Serena Williams nears 8th Wimbledon title, 24th Slam overall

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names A relatively routine 6-2, 6-4 semifinal victory over 13th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany on Thursday put Williams into her 10th final at the All England Club and moved her closer to a 24th Grand Slam title, which would equal Margaret Court’s record.“It’s crazy. I don’t even know how to feel, you know, because literally, I didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back,” Williams said. “I just feel like when I don’t have anything to lose, I just can play so free, and that’s kind of what I’m doing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’After hitting five aces with a serve that reached 119 mph, delivering 16 winners to only seven unforced errors, and covering the court so well with speed and effort against Goerges, Williams will face another German, 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber, on Saturday.“Whatever happens, honestly it’s an incredible effort from me,” the 36-year-old Williams said, “and good motivation to keep going for the rest of my career.” Serena Williams of the United States celebrates defeating Germany’s Julia Gorges in their women’s singles semifinals match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Thursday July 12, 2018.(AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — It’s almost as if Serena Williams never left.Even after more than a year away from the tour, even after a health scare while having a baby a little more than 10 months ago, Williams is still capable of dominance. Especially at Wimbledon, where she’s one victory from an eighth championship.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img The left-handed Kerber, a former No. 1 and two-time major champion, used a seven-game run to beat 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3. Kerber did not dictate much, content to let 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko determine the outcome of nearly every point.By the end, Ostapenko had far more winners, 30-10, but also far more unforced errors, 36-7.Williams vs. Kerber will be a rematch of the 2016 final at Wimbledon. Williams won that for a second consecutive title at the All England Club, then sat out the grass-court tournament last year while pregnant, part of a 16-month gap between majors.“Seeing her back, it’s great,” said Kerber, who has lost six of eight previous matches against Williams. “I know that she is always pushing you to the limits to play your best tennis. This is the only chance to beat her.”After giving birth to daughter Olympia last September, Williams dealt with issues including blood clots, and she’s been wearing compression leggings this fortnight as a precaution. Her first Grand Slam tournament back was the French Open, where she won three matches before withdrawing last month because of an injured chest muscle.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins All of the time away pushed someone who’s spent more than 300 weeks ranked No. 1 down the rankings — she began Wimbledon at 181st, but was seeded 25th on account of her past success — and no one could quite be sure how the American would fare over these two weeks.Not even Williams knew.“This is not inevitable for me. I had a really tough delivery, and I had to have multiple surgeries and almost didn’t make it, to be honest,” Williams said. “I remember I couldn’t even walk to my mail box, so it’s definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final. So I’m taking everything as it is and just enjoying every moment.”The victory over Goerges extended Williams’ winning streak at Wimbledon to 20 matches, dating to the start of the 2015 edition. She’s also won her past 15 Grand Slam matches, going to the start of the 2017 Australian Open, which she won while pregnant.That title pushed her past Steffi Graf’s record of 22 majors in the half-century professional era; Court won some of her Slams during the amateur era.Williams’ match against Goerges featured two of the best servers around, and began quite evenly, until 2-all, 30-all. Goerges, the first seeded player Williams faced these two weeks, showed she was capable of trading power from the baseline with Williams.There were moments when watching Goerges made it easy to wonder how it could be possible she never had been past a major’s fourth round until now. Or, more to the point on this afternoon, how such a stinging serve and big groundstrokes didn’t help her avoid first-round exits each of the past five years at Wimbledon.But she couldn’t keep up with Williams, who grabbed 18 of 22 points and five consecutive games to close the first set and begin the next. Williams broke for a 4-2 lead in the second when Goerges tried a rare drop shot that caught the top of the net tape and fell on her side. There was one brief blip to come: Williams got broken for the only time while serving for the match at 5-3.Immediately, though, Williams broke back at love to end it, smiling widely and placing her left fist on her chest when Goerges’ last shot landed long. Racela stays positive despite TNT exit: ‘We got a fair chance’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

