Alexis Sanchez will not return for Arsenal until around mid-January after suffering a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury.Sanchez has been sidelined since late November and, having been pencilled in for his comeback in Monday night’s 2-1 Premier League victory over Manchester City, he will now be absent for the entire Christmas schedule.The trip to Liverpool on January 13 is the likely date for his return, forcing him to miss fixtures against Southampton, Bournemouth, Newcastle and Sunderland.“Sanchez will be back around January 10. We can’t count on him around the Christmas period. He’s had a very slight setback,” manager Arsene Wenger said.“It was planned for him to be on the bench for City. He’s so keen, but he got a little pain in training two days ago and we haven’t taken a gamble.”The loss of Sanchez has been offset by the ongoing brilliance of Mesut Ozil, who defied a chest infection to mastermind victory over title rivals City.Ozil was the Gunners’ ringmaster, setting up first-half goals for Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud and presenting Aaron Ramsey with a superb chance after the interval.“Ozil had a chest infection this weekend and he was in bed, basically. He had only one training session,” Wenger said.“For a guy who could not prepare well, he has done extremely well physically. I’m a bit cautious because we lost three or four players recently.”In the past, Ozil has frustrated Arsenal fans for floating in and out of matches, but he was given a standing ovation when replaced against City. Wenger hailed his vision.“In football you need one guy who gives the ball to the one who scores the goal,” the Frenchman said.“In our team, most of the time, Ozil is this player. The guys who sees makes you win, and he is that.“Ozil is much more mature now, much more keen to take responsibility. I believe he’s developed his physical attributes and commitment. You can see his desire to win. He plays to win the game.“His talent is exceptional and he realise he can help us in every single game.” 1 Alexis Sanchez
Cloughaneely GAA News:***Peil na mBan***Chaill foireann na mban a gcluiche i gComórtas Peile na Gaeltachta ar Aoine an Chéasta. Bhuail Naomh Conall iad i bPáirc Naomh Fionán. ***Divison 2 League***The senior team was narrowly defeated by Realt na Mara in the second round of the Division 2 league in sunny Gaelic Park, Bundoran on Easter Monday. Final Score CCF 0-11, Realt na Mara 1-10. It was a closely fought battle from start to finish, with the determining scores coming in the dying minutes of the game. Cloughaneely made their intentions clear from the initial throw in, with Darren McGeever putting the 1st point on the scoreboard for Cloughaneely 30 seconds into the first half. This was closely followed by 2 converted frees from John Fitzgerald before Realt na Mara responded with their first point from a free 13 mins into the game. Realt na Mara quickly rattled over another 2 points leaving it all square 20 mins into the first half. From there the game progressed on a point for point basis with further points for CCF coming from Declan McGarvey, John McGarvey and a Darren McGeever free, leaving the game all level at 0-06/0-06 at half time. Cloughaneely again dominated the 2nd half throw in with Shaun McGuire firing over CCF’s first point of the 2nd half 20 seconds in. The 2nd half was very much tit for tat all the way. CCF battle strongly to stay ahead of the game, in particular Darren McGeever and Cillian Gallagher who stood up to the mark. CCF 2nd half points came from Shaun McGuire (0-02, 1F), 2 more converted John Fitzgerald frees, and Ciaran Scanlon. Cloughaneely were 1 point up with about 3 mins left on the clock when Realt na Mara were awarded a penalty where Realt Na Mara’s Tommy Hourihane found the back of the net leaving the Bundoran side ahead by 2 points. Unfortunately for CCF, the penalty sealed the dealt for Realt na Mara!Scorers for CCF: Darren McGeever (0-02, 1F), John Fitzgerald (0-04, 4F), Declan McGarvey (0-01), John McGarvey (0-01), Shaun McGuire (0-02), Ciaran Scanlon (0-01). The reserves left Bundoran with a win over Realt na Mara, on what was a busy day for the Number 1 jerseys! Final Score was CCF 5-11, Realt na Mara 4-06.Due to Donegal playing in the League Semi-Final on Sunday, April 12th, the club league games will now be played Saturday April 11th. Cloughaneely will play Naomh Mhuire away. Reserves 5:30, seniors 7:00.***100 Club Winners***Congratulations to the February 100 Club Winners: €500 – Gerry Flynn; €100 – Petie McGowan, Neil McGee, Danny Kearney, John Fitzgerald, Michael McFadden. March’s winners will be announced shortly.***Monthly Club Meeting***The next club meeting will take place Monday, April 13th, at 8:30 at the clubhouse. ***U-16’s***The U-16’s were narrowly beaten by St. Michaels on Friday last. They are now due to play away to Fanad Gaels on Friday, April 10th, at 6:30.***REMINDER: Topaz Cash for Clubs Scheme***For those of you who will be clocking up the extra miles travelling to county and Club games in the coming weeks,Cloughaneely GAA club has signed up to the Topaz Cash for Clubs initiative where you can help win up to E 10,000 for the club! The Cash for Club Scheme ends 5pm Sunday 10 May 2015. Collect a card at your local Topaz and you will earn one stamp per fuel transaction with a minimum value of E40. We need to collect 300 completed cards to qualify for the draw so your help and support is appreciated!! When you have your card completed you can drop them into the Cloughaneely boxes in TOPAZ outlets in Falcarragh or Gortahork. Alternatively you can hand over your stamped card to Anna Marie Coyle, Martin Duggan, Marie McClafferty or any club officer.*******The Club ID which you will need to enter on the loyalty card is 10906*****GAA NEWS: CLOUGHANEELY SUFFER NARROW LEAGUE DEFEAT AGAINST BUNDORAN was last modified: April 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CloughaneelyGAANoticesSport
Ballyshannon is set to feature on a special SKY TV programme on tomorrow, Thursday, with a film crew from IRISH TV capturing all the music, melodies and madness from the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival.The one hour programme ‘Out & About in Ireland’ on SKY TV channel 201 this coming Thursday at 9.00pm is packed with wonderful features from across the country and will showcase all the energy and atmosphere surrounding the famous festival celebrated in the birthplace of legendary guitarist Rory Gallagher.“Our weekly programme ‘Out & About in Ireland’ is getting a phenomenal reaction right around Ireland with a very loyal viewership every week in the UK and USA also,” commented IRISH TV producer Pierce O’Reilly. “We love coming to Donegal especially when it comes to music because there is such a rich tradition of music in this county whether it’s traditional, rock or folk and whether it’s a small gathering in a pub to a big festival like the Rory Gallagher Tribute in Ballyshannon.”Speaking about the SKY TV programme, Barry O’Neill, organiser of the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival stated, “Firstly it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the region but it’s also great to be able to highlight a different side to Donegal, a rockier, more contemporary element,” he said.The programme will feature lots of the magical melodies from the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival the IRISHTV show will also sample tasty treats from the Burren Slow Food Festival in Co. Clare, take on the Croagh Patrick 7 Day Challenge in Co. Mayo, and test its handicap at the K Club in Co. Kildare.The weekly IRISH TV programme ‘Out & About in Ireland’ has an audience reach of 26 million viewers across Europe and a growing worldwide online audience every week. www.irishtv.ie has received over 4 million hits on its website in six months. The show can be viewed on SKY TV channel 201 or on Freesat 403 tomorrow, Thursday, June 7th at 9.00p.m and will be repeated again the following Sunday and Monday night at 7.00p.m. Alternatively you can watch the entire show online at www.irishtv.ie. RORY GALLAGHER FESTIVAL TO FEATURE IN SKY TV SHOW was last modified: June 6th, 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) Tags:RORY GALLAGHER FESTIVAL TO FEATURE IN SKY TV SHOW
Fianna Fáil Cllr Ciaran Brogan has said the infrastructure on Donegal’s roads has to be improved as road surfaces continue to deteriorate all across the county. Brogan has insisted that funding is ‘imperative’ in order to improve the infrastructure of our roads. Brogan told Donegal Daily, “As a county without a rail service, Donegal depends hugely on its roads.“A large percentage of our roads have deteriorated significantly due to the cuts of recent years.Brogan believes the issue surrounding funding for our road infrastructure is being ignored by the Government, an example for Brogan, is that of the ‘Local Improvement Schemes’ which have not received any worthwhile money in the last three years.Brogan added, “Regional road funding has also been cut – the best example of that is the road from Ramelton to Letterkenny at Woodlands. “Investment is also needed on the N56 from the Mountain Top in Letterkenny to Termon at Bluebanks which is now at the Compulsory Purchase Order stage.“I am demanding that the funding be provided to complete what is a very dangerous stretch of roadway.Brogan feels the Government must also renew its commitment to the A5 from Letterkenny to Lifford and on to Monaghan which has been allowed to sit in limbo.Brogan concluded, “The stretch from Manorcunningham to Lifford is ready to go and this work can start now if the Government allocates the appropriate funding to it.“I will continue to press for these improvements to our road networks and links.“We should not be forced to put up with substandard roads while the rest of the country thrives on good roadways and a rail network. ELECTION 2014: BROGAN – “FUNDING TO IMPROVE DONEGAL ROADS IMPERATIVE” was last modified: May 20th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Election 2014: Ciaran BrogannewsPolitics
