Noonan Dara Calleary is like an arsonist blaming the fire brigade

first_imgMICHAEL NOONAN HAS described Fianna Fail  job spokesman Dara Calleary as “like the arsonist that set fire to the building giving out to the fire brigade for not putting out the fire fast enough”.The Finance Minister was responding to accusations in the Dail this morning that he has failed to deliver a deal on retrospective recapitalisation for bailed-out Irish banks.Calleary retorted: “You’ve had three years to put out the fire…but you haven’t put any water on it.”He said that the Government had trumpted a 2012 agreement on the European Stability Mechanism as “a game changer” and “a big deal”.“Now it seems it’s wait and see”, he told the minister.Noonan said that a decision will be made on whether or not to apply for retrospective bank recapitalisation in November, when it is anticipated the ESM will be in place.Last year a deal was struck that could allow retrospective applications to the €500 billion fund.Brussels, however, is reportedly playing down the possibility of a deal on recapitalisation of the Irish banks.Nama staffIn response to questioning from Sinn Fein finance spokesman Pearse Doherty, Noonan admitted that the departure of staff from Nama to private sector property companies was “an issue of concern”.He added that there was no current example of it causing a problem, but acknowledged that many employees may be tempted away from the state’s bad bank as it approaches its wind-up date.He said that he is “open to discussion” on remedies to the issue, including potentially a “golden handcuffs” deal for employees, whereby some of their remuneration would be conditional upon staying with the agency until a certain date.Doherty said that “the private sector are poaching the best in Nama…the problem is that the cooling off periods are not active.”He continued:“There does seem to be a conflict…there is a massive concern that we’ve allowed that situation to develop”.Read: Noonan – Taxpayers put lots of money into BoI and AIB, now we could get some back>Read: Infographic: How much have the Irish put into their banks?>last_img read more

YouTube to launch mainstream ondemand movie rental service

first_imgWatch out, Netflix and iTunes, there’s a new movie rental service in town. YouTube will be expanding its previously short-film-only videos into mainstream full-length Hollywood blockbusters in the next few weeks.YouTube’s movie-on-demand service has already partnered with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Brothers, and Universal, as well as independent studios like Lionsgate, and Kino Lorber. These companies will be licencing their movies to the YouTube service, but there are still a couple big names missing from the group. It appears that Paramount, Fox, and Disney aren’t jumping on the bandwagon.A YouTube spokesperson told the entertainment site The Wrap that the company has been steadily adding more and more titles since it launched movies for rent on YouTube over a year ago. He said YouTube now has thousands of titles available. The movies are mostly indie rentals, so this new service will be a huge step for the video-streaming site.As of now, the rentals range in price from $1.99 to $3.99, but pricing details and the exact date that the service will start with mainstream movies is still unknown. At a time when brick and mortar rental stores, like Blockbuster, are having trouble bringing in business, and home entertainment revenues are continually declining, this new service could be a welcome change for Hollywood.This news comes not long after we heard that YouTube will be offering a number of premium content channels. With YouTube offering premium TV series, and original programming, which Google has devoted $100 million to, it’s possible that YouTube may be taking away some of iTunes and Netflix’s popularity.However, Netflix just announced that its profits were almost double that of last year, so I don’t think Netflix will have to worry about losing too much of its popularity.Read more at The Wraplast_img read more

