Dear Editor,Many times, people ask me as to what I have given up for this Lent? Many Christians decide to forgo something for the season of Lent; be it meat, alcohol, chocolate, biscuits, smoking and so on. Apart from material forgoing, some make decision to forgo the things that help them to rediscover God in their lives. Why do we do that in the Lent alone? Why can’t we do it other times of the year? What makes Lent so significant for the people of God?Lent is one of the important seasons in the Christian Liturgical Calendar. It is a season of Grace; a grace poured into our hearts ever since we were born. We grow into an awareness of this grace and renew our relationship with God. In this season we are invited to reflect on our lives and realign our lives towards God. Lent offers us an opportunity to retrospect our commitment to God through prayer, fasting, almsgiving and penance. We acknowledge that we are weak and fragile before God despite our technological advancements. We turn towards God so that he can work in us through his mercy and compassion. We also recognise our love for God and love for our neighbour. Hence, it is a time for fixing our relationship with God. It is the time to make God relevant in our modern times where God has become irrelevant.Lent means ‘spring’; it is a springtime where we are renewed and refreshed through the Lenten observances. We are washed clean so that we enter into paschal mysteries of Christ death and resurrection. The Latin-based language uses the word “Quaresma” for Lent, which simply means 40 days. After the baptism, Jesus was tempted and tried in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights while he was in prayer and fasting. Thus, the Church invites the faithful to reflect on one’s own life to be aware that we are also tempted in our everyday lives. Temptation is part of human life, but how do we deal with it, is more important than dwelling on the issue of temptation.The four pillars of Lent – prayer, penance, almsgiving and fasting – help not only the people in need but makes us empathise with the poor, in other words it makes us feel the pain of the needy; for instance, when we fast, we feel the hunger that a poor person goes through. These pillars help us to mend and to deepen our relationship with God.Sincerely,Fr Jerri Dias SJ
…says efforts being undertaken to curb illicit tradePresident David Granger has stated that in tackling the mounting crime rate in Guyana, focus should first be placed on dismantling the local drug network, which he believes is the driving force of criminal activities.Speaking on the weekly televised programme ‘The Public Interest’, the Head of State called drug trafficking the “mother of all crimes”, pointing out that most criminal activities stem from the narco trade.The illegal marijuana cultivation discovered by the Police last Thursday at Araray Village, Upper EssequiboAccording to the President, as long as narco trafficking is prevalent, crimes such as gun running, money laundering and execution murders will continue to exist.“…as long as drugs keep coming into this country, it will be very difficult to control crime. Narco trafficking is the mother of all crimes… The huge amount of money that is generated in narco trafficking can be used to order executions, recruit rogues who could carry out crimes (foot soldiers), they can get young people to sell their drugs and they can bribe law enforcement officers,” he stated.Granger mentioned the role narco trafficking has been playing, particularly between 2000 and 2015, in contributing to the country’s crime wave which has been on a consistent high during that period.President David GrangerHe continued explaining that while there is no single answer to curbing the illicit drug trade, emphasis must be placed on the root of drug networks and that is what his administration is working on.The President noted that Government has recognised that narco trafficking is a transnational crime, and that it has the responsibility to ensure that Guyana’s land space and borders are more secure and free from the illicit trade.He mentioned the recent discovery of an illegal aircraft in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and noted that local law enforcement is yet to establish a connection to the narco trafficking network. However, he stated that while this incident shows how easy it is to illegally get into the country, the discovery of the aircraft shows that local law enforcement is stepping up their ante.Furthermore, the Head of State sought to respond to criticisms that the coalition regime is yet to dismantle any local drug network, reminding that the country’s narcotics situation has been built up over the last 60 years and cannot be easily infiltrated.Nevertheless, President Granger posited that his administration has been taking steps to tackle the drug trade in Guyana, mentioning the creation of the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (NANA) which is headed by retired Major General Michael Atherly and the establishment of the National Security Committee which examines every week the conduct of the Police Anti-Narcotics Unit, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Anti-Narcotics Unit, as well as the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).The President added that these efforts, coupled with interactions with its international partners, particularly the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), will be used to interdict narco trafficking in Guyana. He recalled that Guyana has been partnering with other countries, United Kingdom and Jamaica of recent, in probing major drug busts that have connections here.