Castro returns, rescues Gilas Pilipinas in close win over Japan

first_imgUK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer NU sustains dominance, beats UST Missing six of its first eight shots, Gilas’ lackluster start saw the visitors run to a 20-4 lead before Ravena turned the tide and ignited a 17-2 blast to close the gap, 22-21, at the end of the first quarter.Rosario kept that flame burning in the second quarter as the Philippines staged a 20-4 run to grab a 41-26 lead. Makoto Hiejima and Ira Brown conspired to help the Japanese recover and pull within two, 43-41, before Rosario ended the first half with a booming triple for a 46-41 halftime edge.Blatche finally played true to form in the third frame, keeping Gilas in front before Castro and Calvin Abueva picked up the slack late and give the home team a 72-61 lead at the end of the period.Gilas Pilipinas faces Chinese Taipei in Taiwan on June 29, before seeking retribution against Australia at Philippine Arena on July 2 to wrap up the first round of the Asian qualifiers.Hiejima paced winless Japan (0-4) with 23 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two blocks, while Brown got 16 markers and eight boards.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJayson Castro made the game-sealing floater with 10.6 seconds left as Gilas Pilipinas bounced back with an 89-84 win over Japan Sunday in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers at Mall of Asia Arena.The Philippines lost a 15-point lead but denied the visitors the upset behind Castro and Andray Blatche, who split his charities with 5.5 ticks remaining.ADVERTISEMENT The Scores:PHILIPPINES 89 — Blatche 18, Rosario 14, Ravena 13, Abueva 8, Castro William 8, Norwood 8, Fajardo 7, Pogoy 6, Aguilar 5, Jalalon 2, Wright 0.JAPAN 84 — Hiejima 23, Brown 16, Tanaka 12, Shinoyama 9, Tsuji 8, Ota 6, Takeuchi 5, Uto 3, Harimoto 2, Furukawa 0, Hashimoto 0, Nagayoshi 0.Quarters: 21-22, 46-41, 72-61, 89-84.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 View comments Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano The Filipinos rose to 3-1 in Group B of the first round of the qualifiers, sweeping Japan in their home-and-away series and clinched a spot in the second round.Blatche had his best outing to date in the World Cup qualifiers, finishing with 18 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block in 30 minutes of play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkTroy Rosario also had a triumphant return, firing 14 markers on 2-of-4 shooting from three and grabbing four boards, while Kiefer Ravena provided the spark 13 points, two rebounds, five assists and two steals.Castro, who returned to the lineup after missing the game against Australia due to an ankle sprain, had all of his eight markers in the second half. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READlast_img read more

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What Happened to Lofa Road Pavement Plans?

first_imgA prominent citizen and professional civil servant of Lofa County has asked a startling question and wants to know what happened to the pavement plans of the Lofa County highway.Senior citizens, business entities, farmers, aid agencies and residents of Lofa County have made urgent appeals to the Liberian Government and the Kingdom of Kuwait to start the Lofa road pavement project.Mr. Joseph H. Farkollie, Sr. claims that almost everything seems mute regarding the feasibility studies conducted by the Liberian Government and supported by the Kingdom of Kuwait.He contends that Lofa County being for years the bread basket of the country, the pavement of the highway should be given urgent and serious priority in order to stimulate agriculture and boost economic development in Liberia.The Liberian accountant and human resource manager also indicated that considering Lofa County’s huge population and its great agricultural potential, pavement of the highway cannot be over emphasized.The former Manager for Operations of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) intimated that in the early 1980s, Lofa’s cocoa and coffee farmers topped the nation’s produce sector.“Such an accomplishment came as a result of the meticulous commitment of Lofa County’s farmers during that period which contributed considerably to the development, growth and progress of the Liberian economy,” Mr. Farkollie asserted.He also pointed out that Liberia could return to and surpass that level of productivity if urgent consideration could be placed on the national agenda for the complete pavement of the Lofa highway in rural Liberia.“Year in and year out, the Lofa highway has continued to be in deplorable condition perpetually impeding the free movement of food and other goods and services that are  critical to business interactions,” Mr. Farkollie lamented.The former LPMC’s senior branch accountant assigned to the entity’s Voinjama station in the 1980s indicated that if any investors are contemplating tapping into the resources of Lofa, the full pavement of the highway must be a top priority.“Besides paving the highway, GOL should consider upgrading the educational institutions and providing better quality health services for the residents and citizens of Lofa County,” Mr. Farkollie stressed.He further underscored the need for serious consideration by would be investors to the rehabilitation of the many feeder roads that highly impact agricultural activity especially the farming of needed produce for the urban markets.Asked about Lofa’s population in terms of socio-economic growth, Farkollie says that the county’s population growth, especially given political considerations, should be placed on the national agenda as one of the key factors by the Liberian Government.For countless decades, he said, Lofa County has endured too many hardships relating to deplorable road conditions and other socio-economic hardships.The former LMPC official sounded an urgent appeal to the Liberian Government and support partners associated with the Lofa road project to consider the plight of the citizens and residents of that agriculturally driven county.“Our appeals as major stakeholders in the socio-economic viability of the nation are on the basis of economic growth, political expediency and progress,” Mr. Farkollie concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Gbalazeh Urges Youth to Stand Firm Amid Obstacles

