Masking the pain

first_imgTaiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are young Team manager Gee Abanilla confirmed to the Inquirer yesterday that the injury “needs an operation,” and that it would be entirely up to Cabagnot if he can play with the face mask and forego the surgery for a later date.“There’s a slight deformity,” said Abanilla of Cabagnot’s nose, which was hit hard by a Cliff Hodge elbow in the fourth quarter of a lopsided win against Meralco just before the holidays.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngSan Miguel, at 5-1, has a two-game winning streak going and coach Leo Austria made it no secret that his Beermen want to stay atop the heap, or finish the eliminations at least at No. 2 to guarantee a lighter assignment in the first round of the playoffs.Cabagnot has been initially ruled out for this game as he has been unable to practice with contact with the team, sticking to individual drills with Austria and the rest of coaching staff, wary of aggravating the injury.But if the mask fits, Cabagnot will be ready to go against an Elite squad that also has a crack guard rotation. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Katsuragawa waxes hot with 69, leads Riviera golf by 2 strokes Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Should Cabagnot decide to go under the knife, the Beermen, according to Abanilla, could miss him for “3 to 5 weeks.” San Miguel will clash with sister team Barangay Ginebra on Sunday and has games against Rain or Shine, GlobalPort and TNT KaTropa remaining in its schedule.Blackwater couldn’t end last year on a bright note after dropping a 97-93 overtime decision to lowly Mahindra at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.The Elite blew a 15-point fourth quarter lead to go down in flames against a team no one has given a second look. It was definitely a bitter lesson for Blackwater to learn, more so in this season where it has made heads turn and is slowly gaining the respect of the field.Mac Belo will be the main man for coach Leo Isaac, whose biggest defensive concern would be June Mar Fajardo, the reigning three-time MVP, as the Elite have no one to match up against the 6-foot-10 Cebuano one-on-one.Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter and Chris Ross are the others that Austria could turn to.ADVERTISEMENT Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel’s drive for a top two berth at the end of the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations starts against Blackwater today, but whether or not the Beermen can play in full force for the second half of the round will depend largely on how Alex Cabagnot reacts to a protective mask he needs to wear.The league-leading Beermen’s top point guard will have his face gear ready for the 7 p.m. clash with the Elite at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, but whether he plays comfortable in it or not will more or less dictate whether he gets an operation to correct a nasal injury.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine EDITORS’ PICKcenter_img Senators to proceed with review of VFA Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Meanwhile, GlobalPort and Meralco try to snap out of losing streaks at 4:15 p.m. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Government must release ExxonMobil contract

first_imgDear Editor,Many persons have been calling on the Government of Guyana to release the full text of the Production Sharing Agreement with ExxonMobil and its partners, but the Government has refused consistently to publish this document.The previous PPP/C Administrations of former Presidents Janet Jagan, Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar also failed to disclose it and kept it secret since June 1999. So, in a sense, they are all the same.At the GYEITI ‘Outreach’, held at the Marian Academy on July 20, 2017, this question was again put to Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman. Minister Trotman replied that he could not release the contract because of restrictions placed on its release by Section 4 of the Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Act.I, therefore, examined Section 4 which states as follows:“Subject to Subsection (2) no information furnished or information in a report submitted pursuant to this Act by a licensee shall be disclosed to any person who is not a Minister, a public officer or an employee of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission except with the consent of the licensee.”Subsection (2) allows for the disclosure of information without the consent of a licensee in seven situations.However, Subsection (3) refers specifically to a petroleum agreement and states as follows:“Where a licensee is party to a petroleum agreement, the right of the licensee, his servant or agents to disclose information about prospecting or production operations under the licence shall be subject to any restrictions or limitations in that respect specified in the agreement.”Subsection (4) provides for penalties of G,000 and imprisonment for three years for contravention of Section 4.First of all, Section 4 (1) speaks about ‘information furnished’ or ‘information in a report’ submitted pursuant to the Act by the licensee.The Production Sharing Agreement is neither ‘information furnished’ nor ‘information in a report’.Therefore, Section 4 does not apply at all.Now let me refer you to Subsection (3) which speaks about a petroleum agreement, which is what the public is rightfully demanding to be published.These restrictions affect only the licensee, his servants or agents (not the Minister except, of course, if the said Minister considers himself an agent or servant of ExxonMobil) and deal with information about ‘prospecting or production operations’ and these restrictions have to be ‘specified in the agreement’.There is nothing here about restrictions on publication of the agreement.The language of the law is clear and this Minister as a lawyer should know better than to keep peddling inaccurate information to the public.In an interview in a section of the media dated Sunday, July 23, 2017, Minister Raphael Trotman repeated the lie that the Act “does not support the disclosure of contracts”. He then spoke some nonsense about ‘curing a mischief’.The fact of the matter is that the Minister is misleading the public while stubbornly refusing to release the contract. If the Government of Guyana is truly interested in joining EITI, then it must start now by publishing the deal. There is no law that prevents this.The Government is far too secretive about matters concerning the people of Guyana, although, in all fairness to Minister Trotman, the previous Government also behaved in the same way, keeping the original contract secret since June 1999.Yours respectfully,Ramon Gaskinlast_img read more

