first_img No one was reported injured during a single-vehicle crash Friday evening involving a school bus on the Glendale (2) Freeway, near the Foothill (210) Freeway in La Canada Flintridge, the California Highway Patrol said.It was not immediately known if any children were on the bus during the crash, the CHP reported.The CHP was notified of the accident on the northbound freeway, near the eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway at 5:57 p.m.The CHP cleared the scene at 6:20 p.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News More Cool Stuff Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment Herbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week latest #1 School Bus Crashed on Glendale (2) Freeway, No Injuries Reported Published on Friday, March 22, 2013 | 5:51 pm Subscribelast_img read more

first_imgDonal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener THE producers of a new ten-part TV series being filmed at Troy Studios in Castletroy are being urged to avail of new regional tax breaks as well as employing local people.Former Mayor of Limerick, Cllr James Collins (FF)  is now calling on the producers to help continue the growth of the studio and the local economy.The sci-fi drama ‘Nightflyers’, which was axed by the SyFy channel after one season, employed 320 people for nine months and contributed more than €50m to the Limerick economy.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “One of the issues with ‘Nightflyers’ was the higher cost for producers of bringing in people from Dublin to work on the production. However, in mid-July the EU approved a five per cent Regional Uplift tax break, which is designed to encourage filmmaking outside the Dublin and Wicklow area,” Cllr Collins said this week.“I hope the producers of this latest ten-part series at Troy Studios use this new five per cent tax break to employ more local artists and tradespeople in Limerick and draw on the positive experience of the ‘Nightflyers’ production where hundreds of local freelancers and tradespeople gained part-time employment or steady contract work for nine months of the year,” he added. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print TAGSCllr James CollinsFianna FáillimerickNightflyersTroy Studios WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous articleO’Connell Street revitalisation plans lack ambitionNext articleMinister needs to act urgently in relation to better EU Connectivity for Shannon Airport Alan Jacques Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisementcenter_img LimerickNewsTV producers filming at Troy Studios urged to employ Limerick peopleBy Alan Jacques – July 30, 2019 1776 Email Facebook Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAccording to the ministry’s records, there are an estimated 12,748 Indonesian crew members working aboard 89 cruise ships around the world – operated by a total of 10 big companies.A string of virus cases has been connected with numerous cruise ships around the world, sending governments scrambling to keep the COVID-19 outbreak at bay.Although most ships did not see a substantial spread of the disease, a few – including the Diamond Princess, World Dream, MS Westerdam and MS Zaandam – have seen the virus spread quickly amongst passengers and crew, which includes Indonesians.According to analysis issued by the International Rescue Committee on Wednesday, COVID-19 transmission on the Diamond Princess, where 712 passengers contracted the virus during a two-month quarantine in Yokohama, Japan, occurred four times faster than at the peak of the outbreak in China’s Wuhan province, where the virus was first detected. Under the patronage of the operators, crew members are often the last people to disembark a ship and have had to be quarantined the longest.However, the pandemic has not stopped some crew members from staying behind.“Not all of them are returning to Indonesia. Some have chosen to continue to work on board [their ships],” Judha said, adding that the ministry would take all the necessary steps to ensure their wellbeing.The Indonesian government is in constant contact with authorities and cruise operators to ensure that its seafarers are all in good health, and, if some are found to have contracted the virus, that they would be cared for in accordance with standard health protocols.Read also: Indonesia to offer exemptions from temporary ban on foreignersActing ministry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah reiterated that cruise companies had an obligation to fulfill the rights of their crew members, including in funding their safe passage home when an emergency situation arises.