first_imgThe Chief Executive Officer of Activa International Insurance Company (Lib) Limited, Atty. Saye D. Gbalazeh, has challenged youth, especially students to remain positive and stand firm when faced with challenges.“Adjust the way you view any problem and see it simply as a challenge that can be easily overcome and turned into opportunities,” Attorney Gbalazeh told scores of students hailing from Nimba County over the weekend. He further admonished them to view all challenges as delayed opportunities.Gballazeh was the guest speaker at Stella Maris Polytechnic induction ceremony for officers-elect of the Nimba Chapter of the Student Association.Himself a son of Nimba whose father once served as Chief Justice of Liberia, Atty. Gbalazeh observed how Liberian students are faced with numerous challenges that require perseverance, patience and commitment for one to surmount before reaching his or her goal. Speaking on the topic, “Turning your Burden into a Bridge for Growth,” he urged the students to turn their respective burdens into bridges to future opportunities.“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encounter heart-breaking obstacles before they triumph. They won because they refused to be discouraged,” he told the students.“The difference between successful people and those that settle for mediocrity is that the former see challenges as things to overcome, while on their way to success, and the latter see them as reasons not to even try.”“As students, many of you are miles away from home. I once sat in class rooms just like you and am quite aware and can empathize with some of the challenges you encounter each day.“You are on a journey and have come to this great institution in search of education, experience and opportunities.“While in pursuit of these, you will stumble upon many obstacles in some instances. You may continually be faced with challenges you would perceive as insoluble and may get to the verge or border of giving up, but I call on you not give up the hope to succeed,” said Mr.Gbalazeh. Those inducted are Darleh Mehngonzeh, president, Wilma Kwaizah, vice president, G. Leon Pay, secretary-general and Austin Waie, assistant secretary-general. Others are Jemima Dunah, financial secretary, Patience Zomoway, treasurer and Christopher Mylemon, chaplain. President Mehngonzeh vowed to ensure that the welfare of the student body would be prioritized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Heritage Month brings unique artworks to Castellani House

first_imgAs Amerindian Heritage Month continues, art and craft is next on the forefront as the art gallery and exhibition commenced on Friday at Castellani House, situated on the corner of Vlissengen Road and Homestretch Avenue, Georgetown.For three weeks, the general public will be able to visit the gallery and witness some of the finest artworks by talented young Guyanese artists, sculptors and craftsmen. The annual exhibit sought to pay homage this year to the famous ceramist Stephanie Correia, while highlighting the works of youths.Speaking with Guyana Times in the midst of the event, the organiser and Lokono artist, George Simon, noted that the focus was centred on portraying the best of Amerindian talent through diversified representations of the culture and traditions.“This is an annual exhibition to celebrate Heritage Month. It’s an exhibition ofA painting depicting an Amerindian chiefpaintings, sculptures and craft. It has become a tradition of Heritage Month celebration. We’re particularly focusing on the work of Stephanie Correia who is a stalwart in ceramics, painting and graphic designing. She passed away many years ago so we’re paying homage to her especially.”Hailing from Surama Village in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), the works of Lorenzo John are on display as one of the new introductions. Additionally, some of the sculptures were done by Oswald Hussein and paintings by Desmond Alli. This is the first-year paintings were featured by Alli, who is mainly a sculptor. Simon stated that no ceramic creations were submitted this year to be featured but there have been improvements in the craft section. In this area, a variety of handmade hammocks, tibisiri ornaments, amethyst jewellery and customised shirts were on display. Meanwhile, the walls of the nineteenth century building were revived with dozens of kaleidoscopic abstract paintings essentially depicting the wilderness of the forests and the practices that are evident in the Amerindian culture. Some of Guyana’s premium timbers were also used to craft a selection of sculptures with high quality finishes.“The exhibition is not terribly complex. There is a number of sculptures by Oswald Hussein and for the first time, we have paintings by Desmond Alli, who is a sculptor and a painter. Sadly, we don’t have any ceramics and for some reason, we didn’t have anyone to exhibit ceramics here. That is missing but the craft aspect of it is gradually developing. And that is good for the exhibition itself.”The exhibition is ongoing every day until September 29. Those who are interestedA selection of craft made with tibisiri straws and carvings made from woodin the items or would like to visit the exhibition can do so at Castellani House.Other activities scheduled for the coming weeks include the Indigenous Heritage Day at Shulinab Village in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), a hinterland school education tour, educational lectures, Indigenous games and the annual heritage fundraiser dinner.last_img read more

