A man has been killed following a mining accident in Omai Gold Mine in region seven (Cayuni/ Mazaruni on Tuesday, the Ministry of Natural Resources has said late Tuesday evening.The Ministry confirmed that there was at least one fatality on Tuesday as a result of a mining accident in the Omai area.While all the facts are still yet to be determined, reports are that an excavator was trying to lower an engine into a mining pit when it toppled and the operator became submerged resulting in the fatality.There are no details at this time regarding the identity of the person who is reported to have died.
Guyana-Venezuela border controversyOral Hearings on jurisdiction in the case of the long-running border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela are set for March 23, 2020, but Guyana will be the only country participating in this legal process.This is according to Foreign Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, who recently told the media that both parties (Guyana and Venezuela) were required to submit a response signalling their participation in the proceedings but to date, only Guyana has done so.Foreign Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge“Meaning that if they intend to be participating with the exercise, they would have had to notify the registrar of the Court by 20th of November . As far as I am aware that has not been done by the representatives of Venezuela and, therefore, for purposes of the oral hearing, I believe that only Guyana would be participating. We are for our part in the process of working on this exercise.”He stated that a plethora of meetings and discussions have been held by the Guyanese representatives since February this year and are still ongoing to ensure that the legal team is apprised and well equipped to state their case.“There was a meeting with the lawyers again in October this year and in between those meetings, there have been meetings of the domestic team. That is the team with our foreign lawyers, and there would be at least two other meetings at the technical level, before March 23 so it is a process, consulting with findings documentation, examining the proposed presentations and so forth. We are making progress there, the domestic team recently met just on Thursday.”Meanwhile, he pointed out that to date, he could not give an average cost of the expenses that Guyana has incurred to prepare for this legal battle with representatives from the Spanish speaking neighbour.“In truth, I cannot tell you, not because it is a secret, but because I did not check. What has happened, what normally happens is that the expenses arise from a variety of things, the lawyers have to be paid, there are consultants who work with us from time to time about the preparation of specific documents, stuff has to be copied, has to be secured from international sources and so forth…as of now I cannot give you an answer to that, we have not exhausted the funds that were agreed by the Cabinet to be earmarked for this purpose, we have not exhausted that as yet.”According to a recent statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has notified Guyana that hearings will be held in The Hague, the Netherlands from March 23 to 27, 2020.This will determine whether the Court has jurisdiction over the case filed by Guyana on March 29, 2018, to obtain from the Court a final and binding judgment that the 1899 Arbitral Award, which established the location of the land boundary between then-British Guiana and Venezuela, remains valid and binding. Also, it will determine whether Guyana’s Essequibo region belongs to Guyana, and not Venezuela.Guyana brought its case to the Court following the decision by the Secretary General of the United Nations in January 2018, that the World Court should decide the controversy between Guyana and Venezuela. In taking his decision, the Secretary General was exercising the power vested in him in the 1966 Geneva Agreement between Guyana, Venezuela and the United Kingdom to decide how the controversy should be settled.A US$18 million signing bonus was received by the Guyanese Government from ExxonMobil in 2017 and was placed into the Consolidated Fund before it was used to make any payments – particularly to Attorneys who will be fighting the Venezuela Border Controversy case at the ICJ.“That bonus, wherever it is would be placed into the Consolidated Fund and it is from that fund that any team whatsoever will be paid whether they are working or worked before or work after,” former State Minister, Joseph Harmon had posited last year.However, when probed as to when this will be done, Harmon had asserted that that action is left up to the Finance Minister, Winston Jordan. He confidently stated that the Minister will do so when it is time.The existence of the oil bonus – which was placed in a private account by Government – and the renegotiated oil agreement with the United States oil giant was kept a secret until December last when evidence of the transaction was leaked in the media.Prior to that, the Finance Minister had said the bonus never existed.After mounting criticism, President David Granger subsequently defended the secrecy by saying it was the thing to do at the time.Government then continued to defend its move to not deposit the signing bonus into the Consolidated Fund by saying that it was holding the money to pay legal fees for Guyana should it have to take its border case with Venezuela to the ICJ.