“So I think (the criticisms are) unfair because we have set up the institutions and I think recently the National Drug Strategy Master Plan has been reissued. We are also now conducting investigations into an aircraft coming into our airspace illegally and we taking other measures to ensure the narco trade is brought to an end,” Granger emphasised.The Head of State further outlined that the country does not have adequate aircraft to patrol the borders; ships to patrol the sea space and vehicles to control the land space; his administration is nevertheless committed to arresting the local drug trade. However, he posited that Guyana is going to adopt extreme measures that other countries, such as the Philippines, has undertaken in tackling narcotics trafficking.The President’s statements came on the heels of the Guyana Police Force highlighting that its anti-narcotics efforts continue to be successful.In fact on Friday at a media briefing, acting Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine, emphasised that “Our Narcotics Branch has been doing well so far and this substantiates the fact that our narcotics branch is still relevant and important.”He went on to disclosed that over the last three months, a total of 43 kilograms of cannabis, worth a street value of $22 million, was seized. Some 108 persons, including 96 males and 12 females, have since been charged.Additionally, the Police Commander detailed that during the same period, some 102 kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of $92 million, was seized. This resulted in 28 persons, 23 males and five females, being charged.According to Ramnarine, of the 102 kilograms of cocaine, some 90 kilograms alone were seized at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) from outgoing passengers in three separate cases.On the other hand, the acting Top Cop outlined that the Police Force has also been successful in its eradication efforts. He revealed that during such exercises over the past three months, a total of 21,150 kilograms of cannabis sativa plants were destroyed by fire in the Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) area alone.The most recent drug eradication exercise undertaken by the Police was at Araray Village, Upper Essequibo.During the twelve-hour exercise on Thursday last, in excess of nine acres of cultivated cannabis with about 8000 plants, ranging in heights from one foot to 10 feet, several nurseries with over 3000 seedlings and two make-shift tents were found and destroyed.Three males found tending to the cultivation were arrested. They were charged with cultivating prohibited plants and placed before the courts.
“This is Palmdale’s oldest unfulfilled dream,” said Larry Chimbole, a former Palmdale mayor who has been an airport advocate for more than 40 years. “I have high hopes for this.” Chimbole noted that the efforts to bring air service to Palmdale began in the late 1950s, before the city had even incorporated and before there was even a freeway to serve the Antelope Valley. “We used to be considered a remote, out-of-the-way place,” Chimbole said. “It’s not anymore.” For Los Angeles officials, it represents the start of “regionalism,” a move to spread out Southern California’s air traffic rather than just focusing on Los Angeles International Airport. “We are on our way to regionalism,” Rosendahl said. “Palmdale will expand, expand and expand and become the regional airport for the basin.” PALMDALE – Amid pomp and ceremony, United Airlines launched twice-daily service Thursday between Palmdale Airport and San Francisco, the latest effort to establish an air-traffic hub in the Antelope Valley. With dignitaries including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, and county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, supporters cheered the arrival of Flight 6456 at Palmdale Regional Airport, which carries the designator PMD. “Today, the region came together to provide service out of our Antelope Valley,” Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford said. “How we perform will dictate how soon we get the second carrier and the third and the fourth.” What the new twice-daily service represents seemed to depend on whom was speaking. For Antelope Valley civic leaders, it represents a new chapter in the growth of the High Desert. Denny Schneider, a member of the group Regional Solution to Airport Congestion, said the level of commitment shown by politicians and the community is a lot higher for this latest effort to establish Palmdale service. “It’s so critical that we recognize this is a viable airport for a lot of people,” Schneider said. “This is a good demonstration project. It has to work. United is an airline capable of making it work.” For passengers, the new service means convenience. Kellie Ferguson of Lancaster had been planning to fly out of Burbank on a trip to visit relatives in Northern California when her husband, Travis, suggested they look at Palmdale fares. “I got a fare that was $160 cheaper – same route,” Kellie Ferguson said. “Plus there’s no traffic and the parking is free.” The