Mubarak Resigns, Joy in Egypt

first_imgcurt hopkins Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Breaking#international#news#politics#web Today, after three weeks of intense protest, after a whole generation was mobilized, Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak has resigned from 30 years of one-man rule. By all accounts joy was general over the whole of Egypt. Mubarak, like Tunisia’s Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, tried various stalling methods, including the latest, handing off “most” of his power to his newly appointed vice president, Omar Suleiman. But none of it worked. The people of Egypt were done with him. What’s the tech connection? WHO ON EARTH CARES!?In the following weeks and months, people will reflect on the role Facebook and Twitter and other online tools played in mobilizing people, informing them of protest plans, getting their struggles out to the watching world. Some will call it a Facebook revolution, or the Al Jazeera revolution, others, more sensible, will shout them down. Some will call it a triumph of liberation technology, others will call it a triumph of a liberated people. It’s not that it doesn’t matter. We’ve covered the technical element of #jan25 extensively here at ReadWriteWeb. It’s just that it doesn’t matter right now. What matters is that we, not just the Egyptians, are now living in a world where difficult things are possible, where beautiful things are doable. That changes everything. The writer Delmore Schwartz famously said, “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities.” But when those dreams finally come true, you realize the responsibilities are just beginning. Right now, control of Egypt has devolved into the hands of the country’s military. Egypt’s military is well-regarded and trusted, unlike its police and security forces, who are reviled. But a military-run Egypt replaces one kind of a problem with another. The people on the ground in Egypt now have the unenviable task of securing a transition from protest to power. As the Prussian prime minister Otto von Bismark said, “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” There’s going to be a lot of people who are going to have to hold their nose and make an awful lot of sausage. Government is never as romantic as rebellion but without it rebellions are meaningless. If you watched and encouraged from the sidelines – on Twitter or Facebook – I kind of hope you stick around. The Egyptians are going to need cheerleaders more than ever. So let us at ReadWriteWeb say:We believe in you. You turned your dream into reality. Now you will turn your reality into a country worthy of those dreams.THANK GOD. THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO DIED FOR US TO LIVE IN FREEDOM. THANKS TO ALL EGYPTIANS WHO SLEPT ROUGH IN TAHRIR, ALEXANDRIA AND EVERYWHERE. THANK YOU ALL ON THIS PAGE FOR YOUR SUPPORT & YOUR AMAZING GREATNESS & HELP. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CALLED HIS LEADER AND HIS REPRESENTATIVE. THANK YOU TUNISIA. WE ARE ALLL EGYPTIANS. YOU ARE ALL EGYPTIANS. WE ARE ALL KHALED SAID 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Alexandria photo courtesy of Al Jazeera. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Lionel gets Messi! Barca star faces probe in tax fraud case

first_imgA Spanish judge refused to drop charges against Messi and ordered a probe in case of suspected tax evasionA Spanish judge on Monday rejected a prosecutor’s request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed.A court statement said there was “sufficient evidence” to believe the Barcelona and Argentina star “could have known and consented” to the creation of a fictitious corporate structure to avoid paying taxes on income from his image rights.The statement was issued by the court in Gava, Barcelona, that was initially called on by prosecutors to investigate if there was a case for Messi and his father to answer.In June, Messi’s public relations firm said a prosecutor had agreed to drop the tax fraud case against the player and his father.Messi’s father, Jorge Horacio Messi, is under investigation for an alleged 4 million euros ($5.3 million) in unpaid taxes from 2007-09.Messi’s father made a payment of more than 5 million euros ($6.6 million) in August 2013 to cover alleged unpaid taxes, plus interest.Monday’s statement said it was not necessary for Messi “to have full knowledge of all accounting or corporate transactions or the exact amount of the fraud” for him to have had a clear idea of an intention to defraud.Once the investigating judge finishes his deliberations, he will give the Tax Office and the State Prosecutor’s office 10 days to come up with a strong case against Messi or a final decision to dismiss the case.advertisementShould the judge, backed by a new decision from tax and prosecution authorities, rule the case against Messi must go ahead with an indictment, the Barcelona star would have to appear in court to be questioned.Spain has been cracking down on tax evasion as it fights to repair the country’s public finances after a prolonged recession triggered by the collapse of its once-booming real estate sector.Finance Minister Cristobal Montoro warned footballers they should make sure they were “comfortable” with their tax affairs.last_img read more