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Florida sex offender arrested in Virginia

first_imgThe girl told authorities Mitchell had a handgun and said he would kill her if she drew attention to herself in the store. He told her he was going to another part of the store and would meet her in five minutes, then disappeared, authorities said. Mitchell had 14 prior arrests ranging from burglary and bomb threats to lewd and lascivious conduct, police said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. – A sex offender accused of running off with a 15-year-old Florida girl has been arrested, police said Saturday. The girl was released at a Wal-Mart store this week. William Joe Mitchell, 46, was arrested by Virginia State Police at a gas station in Winchester, Va., according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in central Florida. Mitchell is being held without bond at the Frederick County regional jail, said Corinne Geller, spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police. State police were notified in midmorning that the U.S. Marshals Service had tracked Mitchell to a truck stop on Interstate81, near the West Virginia border. Four state troopers surrounded Mitchell and took him into custody without incident around noon. Mitchell was being served federal and state warrants, none from Virginia, said Geller, who had no further details. She did not know whether he had a lawyer. The 15-year-old girl spurred a statewide manhunt when she sneaked out of her house before dawn on Monday. She told friends she was running away for love, to be with a boy she met online. She believed Mitchell was in his early 20s. The Associated Press is not naming the girl because she is a suspected sexual abuse victim. Police believe heavy publicity in the hours after the girl disappeared pressured him into dropping her off at a Wal-Mart in the Florida Panhandle. last_img read more

LIFESTYLE: STAY-PUT MAKE-UP IN THE SUMMER

first_imgLIFESTYLE: Less is more when it comes to make-up in the summer.A dewy look can easily turn to an oil-slick look as make-up melts and eyeliner slides across the face as the day wears on.FIVE essential products to avoid this happening include: 1. Primer- this is applied after moisturiser and before foundation. A primer gives a good base for foundation and helps to maintain a lasting good.It also helps to give longer foundation coverage.This Stay Flawless product is advertised as an über-long-lasting primer but at €35.50, it is quite expensive. Garnier 5 Second Perfect Blur Primer 30mlI would avoid this if you are prone to an oily complexion as it can give a ‘too shiny’ look. It’s currently on offer at Cara Pharmacy at €12.79.This Rimmel Product is a good option for oily-skins. Priced at €8.25, it eliminates shine and smooths the skin.2. Set foundation with translucent powder. This also helps to maintain coverage. Try and use one with a high SPF. Sometimes changing to use a powder make-up or foundation doesn’t have oil as an ingredient also helps to reduce shiny complexions.3. Use a waterproof eyeliner.4. Apply a waterproof mascara. 5. Lipstick can appear a little heavy in the summer, a pop of colour from a vibrant gloss stands out just as much.LIFESTYLE: STAY-PUT MAKE-UP IN THE SUMMER was last modified: July 24th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Daily LifestyleLIFESTYLE: STAY-PUT MAKE-UP IN THE SUMMERlast_img read more

WOMAN ALLEGES SHE ‘WOKE TO FIND PARTNER’S FRIEND TOUCHING HER IN BED’ – COURT

first_imgA young mother has alleged how she awoke to find her boyfriend’s friend in her bed touching her intimately.Letterkenny Court.The Co Donegal woman found the man touching her breasts and bum and raising her leg after he slipped into her bed while she and her partner slept. The woman, who cannot be named, appeared by video-link from Australia where she now lives.She was giving evidence to Letterkenny Circuit Court this afternoon where a man has gone on trial charged with sexual assault.The alleged assault, which the man denies, took place at a house in Letterkenny on May 17th, 2010.Before the court is a man in his 30s who has pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault.The court heard that the woman, her partner and the accused had all met at the Golden Grill Nightclub in Letterkenny.They all got a taxi home.The woman revealed how the man was given the spare room in their house and she went to bed with her partner and they had sex.However she awoke some time later to find the man in their bed touching her breasts and bum and trying to lift her leg.“He told me to shush and everything would be okay. I told him to get out but he wouldn’t get out of the bed,” said the woman.The woman then screamed at the man and told him to get out of the room as she woke her boyfriend.Her boyfriend also shouted at the man and he left the room to go back to the spare room.The woman then said she went into another spare room and barricaded herself into the room with a chest of drawers and cried herself to sleep.The next morning the woman told her partner to ask the man to leave the house.He did so and after some time the accused and the woman’s partner left the house to go to the pub.Defence barrister Peter Nolan put it to the woman that because she had had so much to drink on the night that most of her memory was a daze.He put it to her that the incident did not happen at all and did she not find it unusual that her partner left with the accused to go to the pub.The woman said she was angry with her partner for doing this and she had actually broken up with him for a while because of this.She declared “I know exactly what happened when XXXXX came into my bed.“I would never bring this case four years later and then allegedly make something up.“We are a family but I will never forgive (her partner) for walking out the door with XXXX,” she said.The trial before a jury of seven women and five men continues before Judge Keenan Johnson tomorrow.WOMAN ALLEGES SHE ‘WOKE TO FIND PARTNER’S FRIEND TOUCHING HER IN BED’ – COURT was last modified: February 5th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONEGAL DAIRYMEN HIT FOR €15M

