Costa Rica takes on Nicaragua on Wednesday afternoon in Ticos first match

Costa Rica takes on Nicaragua on Wednesday afternoon in Ticos first match

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica dominates Nicaragua, 3-0, in national team’s first match since World Cup Watch Costa Rica’s three (yes, three!) goals in the victory over Uruguay Arsenal’s Joel Campbell stars on Costa Rica roster for Ticos’ first post-World Cup match Costa Rica’s Óscar Duarte, the first Nicaraguan to score in the World Cup, receives wonderful homecoming celebration Expectations will be sky-high for Costa Rica at this week’s Central America Cup — even though the team only will carry a handful of players fromits history-making World Cup squad.  Fortunately for the Ticos, they open the tournament against the worst team in the region.Costa Rica will play Nicaragua on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. The Ticos come into the tournament as defending champions. But this tournament will feel a little different for Costa Rica. The Ticos not only enter as the best squad in Central America, but are coming off a World Cup performance where La Sele proved to be one of the best teams on the planet.The Ticos will hold their highest ever international ranking (No. 15) when they face Nicaragua (No. 175) in the first match of a triple-header in the U.S. capital. Still, the team only consists of seven players who saw the pitch in Brazil, including star forward Joel Campbell, newly anointed team captain Celso Borges and starting defender Óscar Duarte. Costa Rica also has a new coach, Paulo Wanchope, after the Costa Rica Football Federation (FEDEFUT) endured an ugly, public breakup with World Cup coach Jorge Luis Pinto in late July.The fallout was highlighted by the Colombian coach accusing his assistant Wanchope of betraying him. Pinto said Wanchope tried to have him fired during World Cup qualifying. But Wanchope is just a temporary fix at head coach as FEDEFUT searches for a veteran foreign coach to take over the team later this fall. Still, the pressure to succeed will be high for the former highly decorated Tico player and FEDEFUT. Both parties were subject to much vitriol from fans after Pinto’s ouster.On the other hand, Costa Rica shouldn’t need its best players to succeed at a tournament the country has won seven times in 12 editions.In the 2014 World Cup, La Sele bested Uruguay, Italy and Greece to reach the quarterfinals. The Ticos pushed three-time World Cup runners-up the Netherlands to penalty kicks before getting eliminated. At the Central America Cup, Costa Rica will take on a different class of opponent. Honduras is the lone Central America Cup participant besides the Ticos that qualified for this summer’s World Cup — and the Hondurans flamed out with three consecutive losses in the group stage.Honduras faces Belize following the match between the Ticos and the Nicas. The final match of the day pits Guatemala versus El Salvador.All seven countries in Central America compete in the cup. The top four teams secure an automatic berth to next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. Costa Rica is in Group B with Nicaragua and Panama. Group A contains the remaining sides: Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador. The tournament will take place in sites throughout the United States for the first time.Costa Rica plays Panama on Sunday in Dallas, Texas, with a berth in the Central America Cup championship likely on the line. The title game is set for Sept. 13 in Los Angeles, California.Keeper Patrick Pemberton, who likely will replace Keylor Navas in net for the tourney, insisted the Ticos will not underestimate their regional rivals. Nevertheless, Costa Rica should feel confident about its odds of repeating as champions. Campbell, a 22-year-old phenom who remains a member of English squad Arsenal after a controversial week, is easily the most talented player in the tournament. And the second and third best players at the cup might also be found on the Costa Rican roster.COSTA RICA CENTRAL AMERICA CUP ROSTER:Goalies: Daniel Cambronero* (Herediano); Kevin Briceño (Saprissa); Patrick Pemberton* (Alajuelense)Defenders: Johnny Acosta* (Alajuelense); Porfirio Lopez (Alajuelense); Juan Diego Madrigal (Inter Baku); Óscar Duarte* (Club Brugge); Christopher Meneses (IFK Norrköping); Dave Myrie* (Herediano); Pablo Salazar (Herediano)Midfielders: Celso Borges* (AIK); Armando Alonso (Alajuelense); David Ramirez (Saprissa); Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers); José Miguel Cubero* (Blackpool); Juan Gabriel Bustos (Saprissa); Johan Venegas (Alajuelense); Oscar Esteban Granados* (Herediano)Forwards: Joel Campbell* (Arsenal); Johan Condega (Cartaginés); Marco Ureña* (FC Midtjylland)* = Member of Costa Rica’s 23-man World Cup rosterBold = Played in World Cup Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rica Supreme Court strikes down ban on clergy holding public office

