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Fast finish from a junior

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ITM to Introduce Barrier Trials to Ireland

first_imgIrish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM), with the support of Horse Racing Ireland and the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, is coordinating the introduction of Barrier Trials to Ireland, starting at Dundalk Stadium from May 2018. The first set of Trials will take place on May 2 when two batches of six horses will trial before racing at Dundalk. The next date is set for May 6 at the same venue under the same format. Barrier Trials are mock races with horses beginning from starting stalls as they would in official races. In other parts of the world they serve as education and race practice for horses, being especially valuable for unraced horses. There is no material incentive to achieve a best possible placing in a Trial. It is just practice.While those benefits will also apply in Ireland, ITM is primarily motivated to introduce Barrier Trials to Ireland to promote increased sales of unraced horses overseas. This is because certain markets, especially in Asia, will only accept unraced horses and Ireland is missing out on significant sales opportunities as a result.For example, as has been the case over the past year, Hong Kong will import 310 ‘PPGs’ (unraced thoroughbreds) during its 2018/19 season and only a very small percentage of those come from Ireland. The vast majority hail from Australia and New Zealand where Trials have been a feature for decades. It is felt that Ireland will stand a better chance of improving its share of this and other lucrative markets by initiating Barrier Trials.Restricted to unraced 2yo and 3yo horses, those participating must have a starting stalls certificate, be in the care of a fully licensed trainer and be ridden by licensed jockeys under catchweights, ie. without assigned weights, as is the practice overseas. The cost will be €100, payable to Dundalk Racecourse, as is the case for schooling races.The trials will be recorded, timed and available to view on ITM’s website and social media channels. Entries for trials can be made through the ITM website, or by emailing barriertrials@itm.ie. Alternatively, trainers can call 087 112 1625.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Ana O’Brien makes all on Key To My Heart to win the 1m 2f fillies maiden.Dundalk Stadium.Photo:Patrick McCann 12.04.2017last_img read more

Tough home crowd awaits Ireland Under 18 men in European semi-final on Saturday

first_imgThe boys in green stormed their way into the semi-final after topping Group A unbeaten with wins over Malta, Armenia, Monaco and Moldova during the week. Kosovo meanwhile came second in Group B after losing out by just one point to Group A toppers Cyprus, while winning out earlier in the week over San Marino and Gibraltar. A tough home crowd atmosphere awaits the Ireland Under 18 men’s basketball team on Saturday (July 28th) evening, as they go head-to-head with tournament hosts, Kosovo, in the semi-final of the FIBA Under 18 European Championship Division C. Looking ahead to tomorrow’s showdown, Ireland head coach Paul Kelleher stated: “Going in against the host nation is always a tough ask. The crowd so far have helped Kosovo pull through in many tough situations, but we have been very composed in our preparation and in the tournament so far.“We know we have done a lot of good things well, but we also know that we have certain things that we need to improve upon, and hopefully tomorrow, all of that will come together and we will come out on top.”Following their unbeaten run through the group stages, the Irish squad are featuring prominently on the tournament stats. Galway’s Paul Kelly is leading the tournament stats for assists, placing number one in the championships, while Neptune’s David Murray has been one of the team’s top performers throughout their games so far, currently in fourth place in the overall tournament’s top scorers – averaging 22.9 points per game – and also in the top five for rebounds.Meanwhile Limerick’s Nathan Moore is in fourth position in the overall rankings for most three-point shots made, following on from a superb shooting game against Moldova that saw him finish with eight three-pointers.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Galway Unchanged, Two Switches For Waterford, Three Changes For Mayo, One for Armagh –…

