.  The operations effected include the Rustad, Prince George, Vavenby, Grande Prairie, Quesnel and Houston sawmills. The company expects this will remove 32 million board feet of lumber production. – Advertisement -Canfor also announced Tuesday that it will be taking summer shut downs at all of its Canadian lumber operations during July and August.  This move will remove 130 million board feet of lumber from production.last_img

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Top five goal scoring defenders in Premier League history

first_img 3. Ian Harte – 28 Premier League goals – The former Leeds left back (still) has one of the best left feet in the country and has built a justified reputation as a true dead ball specialist. The 37-year-old has just been promoted back to the Premier League with Bournemouth, so perhaps his goalscoring days in the top flight aren’t over yet. 5. William Gallas – 25 Premier League goals – click right to see the top four! – The former Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham defender might well be remembered for his tantrums and histrionics, but he was useful in front of goal too. A last minute strike for the Blues against Spurs at Stamford Bridge will be particularly resonant amongst Chelsea fans. 5 4. Leighton Baines – 26 Premier League goals – Until David De Gea denied him earlier this season, Baines had converted all 14 of his Premier League penalties, which begs the question – why did Everton ever let anyone else take one? He’s still regarded as one of the finest attacking full backs in the league and has contributed nine assists for his team this campaign. 5 5 Chelsea captain John Terry provided yet another telling contribution on Wednesday night with a crucial late goal in the Blues’ 3-1 victory at Leicester.The 79th minute strike put the visitors ahead at the King Power Stadium, meaning they are now within a solitary victory of their first Premier League title since 2010.Terry has built a reputation for goalscoring exploits during his Stamford Bridge career, and his four league goals this campaign means he has registered in the Premier League for 15 consecutive seasons.To pay homage to the 34-year-old, talkSPORT has assembled a list of the top five goalscoring defenders in Premier League history.All statistics correct on 30 April 2015 5 5 1= David Unsworth – 38 Premier League goals – A spotkick expert, half of Unsworth’s goals were penalties in a hugely successful decade in the Premier League. He’s remembered for condemning former club Sheffield United to Championship football with a nerveless penalty for Wigan in their relegation showdown in 2007. 1= John Terry – 38 Premier League goals – Given the records of the other members of this top five, perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Terry’s feat is that he has never been a set piece taker for Chelsea. He was recently recognised for his stellar performances this season with a place in the PFA Team of the Year for the fourth time in his career.last_img read more

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SAM MAGUIRE AND DONEGAL PLAYERS AT EVOLVE MENSWEAR

first_imgTHE DONEGAL team has been the best dressed ever – thanks to Letterkenny sponsors Evolve Menswear.And tomorrow, Saturday, some of the players will be saying ‘thank you’ to the McCloskey brothers by bringing Sam Maguire to their shop on the town’s retail park.Sam will be in store with the stars for four hours from 11am until 3pm. So go along and get your photo taken with The Sam Maguire Cup and players.It promises to be a special day. SAM MAGUIRE AND DONEGAL PLAYERS AT EVOLVE MENSWEAR was last modified: October 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:SAM MAGUIRE AND DONEGAL PLAYERS AT EVOLVE MENSWEARlast_img read more

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New ferry and bus services to benefit Tory Island