A flagship Celtic Tiger development could finally be finished

first_img 19 Comments A flagship Celtic Tiger development could finally be finished When it was launched in 2005, there was much fanfare about redefining urban spaces and usability. Apr 1st 2017, 7:15 AM Share1 Tweet Email1 Image: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland! ADAMSTOWN, A FLAGSHIP Celtic Tiger-era development, could begin the road to completion following the announcement of a new infrastructure plan.The town, just south of Lucan, was the first of the so-called Strategic Development Zones (SDZ) which benefitted from fast-track planning – and the first ‘new town’ planned since Shannon was created in 1982 in Clare.When it was launched in 2005, there was much fanfare about redefining urban spaces and usability.An RTÉ report from 7 February 2005 said the €2 billion new town would house 20,000 people who could enjoy 70 acres of parkland, sports facilities, a rail station and multiple schools.But despite the fanfare, the hype and Bertie Ahern in a hard hat, Adamstown has been something of a stop-start development. Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.iePlans for Adamstown stalled and it became Ireland’s first ‘ghost town’, garnering international media attention.In 2014, South Dublin County Council stepped in to ensure Adamstown would not stay ‘unfinished’. With just 1,600 of the 9,000 planned homes built, authorities wanted to kickstart construction.While community facilities like a GAA club and pitches have been built, a promised leisure centre and swimming pool haven’t materialised.InfrastructureIn recent years, the lack of building has been attributed to a dearth of infrastructure building.Earlier this week the Government gave the green light to 34 infrastructure projects worth a total of €226 million. It is hoped that they will result in 23,000 additional homes being delivered by 2021. Source: Graham Hughes//RollingNews.ieTo that end, Adamstown will receive €20 million from the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund.The allocation includes funding for a new road linking Adamstown to Celbridge Road and the N4/Leixlip Interchange which will facilitate hosing supply at Adamstown while helping reduce the over-reliance of traffic on the heavily congested Newcastle Road.The SDZ masterplan lays down substantial infrastructural requirements, meaning that if works does not proceed on certain roads and the first park then residential development at Adamstown SDZ will be halted.Local councilor William Lavelle (FG) says that Adamstown is a “big winner” from the funding.“I am delighted that this new road has today been granted funding by Minister Simon Coveney. This new road will greatly reduce the over-reliance of traffic from Adamstown and West Lucan on the heavily congested Newcastle Road; and will in turn facilitate sustainable housing development.“This new funding will have the positive result of delivering key elements of infrastructure much sooner than would happen if we relied solely on the developers to fund them – which in any case may not be economically feasible.”Read: Council steps in to stop Adamstown becoming a ‘ghost’ town Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 21,110 Views Image: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland! By Paul Hosford Saturday 1 Apr 2017, 7:15 AM last_img read more

La Bulgarie abat 500 bêtes pour lutter contre la fièvre aphteuse

first_imgLa Bulgarie abat 500 bêtes pour lutter contre la fièvre aphteuseAlors que 37 cas de fièvre aphteuse chez des animaux ont été découverts dans le sud-est de la Bulgarie, les services vétérinaires du pays ont annoncé le début d’une campagne d’abattage afin d’éviter toute propagation de la maladie.La fièvre aphteuse est bel et bien présente en Bulgarie et les vétérinaires du pays n’ont eu d’autre choix de que demander une campagne d’abattage. Ainsi, le service national vétérinaire a fait savoir à travers un communiqué : “Trente-sept tests sur 1.600 se sont avérés positifs à cette étape. Des brebis, des chèvres, des bovins et des porcs du village de Kosti sont notamment touchés”.Au total, 500 bêtes devraient être tuées dont 250 brebis et chèvres, 200 bovins et 80 porcs, explique l’AFP. La mort sera donnée par injection létale et chaque propriétaire d’animaux abattus recevra un dédommagement. La fièvre aphteuse n’avait pas été observée dans le pays depuis plus de dix ans tandis que la Commission européenne a pris quelques mesures préventives pour la Bulgarie afin que la maladie ne s’installe pas dans le pays.Le 10 janvier 2011 à 16:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Two Giraffes Killed By Lightning Strike at Florida Safari Park

first_img“We are deeply saddened to share the passing of two of our giraffe due to a lightning strike. Lily and Jioni were in the pasture in their habitat when a severe thunderstorm quickly developed 6 weeks ago,” Lion Country Safari said in a statement posted to Facebook.“The giraffe do have access to numerous shelters in the multi-acre habitat, if they choose to use them. The keepers and our whole team were understandably devastated by this sudden and tragic loss; out of respect for their mourning and the pending pathology results, we waited to share this information,” the park added.According to park officials, there is no way to force any of the giraffes to use the shelters during a severe storm.Lily was between 14 feet to 16 feet tall, while Jioni was between 10 feet and 12 feet, according to Lion Country Safari spokeswoman Haley Passeser. The giraffes were not related.“It’s like a billion-to-one chance this happened to us and our poor giraffes, but we are looking at anything we can to improve upon” safeguards for the animals, Passeser told NBC News.Park staff did not witness the lightning strike, and it’s still unclear if the giraffes were killed by two separate lightning bolts or one that hit the ground near the two. Lily and Jioni were found close to each other, according to Passeser.“We continue to mourn our two incredibly lovely and charismatic giraffe; they will both be sorely missed,” the park said.In addition to 18 giraffes, Lion County Safari is home to several other mammals, such as sloths and pygmy goats, as well as several kinds of reptiles and birds.More on Dies After Being Struck By Lightning on Florida HighwayWatch: Woman Films Dangerous ‘Positive Lightning’ Bolt in FloridaLightning Strikes: New Report Reveals 10 Most Struck US States Watch: Man Is Nearly Struck By Lightning in Shocking VideoLightning Strike Kills 300-Pound Bear in Colorado In what is being called a “billion-to-one” tragedy, two giraffes at a south Florida safari park were fatally struck by lightning.The tragic incident happened on May 3 at the Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee, killing 10-year-old giraffe Lily and 1-year-old Jioni, according to park officials.The park, which describes itself as an amusement park and drive-thru safari, said that medical examination revealed the deaths of the giraffes were instantaneous.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Its nonsensical to compare Messi and Maradona – Kempes

