NCAA volleyball: Racraquin powers San Beda to 4th straight win

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Galanza hopes for Final 4 return in her last year with Adamson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCesca Racraquin was her usual dominant self as she captained San Beda to a 25-23, 25-14, 22-25, 25-15 victory over Mapua in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The open spiker unleashed 19 points, 17 of which off kills, on top of 17 digs and 13 receptions to steer her side to a share of the top spot with Arellano at 4-0.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Ma. Nieza Viray added 14 markers, Trisha Paras had 13 points, while Satriani Espritu and Maria Jiezela Viray both got 10 hits to aid the Lady Red Spikers’ cause.Mapua, meanwhile, continued its search for a breakthrough win after falling to its fourth straight loss.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 folkDianne Latayan carried the Lady Cardinals with 10 points.Later  in the day, undermanned San Sebastian proved to be too good for St. Benilde as it came away with a 23-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-23 win. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nikka Marielle Dalisay topscored for the Lady Stags with 19 points, 15 coming from spikes and three blocks, while Joyce Sta. Rita had 12 markers.Daurene Santos got 11 for San Sebastian, which evened its record at 2-2.Ranya Musa kept the ship afloat for the Lady Blazers with 16 points, while Diane Ventura got 14 as St. Benilde also fell to a 2-2 slate.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