first_imgMinister for the Islands Joe McHugh is to meet community leaders from Tory this week to discuss proposals to construct a purpose-built ferry.It follows a decision by his Department to award a new contract for the service to and from the island from next year, with a faster service on a newly-refitted ferry which will have a lift and a new bus service when needed on the mainland.McHugh said today: “On September 8, I announced that my Department had awarded the contract for the above service to Realt na Maidne Teoranta. The contract will come into effect on 1 April 2018 and will last for five years. Under this contract, a passenger and light cargo ferry service will be provided between Toraigh and Machaire Rabhartaigh on the mainland. “The contract was awarded following an open tender process, which had been advertised on eTenders in February of this year. Two companies submitted tenders for the service by the advertised deadline, neither of which proposed the provision of a new vessel. Following due consideration, the contract was awarded to Realt na Maidne Teoranta.“Once in place, I am confident that the new contract will offer an improved service to islanders. The vessel that will come in to operation, the Queen of Aran, offers an improvement in speed, cargo capacity and facilities.“The vessel is undergoing a refit in advance of coming into service on this route and this includes the installation of a lift, allowing passengers ease of access to both decks. In addition to providing a comprehensive passenger and light cargo service for the island, the new service will provide 4 specific sailings per year to assist with the removal of scrap from the island – an issue that I know has been the subject of concern among the island community.“Furthermore, a new bus service will be provided to transport passengers between Machaire Rabhartaigh and an Bun Beag, where bad weather requires the vessel to use that harbour.” Minister McHugh said he will also now work with islanders on future services.Said the Donegal TD: “My Department is mindful of the challenges faced by small island communities. I am aware that there are particular geographical and maritime challenges relating to the harbour in Machaire Rabhartaigh.“So in order to address these challenges, my Department has previously carried out research in partnership with both the Scottish and Northern Irish authorities.“The results of this research, which was funded by the EU, recommended a long term solution to this problem, involving the construction of a new boat for Tory. Due to the latest concerns raised by the island community, I have now asked my officials to revisit these recommendations with a view to examining the feasibility of their implementation in the longer term.“In the meantime, I am arranging to meet with representatives of the Tory community without delay in order to discuss their concerns.” As GaeilgeRáiteas ó Joe McHugh T.D., Príomh-Aoire an Rialtais agus an tAire Stáit don Ghaeilge, don Ghaeltacht agus do na hOileáin maidir le Seirbhís Paisinéirí agus Lastas Éadrom go Toraigh, 2018-2023Ar an 08 Meán Fómhair 2017, d’fhógair mé go bhfuil an conradh don tseirbhís thuas bronnta ag mo Roinn ar Réalt na Maidne Teoranta. Tiocfaidh an conradh i bhfeidhm ar an 1 Aibreán 2018 agus mairfidh sé cúig bliana. Faoin chonradh seo, cuirfear seirbhís paisinéirí agus lastas éadrom ar fáil idir Toraigh agus Machaire Rabhartaigh ar an mórthír.Bronnadh an conradh i ndiaidh próiseas oscailte tairisceana, a bhí fógartha ar eTenders i mí Feabhra na bliana seo. Chuir dhá chomhlacht isteach tairiscintí don tseirbhís faoin spriocdháta a bhí fógartha agus níor mhol ceann ar bith acu sin go gcuirfí soitheach nua ar fáil. I ndiaidh breithniú cuí, bronnadh an conradh ar Realt na Maidne Teoranta.A luaithe a bheidh sé in áit, tá mé muiníneach go gcuirfidh an conradh nua seirbhís feabhsaithe ar fáil do mhuintir an oileáin. Beidh an soitheach nua a bheidh in úsáid, an Queen of Aran, ábalta seirbhís feabhsaithe a chur ar fáil ó thaobh luais, acmhainn lastais agus áiseanna. Tá athchóiriú á dhéanamh ar an soitheach i láthair na huaire sula mbeidh sé in úsáid ar an bhealach seo agus áiríonn an t-athchóiriú sin ardaitheoir, rud a thabharfaidh deis do phaisinéirí an dá deic a úsáid go furusta. Chomh maith le seirbhís chuimsitheach paisinéirí agus lastas éadrom a chur ar fáil don oileán, cuirfidh an tseirbhís nua 4 sheoladh sonrach ar fáil achan bhliain chun cuidiú le dramhábhar a thógáil den oileán – rud a bhí a déanamh buairt do phobal an oileáin. Ina theannta sin, cuirfear seirbhís nua bus ar fáil chun paisinéirí a iompar idir Machaire Rabharthaigh agus an Bun Beag, nuair a bheidh ar an soitheach an cuan sin a úsáid as siocair na drochaimsire. Tá mo Roinnse ar an eolas faoi na dúshláin a bhíonn le sárú ag pobail bheaga ar na hoileáin. Tuigim go bhfuil dúshláin faoi leith tíreolaíocha agus mara ag baint le cuan Mhachaire Rabhartaigh. Le aghaidh a thabhairt ar na dúshláin sin, tá taighde déanta ag mo Roinnse roimhe seo i gcomhar le húdaráis na hAlban agus Thuaisceart Éireann. Mhol torthaí an taighde sin, a fuair maoiniú ón AE, réiteach fadtéarmach ar an fhadhb seo, le tógáil soitheach nua. Siocair na himní is déanaí seo atá léirithe ag pobal an oileáin, tá iarrtha agam ar m’oifigigh amharc arís ar na moltaí seo le scrúdú a dhéanamh ar an fhéidearthacht a bhaineann lena gcur i bhfeidhm san fhadtéarma.Idir an dá linn, tá mé ag déanamh socruithe chun bualadh le hionadaithe ó phobal Thoraigh gan mhoill chun an imní atá orthu a phlé.New ferry and bus services to benefit Tory Island was last modified: September 18th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:ferryjoe mc hughTory IslandTransportlast_img read more