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Fantasy Football: Our expert’s Champions League team

first_imgGaming Fantasy Football: Ronaldo and Neymar lead the line in our expert’s Champions League XI Kevin DeVries Fantasy Football Writer Last updated 2 years ago 20:51 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Denis Doyle Gaming UEFA Champions League Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Leroy Sané Thomas Lemar David de Gea Feyenoord v Manchester City Manchester United v Basel Barcelona v Juventus Roma v Atlético Madrid Real Madrid v APOEL Feyenoord Manchester City Real Madrid Manchester United Basel Barcelona Juventus Roma Atlético Madrid APOEL Our Fantasy writer shares his own team and discusses why you should consider a four defender strategy as we head into the group stages We are just one day away from the return of the Champions League proper. To mark the occasion, I’m sharing my line-up for match week one of Europe’s premier club competition.What may initially stick out is the use of four defenders instead of the back three that is so thoroughly en vogue in both real life and Fantasy. There’s a lot of reasoning behind this but, at it’s most basic level, they are cheaper, carry less ownership, and have more routes to points than the players further up the pitch.In fact, last season, three of the top 10 point scorers in the Goal Champions League game were defenders. So, if you’re trying to squeeze in two of the heavy hitters (Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar etc) then going opting for four defenders is probably the best way to round out your squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Goal-Fantasy-Football-registertowin GK: David de Gea – Manchester United, £6.6m, owned by 21.71% of managers There are very few ‘keepers better than de Gea in this competition and, considering the easy draw by Manchester United, the Spaniard is a terrific, if not obvious, choice.DEF: Filipe Luis – Atletico Madrid, £6.4m, owned by 3.19% of managers Many seem to have shied away due to the difficulty of group C, but Luis was the leading point scorer for an Atleti defence who had the most clean sheets in La Liga last season as well as the second-most in the Champions League.Felipe Luis AtleticoDEF: Sergio Escudero – Sevilla, £5.7m, owned by 0.76% of managers Escudero is an absolute steal at this price and ownership, considering he finished last season with the fifth-most points of any Champions League defender.DEF: Elseid Hysaj – Napoli, £5.7m, owned by 0.81% of managers Hysaj does not often contribute much going forward, but was part of the third-best defence in Serie A last season and is a cheap differential option.DEF: Jorge – Monaco, £5.8m,  owned by 0.95% of managersWith Benjamin Mendy off to Manchester City, Jorge is now the man at left back for Monaco and has started well, sitting top three in accurate crosses and top 10 in chances created among Ligue 1 defenders. MID: Thomas Lemar – Monaco, £6.9m, owned by 7.93% of managers Having turned down a move to Arsenal on deadline day, Lemar will hope to pick up where he left off last season when he was the assist leader in Ligue 1.Thomas Lemar MonacoMID: Marco Asensio – Real Madrid, £7.0m, owned by 22.69% of managers Asensio is already top five in both shots on target and goals in this young La Liga season and should be well worth the money so long as he gets his minutes in the Champions League. MID: Leroy Sane – Manchester City, £6.8m, owned by 1.36% of managers Pep Guardiola is an incredibly frustrating manager for Fantasy owners but even he wouldn’t sit a well rested Sane coming off a two goal performance… hopefully.FOR: Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid, £8.5m, owned by 48.07% of managers The APOEL matchup should be a breeze for Real Madrid and, as for the Portuguese talisman, he only went led and led the Champions League in goals last season en route to being the highest scoring player in the Goal game.Champions League fantasyFOR: Neymar – Paris Saint-Germain, £8.4m, owned by 37.57% of managersNeymar led the Champions League in assists last season and is already doing the same in Ligue 1 despite playing a match less than everyone else in the top five.FOR: Timo Werner – RB Leipzig, £7.2m, owned by 1.79% of managers Werner is my sneaky play this year as he is in a kind group, has started this season with three goals in three Bundesliga matches, and was top five in goals there last year. goal-fantasy-football-bannerlast_img read more

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Misguided Concept of Beauty Must Be Corrected – Minister Hanna