‘McIntosh Village’ Accuses Hard Rock of Ignoring Social Responsibilities

first_imgResidents of “McIntosh Village” in Duazon, Lower Margibi County have accused the management of Hard Rock Crusher Company of not implementing its social responsibilities as specified in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed on March 19, 2012 between them and the company.However, Hard Rock Crusher’s management rejects the community’s allegations and said they are misleading.According to the MOU, Hard Rock shall at its own cost and without any reimbursement from the community, erect an eight-bedroom clinic for the benefit of community-dwellers on an ideally situated parcel of land to be identified and given by the community.The (MOU) also indicated that Hard Rock shall, at its own cost and without any reimbursement from the residents and people of the community, open the alleys within the community to allow free and easy mobility, which the company, over the past years, has failed to do, according to residents.Hard Rock, as stated in the MOU, shall regularly maintain the main roads leading from the Monrovia Robertsfield Highway to the company’s site of operations; but Hard Rock failed to address the situation after staying 11 years, the residents of the community explained, again.In the MOU the community residents also told the Observer that Hard Rock has an extended operation in “McIntosh Village,” the construction of a bridge to link the community to said village and to facilitate Hard Rock’s easy ingress (entrance) and egress (exit) to and from the village.According to the (MOU), “To this end, Hard Rock shall construct, at its own cost and without any interference from the community, a steel bridge consistent with the Ministry of Public Work’s standards.”Speaking with one of the community’s heads recently in the Community, Mr. Othello B. Massaboi, a zonal head of Rock Crusher West, said the company has failed to meet the social responsibilities as signed by its Managing Director and was allegedly pulling out of the community to another site, somewhere in Grand Cape Mount County.Massaboi explained that the community leadership on February 14 invited the company’s owners to a meeting but they failed to meet with the leadership in “total disregard” of the community and later began allegedly taking away all of the company’s equipment and materials from the site.He then stated that the community on February 19 of this month took a decision to block the road to prevent Hard Rock Crusher from carrying away the equipment until the company delivers on its social responsibilities.Mr. Massaboi alleged that Mr. Marwan Eid, son of Mr. Ezza Eid, called the police during the blockage. According to him while in the process of putting it under control, one of the police officers pointed his gun at one Stephen Brown, who, trying to escape, fell in a pit and broke his foot.However, Hard Rock Crusher, which is owned by Lebanese businessman Ezza Eid and managed by his son, Marwan Eid, told the Observer that it has satisfied most of its social responsibilities and even added a very important component, which according to them is not included in the MOU. A copy of the MOU is also in our possession.He said they built on their own accord, a junior high school for the community.Hard Rock, which had at least 85 employees, since it began operations in 2007 and ceased 2012, said they had paid US$16,000 for at least 10 hand pumps to be constructed in the community. The Daily Observer team found out that only five of the 10 was constructed and community members said the five are no longer operating properly “because they were shadow dug.” Some even accused Mr. Wendell McIntosh of asking the Eids to hand the cash over to him and that he would contract the locals to construct the hand pumps.The Observer contacted the Eids, who said they had to lay off the 85 employees because at least three separate factions had been formed in the community and their company’s operations and staff were no longer safe.They said that each of the factions had “thugs” that constantly disturbed their operations and turned the community into the “Wild Wild West,” the name of a 1999 US blockbuster movie, starring Will Smith.“So I got fed up in 2012 and decided to cease operations until they can put their acts together before we can begin operations again,” Marwan Eid told the Observer, via mobile phone.Touching on pulling out of Duazon, he stated: “We have been in this country for over 45 years, how can we just leave all our investments and run away. Ok, assuming that we are pulling out of Duazon, are we leaving Liberia? All of those who are accusing us of pulling out have, on many occasions, been to our main office where we have had numerous meetings. They can sue us if we don’t honor the agreement.”He further disclosed that they have always maintained to the community members that they are “100 percent” willing to build the clinic, but the conditions of the MOU must be satisfied.That is for the community to provide the land free of crisis and other land related issues.“Since we signed the MOU in March, this has never been done by the community members. Even though we ceased operations more than a year ago, we are still waiting on them to provide this land,” Marwan further stated.He stated that they were not pulling out of the area as they have two lines of quarries to be mined in the area and was just on one so how could they pull out.He also disclosed that if they decided to leave the area, they were under obligation, based on an agreement they had signed with Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to refill every hole that they are going to make in the area by a technical mean.Marwan also stated that they had opened at least eight alleys in the community; and the Observer team found out that the lead road leading from the main RIA highway into the community, though not tarmac-paved, but is in good and passable condition for motor vehicles to ply even after a year of the company not operating.Marwan Eid stated that they were not in the position to construct the bridge because they had been duped of a property that they had purchased across the river. The Observer team learned that the community was embroiled in leadership crisis, which has probably made the Eids to hold back.They (Eids) said there had been no control in the community and so had to cease operations until there can be one leadership, through whom every community grievance can be channeled and which also can report back from the Eids to the larger community, instead of three different groups coming every time with their individual agendas.“We are only going to move back into the community to begin operations when the Government guaranteed our safety because each of the factions—the community leadership, Rep. Roland Opee Cooper and Wendell McIntosh—keep obstructing our operations,” he stressed. He, however, pointed out that he doesn’t have so much of problems with the community leadership, which he said has been used on many occasions by Mr. McIntosh.MCINTOSH’S RESPONSEHowever, when we contacted Mr. Wendell McIntosh, he refuted every allegation against him.He added that the Eids’ quarry in the community was being managed by one Suleiman, who he said had always ran to him in order for him to mediate whenever the community had issues with the company.“My brother, I am so surprised that the Eids will tell you things like this. You need to talk to Suleiman, he will tell you what’s happening here,” Mr. McIntosh stated.According to him, Suleiman had come to him and told him that because of the rain and that since the holes in the operational site in Duazon were now filled with water, they were moving out for three months and would be back.“I never saw them again until the community people came to tell me that they were pulling out and so they would block the road for the company to meet its social responsibilities before they could finally remove all of their equipment.”He also stated that Hard Rock’s management through Suleiman, had given the contract for the construction of hand pumps to one guy in the community called Moore and when they (Hard Rock) felt that Moore could not meet up with the contract, Suleiman asked his (McIntosh’s) wife to take up the contract.He stated that his wife was contracted to do four wells. Those wells, he said, were done and are still functional.             He also added that stated that Hard Rock met him in the area when they came in 2006 to begin operating in the community. “I was the first to move here in 2004. When I came, here there was hard forest around here where we used to hunt monkeys and deer before other people started to come here. This is why this place is name ‘McIntosh Village’.”Mr. McIntosh maintained that being a businessman himself, understands the difficulties business people go through and so has always try to mediate between the company and the community.MEDIATION Meanwhile, a mediation role brokered by Mr. Henry Costa, a radio talk show host, brought together Mr. Marwan Eid and the community leadership on Friday, February 28.Mr. Eid again told the community that Hard Rock Crusher has since been prepared to honor all of its portions of the MOU. A seven-person committee was put together find the land and come up with a plan for the clinic. Mr. Eid promised to pay for the land.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Drug shortages still exist as 54 medical facilities licensed – CMO

