Almost a year later, it’s apparent that the new rules have a significant loophole: The designated lead regulator — the tiny nation of Ireland — has yet to bring an enforcement action against a big tech firm. That’s not entirely surprising. Despite its vows to beef up its threadbare regulatory apparatus, Ireland has a long history of catering to the very companies it is supposed to oversee, having wooed top Silicon Valley firms to the Emerald Isle with promises of low taxes, open access to top officials, and help securing funds to build glittering new headquarters. Now, data privacy experts and regulators in other countries are questioning Ireland’s commitment to policing imminent privacy concerns like Facebook’s reintroduction of facial recognition software and data-sharing with its recently purchased subsidiary WhatsApp, and Google’s sharing of information across its burgeoning number of platforms. Interviews with scores of privacy experts, … [Read more...] about POLITICO EUROPE
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The Spinoff A study using salary data, employment prospects, skill shortages and training positions suggests aspiring engineers, builders, teachers, midwives and panel beaters are off to a great start. Surge in job listings on Trade Me expected New Zealand quarterly unemployment rises above forecasts Unemployment: Bad news NZ, it's much worse than you think One of the most difficult choices in a young person's life is deciding what they want to study. They have to think about what they like doing, what they're actually good at, and what sort of jobs will be around for them when it comes time to enter the workforce. Remember: automation is here and the robots are coming, regardless of whether we like it or not. Anywhere from 24 percent to 46 percent of jobs are predicted to disappear in the next two decades with labourers, drivers, machinery operators, and those working clerical or admin jobs set to be the first to go. Today's students will be best prepared for work after 2020 with a … [Read more...] about The 20 top jobs New Zealanders should be studying for
This is a story about a horrific massacre and a death row inmate's claims of innocence. Kevin Cooper's case has drawn worldwide attention, including from Pope Francis and Kim Kardashian West. The heartbreaking story about the brutal assault that left four dead and one young survivor in Chino Hills, Calif., also raises questions about the initial police investigation, the loss of key evidence, and whether someone else is actually the killer. "Nearly 20 years ago, I got a stack of letters from an inmate at San Quentin Prison," "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty reports. "His name is Kevin Cooper – and he wrote that he had been framed, as he put it, 'for something that I didn't do.'" Moriarty and "48 Hours" began exploring the case, the investigation, and Cooper's claims of innocence when she got the letters, and her reporting continues to this day. In 1983, someone brutally murdered Doug and Peggy Ryen, their daughter Jessica, 10, and a family friend, Christopher Hughes, 11. … [Read more...] about Kevin Cooper case: Was the wrong man convicted in the 1983 Chino Hills massacre?
January is a tough month. After the highs of December, the financial and morale lows of January can hit hard. But if you've been enjoying eating out, shopping and living well during the festive period, there are ways to keep doing that while saving yourself some cash. Some may be obvious to you, but others may have you thinking outside the box. Here are a few suggestions. 1. Dine out at professional training restaurant Your local college may not immediately spring to mind when it comes to fine dining, but it probably should. This is where chefs of the future learn their trade, overseen by professionals. And since those cooking and serving your food are hospitality and catering students, you can enjoy top-notch food for a great price. The thing to remember of course is that they aren't usually open all the time, just during term-time. So bear that in mind. If you're in Cardiff, visit Nant Restaurant or The Classroom/Y Dosbarth. Swansea diners can visit The Vanilla Pod. If you're local … [Read more...] about 15 ways to save money in January but still have all the luxury you want
The US and China are engaged in a trade war nothing seems able to stop. It began with President Donald Trump’s threats against those who ‘steal from us’ (18 April 2017), to which President Xi Jinping replied: ‘No one should expect us to swallow anything that undermines our interests’ (1). A war of words soon led to punitive import tariffs: the US imposed 10-25% on a range of Chinese goods and China retaliated. This began in the spring, dragged on through the summer and looks set to continue beyond this winter. It’s sometimes hard to distinguish real measures from sensational headlines. The US compiled a list of 5,745 Chinese products (including steel, aluminium, chemicals, textiles and electronics) with a value of $200bn (compared to total imports worth $505bn in 2017) that face a 10% duty until 1 January 2019, and 25% thereafter. There are several exemptions: smart watches, a sector in which Apple is market leader, are … [Read more...] about Trade truce between the US and China