Costa Rica Supreme Court strikes down ban on clergy holding public office

first_imgRelated posts:Supreme Court’s Constitutional Chamber to evaluate appointment of Lutheran bishop as presidency minister Supreme Court asks Solís to clarify Cabinet post for Lutheran bishop President Solís gets good grade from most Costa Ricans as first 100 days pass President Solís, church leaders discuss Cuban migrant crisis Facebook Comments Presidency Minister Melvin Jiménez got some good news Wednesday. The one-time Lutheran bishop has been cleared by the Supreme Court’s Constitutional Chamber to keep his seat in President Luis Guillermo Solís’ Cabinet when a majority of the justices ruled that a ban on religious authorities heading ministries only applied to Roman Catholic priests.The court ruled that the ban applied exclusively to Catholic priests for “historical-constitutional” reasons, according to a statement from the court on Wednesday. Costa Rica’s official state religion is Catholicism. The seven-seat Constitutional Chamber said in its decision that the ban also violated Article 23 of the American Convention on Human Rights that calls for equality in eligibility to participate in public office.The court’s decision upheld President Solís’ initial argument in May that the constitutional rule only prevented Catholic clergy from serving on the presidential Cabinet. The Catholic Church responded at the time by saying Solís’ statements were discriminatory.The Tico Times called the Archdiocese of San José for comment several times Wednesday but was unable to reach someone for comment.A constitutional complaint was brought against Jiménez’s appointment as presidency minster by Álvaro Orozco Carballo, a lawyer and a Catholic activist, soon after Solís appointed Jiménez to his Cabinet. Orozco argued that Jiménez’s role with the Lutheran Church prevented him from serving on the Cabinet under Article 142 of the Constitution.The Lutheran Church in Costa Rica had previously issued statements that Jiménez had resigned from his duties as a Lutheran bishop and was no longer active in the day-to-day operations of the church. In July, the Government Attorney’s Office issued an opinion that Jiménez’s appointment was unconstitutional. Jiménez is not the only man of the cloth in Solís’ administration. Father Gustavo Meneses, a Catholic priest, heads the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute, INCOPESCA. The constitutional phrasing, however, limits the ban on religious authorities holding ministry-level posts.Justices Nancy Hernández and Luis Fernando Salazar abstained from the vote. Justice Paul Rueda said the complaint was inadmissible.last_img read more

Costa Ricas exports down by 17 percent in first quarter of 2015

Costa Ricas exports down by 17 percent in first quarter of 2015

first_imgDespite 40 percent growth in sales of medical devices during the first three months of 2015, overall exports from Costa Rica dropped 17 percent, the Foreign Trade Ministry (COMEX) and Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) reported Monday.Sales of medical devices during the first quarter of 2014 reached $364 million, while this year the figure was $519 million. The gain was driven mainly by higher sales to the U.S., Belgium and Japan.The medical device industry still leads Costa Rica’s export sector.But exports of all goods from the country dropped from $2.8 billion in the first quarter of 2014 to $2.3 billion this year, according to the latest report.The exit of technology giant Intel still is the main factor negatively affecting export figures. If electronic components are excluded from the total sales, the export figure is actually up 2 percent compared with the same period last year.Still, negative figures in the agriculture and food sectors also affected the quarterly results, driven mainly by lower exports of pineapple and banana. Pineapple sales fell by 14 percent and bananas by 23 percent.In total the agricultural sector was down 7 percent and the food industry decreased 3 percent compared to the same time period last year.Foreign Trade Minister Alexander Mora Delgado said that, according to local producers, unstable climatic factors are affecting agricultural productivity.“We expect business in these two sectors to be back to normal by mid-year and the negative impact to start decreasing,” he said.Mora said the quarterly figures were on par with the ministry’s projections. The government’s export goal for 2015 is $10.2 billion.Among the sectors that showed growth were the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors, which each grew by 5 percent. Rubber exports rose 2 percent.On Monday PROCOMER’s General Manager Pedro Beirute Prada said the government was working hard to reverse the overall downward trend.“Costa Rica maintains a diverse, dynamic and growing export model,” he said. “We are addressing the competitiveness challenges with a sense of urgency. We are offering training to new exporters, identifying new international buyers, we also are simplifying export procedures and expanding the platform for trade promotion abroad,” Beirute said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Intel’s exit still affecting Costa Rica export figures Costa Rica exports down 16 percent in first six months of 2015; ‘Intel effect’ continues Costa Rican exporters look to increase sales at international fair Costa Rica exports down 15 percent in 2015, mostly thanks to Intel exitlast_img read more

