Eidesvik, Lunding Norway Sign LNG PSV Charter Deal

first_imgEidesvik Offshore and Lunding Norway AS have entered into a contract for the LNG driven PSV Viking Queen .The contract for the PSV Viking Queen is for 15 wells with options for 5 more wells. Duration for the firm period is minimum 900 days.The work will start medio-ultimo 2014. Viking Queen will be upgraded with FI_FI II and NOFO 2009.“We are very pleased that we once again have been chosen by Lunding Norway AS, a company which is in an exiting development phase. For Eidesvik as a pioneer with the use of LNG as fuel for its PSVs, we appreciate a lot that Lundin once again charter in a LNG-fueled PSV to its portfolio”, says CEO and President Jan Fredrik Meling.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, January 23, 2014; Image: Eidesviklast_img

Laso invests in wind blade transporter

first_imgThe company, which is based in Venda do Pinheiro, says its Goldhofer wing transport device (FTV) promises to play a decisive role when transporting wind turbine blades on winding roads, tight corners or when significant gradients are involved.The Goldhofer FTV allows users to rotate the components being transported or adjust the angle of tilt by up to 60 degrees.João Pedro explains that the ever-increasing dimensions of wind energy components is presenting new challenges and difficulties to the companies that have to transport them.He adds that safety issues during transport of these wind components is also an increasing concern and, for Laso, being able to comply with these challenges is an important factor. www.laso.ptwww.goldhofer.delast_img

Help raise funds for Zayaan’s surgery

first_imgParents Lemeza du Toit-Oostendorp and Shafiek Oostendorp with their children. The parents of a two-year-old girl diagnosed with a congenital bone defect similar to that of former Olympian Oscar Pistorius, refuse to accept that their daughter will need to have both her lower legs amputated. Parents Lemeza du Toit-Oostendorp, 33, and Shafiek Oostendorp, 32, from Colorado Park, will do anything to help their baby girl Zayaan, who needs between R2.1 million and R2.8 million for treatment at the Paley Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida, in America. The funds will only be for Zayaan’s operation. She might need to go for about three or four operations, but they will only know for certain once they have seen Dr Dror Paley and his team.“When I was pregnant with Zayaan the doctors told us to abort her as they thought she had Roberts syndrome, a genetic disorder characterised by fibular hemimelia, missing femurs, missing arm bones and facial abnormalities. “We believe in God and had Zayaan. She was born a healthy baby on November 18, 2016 with bilateral fibular hemimelia without Roberts syndrome. The predictions didn’t hold true and her condition wasn’t fatal,” said Ms Du Toit-Oostendorp. The couple say the correct diagnosis was never made by the local doctors. Zayaan saw an orthopaedic surgeon privately. At the same time, she was referred to Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital’s genetic clinic by a paediatrician at Cape Town Mediclinic.The same orthopaedic surgeon also works at Red Cross and Zayaan currently still sees the orthopaedic surgeon there.Zayaan had a consultation with her orthopaedic surgeon from Red Cross along with10 other doctors to discusshow best to help her. Ms Du Toit-Oostendorp said their diagnosis was to have Zayaan’s legs amputated.Fibular hemimelia is a birth defect where part or all of the fibular bone is missing, as well as associated limb length discrepancy, foot deformities, and knee deformities. Bilateral fibular hemimelia (FH) (affecting both legs) is a very rare disorder, occurring in only 1 in 250 000 births. “My concern is, as she gets older, she would need to carry her own weight which could affect her legs. I will do anything to help my daughter. She is important to us,” said Mr Oostendorp.“I get a little emotional when I see Zayaan can’t participate in certain activities. Her cousins were playing musical chairs and she eagerly wanted to join in. Friends and family go the extra mile to involve Zayaan in any activities,” said Ms Du Toit-Oostendorp.The Oostendorps did online research and figured out their child was born with bilateral fibular hemimelia. They read that in the US, a surgeon named Dr Dror Paley, had developed an operation called the SUPERankle procedure to reconstruct the leg and foot and avoid amputation with prosthetic fitting. Explaining the operation to the Plainsman, Athlone News’ sister paper, Dr Paley said with the SUPERankle operation Zayaan’s severe foot deformities would be fully corrected and her shortened bones lengthened using a special device called an external fixator. He said when this operation is done her feet will be 90 degrees to the ground and she will be able to walk, run, jump and play sports like other children her age.Dr Paley is also the founder and former director of the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics, and was the director of the International Center for Limb Lengthening (ICLL) at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore from 2001 to 2009. He was the chief of Pediatric Orthopedics at the University of Maryland in Baltimore from 1987 to 2001. He is internationally recognised for his expertise in limb lengthening and reconstruction.Zayaan’s family have currently raised R50 000, and have spent their time selling fast food and treats from home and at events, going to car shows to set up astall to sell treats and are constantly on the lookout on social media for events they can sell their goods at. Her parents are grateful to everyone who has donated and partnered with them to make Zayaan’s operation possible, including The BMW Owners society.If you would like to donate to the fund-raising effort for Zayaan, log on to their Facebook page, Miracle Baby Fund, or their website at www.helpzayaancharity.co.za/charity or call Ms Du Toit-Oostendorp at 082 567 5608.last_img read more

