Rafsanjani case sparks urgent admissions review

first_imgCherwell can exclusively reveal that the University is currently reviewing their graduate admission process with “increased urgency”.Cherwell can exclusively reveal that the University is currently reviewing their graduate admission process with “increased urgency”. This follows an investigation into the legitimacy of the admittance of Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani, son of the former president of Iran. Rafsanjani began a five-year DPhil course at the Faculty of Oriental Studies in October 2010. Two months later, a senior academic raised doubts over the legitimacy of Rafsanjani’s application to study at Oxford, as well as the authenticity of his doctoral thesis proposal.  Kaveh Moussavi, an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, who filed the allegations, claimed that Rafsanjani did not live within a 24 mile radius of Carfax as specified by the University, and that he had failed to meet the level of English recommended for doctoral study at Oxford. Moussavi also alleged that Rafsanjani had been written his doctoral thesis proposal with the help of others.The University initially claimed that the investigation into the admission of Rafsanjani had not triggered any tightening of the review of the graduate admissions process. However the Press Office disclosed to Cherwell on Thursday evening that a private letter had in fact been sent from the Vice Chancellor to Moussavi. The letter explained to Moussavi that the graduate admissions process was now being reviewed with “increased urgency”, as a result of the investigation. After Cherwell learned about the existence of this letter, the University revised its earlier statement, and confirmed, “We are working with increased urgency to reconsider certain parts of the graduate admission process as a result of matters raised in the report that followed from the investigation”. Aside from the allegations levelled against Rafsanjani about the legitimacy of his acceptance according to the University’s own criteria, Cherwell has also discovered that Rafsanjani was implicated in a case heard by the Canadian Supreme Court in February 2002, which involved allegations of torture, kidnap and bribery. A paper published by the European Journal of International Law in 2008, titled “Immunity from Torture: Lessons from Bouzari v. Iran”, describes how Houshang Bouzari, an Iranian businessman, was tortured by anonymous agents of the Iranian government.The paper relays how prior to his arrest, Bouzari was approached by Rafsanjani, who demanded a bribe of $50 million, in exchange for facilitating a lucrative contract with the National Iranian Oil Company. Bouzari refused to pay the bribe. The paper describes how on 1st June 1993, “three plain clothes police officers arrested Bouzari in Tehran and took him to Section 209 of Even Prison. For the next eight months, Bouzari was brutally tortured”.However, no charges were pressed in connection with the torture and kidnap, as the Supreme Court ruled that Canadian courts had no jurisdiction to rule on the liability of a foreign state, as it would be contrary to international law and Canada’s own rules on private international law. The Court of Appeal found in December 2003 that “[Bouzari’s] action is barred by the State Immunity Act.” Such was the concern caused by this ruling that in May 2005, the UN Committee Against Torture, recommended that Canada should “review its position…to ensure the provision of compensation through its civil jurisdiction to all victims of torture”.Pascal Jerome, outgoing President of Oxford University Amnesty International, said, “Though no-one should be damned without trial, the weight of evidence against this man calls for more transparency on Oxford’s part.”A spokesperson from the Press Office said that personal background checks are not a formal part of the admittance requirements as “logistically it would be very hard to implement”. The University said that all details of the investigation into Rafsanjani remain strictly “confidential”. Moussavi, who initially bought the case of Rafsanjani to the University’s attention, said, of the investigation “the matter is confidential but it is by no means over.”This follows an investigation into the legitimacy of the admittance of Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani, son of the former president of Iran. Rafsanjani began a five-year DPhil course at the Faculty of Oriental Studies in October 2010.Two months later, a senior academic raised doubts over the legitimacy of Rafsanjani’s application to study at Oxford, as well as the authenticity of his doctoral thesis proposal.  