Marc Pingris sorry for ‘inappropriate’ timing of selfie in Gilas brawl

first_imgFormer national team star Marc Pingris takes a selfie with Gilas Pilipinas players and uploads it on his Instagram account just moments after the brawl. The post, however, has been deleted. Photo from Marc Pingris’ Instagram accountFormer national team anchor Marc Pingris on Wednesday apologized for his post-brawl selfie with Gilas Pilipinas.Pingris took flak after taking a photo with the players inside the court while officials were reviewing the nasty ruckus at Philippine Arena involving the Philippines and Australia during their Fiba World Cup Qualifier.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ READ: Andrew Bogut blasts Gilas for selfie after brawl“I sincerely apologize to everyone who were affected by the selfie that I took during the break of the Gilas Pilipinas vs. Australia game. While I honestly meant no disrespect to anyone, I realized that the timing was inappropriate,” Pingris posted on his Instagram account.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe photo, uploaded then taken down by Pingris on Instagram, made rounds on social media where many pointed out the 36-year-old forward’s insensitivity to the situation.READ: Gilas players say sorry for failing to keep emotions in check leading to brawl ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueescenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Batang Gilas stays winless with loss to Argentina, faces Canada in KO phase Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “This unfortunate incident has taught me a valuable life lesson, particularly on the need to be circumspect in such situations. [I] will do my best to conduct myself better especially in my support of the Gilas Pilipinas National Team.”“Sorry talaga tao lang talaga ako nagkakamali patawad po sa lahat (Sorry. I’m just human and I make mistakes. Sorry to everyone). Thank you for your understanding.”RELATED VIDEO In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