first_imgThe former Argentina striker, Mario Kempes believes it’s impossible to compare two players from different eras, after Sergio Ramos placed Lionel Messi well ahead of his countryman, Diego Maradona, in terms of ability.An argument over which of the pair is superior has been revived, with Ramos claiming that Argentines know that the Barcelona forward is the best player they’ve ever had.“It’s nonsense, Messi is good, but he has never won a World Cup,” Kempes told La Gazzetta dello Sport via Marca.“Comparing players from different eras is impossible.”FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I won the 1978 World Cup, Maradona the 1986 and Messi still has nothing, this is the reality.”Kempes continued by expressing his disappointment over La Albiceleste’s 1-1 draw against debutants Iceland in their opening group fixture and believes that side cannot rely solely on the exploits of Messi.He also believes that, although there is enough individual talent in Argentina’s set-up, their inability to play as a team has cost them greatly.last_img read more

Sullivan Announces New Hires for DC Office

first_imgU.S. Senator-elect Dan Sullivan has chosen Joe Balash as his chief of staff. Balash served in the Parnell Administration as Commissioner of Natural Resources, after Sullivan resigned last year to run for office. Download AudioBefore that he served as Sullivan’s deputy commissioner. He also worked in the Alaska Legislature for nine years, including a stretch as chief of staff to the Senate president. During the governor’s race this fall, Balash published an opinion piece blasting Bill Walker’s record on gas line issues, so there was no chance of him staying on once Walker took office.Sullivan also announced that Mike Anderson will be his spokesman in Washington, D.C. Anderson was Sullivan’s campaign spokesman and previously worked for Alaska Congressman Don Young and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Another new hire for the D.C. office is DeLynn Henry who will be Sullivan’s scheduling director. She worked as Sen. Ted Stevens’ scheduler and assistant for 23 years.last_img read more

White House Plans Private Funding For The International Space Station By 2025

first_img 00:00 /00:50 Under President Donald Trump’s 2019 proposed budget released Monday, U.S. government funding for the space station would end by 2025. The government would set aside $150 million to encourage commercial development.Many space experts are expressing concern. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat who rocketed into orbit in 1986, said “turning off the lights and walking away from our sole outpost in space” makes no sense.Retired NASA historian and Smithsonian curator Roger Launius notes that any such move will affect all the other countries involved in the space station; Russia is a major player, as is Europe, Japan and Canada. “I suspect this will be a major aspect of any decisions about ISS’s (space station’s) future,” Launius wrote in an email.NASA has spent close to $100 billion on the orbiting outpost since the 1990s. The first piece was launched in 1998, and the complex was essentially completed with the retirement of NASA’s space shuttles in 2011.Private businesses already have a hand in the project. The end of the shuttle program prompted NASA to turn over supply runs to the commercial sector. SpaceX and Orbital ATK have been making deliveries since 2012, and Sierra Nevada Corp. will begin making shipments with its crew-less mini shuttles in a few years.SpaceX and Boeing, meanwhile, are developing crew capsules to fly astronauts to and from the space station within the next year. These commercial flights will represent the first astronaut launches from U.S. soil since NASA’s shuttles stopped flying.A complete transfer to the commercial sector is a different matter, however. Mike Suffredini, a former space station program manager for NASA who now runs Axiom Space in Houston and aims to establish the world’s first commercial space station cautioned that the U.S. government needs to have a direct hand in the International Space Station until it comes down. No company would accept the liabilities and risks associated with the station, he said, if the sprawling complex went out of control and came crashing down.His company’s plan is to attach its own compartments to the existing International Space Station and, once the decision is made to dismantle the complex, detach its segment and continue orbiting on its own.“For us, 2025 is the beginning of a conversation,” Suffredini said. He said he is happy that the administration is forcing a discussion now about how and when to retire the space station.Altogether, the administration’s proposed budget , along with an addendum , seeks to increase NASA’s budget slightly to $19.9 billion.About $10 billion is targeted for human space exploration and to “pursue a campaign that would establish U.S. preeminence to, and around, and on the moon,” according to the proposal.While the budget plan said it places renewed support on returning humans to the moon, followed by human expeditions to Mars and elsewhere, no precise timeline and few details are provided. The supersize Space Launch System rocket being built by NASA to send astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit — along with its Orion crew capsule — would get $3.7 billion under this budget. A test launch of this system would remain on track for 2020, with a first crewed launch around the moon three years later, according to budget details.“We are once again on a path to return to the Moon with an eye toward Mars,” said NASA’s acting administrator Robert Lightfoot in a statement.In an agency-wide address he said it was a “very exciting” budget with lots of potential, despite some hard decisions. Among them: the proposed cancellation of a telescope under development called WFIRST that would try to solve cosmic mysteries such as the nature of dark energy, as well as to look for planets like our own around distant stars. – / 2The Trump administration wants NASA to move away from low orbit missions to focus on deep space projects. The White House would like to eliminate funding for the International Space Station, turning it over to the private sector. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas last week said he’s against simply abandoning the space station.“As a fiscal conservative, you know one of the dumbest things you can do? Canceling programs after billions in investment when there is still serious usable life ahead,” said Senator Cruz.But NASA’s Robert M. Lightfoot Jr. said the budget will stimulate commercial opportunities.“So what we’ll do is we’ll ramp up efforts to transition to the commercial sector and the indirect federal government support of the ISS in 2025,” said Lightfoot.Lightfoot said last week’s Spacex launch and landing of the booster rockets proves the value of commercial partners. X Listencenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