Kaveh Moussavi, an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, who filed the allegations, claimed that Rafsanjani did not live within a 24 mile radius of Carfax as specified by the University, and that he had failed to meet the level of English recommended for doctoral study at Oxford. Moussavi also alleged that Rafsanjani had been written his doctoral thesis proposal with the help of others.The University initially claimed that the investigation into the admission of Rafsanjani had not triggered any tightening of the review of the graduate admissions process. However the Press Office disclosed to Cherwell on Thursday evening that a private letter had in fact been sent from the Vice Chancellor to Moussavi. The letter explained to Moussavi that the graduate admissions process was now being reviewed with “increased urgency”, as a result of the investigation. After Cherwell learned about the existence of this letter, the University revised its earlier statement, and confirmed, “We are working with increased urgency to reconsider certain parts of the graduate admission process as a result of matters raised in the report that followed from the investigation”. Aside from the allegations levelled against Rafsanjani about the legitimacy of his acceptance according to the University’s own criteria, Cherwell has also discovered that Rafsanjani was implicated in a case heard by the Canadian Supreme Court in February 2002, which involved allegations of torture, kidnap and bribery. A paper published by the European Journal of International Law in 2008, titled “Immunity from Torture: Lessons from Bouzari v. Iran”, describes how Houshang Bouzari, an Iranian businessman, was tortured by anonymous agents of the Iranian government.The paper relays how prior to his arrest, Bouzari was approached by Rafsanjani, who demanded a bribe of $50 million, in exchange for facilitating a lucrative contract with the National Iranian Oil Company. Bouzari refused to pay the bribe.The paper describes how on 1st June 1993, “three plain clothes police officers arrested Bouzari in Tehran and took him to Section 209 of Even Prison. For the next eight months, Bouzari was brutally tortured”.However, no charges were pressed in connection with the torture and kidnap, as the Supreme Court ruled that Canadian courts had no jurisdiction to rule on the liability of a foreign state, as it would be contrary to international law and Canada’s own rules on private international law. The Court of Appeal found in December 2003 that “[Bouzari’s] action is barred by the State Immunity Act.” Such was the concern caused by this ruling that in May 2005, the UN Committee Against Torture, recommended that Canada should “review its position…to ensure the provision of compensation through its civil jurisdiction to all victims of torture”.Pascal Jerome, outgoing President of Oxford University Amnesty International, said, “Though no-one should be damned without trial, the weight of evidence against this man calls for more transparency on Oxford’s part.”A spokesperson from the Press Office said that personal background checks are not a formal part of the admittance requirements as “logistically it would be very hard to implement”. The University said that all details of the investigation into Rafsanjani remain strictly “confidential”. Moussavi, who initially bought the case of Rafsanjani to the University’s attention, said, of the investigation “the matter is confidential but it is by no means over.”last_img read more