Nasri packs a punch for Mancini

first_imgAfter a rare impressive effort from Nasri against Newcastle last month, Mancini was asked about the star’s erratic performances for City this season and he delivered a pointed message.“I would like to give him a punch,” Mancini said with half a smile. “Because a player like him should play like this always. Always. Every game.“Maybe one game sometimes he can play badly but with his quality that is all.”That very public dressing down fuelled speculation that Mancini was ready to cut his losses with Nasri and would listen to offers at the end of the season.But, if the Italian still had doubts about Nasri’s value, he may have to think again after the Frenchman rose to the occasion at Wembley.For once Mancini could have no complaints as Nasri delivered an influential display capped by scoring City’s opening goal in their 2-1 win against Cup holders Chelsea at Wembley.There was a hint of luck about the goal as Nasri was attempting to play a return pass to Sergio Aguero when a fortunate rebound wrong-footed the Chelsea defence and allowed him to slot past Petr Cech in the 35th minute.If lady luck had smiled on Nasri, there was little doubt his vibrant display deserved to be rewarded.Together with Aguero and Yaya Toure, he was at the heart of City’s best moments as they set up a final clash with Wigan.Drifting in from the right to good effect, Nasri’s efforts vindicated Mancini’s tough love approach.Even during City’s Premier League title-winning campaign last season, Nasri sometimes cut a disinterested figure.Mancini, well known for his autocratic approach to man management, has attempted to rile Nasri into action with public dressing downs and this season his frustration at that tactic’s failure had become increasingly obvious.“I think Samir has fantastic qualities. With his quality, he should always play well,” Mancini said in February.“Every game he could be the difference. A player of this quality could be one of the best players in Europe. But it’s not happening.”That scathing assessment rang true at the time.But the sight of Nasri tracking back diligently as City clung onto their lead in the closing stages at Wembley told a different story.When he came off in the final moments, the rousing reception from City’s fans and warm greeting from Mancini confirmed Nasri was back in favour.At last it seems Mancini’s message may have got through.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, April 14 – Roberto Mancini may have been joking when he said he would like to punch Samir Nasri, but the Manchester City manager could have no complaints about the France midfielder’s impact on Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final over Chelsea.Nasri has infuriated Mancini on numerous occasions with his lax attitude since joining City from Arsenal last season and the Italian’s response has grown increasingly tetchy.last_img read more

City moves to close community garden

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips WHITTIER – Farmers at an urban garden will have to move out when the city closes the plot of land Monday. Whittier’s Community Garden’s board of directors failed to failed to buy required liability insurance, say city officials, who also cites problems with gardners drinking and carousing there at night. The council is expected to vote to close the garden at the council’s meeting tonight. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News.last_img read more