Fergusons said they plan to look into whether they can fly out of Palmdale for a trip later this summer to Miami. They would even consider flying out of Palmdale if the fare was higher than other airports. “Convenience doesn’t have a price,” Kellie Ferguson said. Velur Enterprises, a land investment company, sent 16 of its employees on the first flight to show support for the airport. The company has many clients who live in the San Francisco Bay area, said Roger Docena, one of the passengers. “We’ve been waiting for this airport to open,” Docena said. “Traffic at LAX is so congested. I live in Carlsbad and I’m willing to come in to support this.” Richard McKenzie, a Palmdale resident on hand to watch the event even though his own flight is not until June 26, will fly to the East Coast to celebrate his mother’s 96th birthday. “I don’t want to travel to L.A. The traffic is terrible,” McKenzie said. “Going to Burbank is about the same. And you have to pay to park. Here, there’s free parking.” The first flight was described as “great” by Barbara Vilardo, director of communications for the city of Palmdale. Vilardo was flying with her son and daughter to Chicago for a family gathering. “They passed around a banner for all the passengers to sign. That will hang in the terminal. They passed around the proclamations (the politicians had brought) for everyone to see,” Vilardo said. There was some minor confusion resulting from the first flight ceremony. Some of the passengers who had mingled with the ceremony crowd had to be rescreened by security. Vilardo had to be re-screened after she leaned over a railing to embrace a colleague at the ceremony. The passengers were also supposed to be greeted by the dignitaries before entering the plane, but they boarded virtually unnoticed by those at the podium – with the exemption of Villaraigosa, who quickly went to the plane to shake some hands. In his remarks, Villaraigosa also struck a regionalism chord. “This is where the growth is. This is where we have to make the infrastructure investments that are critical to reducing congestion on L.A.’s freeways and improving the mobility of residents of Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys as well,” Villaraigosa said. “Improvements and additions anywhere in the Southland tend to make life easier for everyone in the Southland.” james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Question: My husband and I would like your opinion on our financial picture. We both turned 50 this year. We have a 17-year-old son who will graduate high school in May 2008. He works part time and is low maintenance for us. He is undecided about college versus the military. His grades and SAT scores could merit some scholarships, but I see school loans in his future if he goes the college route. Our net monthly income is $6,500 (jobs and 17-year annuity), with expense payments (mortgage, utilities, vehicles, charity) at $3,500. We each contribute 15percent to our 401(k)s ($15,000 year). We are paying an additional $2,400 a year toward our home mortgage balance. IRA and 401(k) balances are $180,000. Our home value is $170,000, with a $110,000 mortgage. Savings at a local bank is $20,000. Your thoughts would be much appreciated. – L.D., by e-mail Rockwall, Texas A: Interest-only mortgages can be good short-term tools for self-employed individuals who need working capital for their businesses. In that context, I think they can be used by mature, prudent and financially savvy individuals. That’s not a big group. For most homeowners, an interest-only mortgage is a really dumb idea. Why? Because it is very beneficial to plan to have your mortgage paid off by the time you retire. Remember, the standard mortgage is for 30 years, and the vast majority of what you pay in the early years is just interest. For instance, if you took out a $100,000 mortgage for 30 years at 6.5 percent today, you would not have paid off 10 percent of the loan until November 2014. That’s just more than seven years from now. While paying down that $10,000, you would have paid $44,976.91 in interest. (You can check this out and experiment with the effects of additional principal payments by using the mortgage calculator on the Bankrate.com Web site. Here’s the link: www.bankrate.com/brm/mortgage-calculator.asp.) When financial advisers tell you they think your mortgage payment money should be invested in “no-risk tax-free funds,” they are about to sell you a cash value life insurance policy, and they will be the biggest beneficiary because they will earn a large commission. Remember, if you pay your home mortgage down or off, you always can have a home equity credit line up to $100,000 to deal with emergencies. When push comes to shove, it is difficult to beat the benefit of owning your house free and clear because it is delivering genuinely tax-free income in the form of housing services. You will be receiving those services whether your house is financed or not, but the cash flow requirements of financing can be a major burden. Questions about personal finance and investments may be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 505-424-0938. Check the Web site: www.scottburns.