first_imgINDEPENDENT TD Thomas Pringle has become the first Dail deputy from Co Donegal to openly support abortion.The Donegal South West representative confirmed to in a brief statement that he believed “legislation on the X case should be enacted.”Three other TDs from the Technical Group have lobbied a Private Member’s Bill in the Dail, calling for the Government to legislate on the controversial X Case – a Supreme Court ruling that women should be allowed an abortion here when a mother’s life is in danger.Socialist Party TD Clare Daly, People Before Profit’s Joan Collins and Independent TD Mick Wallace will need the support of the majority of the Dail – some 81 votes on top of their own – for the Bill to be passed.“In the week when Irish women have come forward to speak publicly about how their need to leave Ireland to terminate non-viable pregnancies made a difficult experience worse, tabling this Bill is a first step to creating a legal framework for abortion in Ireland in cases where a woman’s life is at risk,” said Ms Daly. The Supreme Court made the X Case ruling 20 years ago, but it was never made part of the country’s laws.Delegates at the Labour Party national conference last weekend unanimously passed a motion to allow for abortions to be legally carried out in Ireland – on grounds wider than risk to a woman’s life or health.But the party’s TDs have been instructed to vote against the Bill.Deputy Pringle was among TDs who met four women who were forced to leave the country to have an abortion during difficult pregnancies. Jenny McDonald, Ruth Bowie, Amanda Mellet and Arlette Lyons shared their stories in a bid to highlight the plight of women who are denied the right to a termination in life-threatening circumstances. DONEGAL TD PRINGLE BACKS ABORTION BILL was last modified: April 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

OpenID Pilot Program to be Announced by US Government

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Ten private companies, a number of US Government Federal Agencies primarily in the Health sector and the OpenID and Information Card Foundations will announce this morning in Washington DC the launch of a pilot program to allow members of the public to log in to participating government websites with their credentials from approved independent websites. That’s right – someday soon you’ll be able to log in to the websites of the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Insititute of Health and other government agencies with your accounts from Google, Yahoo and similar services. Below we discuss the privacy protection steps being taken, the usability issues and the ultimate significance of this announcement.Don’t worry, your doctor will not store your medical records under your Twitter handle yet. The pilot program is stepping first into a phase of public discussion, it is participated in only by Identity Providers that have undergone extensive scrutiny (Twitter’s not included) and participants say that individual privacy is being treated with the utmost regard. If they can pull it off, these organizations could make using the .gov web easier and more effective than it’s ever been before.Participating companies include Yahoo!, PayPal, Google, Equifax, AOL, VeriSign, Acxiom, Citi, Privo and Wave Systems. On the government side is the Center for Information Technology (CIT), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and “related agencies.”Conversation about whether and how best to implement a system of Federated Identity across government websites has been underway for at least the last 6 months. We wrote about the first public rumblings this summer. Kaliya Hamlin explains the state of the conversation in detail on her blog.The two biggest questions will be protection of privacy and user experience.Privacy ProtectionsOpenID board member and Facebook employee David Recordon explained to us tonight that participating government sites are not allowed to pass personal information about users from one site to another, even though we’ll be logging in with the same accounts. Instead, when we authenticate ourselves with Google, Yahoo, Verisign or whoever our Identity Provider of choice is, that website will pass a different, unique URL to the government site we’re logging in to. The identity providers will keep track of all the unique URLs used to identify us to different government sites and we’ll just need to remember one log-in. That means you’ll need to trust your identity provider to keep your private information separated between agencies – it won’t be up to the government sites themselves to do so.While government identity systems have long raised fears of totalitarian control and a single sign-on system sounds even worse – having private identity providers hide and broker the connections between a user’s account with one agency and another could substantially alleviate concerns about centralization.User ExperienceUser experience has been one of the biggest issues around systems of federated identity since they began to proliferate. No decisions have been made yet about exactly how users will log in to these government sites, but we will be given a limited number of choices between providers that have been government approved. (If you own a domain that’s an OpenID provider, you won’t be able to use that.)Most likely users will be presented with an array of logos to click on, launching a new window to communicate just with the identity provider. Once a user proves who they are to the identity provider, that company will then vouch for the user to the government site.Why Is This Important?This is a significant move for three reasons. First, it could make securely accessing government websites much easier for users. That would increase use of government services online and could kick off a virtuous circle of increased web-savvy service in response to increased citizen interest.Second, federated identity provides not just easy “single sign-on” but also offers the opportunity for users to carry personal information with them from one website to another. This “payload” of information can help new websites we use quickly personalize our experience and deliver more intelligent service. That’s likely to be complicated when it comes to privacy-centric areas like health, but there’s a lot of potential there. If Google knows you’ve made plans to travel to another country soon, and if you’re willing to expose that information to a government website, then the site could offer health-specific information about the country you plan on visiting for example. That’s a long ways off, but it’s part of the big vision of data portability.Finally, when any large institution puts its weight behind an open standard then that creates more incentive for other institutions to get on board with the standard as well. Federated Identity systems like OpenID and Info Cards have seen growing amounts of support from different companies, but as that support grows then the information available to innovate on top of grows, the number of opportunities for users to access innovative services built on top of standards grows and the incentive for still more companies to get on board with open data, innovative technology and data portability grows as well.To draw the standard railroad analogy, if one large railroad network adopts the new standard of rail sizes then trains that run on standard rails can travel further, the passengers can go new places and other networks have more interest in adopting the standard as well. On the information super-highway, the network of government websites are a very big railroad (if you will).The pilot program will remain a discussion for some time. The OpenID and Information Card Foundations are good places to visit if you’d like to participate in the conversations that will inform later implementation. marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#news#NYT#web last_img read more