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Gang tax proposal splits city leaders

first_imgPOLITICS: Controller wants to audit existing programs first Hahn calls for vote now. By Rick Orlov and Kerry Cavanaugh STAFF WRITERS “Everyone knows we have two major problems in this city – traffic and gangs,” said Hahn, who organized a meeting Thursday with Mothers Against Gang Violence, which has formed to campaign for the parcel tax. “I think voters know how serious the problem is and we can’t afford to wait for more studies. We know what works,” Hahn said. “We’re talking about programs like LA’s Best and the Fire Department and Police Department programs. We are in a real crisis now, and the longer we wait means more children will die.” But Chick countered that the need for effective anti-gang programs has long been urgent and she advocates being able to give voters more details. “Ten years ago, when I was on the City Council, we had an ad hoc committee on gangs,” Chick said. “Today, we have a new version of that. “I am spending a half-million dollars on a study that I hope will be a blueprint for the mayor and council to create a new paradigm on what we need to do to redo, re-examine and re-create how we are using the money we have to fight gangs.” A spokesman with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office said the mayor will seek to reach a consensus with Chick and the council on when to put the parcel tax before voters. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said he couldn’t comment on proposed parcel tax because his staff is evaluating the proposal and drafting ballot language. However, Delgadillo said there is consensus that gang programs need more money. “One of the most important things we can do is demonstrate to the people we work for that we are using their tax dollars well now,” Delgadillo said. “Then we can say, `If you give us more, we’ll invest more and we’ll get a higher return.”‘ During his own speech to business leaders, the Rev. Jeff Carr, appointed earlier this year as the mayor’s gang czar, said it’s imperative to get the community involved in solving the problem. He noted that there are about 39,000 gang members in Los Angeles, but fewer than 10,000 police officers. “We have to figure out how to not become so desensitized to the violence that is going on in our community that we allow it to numb us to the point where we don’t take the kind of action and have the kind of moral outrage that is necessary to eliminate this problem,” Carr said. rick.orlov@dailynews.com City News Service contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A plan to tax Los Angeles property owners $30 a year to fund gang programs drew new fire Thursday as City Controller Laura Chick vowed to fight its placement on the February ballot. Proposed earlier this year, the plan would generate about $30million for gang intervention and prevention efforts. But Chick told a meeting of the city’s business leaders she will oppose the measure if it’s placed on the ballot before she completes her audit of existing gang programs. “Before we ask taxpayers to give up more of their hard-earned dollars, we need to look at what we’re doing, at what works and what changes we are making. “Only then – when we can show what was wrong and what we’re doing right and prove it – can we go to voters and ask for their support.” But harbor-district Councilwoman Janice Hahn said she believes the council should move forward with placing her proposal on the February ballot. It would require two-thirds’ voter approval to pass and would take effect in November 2008. last_img
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Man’s checks leave $300,000 of postage due