“We can’t predict the future, but we want to underline that, based on previous experiences, [the crew] are supposed to get their jobs back when conditions improve,” Faizasyah said during the teleconference.Judha added that some cruise directors had reassured the government that they would not terminate their workers’ contracts and would even continue paying them if they chose to return to Indonesia.At a time when the government in Jakarta is scrambling to contain the pandemic, the return of hundreds of seafarers from abroad has raised eyebrows and left some segments of the population feeling concerned. Indonesia had recorded 1,677 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 157 deaths and 103 recoveries as of Thursday morning.Officials have urged most Indonesian travelers to return home before travel restrictions come into effect, and have asked those in more permanent living situations to stay put overseas so that they avoid unnecessarily “importing” viral infections and the steep costs of repatriation that come with it.However, the Foreign Ministry has said that it cannot lawfully prevent people from returning home. Law No. 16/2011 on immigration stipulates that the government cannot forbid Indonesian citizens from returning to their homeland. “We understand that, in the midst of this pandemic, we need to implement certain health protocols,” Judha said.Read also: Indonesian cruise crew arrives in Bali from virus-hit Italy, tests negative for COVID-19For virus-stricken cruise ships, the ministry implemented a protocol similar to the one used on the Grand Princess cruise ship that docked in San Francisco Bay, the United States, after days of being stranded at sea with 21 confirmed infections on board.“We ask the cruise ship to impose a quarantine on board […] According to the [World Health Organization], virus-positive crew should not be allowed to go home and should be treated in nearby hospitals,” the official said.The cruise ship’s quarantine period ends Saturday.As for those who have arrived safely in Indonesia, they must undergo all the necessary health protocols at their respective ports of entry, whether at airports, ports and border gates, where the authorities will take their temperatures, screen them for symptoms and conduct rapid testing.Those who test positive for the virus will be quarantined at their port of entry, while those who test negative will be allowed to self-quarantine for two weeks at home.“So for Indonesians who have chosen to go home, we will facilitate their needs but they must obey protocol so that they do not spread the virus in the country,” Judha said. Nearly a thousand Indonesians working aboard international cruise liners have returned, as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced their employers to suspend all operations and send them home. As of Wednesday, at least 963 Indonesian seafarers and crew members had arrived in the country, Foreign Ministry officials confirmed, after traveling on commercial and charter flights funded by their companies.“At a time when the COVID-19 outbreak has evolved into a pandemic, cruise ship operators have faced major disruptions to their activities. Most have decided to halt their operations and send their crew back,” said Judha Nugraha, the ministry’s director for overseas citizen protection, in a virtual press conference held on Wednesday.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgHealthLifestyle New data fuels debate over prostate cancer screening by: – March 15, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Share Updated results from a long-term study concludes that regular prostate cancer screening cuts the risk of death from prostate cancer.But there was no overall difference in death rates between men who got screened and those who didn’t. And the lower chances of dying of prostate cancer came at a high cost.To prevent just one death, researchers found,1,055 men would need to be offered screening and 37 would be diagnosed with cancer and forced to make tough decision about whether or not to undergo treatment.What’s more, only two of the eight countries involved in the study saw fewer prostate cancer deaths, while the others six did not.Screening is done with a simple blood test that measures levels of prostate-specific antigen, or PSA.The new findings come just months after a large American study found no benefit of screening men at average risk and are unlikely to quell the current controversy over PSA testing.Three years ago, doctors with the European Randomized Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer (ERSPC) reported that PSA testing, found 1,410 men would need to be screened to prevent one prostate cancer death.In the process, 47 men would be diagnosed with cancer, risking side effects from treatment without benefiting.The new results from the European team extend the follow-up period from the earlier study to 11 years on average for more than 162,000 men ages 55 to 69.The updated study shows slightly more benefits in terms of cancer deaths than the earlier data.Dr. Fritz Schroder, who coordinated the study, said he expects future updates to show even bigger differences between screened and unscreened men.