The Worlds Biggest Serena Williams Fan Is a Computer

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global The last time I took the 7 train out to Arthur Ashe Stadium to watch the U.S. Open, my mind was absolutely blown by witnessing that level of play in person, and even more than that, by the gigantic tennis balls they were selling at the souvenir stands. I mean, those things are huge!Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesBut as groundbreaking as a big fuzzy ball might have seemed at the time, this year my mind was blown by something slightly more impressive: a behind-the-court tour of the amazing tech IBM brought to the U.S. Open this year.Our tour began with a Goodfellas-esque walk through the bowels of the stadium. As we twisted and winded our way deeper into the heart of the state of the sports arena, we passed racks of catering, old Open posters and even caught a glimpse of a very fabulous Serena Williams gabbing with a pal. I didn’t take a picture out of respect. (OK, fine, the door closed before I could get my phone out.) Our walk finally brought us to Scoring Operations, a room filled with more monitors and computers than the sets of War Games and Apollo 13 combined.This is where all of the data from the umpire chair system, the data from the courtside statistician and the data from the line calling system goes and gets distributed to various places such as the commentators’ monitor, the broadcast graphics systems and the video boards around the grounds of the U.S. Open. It is also, for the first time, zapped to the mobile devices of fans. Using IBM’s SlamTracker, you can get any stat you can think of, and some you can’t. The latest innovative in SlamTracker is its ability to predict play based on how players have previously performed in “pressure situations.” This really helps underline those “whoa, did not see that coming!” moments.Watson is here in this room, and he/she/it is busy with three active roles. One, on the Open’s official app, Watson is working overtime to help out visitors to the tournament. Within the app, people can ask Guest Services questions such as “Where is the taxi stand?” or “Where can I get a hot dog?” and Watson will tell them the answer. And if it doesn’t know the answer, it will find it and remember it for the next person who asks. All by itself.Watson’s second role is as a new member of the paparazzi. As the USTA captures images of the matches, the players and the celebrities in the stands, Watson using digital recognition to instantly identify the subjects of the photos and tag them correctly so that the editorial team covering the tournament can use search capabilities to gain immediate access to the correct assets. To non-media people, this might not seem super exciting, but the journalists on the IBM tour were basically drooling.Finally, Watson is also helping out with on-demand video, “listening” if you will, and subtitling and creating transcripts of all the matches and player interviews. All of that goes into a publishing system, which then allows all the subtitled videos to be published and watched by fans who are pretending to check their phones for work emails.Elsewhere in the Scoring Operations center was a robot named Pepper, who like Watson, has the ability to learn. If you asked Pepper to wave, Pepper might say, “I don’t know how to do that.” And after you explained how to do it, Pepper will remember and do it whenever you asked. Sigh, if only dogs and children were that easy to potty train.If all of this is starting to give you the creeping feeling that the computers are taking over, don’t be too alarmed — not yet anyway. Watch this, one of the 13 aces Serena had that night on the road to setting a new Grand Slam record of 308 victories later in the tournament. Pepper or Watson, can you return a 125 mph serve? Didn’t think so.center_img Register Now »last_img read more