first_img Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says it is imperative to correct the misguided concept of beauty, held by modern day young people.According to the Minister, if this is done, it will increase self confidence and the value youth place on themselves.“We realize that many of our young women have low self esteem, as they hold wrong concepts of beauty and self. Sometimes they take external concepts of the European model of beauty, and use it to devalue themselves,” Miss Hanna said.The Minister was speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, held at the agency’s headquarters on Half-Way Tree Road, in Kingston.She argued that discussions outside the boundaries of the social group play a vital role in changing misconceptions of beauty, held by the young people.“We need to highlight some of those pertinent conversations that must be held, especially as it relates to young women and men. The social dialogue cannot only be within their communities, it has to be shared dialogue with all classes,” she noted.Miss Hanna said that the introduction of reasoning sessions, as part of the recent Emancipation celebrations, gave youth the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions on a variety of themes, including ‘Beauty and the modern day woman’.The Minister pointed out that several modern day women resort to risky medical practices in their effort to enhance beauty, and informed that an increase in knowledge on historical events will strengthen the value that youth place on themselves.“As an emancipated people, we have to share with our young people their history. We feel if they know their history they will get strength. We want to tell persons that whatever road you choose to beauty and the concept of beauty, at the end of the day, you must be comfortable in your skin,” she said.Meanwhile, Festival Queen 2013, Krystal Tomlinson, extended the concept of beauty to include self consciousness and the contribution made to one’s community.“Beauty for me is a full package. It is a commitment in giving your best at all times, displaying humility and relating well to people around you. If your traits indicate a level of inner beauty, you will become physically beautiful,” Miss Tomlinson said.She argued that the concept of beauty stems from Jamaica’s cultural heritage, underlined by the plantation regime, noting that in the plantation regime, beauty by non-Europeans was seen within the context of having straight hair, straight nose and light skin.She said that based on such perceptions, it is no surprise that Jamaicans continue to struggle with perceptions of beauty. However, she asserts that beauty is defined within cultural boundaries.“Culture is directly related to beauty. Culture is a way of life and part of the way of life is the way you speak, it is the way you perceive other people and that inevitably translates into how people view themselves in a particular culture,” Miss Tomlinson said.The Festival Queen, who received a sectional prize for being most culturally aware, urged the youth to develop a sense of cultural awareness.“Cultural awareness is about coming to terms with questions of identity that we [Jamaicans] face as a people. It is about how we treat self esteem issues that relate to our cultural experiences and how we treat our heritage, including our language and music,” she said.Miss Tomlinson said that during her reign, she will be engaging in projects with school culture clubs, aimed at increasing access, application and the sharing of cultural information among young people. Story Highlights Jamaicans continue to struggle with perceptions of beauty It is imperative to correct the misguided concept of beauty, held by modern day young people Reasoning sessions gave youth the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions on ‘Beauty and the modern day woman’last_img read more

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Crowleys Giant LNG Storage Tanks Arrive in Jacksonville

first_imgzoom Image Courtesy: CrowleyTwo massive cryogenic storage tanks have been delivered and are being installed by Texas-based bulk LNG provider Eagle LNG Partners for Florida’s shipping company Crowley Maritime at a new shore-side LNG bunkering facility at the Port of Jacksonville’s (JAXPORT) Talleyrand Marine Terminal.The LNG bunkering facility, expected to be operational in late summer 2017, is said to be among the first of its kind in the US and will fuel Crowley’s two new LNG-powered, combination container/Roll-on/Roll-off (ConRo) ships.Eagle LNG’s Maxville natural gas liquefaction plant, which also is under construction, will supply LNG for the tanks.The 260-ton tanks, which are 170 feet long – exceeding the width of an American football field – were manufactured by Chart Ferox in the Czech Republic.Crowley’s logistics group managed the transport of the tanks, first via river barge to Hamburg, Germany, and then via a heavy-lift ship that sailed more than 4,000 nautical miles to arrive in Jacksonville on March 26 for offloading.Each of the tanks can hold 1,000 cubic meters of LNG – a sufficient product to fuel Crowley’s two LNG-powered vessels within an eight-hour period.Designed specifically for service between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico, the Commitment Class ConRos, El Coquí and Taíno, will use clean LNG as their primary fuel, providing reductions in emissions as compared to existing fossil fuels.El Coquí, which was launched on March 20, is expected in service in the second half of 2017, and Taíno is expected to begin service in the first half of 2018.The Commitment Class project by Crowley features a USD 550 million investment that includes the next generation ships as well as a new 900-foot pier, three new specialized cranes, and new gate and terminal operating systems at the company’s Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico.last_img read more

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Little Leaguer Mone Davis Steals Major League Spotlight With

Mo’ne Davis throws the ceremonial first pitch Tuesday prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals. Source: APThat Mo’ne Davis-Clayton Kershaw pitch off? Let’s call it a draw.Mo’ne, the Little League ace from Philadelphia, had confidently challenged Kershaw, the Dodgers ace who is not of this world, to a mysterious “pitch off.” Kershaw didn’t know what that entailed, so he responded by inviting the 13-year-old sensation to visit Los Angeles.A duel never materialized Tuesday night at Chavez Ravine, but the two pitchers showed why they have owned this summer on the mound.Mo’ne handed out autographs, including one to a star struck Yasiel Puig, an outfielder for the Dodgers.Mo’ne threw out the ceremonial first pitch — and fired a dart of a strike, outside corner at the knees. Source: nypost.com read more

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Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marine receives Marine of the Year Award