Europa League: How Man Utd could line-up against LASK

first_img The pair have been knocking on the door of the first-team all season. Now, with a more-than comfortable five-goal cushion to rest on, Solskjaer could stick speedy center-back Mengi into the starting XI. Man Utd have been crying out for a new, long-term partner for captain Harry Maguire all season. And Mengi, 18, could be given the chance to show the boss just what he can do. Meanwhile, Galbraith, 19, is set to be given the chance to start in the heart of midfield. The Northern Irish ace may be played alongside Scott McTominay in a young, energetic deep tandem. Loading… Brandon Williams – fresh from signing a new four-year contract – is certain to start at left-back with Luke Shaw injured. And Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Maguire should start in defence to complement the youngsters, along with cup stopper Sergio Romero. Further up, Mason Greenwood is likely to be given the chance to play as the sole striker, despite shining out wide alongside Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial post-lockdown. Tahith Chong and Daniel James could start on the flanks supporting him, with Bruno Fernandes set to continue in his No10 role in the midst of a red-hot run of form. However, Solskjaer could opt for experience in a bid to ensure their quarter-final place is safe. But if the Norwegian decides to go all-out on the youngster front, it could mean starts for the likes of goalkeeper Nathan Bishop, 20, and defender Ethan Laird, 19, and 20-year-old center-mid James Garner. Solskjaer has challenged his squad – whose late run secured third place in the Premier League and a Champions League spot for next term – to win the Europa League and use it as a stepping stone to future glory. read also:Klopp, Solskjaer made last-minute attempt to sign Osimhen He roared: “This team has developed through the season. “We were delighted to finish third in the Premier League and the next step is to get your hands on a trophy. “We have been to two semi-finals this season in the EFL Cup and FA Cup now we want to go one step further and win something. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United are set to unleash the kids as they take on LASK on Wednesday night. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Co take on the Austrian minnows in the second-leg of their Europa League last-16 tie leading 5-0 from the away leg. Now back at Old Trafford, the United boss could give the likes of Teden Mengi and Ethan Galbraith a run-out. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Fascinating Facts About Coffeelast_img read more