Why Do Humans Have Wisdom Teeth That Need to Be Removed

first_img(Credit: Dooder/Shutterstock)Wisdom teeth seem like a biological mishap. Our third and final set of molars to grow, wisdom teeth don’t quite fit in many people’s mouths, leading to millions of surgeries per year. But in some people, these “extra” teeth come in just fine, while others don’t have them at all.What’s the biological story here?First let’s establish what’s probably not the story: Conventional wisdom about wisdom teeth assumes evolution was doing away with these unnecessary chompers until modern medicine halted the process.Throughout childhood, our permanent teeth emerge from the gums in a gradual sequence, starting with the first molar and incisors between ages 6 to 9 (Table 5.1). By our early teens most teeth are in place, except for the third molars (M3s), which usually appear between ages 17 and 24. If there’s not enough space left, wisdom teeth become impacted, or unable to penetrate the gums properly.According to the standard story, before surgical intervention, people with impacted M3s perished. Those lacking the problematic teeth flourished, passing on genes for reduced dentition to future generations. Today, thanks to oral surgeons, individuals with impacted teeth survive and contribute to the gene pool.But decades of research challenges this survival-of-the-toothless explanation. Many scholars now propose that third molar problems stem from our eating softer foods as children, made possible by farming and industrialization.Here’s the hypothesis: Compared to wild resources consumed by hunter-gatherers, agricultural and processed foods are mushier. Think porridge and french fries versus wild fruit and roasted game. Hard food during childhood seems to stimulate jaw growth, allowing mouths to grow large enough for three sets of molars. Soft grub doesn’t require enough of a chewing workout to maximize jaw growth potential.Thus, according to this view, overcrowding in our mouths is not an evolutionary issue, it’s a developmental one. Inherited genes don’t entirely dictate the fate of wisdom teeth. Rather, diets and chewing habits during childhood probably have the most impact.The Back Story of Back MolarsLike all apes, human ancestors had a lineup of 32 teeth: two incisors, one canine, two premolars and three molars, mirrored on both sides of our upper and lower jaws. Today, humans may or may not develop the final back molars. Worldwide, it’s estimated that one or more wisdom teeth are absent in about 22 percent of people and become impacted in 24 percent. The flip side: Over half the planet forms normal, functioning wisdom teeth.So when in human evolution did wisdom teeth become wild cards?An impacted wisdom tooth. (Credit: Renton et al./British Journal of General Practice)Several million years ago, our hominin ancestors had humongous back teeth. Australopith species (~2 to 4 million years ago), like the Lucy fossil, had molars with chewing surfaces about twice the area of ours today — despite the fact that these creatures were just three to four feet tall, with skulls less than one-third Homo sapiens’ cranial volume.Since the era of Australopiths, dental size has been on the decline in the human lineage. By ~2 million years ago in Homo erectus, molar surface area was about 1.5 times what it is today.Going SoftChanges to our teeth as humans evolved seem to line up with advancements in diet and food preparation techniques. First, by the time of Homo erectus, stone tools for pounding and cooking would have softened wild foods, making chewing easier — and mega chompers less critical.Around 12,000 years ago, humans began to experiment with farming, and this lifestyle ultimately took hold in most societies. Domesticated products, like wheat flour and cow’s milk, make for much softer diets than wild foods.And lastly, the industrialization of food production has really softened our meals. In Westernized populations, people slurp protein shakes, devour spongy Big Macs and munch gummy snacks. A far cry from the kudu meat and mongongo nuts eaten by some present-day foragers.Use Them or Lose ThemSo the idea is that processed and/or agricultural diets reduce the stress on our jaws necessary to induce full growth during adolescence. By the time we’re breaching adulthood, there may not be enough space to accommodate our final molars.This hypothesis is supported by comparisons of jaw size and M3 formation across different societies. A 2011 paper measured skulls housed in museums from six farming and five foraging groups. The farmers, raised on softer foods, consistently had shorter jaws, which would have provided less space for tooth formation. This finding is consistent with the notion that diet influences jaw size. Using more advanced statistical methods on a greater number of skulls, anthropologists in 2017 came to similar conclusions: They detected “modest” but reliable differences between foragers and farmers, particularly if the latter group had dairy products. Other researchers have shown this trend over time, though with only a couple dozen skeletal specimens.A comparison of mandibles from South African right mandibular dentitions from (a) A. africanus, (b) P. robustus, (c) A. sediba, (d) H.erectus, and (e) H. sapiens. (Credit: Irish et al./American Journal of Physical Anthropology)Similarly, access to processed foods is a big predictor of wisdom teeth problems across societies. For example, one study looked at third molar impactions among 900 rural and urban people in South India. Impactions occurred in about 15 percent of rural participants, compared to nearly 30 percent of the urban dwellers. In Nigeria, another paper found impacted third molars were seven times more common in urban versus rural people, based on 2,400 participants.A third line of evidence comes from experiments with animals raised on soft or hard foods, or sometimes the same diet either cooked (soft) or raw (hard). Overall they’ve found that soft diets led to mouth issues like misaligned teeth, smaller faces and under-developed jaws, in rats, squirrel monkeys, baboons, miniature pigs and rock hyrax, a roughly 10 pound critter resembling a plump rodent, but more closely related to elephants.These studies, though, don’t explain why some people don’t have wisdom teeth. The complete disappearance of third molars in some cases may indeed be an example of recent evolution, in which people lacking wisdom teeth didn’t face dental crowding issues and weren’t at a chewing disadvantage because their diets had softened.Furthermore, based on the above studies, it’s unclear which dietary changes — tool use, cooking, domestication or industrialization — triggered our wisdom teeth issues. But their cumulative effect is certain: Today, people eat considerably softer foods than our ancestors did, and our mouths aren’t growing to their full potential.Consequently, many dental scientists recommend increasing the number of crunchy, hard foods on your kids’ plates. Some additional raw fruits, veggies and nuts could potentially prevent later wisdom teeth extractions. As anthropologist Julia Boughner put it writing for The Conversation, “While science can’t yet say for sure that it will work, it probably can’t hurt.”last_img read more