Ravens release kicker Cundiff, award job to rookie Tucker

first_imgWhat appeared all but imminent became official Sunday morning as the Ravens released kicker Billy Cundiff, meaning rookie Justin Tucker has won the job for the 2012 season.The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter as the 2010 Pro Bowl kicker will not receive the opportunity to atone for his 32-yard miss in the AFC Championship game last January that would have sent the Ravens to overtime in Foxborough.The writing appeared on the wall for the 32-year-old Cundiff after coach John Harbaugh elected to have Tucker handle all kicking duties in the Ravens’ 48-17 preseason win over the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday. Tucker connected on field goals from 33 and 53 yards while Cundiff watched from the sidelines, and Harbaugh’s comments since had been anything but a ringing endorsement for the incumbent kicker.“Billy had a great camp, the best he has had with us,” Harbaugh said in a team statement. “He showed, like he always has, a toughness and an ability to come back and be a top-flight NFL kicker. These decisions are never easy, and this one was difficult for all of us – Ozzie [Newsome], Jerry [Rosburg] and me. “Of course, that says something about Justin [Tucker], the way he has kicked and our belief in him. But, that does not say something less about Billy. Billy was ready in every way to be our kicker. He’ll kick in the NFL. He’s a very good kicker and an even better person.”Tucker is 5-for-5 in the preseason and made 40 of 48 field goal attempts in his career at Texas.Cundiff performed well during training camp and the preseason, but it was clear the rookie from Texas had kicked even better in his opportunities. While Cundiff will forever be defined in Baltimore by his miss against the Patriots, he struggled in 2011 while making 28 of 37 kicks during the regular season — all misses coming on the road — and was only 1-for-6 on tries from 50-plus yards.The veteran was frustrated following Thursday’s preseason game as it appeared he knew his time was running out with the Ravens.“Regardless of my track record, if you look at it in the last two years as a full-time kicker, inside of 50 yards, I’m about 90 percent,” Cundiff said. “If you look at the playoffs, I’m [11 of 12 in three seasons in Baltimore]. In the last two years, if you take all of my touchbacks combined, I have more touchbacks than anybody else in the league. I feel as if that’s not good enough, then I’ll take my services elsewhere.”In January 2011, the Ravens signed Cundiff to a five-year, $15 million contract that included a $3 million signing bonus. Releasing Cundiff clears his $2.2 million base salary from the cap this season — with a $600,000 cap hit remaining — but now leaves $1.8 million in dead money for the 2013 salary cap.With Tucker reportedly making $390,000 this season, the Ravens will roughly save $1.8 million on the 2012 salary cap with this decision. The Ravens must trim their preseason roster from 90 players to 75 by 4 p.m. Monday. The final cut-down to 53 players must take place by 9 p.m. Friday evening.last_img read more