A gardeners guide to the Costa Rican rainy season

A gardeners guide to the Costa Rican rainy season

first_imgSee also: Why you should plant this multitasker in your tropical garden todayAt last the rains have returned after a scorching dry season, and the landscape is beginning to turn green again. For gardeners, the start of “winter” in Costa Rica also means the beginning of a new gardening season. I hope you’ll join the gardening party this year. It can be so rewarding in many ways.For me, there’s such a wonderful feeling that comes from preparing the soil, planting the seeds and tending the plants as they grow, and of course, preparing food that comes right from the garden. Those fresh garden greens, tomatoes, corn, beans and squash seem to taste so much better than store-bought produce. Perhaps it’s just in my mind; however, organic home-grown food has been shown to contain more mineral salts, which contribute better taste and nutritional value.Another reason for a home garden stems from the fact that Costa Rican farmers have a notorious fame for overuse of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. The residues of these chemicals in the food are now linked to a higher risk of health problems.Then there are the benefits of getting some good exercise while working in the garden, which can keep you in shape. Health seekers have also discovered the benefits of “grounding.” Walking barefoot in the grass or getting your hands in the soil eliminates a buildup of excess electrons and return the natural flow of electro-magnetic energy in our body.I hope this little pitch for gardening will inspire readers to join in on the fun of gardening this year.So, where to start? Well, from the ground up. Healthy soils are the key to healthy plants and people. Preparing your soil with compost fertilizer is the best way to ensure you will have good crops. Fortunately, leading nurseries around the country now offer different types of organic compost fertilizers. Adding this black gold to your garden beds and ornamentals will boost your yields.You can also begin to make your own compost at home. Each year during the dry season the sky turns gray with smog from farmers and homeowners burning organic matter, instead of returning it to the soil again. So bury it, don’t burn it. Dried leaves, grass clippings and food scraps can all be used to create fertile soil. You’ll find loads of tutorial videos online that can help you succeed in making your own black gold.Next, find a place to start your seeds in flats. A table located on the sunny side of the house under the eve of the roof is a great place. Most garden greens, tomatoes, peppers and herbs get a better start in flats which can then be transplanted to the garden when they are hardy. You’ll also find that nurseries and farmer’s markets sell seedling vegetables all ready to transplant into the garden.If you are just beginning, start small with one or two garden beds. If you have limited space you can also try growing a Mediterranean potted kitchen garden on a patio or balcony. Most vegetables take about three months before you begin to harvest, and if you plant a new flat of seeds each month, you’ll have a continual harvest all year.We are coming up on Arbor Day on June 15, so make a special effort to plant a tree this year to help restore our critically damaged environment. Nurseries have a wide variety of fruit and ornamental trees you can select for your home. The coastal regions and mid-elevations are perfect for planting mangos, avocados, coconut palms, citrus and many more exotic fruit trees. Highland regions are ideal for the Haas avocado, apples, apricots, and the delicious annona.Here’s my Arbor Day prose for this year: The pied piper of today masquerades as artificial intelligence luring our children with high tech marvels toward to the precipice of environment collapse and Death. Listen to the flute of Pan awakening all to the ancient wisdom of natural intelligence. Turn around, children, and tend the Tree of Life, which gives us health and peace.Read more of Ed Bernhardt’s monthly Home Gardening columns here.For more information on tropical gardening – naturally – visit Ed at http://thenewdawncenter.info/blog.html or contact him at thenewdawncenter@yahoo.com.  Related posts:Cassava: tropical staple, drought-friendly… cancer-busting? Costa Rican plants for aches and pains Hydroponic gardening in Costa Rica: How to get started Moringa: small leaves with big nutrition Facebook Commentslast_img read more