first_imgHe received the lower-priced postage for bulk mailing. “Usually our biggest customers, we know who they are – and they pay their bills,” Putnam said. “We don’t really see this kind of crime. This is very rare.” Owen isn’t talking to investigators. Awaiting a court appearance today, he is jailed at the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles. “We know his business was in Torrance, but at this point we don’t know where he lives, and he won’t provide that information to us,” Putnam said. Federal authorities arrested Owen on Oct. 3 at his office at 370 Amapola Ave. Besides Nova Net Media, Owen also operated a firm called OG Investments, Putnam said. A company profile on the Internet says Nova Net Media provides management-consulting services. The profile says the business opened in 2001, does estimated annual sales of $3 million and employs 15 people. A grand jury indictment issued Sept. 28 charged Owen with five counts of theft of government property – more specifically that he “knowingly stole, purloined and converted to his own use property of the United States, that is, bulk mailing services provided by the U.S. Postal Service.” The indictment lists the amounts of his checks as $89,320, $65,097.65, $66,695.24, $63,807.44 and $22,319.22. The grand total: $307,239.55. In addition to a prison sentence, Owen also could be ordered to pay for stolen postage and additional penalties if he is convicted. “Hopefully, this arrest serves as a deterrent to others who would consider stealing from the Postal Service,” Inspector in Charge B. Bernard Ferguson said in a statement. “The Postal Inspection Service aggressively investigates crimes against the post office and is committed to bringing perpetrators to justice.” Putnam said people who walk up to a post office counter and bounce checks for smaller amounts also are prosecuted. “We know who you are. It’s your mail coming through,” Putnam said. “It doesn’t make any sense.” larry.altman@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TORRANCE: More than 1 million letters were delivered for company chief, but payments did not clear. By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER By the time Torrance businessman Kenneth Dewayne Owen made his fifth visit to a Long Beach post office last year, he had mailed more than 1 million letters. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe postage came to more than $300,000, and Owen wrote checks to cover the cost. The post office diligently delivered every letter. But when the Postal Service cashed Owen’s checks, they bounced, prosecutors said. Now, Owen, the 43-year-old president and chief executive officer of a company called Nova Net Media Inc., is sitting in a jail cell in Los Angeles, possibly facing 10 years in federal prison. “That is a lot of mail,” said Tracy Putnam, a postal inspector for the Postal Inspection Service. “We did our diligence. We delivered that mail in the belief that the funds were going to be good.” For about a week, Owen brought his boxes of mail to the back business loading dock of the Long Beach Processing and Distribution Center in September 2006, prosecutors said. last_img read more