Team demands action if Gayle fails to show up for BPL T20 league

first_imgDhaka (AFP) – Bangladesh Twenty20 team Chattogram Challengers Thursday called for action against West Indies star Chris Gayle if he fails to show for an upcoming tournament, after he said he was taking a break from cricket.Gayle was picked by the Challengers to play in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) from December 11.But he said after departing South Africa’s Mzansi Super League on Monday — following a pitiful campaign for Jozi Stars — that he was surprised his name had been included in the squad, adding that he planned to “take a break” from the sport.“I am not going to the Big Bash (Australia’s T20 league). I’m not sure what cricket will come up, I don’t even know how my name reached the BPL, but I have been drafted in a team and I don’t even know how that happened,” he told ESPNcricinfo.Challengers team director Jalal Yunus said his team had held negotiations with Gayle’s agent after the former West Indies captain was picked.“His agent confirmed Chris was aware about it,” Yunus said.“Now if he does not come, we will seek a player outside the draft. But I feel (Bangladesh Cricket Board) BCB should take action in such cases to keep discipline.”He added that the team had not heard from Gayle for several days ahead of his comments on Monday.Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told reporters Wednesday they checked the drafting process and found no fault with Gayle’s inclusion.“We maintain all the standard procedures when any national cricketer’s name came for the players’ draft,” Nizamuddin said.“Either a player or his agent can show his interest and put the name in the list.“I have checked the process and everything was done according to a standard process.”Gayle played in several editions of the BPL and is the tournament’s highest run scorer among foreign players with 1,338 runs.He also has the highest number of sixes, at 120, double the second-highest by Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal.last_img read more

Trump says he’s thinking of attending historic SpaceX launch at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center next week

first_imgVice President Mike Pence also said he plans to attend the historic SpaceX launch at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center next week. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he may attend SpaceX rocket launch next week at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.The test flight is set for May 27th, and it will l be the final test for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft before it enters regular service.The mission will also mark the first time astronauts launch into orbit aboard a private company’s spacecraft, and would be the first manned space flight launched from the U.S. in almost nine years.“I’m thinking about going, that will be next week, to the rocket launch,” the President told reporters before leaving for a day trip to Michigan.He also playfully told reporters “I hope you’re all going to join me. I’d like to put you on the rocket, get rid of you for a while,” the President said.last_img read more