The Role of ICTs in Fighting EBOLA and Other Deadly Diseases

first_imgToday, August 5, 2014 is my birthday and as I write this article, I do so with a heavy heart and in sympathy with those families who have lost their loved ones to the deadly Ebola Virus. To those who are infected with the disease, remember, you are in our prayers. But I am also thankful to the Almighty God for allowing me to see this day, and the many that I have seen thus far. I pray and hope that He will allow me to see many more to come and in good health.Ok, that being said, Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) have been and will continue to play a crucial role in combating the spread of diseases all over the world. The ongoing Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa (Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia) which began in Guinea in December, 2013 has further confirmed this. Hence, policymakers should now see this as a wakeup call to invest, without hesitation, in the integration of ICTs and health-care resources in their societies, to save the lives of their citizens as well as other nationals resident in their countries.In recent times, Liberia has been battling a severe and very challenging public health issue that has the inclination to retrogress the gains already made in the country in the aftermath its 14-year civil war. The outbreak of the contagious Ebola disease which has already caused the suspected and confirmed deaths of over 227 people in Liberia, according to a Center for Disease Control (CDC) July 30, 2014 report, ( 346 in Guinea and 252 in Sierra Leone), is a very serious threat to the wellbeing of all Liberians and other nationals resident in the country. We heard about the two Americans who were infected with the disease, the death of the Ugandan Doctor who came to help us, the death of Brother Patrick Nshamdze Chief Administrator of the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital, and of course that of our own Dr. Sam Brisbane.It is unfortunate, that health workers who are expected to help cure the sick are the ones who themselves are and have been victims of this virus. They put their lives in harms way to protect the lives of others and to get the necessary information out to the public. In doing so, many of them have lost their lives. By its gradual inflicting of serious mayhem on the socio-economic and human resource fabric of the country, one cannot ignore the parallel or resemblance between the effects of the Ebola outbreak and those of our 14-year civil war.Yet, we are neither the first nor the only country being affected by this epidemic. Guinea and Sierra Leone which also experienced their share of civil unrest are also victims of this quagmire. Moreover, since its discovery in Zaire in 1976 and hitherto the writing of this article, the Ebola attack on West Africa has been the worse recorded.Attempts to counter the disease have taken many forms and approaches; one of them being the effective utilization of ICT. ICT’s impact has been felt overwhelmingly in the fight against EBOLA. In Liberia, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has demonstrated ICT’s crucial and indispensable role by effectively utilizing its website to provide up-to-date information to Liberians here, and the rest of the world. Information provided on the website has been keeping Liberians and the world apprised of Ebola cases and this has helped galvanize sensitization of the Liberian public and mobilization of resources to combat the virus. This has also led to humanitarian assistance which is desperately needed.  A more phenomenal impact of ICT, is the Ministry’s utilization of mobile phones to battle the disease. Battling the Ebola involves countering misinformation, strengthening health teams and using other ICTs to track the outbreak. Mobile phones have proven to be effective in this endeavor because of their ubiquity and penetration in Liberia. We should therefore continue to harness them to prevent the further spread of Ebola.But as always, there’s room for improvement from lessons learned during this quagmire. For example, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare’s website could be made more interactive and collaborative by including a forum for discussion, a Wiki to tap into the brains of experts, and a chatroom to allow real-time communications. An online helpdesk manned by a customer service representative or health worker on 24-hour basis, to allow citizents to report issues, would be helpful as well. But most importantly, a ROBUST TELEMECINE PROGRAM must be set up to ensure that healthcare is provided to areas, especially rural areas, where there are limited expertise.The Government has not been the only one fighting this disease. Everyone has, including our mobile operators. They (mobile operators) have been doing well in terms of sensitizing the nation about the effects of the deadly virus. Lonestar Cell MTN, Cellcom, and Novafone and other internet service providers have been aggressively assisting the government in the battle against Ebola. With the increase in mobile and internet penetration, our mobile companies’ role in battling the virus cannot be overemphasized. In Liberia, almost every family has at least one of its members using mobile phones who in turn could help in the dissemination of information.  Furthermore, through mobile phones and their accompanying applications such as: whatsapp, Facebook, twitter, google plus etc., Liberians can easily reach out to families and friends. Facebook in particular, has been a very effective medium for the dissemination of information on the Ebola virus.We are in a trying time, one that requires an “all-hands-on-deck” approach which means Liberians at home and abroad must amalgamate end this plague before it’s too late. The involvement of everyone is particularly important at this stage of the spread of the virus. Sensitization must be intensified and the necessary should logistics also be provided to ensure we win the battle against the Ebola virus.Now, the outbreak of the Ebola virus and the impact it has had on the sub-region have made governments and other stakeholders provide millions of dollars to counter the disease. It is my hope that the all financial contributions be utilized prudently and accounted for as well. In situations like this as was in the case of our civil war, when international support is forthcoming, the tendency for such funding to be mismanaged is highly probable.In her book titled, “Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health” (available on Amazon.com), Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Laurie Garrett writes: “Ebola haunted Zaire because of corruption and political repression. The virus had no secret powers, nor was it unusually contagious. For centuries Ebola had lurked in the jungles of central Africa. Its emergence into human populations required the special assistance of humanity’s greatest vices: greed, corruption, arrogance, tyranny, and callousness.” Let us pray and hope that none of “humanity greatest vices” referred to by Garrett ever applies to our situation.Finally, we should learn from this situation and invest in our ICT sector to ensure that we are adequately prepared and able to effectively utilize ICTs to prevent or battle any future form of disease. It is time that we develop robust e-health system that allows healthcare workers to provide health services (without traveling), to areas with limited expertise. ICTs, as President Sirleaf noted in her speech at Georgia Tech in 2007, do indeed allow many possibilities; one of those possibilities is using them (ICTs) to live a healthy life.Until next week, Carpe Diem!!!!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MoPI failing to maintain street lights in Regions 5 and 6

first_imgDear Editor,One of the major responsibilities of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MoPI) is to ensure that main roads and highways in Guyana are kept to standard, in order for Guyanese to traverse safely. Since the installation of street lights by the PPP/C Government, the responsibility of the maintenance of street lights has been a successful initiative of the Ministry of Public Works.At almost every statutory meeting of the Regional Democratic Council of Region Six, several issues are being highlighted, and nothing is being done by the subject ministry to correct them. The issue of the maintenance of street lights across Regions Five and Six has been highlighted by councillors for the past three years, and, to date, nothing is being done to correct this chronic disease of “non-functional street lights”. While the coalition Government is boasting about installation of street lights, hundreds of street lights are not functioning along the roadways of Regions Five and Six.Another important issue that needs urgent attention is the numerous amount of potholes along the Corentyne Highway. This needs immediate attention from the MoPI, but despite many appeals by the residents, the coalition Government is not interested in fixing these potholes, and as such, serious road accidents are being caused, resulting in the loss of lives.Another important issue that needs urgent attention is the jungle that is growing alongside the Corentyne Highway, especially from Borlam to Palmyra. Since the assumption of the APNU/AFC coalition Government to office, hundreds of millions are being spent for the maintenance of the road shoulders in Regions Five and Six, but unfortunately, those areas are in their worst state ever.During the administration of the PPP Government, former Regional Chairman Zulfikar Mustapha implemented a system in Region Six whereby the Regional Administration’s tractors and a slasher were used to ensure that the entire Corentyne Highway was properly maintained at a very small cost, unlike the exorbitant cost by this Granger Government. Why did the MoPI not consult the Region Six Administration to continue this system?The MoPI is presently trying to ensure that the APNU/AFC activists and contractors benefit from the squandering of taxpayers’ money for this particular project of maintaining the road shoulders in Regions Five and Six.Because of the constant cries of residents, I would like to challenge the Minister of Public Infrastructure to ensure that the cries of the people are being heard, and immediate action would be implemented to correct these issues.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