first_imgGalway are unchanged from the side that beat Westmeath last time out, while Waterford boss Ciaran Curran has made two changes to his starting team, with Cora Murray and Brigita Valuntaite coming in for Aisling Mullaney and Mairead Wall. This game is Live on the Spórt TG4 YouTube page, andcan be accessed at the following link: https://bit.ly/2PRgom8Mayo boss Peter Leahy has made three changes in personnel for their quarter-final clash with Armagh. (Live on TG4, 1pm). After getting past the challenge of Donegal toqualify for the last eight, Leahy has handed starts to Kathryn Sullivan, EmmaNeedham and Maria Reilly for this one, with Róisín Flynn, Dayna Finn and FionaDoherty dropping out of the team that started last time out. Mayo, the 2017 Finalists, have their sights set on asemi-final at Croke Park on August 25, with the winners of their tie withArmagh to face off against Galway or Waterford. Armagh have been forced to make a change to the teamthat accounted brilliantly for Cork in the group stages, a result that sent theOrchard County into the quarter-finals. Star forward Aimee Mackin was forced off athalf-time in that game, and she’s named on the bench for this one, with AveenDonaldson given the nod to start. The other senior clash taking place over the weekendis on Sunday, when Cavan and Westmeath battle it out in Kinnegad (3.45pm) in arelegation play-off clash. The winners of this one will play SeniorChampionship football again in 2020, with the losers to gain a second chance aweek later against Monaghan. Cavan have replaced Elaine Walsh with Róisín Reillybetween the sticks, while Joanne Moore gets the nod ahead of Aisling Gilsenan,as manager James Daly makes two changes in personnel from the side that startedagainst Cork in the group stages. Cavan survived relegation last year after seeing offTipperary in a must-win encounter, while opponents Westmeath make one change tothe team that narrowly lost out to Kerry, with Nicole Feery named atleft-half-forward ahead of Annie Dolan. There are also two Intermediate Championshiprelegation fixtures on Sunday, with the losers of Limerick v Laois and Wicklowv Leitrim to play in the Junior grade next year. And in this year’s Junior competition, theAll-Ireland semi-final pairings will be confirmed over the weekend, with thefinal group games between London and Carlow, and Fermanagh and Derry, down fordecision. Galway (v Waterford): L Murphy; N Ward, S Burke, F Cooney; O Murphy, B Hannon, C Cooney; L Ward, Á McDonagh; O Divilly, M Glynn, M Seoighe; T Leonard, S Conneally, R Leonard. Waterford (v Galway): R Landers; C Murray, CMcGrath, Kate McGrath; R Tobin, Karen McGrath, E Murray; K Murray, C Fennell; AWall, K Hogan, B Valuntaite; E Fennell, M Ryan, M Delahunty. Armagh (v Mayo): A Carr; S Marley, C McCambridge, CMorgan; M Sheridan, N Marley, C McKenna; T Grimes, C O’Hanlon; M Moriarty, KMallon, C Marley; A Donaldson, B Mackin, A McCoy. Mayo (v Armagh): A Tarpey; N O’Malley, D Caldwell, ÉRoynane, K Sullivan, Ciara McManamon, C Whyte; Clodagh McManamon, E Needham; SCafferky, M Reilly, N Kelly; S Rowe, R Kearns, G Kelly. Cavan (v Westmeath): R O’Reilly; J Moore, R Doonan,S Reilly; S Greene, M Sheridan, S Lynch; N Byrd, S O’Sullivan; L McVitty, DEnglish, C Finnegan; A Maguire, A Sheridan, L Fitzpatrick. Westmeath (v Cavan): L McCormack; R Dillon, JRogers, L Power; K Boyce-Jordan, K McDermott, F Coyle; J Maher, M.A. Foley; SDolan, A Jones, N Feery; L Slevin, F Claffey, V Carr. Limerick (v Laois): R McGuinness; R Daly, AHartigan, K Reidy; C Sheehy, N Ryan, C Mee; L Hanley, C Ní Cheallaigh; KHeelan, R Ambrose, I Kenneally; O Giltenane, M Kavanagh, E Ryan. Laois (v Limerick): A Hyland Conlon; M Young, JMoore, A Kelly; L Nerney, C Dunne, M Cotter; A Halberlin, E Healy; C Simms, AKeogh, E Fitzpatrick; E Lawlor, S Costello, M Nerney. Leitrim (v Wicklow): M Monahan; E Shanley, LMaguire, K Connolly; S O’Rourke, A Heslin, A Quinn; E O’Dowd, L O’Dowd; EKelly, M Heslin, C LaGuen; C Owens, V Egan, C McGovern. Wicklow (v Leitrim): K Connors; A Byrne, S.J.Winders, A Gillen; L Fusciardi, A Maher, T Dowling Costello; A Gorman, J Kinch;J Nolan Byrne, S Delahunt, M Deeney; M Kealy, L Hogan, A Murphy. London (v Carlow): C O’Reilly; N Walsh, R Hunt, NMulholland; C Twohig, N Lister, S Roche; N Daly, K Canavan; C O’Sullivan, HNoonan, C McCarthy; C McGahan, A Kilkelly, C O’Brien.  Carlow (v London): N Hanley; A Dowling, FO’Sullivan, L Mullins; E Atkinson, A Roche, K Clarke; C Mullins, E Hayden; MKinsella, R Byrne, N Forde; R Sawyer, C Ní Shé. Fermanagh (v Derry): R Gleeson; A Maguire, A Murphy,Á McGovern; M McGloin, C Murphy, S McQuaid; R O’Reilly, A Flanagan; J Doonan, LMaguire, D Maguire; A O’Brien, E Smyth, B Bogue. Derry (v Fermanagh): K Connery; N Browne, A McGough,A Frizelle; G Conway, N Nugent, D Kivlehan; A Laverty, C McGurk; Emma Doherty,C Moore, C Holly; Erin Doherty, D Connelly, D McNicholl.  print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email ALL Four All-Ireland Quarter Finalists have named their teams for the games tomorrow in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. Compiled by Jackie Cahilllast_img read more