How Crypto Thieves Affect the Financial Security Crypto Should Avail in 2019

How Crypto Thieves Affect the Financial Security Crypto Should Avail in 2019

first_imgWith Alexandra Karpova, Co-Founder & CEO, Millennium Communications & Crypto PR LabCrypto assets have slowly assumed the reputation of being the next poster boy for the financial industry. However, throughout its long and tedious ascent to global reckoning, cryptocurrency still continues to beg the question of whether its eventual adoption is near anytime soon. I can’t help but notice issues that have continued to question its heralded status as a viable alternative to conventional financial systems.So, where has digital currency security failed and how has it affected the community as a whole?Crypto’s Once-Heralded InvulnerabilityAt its first go at global prominence, crypto enthusiasts would argue that crypto was the ultimate alternative to fiat. More so, security was naturally one of the major talking points used to back up this argument, as it is a technology that claims to enable immutability and topnotch encryption. In a way, this argument is valid considering how crypto has found a way around the drawbacks of decentralization (a feature that detaches the network from bureaucratic control).To ensure that decentralization would not give individuals the license to spend a coin multiple times, developers have made consensus-based verification, a core functionality of its underlying technology. Also, the immutable nature of the Blockchain establishes transparency that often evades traditional financial institutions. Similarly, state-of-the-art cryptography offers encryption; therefore, only holders of sets of keys can access digital assets.To simply put, these security measures make it almost impossible to hack a distributed network.Why Does Security Continue to Plague the Viability of Digital Currency? It all boils down to a series of flaws attributable to human error. From the known and documented cases of cryptocurrency theft, such recent Binance hack or The DAO, Mt. Gox, Bitfinex hack etc.  These human factors are the security loopholes. Needless to say, human inputs to the development and maintenance of blockchain networks are some of the flaws enabling this security wrath.Also, remember that crypto owners have the responsibility of keeping their private keys safe. Consequently, our inability to keep these keys away from prying eyes is a major stumbling block.It wasn’t until the explosion of cryptocurrency to the mainstream in 2017, that analysts began to record a disturbing increase in crypto crimes which isn’t decreasing in 2019. The exponential increase of crypto crime suggests that the last bull run also ushered in fraudsters and hackers en masse into the digital asset space.Staggering StatisticsAccording to a June 2018 report by Carbon Black, in the first half of 2018, $1.1 billion worth of cryptocurrency was lost to various crypto theft schemes. More importantly, crypto exchange hacks contributed to a large chunk of this figure. In January 2019, CipherTrace Cryptocurrency Intelligence noted that crypto thieves had carted away with total of $1.7 billion worth of cryptocurrency in 2018.In the aftermath of CipherTrace’s another report by Chainalysis went on with crypto theft activities in 2018. According to the report, two entities, dubbed, “Alpha” and “Beta,” were responsible for many of these hacks, in what they describe as talented teams of computer scientists backed by organized crime syndicates. Consequently, it was becoming more clear that the average crypto owner stood very little chance against the evolving scope of the crypto crime world.Shifting to the first quarter of 2019, reports show that the value of stolen crypto in this timeframe had already hit $1.2 billion. This alarming revelation could suggest that s nefarious entities have stolen 70% of the total amount lost last year. Interestingly enough, unlike the high-profile crypto exchange hacks that made up the bulk of last year’s figure, crypto thieves are finding new ways in our digital age to steal crypto.How Does Security Vulnerability Translate to Adoption? Ordinarily, cryptocurrency is meant to afford users financial independence from centralized entities that charge ridiculous fees for transferring or storing money. In this new system, everyone has a say in the operation of the network. Decentralization is the buzzword as crypto gradually emerged as a disruptive force.Nevertheless, it is known that crypto’s ascendance up the echelon of mainstream acceptance stalled in 2018 as the prices slumped. It’s possible for one to assume that security issues had contributed to this situation, which is not far-fetched. The crypto was unable to escape the unrelenting battering, dished out by popular media platforms with security featuring prominently as a yardstick to determine its viability. Fortunately, the revamp of the market in 2019 is slowly sidelining this sentiment, as institutions are finding more reasons to have faith in the viability of cryptocurrency.In 2018, however, this narrative played a pivotal role in how much enterprises were willing to risk in their quest to explore crypto. These powerhouses did not show the sort of commitment I expect from innovation-driven enterprises. Moreover, the validity of this argument lies in the fact that similar disruptive technologies, such as internet of things, or IoT and artificial intelligence (“A.I.”), commanded more funds, bloated initiatives, and unmatched manpower.Take Goldman Sachs for example. Its contemplative interest in the market was a major talking point last year, which never came to fruition.Instead of massively banning cryptocurrencies, the majority of the regulators actually provided a clear framework on digital assets/virtual currencies. Some regions, however, decided to completely ban crypto, while others are setting up restrictions that are stifling its growth.To be fair there are other reasons for such bans, one simple summary can be described as fear of losing  control.Another challenge this situation poses is determining who or what gets blamed for security breaches. Just as Michael Terpin, who lost his crypto holdings to SIM swapping, had won his lawsuit against AT&T for sending security codes to malefactors, there are countless victims out there searching for answers. In addition, not all crypto exchanges have an insurance fund lying around to pay affected users after a crypto hack as Binance did. In most cases, a lost private key means that the digital asset assigned to it is lost forever.What You Should Be Thinking AboutCrypto assets should avail financial security. Nonetheless, these vulnerabilities are slowly chipping off its security integrity. The question remains as to whether industry players are making the right conclusion from these events and investing more funds and efforts to secure the cybersecurity aspect of business.Let us not forget that crypto is still an emerging technology, and there is still time to work out solutions that would eliminate these threats. A lot of great minds are tirelessly working on building the infrastructure of the future.If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