Spinach bags traced to same plant

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Two bags of Dole baby spinach that tested positive for the E. coli strain that’s sickened 175 people nationwide were packaged at the same plant on the same day, California health officials said Monday. That information has helped investigators tracing the source of the tainted greens continue narrowing their search at nine farms in three California counties, said Dr. Kevin Reilly, deputy director of prevention services for the California Department of Health Services. Both the Dole spinach that Utah’s health department recovered from a patient in Salt Lake County over the weekend and an open bag in which New Mexico officials found the bacteria earlier last week were processed at the San Juan Bautista plant of Natural Selection Foods LLC during the same shift on Aug. 15, according to Reilly. The company, which grows, packages and ships spinach under multiple brands, has been the focus of federal and state inspectors working to pinpoint the cause of the E. coli outbreak. “We are looking very aggressively at what was produced on that date,” Reilly said. “Much of the feedback we got from patients right now was related to Dole packaging.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsReilly said it was too soon to say whether any other brands besides Dole would turn out to have been contaminated. As far as processing plants, inspectors are focusing exclusively on Natural Selection at this point, he added. Calls to Dole’s headquarters in Westlake Village were not immediately returned Monday. So far, 175 people have been sickened after eating spinach, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday. More than half – 93 – were hospitalized, including a 77-year-old Wisconsin woman who died. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Tottenham 3-1 Dortmund: Harry Kane helps Spurs get off to Champions League flyer

first_img Tottenham’s leading striker helped himself to a brace at Wembley Harry Kane lifted Tottenham’s Wembley curse by scoring twice and firing his side to an opening Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund.Son Heung-min’s early strike was quickly cancelled out by a stunning effort from Dortmund’s Andriy Yarmolenko but from there this match belonged to the unstoppable Kane.He restored Spurs’ lead by capping a barnstorming run with an emphatic near-post finish before a cute shot in the second half secured a 3-1 victory and what could prove a vital result for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.The only blemish saw Jan Vertonghen sent off in added time for throwing an arm into the face of Mario Gotze. It looked a harsh decision but Vertonghen could now face a suspension.Nothing, however, could spoil an impressive Tottenham win that should boost not only their hopes of making the knock-out stages but also their form at Wembley, where they had previously won only twice in 12 fixtures.Kane was the driving force, his two goals the deserved reward for a complete performance that had Dortmund’s defence gasping for breath. Four goals now in four Champions League matches points to a striker among the very best in Europe.Dortmund next take on Real Madrid, who thrashed APOEL, and if Spurs can see off the Cypriot side later this month they may find themselves in a commanding position in Group H.READ MORE: Tottenham 3-1 Borussia Dortmund: Spurs stars rated and slatedThree goals in the first 15 minutes began with Kane setting free the sprinting Son down the left and while the South Korean looked to have made his angle too acute by driving to the byline, a rasping shot surprised Roman Burki, who was beaten at his near post.Dortmund, however, responded brilliantly and within seven minutes they were level. Yarmolenko played a neat one-two with Shinji Kagawa before bending a left-footed shot past Hugo Lloris and into the top corner.If that was the finesse, four minutes later Kane brought the brute force by shrugging off two Dortmund defenders, then nipping past a third and slamming the ball home, again past Burki’s near post.Spurs were back in front but Dortmund continued to dictate for the rest of the first half. Ben Davies and Jan Vertonghen both had to make last-ditch interventions while the talented Davinson Sanchez showed his inexperience by conceding possession to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose cross was just beyond Christian Pulisic at the back post.Pulisic even had the ball in the net on the stroke of half-time but it was chalked off for offside after Aubameyang had needlessly involved himself in the build-up.The overriding feeling was one of relief among the home fans when a breathless opening period came to an end but Tottenham enjoyed two glorious chances to make it three after the restart.First, Kane blazed over after Christian Eriksen had slid him clear and then Son planted his finish into the stands after Kane had turned provider.Dortmund should have made them pay and would have done had Aubameyang’s clinical half-volleyed finish not been ruled out for offside. Replays showed the striker was onside by a yard.Any injustice felt by the visitors was quickly compounded by Kane, who collected another piercing Eriksen pass and dragged the ball inside the far post with his left foot.Lloris denied Aubameyang from close range and Kane should have had a hat-trick, skewing wide under pressure from Dan-Axel Zagadou, before making way for Fernando Llorente to join Serge Aurier in making his debut.It was almost the perfect night for Tottenham but even Vertonghen’s late dismissal could not quieten the cheers at the full-time whistle. 1last_img read more