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 19, 2017  – Nassau – Leading Seaman Sharif Turnquest joined an elite list of marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, after he was recognized as the Marine of the year 2017 at the force’s Annual Christmas Carol Service at the Defence Force Base.A total of 14 marines were recognized by their various sections for their outstanding and dedicated services throughout the year. Sharif, a Physical Training Instructor (PTI) in the Training Department was successful in placing first overall as the overall results.   He became the latest recipient of the coveted Leon Smith Award.  This prize is in honor of the first Bahamian Commodore who headed the Defence Force from 1983 – 1997.   Both he and his wife were in attendance to present the award.“I based my career on some of the positive principles instilled within me by some of my seniors on the Force,” says Turnquest.   “A Marine is at his best when no-one is watching; I always dare to stand out in the crowd; I always thrived to maintain a standard; For every action, there are consequences, and once you understand the consequences, you will be careful of your actions.”Able Seaman Lashando Greene from the Port Security Department was the 1st runner-up, Able Seaman Delron Mitchell from the Airwing Department was awarded the 2nd runner-up; and Leading Seaman Durant Roker from the Headquarters Department received the 3rd runner-up award.Minister of National Security, the Honorable Marvin Dames congratulated all the winners via a teleconference as he emphasized his government’s commitment to continue working efficiently with the men and women of the Defence Force.   Commodore Tellis Bethel also extended his congratulations to all of the awardees and thanked them for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.Leading Seaman Turnquest joined the training staff in 2012.   Prior to that, he served 8 years in the Commando Squadron Department.  He has undergone numerous training locally and internationally.   These include the Military Dive, Combat Dive, Physical Training Instructor and the Skill-At-Arms Courses.   A decorated marine, Turnquest hopes to be an inspiration to others as he continues to fulfill the Defence Force’s mandate in Guarding Our Heritage.(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritagePress Release: RBDFlast_img read more

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City audit confirms more employees opting to leave than retire

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A report from the City Auditor’s office shows San Diego does a poor job of keeping high performing employees, and is not effective in punishing poor performing employees. These, and other factors are costing taxpayers about 39 million dollars annually. The problems center around recruitment, employee development, and career advancement. 431 managers, supervisors and 40 percent of city workers were surveyed. The report found the number of retirements or other separations intersected in 2016, and now more employees are leaving than retiring. 30% of respondents felt the city was not effective in retaining workers but did a much better job in recruitment and career advancement- but it got low marks for not punishing workers who were performing poorly. KUSI’s Steve Bosh has more: Steve Bosh Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: September 11, 2018 September 11, 2018 Steve Bosh, City audit confirms, more employees opting to leave than retirelast_img read more

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Jon Stewart on New Yorkers Obama Cover Its Just a Fing Cartoon

first_imgCheck out the video: Among the absurd amount of reactionary hype the New Yorker’s controversial Obama cover generated this week, my favorite response comes from the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, who sums up some of my sentiments nicely.He also criticizes Obama for denouncing the cover:”Really? You know what your response should’ve been? It’s very easy: Barack Obama is in no way upset about the cartoon that depicts him as a Muslim extremist. Because you know who gets upset about cartoons? Muslim extremists! Of which Barack Obama is not. It’s just a f*cking cartoon!”last_img

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 4 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At WPI

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — The following local residents were among 1,598 students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) named to the university’s Dean’s List for academic excellence for the spring 2019 semester:Zachary Abbott is a member of the class of 2019 majoring in civil engineering.Michael Gake is a member of the class of 2020 majoring in industrial engineering and professional writing.David Robie is a member of the class of 2021 majoring in aerospace engineering.Bridget Sullivan is a member of the class of 2020 majoring in mechanical engineering.The criteria for the WPI Dean’s List differs from most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average (GPA). Instead, WPI defines the Dean’s List by the amount of work completed at the A-level in courses and projects.“WPI’s academic programs are rigorous and require a level of independence beyond what is required in traditional courses. WPI students go beyond the classroom to work on open-ended problems in and for communities around the world. The problems are important and the impact is real,” said dean of undergraduate studies Arthur C. Heinricher. “Some of this nation’s best and brightest students come to WPI to study engineering and science and business and the humanities. Those named to the Dean’s List have excelled in all of their work, and we are exceptionally proud of these outstanding students.”About Worcester Polytechnic InstituteWPI, a global leader in project-based learning, is a distinctive, top-tier technological university founded in 1865 on the principle that students learn most effectively by applying the theory learned in the classroom to the practice of solving real-world problems. Recognized by the National Academy of Engineering with the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, WPI’s pioneering project-based curriculum engages undergraduates in solving important scientific, technological, and societal problems throughout their education and at more than 50 project centers around the world. WPI offers more than 50 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs across 14 academic departments in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. Its faculty and students pursue groundbreaking research to meet ongoing challenges in health and biotechnology; robotics and the internet of things; advanced materials and manufacturing; cyber, data, and security systems; learning science; and more.(NOTE: The above announcement is from WPI via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At WPIIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At WPIIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 2 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At WPIIn “Education”last_img read more

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