Warriors lose Country Week battle

first_imgBy Julian Bayard WITH a squad filled with both experience and youth, the West Gippsland Cricket Association’s (WGCA) 2010 Country…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Reimer knows all too well about the frustrating side of sport

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsTalk about walking around with a Murphy’s Law bull’s eye on your back.But this time, Raymond Reimer wasn’t walking he was running. Running up a flight of stairs training to stay in shape when that bad boy Murphy, like a heat-seeking missile, struck at the knees.It was just six games into Reimer’s third Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season when the lanky, 6’4”, 205-pound defenceman went down with a torn meniscus.“I trained pretty hard this summer, didn’t make a Junior A team but came to Nelson,” the Vanderhoof product said following Nelson’s 4-2 New Year’s Eve win over Spokane. “I was starting to play pretty well but every year it seems I’m getting injured, which is tough to take.”Reimer followed Nelson Leafs coach and GM Chris Shaw to the Heritage City from the Penticton Lakers. In 2009 he played for the Summerland Sting. At the time of the injury back in September, it was thought Reimer might be lost for the season.However, the doctor decided to perform a less complicated surgery that allowed Reimer to return to the line up for game 32 December 29 in Castlegar.“It depends on surgery,” Reimer explained when asked if he thought the injury might be season ending. “If (doctor) would have fixed it, I would have been out for six months. But he just cut it out so it was six to eight weeks.”Still eight weeks off the blades, watching your teammates under perform and knowing that your presence would make a difference was difficult to stomach for Reimer.“It was really frustrating watching from the stands,” confessed the stay-at-home Reimer, who has two assists in three games. “Nelson has always been a top team in the league and seeing us not playing like a top team, and I know we can, it was really tough.”All that sitting and walking into the dressing room between game six and game 32 in street clothes is all in the past for Reimer.However, after dressing for his first game last week, a 9-0 shellacking at the hands of the Castlegar Rebels, Reimer may have pushed his return back a game.“This team needs to come together,” Reimer exclaimed. “We can’t have one person per game trying to carry the team on its back. We need the whole team to come together and if that happens, we’ll start to win.”Reimer admits to being in less than perfect shape during his first weekend back in spite of all the roadwork he did on the stationary bike.However, it shouldn’t take too long 19-year-old rearguard to get back into tip-top shape.Which should help as the Leafs begin a stretch run to the playoffs.ICE CHIPS: Nelson, 19-15-0-1 for third in the Murdoch Division of the KIJHL concluded the month of December with a 3-4 record . . . . Nelson takes to the road for a trek into the East Kootenay. The Leafs face the Ghostriders, Golden Rockets and Columbia Valley Rockies during a three-game swing against Eddie Mountain opposition starting Friday in Fernie. [email protected]last_img read more