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – For the second time this season, Drake University senior Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week, the league announced Monday, Feb. 5.Timmer earned the honor after a historic week in which he became Drake’s all-time scoring leader with 1,812 career points and moved into 30th in career scoring in the MVC record book. He shared the Valley’s weekly honor with Evansville’s Ryan Taylor who averaged 28.5 points per game on the week.In the pair of games last week, he averaged 27.0 points on 14-of-29 shooting, 7-of-16 from the three-point arc and was 19-of-22 at the free-throw line. He opened the week with 22 points in the loss to SIU and followed that up by matching a career-high with 32 points in the road win at Bradley.With a three-pointer at the 4:56 mark in the first half at Bradley, he became Drake’s all-time leading scorer, passing Josh Young’s 1,789 career points. He was also 12-of-14 from the free-throw line at Bradley including 6-of-6 in the final minute to help preserve the Bulldogs’ win as he scored 17 second-half points to push the Bulldogs to victory.His two performances of 20 or more points on the week gives him 11 such performances on the year, the second most in the league and he has the most 30-point games this season of any Valley player this season.Print Friendly Version
Thorgan Hazard has joined Belgian club SV Zulte Waregem on a season-long loan.The 19-year-old younger brother of Eden Hazard joined Chelsea from French side Lens earlier this summer.He featured in the Blues’ recent Under-21 Premier League opener against Manchester City.See also:Chelsea youngsters draw with Manchester City in opening gameChelsea Under-21 boss hails new set-upChelsea starlet tipped to shine – with help from TorresFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Scientists are realizing that components of wood have many practical and healthful uses.Wood PlasticResearchers in Finland are developing composite materials from wood and plastics, manufactured using liquid byproducts of wood. PhysOrg describes how they are repurposing liquid waste material from biochar production and combining it with plastic to make materials that are greener for the environment. The resulting “wood-plastic composites” (WPCs) can be used for automobiles, buildings and other everyday products wherever petroleum-based plastics are currently utilized.Wood StewWoodchucks might chuck wood, but who could chew it? Old time environmentalist Euell Gibbons used to get chuckles by munching on bark in his quest for natural foods, but scientists are beginning to discover nutrient value in wood-derived polymers like xylan, fibrillated cellulose and lignin. Science Daily tells how Finnish researchers are considering xylan (a variety of hemicellulose) to enhance texture of foods like yogurt. Fibrillated cellulose can act as a thickener for dairy products. Even lignin, a prime component of wood, might look delicious in future food products:As technology develops, increasingly sophisticated ingredients can be extracted from wood, and even lignin could be a candidate for a new food additive. The surface-active properties of lignin could be utilised to prepare emulsions (mixtures of water and oil) and foams with improved texture. Lignin could also be used to reduce oxidation in food products.VTT tested lignin in the manufacture of muffins: In addition to giving muffins a fluffier texture, lignin proved to be a surprisingly efficient substitute for whole eggs and egg yolks. Lignin also functioned as emulsifier in mayonnaise and supported juiciness in a meat product.Don’t go sprinkling sawdust in your cookie dough just yet. Researchers are still working out the safety aspects of these additives, the article says.We are surrounded by riches we too often dismiss as useless. Eat a tree? Right. Come on. Wood is for burning. But within that wood there are amazing molecules that are just now—after millennia of dismissive ignorance—proving to be good as gold. If we looked at the world as the product of a wise Creator, we might enjoy a higher quality standard of living.The Israelites tired of eating manna in the wilderness. No doubt God endowed manna with incredible nutrients to sustain complex human bodies surviving in a desert wasteland. What the wanderers should have done was hire some creation chemists to examine the properties of manna more carefully and think of more uses for it. With a genius like George Washington Carver present—who made a whole meal out of peanuts (including drinks and desserts)—who knows? They could have come up with recipe books for manna steak, manna tea, manna salad, manna chicken and manna ice cream.We need to tap into the rising generation of home schooled scientists-in-waiting who didn’t get their creativity clouded by Darwinian vanity. To see the world as a treasure chest of wisely-designed riches opens the door to enthusiastic research that asks, “What can we do with this amazing resource?”Here’s a surprising example to end with. Poop is something to flush or bury as fast as you can. But wait; there’s energy in that crap. Believe it or not, Science Daily reports that Korean scientists are turning it into “next-generation biofuel.” Dehydrated and processed into an odorless compost, and then processed with bacterial engines into biodiesel or heat energy, this cheap and abundant resource could bring energy and prosperity to many poor people in third-world countries. It’s all in how you look at things. You are a well-designed refinery. Manna steak in, biodiesel out.