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Answer: Hold your course and you’ll be fine. Here’s the broad-stroke picture. First, your additional mortgage payment should have your mortgage paid off before you turn 65. Your current total savings of about $200,000 appears to be about two years of your gross income. It could grow, on its own, to about $800,000 over the next 15 years. Your $15,000 in 401(k) contributions could grow to another $400,000 if you earn 8 percent. And Social Security is likely to replace a bit over 40 percent of your combined earnings, or about $40,000 a year. (To get a less casual estimate, visit www.ssa.gov and use one of its calculators.) Put it all together and you’ve got some margin for error. The big question is the quality of your 401(k) plan. Remember, it is entirely possible for a working couple to start with practically nothing at age 50 and put themselves in good shape for retirement by age 65. In your case, your existing assets and established savings pattern give you a powerful running start. Q: I have a traditional 30-year mortgage that has 25 years remaining. I went to an investment seminar this week about converting to interest-only mortgages. I am seriously considering converting, due to the tremendous tax advantages and the ability to set up a separate after-tax investment account to have my home equity invested in no-risk tax-free funds. Also, I’ll have the flexibility to use that money if needed, for future emergencies (loss of job, illness, etc.). What are your thoughts about the benefits of an interest-only mortgage versus a traditional mortgage? – J.W.,
Mauricio Pochettino says Danny Rose’s long-term future remains at Tottenham after the England left-back made his first appearance for ten months this week.Rose suffered a knee injury in January but made his long-awaited return off the bench at the Bernabeu as Spurs drew 1-1 with Real Madrid in the Champions League.The outing came just months after Rose had caused a stir with a controversial interview in which he questioned Tottenham’s wage structure and advised them to sign players who did not require Googling.It was suggested that Rose could be headed for the exit following the interview with Manchester United strongly linked with a move for him.But it appears as though the left-back has now buried the hatchet with manager Pochettino and is set to be on the bench for Sunday’s visit of Liverpool to Wembley.Asked whether Rose has a long-term future at the club in light of his remarks in August, Pochettino said: “Of course, I think he has four years left on his contract.“You could see he helped the team in the final few minutes against Real Madrid. He is happy, his behaviour is fantastic.“His mind is clear that what happened is in the past and we need to move on. He is part of my plans. The past is in the past.“In life they are young and they can mistakes but the most important thing is that they can learn from that. Fans want the best for the team and Danny is our player.“Our fans are fantastic and they show good love and that they care for our players.”Rose is unlikely to start against Liverpool on Sunday as he is still regaining match fitness, while Ben Davies has recovered from the illness that prevented him from playing at the Santiago Bernabeu.There was worse news, however, regarding the fitness of both Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama.Wanyama will see a specialist next week as he continues to struggle with a knee problem, while Dembele’s injury-ridden campaign is now being hampered by a fresh hip problem.Dembele’s latest setback came in a training session on Monday, after the Belgian had already been sidelined by foot and ankle issues this season.On Wanyama, Pochettino said: “We are concerned about his situation, must wait to see what happens when he sees the specialist. We have no clear idea what is going on.”On Dembele, Pochettino’s assistant Jesus Perez added: “We don’t know how serious it is, it has been three or four days since the incident and he can’t cope with the intensity of the training.”The outlook for Erik Lamela is more optimistic. Read more on that here. 1 Danny Rose returned for Tottenham against Real Madrid
Chelsea and Arsenal are set to contest the Europa League final – but only a fraction of tonight’s stadium will be fans of the Premier League giants.The final is being held at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan, a 6,000-mile round trip from London. on target GETTY Arsenal boss Emery said: “I didn’t exactly understand what is the reason between playing in one place and another. I’d prefer to play closer to England because we are two English teams and can move a lot of supporters to be with us.“I don’t know really how they decided to play there. After it’s going to be only 6,000 supporters from us and Chelsea but the stadium has a capacity for 68,000. I think it’ll be full but not with our supporters.”Chelsea boss Sarri echoed Emery’s comments, saying: “The location is a big problem, for the fans. I would like it to be in another location.” Arsenal boss Unai Emery has hit out at the location of the Europa League final LATEST EUROPA LEAGUE NEWS GETTY After Chelsea and Arsenal got past their semi-final opponents, the logistics and costs of getting to the venue have caused mayhem for both sets of supporters.UEFA were slammed for only allocating 12,000 tickets to the English duo in the 70,000 capacity stadium.But due to the travel nightmare of getting to Baku, Chelsea and Arsenal have sent back a combined 6,000 tickets. Sarri and Emery’s sides will