first_imgAs Donegal’s four hundred dairy farmers count the cost of falling milk prices it is estimated that the county will suffer a decline of €15 million in the business for 2015.And there is no immediate expectation for an early recovery according to sources in the industry.One Ramelton dairy farm has reported losses of €56,000 in the first half of this year alone. The farmer said that he expects to take a hit of at least €80,000 for the whole year and this kind of loss is not sustainable should it work through into 2016. It is feared the milk price collapse could see as much as one billion Euros removed from a very fragile rural economy this year.Ironically consumer prices have not come down even though prices being paid to farmers have dropped 30% amid more transparency in the food supply chain.Milk has dropped by ten cents a litre since this time last year and the euphoria about quotas being abolished has been dampened greatly due to the harsh reality of supply and demand.Meanwhile the IFA has warned one-third of dairy farmers could find themselves selling at negative margins for 2015 as a whole. Milk production figures for April and May were 12% higher than for the same period last yearNew figures from the Central Statistics Office show the price farmers are receiving for milk is down 24% compared to this time last year.The reduction is being driven by lower milk prices in the global market place.Despite the drop in prices, the amount of milk being produced is at an all-time high as farmers have increased their output in response to the abolition of EU milk quotas at the start of April.Milk production figures for April and May were 12% higher than for the same period last year.The President of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association John Comer said there is a lot of anxiety among his members, particularly those who have a lot of borrowings, who are finding themselves constrained because of a lack of profitability.“That has a serious effect not only on the members but also on the economy,” he said.Every one once cent drop in the milk price paid to farmers takes €60m out of the economy. Mr. McMahon says that the fact that Donegal milk is processed in Killygordon has been a big help and costs have been consequently reduced to a minimum and the industry has got a good spin off with the sale of Donegal Creameries to Connacht Gold in 2012 was a major plus for the Donegal farmers.In July, 185 new tractors were licensed – down from 198 in the corresponding month in 2014 and 246 in 2013.To date in 2015, 1,358 in tractors were licensed, according to the CSO figurers. This compares to 1,551 licensed over the same period last year.The CSO figures are represent a 12% fall in the number of tractors licensed for the first time in 2015 compared to 2014. There has also been a substantial fall in the number of imported tractors this year, the CSO figures show. DONEGAL DAIRYMEN HIT FOR €15M was last modified: August 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dairy farmersdonegalmilklast_img read more

Returning construction workers urged to check qualifications

first_imgThousands of expats returning to work in the recovering Irish construction face being turned away from sites because they don’t have the right paperwork, a Donegal-based expert has warned.On-site Health and Safety expert Darren Donaghy, from Donaghy Safety Training Ltd, said there was a particular issue for workers coming home from the UK and Australia.“Health and Safety must always be the on-site priority and it is vital that workers acquire the relevant and recognised certifications. “Returning workers may be unaware of the changes to Irish work practices in the last decade or wrongly believe that certifications acquired overseas will automatically be accepted here.”It is estimated Ireland’s construction industry is set to grow by 9% annually over the next three years.The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) said that will spark a labour demand which could sustain an additional 112,000 jobs up to 2020The CIF estimates over the next three years that the country requires 15,200 electricians, 7,800 bricklayers, 11,800 plumbers, 30,800 carpenters and joiners, 13,900 plasterers and tilers, 9,400 painters and decorators, 9,600 managers, 18,100 operatives, and 27,600 general labourers. Mr Donaghy continued: “The construction sector growth will undoubtedly act as a catalyst for many people who are considering coming home to Ireland after spending the recession years overseas.“All construction workers, including apprentices, are bound by law to hold a valid Solas Safe Pass. That affords everyone the required basic knowledge of health and safety that allows workers to work on-site without being a risk to themselves or others.“Regardless of what certifications they have attained overseas, it is imperative this is in place. As with every required health and safety measure, this requirement acts to preserve life and limb and all workers in the industry must meet the standards,” he said.Mr Donaghy said there is a further onus on site managers and supervisors to ensure all staff hold the appropriate health and safety qualifications.For more information about the required Solas Safe Pass – a one day mandatory health and safety awareness training for all construction operatives – visit www.donaghysafetytraining.ie Returning construction workers urged to check qualifications was last modified: September 14th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Darren DonaghyDonaghey Safety Training Ltdlast_img read more