“On the other hand, the main downside is over-diagnosis,” Schroder told Reuters Health by email, referring to the dozens of tumors that would be detected by screening, yet would never have become deadly if left alone.Men with prostate cancer have different treatment options, ranging from a wait-and-see approach to radiation or surgery. The invasive treatments may have complications and often lead to impotence and incontinence.The new results were published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Two of Schroder’s co-authors hold a patent for a PSA test, and one is receiving royalties from it.One in six American men will get prostate cancer during their lifetime, although only a minority of them will die from the disease.The PSA test is given annually to millions of American men, but more and more experts question whether it’s worth the money and the false alarms it triggers in about half the people flagged by the test.The government-backed U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has proposed a recommendation against prostate cancer screening for men with no symptoms.Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, said the European study is actually eight studies in eight countries, and only in Sweden and the Netherlands did PSA testing significantly reduce the risk of death from prostate cancer.“Screening saves lives if you live in the Netherlands and Sweden, but not the other six places,” he told Reuters Health in a telephone interview.One factor that may have skewed the Swedish data, he said, is that men who were screened were treated at an academic medical center, while men in the control group who developed cancer were treated elsewhere in the community. That alone might account for the lower mortality rate in the PSA population.In all, there were 299 prostate cancer deaths in the screening group compared to 462 in the control group that was not screened.Brawley said PSA testing is being widely promoted because “there’s a huge profit in screening and treatment” for prostate cancer, even though most studies have failed to show that screening saves lives.In part because the risk from pursuing false alarms is so high,” no professional organization recommends routine screening for people over 50, regardless of family history,” he said.Schroder said guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the European Association of Urology, and American Urological Association “provide a sensible recommendation: men who wish to be examined need to be carefully informed with balanced views and answers to their questions before they take a decision to be screened.”In an editorial, public health expert Dr. Anthony Miller of the University of Toronto, said it would be “unwise” to intensify PSA testing.“I think it would be advisable to follow the preliminary recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force,” he wrote.FOX Health Newscenter_img Share Tweet 26 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

first_imgRutgers, Army and Villanova compete with Dragons on the NavesinkStory and Photos by Art PetrosemoloA year ago, collegiate crews from Drexel, Army, Rutgers and Villanova looked out on the Navesink River and were greeted by a chilly morning with low hanging fog. When the fog lifted, the Drexel men and women topped the competition in both the men’s and women’s boats.On Saturday, Sept. 24, it was a cold, light rain and a 12 mph Northeast breeze – conditions that remained unsettled and uncomfortable throughout the morning – that welcomed crews from the same institutions. Despite the conditions, the results were the same with Drexel men and women taking their respective races in the Governor’s (first varsity) and Mayor’s Cup (second varsity) races.RFH Rowing Director Dan Edwards with wife Linda and Daughter Kate who rows for Drexel.Dan Edwards, race organizer and head of Rumson-Fair Haven (RFH) rowing, huddled with coaches and US Rowing Referee Tom Langowski on the dock shortly after 7 a.m. and checked weather updates. With the conditions not predicted to improve for several hours, and wind and waves within crews’ capabilities, the men’s boats headed for the course shortly before 8 a.m.Because of weather conditions, the men rowed a modified two segment race – one Westward with the wind and one Eastward into the wind – on a shortened course battling river current, the breeze and waves. Defending champion Drexel, second in the prestigious Dad Vail men’s eight in the spring, led Army, Rutgers, and Villanova on both the up and down river legs with Army challenging the Dragons over the course and finishing second.With slightly improved conditions later in the morning, the women’s boats from Army and Drexel took to the Navesink to compete in the 1500-meter race with both first and second varsity boats on the course at the same time as the men had done earlier.The Drexel women’s crew.The Drexel first varsity women – also second place finishers in the 2015 Dad Vail – got off to a quick start and the boat pulled away from Army’s two boats and the second Drexel eight on an Eastward course into the wind toward the Oceanic Bridge. Both the Dragon first and second eights took home the respective trophies defending titles they won in the 2015 race.