Winning the Europa League must be the focus for Chelsea as top four chances slip

first_imgChelsea are not guaranteed to play Champions League football next season and only have themselves to blame for that.Against Burnley on Monday night, the Blues had the perfect chance to capitalise on their top-four rivals Easter weekend slip-up, but failed to seize the initiative, drawing 2-2 at Stamford Bridge and have now played a game more than Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal. shining REVEALED So, while Chelsea have been making hard work of securing a top-four spot for next season, they have reached the semi-finals of Europe’s secondary competition unbeaten and virtually unscathed.MOL Vidi, Malmo, Dynamo Kiev and Slavia Prague to name a few, have been the opposition for Chelsea en route to the final four and the only time the Blues looked remotely troubled was when they suffered a familiar second-half collapse to concede twice against Prague in the quarter-final. The next three fixtures for Chelsea in the Premier League are by no means an easy one, Man United away on Sunday, followed by a home clash with FA Cup finalists Watford and a final-day meeting at Leicester and such is the unpredictability for which Chelsea have shown this campaign, there is the chance they could win all three as easily as they may lose them.The Premier League is the most competitive in the world and, while City and Liverpool aside have been exceptional, the chasing pack of United, Arsenal Chelsea and Tottenham have all lacked the consistency to match them, let alone nail down a top four spot. REPLY ADVICE Chelsea have been untroubled in the Europa League this season The competition has been a welcome break from domestic action at points this season Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Chelsea failed to beat Burnley on Monday Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Chelsea will hope to reach the final and then enter the Champions League as a result While the Europa League has become more of a distraction than a reward for many of the teams from major footballing nations, lacking the glamour and reputation of the Champions League, it has proved to be a welcome relief at times for both Maurizo Sarri and his players this season.After Chelsea were humiliated by Manchester City, 6-0 back in February, the players quietly slipped away to Sweden and regrouped to beat Malmo 2-1 and more comfortably than the scoreline suggests.And it was the same opposition who helped restore a paltry amount of pride, when Chelsea were dumped out of the FA Cup by Man United.When Wolves left Stamford Bridge with a well-deserved point, the Europa League was once again a shoulder to cry on, as Chelsea emphatically beat Kiev out in Ukraine. BEST OF 4 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars The other incentive to reach the Champions League would be to avoid a nightmare scenario, which would mean the team who finishes sixth, will have to begin their Europa League campaign in the qualifying rounds on July 25.Chelsea potentially have six games remaining this season, should they reach the final and that game will easily be their most important of 2019.Win that and they will have salvaged what has been a underwhelming season in west London. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 4 huge blow Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 4 no dice 4 In the process, Chelsea have equalled Atlético Madrid’s competition record of 15 games unbeaten to give themselves an excellent chance of reaching the final, with many believing it will be an all-English affair against Arsenal, but first they must get past free-scoring Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt, which should be straightforward enough, after all the Blues do have the competition’s top scorer in Olivier Giroud.Hyperbole of course, but they should be given credit for taking the Europa League seriously and such is its reputation as inferior and mainly for teams with modest aspirations, Sarri has taken no chances and was right to do so such is there inability to secure a spot in the Champions League via their domestic league.Though many will question the standard of opposition, it can also be argued that Chelsea have saved some of their best performances this season for Thursday nights. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury last_img read more