Future looks bright for NYS boys rep program

first_imgThe future of the boys rep program for Nelson Youth Soccer should be coming up roses sooner than later.That’s all because of the focus NYS is taking with the U12 program.“The focus at this age is development,” said mentor/coach, Jamie Spendlove.“We don’t want to cut any kids and perhaps discourage them from pursuing rep soccer. “A kid that might just miss out on the team at this age, if there were cuts, might be a star player in a couple years, with the extra development.”Spendlove said NYS would enter two teams for every tournament on the schedule — the strongest players spread onto both teams.“We’re making them balanced, but not as strong as if we entered just one team,” Spendlove explained. “This weekend in Kamloops was no different where we entered two, balanced teams in the tournament.” The results were somewhat varied as a result, but overall, some strong performances were delivered from both teams and all the boys. “I was very pleased with the strong play and leadership shown by our second year players that were put on both teams,” said coach Kerry Dyck.“They lead the way.  But at the same time, several of our new players, both U12 and U11, stepped up at times with great performances as well.  I found that very encouraging. “You could see the progress even through the weekend.”The first Nelson team finished the weekend with one win and three losses. However, in two of the three losses, the team played very well, and with a bit of luck, could have come away with a tie or even a win. The second Nelson team finished the weekend with two ties and two losses. Again, they played very well in three of the games and could have won both of the games they tied and even in one of the losses.Leading the way for Nelson from both teams with goals was Ezra Foy with four, followed by Angus Paterson with two and singles by Keanu Tromans, Jesse Thurston, Jesse Harold, Dylan Luscombe, Bradey Sookero, Max Spielman, Josh Schacher, Thomas Baxter and Jaden Dyck. Jesse Thurston, Max Spielman, Sam Foy, Jaden Dyck and Bradey Sookero won game MVP honours.The U11/U12 Selects’ next action is June 2-3 in Kalispell Montana.last_img read more

Comment of the Day: Facebook Security Lapse is Weeks Old

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Contests#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanuscenter_img Related Posts Today’s winning comment comes from our post about a Facebook security flaw that allowed people to access private photos – including some from Paris Hilton at the Emmys and others from Facebook founding CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s vacation in November of 2005. In an excellent example of crowdsourced fact checking and research, Mark Jaquith noted that “this flaw has been publicly known for weeks”. Wrote Mark: “Here is a tutorial, from late February (AP is reporting that the flaw was fixed, so hopefully this doesn’t still work.)”Congratulations Mark, you’ve won a $30 Amazon voucher – courtesy of our competition sponsors AdaptiveBlue and their Netflix Queue Widget.Here is Mark’s full comment, followed by an extra comment he left verifying that Facebook has now fixed the error:“This flaw has been publicly known for weeks (which I report as an example of how poorly Facebook takes user privacy, not as a correction to your story). Really crazy. They weren’t checking user permissions for photo pages. If you could guess the ID of a photo, you could view that photo. Worse, they gave you ways to determine the ID of a recent photo. And once you viewed a private photo in the album, the previous/next links worked, showing you the rest of the private photos in that album!Here is a tutorial, from late February (AP is reporting that the flaw was fixed, so hopefully this doesn’t still work.)”Comment 2 by Mark:“Verified that they fixed it:“The page you requested can not be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page.”BUT you can still see private photos in which you are tagged, even if you were omitted from the permissions list. I created a new album on my wife’s account, and blocked all her networks, and all her friends except one (not me). I added one picture of me, then tagged myself in it. On my account, it announced the photo to me with a thumbnail and I was able to view it. At no time did it warn me (on her account) that by tagging the photo I was expanding the permissions on that photo. Not a huge flaw, but still — if people are going to trust these privacy settings, they need to be bulletproof.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Google Could Be Fined $10 Million for Violating Safari’s Privacy Settings