“Sure we were pleased to be able to get the races off,” Edwards said. “The kids wanted to row and we were able to find a way for them to do just that.“Winning is certainly important,” Edwards continued, “but regardless of the outcome, coaches and rowers really enjoy this race – the first of the fall – on our river.  And the Rumson community has embraced the event with families hosting more than 100 collegiate rowers.”And Edwards continued, “This has been a great event to expose young athletes from the Two Rivers Area to rowing. We are baseball/football communities and our kids don’t get a chance to see strong collegiate rowing as they do in Philadelphia, Boston and the Northwest.”The Rutgers men’s eight takes to the Navesink with the Oceanic Bridge in the background.The four colleges have been loyal to the Rumson Boat Race organizers. According to Andy Hall, director of rowing at West Point, and his coach Tom Babbitt, it is the relationship developed between the four crews – Army, Rutgers, Villanova and Drexel – that keeps them coming back.“The kids know each other and enjoy competing against each other,” said Hall. “It is a great event.”Those sentiments were echoed by Kate Edwards, a junior rower on the Drexel women’s team and daughter of Edwards and wife Linda. “I rowed for my dad at Rumson Fair Haven High School,” she said, “and coming back to the Navesink River these past few years to row has been a treat.”Edwards and his wife started the RFH Rowing program 10 years ago and the crews have competed successfully nationally and internationally. He also has coached the RFH high school crew for 20 seasons. Edwards rowed at Drexel as an undergraduate and started women’s crew there.The Villanova men’s crew.The 2016 Rumson Boat Race event also was a time for the coaches, organizers and sponsors to honor one of their own.  Jim Hanna, a rower at Georgetown, and the president of the Dad Vail Rowing Association, was recognized Friday evening for his ongoing commitment to rowing and the Dad Vail event – the largest and oldest collegiate rowing event in the country. The Dad Vail is held on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia each spring with more than 100 colleges and universities participating.The Two Rivers connection with the Dad Vail is a long one. The first DV race was held on the Navesink River in 1939.last_img read more

first_imgTRAINER QUOTES -30- KENT DESORMEAUX, SWIPE, SECOND: “I got head and head with the winner, and he definitely knocked me off my feet, but he also re-surged. He’s obviously undefeated for a reason. In hindsight, I wish I would have gone around. I think I would have won if I would have gone around.“I think he’s a really, really good horse. You know the hype around Nyquist, and he beat me by a lip, so I think if I went around, I would have won. I’ve always been very high on him.” JOCKEY QUOTES MARIO GUTIERREZ, NYQUIST, WINNER: “He’s been on the lead in the past but he was tougher than I expected today. I was expecting him to be easier but he was tough, he was in the bridle. I adjusted though and it worked out in the end.“It was good to have an exciting finish to make the race exciting. Nyquist, he likes to fight. In his first race, we went head-to-head with a horse of Peter Miller’s. Nyquist doesn’t like anybody to pass him and that’s a good thing. He has a good mentality and I think that’s why he stays undefeated.”center_img             KEITH DESORMEAUX, SWIPE, SECOND: “I thought he moved forwardly today. I told Kent to unsaddle him (during the stewards’ inquiry) because it’s hot out here and he ran hard. There wasn’t enough banging or interference to cause a disqualification. He’s danced every dance. We’ll take a good luck at him and make sure he’s all right and we’ll look at the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile). Why not? This is what we all live for, right?”PETER MILLER, HOLLYWOOD DON, THIRD: “First time on dirt and I thought he had a good trip. I thought the horse ran very well. Just the pace wasn’t as fast as I thought; I thought the pace would be faster and hotter, but the horse kicked home good. I thought he ran very well.”(On future possibilities) “Yes. We’ll consider all of our options, including the Breeders’ (Cup) Juvenile Dirt and the Turf.” NOTES: Winning owner J. Paul Reddam is from Irvine, CA. DOUG O’NEILL, NYQUIST, WINNER: Suggested he’d have to be satisfied with the win, the courage he showed, and getting a route the first time: “All those. Coming back as quick as he was, and for him to be in between a three-horse team going into the first turn, that really scared me. Most horses are going to really be in trouble in that setting, and he showed the class that he has to overcome that and still finish up strong.