SA operating system for smartphones

first_img16 January 2013 South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth is planning to bring his Ubuntu operating system (OS) to smartphones, allowing the little devices to work as fully functional Ubuntu desktops when docked and connected to a monitor and keyboard. Shuttleworth, known since April 2002 as Africa’s first space tourist, is the founder and former chief executive officer of Canonical, a London-based open-source software developer with offices in seven countries including China and Taiwan, although it operates in over 30 countries. He started development of Ubuntu after he “came back down to earth”, and released the first version in October 2004. Canonical unveiled its latest project at the Consumer Electronics Fair in Los Angeles earlier this month. A Google Nexus device running Ubuntu Phone, as it is known, was showcased at the event. Following the announcement in January 2012 of the OS’s adaptation to smart televisions, this latest development, revealed exactly a year later, means that users need just one OS for their mobile, computing and viewing devices. According to the company, the OS will work on entry level phones as well as more powerful devices – these are its two core targets and will give operators an opportunity to grow the use of mobile data among customers who before might have only used their phones for calls and messages. More powerful dual-core phones will be able to run Android when used as a phone, and Ubuntu when docked.Going mobile in 2013 “2013 will be all about mobile – bringing Ubuntu to phones and tablets,” wrote Shuttleworth on his blog, “and broadening the Ubuntu community to include mobile developers who need new tools and frameworks to create mobile software.” Shuttleworth has said that he hopes to have Ubuntu phones on the market by 2014. “It’s quite incredible that we’re at this point when the power of the phone is crossing over with the baseline processing power of basic laptops,” he said in an interview with the BBC. “We’re shaping the future of personal computing. Ubuntu is proven on the desktop, and uniquely positioned to be at the heart of the next wave of consumer electronics, combining a beautiful hand-held touch interface with a full PC experience when docked.”Aimed at developing countries Canonical expects to be most successful with this product in developing markets, Shuttleworth said at a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Fair. The demand for smartphones in these regions is high, with mobiles often the only means of connecting to the internet. A popular and acclaimed Linux distribution, Ubuntu is installed on some 20-million computers around the world, says Canonical, and its bustling user community means that work on the free-of-charge OS is always going on and that there are regular improvements and tweaks released. It is estimated that by 2014 10% of new desktops and laptops will have Ubuntu pre- installed. According to Shuttleworth, the OS is installed on 30% of new computers of various brands in China. The announcement has been met with interest and enthusiasm from mobile developers. “It’s good news for consumers who are already living in a mobile-centric world,” said Ian Drew, executive VP of marketing at UK-based ARM, a manufacturer of mobile processors. “Ubuntu will hand them the ability to enjoy a unified experience across the multiple platforms on which they lead their digital lives.”Unique user experience The OS is up against tough competition in 2013, with Android OS 4.2 (Jelly Bean), Apple’s iOS 6.0, the new Windows 8 and soon, the Blackberry 10 OS vying for market share. The interface is described as clean, beautiful and fast, even for lower-end devices. It uses all four edges of the screen for swipe commands, meaning that users will be able to get their tasks done faster. Swipe from the left to access favourite apps; from the right to instantly bring up the previously-used app and swipe again for the app used before that; from the top to access system setting; and from the bottom to call up app controls. The inbox provides one-stop access to all emails, social media posts, calls and text messages. Other distinctive features include one search for products, content and apps; text and voice commands in all applications; and apps available in both the native code and HTML5. The deal also includes access to Canonical’s secure cloud service Ubuntu One. The software will run happily on Android hardware, so an Android-compatible device will work with Ubuntu Phone as well. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Rich Internet Apps – An Introduction