first_imgjon mitchell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#web Bloomberg reports that Google is negotiating with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over the size of a fine for violating the privacy settings of Apple’s Safari browser. The fine could amount to $10 million or more. By comparison, Google’s latest FCC fine for public Wi-Fi data collection was a mere $25,000. What did Google do wrong?The FTC’s job is to protect consumers from “unfair and deceptive” practices. Bloomberg reported that this would be the FTC’s first fine for Internet privacy. We found earlier precedent for this. Still, “unfair and deceptive” sounds about right. Google used a loophole to get around Safari’s default settings, which, while not technically difficult, was deceptive to the user.Google, like many ad companies, uses browser cookies to track its users around the Web and better target ads to them. Cookies are set by the site you’re on, but some cookies allow third parties to set a tracking cookie through them.The default setting for Apple’s Safari browser is to only accept cookies from sites to which you navigate, blocking third-party cookies. Google is one of several ad companies that routed around the setting by placing cookies on the domain you visit and using them to track you from their own domains.What’s So Bad About That?Web companies are tracking us everywhere unless we block all cookies, so one might be tempted to say, “So what?” It’s the default setting to allow some cookies, and if people are concerned about privacy, they should change the setting to block cookies. What’s so bad about ad tracking, anyway?But there are several particulars to the Google example that might give you pause. For one thing, you didn’t have to be a logged-in Google user for it to track you this way. Logged-in users can set their account preferences not to track them, but there’s nothing non-Google users could do to opt out. This kind of tracking was not a common practice, either. Jonathan Mayer at Web Policy found only four companies doing this, and they all stopped when Google got busted.Finally, there’s the deception part. Apple makes it quiteclear that its default setting is intended to block ad tracking. Even if Google’s tracking is not wrong in and of itself, Google was willingly changing Apple’s intended user experience. That should be between Apple and its users.At the time, Google’s excuse was that its users had “opted to see personalized ads” by using its services, so it was fine to honor those preferences over Safari’s. But that ignores the people who don’t have Google accounts and were still tracked.Furthermore, Google’s documentation used to say that Safari’s default setting “effectively accomplishes the same thing” as opting out via one’s Google account, but that’s now gone from Google’s help page.A Speeding TicketWhen Google gets fined $25,000 for snooping on people’s home Wi-Fi networks, that’s just silly. A $10 million (or more) fine is a much more stern warning. But that’s just a fraction of a percent of its quarterly profits. It’s like giving Google a speeding ticket.You may not care about ad tracking in and of itself, but the slope is far too slippery to let Google off the hook for this one. It shouldn’t have the right to intervene in the user experience of another company by deliberately routing around its privacy settings.Image via Shutterstockcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