Do What Works Now

first_imgThere may come a day when social selling replaces traditional methods of prospecting. That day, however, is not today. As things stand, it’s not tomorrow either.Much of what passes for “social selling” is research and the equivalent of an email. What the Charlatans and Snake Oil Salesman have laid down as the new gospel has overpromised and under-delivered, all the while using cold calling as a straw man. “Buy what we sell and you’ll never have to make another cold call as long as you live.”For brand building, there has never been a better toolkit—if you are a content creator. Digital has changed things: It’s a content creator’s world, and you are just living in it. For research, the social tools are simply unmatched. As a replacement for every other method of prospecting—including cold calling? Phooey.The question isn’t whether or not you are going to need to use other mediums in the future. The question is “What mediums should you be using now?” Right now, cold calling is still the fastest, most effective method for getting in front of your dream clients.Someday, you may be replaced by artificial intelligence. A chat bot may be your dream client’s trusted advisor. They could turn to it for advice on how to make complex, strategy, risky, strategic decisions. This is not happening right now. Right now, we are getting the weather, directions, and elementary instructions for our new products via ‘chat boy.’Certainly, we are going to use AI to augment our mental work, very much like we used electricity and machinery to augment physical labor. In fact, we have been leveraging the chip for quite some time now. The spreadsheet comes to mind, and now there are crude tools like Siri and Alexa, which gives us some idea about what the future is going to look like.Right now, you have to be your dream client’s trusted advisor, just like you have to be a rainmaker and create new opportunities.“What should you do now?” is a different question than “What you should do later?” Because at some point in the future commerce may include more interactions with artificial intelligence or something that looks a lot like a human being, does that mean that there is no need to do what is necessary to create value for your clients now?A very different future is coming; much faster than we are going to be able to properly contend with, but much slower than many believe. That future isn’t here yet, and while you should be aware of what’s coming, you still have to do what is necessary to succeed now, and you still use the tools that work now, including the greatest technological innovation in the known universe, the human brain.Be smart. Be practical. Do what works now. Do what works later when that’s what works.last_img read more