first_imgRelated Posts This post was written by RyanStewart, who is a R/WW guest blogger on Rich Internet Apps. Edited by RichardMacManus.In the coming months we will see a new wave of Rich Internet Applications that willblend the web application and the desktop application in exciting new ways. There arethree technologies on the horizon that will change the way people use the web:LaszloSystems’ OpenLaszlo, Microsoft’s WinFX (codename Avalon) and Adobe’s Flex 2.OpenLaszloOpenLaszlo is a very intriguing technology.Originally it was built leveraging the Flash Platform, but has since announcedthat applications built in OpenLaszlo will be able to compile into DHTML/AJAX as well asFlash. In fact the first option will be to use the DHTML version. The language is XMLbased with some JavaScript abilities, which makes building the applications very easy.The versatility of being able to leverage Flash or DHTML is also a major plus. It isentirely open source and the use of XML and JavaScript makes it a good way to get startedbuilding Rich Internet Applications quickly. If you’re interested in seeing OpenLaszlo in action, they have a good demo app – LaszloMail. Also check out Pandora,a ‘web 2.0’ application for finding music, which uses OpenLaszlo. The CTOTom Conrad gave it great wraps in a blog post lastAugust:“Eight months ago when we sat down to figure out how were were going to deliver acompelling zero-install discovery and listening experience across Windows, Mac, and Linuxin record time we considered everything you can imagine: plain old HTML, AJAX, Flex,OpenLaszlo to name just a few. In the end, Laszlo was the clear winner on all fronts.Mature, reliable, and the perfect tool for the job.”WinFXWinFX, specifically the WindowsPresentation Foundation formerly code-named Avalon, is the biggest question mark ofthe three. It is Microsoft’s answer to the Rich Internet Application space, and it’sinteresting because in many ways it’s the Bigfoot of RIAs. It uses the .NET platform andvia an XML markup language (XAML) it provides developers with an easy way to buildpowerful user interfaces for all kinds of applications, both web and desktop. As with other Microsoft technologies it will be limited to Windows machines. Howeverit opens up the Direct3D platform to developers – which is going to make for some amazinguser interfaces. The .NET community is huge, and WinFX is going to be the backbone ofWindows Vista, meaning that it will be an easy way to deploy applications for a brand newoperating system. Real world examples are scarce because Avalon hasn’t been released yet,but you can see it in action by downloading Microsoft MAX. There is also an interestingwhite paper on the MSDN site about using Avalon to create a North Face In-Store Explorer. You can also get thebeta and see what WinFX has to offer.Flex The final technology, and the one I (Ryan) am admittedly mostexcited about, is Adobe’s Flex2. It too uses an XML based language (MXML) and as to be expected leverages the FlashPlatform. Adobe/Macromedia’s first foray with Flex required a very expensive server andhad limited adoption. This time, Adobe has opened the floodgates and made the Flex 2framework totally free. The new version of Flex will require a new Flash Player, andAdobe has rewritten the Flash virtual machine with a focus on speed and dependability.They’re releasing the new player for Linux and Mac in addition to the normal Windowsversion, so the potential audience is huge.  Adobe has built a Flex-AJAX bridge, which bringsthe best of AJAX and the best of Flash together to create some awesomepotential.Adobe also has ‘Apollo‘ in theworks, which will allow developers to access desktop APIs using Flex or JavaScript todeploy desktop/web hybrid applications for times when data needs to be stored offline.Flash is grown up from the days of ‘skip intro’ and has the potential to provide a greatuser experience. Yahoo Maps – which recently got TechCrunch’svote as the best mapping framework on the Web – uses Flex 1.5. Also check out the Flex 2 StyleExplorer, which provides a way to see the power and customization of Flex (requiresthe Flash8.5 beta 2 player).SummaryAll of these applications are taking the tenants of Web 2.0 – the collaborativespirit, the user generated content – and combining them with a focus on the userexperience, which is so important to the desktop. AJAX has done a stellar job of makingpeople think about the web in new ways. The technologies above are going to take that tothe next level, by providing a desktop-like interface to web users. Rich Internet Apps allow sophisticated effects and transitions that are important inkeeping the user engaged. This means developers will be able to take the amazing changesin the Web for granted and start focusing on a flawless experience for the users. It isgoing to be an exciting time for anyone involved in building the new Web, because theinterfaces are finally catching up with the content.Ryan Stewart’s blog is DigitalBackcountry. 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Making the Case for Science: Representative Randy Hultgren Sees Room For Improvement in Federal Role