“That stretch run was probably a treadmill test for the cardiologist. I guess I’m OK, but that was truly so exciting, but when you’re 3-5 (actually 1-2) or whatever his odds were, you’re thinking you’re going to win by five (lengths) geared down, the jockey looking under his arm, all that stuff. This one, Mario really had to ride a smart race after the way it started and through the stretch. He did a great job.”About the schedule for Nyquist: “We’ll have to huddle up with Team Reddam and figure out a game plan. This wasn’t exactly like the way we planned it. We were a little bit cocky before the race, but at the end of the day, this is what we wanted to do. We wanted to win and we wanted to see if he’d two-turn in his own back yard. It’s so much easier to do that instead of shipping. Sometimes they get a little excited and all that stuff.“Now with a two-turn win under his belt against the best two-year-olds the West Coast has to offer, I think the plan will be for him to come out of it good and head back east in a few weeks, probably.”last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Holcomb, who had started 13 games over 10 NFL seasons with Indianapolis and Cleveland, replaced second-year-man J . Losman as Buffalo’s starter. He was 20-of-26 for 169 yards and a touchdown as the Bills beat Miami 20-14 Trent Dilfer, the perfect interim QB, threw two late touchdown passes as Cleveland beat Chicago 20-10. Kyle Orton, the rookie forced into duty with the Bears by injury, passed for just 117 yards, allowing the Browns to stack their defense against the run Smith and the 49ers were totally overmatched by the Colts, who cruised 28-3 even though Manning and the offense had another so-so game. Smith was 9-of-23 for 74 yards, was sacked five times and threw four interceptions. There also is 33-year-old Drew Bledsoe, cast off by Buffalo when it decided to go with Losman and signed by the Cowboys when they decided to let Testaverde walk. He threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns in Dallas’ 33-10 upset of Philadelphia and now ranks third in the NFL in passing. Call it the answer to the old-young quarterback riddle To win, go with experience, even if the player’s record is spotty (Kelly Holcomb) or he seems way over the hill (Vinny Testaverde). If you have no shot at the playoffs, do what Mike Nolan is doing in San Francisco, throwing in Alex Smith even though the No. 1 pick in last April’s draft is still far over his head and has little help “Everyone wants to win their first game, and everyone wants it to be just like college, but it’s not,” Peyton Manning, 3-13 as a rookie starter in 1998, said after the Colts gave Smith fits in his first NFL start. “It is the NFL for a reason. It’s a big adjustment. Six games or a year from now, you look back on these games and you say, `I hated to go through it, but it helped me become a better player.’ “p Sunday’s games brought several perfect examples The 41-year-old Testaverde, out of football after being released by Dallas after last season, started for the Jets two weeks after his old team (1998-2003) lost Chad Pennington and Jay Fiedler within seven. They beat Tampa Bay, 14-12, and Vinny was almost flawless, completing a key third-down pass late in the game that helped clinch the win center_img The circumstances surrounding all these QBs are different. Buffalo, which entered the season with playoff aspirations, let Bledsoe go and made Losman the starter. A first-round draft choice, he made token appearances in four games as a rookie, throwing just five passes, but was deemed sufficient to start because the Bills figured their defense and running game could carry them. But they started 1-3 and lost linebacker Takeo Spikes, one of their most important defenders, with a torn Achilles’ tendon. Holcomb, 32, came on in relief in a loss to New Orleans, and with Losman completing less than 50 percent of his passes and clearly struggling, was made the starter Sunday. Sidelight: With typical NFL coaching paranoia, Mike Mularkey wouldn’t announce his QB last week even though wide receivers Eric Moulds and Lee Evans, who apparently lobbied for the change, said at midweek that Holcomb would start. “It’s just something you have to grow from and get over,” said Losman, clearly upset. Cleveland, however, knew what it was doing from the start. In the offseason, it traded with Seattle for the 33-year-old Dilfer, who quarterbacked Baltimore to a Super Bowl victory after the 2000 season. The Browns like rookie Charlie Frye, a third-round pick this year, but are letting him develop behind Dilfer while they satisfy their fans with a few victories. On Sunday, he made his 100th career start and threw TDs No. 100 and No. 101 Testaverde, on the other hand, was a desperation starter for a team that harbored Super Bowl aspirations, then fell to 1-3 and was without any experience at quarterback at all Third-stringer Brooks Bollinger started against Baltimore last week in place of Pennington (and Fiedler), while Testaverde and offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger worked on a “Vinny offense” of around 50 plays replacing the entirely new system Heimerdinger had taken eight months to install for Pennington (and Fiedler) This