0Shares0000GOVT, ITF to construct Sh700mn tennis facility at Kasarani. Photo/PSCUNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 26 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday said the Government has started an initiative to make tennis a public sport available for Kenyans from all walks of life.The President said Kenya will follow the example of the United States where many tennis champions horned their skills in public courts rather than exclusive clubs for the well to do. The President made the statement when he held talks with officials of Ministry of Sports, International Tennis Federation, African Tennis Confederation and Tennis Kenya on the construction of a tennis training centre worth Sh700mn at the Kasarani Sports Complex.The National Training Centre, which will also host the International Tennis Federation training centre for Africa, will be the second of its kind in Africa and is bound to put Kenya at the apex of international tennis.The other ITF training centre in Africa is in Morocco but the Kenyan one will have the distinction of being at a high altitude.The new facility will make Nairobi a hub for tennis in Eastern and Southern Africa. The centre can also be a source of huge revenue from sports tourism when it hosts tennis features.The President said the Government has already allocated Sh30 million to start the construction of the facility and more is expected to be allocated through the next budget. Photo/PSCUPresident Kenyatta said Kenya is a sporting nation but so far little efforts have been made to make tennis a public sport.“Tennis has not been available to our people. We want to make it a public sport that is open to the people. The talent is there but it is facilities that have been lacking,” said the President.The President said the Government has already allocated Sh30 million to start the construction of the facility and more is expected to be allocated through the next budget.The Government has allocated 10 acres of land at the Kasarani Sports Complex for the construction of the training centre and the National Youth Service as well as the Ministry of Sports are contributing to its development.The President said he will urge the Kenyan private sector to support the development of tennis as a public sport.“Making tennis a public sport will inspire the youth and that is what is important for us,” said the President.The President said he will urge the Kenyan private sector to support the development of tennis as a public sport. Photo/PSCUPrincipal Secretary Ministry of Sports Peter Kaberia said tennis has not taken root because of the lack of public courts but that will change with the development of the centre at Kasarani.The President of ITF, David Haggerty, said the public tennis facility and training centre will be one if its kind and will provide opportunity for talent development.“In the US most of the champions come from public facilities. The home of Kenya tennis can give an opportunity for disadvantaged youth to become tennis stars,” said Haggerty.The President of African Tennis Confederation, Tarak Cherif, said the management of tennis in Kenya is one of the best in Africa and the new facility will enable the sport to rise to a new level.The Acting Director General of Tennis Kenya Saima Odima said Kenya will in June host the Davis Cup. He said 14 countries have already confirmed participation in the event.Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and Secretary Administration State Department of Sports, Kassim Farah, also attended the meeting.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Highland Motors is delighted to announce that it will be welcoming the Citroën ‘Le Grand Tour’ Roadshow from the 21 November – 27 November 2016 and will host an exclusive information event in the showroom on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 from 1pm – 8pm. The exciting roadshow offers customers a showcase of the brand’s four newly launched models as well as an extra special VIP preview of the unique New Citroën C3, due to launch in Ireland in January 2017.Highland Radio will broadcast live from the dealership from 1.20pm – 3.30pm and attendees will be treated to refreshments and nibbles from 5pm – 7pm. Le Grand Tour offers attendees the opportunity to get up close and personal with the striking New Citroën, and learn more about the wide new range of new Citroën vehicles on offer all with Citroën advanced comfort and Europe’s leading low CO2 manufacturer.On show will be the C4 Cactus Rip Curl special edition and the new edition of Ireland’s Top Selling 7-seater, the Grand C4 Picasso, the 