With its battery range of around 300km,regenerative brake system, fewer movingparts and zero engine emission, the Joulewill change the way South Africans drive.(Image: Optimal Energy) This article originally appeared on pagefour of South Africa Now, a six-pagesupplement to the Washington Postproduced on behalf of Brand South Africa.(Click to enlarge.)MEDIA CONTACTS• Jaco van LoggerenbergMedia Liaison, Optimal Energy+27 21 462 7804 or +27 82 903 email@example.comSouth Africa, which builds BMWs and Mercedes Benzes for the US market, is in the thick of the race to deliver a truly practical – and stylish – electric car. Meet the Joule.The battery-operated six-seater was designed by local boy Keith Helfet, an internationally distinguished vehicle designer who, before opening his own consultancy, was a key designer at Jaguar.He was brought on board by mechanical engineer Kobus Meiring, CEO of the Joule’s Cape Town-based manufacturer Optimal Energy. Something of a legend in engineering circles, Meiring helped develop South Africa’s Rooivalk attack helicopter, and later project managed the Southern African Large Telescope, which was completed on budget and on time.The Joule debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October 2008 and has since received a facelift at the Milan-based Zagato Total Design Centre. It will comply fully with global safety standards, and Optimal is aiming for a five-star rating from the Euro New Car Assessment Programme.The Joule’s prototype phase is now complete, and the necessary modifications made. But before the commercial version hits the streets, further refinements and feedback from consumers and the media will be incorporated into a test fleet, which will be hand-built, like the prototype, by Hi-Tech Automotive in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape province.The Joule is expected to go into full-scale production at the end of 2013, to appear on showroom floors in mid-2014. The car’s South African price will be somewhere between $32 300 (R220 800) and $39 000 (R266 600) in today’s terms, and export is also on the cards.The car is made of eco-friendly materials with a local content of at least 50%. It will also feature a roof-mounted solar panel as an option.Optimal maintains that charging the Joule will not place an extra strain on South Africa’s sometimes-fragile national electricity grid. The plan is for Joules to plug in to charge at night, as local utility Eskom has extra capacity between 11pm and 6am.With its battery range of around 300km, regenerative brake system, fewer moving parts and zero engine emission, the Joule is set to change the way South Africans drive.Download South Africa Now in PDF format (2.2 MB), or read selected articles online:Powering towards a green economySouth Africa plans to build a massive $21.8-billion, 5 000 MW solar park in its semi-desert Northern Cape province as part of an aggressive push to grow its highly industrialised economy without increasing its carbon footprint.The everyday beauty of SowetoSouth African photographer Jodi Bieber has a special ability to bring out the beauty in the ordinary, even the disfigured. On the cover of Time magazine she made a mutilated Afghani girl look beautiful, and in her latest book Soweto she makes everyday township life shine.Launchpad to a billion consumersBy offering to acquire Massmart for some $4.2-billion, Wal-Mart has joined the parade of global companies looking to South Africa as a springboard into what is increasingly seen as the world’s last great investment frontier.A trek to the start of timeIt will probe the edges of our universe. It will be a virtual time machine, helping scientists explore the origins of galaxies. It’s the Square Kilometre Array, and South Africans are at the heart of its development.Brewing up a global brandMiller Lite. Tastes great. Less filling. And brought to you by world-beating South African company SABMiller.Looking south and east for growthAs the shift in global economic power gains momentum, South Africa’s trade is moving eastwards and southwards in a pattern that both reflects the worldwide trend and helps drive it, writes John Battersby.More than just a celluloid MandelaThere is a special bond between Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman and the man he played in the Clint Eastwood movie Invictus, South African statesman Nelson Mandela.Africa in the new world orderKgalema Motlanthe, South Africa’s deputy president, looks at how African economies’ resilient performance during the global financial crisis points to the continent’s new place in a changing world.Mining history for new solutionsMark Cutifani, CEO of the multinational AngloGold Ashanti mining company, examines why South Africa’s past is key to successfully doing business here in the future.Turning up the media volumeSince 1990, South Africa has been a noisy place. After decades of apartheid censorship, the lifting of restrictions on the media led to a cacophony of debate. For the first time in centuries, everyone could be heard, and it was sometimes deafening, writes Anton Harber.A joule of an energy-efficient carSouth Africa, which builds BMWs and Mercedes Benzes for the US market, is in the thick of the race to deliver a truly practical – and stylish – electric car. Meet the Joule.South Africa: Time to believeThe forgiving philosophy of “ubuntu” helps explain how South Africa managed to transcend its turbulent apartheid past and create a unified democracy, writes Simon Barber.Finding sound real estate investmentSouth Africa’s post-apartheid transformation and new middle class are fuelling demand for affordable homes. For private equity fund International Housing Solutions, that means opportunity.My normal, crazy, mixed-up countrySouth African hit movie White Wedding is now showing in the US to rave reviews. Jann Turner, who directed and jointly wrote and produced the film, writes about the place that inspired it – South Africa.Bring on the braaiAll South Africans love it – including Nobel peace prize-winning Desmond Tutu – and its rich, smoky smell floats over the country every Sunday. Celebrate the braai with our great recipe for making boerewors, traditional South African farmer’s sausage.