week, Testaverde started and the “Vinny offense” worked when it had to “Does this ever get old?” Testaverde was asked after the game “No, only I do,” he replied Dave Goldberg is a columnist for The Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Analysis#Features#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The US Securities and Exchange Commission is considering a ban on a stock market practice known as “flash trading,” where supercomputers get access to information milliseconds before other traders and can rapidly buy and sell in ways that are argued to influence the market unfairly – thus discouraging mere mortals from participating. Many bleeding-edge trends in the consumer web play out writ large in financial markets; as all of us look at the growing prominence of real-time information on the web, the debate over flash stock trading raises issues worth considering outside the stock markets as well. If the real time web at large grows up open and democratic, then we’re likely to see innovation, understanding and growth. If it’s priced out of reach to all but marketing and state interests, then an experience analogous to that of small-time stock traders today could become what the web at large looks like.It’s easy for technologists to say that this is progress and rejecting the advantages technology brings would demand a return to time before the abacus. It’s not so easy to explain why we have to take an all-or-nothing approach to judging technologies and their implications – why not look at them one at a time and evaluate them intelligently? Here’s how the introduction of real time information is being debated regarding financial markets, followed by some thoughts about the analogous transformation going on around the web.This isn’t just a story about robot stock traders and the SEC; it’s also a story about Twitter, Facebook and the Pushbutton Web.Robots in Financial MarketsLast month the New York Times’ Charles Duhigg wrote a high-profile story about the practice of high frequency trading, including this juicy description of the practice:Powerful algorithms — “algos,” in industry parlance — execute millions of orders a second and scan dozens of public and private marketplaces simultaneously. They can spot trends before other investors can blink, changing orders and strategies within milliseconds.High-frequency traders often confound other investors by issuing and then canceling orders almost simultaneously. Loopholes in market rules give high-speed investors an early glance at how others are trading. And their computers can essentially bully slower investors into giving up profits — and then disappear before anyone even knows they were there.Rich Miller, writing at Data Center Knowledge, a blog that tracks the powerful computers that high frequency traders (among many other industries) use, called the article one-sided and inconsiderate of the argument that “this activity provides liquidity to execute trades that would otherwise not be possible, making the market more efficient.” He also said the press was widening the debate over the practice by bringing it into the mainstream.Now U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) has sent a letter to the SEC this week, calling for action to be taken against the practice of flash trading in particular, the act of selling for a fee access to trading information milliseconds before it is otherwise available. He argues that the practice “creates a two-tiered system where a privileged group of insiders receives preferential treatment, depriving others of a fair price for their transactions. If allowed to continue, these practices will undermine the confidence of ordinary investors, and drive them away from our capital markets.”Schumer focuses on the early access to information, but always in the context of the computer-driven trading that occurs based on it.Trader John Hempton writes that critics over-estimate the financial impact of flash traded stock, needlessly complicating a situation that he describes with the following, fascinating, story:We trade electronically at our fund. We were recently trading in a stock with a large spread. I have changed the numbers so as not to identify the stock – but the ratios are about right. The bid was about 129.50, offer was about 131.50. We did not want to cross the spread – so when we bid for the stock we bid $129.55. Within a second a computer (possibly at our own broker but it makes no difference which broker) bid $129.60 for a few hundred shares. We fiddled for a while changing our bid and watching the bot change theirs. We would have loved to think we were frustrating the computer – but alas it was just a machine – and we were people up late at night.Actually obtaining the stock required that we paid up – and when we did so it was probably a computer that sold the stock to us.