first_img Fermilab Making connections. Representative Randy Hultgren (R-IL) says few in Congress recognize the connections between government, industry, and academia that make for a healthy scientific enterprise. Representative Randy Hultgren (R-IL) came to Washington in 2011 after defeating Bill Foster, one of the few Ph.D. scientists in Congress. (Foster will return to Congress in January after defeating Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL) in a different district.) Although Hultgren*, a lawyer and former Illinois state legislator, lacks any background in science, he joined the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and quickly made a name for himself as an advocate of basic research. Along with representing the parochial interests of the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), which is located in his district, Hultgren has repeatedly used committee hearings to press Obama administration witnesses on their vision for federally funded research and the need for stronger partnerships between universities, federal labs, and industry. Last month he was named a “champion of science” by the Science Coalition, an advocacy group of research universities. Fresh off his successful campaign for a second term, Hultgren, 46, talked last week with ScienceInsider about his agenda for the next Congress. Here is an edited version of his remarks. 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R.H.: Funding across the board is going to be the biggest challenge, including support for our national labs. Taking a step back, the issue is recognizing the importance of these institutions and the interconnectedness within science. … I don’t know if people in government, specifically Congress and the administration, understand how important this connectivity is for the country to remain a global leader in science and innovation and discovery. It comes down to making sure that there is adequate funding for each piece, and how important it is for the research universities, the national labs, and the private sector to work together. Individual members, if they have a research institution in their district, may understand it. But otherwise, we need to spread the word. Q: Congress isn’t structured in a way that it is easy to foster those connections, is it? R.H.: Yes, Congress isn’t set up well to understand that process. Rather, it is segmented into 12 appropriations subcommittees, and the oversight function is separate from the spending function. So it demands more effort on our part to educate our colleagues. If we want America to be an innovation nation, we need to understand how important all these pieces are. The need exists on both sides of the aisle. It’s especially important to focus on government support for fundamental research, because I don’t see the private sector doing that. One thing I want to work on—and I know this is a huge issue, and it may be impossible—is changing the way we fund science. Other nations have long-term funding, but in the United States it’s very hard for scientists to plan long-term projects. Q: Are you suggesting 5-year budgets? R.H.: Yes. I know that’s a huge obstacle for Congress, for which long-term planning is the next election. But it’s a major hindrance for us trying to compete against other nations that have 5- and 10-year budgets. And whenever we want to join an international collaboration and we tell them we have annual budgets, they laugh at us. Clearly, we need to have a long-term vision in science, and a couple of the reauthorizations coming up in the next Congress, for NASA and the America COMPETES Act, give us an opportunity to provide that long-term vision and funding commitment. Q: Do you think the proposed LBNE [Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment] at Fermilab has been hindered by a lack of commitment from DOE? After all, DOE has a process for building big facilities, and can explain where LBNE fits in. R.H.: It has to come before that. We won’t be at the forefront of high-energy physics for a while because of the LHC [Large Hadron Collider] at CERN, so we have to find our role. And certainly Fermilab is still a major component of U.S. physics research. And if it’s not at the highest energies, then maybe it should be in high-intensity physics. That’s where LBNE fits in. We have the people and facilities to be on the forefront of high-intensity physics, and that includes Fermilab and Homestake [a retired South Dakota gold mine that has become an underground laboratory] and other places. There needs to be a commitment from our government that this is important and that people can count on adequate resources for the next 5 or 10 years. Q: As a fiscal conservative, how do you justify spending billions on what some call “luxury science,” that is, science that’s not applied research and that won’t have a short-term payoff? R.H.: I think that is the key. If we want to remain at the forefront in science, we have to decide what it is that the federal government can do that no other sector can do, and what part of science can’t be supported by the private sector. Where the government is absolutely necessary is in basic research. I don’t see it as a luxury item; I see it as a foundational piece of who we are as an innovation nation. And if we’re not committed to our foundation, all the structures on top of it will crumble. As I talk to my fellow conservatives, and I’m not a libertarian, I think that there needs to be a federal government. It needs to be limited and focused on issues that only the federal government can do. And this is the area in science that we need to pursue. If we have extra resources, we can put it into applied science. But if money is tight, and it is, then [basic research] is something that we cannot afford not to do. Q: Would you be saying the same thing if Fermilab wasn’t in your district? Would you even want to