Revealed: The finalists of the Donegal Local Enterprise Awards

first_imgThe sixteen finalists have been announced for the 2019 Donegal Local Enterprise Awards.Businesses from across Donegal will compete for the highly-coveted prizes in the finals the business awards, which will be held in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, on the 6th of December.The finalists are: Siobhan Boyle of Sculpt CosmeticsMark Bolton of Bolt OnSara and Philip Moss of Filligan’s LtdCathal Sheridan of Huku BalanceJames Coyle of JC EngineeringConor McLaughlin, McMorrow & McLaughlin SolicitorsHugh Wilhare, Mulroy Bay MusselsPat Lafferty, Multi-Crete Agri ProductsDerek Walker, Nat NootAndrew McElhinney, O’Donnell’s BakeryAndrea Kelly, On the Go Coffee CoCiara Shine, Shine’s SeafoodEileen Rafferty, The BothyLynn Costello Erskine, The Pear in PaperKieran Murray & Conor McGrath of Thinstone Donegal Jessica Peoples of Zona DanceThe 16 finalists for the 2019 Local Enterprise Awards were selected following a rigorous screening process of the many applicants.“The awards have been running for over 20 years in Donegal and we have a stringent process in place to make the short-list, never mind be named as a finalist,” said Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney.He added that the 16 businesses in the final can all be justifiably proud of reaching this stage. “Having come through the screening process, the next stage will see the finalists go before the judges on December 5th and the category winners will be announced after that. There will be €10,000 up for grabs across the categories, all that remains now is to see who will win the awards,” Mr Tunney added. Awards will be presented for Best Established Business (over 18 months trading) with a runner-up in that category as well.There will also be a winner and runner-up in the Best Start Up Award, while awards will also be presented for Best Donegal Export Enterprise, Best Donegal Enterprise Innovation and also for Food Coast and Creative Coast categories.“As a county our economy is dominated by small and micro businesses. These awards help to highlight the contribution of these businesses to the economy of Donegal and the important role they play in providing employment and contributing to the sustainability of their local communities,” the Head of Enterprise added.The Donegal Business Awards are also part of the National Enterprise Awards, with one of the 16 finalists set to get an opportunity to represent Donegal on the national stage next year and Donegal’s overall winner last year, Martin McGuinness, went on to win a Regional Enterprise Award.Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020. Revealed: The finalists of the Donegal Local Enterprise Awards was last modified: November 27th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AFBF Foundation’s Feeding Minds Press publishes first book

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Feeding Minds Press announces the publication of its first book, “Right This Very Minute: A Table-to-Farm Book About Food and Farming” by award-winning author Lisl H. Detlefsen. The book, stunningly illustrated by Renée Kurilla, explains to children how every minute of every day, someone, somewhere, is working to bring food to their table.“Right This Very Minute” is geared toward children in kindergarten through third grade. The 32-page picture book follows children through an entire day of meals and snacks, with each one emphasizing how critical farmers and agriculture are to society.“We’re pleased to launch Feeding Minds Press with the publication of ‘Right This Very Minute,’” said Christy Lilja, executive director of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. “This book is the first of many titles from Feeding Minds Press that will bring modern agriculture to life for young readers.”Hardcover copies of “Right This Very Minute” may be ordered online at https://www.dmsfulfillment.com/FarmBureau/DMSStore/Product/ProductDetail/26233 for $17.99 each. Related materials include an educator’s guide (seven lessons that encourage students to dig deeper into thinking about where the food on their plates originated) and a Snacks Ag Mag.The Foundation presented its 12th “Book of the Year” award to Detlefsen for “Right This Very Minute” in January. The award springs from the Foundation’s efforts to identify “Accurate Ag Books,” a collection of nearly 500 books for children, teenagers and adults that accurately cover agricultural topics. The Accurate Ag Books database is available at: http://www.agfoundation.org/recommended-pubs.last_img read more