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Freestyler Matt to strut his stuff around Wembley for charity

first_imgFootball freestyler Matt Wolstenholme is gearing up to do keepy-uppies around the perimeter of Wembley Stadium – while walking backwards.The 31-year-old from Kingsbury, who holds the world record for ‘longest distance juggling a football’, at 20km, will perform the feat on 16 August to raise money for mental health charity Mind.He has suffered from depression himself, so it’s a cause close to his heart.Mind provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem.“Depression is something I’ve struggled with for a number of years, so I know from personal experience how debilitating mental illness can be,” said Wolstenholme.“It’s a pleasure to be able to raise money for Mind. I’m really excited about the challenge – it’s not something you do every day.“Luckily I’ll have a few people there to help make sure I don’t walk into anything!”Wolstenholme, who also works as a personal trainer, played football to a high standard up until suffering a back injury in his early 20s.Once recovered, he took to the park to brush up on his skills and has been a freestyle football fanatic ever since.Now training five days a week for his latest challenge, he explained: “I’m working hard to make sure it all goes smoothly.“Lots of practice sessions with the ball, as well as workouts at the gym to make sure I’m fit enough and can maintain my concentration.“I couldn’t have arranged this by myself though, it’s important to thank all the people who helped, especially Wembley Stadium for allowing me to give this weird and wonderful challenge a try.“I can’t wait to get going now, bring it on!”To make a donation, visit www.mattfreestyle.co.uk and click on the JustGiving icon.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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OOLs for Evolution