first_imgChief Medical Officer (CMO) Shamdeo Persaud has disclosed that 54 medical institutions across the country have received their licences to operate thus paving the way for others to be accepted under the programme after reaching the acceptable standards.Persaud said that for these institutions to meet the requirements, they must be operating as a health facility within the criteria set out by the Public Health Ministry.“Through our licensing programme, we were able to licence 54 health facilities across Guyana, both public and private. We’re looking at having all of our facilities at some point in time, adequately licensed, meaning that they would meet all of the standards for operating a health facility within our jurisdiction,” he said.According to him, there are still circumstances surrounding the shortage of supplies and patients complaining about the fact that they are not getting the required amount of prescription drugs. He is of the view that more can be done to ensure that these resources are managed prudently.Chief Medical OfficerShamdeo Persaud“Issues with supplies still exist and even though the system has improved, we still have some instances of shortages. I think there could be more in terms of how we manage those resources. We still have patients complaining that they’re not getting the required amount of medications. The shortages and difficulties we experience with commodities will get better,” he stated.The CMO also recognised challenges within the procurement procedure and insisted that the regional administration was granted a sum of money to purchase medications should a shortage exist.“There have been some challenges with procurement and most of the regions do have a fallback mechanism where they can buy supplies for short periods of time to supplement what the ministry provides,” said Persaud.Several health centres across the West Coast of Demerara were facing significant drug shortages earlier this year, causing some patients to worry as to whether they would have to purchase basic medications.The issue started at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) and continued at the Leonora Cottage Hospital and the Meten-Meer-Zorg Health Centre.Sources at the WDRH confirmed on Thursday that many individuals, primarily senior citizens, were diagnosed with illnesses and were left with no choice but to leave without any medicine.Junior Public Health Minister Karen Cummings had told this publication that medicinal shortages were also caused as a result of the lengthy procedures at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), but efforts are in progress to eliminate these setbacks.She also noted that medicines reach Guyana after “metropolitan” countries are supplied. Adding to that, Regional Officers have sufficient funds, should hospitals request additional drugs.last_img read more