battle it out in Baku 3 Despite that blow for the Prem giants, UEFA claim they are still on course for a Europa League final sell-out.A spokesperson said: “Approximately 6,000 tickets have been returned by the two finalists together.Chelsea vs Arsenal live on talkSPORT: Commentary stream, team news and match stats for Europa League final“The majority of these tickets have already been sold to local fans in Azerbaijan and we are confident that the remaining ones will also be sold as demand is very high.”Both Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri have hit out at the location of the final ahead of the big game. 3 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Chelsea and Arsenal have returned thousands of tickets ahead of the final in Baku GETTY 3 UEFA officials have been on a major push to offload tickets over the past week after the final was snubbed by fans but also by official sponsors.Corporate clients have sent back a chunk of their allocations having suffered the same travel headaches as supporters.The limited capacity at Baku’s Heydar Aliyev Airport means lengthy flights and high costs, which have been too problematic even for some of the sponsors to solve.Can’t get to the Europa League final? Tune into live commentary on talkSPORT with our coverage from Baku getting underway at 7pm
Ajax vs Chelsea (Wednesday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Nottingham Forest vs Hull (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Genk vs Liverpool (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTPartizan Belgrade vs Manchester United (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Aston Villa (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTSheffield Wednesday vs Leeds (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Chelsea (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2 Kanu went on to be named African Footballer of the Year for the second time in 1999 and scored 16 goals in all competitions that season.The striker failed to reach double figures for the rest of his Arsenal career before moving to West Brom in 2004. When Kanu single-handedly beat Chelsea and scored *that* goal 📐#PLMoment pic.twitter.com/BiwlBR6cZB— Premier League (@premierleague) May 8, 2018Chelsea looked to have wrapped up the fiercely contested London derby with 30 minutes to go thanks to headers from Tore Andre Flo and Dan Petrescu.Goalkeeper Ed De Goey had not conceded a Premier League goal at Stamford Bridge at that time so the idea of an Arsenal comeback seemed unlikely.Nigerian striker Kanu had other ideas, though. The Gunners had signed Kanu for around £4.15million in February 1999 and finished the season well with seven goals in 17 games.It was the match at Stamford Bridge on October 23, 1999 that endeared himself to the fans when he single-handedly won that game. Kanu single-handedly won the game for Arsenal against Chelsea in 1999 Getty Images – Getty Nwankwo Kanu was a popular figure at Arsenal during his five-and-a-half seasons at the club.His finest moment came exactly 20 years ago when he scored a sensational hat-trick against Chelsea in the final 15 minutes of the match to grab an unlikely 3-2 win. Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future statement Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ on target Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta stalemate rookie error update appointed LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Getty Images – Getty Kanu’s third goal was a brilliant solo effort Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship With 15 minutes left to go, Kanu intercepted a Marc Overmars shot and toe poked it into the bottom corner to make it 2-1.Overmars was again the provider as he fired a cross into the box that the striker controlled into space and fired in to De Goey’s near post with seven minutes left.He needed no help for his hat-trick goal, though, as it was a fantastic individual effort. LIVE on talkSPORT Kanu won the ball back on the touchline and for some bizarre reason De Goey came racing out to try and tackle the Arsenal man.He rounded the goalkeeper but was faced with an impossible angle and four Chelsea defenders between himself and the goal.Undeterred, he smashed the ball into the top corner over the heads of Frank Leboeuf and Marcel Desailly to seal the 3-2 win. latest Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son 2
Girls High School basketball was set to open up in earnest Tuesday, but weather stopped the festivities.Girls BasketballSheldon at Sioux Center – PPD to 12/12Akron-Westfield at Westwood – PPD to 1/7MOC-Floyd Valley at West Lyon – PPD to 1/25Rock Valley at George-Little Rock – PPD to 12/2Remsen St. Mary’s at Woodbury Central – PPDAlta-Aurelia at South O’Brien – PPDHartley-Melvin-Sanborn at Sioux Central – PPD to 12/12MMCRU at Storm Lake St. Mary’s – PPD to 2/6West Sioux at Cherokee – PPD to 12/9South Central Calhoun at Storm Lake – PPDHarris Lake Park at Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire – PPDRiver Valley at Trinity Christian – PPDGPAC Women’s BasketballWaldorf University @ (11) Northwestern – PPDDoane @ College of Saint Mary – PPD(1) Concordia @ (19) Morningside – PPDMount Marty @ Wayne State College – PPDGPAC Men’s BasketballConcordia @ (4) Morningside – PPDThe Northwestern College home wrestling dual scheduled for tonight has been cancelled.