Mixed England U16 team to take on Spain

first_img15 Aug 2012 Mixed England U16 team to take on Spain England Golf will field a mixed team of eight for the annual U16 international against Spain at Pannal, Yorkshire, on Tuesday, 21 August. Only one of the players has represented England before. He is 14-year-old Bradley Moore of Derbyshire who won the 2011 English U14 championship (image © Tom Ward). The team of four girls and four boys is: Ashleigh Greenham of West Essex, Essex Eloise Healey of West Lancashire, Lancashire Sophie Lamb of Clitheroe, Lancashire Victoria Mallet of Sutton Coldfield Ladies’, Warwickshire Bradley Moore of Kedleston Park, Derbyshire Marco Penge of Worthing, Sussex Arrun Singh Brar of Brokenhurst Manor, Hampshire, IoW & CI Billy Spooner of Boston, Lincolnshire The match precedes the North of England U16 championship at Pannal, from Wednesday to Friday, 22-24 August. Two more players will join the girls’ squad for this event:  India Clyburn and Emily Slater, both of Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. The team to play Spain: Ashleigh Greenham (West Essex) 15, shared the halfway lead at the English girls’ championship and helped win the County Team Trophy for Essex at last week’s English women’s stroke play. She successfully defended the scratch McCart Trophy. Eloise Healey (West Lancashire), 14, led the first two rounds of the English U15 championship and finished in fourth place. Her performance on the first day has qualified her for the final of the Telegraph junior golf championship. Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe), 14, is the Lancashire girls’ champion, she tied eighth in the English U15 championship and was in the winning partnership at the Northern foursomes. Victoria Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’), 14, was the 2011 winner of the Midlands South girls’ championship and was 12th in this season’s English U15 championship. Her sister, Elizabeth, is an England girl international. Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park), 14, was the English U14 champion in 2011. He was capped at U16 and schools’ levels last year and this year finished fourth in the McEvoy Trophy, fifth in the European Young Masters and sixth in the Douglas Johns Trophy. Marco Penge (Worthing), 14, finished fourth in last year’s Douglas Johns Trophy and recently was seventh in both the U16 championship for the McGregor Trophy and the U18 championship for the Carris Trophy. Arrun Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor), 13, is a cousin of boy international Jack Singh Brar and tied eighth in last week’s English U14 championship for the Reid Trophy. Billy Spooner (Boston), 14, finished equal fourth in last year’s English U14 championship and tied sixth in this year’s event last week. He was a member of the Lincolnshire team that won the English Boys’ County Championship last year. England girls’ squad players: India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa), 15, is a past Lincolnshire girls’ champion and  Midlands girls’ champion of champions. She was a semi-finalist in this year’s women’s county championship and helped Lincolnshire reach County Finals. Her sister, Holly, is a Curtis Cup player. Emily Slater (Woodhall Spa), 15, was in Lincolnshire’s winning team at last year’s County Finals and is helping them defend their title this year. She is the Lincolnshire girls’ champion and was eighth in the English girls’ championship.last_img read more

Think She Has Great Hair Naturally? Surprise! It’s a…

first_img*Name changed to protect privacy. Facebook9Tweet0Pin0 Merle Norman has a number of wigs to choose from in either human or synthetic hair.Every year before Jane* leaves on a vacation with her husband, she stops by Merle Norman in Lacey to buy a new wig. Her natural hair is just fine, but she says that she likes to try on a whole new look where no one knows her, and a vacation is the perfect opportunity.In the past, we could easily spot a wig, but today’s wigs are beautifully constructed, hold their shape, are easy to maintain and look like a woman just received an incredible cut and color.There are two types of wigs — human hair or synthetic hair. There are advantages to both.Human hair wigs can withstand heat, color and perms – anything you can do with your own hair, you can do with a human hair wig. The downside of human hair wigs, is that it does not hold a style for as long as a synthetic wig.Synthetic hair, as long as you never comb them when wet, maintain any added curl or body.Merle Norman customers often report that they find it easier to take care of and style a wig than their natural hair.Some Merle Norman customers prefer hair extensions and hairpieces to wigs. For example, customers who have male-patterned baldness find that a hairpiece is the perfect solution.Women going through chemotherapy are able to find wigs that match their natural hair, but some go for an entirely different look, and find themselves continuing to wear wigs long past the point where they need too.  Merle Norman offers a 10% discount on wigs for chemotherapy patients.Let’s face it, wigs look great! They are perfectly colored and have incredible-style. Whether it is for a special occasion, or to feel better when going through medical treatments, wigs look fantastic.To learn more about wigs, hair extensions or hairpieces, contact:Merle Norman Cosmetics, Wigs and Day Spa3925 – 8th Avenue SE, Suite FLacey, WA 98503360.491.4911last_img read more