What Lamar Smith Did – and Didn’t – Learn from SOPA

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts nancy scola Lamar Smith (R-TX), the mastermind behind last winter’s widely-disliked Stop Online Piracy Act, is back at it. His latest bill may not be the SOPA redux that some observers fear, but his legislative tactics are every bit as problematic. Fifty days.That’s the median time it took for eight legislative bills – on economic espionage, identity theft, abortion in the District of Columbia – to circulate in the House of Representatives before they were put on the agenda for Tuesday’s markup session by the House Judiciary Committee.Zero days.That’s how long the ninth bill on the agenda, a measure submitted by Judiciary chair Lamar Smith, existed before it was submitted for Tuesday’s markup. Unlike the other eight (H.R. 6029, H.R. 4362, H.R. 3803… ), Smith’s Intellectual Property Attaché Act didn’t even have a number. It had yet to be introduced into the House legislative system.That’s legislating the future of copyright, the Internet and creative content, Lamar Smith-style.The Smith WaySmith’s IPAA maneuver is of a piece with how he has run his tech and copyright agenda since taking the gavel of powerful Judiciary Committee in January, when Republicans gained control of the House. After 13 terms in the House, the 64-year-old Texas Republican is a copyright near-absolutist of the ‘theft is theft’ variety, a school of thought where, by all appearances, “fair use” receives less consideration than even MPAA and RIAA demand. Why Smith is so committed to that path is an open question. The TV, movie, and music industries havelongbeen among his top funders, but whether that’s cause or effect isn’t much worth debating.It’s the way that Smith goes about making legislation that makes one wonder if Smith learned anything meaningful at all from the recent fight over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that he authored and championed, and its cousin in the Senate, the Protect IP Act, or PIPA. There was an enormous swell of public interest in Internet policy back then, as well as the copyright policy to which it is inextricably linked. Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a democrat, explained his take on the sales pitch made by the the bill’s supporters back in January, when nobody knew what a SOPA or a PIPA was. “This is noncontroversial,” Wyden said, channelling PIPA’s backers inside and (mostly) outside Congress. “Nobody is in favor of piracy. This is practically a gimme.”The line from Smith’s office this week on the rush to get IPAA through: Oh, this bill? This one’s really no big deal.Echoes of SOPAIn the end, SOPA got tripped up by process as much as anything. Smith, as chair of the Judiciary Committee, called a single hearing on a bill that would have had a sweeping effect on the functioning of the Internet. The panel was stacked with the bill’s advocates. One witness, an attorney for Google, raised an objection. But as that bill steamed along to markup, members of Congress got the feeling that they been sold a bill of goods.“This bill is not ready for prime time,” concluded Wisconsin Republican James Sensenbrenner, himself a former Judiciary Committee chair. One of the most pivotal moments in the SOPA debate, in retrospect, might have been when Ohio’s ultra-conservative Jim Jordan jumped off the legislative train, suggesting that the House “take a little extra time,” not rubberstamp Smith’s SOPA without knowing what it really would do. Certainly, the website blackouts, news reports, and email and tweet deluges drew Congress’ attention to the major Internet bill barrelling through its halls. That was something new. “Here you have a picture,” Wyden said in January, “of millions of Americans saying that this process has been flawed, [that] it only listened to one side.” The Oregonian’s takeaway? “In terms of communicating with government, America is never going to be the same.”Tell that to Lamar Smith.In a way, it’s not his fault. Judiciary chairs in both the House and Senate have enormous leeway to handle the business that falls under their jurisdiction. But add to that the fact that in the past few decades – as the online universe has expanded apace – nearly all things having to do with the Internet have been ceded to those same Judiciary Committees. What you end up with is very few people making policy on a medium of historic importance not only for us in the U.S. but for billions of people all over the planet. It’s a dangerous combination, all the moreso when the process seems sloppy and rushed. The working copy of the IPAA posted on Smith’s website carries a date stamp from the House’s bill-drafting Legislative Counsel Office of July 5th, meaning that the bill existed in draft form for just three business days before it was scheduled for markup. Two of those days were during a holiday week.The draft also lists the name of California Republican Darrell Issa, the leader of the House’s SOPA resistance, as an original co-sponsor. That’s not true, Issa’s office said this week. He’s not a co-sponsor of IPAA and never has been.Again, Smith’s office says that’s no big deal. “We often list bills for markup to give us the option to debate them if we get them ready in time,” a committee aide wrote in an email this week. With IPAA not yet properly introduced, Tuesday’s markup came and went without its formal consideration.Ministry of Openness & Transparency All of this is not to say that Lamar Smith took nothing away from the SOPA fight. His team seems to have picked up the language of its opponents. The Declaration of Internet Freedom rolled up by activists last week, largely in reaction to the SOPA/PIPA case, included near its very top a call for making the crafting of Internet policy a transparent and participatory experience. Smith’s aide: “We plan to circulate a new draft based off those changes to ensure that the development of