Apple proposes a privacyfocused ad click attribution model for counting conversions without

first_imgYesterday, Apple announced a new ad attribution model, which aims to hit the right balance between online user privacy and enabling advertisers to measure the effectiveness of their ad campaigns. This model, named Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution, is implemented in WebKit and is offered as an experimental feature in Safari Technology Preview 82+. Ad attribution model and its privacy concerns Online advertising is one of the most effective media for businesses to expand their reach and find new customers. And, ad click attribution model allows you to analyze which of your many advertising campaigns or marketing channels are leading to actual conversions. Generally, ad attribution is done through cookies and something called “tracking pixels”. Cookies are small data files stored by your browser to remember stateful information, for instance, items added in the shopping cart in an online store. A tracking pixel is basically a piece of HTML code which is loaded when a user visits a website or opens an email. If proper privacy protections are not employed, websites can use this data for user profiling. What is worse is that this data can also be sent to third parties like data brokers, affiliate networks, and advertising networks. This collection of browsing data across multiple websites is what is referred to as cross-site tracking. How Apple’s ad attribution aims to help Apple’s ad attribution model is built directly into the browser and runs on-device. This will ensure that the browser vendor will not be able to see what advertisements are being clicked or what purchases are being made. The ‘Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution model’ works in three steps: Storing ad clicks According to Apple’s alternate Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution, the page hosting the ad will be responsible for storing the ad clicks. It will do this via two optional attributes: ‘adDestination’ and ‘adCampaignID’. The ‘adDestination’ attribute is the domain the ad click is navigating the user to, and ‘adCampaignID’ is the identifier of the ad campaign. Neither the browser vendor nor the website will be allowed to read the stored ad click data or detect that it exists. This data will be stored for a limited time and in the case of WebKit, it is 7 days. Matching the conversions against stored ad clicks The second step of matching the conversions against stored ad clicks will allow advertisers to understand which of their ad campaigns are the most effective ones. Conversion is basically getting the user to perform the desired action according to your advertisement, for instance, a customer adding an item to the shopping cart or signing up for a new service. In this model, tracking pixels are used as a way to determine what all actions are taken by the user benefitting the business. Data like the location of the user, time of day, the value of the conversion, or some other relevant data are passed to the browser through different parameters. Apple ensures that no sensitive data like names, addresses, or other are stored. Sending out ad click attribution data In the last step, the browser reports to the website or marketer the existence of the conversion. After the conversion is matched to an ad, the browser will set a timer at random between 24 to 48 hours to send a stateless POST request to the advertiser. And, within this time it will pass the ad campaign and other parameters to the advertiser. Apple is previewing this model in Safari Technology Preview 82+. It is also proposing this model as a standard through the W3C Web Platform Incubator Community Group (WICG). The model has received mixed reaction from users. Some think that this model can help in reducing online tracking. A Reddit user supporting the initiative said, “Ad companies are not having trouble attributing campaigns. The problem is that small, uncoordinated “privacy” features cause Ad Tech companies to become far more aggressive in how they track users. It’s not the companies that lose here, it’s you. A standardized, privacy-centric method for companies to accomplish attribution will help end the arms race and move back to a more consumer-friendly model. Small edges are worth a fortune in Ads. This is like the war on drugs. Clamping down and assuming ad companies will walk away is way too optimistic. Instead, they will move deeper into the shadows at whatever the cost.” Others think that it is not a browser’s responsibility to help online advertisement and should be on the users’ side. “I certainly have never wanted my browser to report ad click attribution,” another Redditor remarked. Read the full announcement by Apple for more details. Read Next Apple Pay will soon support NFC tags to trigger payments U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against Apple on its App Store monopoly case Apple plans to make notarization a default requirement in all future macOS updateslast_img read more