The first Cork Podcast Festival takes place October 1113 2019

The first Cork Podcast Festival takes place October 1113 2019

first_imgEd O’Leary and Joe Kelly of The Good Room, the duo behind IMRO Award Winning Live At St. Luke’s concert series, have teamed up with Cork Opera House to present Cork’s first Podcast Festival, taking place in various venues across the city, including Cork Opera House, Crawford Art Gallery, The River Lee, Plugd Records, pubs, book shops and other nooks & crannies, from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th October 2019.The festival line-up, due to be announced throughout July, will feature a broad palette of talkers, thinkers, and doers, covering everything from fact and fiction, stories, and tales, sports to comedy, and beyond.Joe Kelly of The Good Room said: “Having watched the evolution of Podcasting from a small and unique listenership to the huge fanbase now, we felt that the time was right to host a weekend of Podcasting in Cork. Some of the acts that we have been dealing with over the years have created audio content with huge success. It is great to team up with Cork Opera House and other top venues to present this new festival in Cork.”Ashley Keating, interim CEO Cork Opera House, added: “It’s such a pleasure for the Cork Opera House to be involved in Cork’s first Podcast Festival, and an added bonus to be working with the fine humans at The Good Room once again. Here’s to a great weekend of the best, most interesting, and maybe even strange podcasts that the genre has to offer, see you there!”Full line up being announced throughout July. Stay tuned for more information and follow Cork PodcastFestival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the news.last_img read more

JSDayIE 2019 takes place September 20th Dublin

JSDayIE 2019 takes place September 20th Dublin

first_imgJSDayIE 2019 will take place on September 20th at The Round Room at The Mansion House in Dowson Street right in the heart of Dublin. We also have an after party the same day that will take place on Cafe en Seine.How many years has it been going?JSDayIE 2019 is our very first edition. JSDayIE 2019 is a 1-day single-track tech conference dedicated to the JavaScript community in Ireland featuring over 450 attendees and some of the best JavaScript professionals and organizations.What was the inspiration to start it?Over the last decade, JavaScript has become one of the most used programming languages in the world. Its community has grown all across the globe. Including in Ireland; where the JavaScript community is, and there are many community leed events such as the Dublin JavaScript meetup or the Node.js meetup. However, Ireland was missing a professional conference for the JavaScript community. We started this initiative because after interacting with the community, it was clear that there was an interest in an event like this. What exciting things can people look forward to?What opportunities are on offer for those attending?JSDayIE takes place on September 20th on a Friday, it is an excellent opportunity to get out of the office and meet other JavaScript professional, exchange experiences, ideas and learn something new. Please check out https://www.jsday.org/info/ to find out Why you should attend JSDayIE, How to convince your boss to buy you a ticket for JSDayIE and more useful information.Who will be speaking?JSDayIE brings together the Ireland JavaScript community for one day full of talks on GraphQL, DevOps, machine learning, accessibility, new and upcoming JavaScript features, JavaScript frameworks like React, Vue, and Angular, Node.js, web performance, progressive Web Apps and much more. The following list contains some of the speaker and talks: When and where is it on? Please visit our site at https://www.jsday.org/speakers to learn more.What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?There will be plenty of opportunities to meet other attendees during the coffee breaks and the after party at Cafe en Seine. We recommend taking the time to make sure that you get to meet other members of the community and also see what our sponsors have to offer. JSDayIE could be the beginning of a great friendship, the place in which you found your dream job or the beginning of a great business partnership and, of course, it should be a fun day in which you will learn a lot of new stuff.How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?JSDayIE 2019 is our very first event, so it is hard to know when will the tickets sell out or if they will. However, based on the interest that we have been monitoring until now, we do expect to sell out. For example, we have already sold out all our sponsoring packages, which is already a great success considering that this is the first edition of JSDayIE. Our sponsors also believe that there is a need and an interest from the JavaScript community in Ireland for an event like this. Also, we cannot forget that while this event targets mainly the JavaScript community in Ireland, it is an international event and we expect to have a lot of people to visit us from other countries in Europe and the rest of the globe. The tickets are now on sale at https://www.jsday.org/ticketsAnything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?JSDayIE is sponsored by some of the leading JavaScript companies in Ireland and the rest of the world. You can learn more about our sponsors at https://www.jsday.org/sponsors.If you want to find out more, you can visit our site https://www.jsday.org, follow us on twitter at @JSDayIE or subscribe to our newsletter at https://www.jsday.org/newsletterMore information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home “Protecting your npm dependencies” by Christopher Laughlin, Lead UI Dev at Rapid7“JS codeshift, automated refactoring” by Cristina Bernardis, Senior Software Engineer at HMH“The evolution of Ember.js at Intercom” by Gavin Joyce, Senior Engineer at Intercom“How to write a bundler” by Paul Sweeney, Software Engineer at Accenture, Ireland“Two years developing with Vue. Distilled” by Daniel Jimenez, Tech Lead at Oliver Wyman Labs“How Typescript Can Power Design Systems” by Isha Kasliwal, Senior UI/UX Dev at Twitch“Accessibility-flavored React Components: Make Your Design System Delicious!” By Kathleen McMahon, Tech Lead at O’Reilly Media“A State Of WebAssembly: The Browser is now a real VM” by M4dz, Tech Evangelist at AlwaysData“From REST to GraphQL: Wrapping Existing APIs in a Single Endpoint” by Roy Derks, Senior FE Dev at City of Amsterdam“Quick and easy way to add AI to your CV” by Zdenek Hynek, Dataviz/AI Dev at Data4Change If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