Poch can’t remember what things were like when Spurs last won at Chelsea

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO admits even HE can barely remember what things were like the last time Spurs won at Chelsea.Gary Lineker’s winner back in February 1990 was the most recent occasion Tottenham returned from Stamford Bridge with bragging rights.6 Gary Lineker fires the winner in February 1990 but Spurs have not triumphed at major rivals Chelsea since thenCredit: Action Images – ReutersTheir 30 subsequent trips to SW6 have brought 19 DEFEATS and 11 draws in all competitions.Chelsea supporters have revelled in their superiority and even celebrated the 2-2 comeback draw two seasons ago — which handed Leicester the league title — as ANOTHER win.Pochettino does not have to be told about the depth of the animosity bet­ween the two sides, having also lost against the Blues at Wembley three times.And that hat-trick of defeats includes Spurs’ opening home game at their temporary home in August.6 Spurs frontman Gary Lineker hails what has now become an historic winnerCredit: Action Images – Reuters6 Mauricio Pochettino says it was a totally different world for him in the days when Spurs last triumphed at Stamford BridgeCredit: Getty – ContributorBut the Argentine conceded he had no real knowledge of English football when the Tottenham fans last had something to really celebrate at the Bridge.Boss Pochettino said: “I was in a different world. A completely different world in 1990.HOT SPUR Tottenham star Mousa Dembele casts doubt over future with contract talks on hold until after World Cup“I was playing at Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina. My debut was in 1989, so my second season was 1990.“Yes, I remember. I remember. I was so young — 17 or 18 years old.“Argentina was not in the period it is now with the internet where you can see everything. There were not too many TV channels to watch games.“Maybe sometimes you heard things on the radio but it was somewhere very distant.”One player every Premier League club should sign this summer Back then, Spurs were ahead of Chelsea both on and off the pitch, and Pochettino would love that to be the case again.Victory tomorrow would put fourth-placed Tottenham eight points clear of the Blues, who are fifth, in the battle for Champions League slots.Poch has conceded Spurs’ lack of big results away from home have been a key factor in his impressive side falling short of their title ambitions.The only win at a so-called ‘Big Six’ rival in his four seasons at the helm was the 2-1 victory at Manchester City in 2016-17.6 Chelsea chief Antonio Conte is protecting an amazing home record against SpursCredit: Getty – ContributorThis term, four of Spurs four defeats came at the hands of Arsenal, Manchester United and City on the road, and Chelsea at home.They also needed a late penalty from Harry Kane to salvage a draw against Liverpool at Anfield.Laying that Stamford Bridge hoodoo to rest would help end jibes about Spurs not having the bottle for the battle.6 Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino knows Spurs ending their Stamford Bridge jinx would put them eight points clear of ChelseaCredit: PA:Empics SportAnd it would also set up Poch’s men for their FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United next month — and a potential final against Chelsea IF both get through their last-four clashes.More crucially, perhaps, it would settle the nerves of the Spurs fans, who fear missing out on the top four and a third successive season of Champions League football to coincide with their return to N17 and the club’s gleaming new home.CLAIM YOUR FREE £30 BET Check out this new sign up offer from Sun BetsA win would see Spurs pull a healthy distance away from Antonio Conte’s Blues with just seven games to go and make them look secure.Yet Poch insists his team do not have to beat the past — merely the 11 men in blue sent out by Italian Conte.But they are set to go into the game without Kane, who seems likely to have a spot on the bench at best.Pochettino said: “Of course the history is the history and it is there. But it is not going to help Chelsea or us.6 Tottenham will still be without their top scorer and best player Harry KaneCredit: PA:Press Associationmost read in footballRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bash“There are still a lot of games to play this season. It’s not a final — just a decisive game.“But it’s important for confidence and motivation to win.“To compare with Arsenal, the rivalry between the clubs — it’s similar. Similar in everything. It’s a derby.“For me it is similar type of opponent and, of course, for the fans it is so important. Three points would put us in a very good position in the table.”last_img read more