Ag Offers Answers to Climate Change

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Environmentalists and some other groups often accuse agriculture producers of being part of the problem when it comes to climate change. But farmers and ranchers testifying before the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday told senators they are trying to be part of the solution.Weston, Nebraska, farmer Matt Rezac told the committee, although the industry isn’t perfect, farmers are doing what they can to sustainably produce crops.“I get frustrated about the misconception of farmers blindly dumping chemicals all over their farms, because it’s just not the case,” he said. “Not only do we care deeply for the health of our farms, in this farm economy you can’t afford to be inefficient and waste inputs. I also know there is room for improvement. But farmers are often stubborn. Farmers tend to be followers, following what your dad did and often falling into the trap of, ‘Well, that’s how we’ve always done it.’”Kansas rancher Debbie Lyons-Blythe said ranchers need to be credited for the work they do when it comes to climate-change mitigation.Lyons-Blythe told the committee the industry continues to be concerned government regulation will make business challenging for farmers and ranchers.“Climate-change policies that unfairly target cattle producers fail to recognize the positive role of cattle and beef in a healthy, sustainable food system and misguided policies can threaten the viability of our industry,” she said.“Threats from urban encroachment, natural disasters and government overreach impact our industry, too, and keep us from putting land stewardship into practice,” Lyons-Blythe said. “Ranching has several positive effects beyond just the health of the soil and flora. Several species of wildlife, from large ungulates to small pollinators, benefit from the open spaces which working ranches provide.”ZERO EMISSIONSThe proposed Green New Deal has called for eliminating all emissions from cattle as part of a national strategy to control methane emissions.Frank Mitloehner, professor in the department of animal science at the University of California, Davis, told the committee animal agriculture has been targeted for its greenhouse gas emissions but the data shows the livestock industry is a small emitter. He said all livestock production in the United States accounts for only about 3.9% of all GHG emissions.Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack told the committee future climate-change mitigation strategies offer economic opportunities for agriculture.Vilsack, the current president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Council, talked about Newtrient LLC, a company established by the 12 largest milk cooperatives.The company, which includes nearly 20,000 dairy farmers, launched a new initiative called the Net Zero Project, Vilsack said. It is designed to find technology to achieve zero emissions and improve water quality in the industry.Part of the project includes a demonstration farm initiative to identify a set of technologies and management practices that may be used by dairies across the country.“The goal is not to find a single, transformational technology,” Vilsack said. “The goal is to highlight entire suites of practices and technologies, which are available to and economically viable for farms of varying sizes and geographies.”Some solutions, he said, will be applicable only to small farms. Others will only be achievable with the scale of larger operations. Many will be size neutral, such as improved genetics or feed management.“Our aspirational goal for net-zero emissions will not be achieved by every farm individually, but rather by the collective efforts of all farms, cooperatives and processors,” Vilsack said.ON-FARM SOLUTIONSRezac, who operates a 2,500-acre corn and soybean farm that has been in the family for nearly 140 years, said he realized decades ago his farm will have to find ways of becoming more sustainable and profitable at the same time.While no-till farming is popular as a way to conserve the soil, Rezac said those kinds of practices opened the door for his future.“First thing I noticed was that we had a serious soil-compaction problem on the farm and that once we started really concentrating on the soil, we saw that soil come back to life,” he said. “Instead of just treating the symptoms of poor soil health, we diagnosed the root cause and the world opened up.”Rezac’s farm uses both variable-rate fertilizer technology and moisture probes to manage water. In addition, he said taking tissue samples throughout the growing season allows him to make nutrient adjustments in-season.“Most people don’t understand this, but giving a plant too much of a certain nutrient, such as nitrogen, is just as bad as giving it too little, and it just adds to waste,” Rezac said.“In today’s farm economy, we aren’t farming to rake in a profit. We’re not making money, and we’re farming to lose as little as possible. I know focusing on environmental stewardship also makes economic sense, when it’s done right. I strongly believe that with the right policy and the right incentives, farmers can keep improving across the board.”Lyons-Blythe, who manages more than 5,000 acres of native grassland and crop ground as well as running 300 cows and calves and an additional 250 heifers in the Flint Hills of Kansas, said her operation uses a variety of technologies to improve efficiency and, as a result, mitigate environmental concerns.That includes using genetic testing to enhance meat quality, feed efficiency and growth.“Efficiency traits directly affect beef sustainability,” Lyons-Blythe said. “An animal who will reach harvest faster and yet produce a high-quality meat product will impact the environment for a shorter period of time. Of course, not all ranchers have this technology available because of price and availability. But it is the responsibility of seedstock ranchers like me to provide the superior genetics that have been proven through technology. This technology allows us to produce the same amount of beef today that we were producing in the 1970s with 33% fewer animals.”ETHANOL INPUTLeading up to the hearing, the committee received a letter from the American Coalition for Ethanol, calling out the EPA for its handling of the science used in calculating corn ethanol’s carbon footprint as well as the agency’s issuance of small-refinery waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard.Discussion about agriculture’s role in climate-change mitigation, said ACE CEO Brian Jennings, needs to include corn ethanol’s role.“Congressional action on climate could be viewed as a cost or a chance for new economic opportunities,” Jennings said in the letter.“As you know, U.S. farmers are already under tremendous financial stress. Net farm income is collapsing, expenses are on the rise, and bankruptcies are at the highest level in the last decade. Ongoing trade tensions resulting in lost markets and weather-related disasters are only adding insult to injury.”Jennings said EPA’s “mismanagement” of the RFS has “undermined” ethanol demand.“The economic stakes are high,” he said. “Farmers are obviously concerned that climate policy could result in increased costs for fuel, fertilizer, and other inputs. But there is also opportunity. Congress could provide rural America with concrete benefits from climate-centered policies that outweigh potential negatives, such as recognizing the role agriculture can play to mitigate climate change and increasing the use of low-carbon fuels.”Jennings said corn ethanol could reduce emissions by 50% to 60% compared to gasoline.“ACE believes unlocking the marketplace for low-carbon fuels creates the economic driver to help farmers adopt practices that maximize atmospheric carbon sequestration in soil,” he said.Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(PS/AG/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Creator of Instant Messaging Protocol to Launch App Platform for Your Life