Parents call for qualified teachers at Kwakwani Primary

first_img… threaten protests if teachers are not removedBy Utamu BelleRegion 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice) Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph has made an appeal on behalf of some parents of the Kwakwani Primary School, who are calling for the removal of unqualified teachers to be replaced by qualified ones.                                                                                                                    In delivering his monthly report before the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) statutory meeting last Thursday, the vice chairman related that he had been summoned to a meeting of parents of students of the Kwakwani Primary School, who stated that they are fed up with the way the school is being run.He reported that so serious are those parents over the issue, that they have threatened to protest if the situation is not remedied by the first week of the new school term.                                                                                  “They’re saying that they have some teachers that were sent to the Berbice River but somehow they stopped at Kwakwani and they were there for almost five years now.And those teachers failed the CPCE (Cyril Potter College of Education) exams and for the past four years they have been writing the same tests over and over and they (parents) are tired” Adolph related.                                                                                                               According to the vice chairman, the parents are “asking that those teachers be removed and qualified teachers to take their place.Region 10 Vice Chairman Elroy AdolphFailing to remove them by the first week when school opens, there will be a protest, stopping them (the teachers) from entering into the compound or (the parents are saying) the children will not be going to school because they cannot have the teachers who are writing one subject for the past four years.And the sad part about it is that the teachers have to leave Kwakwani to come out at least once or twice a week and (whenever this happens) it means that class would be out of a teacher.”Adolph went on to state that while the situation is one for the Department of Education, it is also a concern of the RDC, being that the community forms part of Sub-Region 2.He stated also that parents have expressed dissatisfaction over the last National Grade 6 Assessment (NGSA) results which they blame on the absence of qualified teachers at the school.last_img read more

PNCR’s Sandra Adams passes away

first_imgThe People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) Political Secretary, Sandra Adams, MS, passed away on Tuesday morning at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) following heart related complications.Sandra AdamsAdams, who hails from Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) served in various leading capacities over the years, including Deputy Director of Community Development Councils, and Regional Councillor and Region 10 Party Chairman among others. She was also the sister of Minister Valerie Adams-Yearwood. Shortly after her passing, Adams-Yearwood posted a photo of Adams lying on a bed to her Facebook profile with the caption “My sister Sandra Adams died this morning at the GPHC”.Adams was recently hospitalised for heart related complications but was discharged. Shortly after being discharged, she attended the sod turning exercise to mark the construction of the Linden passport office in the town on Saturday, an event which she chaired.In a message of condolence by President David Granger, the Head of State said he was “deeply saddened” at the passing of Adams.The message went on to state that “Ms Adams was a dedicated public servant, community organiser and political activist. She served as the Assistant National Director of the Community Development Council in the Ministry of Communities. She was the Principal Political Secretary and member of the Central Executive Committee of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) and also the Regional Chairman of the Party’s Upper Demerara-Berbice Region.”Adams was a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2006. The President in his statement also extended sympathy to Adams’s family.last_img read more

HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE DONEGAL COMPANY CREATING 250 JOBS IN AMERICA?

first_imgGovernor Haley: Praised by Donegal companyA PRESTIGIOUS Donegal company is set to reverse the trend of Foreign Direct Investment – by expanding into the United States.Inishowen-based E&I Engineering Ltd., a provider of switchgear and power distribution solutions throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, plans to invest $17 million to establish its first U.S. operations in Anderson County, South Carolina.The investment is expected to create 250 jobs over the next five years. E&I will acquire the vacant 50,000-square-foot Supreme facility on Harris Bridge Road with plans to expand the complex to 150,000 square feet to accommodate manufacturing of its products.E&I has more than 650 employees across its European headquarters and its plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).The American jobs are being supported by local government agencies.“The E&I Group has been highly impressed by the support and assistance offered to us by many of the South Carolina government departments. … We congratulate Governor Nikki Haley in running a highly efficient and well-organised, business-friendly state,” said Damian McCauley, group production director for E&I Engineering said.  HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE DONEGAL COMPANY CREATING 250 JOBS IN AMERICA? was last modified: May 23rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Anderson Countydonegale&I engineeringInishowenlast_img read more