Luiz says Spurs stunned Chelsea with new system… and here’s how

first_imgDAVID LUIZ has blamed Chelsea’s loss to Tottenham at the weekend on Spurs shocking them with a new system.The Blues were battered 3-1 at Wembley with the Brazilian defender, 31, directly at fault for two of the goals.3 David Luiz claims Spurs stunned Chelsea with a tactical tweakCredit: PA:Empics SportWhile Luiz admitted Chelsea “played badly”, he added they were left stunned by Tottenham’s high-pressure style early on.The ex-Paris Saint-Germain star said: “I think they played very well, we did not play very well, I think we played very badly.“We were surprised by their first 15 minutes, when they came with a different system, with high pressure.”And everything was happening, every challenged ball was theirs, they were pushing us back, they got both goals.”3 Tottenham ripped Chelsea to shreds with an up-tempo styleCredit: GettyLuiz went on to blame an all-round terrible performance for the defeat but says they will learn from the loss.He added: “I think in all aspects we did not do well. Both in the defensive aspect, in the collective, the attackers being the first defenders.”As in creation, we did not create as much as we normally create. We did not have the ball possession as we usually do.”I think on the whole we had a sad night where we could not find ourselves in the match.Tottenham 3-1 Chelsea: Spurs thrash the Blues at Wembley with Heung-min Son the standout performer MORE CHELSEA STORIESmighty fine brosRyan Thomas gets parking ticket on £285k Rolls Royce as bros ride bikesExclusiveRETURN TRIPRyan, Adam and Scott Thomas handed second series of their ITV travel seriesteetotalLove Island’s Scott Thomas reveals he nearly lost his business over love of boozeTHOMAS AND TEDDYAdam Thomas and son Teddy model new George at Asda range for Father’s Day’lockdown baby’Holly Willoughby praises Ryan Thomas’ ‘sweet’ eight-week-old baby RomanFAMILY TIESAdam Thomas confronts absent dad in new doc with brothers Ryan and Scott’smashed it’Adam Thomas’s wife cries as he sings & plays the piano for 30th birthdayExclusiveOUR HEROESAdam Thomas giving NHS staff free food amid coronavirus crisisPOSTMAN ADAMI’m A Celeb’s Adam Thomas turns delivery driver to keep his restaurant afloatExclusiveMaking it in ManchesterRyan, Adam and Scott Thomas are set to star in a new reality show3 David Luiz had a poor game, gifting Tottenham two goalsCredit: EPA“We must be humble enough to admit that we didn’t play a great game, that Tottenham won the game.”But also the awareness of knowing that we have been doing a great job, this is first defeat of the season, and we have to take what we did today to learn and grow.”Meanwhile, Dele Alli confirmed Tottenham’s change in tactics, revealing Mauricio Pochettino ordered him to get into Jorginho all game long.Alli said: “We knew Jorginho is a big part of them playing out from the back and dominating possession. He’s obviously a very good player and likes getting on the ball.“We thought that if we could stop that —  and we wanted to win the ball up high —  so I wanted to be as close to him as possible to make sure that we did win the ball up high, break early and create the chances we did.”Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri lays in to his players and says they have ‘a lot of problems’ after Spurs losslast_img read more