5-seater C4 Picasso, New 8-seater Spacetourer for those looking for more space.With its BlueHDi diesel and PureTech petrol ‘Engine of the Year’ for the second year running, the Citroën 2017 passenger car range has an efficient vehicle for every segment, meeting the needs of every customer in an environmentally friendly way.As part of the roadshow visit and to celebrate the recent reveal of the new C3 WRC concept car at the Paris Motor Show, Highland Motors will host a customer event on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 with the showroom filled with rally themed fun for attendees to enjoy; including rally driving simulators and a fun photo booth. All guests at the event will receive a Free Winter Check and are also in with the chance of winning a VIP Rally Experience for two people to the World Rally Championships in 2017!Customers who place orders by putting down a €500 deposit during Le Grand Tour will receive their deposit back as a €500 Christmas shopping voucher for Dunnes Stores – perfect for helping you get organised ahead of the festive season and an extra bonus to help you get behind the wheel of a new Citroën in the New Year!Highland Motors invites you to the new Citreon C3 preview was last modified: November 23rd, 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)
Just eight weeks after launching a fundraising campaign to erect an infants memorial at their local Cemetery, the Burt Cemetery Projects Committee expect to reach their target following the release of the Burt, Inch and Fahan 2012 Calendar.Members of the Burt community came together in mid September to discuss plans to establish a permanent memorial to infants who had not been baptised and were buried in a separate plot away from the main cemetery. A similar situation existed in many parishes throughout the country, but many have now addressed the issue. Local curate Fr Gerard Sweeney attended the inaugural meeting and was fully supportive of the initiative and it is hoped that a special ceremony will take place at the memorial when the project is completed in a few weeks time.There was huge support locally for the project; with many families and individuals making sizeable donations, various groups in the parish also contributed including a sizeable donation from a cycle race and charity auction, while money raised from a cake sale and table quiz also exceeded all expectations.The final fundraising event was the production of a parish calendar, made possible with the help of generous sponsorship by local businesses and this also was very well supported. The calendar itself contains some stunning views from different areas of the parish and remarkably all photographs used were by local amateur photographers.There is certain to be a big demand for the calendar, which is available from any member of the committee, and is sure to be of great interest to those family members and friends living away from home, not to mention the many local families who will snap it up at a bargain price of just €5. The committee have expressed a huge gratitude to all those who made the project possible and have no doubt it will be a lasting tribute to all those babies buried down the years in Burt Cemetery.BURT INFANTS MEMORIAL TEAM CLOSES IN ON FUNDRAISING TARGET was last modified: November 11th, 2011 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:BURTInfant Memorial
MISSING: A Donegal Daily reader has contacted us to help spread the word about her missing pet dog Gizmo.The beautiful little dog was last seen on yesterday in the Glencar area and the heartbroken owner is desperate to find Gizmo. Gizmo is SIX years old and is a Lhasa Apso breed and has never went missing before.Gizmo’s owner Daneka Bell is asking readers to share the post on their Facebook timelines in the hope somebody somewhere has spotted her beloved dog.If anyone has seen Gizmo or has any information on where he may be then please contact Daneka NOW on 0868676565.CAN YOU HELP OWNER FIND HER LITTLE PET DOG GIZMO? was last modified: August 21st, 2015 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:Featuresnews