be on the science committee? R.H.: That’s a great question. It was helpful to get on the committee. Once I got on it, and got bitten by the bug, I started to see how important science is to the nation. Take NASA. I have no industry or parochial interest in what NASA does. But I see it as an essential part of who we are as a nation. It’s more than my parochial interest in Fermilab, which I think is essential for the health of U.S. physics as a whole. It’s also fighting for our future, and the role that science can play. I’ve got kids ages 18 to 8, and my youngest is passionate about science. And I want him to be able to be a scientist in America. Q: Is it easier for a nonscientist in Congress to be an advocate for science than a professional scientist like Bill Foster? Or do they question your expertise? R.H.: In a way it frees me up. My constituent physicists are 10 times smarter than I am. And that’s ok. My role is not to be a scientist. But I can see the importance of it, and I can be their advocate and champion what they are doing. I also can help them explain better what they are doing. One thing I love to see, when I visit Fermilab, is the list of all the institutions that are involved in an experiment. We need to do a better job of describing that web, and how it extends around the world and into classrooms. I don’t understand the science, but I think I can be effective in working with constituents who are scientists. Q: What’s the impact of the loss of [representatives] Biggert and Brian Bilbray [House Republicans from Illinois and California, respectively, who lost their seat in last week’s election]? R.H.: It’s a great loss. Judy has been a great colleague, she’s so passionate about Argonne [National Laboratory], and I’m sad to lose her. The same for Brian, who’s been a great advocate for biomedical research. I hope some of the new members will have an interest and spark a commitment in science. And that’s part of the challenge for the science committee. We need to do a better job of being more vibrant and more compelling for our colleagues who don’t serve on the committee. We can’t just have everything stay in our committee room. We need to take what we are hearing and learning and spread it around. Q: How can you do that? R.H.: One thing we did that I think was a great success was a workshop called “Deconstructing the iPad.” It helped them realize that, without government support for basic research, we would never have the iPad. It has improved the quality of our life, but they wouldn’t have been able to do it, at least not as quickly, without government support for basic research. Another thing we want to do is put together a national labs caucus. Maybe once a month we have somebody come in and talk about what they are doing and how it affects the entire country. Q: Would you like to chair the technology subcommittee? R.H.: I would love to have a bigger role on the science committee. But that’s up to the new chairman. Q: Do you think the committee will move an America COMPETES Act reauthorization bill, and does it need to be reshaped? R.H.: It’s too early to say if it will happen this year, although I will be pushing for it. We’ll have to hear from the leadership. I’d like us to move ahead, but I think there’s more we can do. I want us to have a hearing on that and on the NASA reauthorization to map out a plan for the next 5 years. It’s not our job to set out the vision, but we’ve been lacking the leadership to do that. We need them to help us write the next COMPETES act. Q: Given that doubling [of the budgets of three key research agencies covered by the legislation] won’t happen, should the next bill have a different focus? R.H.: That’s something we need to talk through. I think it’s important to keep that commitment to basic research. But we are in a very different situation than in 2007. Q: It was reauthorized in 2010, of course. R.H.: Yeah, but it was hardly discussed then. So I think it’s time to spend some significant time on it, and really dig into where the priorities should be. And we don’t have the luxury of throwing money at all these programs. And my commitment is to basic research in the physical sciences. But it’s not up to me. Q: Biggert worried that the budget for ARPA-E [Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy] might grow at the expense of DOE’s Office of Science. Will you pick up her mantle? R.H.: I’m a strong supporter of the Office of Science [OS] and I will continue to champion those issues. But with all the changes in the economy and the deficit, the arguments will probably change. But I will continue to be a strong advocate for OS and NSF [the National Science Foundation] and other basic research agencies and make sure that they are working together. Q: Do you think some agencies have gotten away from their core missions? R.H.: It is part of the science committee’s responsibility to make sure that they are headed in the right direction and that we help to set that direction. I hope we can work with the Senate and the administration to craft a plan and then make sure it’s carried out. The need for oversight in the past few years points to the fact that there’s been confusion about our mission and goals in science. Once we do that, we can make sure it’s being carried out. Q: Do you expect the committee to be more active? R.H.: I really do. I think it will be more active. I think we were active, but I don’t know if it was as purposeful and compelling as I would have liked it to be. Activity in and of itself isn’t always telling of productivity. I also want people to understand the relevance of what we are doing. Especially now, in the economic crisis, we need to remain vigilant. In the past we’ve had the luxury of fighting among ourselves, and I’d like to see us pulling together more and then reaching out to our colleagues. 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