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COLEMAN IS AN INSPIRATION TO ALL YOUNGSTERS, SAYS FORMER MANAGER

first_imgBrian “Dinky” Dorrian of St Catherines FC where Seamus Coleman played his football as a youngster.One of soccer sensation Seamus Coleman’s earliest managers has said the Killybegs man is an inspiration to all youngsters who want to play in the Premiership.Brian ‘Dinky’ Dorrian coached the Everton star at underage level at St Catherine’s FC in the fishing town before he hit the big time.But Dorrian has revealed that it was more hard work and not natural ability which has helped Seamus to become a huge star. Dinky told Donegal Daily “I will be honest and say that Seamus did not stand out technically at a young age. There were better players.“But the one thing that he has always possessed has been a determination and drive to be the best he can. That has made him the footballer he has become today.“And I hope that can help lots of young players to see that they can become the best players they can if they work hard at it.”Dorrian’s honesty may be difficult for many to comprehend after a few short weeks which has seen Coleman’s value go through the roof. With four goals from right back in his last seven appearances, it’s no wonder that he is being linked with a big money move to a list of clubs including Arsenal.A photo of Seamus Coleman beside a picture of his brother Stephen’s Ireland jersey which is hanging on the walls of local St Catherines FCAs the days fade on 2013 and the daylight fades outside in Killybegs, Brian is more than happy to show off the small clubhouse of St Catherine’s where Ireland’s most talked-about soccer star regularly togged out.Not surprisingly there are plenty of pictures of Coleman on the walls reflecting the teams he played on in recent years.There are also two framed shirts, his first Republic of Ireland shirt and an Everton shirt.A picture of Stevie Coleman, Seamus’ brother and his Ireland shirt also adorns the walls reminding the Premiership star that there was another Coleman brother here before him! Brian, who also worked with Seamus as part of the backroom staff at Sligo Rovers under Paul Cook, says Seamus is still the down-to-earth young fella who walked out the narrow corridor onto the pitch at Emerald Park hundreds of times.“That’s the kind of lad he is and that’s down to his parents Henry and Marie. They have made him appreciate people and life and he’s never allowed himself to get above his station.“He was here a few weeks back when we played Curragh Athletic sitting in the dressing room with the lads before the game messing and hiding shoes and what not. Having the craic.“That’s Seamus. He’s a young fella from Killybegs and he will always be from Killybegs. He knows when he comes home here he can relax and have a bit of fun and he knows he has to be a Premiership footballer when he goes back to Everton,” said Brian. Another St Catherine’s man who knows Coleman better than most is former Sligo Rovers player Jason Noctor.Seamus and Rachel Cunningham who announced their engagement this week.The pair grew up together on St Cummin’s Hill, kicking a ball up and down the street on summer nights as fishing ships unloaded their catches below in the harbor.With a bit more luck, Noctor too could have made his way across the water and could have been featuring on Match of the Day in what would have been the stuff of dreams for the one-time neighbours.Noctor, now the captain of St Catherine’s senior team, has nothing but admiration for his close friend and former team-mate.“I always thought that Seamus had what it took to make it. He always got the best out of himself and pushed himself to the limit.“He never smoke or drank and always looked after himself. That’s what stood to him when he got the chance. And when he got the chance he took it with both hands.”Noctor has been to visit Coleman on a number of occasions in England and stayed with his friend and his new fiancée Rachel Cunningham.Indeed Coleman phoned Noctor last Sunday and revealed he had just proposed to the teacher whom he has been dating for nine years.“We had a bit of banter. They have been dating for a long time and they are so suited to eachother. I was just delighted for them,” said Jason.Another man who knew from an early age just how serious Coleman took his sport was Killybegs senior manager Martin ‘Slua’ Boyle.Boyle managed the Killybegs Minor team which won a minor title, one of the last competitive GAA games which Coleman would play before opting full-time for soccer.The lads ended up on a trip to Carrick-On-Shannon after their long season but Coleman still didn’t allow himself the luxury of indulging on alcohol.“He has never been a drinker and that night would have been a reason to have a drink and let the hair down a bit. But it’s just not Seamus.“He has always looked after himself and he didn’t even bother having a drink that night and yet he still had great fun along with al the lads,” revealed Martin.Boyle also revealed revealed how Seamus called him last summer and asked him if it would be okay if he trained with the Killybegs team.“I thought he was just going to come along and do a light training session because it was the summer and yet he put in a huge effort.“Some of the lads came off the pitch and couldn’t believe how serious he took it. But that’s just Seamus and that’s why he is where he is today.”Seamus Coleman. One of the lads but nobody’s fool.COLEMAN IS AN INSPIRATION TO ALL YOUNGSTERS, SAYS FORMER MANAGER was last modified: December 31st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian Dunky DorrianevertonKillybegsseamus colemanSligo RoversSt Catherineslast_img read more

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Ohio State students to lead educational demonstrations for youth at Farm Science Review

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio State’s fourth-year agriscience education students will lead interactive demonstrations each day from 10am-2:30pm to Farm Science Review visitors, including high school students, at the Gwynne Conservation Area. These demonstrations, created by agriscience education students in the teaching methods course, are designed to engage students in agricultural and environmental sciences.Each day from 9am-3pm, agriscience education students will also lead wagon tours of the Gwynne Conservation Area, which includes a butterfly garden, natural streams, wetlands, ponds, windbreak plantings, wildlife food plots, a soil pit, and more.Demonstration topics are:Wednesday: Soy InkTo make soy ink, soybean oil is slightly refined and the blended with pigment, resins and waxes. Soybean oil is naturally clearer than petroleum oils, making it easier to obtain brightly colored ink. Since the oil is clearer, less pigment is necessary to produce the same effect. In addition to a brighter ink, printers report that they need less ink to print the same out of paper when compared to petroleum inks. In this activity students will create and test two paints and soy inks. Thursday: Engineering Egg Catchers It takes 30 million eggs a day to satisfy the U.S. consumer! Ohio is No. 2 in the nation in egg production and ag engineers have helped to design facilities that keep chickens safe from predators and disease, comfortable in all kinds of weather and allow the animals easy access to water and food made from soybean meal. In addition, the eggs the animals produce must be safely transported, cleaned and packaged. In this activity students will use the engineering design process to imagine, plan and test a prototype egg catcher.last_img read more