The students are presented what their scholarships earlier today.A total of 34 eagar and enthusiastic young pupils from all corners of Donegal have just received received the gift of a full Gaeltacht summer scholarship as part of the annual Donegal County Council Gaeltacht Scholarship Scheme.The students were jointly presented by Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr John Campbell, and Cathaoirleach of the Council’s Coiste na Gaeilge, Cllr Mick Quinn on Monday 25th May in Lifford.Young 11-year-old, Jake McDaid, from Sappagh in Muff stated that he was very pleased to get this opportunity to attend Coláiste Ghael Linn in Bun an Inbhir in Gaoth Dobhair, a sentiment echoed by 13yr old Charlene McGinley from An Tearmann who will be taking up a three-week summer placement in Coláiste an Phiarsaigh in Dunlewey.Cathaoirleach Clr. John Campbell, who officially welcomed the pupils and parents to the ceremony in Irish, referred to the importance of the Irish language in Donegal, his own experiences with the language as a learner, and he wished the young people all the best during their time in the rich linguistic community of the Gaeltacht.Cllr Mick Quinn, chairperson of the Council’s Irish language committee ‘Coiste na Gaeilge’ thanked the various colleges who were also supporting the annual scheme by providing 17 matching scholarships for the 17 provided by Donegal County Council, including Coláiste Bhríde in Rann na Feirste, Coláiste Árainn Mhór on Arranmore Island, Coláiste Chill Chartha in Kilcar, Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne in Teelin, Coláiste Chú Chulainn in Gaoth Dobhair, Coláiste Ghael Linn in Gaoth Dobhair, Coláiste na Rosann in Annagry and Coláiste an Phiarsaigh in Dunlewey. ‘The Council received a total of 465 applications this year’ he stated, ‘and we are presenting 34 full scholarships to the lucky pupils whose names were drawn out in an open and fair draw in which everyone had the same chance. And the scheme is worth up to approximately €25,000 in total’, he continued, which is a significant investment in our language, and in our youth, and in our county. He thanked the ongoing support and work of his fellow colleagues on Coiste na Gaeilge.Addressing those present in Irish, Séamus Neely, Chief Executive Officer for Donegal County Council stated that it was important that we demonstrated to our young people that we ourselves respected the language.He talked about the increasing importance of the language in the area of work and the public service in general, and referred to a range of activities within Council, including Seachtain na Gaeilge events earlier this year in the libraries across the county, the implementation of the Council’s Language Scheme 2014-2017, plans for including the Irish language as part of the programme of events for the 2016 centenary year, and also the inclusion of Irish language initiatives as part of the up and coming Local Economic and Community Plan for the county.ENDList of pupil names below Ainmneacha don Scéim Scoláireachta 2015Liosta Deiridh do Scoláireachtaí Gaeltachta 2015Kathlyn McFeeley, Uisce Chaoin, MaghColáiste Bhríde, Rann na FeirsteLeah Quigley, Ballynally, Bun an Phobail, LeifearColáiste Bhríde, Rann na FeirsteDonna McConnellogue, Sappagh, Magh Coláiste Ghael Linn, Bun an InbhirSophie Doherty, Bóthar Ghaoth Dobhair, An Clochán LiathColáiste Ghael Linn, Bun an InbhirJake McDaid, Sappagh, MaghColáiste Ghael Linn, Bun an InbhirLauren Callaghan, An Phríomhshráid, Cúil na gCuirridínColáiste Ghael Linn, Bun an InbhirNiamh O’Hagan, Sappagh, MaghColáiste na Rosann, AnagaireRebecca Blaney, County Lane, An Clochán Liath Coláiste na Rosann, AnagaireRuairí Kelly, Glenmaquin, Leitir CeanainnColáiste na Rosann, AnagaireOrla Egan, An Cheathrú ChaolColáiste na Rosann, AnagaireAoife Ní Dhuibhir, An Bábhún/Bavan, Cill CharthaighColáiste na Rosann, AnagaireMathew Callaghan, Arda Radharc an Bhaile, Bealach FéichColáiste na Rosann, AnagaireRebecca Blackburn, Magheracorran, ConmhaighColáiste an Phiarsaigh, Dún LúicheÉimear Nic Pháidín, Cnoc an Chuilinn, Hollymount,Coláiste an Phiarsaigh, Dún LúicheCharlene McGinley, Cashleenan, An TearmannColáiste an Phiarsaigh, Dún LúicheOdhrán McGlynn, Thompsonstonduff, An ClochánColáiste an Phiarsaigh, Dún LúicheJames Monagle, Cloch Ard, Gleann Tóchair, Carn DomhnachColáiste an Phiarsaigh, Dún LúicheTadhg Quigley Brennan, Bóthar Leitir Ceanainn, Ráth MealtainColáiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne, TeileannSiobhán Ní Dhochartaigh 24/02/2001 An Bogach Carraig Dún na nGall Contae Dhún naColáiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne, TeileannShannon Doherty, Ard na Rí, An Lána Fada, Leitir CeanainnColáiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne, TeileannMáirtín Mac Fheargail, Assaroe View, Béal Átha Seanaidh Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne, TeileannRóise Ní Andersson, Coguis, Cill CharthaighColáiste Chill CharthaDanielle Masterson-Burrows, Lawne Close, Béal Átha SeanaidhColáiste Chill CharthaAva McGinley, Na Caislíní Cill CharthaighColáiste Chill CharthaAisling O’Malley, Clós