Are we to see an asset management war

Are we to see an asset management war

first_imgBlackrock – the biggest asset manager in the world with over $6.28 trillion under management – is capitalised at $72.billion and, during the quarter ending 31st March 2019, generated $3.246 billion of revenue. Facebook is valued at $550 billion and, as at March 2019, it had over 2.38 billion users and generated $15.08 billion of revenue. Blackrock only has $6.49 billion of net cash and short term investments, compared to Facebook’s $41.12 billion of cash and short terms investments.Despite Blackrock’s size and global reach (having offices in over 100 countries), it is still very dependent on the Americas as they make up 62% of the firm’s funds under management. Compare this to Facebook, where it is estimated that more than half of the US population (169.5 million people ) use Facebook out of its 2.3 billion user-base. It is obvious that Facebook not only has greater distribution i.e. more direct clients that Blackrock, but Facebook has far greater penetration in faster-growing markets outside of the USA.So why is all this important? Well, quite simply, if you have the ability – cash and the type of global distribution and brand that Facebook has  – then even the biggest asset manager in the world needs to pay attention since Facebook has announced it wishes to launch an Exchange Traded Fund (EFT). The Facebook ETF will be based on Libra, which is a Digital Asset-backed by a basket of currencies. Therefore it is not completely dependent on the fortunes of the US$, which it would be if it were backed by an asset that is priced in US$ (like gold), which is what the Editor of Forbes magazine is calling for.Libra’s acceptance has received a boost from the third biggest economy in the world – Japan –  as the Japanese Financial Services agency believes that Libra is unlikely to be a Cryptocurrency. It has stated that Libra will more likely be categorised “as general money transactions and remittances.”The massive profits that fund managers have generated for years and their annuity style income (they earn a fee based on the funds that they manage, so having much greater visibility of their revenue) has meant that asset managers enjoy a high PE ratio. Blackrock’s PE is currently 16.8, although this pales into insignificance compared to Facebook’s current 23.35, as investors believe that Facebook is able to grow its revenue and profits faster than many other public companies!If Facebook focuses more of its attention to asset management, and Libra is just the start of a series of products and services Facebook is going to offer its users, then traditional managers need to pay very careful attention. Facebook has both the cash and the followers to become a substantial asset manager extremely quickly, and also has massive exposure in parts of the world which are growing fast, and where its younger citizens are already digitally engaged!last_img read more