Top Cop now reports to 2 bosses

first_imgThe Police Commissioner in his capacity as Chief Immigration Officer, now has two bosses to report to, since the ministerial responsibilities have been divided between Vice President and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix; a situation not catered for under the current laws of Guyana.The hierarchical structure was made pellucid when the two Government functionaries testified before the Standing Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Foreign Affairs.Committee Chairperson, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, informed the body that Ramjattan had in fact been invited to appear before the Committee since he was the substantive Minister.Teixeira said he instead indicated, “There will be no need for an oral presentation from me since this mandate and function falls under the Minister of Citizenship.”According to her, this was the reason, in part, why the Committee was probing to determine precisely the hierarchal structure with regard to the Commissioner of Police, since the relevant legislation makes accommodation for the Minister with substantive responsibility forMinister of Citizenship Winston FelixPolice Commissioner Seelall PersaudPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattansecurity, which in this case is Ramjattan.During the course of the deliberations, Minister Felix sought to assure the Members of the Committee that he does not in fact direct the Police Commissioner, but rather passes on information as is required.Felix is adamant that he has never overstepped his boundaries, since other operational matters of the Guyana Police Force falls under the purview of the Minister with responsibility for Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan.Felix told the Committee members his relationship with the Guyana Police Force was merely tangential, since he would only have to interact with the Police Commissioner on matters related to immigration.It was pointed out that under the laws of Guyana, the Police Commissioner reports to the substantive Minister with responsibility for Public Security and the arrangement now between the two Ministries essentially means that the Top Cop now has to report to two bosses, with the ultimate boss being the Commander-in-Chief, Head of State, President David Granger.The Minister said, when necessary, he liaises with the Public Security Minister to “keep him in the loop.” This Felix said, ensures that there is no disturbance in the application of the law.Committee Chair, Teixeira, sought to clarify the relationships between the bodies especially as it relates to information sharing and cited as an example for persons flagged on Interpol’s international watch list among others.The Committee was told that this information is firstly shared at the level of Cabinet in its first tier, before being filtered down by the relevant subject Ministers.Felix informed the Committee that the modus operandi regarding the framework between the two Ministries and the Police Commissioner has been in place since last year.“So in other words you give instructions to the Commissioner of Police,” Teixeira asked of Felix, who responded saying, “I do not give instructions to the Commissioner of Police…Where necessary, I have to make contact with him, information is passed to him and he takes the requisite action.”Teixeira was quick to point out that under the Immigration Act, the Police Commissioner of, as the Chief Immigration Officer, reports to the substantive Minister for Public Security, but in the new dispensation he now reports to two Ministers because of the separation of the departments and ministries.Looming conflictPeoples’ Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament, Nigel Dharamlall, sought to grill the Minister and Vice President on the situation which he said poses a looming conflict, in addition to the onerous load sharing responsibilities.Teixeira maintained that based on the explanations provided the Police Commissioner, as Chief Immigration Officer now has two bosses.Felix, in attempting a clarification, told the Committee, “The subject Minister is the Minister of Public Security…in so far as the Department of Citizenship is concerned, where Immigration issues fall, I relate to the Commissioner of Police.Teixeira who served as a former Home Affairs Minister, told Felix – himself a former Police Commissioner – that immigration matters invariably crosses over to other departments such as the Police’s Criminal Investigation Department and the Special Branch to which he responded, “I don’t get involved in matters which I know doesn’t concern me.”She questioned who would give the order to execute searches, should a person be guilty of overstaying their time in Guyana, which falls under the ambit of immigration but would also require operational action on the part of the Police Force.Felix continued to maintain that rather than instructing the Police Commissioner on any course of action, the information is merely passed on.Teixeira explained that traditionally, the Commissioner of Police in his role as Chief Immigration Officer, reported to the Substantive Minister with responsibility for Public Security but this was not the case any longer since the hierarchical command has been split.She was adamant that while the Commissioner of Police may now be reporting to two different Ministers on two different areas, “there is an overlap of the responsibilities.”Felix contends however, “there is one boss in the Guyana Police Force…He does not have two bosses, he has a subject Minister (Public Security), the other Minister (Citizenship), who has come in, understands clearly his role.”Felix said, as Minister of Citizenship it is understood that his role should never conflict with that of the Public Security Minister, “I know that very well and it wouldn’t occur under my watch where there is a conflict between who is in charge of the Guyana Police Force ministerially and who has a tangential relationship in relation to immigration issues… I stop where I know I need to stop.”last_img read more

Kagere joins Simba on free transfer

first_imgHe has signed a two-year deal reportedly worth Sh8mn signing fee with a monthly salary of Sh450, 000 per month which is about three times of what he earned at K’Ogalo.Gor failed to reach an agreement with the player over an extension of his contract that expires June 30 giving opportunity Simba to move with speed to snatch the forward away.The Kenyan Premier League leaders are also in danger of losing Francis Kahata, Jacques Tuyisenge and George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo who are in the radars of both Simba and Yanga.Kagere could make his debut for Simba in Kagame CECAFA Cup that kicks off June 28.-Additional reporting from Futaa.com-0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia forward Meddie Kagere has ditched Gor for Simba SCNAIROBI, Kenya, June 26 – Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia have been dealt with a major setback after their talisman Meddie Kagere completed a move to join Tanzanian titans Simba Soccer Club signing a two-year deal.Kagere joins the Tanzania giants on a free transfer having seen his contract with Gor run out.last_img read more