Naomh Muire, St Mary’s CloseColáiste Chill CharthaCourtney O’Connor, Carnmalin Carn Mhálanna, Cionn MhálannaColáiste Chill CharthaSeán Coleman,Dungorman, Caisleán na FinneColáiste Chill CharthaAoife Kelly, An Craoslach, Leitir CeanainnColáiste Chill CharthaConor Bowe, The Fairways, Leitir CeanainnColáiste Árainn MhórHarry White, Na Mínligh / The Fairways, An Glaidhb, Leitir CeanainnColáiste Árainn MhórShaun Marley, Coillte Feargail, An ClochánColáiste Chú ChulainnChloe Doherty, Baile Áir / Ballyare, Ráth MealtainColáiste Chú ChulainnAmy Dilleyston, Cornfield Lane / An Baile NuaColáiste Chú ChulainnAmelia Yeoman, Gort na mBó, Aghilly, Bun CrannchaColáiste Chú ChulainnDé Luain 25 Bealtaine. Ba é Cathaoirleach Chomhairle Contae Dhún na nGall, An Clr. John Campbell, agus Cathaoirleach ar Choiste Gaeilge na Comhairle Contae, An Clr Mícheál Ó Cuinn, a rinne na scoláireachtaí a bhronnadh ar an aos óg ar an lá.Agus é ag caint ag an ócáid, dúirt Jake McDaid, atá aon bhliain déag d’aois, go raibh lúcháir air an deis seo a fháil freastal ar Choláiste Ghael Linn i mBun an Inbhir i nGaoth Dobhair, agus bhí an méid céanna le rá ag Charlene McGinley, 13bl, agus í ar tí freastal ar chúrsa de chuid Choláiste an Phiarsaigh i nDún Lúiche. Chuir an Cathaoirleach John Campbell fáilte fhoirmeálta roimh achan dalta agus achan tuismitheoir chuig an ócáid agus luaigh sé an tábhacht a bhí leis an Ghaeilge i gContae Dhún na nGall, a eispéireas féin agus a thaithí féin leis an teanga mar fhoghlaimeoir, agus ghuigh sé gach ádh leis na daoine óga le linn a gcuid laethanta saoire i gceantar saibhir na Gaeltachta.Ghabh an Clr. Mícheál Ó Cuinn, cathaoirleach ar Choiste Gaeilge na Comhairle Contae, ghabh sé buíochas leis na coláistí éagsúla atá ag tacú leis an scéim bhliantúil trí 17 scoláireacht a chur ar fáil i gcoinne an 17 scoláireacht atá á gcur ar fáil ag Comhairle Contae Dhún na nGall, ina measc Coláiste Bhríde i Rann na Feirste, Coláiste Árainn Mhór ar Oileán Árainn Mhór, Coláiste Chill Chartha, Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne i dTeileann, Coláiste Chú Chulainn i nGaoth Dobhair, Coláiste Ghael Linn i mBun an Inbhir, Coláiste na Rosann in Anagaire agus Coláiste an Phiarsaigh i nDún Lúiche. ‘Fuair an Chomhairle 465 iarratas san iomlán’ ar seisean ‘agus tá 34 lánscoláireacht á mbronnadh againn ar na daltaí ádhúla ar tarraingíodh a gcuid ainmneacha amach as an bhosca i gcrannchur oscailte agus cothrom ina raibh an deis chéanna ag achan duine. Is fiú suas le €25,000 an scéim seo’ a lean sé ‘agus is infheistíocht shuntasach í sin sa teanga, san óige agus sa chontae’. Ghabh sé buíochas lena chomhleacaithe tofa ar Choiste na Gaeilge.Agus é ag labhairt i nGaeilge, dúirt Bainisteoir Contae Dhún na nGall Séamus Ó Conghaola, go raibh sé tábhachtach dúinne a léiriú do na daoine óga go bhfuil meas againn féin ar an teanga. Labhair sé faoin tábhacht mhór a bhí bainte leis an teanga i saol na hoibre agus sa tseirbhís phoiblí i gcoitinne, agus rinne sé tagairt chomh maith do réimse imeachtaí agus gníomhaíochtaí laistigh den Chomhairle contae, ina measc imeachtaí Sheachtain na Gaeilge ní ba luaithe i mbliana sna leabharlanna ar fud an chontae, cur i bhfeidhm Scéim Teanga na Comhairle 2014-2017, pleananna leis an Ghaeilge a bheith san áireamh sa chlár imeachtaí atá á chur le chéile le haghaidh Chomóradh Céad Bliain 2016, agus go mbeidh an Ghaeilge mar chuid den Phlean Áitiúil Eacnamaíochta agus Pobail don chontae atá ar na bacáin.DONEGAL STUDENTS PRESENTED WITH GAELTACHT SCHOLARSHIPS was last modified: May 26th, 2015 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)Tags:donegalGaeltacht Scholarships
3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now klint finley Related Posts The nation’s cryptologic intelligence agency is moving towards a cloud-centric approach to computing. In an interview with Information Week, National Security Agency CIO Lonny Anderson talks about the cloud, cross-agency information systems and open source.It turns out the NSA has many of the same problems that private sector enterprises do. They have issues with legacy applications. They face challenges with sharing information across silos and outside the firewall. Plus, there is the difficulty with managing mobile access.Cross-Agency SharingOne initiative Anderson talked about is called The Quad, a framework for providing shared development environment across the NSA, National Reconnaissance Office, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency.Another is called Integrated Intelligence Pilot, a system that will allow developers to share applications and query databases across