Blackhawks Glide By Islanders, 4-1

first_imgCHICAGO — Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks have picked up their games since leading scorer Patrick Kane went down with an injury.Toews scored twice and assisted on both of linemate Marian Hossa’s goals to lead Chicago past the slumping New York Islanders 4-1 on March 18.Toews recorded his first four-point game this season as the Blackhawks won their third straight and improved to 7-1-1 since Feb. 24 when Kane — whose 64 points were tied for the NHL lead at the time — broke his collarbone against Florida.Toews has seven goals and five assists in his last 10 games. In this one, he and Hossa produced as the result of dogged checking and pressure against a New York line centered by NHL leading scorer John Tavares, who was on the ice for all Blackhawks goals.“One of our top goals is to frustrate whatever line we’re up against,” Toews said. “We did that. I think the better we played defensively, the more we were able to create offense, whether it was off the rush or keeping them in their zone.”Hossa, with 21 goals, reached the 20-goal mark for the 14th time in 16 full NHL seasons. The 36-year-old forward missed it only during his rookie season and in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.“I think we played the right way,” Hossa said. “We checked their top line really well. We didn’t give them too many chances. That was the key.”Kane isn’t expected to return before late May, should the Blackhawks have another deep playoff run.“Obviously, one player can’t step up and start producing and playing like Patrick Kane,” said Patrick Sharp, who skated with Toews and Hossa. “The team in general has played good hockey. We’re moving on and hope he comes back soon and helps us.”New York’s Nikolay Kulemin scored at 5:29 of third period to end Corey Crawford’s shutout bid, but the Islanders lost their season-worst fourth straight.Although Crawford made 38 saves, he wasn’t tested heavily by the goal-starved Islanders. New York has scored only one goal in each of its four consecutive losses.The Islanders are five points behind the Atlantic Division-leading New York Rangers, who have played four fewer games.Besides not generating enough chances, the Islanders were guilty of costly turnovers.“To me it’s making the right decision,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “If you want to talk about the game tonight, we didn’t manage the puck.”New York needs to fight through challenges. “We’ve got to see some guys play with a little more grit and desperation in the game,” Capuano said. “That’s the one thing that bothers me a little bit.”New York’s Michal Neuvirth made 26 saves in his second straight start and fourth game with the Islanders since being acquired from Buffalo on March 2.Jaroslav Halak, who established an Islanders record and a career-best for wins this season, sat out due to a lower-body injury. He didn’t make the trip to Chicago and is listed as day-to-day.Halak is 34-15-1 with a 2.46 goals-against average in 50 games this season.Toews scored twice in the first period, both on backhanders that beat Neuvirth on the short side, to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead.“First half of the game was just, I don’t know why we’re not engaged,” Tavares said. “We just did not do anything well.”Toews opened the scoring 7:01 in when his centering attempt from the right corner — with his back turned — struck the stick of Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan and deflected in just inside the right post.Toews made it 2-0 with 3:56 left in the period when he shoveled the puck from the low edge of the right circle. It struck Neuvirth high on the left arm and carried into the net.The Islanders failed to score during a 5-minute major power play that resulted when Andrew Shaw head-butted Brock Nelson at 5:30 of the second. New York managed only one shot during the long advantage after Shaw was ejected from the game.Moments after Nelson missed a chance with Crawford down and out of position, Hossa was set up by Toews and scored with 6:05 left in the second to make it 3-0.Toews battled New York’s Thomas Hickey for the puck in the left circle and sent a pass across the slot to Hossa, who fired a one-timer past Neuvirth’s glove.Hossa stretched Chicago’s lead to 4-0 at 57 seconds of the third when Sharp’s centering pass bounded off his left skate and into the net. The goal withstood a video review.Kulemin cut it to 4-1 at 5:29 when he fired in a shot from the left circle after Tyler Kennedy’s drive from the right side bounded to him off the skate of Chicago’s Duncan Keith.(MATT CARLSON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Arsenal Loses 1-0 at Everton, Leaving 4th Place Vulnerable

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England — Arsenal missed a chance to strengthen its chances of Champions League qualification when it lost 1-0 at Everton on Sunday.At 36 years and 233 days, Phil Jagielka became the oldest scorer in the Premier League this season when he netted from close range in the 10th minute at Goodison Park.The center back was a late replacement for the ill Michael Keane to make only his fourth appearance of the season. It was Jagielka’s first goal in almost two years.A first league defeat in two months for Arsenal leaves fourth-place vulnerable to Chelsea, with the London clubs level on points with six games remaining. Chelsea hosts West Ham on Monday.Tottenham is a point ahead of Arsenal in third place.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoDalian Yifang attacker Carrasco in contact with Arsenal

first_imgDalian Yifang attacker Carrasco in contact with Arsenalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium winger Yannick Carrasco has emerged as a target for Arsenal.Sky Italia says the 25-year-old left Atletico Madrid to join Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang in February last year.Arsenal have made initial contact with the Belgian international, who has given his ‘approval’ to the move.Carrasco is said to be open to moving to the Premier League with the Gunners now favourites for his signature.Milan had been keen on Carrasco and the player even liked a social media post about a potential move to the San Siro.But there are doubts over whether Milan would be able to afford the deal, with Carrasco currently pocketing around £170,000-a-week in China. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Duke Basketball Releases Cool Video Celebrating All Of Coach K’s NBA Draft Picks