Coach Valverde extends stay at Barcelona

first_img0Shares0000Ernesto Valverde won a league and Copa del Rey double in his first season at Barcelona © AFP/File / Josep LAGOMADRID, Spain, Feb 15 – Spanish champions Barcelona announced Friday they have extended the contract of coach Ernesto Valverde for another season with the option of one more.Valverde, who took over at the Camp Nou in 2017 after joining from Athletic Bilbao, won the league and cup double last season. “FC Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde, the first team coach, have reached an agreement to extend the contract between the two parties for another season (2019/20) with the option for one more (2020/21),” the club said in a statement.Valverde’s previous contract would have expired at the end of this season.He came within a whisker of leading Barca to an undefeated 2017/2018 season when only a defeat late in the season at Levante prevented the team from making history.Barca’s run of scoring in 37 consecutive matches in the league came to an end last Sunday with a goalless draw away to Athletic Bilbao.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Would you like to attend a free digital marketing workshop?

first_imgMr. Conor Boyce, a strategic marketer who has worked in senior management positions for nearly thirty years, will lead a new workshop this Thursday, 25th May, in Dungloe, to explain how to develop a digital strategy to promote your business online.This free workshop, part of a series of training workshops within Donegal Digital project, will introduce you to the digital marketing world and provide you with useful tools to analyse your business current situation, the customer and the market, and also to develop the right marketing plan that fits your needs. You will also familiarize with an extremely relevant tool to develop your online business, Web Analytics, to learn how to help boost and streamline online activities: acquisition, conversion rate optimisation and building retention. “Where does social media fit into overall marketing / sales objectives?”, asks Mr. Conor Boyce. He recommends identifying 5 or 6 ways of acquisition. According to Boyce, the best way to develop a digital strategy is to “keep it simple, don’t over-complicate things. Know your metrics”. Definitively, what you will learn by attending this workshop. “Everybody needs SEO and Social Media and need to be able to be smart”, adds Mr. Boyce. To achieve this objective, each participant will undertake in-class exercises in relation to topics such as:Identify top three business objectivesDefining your business modelIdentifying most optimum target market subsetsIdentifying sources of competitive advantageMapping out customer personasCompany SWOT analysisUnderstanding your value proposition Identifying Macro and Micro website conversionsDonegal Digital workshop in The Base Enterprise Centre Railway Road (Stranorlar)About Mr. Conor BoyceBoyce is a strategic marketer who has worked in senior management positions for nearly thirty years. He was the first sales marketing manager at Marine Harvest Ireland where he helped establish a global network of importers and distributors. He also worked for Donegal Parian China and was General Manager of a large seafood processor in West Donegal. Watch: Mr Boyce explains what attendants will learn by attending this workshop:When? The workshop will be held this Thursday, 25th May from 9.30am to 1pm (lunch is included).Where? At Dungloe Public Service Centre in Dungloe. Registration: This workshop is free of charge. However, registration is essential since there are only 20 places available. Please email amaia.sanchez@ernact.eu or call 0749168212. Would you like to attend a free digital marketing workshop? was last modified: May 22nd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal digitaleducationWorkshoplast_img read more

NAOMH COLMCILLE DINNER DANCE – PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgNaomh Colmcille held their annual dinner dance which was a huge success.The special guest on the night was Donegal GAA star Mark McHugh.Among the many awards made was to John Fullerton who received the Young reserve player of the year award, as well as Conor Grant who received the most improved player for the reserves. Thomas McKinley and Willie Gillespie received recognition awards to mark their involvment with the Donegal senior and minor teams.Sean and Mary Grant accepted an award on behalf of their son, Liam, to mark his recent selection as an Asian Gulf Games All-Star recipient.  NAOMH COLMCILLE DINNER DANCE – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: November 24th, 2012 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:dinner danceNaomh Colmcillelast_img read more