agencies. “Instead of taking data from CIA-specific or NSA-specific repositories, or FBI or DIA, you’ll be able to query via the cloud into those organizations and ask, ‘Do you have information that meets this question?’, and they’ll be able to say, ‘Yes or No.’”Open SourceAnderson says the NSA may even open-source some of its software, taking a cue from NASA and its involvement in OpenStack. He said a “security” wrapper could be used to protect sensitive code.Cloud Migrations, HadoopAnderson says the NSA is replacing cryptologic centers in Texas, Georgia, and Hawaii, which run legacy technology dating back to the 1980s. He says the new centers will take advantage of “thin clients, wireless networking, and private clouds.”The agency already runs three private clouds, where it runs a “security-cloaked” version of Apache Hadoop for data analysis.An Enterprise App Store, ConsumerizationThe agency has launched an internal app marketplace called “Ozone” to help users find and download apps. The system is being tested by the Army and the Navy. Anderson says outside developers will be able to write and publish apps to it.Anderson also says the NSA will accommodate users that want to bring in devices from outside, presumably Android and iOS devices. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#networking
This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Positive feedback loops that reinforce global warming are scary. Here’s an example of such a feedback loop: warmer temperatures melt Arctic sea ice earlier in the spring and reduce the size of the summer ice pack. Since the dark ocean has less reflectance than ice, a smaller ice pack means that more solar radiation is absorbed by the ocean every summer, further warming the planet.Another worrisome positive feedback loop arises when warming temperatures melt long-frozen permafrost. The melting permafrost releases methane gas bubbles that have been captive for thousands of years. The release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, warms the planet further.Now researchers are focusing on another feedback loop affecting the global climate: obesity. Here’s how the loop works: when people walk less and drive more, they gain weight. Once they’ve gained weight, they are even less inclined to walk. (Heavier people are more likely to drive and less likely to walk than people who aren’t overweight.) Once this positive feedback loop starts, the number of miles driven continues to increase — and so does the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.The issue is discussed in a paper by Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts, two researchers from the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Their paper, “Population Adiposity and Climate Change”, was published in The International Journal of Epidemiology. “When it comes to food consumption, moving about in a heavy body is like driving around in a gas guzzler,” Edwards and Roberts wrote. “The heavier our bodies become the harder and more unpleasant it is to move about in them and the more dependent we become on our cars.”It turns out that the driving-versus-walking feedback loop is only one of many…
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market You may not have heard of Pamela Jones, creator of the legal blog site known as Groklaw, but you may have heard of the legal case that she helped dismantle through patience, research and no small amount of moxie: the $1 billion lawsuit leveled at IBM by The SCO Group in 2003.Through that case, and the other SCO lawsuits that appeared on the docket in 2003-2004, Jones endured repeated attempts of exposure and no small amount of intimidation by The SCO Group or its proxies… but it would take something else entirely to drive Jones from the Internet once and for all.See also Death Before Dishonor: Secure Email Services Shut Down Rather Than Comply With FedsOn Groklaw today, Jones has announced that she is shutting down the site and removing herself from the Internet. The reason? Recent moves from private e-mail services like Lavabit and Secret Circle to shut down their businesses in order to protect customers from government surveillance.The owner of Lavabit tells us that he’s stopped using email and if we knew what he knew, we’d stop too.There is no way to do Groklaw without email. Therein lies the conundrum.Concerned that Groklaw’s email communications will be or could now be monitored, Jones has opted to end the work on the site entirely.I hope that makes it clear why I can’t continue. There is now no shield from forced exposure. Nothing in that parenthetical thought