TalentHub Launches new Technical Recruitment July 2019

TalentHub Launches new Technical Recruitment July 2019

first_imgAnd finally, If the only reason you are setting up a new business is for the payday at the end, don’t! We all spend far too much time at work for it not to be enjoyable – so whilst the dream of scaling and selling a business is feasible, make sure you enjoy the journeyWhat are your favorite tech gadgets?Our favorite tech gadget at the moment is our FitBit watches which we use for our monthly challenges to see who can build up the most steps.  These challenges encourage health and wellbeing in the workplace—with a little friendly competition mixed in, too.How do people get in touch with you?If you’re looking to grow your Tech/Data, we’d be more than happy to offer you support and advice. Get in touch today, and one of our experts, will walk you through the strategic advice that we can offer. Call 01 634 4888, email tech@talenthub.ie or visit www.talenthub.ie for more information.Is your interview process putting diverse candidates at a disadvantage? Figure out how you can change your hiring process to build a more an inclusive workforce https://t.co/79fh4HvflV #TalentHubtips— TalentHub (@TalentHubNews) June 27, 2019More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home TalentHub Launches new Technical Recruitment TalentHub are a specialist Digital and Technical recruitment agency located in Dublin City Centre. Our motto? Simply put, we place a huge importance on our candidates needs as well as being true business partners to our clients. In the relatively short (but very long!) space of 4 years, we have built our brand as the go-to experts for hiring Digital & Transformational talent.After years of mastering Digital with Tech as a natural add-on, we have made a huge investment recently by hiring a dedicated Technology and Data department, with our recent new arrivals – a team of extremely talented and experienced consultants returning to Ireland from abroad.Ireland is currently experiencing a shortage of tech talent and this will continue to be the case in 2020 as Brexit will result in many global companies relocating their headquarters to Dublin, reducing the available talent pool even more. With the demand for talent in Technology and Data  in this 4th Industrial Revolution, attracting the most sought after and skilled ‘go to market ‘candidates is vital.The need for a dedicated UX team is growing. Here’s how to start building—or growing—an awesome UX team. https://t.co/pD35SKBwVY#TalentHubtips #UX— TalentHub (@TalentHubNews) July 10, 2019How are you different compared to other Tech Recruiters out there?Our unique team operating model, which employs much of the Agile methodology used by our clients, allows us to deliver the best possible outcomes for our clients and our candidates.Our modus operandi in TalentHub means that our Client Management and our Resourcing teams work together in a highly collaborative environment. Whether it’s a contractor or a permanent employee, we help our candidates find the right job, our clients hire the best talent, and both parties achieve the best long-term success from their recruitment processes.Tell us about your new technical recruitment team?Our new Technical Recruitment Manager, Pamela O’Connor, who leads the team in full force, has a strong track record in delivering top tech talent within eCommerce, Pharma and FMCG industries for over the past 8 years. Pamela has previously worked in-house in building technical teams from the ground up with one of the most well-known CTO’s in the tech industry. A former Science Teacher up to honours A Level, Pamela has an unrivaled knowledge of the Data Science and Analytics sector.Our Senior Technical Recruiter, Rob Griffin has more than 5 years’ experience recruiting in the technical space, with successful stints in both Canada and the UK working for such brands as Vodafone and Deutsche Bank. Prior to TalentHub, Rob worked onsite for high growth businesses in the FS and Telco’s sector and was part of the build-out of high functioning teams for offices at home and abroad.And last but definitely not least, Senior Technical Recruiter, Stephen Kilgallon who has recently relocated back to Ireland from the “the Great White North” where he spent two years recruiting technical professionals across Canada. Much of this time was spent working for the world’s 2nd largest recruitment company, Randstad, where Stephen built and managed a busy Technical Contracting desk. Prior to this, Stephen had a successful career at a well known Dublin agency where he built high performing teams for some of the most innovative global FinTech brands.Why will you do well?We believe that the industry knowledge our tech team holds the key to truly understanding the hiring challenges our clients face. We are not simply a responsive ‘keyword matching’ function, but rather a team that really gets under the skin of what our clients need and how best to attract talent that not only match the required criteria, but are committed to building a future with the company.What are your plans for the future?Our ambition is to be the go-to team for Technology and Data in the same way our colleagues are for E-commerce and Digital Marketing. We are committed to providing a first class consultancy service to our clients, ensuring that the hires we make help to transform and propel their businesses.Who are you trying to attract to your service?Interestingly enough, we don’t only hire for what the market would deem to be pure-play tech companies – the FAANG’s of the world (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix & Google types) – whilst the big name tech firms are of course great clients, we are also keen to build up our portfolio of businesses whose main proposition is non tech but have this as a function within their essential services. We have a stellar track record in hiring some of the best Technology and Data talent to businesses one would not usually associate with this market.When did TalentHub first launch?Lorraine Fretwell and Ellie Doyle co-founded TalentHub in 2015, with a vision to become the leading Recruitment partner to the Digital and Technology sector. They both previously had fantastic track records in the UK and Ireland in helping some of the biggest eCommerce, Marketing and Technology brands acquire top tier talent, as well as having worked onsite with some of the most high profile Tech names such as PaddyPower.com. Over the past 4 years, we have built a team of 14 very talented employees and have a client retention rate of 96% since inception.Blockchain technology has a large potential to transform business operating models. Read how companies are already leveraging blockchain technology. https://t.co/ihSdTY2bez#TalentHubtips #TalentHubtech #blockchain— TalentHub (@TalentHubNews) July 15, 2019What tips would you give to others looking to build their business?Adapt quickly to any changes in the business or in your customer markets – don’t be afraid to alter your strategies or pivot when you need to. Whether you are a sole trader, partnership, limited company or whatever structure you adopt, align yourself with people you have absolute faith and trust in.center_img In the same way, you build an internal team you trust; you should also find a collection of advocates what will help along the way. If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

Running her 8th Comrades

Running her 8th Comrades

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Bathokozile Gwala ran the Ultimate Human race – the Comrades this year making this her 8th run. Bathokozile ran this years up run in a time of 10 hours and 41mins and achieved a bronze medal for her run.This year she was the only female runner sporting the colours of Emnabithi Striders and is pleased that she ran the race in a relatively good time.The start of the race panned out as planned for Bathokozile and also throughout the race. The Kloof uphill is where the challenge really started and it stayed like that for the rest of the race says Bathokozile.The crowd support throughout the race as well as the cheers and shouts of encouragement boosted her confidence and facilitated her to continue to push harder to finish the race.She is looking forward to next year’s race and is optimistic she will complete it in a better time than this year.For the latest news visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