Introducing Ballista a distributed compute platform based on Kubernetes and Rust

first_imgAndy Grove, a software engineer introduced Ballista, a distributed compute platform and in his recent blog post, he explained his journey on this project. Roughly around eighteen months ago, he started the DataFusion project, an in-memory query engine that uses Apache Arrow as the memory model. The aim was to build a distributed compute platform in Rust that can compete with Apache Spark but which turned out to be difficult for him. Grove writes in a blog post, “Unsurprisingly, this turned out to be an overly ambitious goal at the time and I fell short of achieving that. However, some very good things came out of this effort. We now have a Rust implementation of Apache Arrow with a growing community of committers, and DataFusion was donated to the Apache Arrow project as an in-memory query execution engine and is now starting to see some early adoption.” He then took a break from working on Arrow and DataFusion for a couple of months and focused on some deliverables at work. He then started a new PoC (Proof of Concept) project which was his second attempt at building a distributed platform with Rust. But this time he had the advantage of already having Arrow and DataFusion in his plate. His new project is called Ballista, a distributed compute platform that is based on Kubernetes and the Rust implementation of Apache Arrow. A Ballista cluster currently comprises of a number of individual pods within a Kubernetes cluster and it can be created and destroyed via the Ballista CLI. Ballista applications can be deployed to Kubernetes with the help of Ballista CLI and they use Kubernetes service discovery for connecting to the cluster. Since there is no distributed query planner yet, Ballista applications must manually build the query plans that need to be executed on the cluster. To make this project practically work and push it beyond the limit of just a PoC, Grove listed some of the things on the roadmap for v1.0.0: First is to implement a distributed query planner. Then bringing support for all DataFusion logical plans and expressions. User code has to be supported as part of distributed query execution. They plan to bring support for interactive SQL queries against a cluster with gRPC. Support for Arrow Flight protocol and Java bindings. This PoC project will help in driving the requirements for DataFusion and it has already led to three DataFusion PRs that are being merged into the Apache Arrow codebase. It seems there are mixed reviews for this initiative, a user commented on HackerNews, “Hang in there mate 🙂 I really don’t think you deserve a lot of the crap you’ve been given in this thread. Someone has to try something new.” Another user commented, “The fact people opposed to your idea/work means it is valuable enough for people to say something against and not ignore it.” To know more about this news, check out the official announcement. Read Next Fastly CTO Tyler McMullen on Lucet and the future of WebAssembly and Rust [Interview] Rust 1.36.0 releases with a stabilized ‘Future’ trait, NLL for Rust 2015, and more Introducing Vector, a high-performance data router, written in Rustlast_img read more