…It is always there – even when buying defaulted debt that trades once per month. We simply ALWAYS find the bot. What About Real-time Robots on the Web?Could the real time web give some people such an unfair advantage over everyone else that non-early adopters of new technologies or people outside of marketing firms could be left out in the cold? Presuming we’re talking about important, actionable information online and not just real-time chat and fun – it’s possible. The question is: will the most important parts of the real time web be open and democratized, or proprietary and shared only with those who can pay a high price for access? That question hasn’t been answered yet.If you were among the people who purchased the new Breaking News Online (BNO) iPhone app (released an eternity ago, yesterday!) then today you probably found out about the two US journalists being freed from North Korea and the shooting in Pennsylvania at least 45 minutes before almost anyone else did. (CNN posted a link to local PA news 45 minutes after the BNO network published.) That notification system costs $1.99 to purchase and $1 per month to stay subscribed.If you’ve visited Yahoo’s social-bookmarking turned real-time news service Delicious since this morning, you’ve seen that hot news links are now found not just by vote counting, but with a new method augmented by tracking the open, rapid conversations on Twitter.These are innovations built out of elbow grease and publicly available feeds of data. Yahoo might be, but the scrappy guys at Breaking News Online definitely aren’t, using software something like IBM’s new stream processing software, for which it will charge “at least” hundreds of thousands of dollars.No, this real-time public web is very low cost and increasingly both open sourced and decentralized. It’s akin to what Anil Dash calls the pushbutton web.Pushbutton is a name for what I believe will be an upgrade for the web, where any site or application can deliver realtime messages to a web-scale audience, using free and open technologies at low cost and without relying on any single company like Twitter or Facebook. The pieces of this platform have just come together to enable a whole set of new features and applications that would have been nearly impossible for an average web developer to build in the past.As long as it’s open and low cost, real time information on the web should be as democratic and fair as computer use is. It’s not perfect, but it’s no longer the David and Goliath-on-steroids fight that critics of high frequency stock trading say that market has become because of real time stock data.The Risk: FacebookThe real time web is a shimmering mass of conversation and data, but there’s no guarantee that it’s going to stay open, free and democratic forever. Already, in fact, there’s no bigger river of the real time social web than Facebook. Facebook is simply huge, it holds huge sums of information and so far it allows aggregate access to no one. As far as we know. If Facebook, or some other equally important site of the real time web, began offering access to its data but pricing mere mortals out of that market – then we could have a situation where individual software developers and social scientists were like grandpa reading the stock pages in the newspaper and huge marketing firms and government agencies had the kind of advantage that high frequency traders are alleged to have in financial markets.Anil Dash puts it this way:Pushbutton technologies are not just free and open, they’re decentralized, which is a serious threat to the “lobster trap” model of social software. We can expect serious competition from the centralized networks that are currently building these sorts of systems. If a threat arises to Pushbutton’s adoption, this is the most likely source. Worry? Definitely.In addition to development concerns, there are also analysis concerns. If stock trading equals liquidity and knowledge is the new currency, then open access to aggregate data could be the equivalent of high-powered stock-trading tools for all instead of for just the already-richest few.Some research has already been performed on the connection between communication on social networks and real-world events. The Information and Language Processing Systems Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam, for example, correlated mood messages on LiveJournal closely with world events. (“Mass increase in the level of worriedness around major weather phenomena, such as hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005 – Excitedness around global media and culture events, such as the release of a new Harry Potter book on July 15, 2005 – Mass increase in the level of distress and sadness after terror attacks, as witnessed by the response to the London bombings on July 7, 2005.”)Analysis of real time mass communication could lead to a world of innovation and understanding – if that communication is an open fire hose of data and not shared only with deep pocketed commercial partners.Everything is Complicated, Some Can Afford to Ponder ItIs high frequency, low latency, computer executed, “flash” trading unfair? It must feel that way to individual