City Council members under fire

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Banales’ and Robles’ misuse of the cards, along with Councilman Dan Rodriguez using his council account to send a local pastor to a conference on gangs in Florida, have prompted resident Milo Rodich to call for establishment of an ethics commission to oversee the council, city commissions and City Manager Doug Dunlap. “With all the ethics issues across the country, it’s time for Pomona to inject this into the process,” Rodich said. Banales’ and Robles’ violation of the council’s expense policy came to light during a review Rodich made of council financial records from July 1, 2005, to June 30 of this year. A copy of the review, as well as the receipts it was culled from, were provided to the Daily Bulletin. The review found that the council’s top expense-account spenders in the one-year period were Robles ($32,592), Mayor Norma Torres ($31,878), Rodriguez ($29,488), George Hunter ($26,758), Elliott Rothman ($26,566), Paula Lantz ($15,469) and Banales ($12,703 in four months of service). Torres and Rothman didn’t report any questionable expenditures, though they did seek reimbursements for mileage and the use of their homes for council business, according to the documents. Lantz also sought reimbursement for the use of her home. Hunter was the only council member who didn’t seek any personal reimbursements. POMONA – Two City Council members violated city policy by using city-issued credit cards to buy plane tickets for their wives earlier this year, according to council expense reports. Marco Robles and Steven Banales used their city of Pomona credit cards in April to reserve tickets for themselves and their wives for trips they made to the Mexican state of Aguascalientes. Banales and Robles went to Mexico on behalf of the city. Banales and Robles both paid back the city for their wives’ tickets, but buying them with the card in the first place is a violation of the council’s expense and reimbursement policy, which expressly states that “city credit cards shall not be used under any circumstances for personal expenses, even if the official subsequently reimburses the city.” Both “not” and “under any circumstances” are underlined in the council’s policy. Rodriguez sought reimbursement for the use of his home, mileage and several large cell phone bills. Rodich also questioned Rodriguez’s paying the travel and registration expenses for a Florida gangs conference for Eddie Banales Sr., minister at the Southern California Dream Center and founder of Gangs to Grace ministries. Eddie Banales Sr. and Councilman Banales are not related. The city paid Gangs to Grace for the plane ticket and registration fees out of Rodriguez’s expense account, city spokeswoman Monique Valadez said. City Attorney Arnold Alvarez-Glasman said that in general, any expenditure by a council member must serve the city. “The analysis is this: Is there a public benefit?” he said, adding that sometimes the public benefit includes a personal benefit. Rodriguez said he footed the cost of Banales’ attendance at the conference because it would help residents in his district address crime issues in the city. “Pastor Eddie frankly does the best work,” Rodriguez said. “If he was going to garner additional information that was going to help my district … It was a valid use of funds.” Robles said Rodich’s review is about “trying to create news” in time for the Nov. 7 election. Banales, Robles, Rodriguez and Rothman all are seeking re-election. Robles said he has asked that steps be taken by the city to clear up any questions involving expenses and the use of expense accounts. “This is not a discretionary account,” Robles said. “This is an account used appropriately for duties as an officer.” Robles said he has used the account in the past to travel to Sacramento and lobby on behalf of the city, or to attend conferences on issues relevant to Pomona. The trip to Aguascalientes was to meet with officials from the Feria de San Marcos to encourage economic development and cultural exchange, Robles said. Fairplex and the L.A. County Fair have a sister fair relationship with the Feria de San Marcos. Banales said he saw the trip to Aguascalientes as an opportunity to encourage that city’s officials to continue coming to the L.A. County Fair. Banales said representatives from other area cities made the trip, and that he never saw a problem with it. In February of this year – two months before Banales’ and Robles used their credit cards to buy tickets for their wives – the council adopted an expense and reimbursement policy that meets the criteria set out in Assembly Bill 1234, which requires that public entities establish ethics training programs for officials and address compensation and expenses. m_rodriguez@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-9336.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Jeju orders 40 737 MAX 8 jets in $US5.9 billion deal