Thanks and invitation by Chetty family

first_imgThe families would like to take this opportunity to thank friends; the community at large; special thanks to Lasec management, staff and learners; SAPS; Justice Department; Public Safety; Sharaj Ambulance Services; Hindu Burial Society; Twin Marquee Hire; Doctors Sardiwalla, Mulla and Sam Naidoo. If we have failed to mention anyone, be assured that our sincere gratitude goes out to all those who helped in whatever way during this difficult time. We have been inundated with floral tributes, messages of condolences via social media, and visits at our homes.Kalai not only touched the lives of those in Ladysmith and further afield in South Africa, but also abroad. This is evidenced by messages sent from the UK, UN, London, Australia, Canada and China.The family also takes this opportunity to invite the public to the 16-day ceremony, which is being held today (Monday, August 4). Venue: 15 Foxglove Avenue. Time: 5pm.Kalai Chetty leaves behind husband Logan Chetty, two sons, four sisters, two brothers and her parents. The recent death of well-known Head of Department (HOD) at Ladysmith Secondary School (Lasec), Kalaivani (Kalai) Chetty has been a painful loss to her loved ones and has devastated the community at large. The tragic accident that claimed Mrs Chetty’s life happened on Monday, July 21, while Kalai and a colleague were taking their routine evening walk in the area.During an exclusive interview with the Chetty and Naidoo (her family) families today (Monday), they said they are still coming to terms with the fact that her life was taken so suddenly.“On the day of the tragic accident, when I was notified of what had happened, I was under the impression that it was a minor accident. Little did I know what was waiting for me. When I arrived at the scene, I was greeted by the sight of her motionless body lying on the ground,” said her husband Logan Chetty. “It’s been like a nightmare I wish I can wake up from,” he added. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

American Airlines headed to Africa for first time in summer 2020

first_imgNewerMillennium Hotels & Resorts outlines ambitious Saudi expansion plans OlderSaga sells Sapphire cruise ship to Anex Tour American Airlines has unveiled its summer 2020 international schedule, which includes new services to Casablanca, Tel Aviv, Krakow, Budapest and Prague.  When American begins service to Morocco next year, it will be the airline’s first entrance into the African continent. American will be the only US carrier with non-stop service to Casablanca, which will be operated three times per week on a Boeing 757 from June 4th. “Our customers and team members have been asking when we’re going to start service to Africa, and I couldn’t be more pleased to make this announcement for service beginning in 2020,” said Vasu Raja, American vice president of network and schedule planning. “We look forward to working with Royal Air Maroc when they join oneworld in January, which will allow for even more connections further into Africa to places like Marrakech, Lagos and Accra. ADVERTISEMENT“This is only the beginning.”Returning to Tel AvivAs demand continues to grow between the United States and Tel Aviv, American is adding three weekly flights from Dallas Fort Worth, its largest hub. These flights will serve customers throughout the US and allow many customers to make only one stop, rather than the previous two stops that were available, to Tel Aviv.Services start on September 9th. Expansion in eastern EuropeAmerican’s Midwest hub, Chicago, has seen significant growth and now offers more domestic and international seats today than it has in more than a decade. Next summer, the growth continues with three new destinations in eastern Europe, including American’s first flight to Krakow and new service to Prague and Budapest, which American began flying to seasonally from Philadelphia in 2018. Krakow and Budapest launch on May 7th, with Prague following a day later on May 8th. “There’s strong local demand to eastern Europe in Chicago, and it’s important that we provide more service for our customers to visit family and friends or explore a new part of the world,” said Raja. “Chicago has been a great example of trying new things with our network, like seasonal service to Athens that launched earlier this year, and when customers take advantage, it allows us the opportunity to keep growing.”The new flights on sale on Monday, except Tel Aviv, which follows on October 10th.last_img read more

Police continue investigation into abandoned baby case

first_imgA woman whose new-born child was found abandoned outside the old Limassol hospital on Friday has not been placed under arrest, as police continued to investigate the matter, a spokesman said on Saturday.Limassol CID chief Ioannis Soteriades said the mother had been admitted to hospital for treatment and was not under arrest at present.Her condition was good.“The new-born is also very well and was placed in the care of the Limassol general hospital paediatricians,” Soteriades said.“We are in close contact with the state’s socials services,” he said. “It is a matter relating to the health of a new-born and the mother’s,” he said.Police were interviewing people about the incident before forwarding the case file to the attorney-general for further instructions.Soteriades said such incidents were unprecedented and the authorities wanted to make sure the mother and child were taken care of but also to resolve the case.He said the offence under investigation was abandonment of an infant and placing their life at risk. Offenders face a maximum prison sentence of five years.A nurse found the baby wrapped in a dirty towel, abandoned on a chair outside an office used by ambulance staff at the town’s old general hospital.The infant was transferred by ambulance to the Limassol general hospital where he was placed in an incubator in the neonatal ICU.Soteriades said the baby was born full term, weighing 2.8 kilos.He appeared to have been abandoned right after he was born as he was reportedly still covered with vernix when found.The Greek Cypriot mother went to the CID offices later in the day in a state of panic.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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