12 June 2014 South African referee Daniel Bennett has had his dream of officiating at the 2014 Fifa World Cup shattered by injury. Bennett, a former South African Referee of the Year, had been selected as a support referee for the football world’s greatest spectacle, which kicks off in Brazil on Thursday and runs through until 13 July. He picked up the injury in a routine training session at the Zico Centre in Rio last Tuesday, and unfortunately has been unable to overcome it.Sidelined for four to six weeks “The medical investigations revealed the seriousness of the injury, which means a minimum of four to six weeks for cure. The main consequence is that Mr Bennett will be unable to officiate and support matches at this 2014 Fifa World Cup,” Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke wrote in a letter to the South African Football Association (Safa). The Fifa medical team had hoped Bennett would recover in time for the start of the tournament, but their efforts were in vain.Treatment “During these days, adequate rehabilitation (twice a day) has been provided to Mr Bennett. However, this represents an additional load on the medical team, which has to ensure recovery massage and specific treatments to referees and assistant referees actively involved in the 2014 Fifa World Cup,” Valcke said. As a result, at the Fifa referees’ sub-committee meeting on Monday, it was decided to release and send Bennett home to ensure his proper recovery. However, his assistant, Marwa Range from Kenya, will continue with his duties in Brazil as a support assistant referee. There will be no replacement for Bennett, as Fifa believe they have sufficient cover for him.‘Quality paramount’ “The quality of referees and assistant referees at the 2014 Fifa World Cup is paramount, and the support referees were implemented in order to provide a seamless transition when a referee or assistant referee must be replaced for any reason after the final selection has been made,” Valcke explained. “At this stage of the competition, taking any referee who is not on the final list of selected match officials is counter-productive, since those referees did not partake in any official Fifa fitness tests nor all theoretical, tactical and physical sessions since January 2014, when the final list of referees and assistant referees was approved.” SAinfo reporter and South African Football Association
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Trends#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… lidija davis Almost every piece of information we access today is stored somewhere in digital form–think iPod, YouTube, digital cameras, mobile phones, not to mention our personal and professional information spread across LinkedIn, social networking sites and blogs. It’s difficult to imagine life without digital data in this information age. But who manages it? And, more importantly, who will preserve it?In this month’s edition of Communications of the ACM, the monthly magazine of the Association for Computing Machinery, Dr. Francine Berman, director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, discusses the “data deluge” and offers a guide on how to manage and preserve your digital information.Many people assume that their data will be available whenever they need to access it, but most of us have had a hard drive crash; we’ve seen various forms of storage media such as floppy disks and zip drives become obsolete, some of us have even had problems accessing content in the cloud, as evidenced recently when Gmail was down, so we all know that storage of and access to electronic data is not always without problems.“Loss, damage, and unavailability of important digital business, historical, and official documents regularly make the news further highlighting our dependence on electronic information,” writes Berman.Storage: How Much is Enough?According to a 2008 IDC white paper, 2007 marked the “crossover” year, when there was more digital data created than data storage to host it. The IDC report also projected that by 2011 the amount of digital data created will be more than twice the amount of available storage.Bottom line? We don’t produce storage capacity at the same rate we produce digital information.Who is responsible for Data Preservation?Increasingly, policies and regulations are being set to regulate large data sets and digital information within large organizations across the world; Sarbanes-Oxley promotes responsible management of digital financial records, HIPAA looks after digital medical records (US), and the Joint Information Systems Committee and the British Library (UK), as well as the National Library of Australia (AU) are among some of the organizations that support the preservation of digital information across the globe.While most people agree that certain digital information is preservation worthy or of historical value to society, what about the digital pictures you took on your last holiday? Who is in charge of preserving them so that the next generation can access them?In a nutshell, you are. While the Communications article ends with Berman’s top ten recommendations for data preservation, here are three things you can do right now:Make a plan: Determine who is going to be in charge of your digital data once you are no longer capable of looking after it.Make multiple copies: When it comes to valuable data, store it in different formats at different locationsMigrate to new technologies: Don’t wait for storage media to become obsolete, migrate to new technologies and formats as they become available.Finally, with some cloud services offering free data storage, it’s worth considering moving some of your data online. Take a look at our write up on online storage services for ideas on where to start.Image credit: Data Storage Old and New – Thanks IanS Related Posts