Tags:#start#StartUp 101 sramana mitra 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts On Jan. 6, 2011 we hosted our 64th free One Million by One Million (1M/1M) strategy roundtable for entrepreneurs, and the first for this year. We started this week’s roundtable with a discussion of all the resources we have brought together over the last three years to help entrepreneurs, including a comprehensive curriculum for entrepreneurship development on a large scale. This curriculum is based on the various questions entrepreneurs have asked me over these 64 sessions, spanning financing, positioning, customer acquisition, marketing, sales, channel, and various other early stage, startup-related issues. As usual, then, I worked with three entrepreneurs working on specific businesses..Mava ConsultingFirst up today was John Bertoni with Mava Consulting, who is setting up a part-time sales force for companies to use without having to invest the fully loaded cost of a direct sales rep per geography. John has rightly observed that many small companies, as well as foreign companies trying to get into the United States, have limited budget, and could use 25% of the time of a sales rep in each geography, say, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle. So, effectively, at the cost of one full-time sales rep, they can access coverage in four different regions. I like the idea, and recognize the problem. John already has a couple of customers, and needs about 50 customers to get to $1M in annual revenue. I offered to help him market his services through 1M/1M, since his target customer base overlaps rather nicely with the 1M/1M community.Juju BandNext Julie Acevedo presented Juju Band, a newborn navel protection band to cover the umbilical cord for about eight weeks from birth. Drawing on traditions in the Latin American community, Julie and her partner are bringing to market a very specific product to address a very specific pain, and I believe she can build a very successful e-commerce business based on this idea. In 1M/1M, we have extensive expertise on bootstrapping e-commerce businesses, and will be happy to help her navigate the paths of customer acquisition, inventory, merchandising, and financing. To begin with, today, I gave her a set of immediate action items, including starting a blog, a PPC campaign with some ideas on how to position her keywords, as well as some guidance on merchandising.Ancient TomorrowThen J.J. Yosh presented Ancient Tomorrow, a concept for a TV show drawing upon ancient wisdom to unearth alternative energy innovations used by ancient cultures. Very cool concept, designed by an energy scientist, upon which J.J. wants to develop a mystery show. He has written a first season with nine episodes, and has built some relationships on the production side. He is looking for financing for the show. My knowledge of television show financing is limited, although a friend of mine was the COO of Magical Elves, a Hollywood production company that has produced Top Chef and Project Runway. I’ve had several conversations over the years on TV show financing, and the basic formula is that you have to get a network to finance your show. This means, you have to convince a network that focuses on your topic – in this case, A&E, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, or perhaps History Channel – to buy into your concept, and agree to fund the production. And that is what I advised J.J. to pursue. In the Entrepreneur Journeys methodology, we focus on customer validation as early as possible. In the case of J.J’s business, the customer is the Network. Unless he can get a network to buy in, there will be no point in producing the show. Finally, I spent the last part of the session on the methodology that we teach in 1M/1M, as well as few minutes on Trends. In fact, in the discussion on JuJu brands is yet another validation of the verticalization and niche-ization of the Internet. This week, I published an article called The Top 10 Vertical and Social Web Trends where I have discussed this at length. I am pretty convinced that the Web will get increasingly more verticalized where appropriate and localized, and niche businesses will do very, very well. This is my core assumption on Web 3.0. In 1M/1M, we have a huge emphasis on helping today’s Web entrepreneurs navigate their ways into a Web 3.0 tomorrow. It is clear to me, after doing these strategy sessions for over two years, that entrepreneurs need a lot more training on positioning and go-to-market, financing strategies, including alternative financing besides venture capital. As such, I have created video lecture modules with case studies in the 1M/1M premium lounge on these topics with very specific guidance on what analysis to perform and how. The easiest way for me to teach a large number of entrepreneurs some of these basics is to have you spend 30-40 hours on the curriculum I have created, and then have you come work with me on refining your strategies and positioning at the private roundtables. I have thought a lot about how to make an entrepreneurship education and eco-system scalable and accessible to a vastly larger number of people. The answer to that question, I believe, is the 1M/1M Premium Lounge. You can listen to the recording of today’s roundtable here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here. Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M), an educational and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. She is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and strategy consultant who writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is the author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Photo by yirsh Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