first_imgPhoto: Boeing Korean budget carrier Jeju Air and Boeing have struck a deal for up to 50 jets valued at $US5.9 billion at list prices.The deal for 40 737 Max 8 aircraft and options for a further 10 jets is the biggest order ever placed by a Korean low-cost carrier.It comes at an opportune for time for the manufacturer, which has been taking flak over the loss of a Lion Air 737 MAX 8 on October 29 with 189 people on board.Jeju, which  began operations in 2005 and was Korea’s first low-cost carrier, has grown rapidly alongside Korea’s LCC and broader commercial aviation marketIt now flies a fleet of almost 40 next-generation 737-800s and serves 60 domestic and international routes with about 200 daily flights.The growth has been accompanied by financial success which has seen the airline achieve  25 percent annual sales growth over the past five years with 17 consecutive quarters of profitability.Jeju is also a founding member of the Value Alliance, the first pan-regional low-cost carrier alliance formed with eight airlines based in Asia.The route between the holiday island of Jeju and Seoul’s Incheon airport is now the busiest air route in the world but the LCC is expecting more growth due to rising air travel demand in the South Korean market.READ: Korea, Australia have the world’s busiest air routes.“With Korea’s growing commercial aviation market, we are excited to take the next step in expanding our business with the 737 MAX, a world-class airplane that will allow us to improve our operation and continue to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for our passengers,” Jeju chief executive Seok-Joo said in a statement.“The 737 MAX 8 and its superior performance and economics make it an ideal airplane to implement our growth strategy as we look to expand beyond Asia in the coming years.”The 737 MAX 8 provides more range than its predecessor and offers 14 percent better fuel efficiency and environmental performance thanks to the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, advanced winglets, and other aerodynamic improvements.Boeing Global Services will also provide Jeju Air with digital tools to reduce its operating costs, Boeing said. The solutions included the Fuel Dashboard Program, which allows operators to look across their fleet and identify areas where they can optimize their fuel spending.The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history with about 4,800  orders from more than 100 customers worldwide.last_img read more

