J.A.L.CO becomes Silver Sponsor for 2010 Allan Cup

first_imgSubmitted article- Advertisement -The 2010 Allan Cup Committee is proud to announce another sponsor for the event. J.A.L.CO Machine Works of Fort St. John has joined a long list of companies that are supporting the Allan Cup.As a Silver sponsor, J.A.L.CO has donated $4,000 towards this event. There are still a few spots left for sponsors and you can contact Paul van Nostrand if you’d like to sponsor the event at 250-793-2211. J.A.L.CO Machine Works is another long time sponsor of the Fort St. John Flyers who has gone above and beyond by sponsoring both the team and this national tournament. In the attached photo J.A.L.CO Machine Works owner Mark Jeffery and staff present Paul van Nostrand with their donation.With less than 20 days to go, now is the time to purchase your tickets to the 2010 Allan Cup. If you want to pick your seats for the event, the Allan Cup Committee suggests you do it now or you may miss out on your chance to get a reserved seat. There are two packages of tickets available now. The first is an 11 game reserved seating package for $165 and the second is an 11 game general admission package for only $110 (plus applicable fees and taxes). Tickets can be purchased at the North Peace Cultural Centre, online at www.2010allancup.ca or by calling 250-785-1992. Once the event starts, tickets for individual games will available at the North Peace Arena. Photo: Members from J.A.L.CO Machine Works present Flyer’s President Paul van Nostrand a cheque for $4,000.last_img read more

Wikipedia’s Inkblots: Normality in Tech and Medicine

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#crowdsourcing#health#web dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Wikipedia is aflutter with angry psychologists demanding that the community take down reproductions of 10 original Rorschach inkblot plates and their statistically common responses. The Rorschach tests have been used since the 1920’s to determine psychological disorders through the analysis of images. Twenty-five percent of all forensic cases utilize the Rorschach test in assessing defendant competency and criminal responsibility. According to the New York Times, Dr. James Heilman of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan originally uploaded the files and discussion has exploded ever since with doctors on both sides of the argument.Although Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach (the creator of the test died) in 1922, the inkblots are still widely used in personality and psychological assessment today. However, once an image’s copyright owner passes away, that image is automatically released into the public domain 70 years after his/her death unless an extension is filed. While many argue that Wikipedia’s release of the inkblots invalidates testing and causes potential harm to patients, others argue that the images are already widely accessible and too relevant to the article to omit. For now, the Wikipedia discussion page states,”Prior discussion has determined that Rorschach inkblots images shall be displayed in this article, and removal of pictures without consensus at Talk:Rorschach test/images [the discussion page] will be reverted.”Times reporter Noam Cohen writes about those against the posted images saying, “For them [the psychologists], the Wikipedia page is the equivalent of posting an answer sheet to next year’s SAT.”The fact that both of these tests are based on normative results adds another dimension to the Wikipedia debate – whether or not the inkblot test is a valid metric in the first place. In the late nineties, based on reviewing the demographics of students with the lowest averages in the country, critics called the SAT racist, urban-centric and classist. With the test determining college placement, scholarship eligibility and in some cases, job placement, it remains an important one. For this reason, it was redrafted in 2005 to be more tolerant of diversity and more reflective of classroom curriculum. With the Rorschach inkblots having been established since the 1920’s, what are the chances that each of us aren’t already showing signs of major psychosis? If there’s a doctor in the house, by all means, let us know if and how the psychological indicators of the test have changed over time. There’s no doubt that a number of those awaiting SATs and psychometric testing might choose to game the system. While higher SAT scores improve college eligibility, average Rorschach inkblot results might alleviate the fear of being estranged from friends and family. Unless the person being psychologically profiled wants to shirk criminal responsibility or can see themselves as a danger to themselves or others, it makes sense to want to establish “normality”. But why is Wikipedia more responsible to protect Rorschach testing than scientific journals or medical websites? Admittedly, I am not an expert in medicine, psychology or the forensic sciences and I have no idea how these Wikipedia images will affect the patient community. However, as a tech blogger, I understand this issue to be Wikipedia’s dedication to free and educational content – even when that education is widely debated. It will be interesting to see if those against the inkblot posting will be able to determine a consensus to have them removed. 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