this bill continues to be an open and transparent process.”That’s transparency-washing, Smith’s critics say. “He might say that he invites a transparent process,” observes Josh Levy of Free Press, which co-led the creation of the Declaration of Internet Freedom. “But he hasn’t done much to show it.” Levy continues, “I think Lamar Smith could use an education in what engaging the public means. It means something different from just reaching out to his fellow members of Congress.”The view from the House Judiciary Committee offices is that the Intellectual Property Attaché Act just doesn’t warrant the attention. The IP attaché program has been around since 1996, stationing liaisons in U.S. embassies in countries where CDs are regularly copied, Nikes knocked off and electronics reverse-engineered. There are attachés in China (both Beijing and Guangzhou), Bangkok, Rio de Janeiro, New Delhi and Moscow, and there’s a currently an ‘unfilled but established post in Cairo. Their mission, in part, is to “encourage strong IPR [intellectual property rights] protection and enforcement by U.S. trading partners for the benefit of U.S. rights holders.”Smith’s Legislative Trial BalloonThe IPAA is a narrow bill, Smith aides say, focused on streamlining the use of funds in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and increasing organizational efficiencies. A reshuffling, more or less. The bill would, it seems, bump up the program from its home in the somewhat beleaguered USPTO to a slot in the greater Department of Commerce bureaucracy. It would add an 11th full Assistant Secretary of Commerce, this one charged with overseeing “intellectual property” matters. And there’s a bit of job re-titling. The post now known as Administrator for Policy and External Affairs at PTO would become Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Policy and External Affairs. (RWW’s Brian Proffitt runs down more of the details.) IPAA is no SOPA, but it’s plenty robust to warrant some healthy consideration.Actually, in its modest scope and wonkish subject matter, IPAA makes a rather nice vehicle with which Smith can test the post-SOPA waters. Move around pieces of an overseas program that few people have ever heard of, in a bureaucracy few people care about, and see who freaks. It’s a juicy bit of lawmaking – certainly IPAA would be a nice win for the so-called content industry angered by the way SOPA and PIPA played out – but maybe just dry enough that it stands a chance of getting passed.As it turns out, people did freak. After Politico reported the planned inclusion of the bill in Tuesday’s markup, techblogs picked up the story and ran with the idea that IPAA was SOPA back from the dead, that IPAA was the first move in a plan to move the bulk of SOPA through Congress piece by piece. The response annoyed Smith’s staff. “This week, the House Judiciary Committee released a discussion draft of a bill that streamlines the IP attaché program to help safeguard American intellectual property abroad,” Smith’s aide wrote. “Unfortunately, some groups and blogs have misreported that this is a follow up to the Stop Online Piracy Act. That is not the case.”In other words, IPAA triggered an early-warning system that had been built and primed by SOPA/PIPA. The alarm bell’s volume might irritate Smith. That’s understandable. But he should also understand that his way of doing things is what set it off.How to Dislodge Lamar SmithSo what to do about Lamar Smith? He’s up for re-election in November, but there’s little chance that he’ll be relieved from his Judiciary Committee post through the ballot box. Smith’s opponents in the May Republican primary in Texas’s 21st district, a software engineer and a sheriff, banged him over the head with SOPA as hard as they could. More attention to the topic came from local billboards organized by the anti-SOPA group Fight for the Future and funded in part through online fundraising. “Don’t Mess with the Internet,” they read, with the footer, “Paid for by the Internet.” Yet Smith crushed the challenge, garnering 77% of the vote. His Democratic challenger works as a volunteer for the Texas Democratic Party, and either way, the district is heavily Republican. (For political numbers geeks, the Cook PVI on Texas’ 21st is +14 in favor of Smith’s party.)There’s a better chance that internal House wrangling will bring an end to Smith’s reign as Judiciary Committee chair. One possibility: The House Republican leadership, eager both to be seen as the party of the future and to have the favor of the tech world, will lean on Smith to stop being so reflexively retrograde when it comes to the Internet. There are signs that similar forces were at play in SOPA’s demise. Another: Smith will be done in by House rules. At the moment, committee chairs have to step aside after three terms, as required by the GOP’s bylaws. Smith has held the chair only since last year, but he was the ranking Republican on the committee for two terms before. Leadership can decide that both stints count towards the term limit. That’s what forced out Sensenbrenner in 2006. (Next in line in seniority after Smith and Sennsenbrenner is North Carolina’s Howard Coble, who seems to have been neither here nor there on SOPA.) The last possibility is the most revolutionary. House Republicans actually elect their committee chairs, and Smith could face a challenge from someone within his own party, a la the epic battle between auto-industry favorite John Dingell and environmentalist Henry Waxman for the chairship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in 2008, when Democrats were eager to get legislating against climate change and in favor of progressive energy policies. Waxman won.To save you the trouble of checking: Darrell Issa is indeed already on the House Judiciary Committee. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#politics#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more