list is terrorism-related, but no one can feel protected enough from forced exposure any more to say anything the least bit like that to anyone in an email, particularly from the US out or to the US in, but really anywhere. You don’t expect a stranger to read your private communications to a friend. And once you know they can, what is there to say? Constricted and distracted. That’s it exactly. That’s how I feel.So. There we are. The foundation of Groklaw is over. I can’t do Groklaw without your input. I was never exaggerating about that when we won awards. It really was a collaborative effort, and there is now no private way, evidently, to collaborate.It might be a surprise to some that Jones would elect to take this option, rather than make a stand and fight, perhaps with Groklaw itself. The site used crowdsourced research and education to help dispel The SCO Group’s claims that as the owner of the copyright for the UNIX operating system, it was entitled to a licensing fee from any user of the Linux operating system, which SCO also claimed had copied code directly from UNIX.Those claims were never really settled because ultimately Novell would step forward and successfully challenge SCO’s copyright ownership of UNIX. It turns out that you can’t sue for something you don’t actually own, and SCO’s cases melted like snow on a hot summer’s day.Through the legal twists and turns of the SCO legal battles in 2005, odd efforts to disclaim Jones would occur. Many of her detractors claimed she was nothing more than an astroturfing front for IBM itself, claims which were made to me as a journalist . In 2005 Sys-Con reporter Maureen O’Gara attempted to track Jones down at her Hartsdale, NY home using, Jones claimed, private investigators to do the leg work the story. That story, later struck down by Sys-Con, painted a less-than-flattering picture of Jones and also appeared to use SCO-delivered clues to track the blogger down.In 2007, before the Novell case blew SCO’s claims out of the water, accusations that Jones—which may have always been a pen name for the Groklaw editor—was working for IBM came to a head. SCO attempted to serve Jones a subpoena for a deposition with an unknown reason, but the attempt was unsuccessful, according to then-Forbes writer and former ReadWrite Editor in Chief Dan Lyons. Jones claimed she would be taking a “health break” from the site and was unavailable at the time.Deserved or not, no one can deny that Jones has endured a lot of scrutiny in her tenure at Groklaw. After putting up with the deliberate attacks on her site and character, Jones has demonstrated that she is no wilting flower.But Jones is, by many accounts, a deeply private person. I have never met her in person, as she has kept her distance, preferring to communicate via e-mail over the years. People who have met her have repeatedly emphasized Jones’ need for personal privacy.With that in mind, then, Jones’ need to withdraw from the Internet, while frustrating for her and her readers, becomes a little more understandable. Jones has demonstrated a fierce capacity to fight for the law, but her Achilles’ heel has always been the need to protect her own private life and the work done behind the scenes at Groklaw. If the U.S. intelligence community is indeed taking steps to intercept e-mails in a non-targeted manner, then it is clear why Jones is stepping away: she cannot feel safe working in this medium any longer.My personal decision is to get off of the Internet to the degree it’s possible. I’m just an ordinary person. But I really know, after all my research and some serious thinking things through, that I can’t stay online personally without losing my humanness, now that I know that ensuring privacy online is impossible. I find myself unable to write. I’ve always been a private person. That’s why I never wanted to be a celebrity and why I fought hard to maintain both my privacy and yours.Oddly, if everyone did that, leap off the Internet, the world’s economy would collapse, I suppose. I can’t really hope for that. But for me, the Internet is over.Given all that Jones has had to put up with, her pulling away from the Internet now should serve as a signal to others that the actions of the U.S. intelligence services will have broad and far-reaching consequences on how much users should trust the Internet.The casualty of Groklaw may be among the first of many to fall in the privacy wars.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#nsa#privacy#spying A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts brian proffitt Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…