Predicted Aston Villa line-up to face Brentford

first_img Steve Bruce is determined to lead Villa back to the top flight this season GREAT NEWS Steve Bruce’s side had their 100% winning start ended by after playing out a 1-1 draw at Ipswich last weekend, even though the hosts went down to ten men in the first-half.And they will be wary of their opponents who are currently one place above them in the Championship table.Although Villa will look back on their draw against Ipswich as a missed opportunity, we expect Bruce to field a similar team with the exception youngster Andre Green replacing Albert Adomah on the wing to give them a bit more freshness going into the midweek game.Here is talkSPORT’s predicted Aston Villa line-up: ROUND-UP REPLY Latest Championship News impact Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Aston Villa seem to have put their failure to win promotion to the Premier League behind them with a solid start to the 2018/19 Championship campaign.They’ll be looking to carry on the good work against Brentford at Villa Park on Wednesday – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT 2 from 19:45. Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancercenter_img Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues 2 EFL result Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ stalemate Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off 2 goalless last_img read more

Netflix: U.S. Tops Internet Speed Index. Say What?

first_imgTags:#ISP#Netflix While the U.S. does have a whopping ten ISPs that clear the 2 Mbps threshold, it still has seven providers that fall below that, with Clearwire at the bottom coming in 0.5 Mbps slower than Mexico’s Axtel, which clocked in at 1.30Mbps. With 17 ISPs on Netflix’s list (and a slew of smaller companies scattered all across the country), that gives us one of the most competitive ISP markets on the planet, making it a shame that we can’t all get the speeds of Google Fiber, or at least in the 2 Mbps range. Take Google Fiber out of the equation, however, and average U.S. speeds drop to 1.8 Mbps from a reasonably strong 2.3 Mbps. That’s only 0.1 Mbps faster than Ireland, and 0.2 Mbps speedier than Mexico, which is last on the list. Finland and Sweden, by contrast, blow away the non-Fiber U.S. with respective speeds of 2.57 Mbps and 2.51 Mbps. Which gives you a sense of just how weak most U.S. ISPs are, even in a not-quite-global comparison.Image courtesy of Shutterstock In the world of Netflix’s new “global” ISP speed index, which the streaming-video service announced Monday, the U.S. takes top honors for fastest connection thanks to Google Fiber, while speedy competitors like Sweden’s Ownit and Finland’s KYMP come in second and third.Meanwhile, in the real world, the Netflix global index is really nothing of the sort. For one thing, Google Fiber, which offers service to a fraction of exactly one U.S. city, isn’t exactly representative of the nation’s Internet as a whole. For another, the Netflix index doesn’t even include powerhouses like Korea and Japan, which routinely kick ass in global Internet-speed comparisons.Of course, Netflix doesn’t offer service in Asia, and that’s your first clue that its Internet speed index has been assembled for reasons that have little to do with straightforward comparisons of global Internet speeds.Netflix itself is relatively open about this. It describes its data as a way to “give you monthly insight into which ISPs deliver the best Netflix experience.” And that’s your second clue as to what Netflix is really up to here.Netflix has long been prodding ISPs to join its Open Connect content delivery system, which it describes as a dedicated, low-cost video-file distribution system. Many big ISPs in the U.S., however, have resisted Open Connect, even when Netflix began making streams of 3D and high-definition video available only to customers of Open Connect ISPs. Of course, many ISPs offer their own video-on-demand services that effectively compete with Netflix, too.Coincidentally or not, broadband providers Google Fiber, Cablevision and Suddenlink, all three of which have signed on to Open Connect, happen to top Netflix’s U.S. Speed Index. So it’s not hard to imagine that Netflix’s newfound interest in providing consumer information about ISP speeds just might have something to do with pushing its content delivery network to as many companies as possible. Especially since Netflix has been known to enlist its customers to call their ISPs for this very purpose.Without Fiber, The U.S. Is Near The BottomWhile the speeds posted on Netflix’s index are far lower than the ISPs themselves would normally claim, the streaming service explains it this way:The average is well below the peak performance due to many factors including home Wi-Fi, the variety of devices our members use, and the variety of encodes we use to deliver the TV shows and movies we carry. Those factors cancel out when comparing across ISPs, so these relative rankings are a good indicator of the consistent performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network. nick statt Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more