first_imgGrant Hill of Duke on draft day.Grant Hill DukeKentucky is the college basketball program that gets most of the love these days for producing NBA talent, but Duke has been pretty great at it, too. Since Mike Krzyzewski took over the Blue Devils’ program in 1980, he’s had 51 players get selected in the NBA Draft. Thursday night, he’ll add to that number, as Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones are all projected to get picked in the first round, with Quinn Cook a potential second-round pick. In anticipation of the draft, Duke has released a cool video celebrating all of Coach K’s NBA players.last_img read more

Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme an extraordinary step Sheila Dikshit

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi president Sheila Dikshit welcomed the historic announcement made by Congress president Rahul Gandhi to uplift the living standards of the poorest people in the country through the Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme, which she termed was an “extraordinary step”.Sheila Dikshit expressed her view that Rahul Gandhi made the announcement that under the Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme (Nyuantam Aay Yojna (NYAY)) for 5 crore poorest families of India, i.e 25 crore people, Rs 72,000 per annum would be deposited directly in the bank account of the woman of the family. She said that this scheme will apply both to the Urban and Rural poor families. She said “this is the biggest scheme for the poor by the Congress party” after the highly successful MANREGA. She said that this is probably the world’s first such scheme to ameliorate the woeful condition of the poorest people.last_img read more

Egypt police arrest AlJazeera journalists ministry

first_imgCairo – Egyptian secret police have arrested an award-winning Australian journalist and an Egyptian reporter for the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera channel on suspicion of illegally broadcasting news harming “domestic security”, the interior ministry said.Officers of the National Security service raided their makeshift bureau at a Cairo hotel on Sunday, arresting the two and confiscating their equipment, the ministry said in a statement.It did not identify the journalists, only mentioning that one was a “Muslim Brotherhood member” and the other an Australian. Their colleagues at Al-Jazeera English identified them as Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Adel Fahmy, and Australian reporter Peter Greste.The raid came after authorities listed the Muslim Brotherhood movement of deposed president Mohamed Morsi as a “terrorist organisation”, making membership in Islamist group or even possession of its literature a crime.The journalists “broadcast live news harming domestic security,” the interior ministry said, adding they were also found in possession of Muslim Brotherhood “publications”.Greste, a former BBC journalist, won the prestigious Peabody award in 2011 for a documentary on Somalia. Fahmy, who formerly worked with CNN, is a well-known journalist in Cairo with no known links to the Brotherhood.Egypt’s military-installed government cracked down on Al-Jazeera’s affiliates following the overthrow of Morsi in July, accusing the broadcaster of pro-Brotherhood coverage.Several Al-Jazeera reporters remain in detention, including Abdullah Elshamy, a journalist for the Arab language station arrested on August 14 when police dispersed an Islamist protest camp in Cairo, killing hundreds in clashes.The government declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organisation last week after a suicide car bombing of a police headquarters killed 15 people.It blamed the attack on the Islamists, although an Al-Qaeda-inspired group claimed responsibility for the bombing and the Brotherhood condemned it.last_img read more

Brazils Ronaldo believes Salah is similar to Messi

first_imgBrazil great Ronaldo has admitted that he is a big fan of Mohamed Salah’s and even compared him to Lionel MessiThe Egyptian has scored 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool in what has been a stunning maiden campaign for the Premier League side.Salah’s 10 goals in the Champions League has helped fire Liverpool to their first appearance in the final since 2007 and he is expected to be the main threat in their attempt to deny Real Madrid a third successive crown.Ronaldo, who only won the UEFA Cup with Inter Milan in 1998, has become a fan of Salah’s himself and believes that he shares similarities with Messi.“Salah, I love him. He is an incredible player with a tremendous quality,” said the Brazilian, according to beINSPORTS.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“He looks like Messi. I recently read him saying that I had been his inspiration and I was excited.”However, the 41-year-old is expecting his former club Real to overcome Liverpool in the final.“My result is 3-2 for Madrid,” said Ronaldo.“If they win the final it will be an unprecedented event in their history. I am very optimistic.“There were doubts during the year, but Real Madrid came together and have achieved something historic.”last_img read more