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Taking property without just compensation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural and Resource Law ProgramA property owner may bring a claim in federal court under the Fifth Amendment when the government has violated the Takings Clause by taking property without just compensation. This case involved a township ordinance requiring all cemeteries to be held open and accessible to the general public during daylight hours. A property owner with a small family graveyard was notified that she was violating the ordinance. The property owner filed suit in state court arguing that the ordinance constituted a taking of her property, but did not seek compensation. The township responded by saying it would withdraw the notice of violation and not enforce the ordinance against her. The state court said that the matter was therefore resolved, but the property owner was not satisfied with that decision. She decided to bring a takings claim in federal court.Before this decision, there was a roadblock to bringing such claim. Lower courts had read a previous Supreme Court decision to say that if a state or local government commits a taking, the property owner would first have to seek a remedy through the state’s adverse condemnation procedure before going to federal court. But in doing so, the property owner would actually not have a chance to bring the claim in federal court because the federal court would have to give full faith and credit to the state court decision. At first, that seemed like what would happen to the property owner because the state court had decided that the issue was moot since the township had agreed not to enforce the ordinance against her. But the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the property owner by taking the rare action of overruling its prior precedent. Knick v. Township of Scott, Pennsylvania, was not an Ohio court case, but rather one that made its way all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.The final opinion handed down by the justices is certainly important, but it is also notable for Ohio because the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) submitted an amicus brief in support of the property owner through its legal counsel, Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease, LLP of Columbus. The brief cited examples in Ohio showing that the Supreme Court’s prior precedent was causing problems for Ohio property owners by limiting their access to federal courts in Fifth Amendment takings claims. OFBF has noted that this was the first time it had submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court.last_img read more

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New Type of Database Gets High-Profile Funding

first_imgThere is a thing and there are ways to describe a thing. But why stop there?FluidInfo is a startup company that has built a new information architecture that positions databases as an open-ended way to describe the world, with access by anyone to add entirely new fields of data to describe a given phenomenon and open to sorting by any combination of parameters. The company announced today that after years of development, it has found a home and some incredibly high-profile investors to back it. Expect this company to go from confusing obscurity to one of the most talked about back-end startups on the web.What it DoesFluidInfo’s primary product FluidDB is described as “a hosted database with the heart of a wiki.” Founder Dr. Terry Jones has said “we’re living in the shadow of archetictural decisions made decades ago” and believes that, as his product’s About page articulates simply: “A new information architecture could be the basis for a new class of applications. It could provide freedom and flexibility to all applications, and these advantages could be passed on to users.”So FluidDB is something that will live under the hood of other web applications. There’s something about it that brings Twitter Annotations to mind: these are technologies that are focused on exploding the number of ways that we can describe any given thing, and thus the number of things we can do with that data. It’s a little bit challenging to describe, but try this explanation out for size:FluidDB is a single web of things providing a no-questions-asked writable social object to represent each and every thing. Using a flexible underlying representation of information and a new model of control, it allows users and applications to work with information without constraint. That includes dynamically organizing, sharing, combining and augmenting information, and searching in ways that have previously not been possible. It also allows users to choose exactly which information to share with whom, with separate controls for reading and writing.The challenge will come in building effective interfaces that let end-users leverage the power of this paradigm. The project brings to mind Freebase, a project that has raised far more money, aimed to blow the world of data wide open, but has fallen short of its wildest expectations largely due to a shortage of usability. Who will build interfaces for FluidInfo? The most likely candidates will be other startup companies backed by FluidInfo’s new investors. That’s an impressive group.FluidInfo’s BackingBlogger Robert Scoble called FluidInfo “an unfundable, worldchanging startup” 18 months ago.Apparently it’s not so unfundable anymore. Tech guru Esther Dyson had already put in money, and today the company announced that it’s raised $800,000 more from Betaworks (investors in Twitter, Tweetdeck, Tumblr, Superfeedr and more), IAVentures (all about Big Data), RRE Ventures (possibly NYC’s most respected startup investors, has backed Betaworks itself as well), Lerer Ventures (another knock-out portfolio), Chris Dixon and the Founder Collective, Joshua Schacter (creator of Delicious), Andrew Rasiej (founder of the Personal Democracy Forum) and others. That’s an incredible set of investors and will no doubt lead to some great introductions to hot startups all over the web who might make use of FluidDB.What do you think? Is this as revolutionary as it looks? How can you foresee it being used to power a new model of applications? marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Tags:#start Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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