2 dead in Helpmekaar Road crash

2 dead in Helpmekaar Road crash

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A horror crash claimed the lives of 2 people this afternoon (Friday) in Helpmekaar Road.In addition to the 2 fatalities, the crash left 5 others injured.It is alleged that 2 bakkies collided after 1 of them swerved to avoid a pedestrian in the road.The vehicles were travelling in different directions.Police, Sharaj, EMRS, ER24 and Public Safety responded to the scene.One lane is closed to traffic, as police are still gathering information about the accident. Police officers are directing traffic around the scene.The injured were stabilised and transported to hospital for further treatment.last_img read more

New uniforms and prefab units for underprivileged learners

New uniforms and prefab units for underprivileged learners

first_imgMember of Parliament Yunus Carrim and Emnambithi/Ladysmith Speaker Zehra Rassool visited two local schools on Monday, January 16, to donate uniforms to several less fortunate learners.The learners are from Esifubeni Junior Primary School in Watersmeet and Bhevu High School in Roosboom.This initiative was co-ordinated by Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality’s Speakers Office as part of the ‘Back To School Campaign’. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The uniforms were presented to the delighted children by Speaker Zehra Rassool and Mr Yunus Carrim, who were accompanied by Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality councillors and members of local co-operatives.Initiated in January this year, the ‘Back To School Campaign’ saw the construction of eight recently-completed prefab units in which learners will be housed during school sessions. Amazingly, these units were erected within a period of a month at Bhevu High School.Learners and teachers are pleased with the speed of delivery and cannot wait to use their new facilities. Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality intends to continue working with schools and to extend this working relationship to identify other areas that need assistance.last_img read more

Banks to help out Home Affairs

Banks to help out Home Affairs

first_imgFrom April this year, those qualifying for SA ID books will be able to apply for their Smart ID Cards at the Home Affairs kiosks in their nearest bank, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said today.The Minister said this would be a pilot project and at first, only FNB and Standard Bank have signed a deal with the Department of Home Affairs for the pilot project.Nedbank is also interested and Minister Gigaba hopes Absa will also join up soon.Let’s hope this helps end the long queues at Home Affairs in Ladysmith. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

Water water wherever you look in Limit Hill

Water water wherever you look in Limit Hill

first_imgLimit Hill has been facing a large number of pipe bursts and leaks, some of which have not been attended to after a very long time. One such burst is in EJ Smith Crescent, where a pipe has been leaking for over a year now. Residents first thought the source of the water was a blocked manhole, but on closer inspection, it was found that it was a burst pipe. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Clean drinking water is seen flowing down the road on a daily basis, so long now that algae has formed on the road and pavement. Residents of one particular house which is “right on top” of the burst pipe say their children can’t even play outside their own home due to the water that is always flowing down the driveway. This is also a health risk due to the stagnant water that’s always on their front lawn. As is the case with conditions of this nature, mosquitoes have already started to breed. Cllr Abbas Warasally has been to the house in question to assess the problem.last_img read more

Group 3 to be cut off

Group 3 to be cut off

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Group 3 is likely to be load-shed from 12pm to 3pm. Thereafter, it’s the turn of Group 1 from 3pm to 6pm.To know your group when load-shedding strikes, click HERElast_img

2 workers die in latest blow for Singapore subway

first_img Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The authority says it has checked scaffolding structures at other subway sites and confirmed their safety after the accident.Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper says two Chinese nationals found dead during a nine-hour search were submerged in wet cement.The city-state has worked to bolster a subway system rattled by breakdowns last December. Some say the system is overburdened by an increasing population.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Top Stories SINGAPORE (AP) – Two workers at an underground construction site in Singapore have been killed in the latest blow for the city-state’s subway system.The Land Transport Authority says scaffolding collapsed Wednesday at a link being built for Singapore’s Bugis commuter station, killing two Chinese workers and injuring eight other people. The eight injured workers received medical attention, and at least five have left the hospital. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Quick workouts for men 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Massive security at popes audience as police test new plan

Massive security at popes audience as police test new plan

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility VATICAN CITY (AP) — Police have been out in force and streets around the Vatican were closed as authorities test out a new, beefed-up security plan to protect Pope Francis.Police said they decided to use Francis’ Wednesday general audience as a dry run for the new plan, given that huge crowds are expected starting in December when Francis opens a special Jubilee year.The main boulevard leading to St. Peter’s Square was closed to traffic, as were side streets leading to it. Police were everywhere and traffic on both sides of the nearby Tiber River was at a standstill. Pilgrims who managed to get to the square had to have their bags searched. Comments   Share   The Vatican has said it is taking prudent precautions to guard the pope but that there were no specific threats.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Check your body, save your life Pope Francis Pope Francis hugs a child as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more