first_imgSoviet communists may or may not have needed Rules for Revolution, but Darwinists, without doubt, need OOLs for Evolution: i.e., origin-of-life scenarios.  Obviously, Darwinian evolution won’t get past square one without a self-replicating system complex enough to call “life” in place.  Whether or not a given evolutionist is a Marxist materialist or a theistic Darwinist, OOL is a key link in the naturalistic dream of an unbroken chain of natural causes from big bang to man.  It’s proving a tough link to find. PhysOrg presented a new idea for OOL: “RNA reactor could have served as a precursor of life.”  This new hypothesis by Germans at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich relies on the “RNA World” scenario (02/15/2007, 07/11/2002), a genetics-first attempt to jumpstart life.  The opening paragraph explains: Nobody knows quite how life originated on Earth, but most scientists agree that living cells did not abruptly appear from nonliving cells in a single step. Instead, there were probably a series of pre-cellular life forms that arose from nonliving chemicals and eventually led to a living cell, one that could undergo metabolism and reproduce. One of the most well-known theories of pre-cellular life is the RNA world theory, which proposes that life based on RNA predates current life, which is based on DNA, RNA, and proteins. But recently, scientists have been wondering what may have preceded RNA. In a new study, a team of scientists from Germany has suggested that the ability to self-replicate may have first emerged in the form of an RNA reactor, which they show can transmit information. A diagram with the article shows weak information transfer in RNA strands, but the text is vague about the definition of information.  At the end of the article, you can click a link for “More information” on the hypothesis, but we all know that kind of information requires a mind at the sending end and the receiving end.  Before minds existed, did information exist?  It cannot be mere survival of random sequences. Those would be unlikely to contribute to any function needed by a living entity.  Even granting some hypothetically meaningful use of “information” in this scenario, it would be quickly lost in an “error catastophe” without accurate replication (09/15/2005). The researchers in Munich did not promise much about their scenario.  Their hunch was a mere “exciting direction to explore” about a so-called RNA reactor that “could serve as a stepping stone toward the emergence of a true RNA replicator.”  Not being a true replicator, the theoretical entity is unlikely to have been a stepping stone to anything, let alone life.  Besides, “stepping stone” implies a direction and purpose, for which molecules had neither. Two Chinese researchers offered their RNA-World scenario in PLoS One,1 “Small Cofactors May Assist Protein Emergence from RNA World: Clues from RNA-Protein Complexes.”  Here’s their idea: It is now widely accepted that at an early stage in the evolution of life an RNA world arose, in which RNAs both served as the genetic material and catalyzed diverse biochemical reactions. Then, proteins have gradually replaced RNAs because of their superior catalytic properties in catalysis over time. Therefore, it is important to investigate how primitive functional proteins emerged from RNA world [sic], which can shed light on the evolutionary pathway of life from RNA world to the modern world. In this work, we proposed that the emergence of most primitive functional proteins are assisted by the early primitive nucleotide cofactors, while only a minority are induced directly by RNAs based on the analysis of RNA-protein complexes. Furthermore, the present findings have significant implication [sic] for exploring the composition of primitive RNA, i.e., adenine base as principal building blocks. Admitting up front that “The origin of life is undoubtedly a fundamental problem of natural science,”2 Shen and Ji ruled out other contenders: “at present there are no serious alternatives to an RNA world being one essential intermediate stage in the origin of life,” they claimed.  Stuck within that best-in-field contest, they tried to augment it by adding bits of RNA and protein.  But their method consisted of searching a database for existing RNA-binding proteins in living cells that they ranked as possibly “primitive”.  Since polypeptide chains do not naturally form from amino acids in water (and even if they did, are unlikely to be functional), any results from a dubious method are likely to be dubious. Their hypothesis leaps from the fact that ATP, NAD, FAD, ADP, SAH, AMP all contain adenine.  “Considering the notion that early cofactors are vestiges of RNA world, we thus believed that adenine base should be included in the original composition of primitive RNA,” they said.  This is important, because a “dangerous weakness” in the RNA World scenario is having to believe that the building blocks of RNA, the bases A, G, C, and U, formed naturally and “were readily available on early prebiotic Earth.”  Unfortunately, while some of these bases have been found in meteorites (A, G), no one has been able to cook up cytosine (C) in a plausible early earth.  “Thus, it seems difficult for the primitive RNA to be constituted by four types of bases, i.e., A, C, G, U.”   That is why they turned their attention to adenine, since it could have come from space, and is a common ingredient in the cofactors. “….Based on the above results, we proposed that primitive RNA is most likely composed mainly by adenine base.”  In a nutshell, their scenario posits that “primitive functional protein emergence is mainly assisted by early primitive nucleotide cofactors, while only a minority induced by RNA itself.”  If their idea has any merit, they believe this scenario might have “significant implications for understanding origin of the homochirality of biomolecules and the composition of primitive RNA.”  This promise was not explored in detail, other than to suggest that “the preferential stabilization of the naturally occurring D-configuration of RNA over the L-configuration is an inducement for proteins’ selecting L-amino acid as their building blocks when early cofactors or RNA itself assisted the origin of primitive proteins.”  (See online book for why preferential stabilization falls short of the required 100% purity of one hand.) If meteorites were the wet-nurses of life on earth, might as well make them dramatic.  An article on PhysOrg begins, The plot has the makings of a summer blockbuster:  An asteroid on a potential collision course with our planet holds the power to destroy life on Earth but also holds clues to what seeded it with the ingredients for life. One of the people seeking to recover its precious planetary science clues, while at the same time learning enough to prevent any collision with Earth, is the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s own Josh Emery. Emery is helping NASA plan an $800 million asteroid sample-return mission called OSIRIS-REx, which stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer.  He explains its purpose: “The asteroid’s organic materials, and the detailed analyses that we will perform on Earth will tell us a lot about how life began and whether it could get started anywhere else.” If you can wait till 2023 when the dust comes home, maybe evolutionists will have new OOLs for Evolution. 1. Liang Shen and Hong-Fang Ji, “Small Cofactors May Assist Protein Emergence from RNA World: Clues from RNA-Protein Complexes,” Public Library of Science One,July 18, 20111, 6(7): e22494. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022494. 2. Suggested reading:  Moshe Averick, Nonsense of a High Order (Tradition & Reason Press, 2010), Part II: “Origin of Life and The Scientific Distortions of the Non-Believer.” Your tax money at work.  German rationalists and Chi-Coms at work, providing pseudo-scientific props for their materialist worldviews.  Don’t be distracted by the aura of science: seeing these myths propounded by scientists, published in scientific journals, reported by science news sites.  Scenarios are not science.  Busy work is not science.  Miracle language like arose and emerged is not science.  Makings of a summer blockbuster are not science.  Suggestive phraseology like “RNA world” and “building blocks of life” is not science (remember to remove the f to see how they use it). Science is supposed to represent knowledge.  Anyone see any knowledge in these articles?  Knowledge is supposed to be justified true belief.  There’s lots of belief in these stories, all right (could, might, perhaps, maybe, possibly), but it’s not justified, and it’s not true.  The first rOOL for Evolution: become a fOOL for evolution.  Sacrifice your brain to Charlie by signing a pledge to force the world, including uncooperative chemistry, into his fantasy scenarios of molecular shotgun weddings, hopeful monsters, and blockbuster shadows projected onto the cave wall.  Since many in the funding institutions are intellectually fool-filled atheists, too, life on the fun E-farm (07/14/11) can be rewarding.  You’ll have lots of fool-o-ship, and you can drOOL all the way to the bank. Cool. For your own good, though, we wish you a reality check.  It might hurt a bit.  Tough love can seem crOOL (creation origin of life), but satisfying in the long run; in fact, wooly good (Isaiah 1:18).(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Researchers (and The Pirate Bay) Want to Know What Motivates People to File-Share