DONEGAL ASSOCIATION DUBLIN SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR ‘DONEGAL PERSON OF THE YEAR’

first_imgHugh McGroddy, Marian Caffrey, Sorcha Ni Dhomhnaill, Siobhan Shovlin at the Donegal Association AGM in Dublin.The Donegal Association Dublin have held their AGM in the Regency Hotel, Drumcondra and are seeking nominations for this year’s ‘Donegal Person of the Year’.Sorcha Ní Dhomhnaill, Chairperson, welcomed everyone to the meeting and reviewed the Association highlights.It was a special year for the Association when Liam Ó Cuinneagáin was inaugurated as Donegal Person of the Year. There was great excitement from the announcement of the Person of the Year in the Mansion house in January to the Gala Dance at the Regency Hotel in March.Hundreds turned out to witness this special event in the Donegal Association’s annual calendar.Liam was considered a ‘special man’, a hero within his local community who has done extraordinary things to develop our Irish language, culture, tourism and local traditions.He is a truly great ambassador for the Donegal Association! Sorcha Ni Dhomhnaill and Martin McGettiganAs we look forward to the year ahead – take note of our upcoming events!The Donegal Association will hold their Annual Mass of Remembrance in the Regency Hotel, Drumcondra, on Sunday 16th November 2014 at 6.30pm.The Father McDyer lecture this year will be given by Br. Kevin Crowley who founded the Capuchin Day Centre in Church Street in 1974.At present, the Capuchin Day Centre distributes 1,800 food parcels every week and provides nearly 700 meals, six days a week.The centre also provides a medical service, chiropody clinics, an optical service and advice as well as information clinics for the homeless in Dublin. Br. Kevin is the champion of the homeless and he has worked tirelessly to help those in need without asking any questions or judging anyone.In recent times the centre has received minimum government funding, however, Br Kevin has been pivotal in leading fundraising campaigns, and every cent raised goes towards helping the homeless.And finally, don’t forget the search is on for the next Donegal Person of the Year.The closing date for receipt of nominations is 30th November 2014 so you only have a few weeks left to get your nomination to the association. Anyone or any group may nominate a person – the main criteria being that the person nominated should have made a significant contribution to the promotion of the county at local, national, or international level.Nominations should set out the reasons for the nomination and include supporting documentation and endorsements from individuals and groups.Nomination forms may be downloaded from the Association’s website www.donegalassociation.ie or by request from The Secretary, Donegal Association, c/o Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1.You can also contact Marie Ryan on 087 243 9317 or Sorcha Ní Dhomhnaill on 087 918 4072 to receive an application form.Donegal Association Dublin – Association Commitee:President/Uachtarán: Martin Mc Gettigan (Kilmacrenan/ Raheny)Vice President/Leas-Uachtarán: Hugh Harkin (Creeslough/Foxrock)Chairperson/Cathaoirleach: Sorcha Ní Dhomhnaill (Gaoth Dobhair/Templeogue)Vice Chairperson/Leas-Chathaoirleach: Joe Bonner (Glenties/ Ashbourne)Honorary Secretary/Rúnai Onórach: Hugh Mc Groddy (Falcarragh/Clonskeagh)Honorary Assistant Secretary/Rúnaí Cúntach Onórach: Marian Caffrey (Kilmacrennan/ Ballsbridge)Public Relations Office/Oifigeach Caidrimh Poiblí: Marie Ryan (Creeslough/Sandymount),2 Honorary Treasurers/2 Chisteoir Oinigh: Charlie Mc Ginley (Annagry/Santry); Elaine Caffrey (Carrigart/Ringsend)Honorary Publications Officer/Oifigeach Foilsiúcháin Onórach: Siobhan Shovlin (Ardara/Glasnevin)Honorary IT Co-Ordinator/Comhordaitheoir IT Onórach: Niamh Walsh (Carrigart/Phibsboro)Trustees/Riarthóirí: Kathleen Sheerin, Tony Dunlevy & Charlie Mc GinleyAuditor/Iniúchóir: Eoin Mc Ginley & Co. (Annagry/Celbridge)General Committee Members (5)/ Baill Ghinearálta den Chumann (5):Kathleen Sheerin (Ardara/Raheny)Peter Coyle (Carndonagh/ Portmarnock)Peggy Stringer (Carndonagh/Monkstown)Liam McDermott (Glenties/Rathcoole)Finín Mac A Bhaird (Teelin/Kimmage)DONEGAL ASSOCIATION DUBLIN SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR ‘DONEGAL PERSON OF THE YEAR’ was last modified: November 4th, 2014 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:DONEGAL ASSOCIATIONdublinlast_img read more