For future transactions, in blockchain we trust

first_imgSara Gardner What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Blockchain#featured#Hitachi#Internet of Things#IoT#top 6 User-Interface Musts for Personal Finance Apps What makes our societies run? Oil? Silicon? Yes, and yes: When we place an order online and the item shows up on our doorstep the next day, or we stock our stores with delicacies from Chile to China, some quantity of petroleum and electronics fuels every transaction.But in all these exchanges, the operative factor is trust. Buyers trust sellers to have the goods. Customers trust suppliers to deliver. Both sides trust banks to transfer assets accurately.Interconnected markets, devices, and social circles make our life rich and varied, yet reports of tracking, surveillance and data theft undermine our trust in networks. Consumers worry about hackers breaching their financial institutions, online stores, health providers or even government entities; businesses spend vast amounts of money on cybersecurity, hoping to outwit or outrun actors who would steal corporate secrets, bring their transactions to a halt, or frustrate customers.See also: Canadian firm launches platform to secure IoT with blockchainAs the internet of things seems to be presenting us with the ultimate vulnerability — everything with a sensor or computer onboard can be compromised —blockchain is emerging as a solution that draws on precisely that massive network of distributed anonymity for strength.A cyberized chain of custodyThe blockchain protocol works like the chain of custody in criminal cases: It provides a reliable body of evidence because every transaction in a system is identified and time-stamped. Each is allocated a private key that is generated randomly and is unique and unalterable. IT administrators can always trace what has been done by whom and when. This ability to authenticate all actions makes systems more secure and trustworthy.The cloud architecture on which much of current security technology depends is vulnerable because it is centralized: Individual servers must continually send and receive credentials, each of which is a potential weak link. The blockchain protocol introduces automation that pushes the smarts in a network to the edge, so that systems and software, rather than individual people and their individual machines, are in control of interconnected devices.An ounce of detection equals a pound of deterrenceRight now, when hackers compromise one machine, they have access to all the other machines it communicates with. In a peer-to-peer network secured by blockchain, hackers would have to break into machines one by one, an onerous and off-putting prospect requiring massive amounts of computing resources. Even if a system loses one node, the rest of the data stored is still safe and up to date.So blockchain not only easily identifies hackers after the fact but makes it unlikely they will achieve their target or complete a desired action: They can expect not only to be punished but thwarted from the outset.The vast number of interconnected machines in the internet of things is actually an advantage, not a vulnerability. These computers unwittingly and anonymously collaborate in their mutual defense, because they all confirm the same unalterable transaction data. Decreased costs, increased disruptionIn addition to more foolproof system security, blockchain registration will cause paradigm shifts in all industries. With decentralized system control and elimination of intermediary functions, transactions can be processed more quickly and with definitive accuracy. For example, in energy infrastructure, not only can meters be monitored accurately, but time-stamping will eliminate costly disputes. In manufacturing, downed resources can be restored to the configuration they existed in at the moment of data loss. In all industries, from multinational corporations to creative artists’ works, disintermediation — that is, a peer-to-peer exchange without a facilitating partner — will be disruptive. This paradigm shift in how computers communicate and protect themselves opens a particular opportunity for IT developers. Once data becomes part of a blockchain, it really is just data, so APIs become unnecessary, making systems more efficient and less costly to maintain. But in the transition to all systems operating on the blockchain protocol, developers will be busy modifying legacy systems on the back end to conform to the new protocol seamlessly.See also: Can blockchain and IoT solve international freight’s issues?Most importantly, the blockchain protocol restores public trust in computer systems, just as hacking and secret tracking have caused fear and suspicion. With identities secured and protected, citizens will have more faith in interconnected public agencies, which will allow governments to move ahead to operate more cost-effectively, for example, with smart city implementations of services that take advantage of private reserves of big data.In the past, hackers have exploited our blind, invisible and automatic dependence on machines we don’t operate and people we don’t know. Blockchain transforms those “strangers” into allies. By restoring our trust in digital transactions, it could become as fundamental to our way of operating as oil and silicon already are.The author is IoT VP and CTO for Hitachi Insight Group. She collaborates with engineering, research and business teams across the Hitachi group of companies to drive both Internet of Things and Big Data technology strategy.She has over 25 years in the data management industry working primarily in data management and analytics and has a degree in Computer Science. Her expertise includes Big Data, IoT, Data Warehousing, Analytics, Storage and Cloud. Prior to HDS she held Product Management, Strategy and Marketing leadership positions at Oracle, HP and Ingres.She is passionate about data of all shapes and sizes and the undoubtedly transformative impact of the Internet of Things.center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology The Top 5 Issues Faced by Futurists Related Posts last_img read more