The executive body of the European Union signed an agreement today titled Privacy and Data Protection Impact Assessment (PIA) Framework for RFID Applications (PDF), intended to safeguard consumer privacy and offer assurances to citizens that RFID [Radio Frequency Identification] and connected devices are safe for industry to develop. The agreement creates a four-step process for assessment of new tracking applications, basically requiring that risks, mitigation strategies and remaining costs in terms of privacy all be articulated explicitly whenever a new system that tracks a previously unconnected object or device is brought to market.ReadWriteWeb has covered developments in the Internet of Things space for several years, in the belief that sensors and connected devices will join the tidal wave of data produced by online social networks to create a large pool of information resources available for development of new software, services and analysis. Perhaps even more than with social networks, however, tracking of objects and devices will require serious consideration of user, consumer and citizen privacy.Europe has far more stringent data privacy laws than the United States when it comes to Personally Identifiable Information online, so it’s not a surprise to see the EU leading the conversation regarding privacy and the Internet of Things.“In certain respects, Europe has led the way in RFID adoption,” writes Mary Catherine O’Connor at RFIDJournal today. “The technology is used by postal systems, transportation agencies, libraries and, increasingly, retailers across the European Union. And this strong adoption rate has been matched by coordinated efforts to ensure that the use of RFID does not erode Europeans’ personal privacy, or the protection of personally identifiable information. “According to the European Commission, an estimated 2.8 billion RFID tags are expected to be sold this year–a third of those in Europe.”The Framework document says there’s a big difference between tracking applications that do or do not contain Personally Identifiable Information. “The PIA process is designed to help RFID Application Operators uncover the privacy risks associated with an RFID Application, assess their likelihood, and document the steps taken to address those risks. These impacts (if any) could vary significantly, depending on the presence or lack of personal information processing by the RFID Application.”Below: IBM’s explanation of the Internet of ThingsHarriet Pearson, Chief Privacy Officer at IBM (a big Internet of Things participant), articulated well the tension between technology innovation and privacy in January. marshall kirkpatrick “Getting data privacy ‘right’ is an economic and social imperative. Trust and confidence in the security and privacy of the critical systems of our planet – especially the digital version of its central nervous system, the Internet – is foundational to individuals’ continued engagement and reliance on such things as online commerce, e-health and smart grids. If individual consumers don’t feel that their privacy and security are protected, they will not support modernization efforts, even though the capabilities of technology advancements are proven and the potential benefits to society are extensive.“Here’s an example of the tensions we face: The ability of smart grids to conserve resources relies on the ability of, and commitment from, consumers to monitor and modify their individual usage. An individual using a smart meter understands the difference in the cost of using electricity at peak versus non-peak hours and could opt to lower their usage during more costly time periods. At the same time, data from the meters can reveal sensitive information such as work habits, shower schedules, use of medical devices such as dialysis, and whether or not a house is occupied.”“I don’t worry that the technology will have a negative impact on consumer privacy,” wrote Mark Roberti, founder of RFID Journal in a June overview of the state of the RFID market where privacy is concerned. “Instead, I worry that ignorant legislators trying to score points with uninformed voters will pass laws that limit the many benefits RFID can deliver–and that is a much bigger threat to consumers.”Today’s agreement in Europe appears not to be the kind of legislation Roberti feared. As a framework focused on self-reporting it may be too little, ultimately, but it’s a start. See also: How 50 Billion Connected Devices Could Transform Brand Marketing & Everyday Life Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Internet of Things#news#NYT#privacy#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market