How A’s outburst helped Marco Estrada’s free agency decision

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — Marco Estrada was just like the rest of baseball watching the A’s from afar in 2018 — amazed at how they constantly found ways to win games. But it was a first-hand experience that helped sell him on the idea of signing with them.It was May 18 of last season. This was before the A’s were a serious playoff contender. They were right at .500 (22-22) in Toronto on the back-end of a tough Eastern swing that already had stopped in New York and Boston. Estrada drew the start that …last_img read more

International Women’s Day: Brand South Africa calls on all to play their part for the development and empowerment of women

first_imgBrand South Africa calls on all to play their part for the development and empowerment of women this International Women’s Day 8 MarchJohannesburg, Thursday 08 March 2018 – This year, International Women’s Day is anchored on the global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice, in order for the world to recognise that the growth and development of any nation depends extensively on the empowerment of its women.Numerous studies continue to show that countries that have expanded opportunities for women and girls in education and work in recent decades have  achieved greater prosperity and social development for their nations.In South Africa, women constitute a large proportion of the economically challenged, especially  in the rural areas, and the National Development Plan (NDP) acknowledges this by taking gender – along with race and geographic location – into account through theproposal of a range of measures that address this  inequality.  The NDP proposes that the transformation of the economy should involve the active participation and empowerment of women, and that the role of women as leaders in all sectors of society should be actively supported.Hosted under the campaign theme #PressforProgress – this year International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to set in motion the transformation of empowering women in all settings, rural and urban, as well as to celebrate the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential.Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer, Linda Magapatona-Sangaret said: “While pressing forward with strategic adjustments of economic structures and innovations of their sustainable growth models, South Africa remains cognisant that equal participationin economic activities and equitable access to economic resources are the basic conditions for the well-being and development of women. Women are increasingly participating in the national development process, as they are essential for the achievement ofsustainable development. We at Brand South Africa call on all sectors of our society to spearhead the development and empowerment of women.”Revered for their strength in building the family unit and homes, as well as their contributions to the community, society and the nation — this International Women’s Day Brand South Africa celebrates the acts of courage and determination by ordinary womenwho continue to play an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for women’s rights.Follow the conversation @Brand_SA and #PressforProgressFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 3716810Email: tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comWebsite: www.brandsouthafrica.com Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Watch A YouTube Video, Go To Jail

first_imgadam popescu 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#hacking#web An updated Japanese law puts sharp teeth on that country’s laws against unauthorized downloading copyrighted material. The law, which goes into effect today, imposes harsh penalties for downloading just one file – and potentially even watching an unauthorized YouTube video. No, this isn’t another dystopian sci-fi film about the land of the rising sun. This is reality in a country facing pressure from its own recording industry. The new law calls for two years in prison or fines of up to 2 million yen, or about $26,000, for unauthorized downloading. While this activity has been illegal since 2010, Japan has not previously enforced the restrictions, according to BBC News. If the country enforces the new rule aggressively, there could be serious consequences for a society that is the second largest music market in the world behind the United States. The Recording Industry Association of Japan claims that only 10% of Japan’s downloads are legal. In 2010, a study by that organization reported 4.36 billion illegal files were downloaded. That amounts to billions of ripped and pirated songs, and possibly millions of offenders ripe for prosecution. And YouTube is theoretically illegal now, because every time an unauthorized clip plays, the viewer’s computer stores a temporary file in its hard drive cache.Japan’s law, called “neighboring rights,” is intended to protect intellectual property. Secondary fees for content recreation (such as burning and sharing music) are allowed if the copyright holder is compensated. The Japan Federation of Bar Associations, a legal professional group, tried in vain to make the matter a civil rather than criminal issue, calling it a “property damage issue.” But with pressure from Sony and other major companies, the argument failed to sway lawmakers. Neither did protests in July from groups of Japanese in Anonymous masks. Japan is the latest nation to crack down on illegal downloads, following the U.S. hits on Megaupload and Demonoid last month. But with such harsh penalties, and the long reaching implications for a nation that has historically downloaded more unauthorized files more than any but America, will this work? And can the government possibly enforce a law that is likely to effect so many?Photo by Philippe Put Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more