first_imgIf you head over to the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay today, you’ll notice an important name change. The website has temporarily rebranded itself as “Research Bay” and is asking users to participate in a brief survey about the values of the file-sharing community.The research is being undertaken by the Cybernorms group at Sweden’s Lund University. The sociologists are interested in how the Internet shapes norms – both social and legal – and this study looks more closely on how those norms play out vis-a-vis file-sharing. “With your help,” reads the survey’s introduction, “we hope to create a knowledge base that will influence new laws and law enforcement related to the Internet.” The survey is very simple, and you can fill it out in just a couple of minutes. Because the sensitive (and potentially illegal) nature of the responses, everything in the survey is confidential and no personally identifiable information will be tracked.The Cybernorms group made headlines with its research several years ago that analyzed users’ behavioral changes when file-sharing became illegal. That research found that there were no social norms that inhibited people from file-sharing. Moreover, it also found that making file-sharing illegal would do little to stop the practice: “There are strong indications that neither the law in itself nor new legal attempts at enforcing copyright will change the social norm on illegal file sharing. To the opposite, there is a documented willingness of paying for anonymity, keeping the internet flow of content, rather than return to a system of payment for each product.”As one of the most popular BitTorrent sites in the world, The Pirate Bay has a clear interest in supporting this research. And in turn, by collaborating with The Pirate Bay, researchers now have access to a sizable population of active file-sharers. We’ll keep you posted on the results. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#NYT#p2p#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Sunderland stun Man United at Old Trafford in Giggs’ 1st loss

first_imgSunderland defeated Man Utd 1-0 to script their 1st win at Old Trafford since 1968Sunderland took a huge step toward staying in the Premier League by handing Ryan Giggs the first defeat of his reign as interim Manchester United manager on Saturday.Blue Moon Rising Sebastian Larsson took advantage of some slack marking to fire home Connor Wickham’s cross in the 30th minute as Sunderland recorded its first win at Old Trafford since 1968.Fabio Borini and Emanuele Giaccherini both struck the woodwork in the second half and Gus Poyet’s team looked comfortable in possession all afternoon.United was flat in midfield, Javier Hernandez went missing up front, and even the return of Robin van Persie from the bench could not inspire the Red Devils to victory.Many United fans want Giggs to be the club’s next manager but this result is likely to reinforce the wisdom of the board’s apparent decision to turn to the more experienced Louis van Gaal, who is set to be appointed as David Moyes’ successor next week.United’s defeat also highlighted the need for reinforcements this summer, particularly in midfield, where Nani, Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick failed to impress.It was all smiles for the home fans just before kickoff when Giggs received another huge welcome as he strolled down the touchline to his seat in the dugout. But just as they did in last week’s 4-0 win over Norwich, United started very slowly.Ashley Young, one of five changes to a starting eleven that did not contain the injured Wayne Rooney, dazzled Marcos Alonso with his skill, but his final ball was poor.advertisementThe only time United came close to scoring in the opening 15 minutes was when John O’Shea nearly turned the ball into his own net from Carrick’s cross.Another United old boy – Wes Brown – then put a crucial block in to deny Nani, who then picked himself up before curling over from 20 yards. Patrice Evra bundled his way through the crowd, but his weak header was easily collected by Vito Mannone.Sunderland went ahead when Fletcher inexplicably allowed Wickham to send over a cross which Larsson expertly finished after giving Carrick the slip.United was just as flat and unimaginative until the break, with Juan Mata the only man to test Mannone courtesy of a low drive.Soon after the restart the United fans started voicing their frustration as the home team passed the ball across midfield without, seemingly devoid of any idea how to pierce the Sunderland back four.Giggs replaced Nani with Adnan Januzaj, who scored two goals in the reverse fixture.Then Van Persie entered, along with Danny Welbeck, for his first game in more than six weeks.Tottenham’s defeat against West Ham earlier Saturday had opened the door for United to claim the sixth spot and a Europa League place. The loss means United still trails Tottenham by six points while Sunderland climbs out of the relegation zone.last_img read more

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