Issues for 2012 #3: Who Gets to Define Your Online Identity?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In a March 2011 session for the SXSW conference, Webroot security engineer James Reffell borrowed ReadWriteWeb’s own “facebook login” incident to illustrate the effects of identity centralization. When unknowing users stumbled onto RWW, many of them actually ended up logging onto the Facebook Connect service anyway, since FC is one of RWW’s identity providers. As a result, folks ended up associating themselves with Facebook as comment contributors to RWW, even though the comments they were contributing consisted mainly of cries for help.What makes this data valuable for centralized ID providers is its ability to be aggregated and analyzed. This is why Facebook and other services are calling for a one-to-one relationship between users and activities, and for users’ online identities to be unique and, shall we say, unvarnished. Last November, the extent of Facebook’s efforts was revealed when Facebook changed novelist Salman Rushdie’s profile to use a different first name – the one that appears before “Salman” on his passport. Rushdie objected because folks wouldn’t recognize “Ahmed Rushdie” as the famous novelist – and accessibility by his readers was one of the whole points of adopting a Facebook identity in the first place.What wasn’t determined was whether Facebook chose to look into Rushdie’s passport profile simply because he was Rushdie, or whether there’s a larger, ongoing process of checking everyone’s online handles against their passport names.Whether he intended to game the system or not, TechCrunch contributor M.G. Siegler discovered yesterday that his Google + profile picture had been removed for having displayed the middle finger in a solo setting. The original, unaltered arrangement may be found on Siegler’s Twitter feed, which incidentally uses a nom de plume. Although the Google + terms of service do explicitly forbid the use of potentially offensive material, Siegler found it odd that Google would be actively policing the relative stances of its users’ hands. “In certain cultures, various hand gestures mean different things,” he wrote. “Is Google also going to delete my profile picture if I have my fingers up to my chin, for example?”The odd couplingThe problem at hand is that Web apps developers are now entrusting the job of validating identities to services that have an interest in cleansing them. There are perfectly valid reasons why a social network provider would want to maintain both order and equanimity in its users’ profiles. There are equally valid reasons why whatever information is conveyed to a service trusted with validating individual accounts, should only include data that is directly accessible to the parties in the transactions to which those accounts pertain. These two sets of reasons are incompatible with one another at multiple points.Yet de-coupling transaction accounting from identity provision disables the entire value proposition for social networks. In other words, if Facebook and others could not potentially monetize the data they were collecting from folks logging onto apps and blogs and stumbling onto strangely fortunate headline choices, they would have to find revenue elsewhere – perhaps from subscription fees, which at this point users are unwilling to consider.In the meantime, there may be no immediate incentive for developers to build a more viable solution: a kind of personal portfolio service where Salman Rushdie’s name and M.G. Siegler’s middle finger remain untouched, but whose personal data is only used by them and the services and retailers of their choice for their own purposes. Need alone does not generate solutions, otherwise Web users (which include online bankers) would not have had to suffer with the dangers of SSL encryption for well over a decade now.However, the longer we wait for a solution to materialize, the more opportunity we give for someone – intentionally or not – to exploit the problem. If I were truly mischief and wanted to game the system, I would have named this article, “Facebook Wants to Be Your One True Login, Part 2.” If you’re not familiar with the incident to which I’m referring: One of the most illustrative cases of the incomplete state of the Internet as an information system was in February 2010, when ReadWriteWeb itself happened to publish an article with “Facebook” and “login” in its headline. It soon found itself at or near the top of Google search results for the phrase “facebook login,” with the result being that hundreds of Web users to this day happen upon this page when they’re trying to reach Facebook itself.The Web was not designed to require identity or authentication for data to be accessed. Up to now, most consumers have not considered this a problem – at least, not the ones who found themselves staring at ReadWriteWeb when they were expecting Farmville. This will change.Too many protocols, too few sourcesThe one emerging fundamental truth from the Web as a technology is a strange, sideways corollary to Murphy’s Law: If a system can be gamed, it will. As the Web evolves, and as HTML5 is implemented by more organizations for delivering applications, the Web will come to rely more and more upon the very component it was designed from the beginning to intentionally dis-include: identity, the need for which is said by its earliest engineers to be contrary to the notion of openness.The way the first Web services distinguished between individual users was by storing session data on client systems in the form of cookies. This system was largely distrusted and, like all such systems online, became the subject of considerable gaming and malicious abuse. Its eventual unreliability, coupled with the fact that a cookie was only meaningful to the service that created it, led to the need for a new standard for establishing trust between server and client – one that would be less ridiculous than SSL.The rush to fulfill this need led to an over-abundance of competing protocols, and an even greater number of so-called federation mechanisms for enabling these protocols to cooperate with one another. Amid all the confusion, developers of the first wave of genuine cloud-based SaaS applications find themselves relying on the most abundant, readily available solution at the present time: a combination of OAuth 2.0 for enabling a channel for one authority to grant permissions to another, and an identity protocol such as OpenID for exchanging identity tokens over that authorized channel.Taking advantage of this new reliance are the networks which have the most to gain from absorbing as much data as possible on users’ activities: Facebook, Google, and Yahoo. And in its forthcoming Windows 8, Microsoft will place its Windows Live ID front-and-center, making it the preferred password-based logon system for Windows-based PCs and tablets. This leads to a kind of tangled conundrum that only our modern society could have bumbled into: The problem of safeguarding access is effectively being outsourced to the very centralized sources that are the crux of the existing problems with privacy and user security.Pairing identities with profiles scott fulton Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#security A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more