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Jeremie Miller is a revered figure among developers, best known for building XMPP, the open source protocol that powers most of the Instant Messaging apps in the world. Now Miller has raised funds and is building a team that will develop software aimed directly at the future of the web. Called The Locker Project, the open source service will capture what’s called exhaust data from users’ activities around the web and offline via sensors, put it firmly in their own possesion and then allow them to run local apps that are built to leverage their data. Miller’s three person company, Singly, will provide the corporate support that the open source project needs in order to remain viable. I’m very excited about this project; Miller’s backgrounds, humble brilliance and vision for app-enabling my personal data history is very exciting to me.Here’s how The Locker Project will work. Users will be able to download the data capture and storage code and run it on their own server, or sign up for hosted service – like WordPress.org and WordPress.com. Then the service will pull in and archive all kinds of data that the user has permission to access and store into the user’s personal Locker: Tweets, photos, videos, click-stream, check-ins, data from real-world sensors like heart monitors, health records and financial records like transaction histories. Where data extraction is made easy already by APIs or feeds, Lockers will pull it that way. Where the data is appealing and the Locker community is motivated to do so, data connectors will be built.Searching those data archives has been a technical challenge for many other startups, but the Locker team says it is trivial for them – because they only have to build search to scale across your personal data and the data you’ve been given permission to access by members of your network.Seach and sharing across a user’s network will be powered by Miller’s eagerly-anticipated open source P2P project called Telehash, described as “a new wire protocol for exchanging JSON in a real-time and fully decentralized manner, enabling applications to connect directly and participate as servers on the edge of the network.”The team was not yet willing to disclose the identities of its investors on the record.Apps on Your PlatformBuilding a developer ecosystem is going to be the team’s biggest priority. What will apps look like in the Locker ecosystem? They’ll be pieces of software run locally on top of your personal locker and across any of your network connections that give them permission. The app model is a compelling one and provides a logical source of revenue for Locker and Singly. Presumably they will monetize sales of apps.The team is collecting video testimonials from industry luminaries about what kinds of apps they’d like to see built on top of their data. Singly won first prize in the startup competition at the O’Reilly Strata conference and Tim O’Reilly himself later gave the project a shout-out in a panel on data ownership.The team behind the project say they fantasize about apps like:food recommendations in neighborhoods they’ve visited from restaurants their friends have checked in at a newsfeed filtering out what their click-stream history shows they’ve already readpre-diagnosis of possible medical conditions based on personal medical and other history.Your personal data will likely be of interest on its own, as a type of diary, but it’s probably going to be much more interesting and useful when cross-referenced with other sets of data. Those other sets of data will provide context, surfacing correlations and patterns that would otherwise be invisible. Recommendations, personalization, alerts, benchmarks, social and self assessment: the types of value adds that can be built on top of a good data set are just beginning to be explored. And there are few data sets as interesting, to you, than you.Part of a Big PictureSee also: The Coming Data ExplosionExhaust data, data created as a matter of course by our various activities on and offline but to date under-utilized, is believed by many to be the next big frontier in the creation of apps, services and value in many forms. That’s presuming that things like privacy, permissions, data transmission, storage and more can be done right. The Locker Project aims to do that by doing everything on a personal scale.Kaliya Hamlin, long-time online identity expert and now Executive Director of the Personal Data Ecosystem Collaborative Consortium, is enthusiastic. Hamlin says Miller’s project is “a great development from the perspective of this emerging market/ecosystem happening. Others are looking at getting into the personal data store market as well, personal.com is coming to market for example, services businesses too – this is really happening.”In a blog post on the sector in general earlier this week, Hamlin put it this way:“A nascent but growing industry of personal data storage services is emerging. These strive to allow individuals to collect their own personal data to manage it and then give permissioned access to their digital footprint to the business and services they choose–businesses they trust to provide better customization, more relevant search results, and real value for the user from their data.”She also expects the personal data market to become subject to extensive regulation soon.Miller says that some ad industry people he’s spoken with hope that an independent system for data stores under the control of consumers themselves will help create an atmosphere concerning liability more amenable to innovation on top of that data than exists today. Advertisers are interested of course, but far more app developers will likely seek to build on top of that data once it’s accessible and properly permissioned.The people behind The Locker Project will have no shortage of issues to tackle trying to take a distributed, open-source, app-centric approach to leadership in an emerging era of data. It wouldn’t be the first time that Jeremie Miller has managed to change the world though. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Data Portability#Data Services#web last_img read more