and small investors who can’t afford killer number-crunching robots – but it’s also pretty awesome technology and is said to provide liquidity that the markets depend on.Could the real time consumer web be made undemocratic by being priced out of reach for edge-case developers and social scientists outside of government and the corporate world? That could happen. As we speak, though, there’s a lot of innovation going on in the real time web that’s open, based on standards and available to all of us. Let’s hope it stays that way marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Last night, we reported that Facebook was planning to release a JIT compiler for PHP, a huge step toward making the PHP runtime – and PHP-based sites and apps – faster by taking the interpreted lagnuage (a.k.a., more human-readable code) a few steps closer to the bare-metal ones and zeros machines actually read.We’ve been updated this morning that the PHP runtime has in fact been rewritten, with an extra step: The PHP is translated to C++ (a more machine-readable language) which is then compiled with g++. This project, called HipHop, has been in development under great secrecy at Facebook for the past couple years and has just this morning been open sourced.Facebook engineer Haiping Zhao writes, “With HipHop we’ve reduced the CPU usage on our Web servers on average by about fifty percent, depending on the page. Less CPU means fewer servers, which means less overhead.”We’re sure this is good news for Facebook’s brand new data center, still under construction.“HipHop executes the source code in a semantically equivalent manner,” Zhao continues, “and sacrifices some rarely used features – such as eval() – in exchange for improved performance.”He also notes that while interpreted languages such as PHP, Ruby and Python – the languages that, by and large, rule the web of apps and social site we all use today – allow for huge strides in developer productivity, they are also less efficient and often simply slower in runtime. For a huge and ever-growing site such as Facebook, this might have eventually led to scalability issues.In other words, it cost Facebook less to create a faster PHP runtime than to buy all the servers that would be needed to support hundreds of millions of users without a faster runtime.“Scaling Facebook is particularly challenging because almost every page view is a logged-in user with a customized experience,” writes Zhao. “When you view your home page we need to look up all of your friends, query their most relevant updates (from a custom service we’ve built called Multifeed), filter the results based on your privacy settings, then fill out the stories with comments, photos, likes, and all the rich data that people love about Facebook. All of this in just under a second. “HipHop allows us to correct the logic that does the final page assembly in PHP and iterate it quickly while relying on custom back-end services in C++, Erlang, Java or Python to service the News Feed, search, Chat and other core parts of the site.”Zhao notes that PHP and C++ share relatively similar syntax, although C++ is by far less taxing on system resources. While it would have been impossible to write the codebase by hand, Zhao had been tinkering with programmatically converting PHP to C++ for a few years. He got the idea at a Facebook Hackathon, he said.UPDATE: Late last night, we pinged PHP creator Rasmus Lerdorf on Twitter, asking for his opinions on the rumored PHP compiler. This morning, he wrote, “I think HipHop is cool and will certainly help the poor people stuck in framework soup.” However, he also noted, “HipHop on simpler template-style PHP pages probably isn’t going to help you too much. It’s not going to make your SQL queries any faster.”We will update this post as news continues to break. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos jolie odelllast_img read more

first_imgPolice have arrested two persons on the charge of beating a one-and-a-half-year-old child to death in a fight that followed an objection by the infant’s father to a child from the accused family urinating in the open at Bagaspur village in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh on October 1. The accused have been identified as Ram Singh and his son Umesh.“As a six-year-old boy was urinating on the road, the child’s father objected to it. And in turn, the boy’s father and grandfather attacked attacked him with lathis. The 18-month-old boy he was holding suffered blows and died on the spot,” Amit Sanghi, Sagar Superintendent of Police, told The Hindu.“There is a running feud between the two tribal families,” he said.A case was registered under Section 302 [punishment for murder] of the Indian Penal Code. The injured father is being treated at a local hospital.The case had no similarities to the Shivpuri case where two children were beaten to death for allegedly defecating in public, Mr. Sanghi stated, adding, “There is confusion. There is no case of open defecation here.”last_img read more