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to the latest edition of Sixty Second in Touch, where the Touch continues on and the news never lets up…* The first edition of the referees newsletter ` Whistleblower’ for 2006 has been loaded onto the TFA website, click here to download the newsletter and read about all the news from the world of refereeing: WHISTLEBLOWER- FEBRUARY 2006* The Australian Under 18 Development camp was a huge success, with all reports highlighting the excellent behaviour of the players and the effort and dedication they gave to the training. TFA would like to thank all of the players for working so hard, as well as all of the coaching and management staff who were challenged by weather conditions but still produced a brilliant program for the players. Keep an eye on the TFA website this week for a wrap up of all the news, award winners and more from what happened at the 2006 Australian Under 18’s Development Camp. * NTL is getting closer, it’s less than 7 weeks away! Remember if you’re after accommodation for the NTL, contact the Coffs Harbour Visitor Information Centre on 1300 369 070 or 02 6652 1522 or email on [email protected] The Visitor Centre will help you find suitable accommodation and TFA will receive a commission on all accommodation booked through the centre. A great way to support TFA and the NTL event.* The current TFA poll is becoming the most popular of all time, with more than 250 votes already being placed. TFA has signed an agreement to have the 2006 Open NTL’s televised on Fox Sports and we’re wanting to know, which final out of the Mens/Womens/Mixed should be televised in full, rather than just highlights. TFA will be looking to promote the sport to those who are not involved with Touch, as well as continue to build the national profile of the sport for potential sponsors. We’re keen to know which final you believe will be most beneficial to show in full. Visit the poll on the right hand side to place your vote.* The Yass knockout is taking place this weekend with 87 teams traveling from around Australia to take part. Make sure you check the TFA website next week for the results.* The new TFA website is getting closer, it’s in the final stages of design and trouble-shooting, with TFA staff Rachel and Jon set to travel to Melbourne in early February to learn how to manage and work the new site. It will be great to have the website up and running for the NTL.* The 2006 Australian Sports Awards are being held on February 22 and the Australian Mens 30’s Touch side has been nominated for the Masters Team of the Year award after their performance at the 2005 All Nations Championships. Congratulations to the players and coaching staff, we wish you all the best for the awards!The 2006 Australian Sport Awards (run by the Confederation of Australian Sport) and also the 2006 Ausport Awards (run by the Australian Sports Commission) are both coming up in February and March. Keep an eye on the TFA website in coming weeks to see if any of our Touch players, teams, coaches or officials are recognised nationally for their hard work and achievement. * Advertising for the NTL is already proving to be popular, with several bookings already being made to advertise in the 2006 NTL booklet. Approximately 3000 copies of the booklet will be distributed at the 2006 NTL and in an effort to further enhance and improve the size and content of the booklet, TFA are offering advertising space for purchase.This is a great opportunity for your business to promote their services amongst the Touch community, or perhaps for your Touch club to promote an upcoming social event or knockout tournament.The cost will be $500 per A4 page, $250 per 1/2 page and $125 per 1/4 page.TFA will also be loading the booklet as a PDF onto the website, to allow all of those not at the event to view the program.Contact [email protected] or phone (02) 6285 2703 if you’re interested in this opportunity.* NTL referees: please ensure that where ever possible you fill in the levy/gear order form for the event and post, fax or email it back to Chris at [email protected] It is difficult for staff to process orders when there is not a levy/gear order form attached. Please avoid phoning your order in, as this is where mistakes can be made with the gear you want or your personal details.All gear is being sent out as soon as possible from when the levy/gear order forms arrive in the office. However, if you have ordered walk shorts or a new referees jacket, the wait will be another 2-3 weeks as the supplier has not yet delivered these items.* IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE NTL: All permit representatives please take note! There are some important dates coming up for the 2006 NTL-o February 8- Closing date for final submissions to the Player Poolo 10 February- Electronic submission of initial team lists dueo 1 March- Final electronic submission of team sheets dueContact Tournament Director Jon Pratt on [email protected] if you have any questions regarding these dates or the NTL.* The Melbourne based ‘Friends of Monash Touch’ have come up with a novel idea to raise some funds – by putting together & selling a 2006 calendar featuring a collection of “Touch Girls”. Check out the article on Triton Touch Clubs website for more info, and details on how to order your own calendar: MONASH TOUCH CLUB- CALENDAR The calendars are selling for only $15 each (plus P&H) , but stocks are limited, so don’t miss out!! They can be purchased by emailing [email protected]* Remember if you have anything that you would like published in the weekly Sixty Seconds in Touch column, just email [email protected]last_img