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Budget 2013: “Restoring Hope, Expanding Opportunities”

first_imgBudget 2013: “Restoring Hope, Expanding Opportunities” ParliamentApril 18, 2013 RelatedPrime Minister Golding Announces Cabinet Changes RelatedCabinet Signs Off on Measures to Advance IMF Negotiations RelatedBudget 2013: “Restoring Hope, Expanding Opportunities”center_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Mr. Speaker, I believe that my presence in this Honourable House is an expression of the confidence of my constituents in East Central St Andrew to represent their best interest. For five successive elections they have returned me as their Member of Parliament. In the lonely moments that come with this job, they have always been there for me and have never failed to give unreservedly of their love and support. I thank them wholeheartedly for this support. ?As a member of the team, led by the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, let me pay a well-deserved tribute for her leadership. I further want to thank her for her continued confidence in my ability to lead the Ministry of Finance and Planning at this critical time. I must also place on record my appreciation for the support of my team in the ministry – my colleague, Minister Horace Dalley, who shares with me the responsibilities of an extremely demanding Ministry. He is to be commended for the leadership he brought to securing the agreement with the public sector unions in support of the economic programme. This agreement with the public sector unions was critical in meeting one of the prior action requirements towards securing an IMF agreement. “Nuff Respect is due to him”. During the year under review, Dr. Wesley Hughes demitted office as Financial Secretary and moved on to take up responsibility as head of the PetroCaribe Fund. In thanking him for his service as Financial Secretary, we are confident that he will carry to his new post the capacity and integrity that has characterised his years of public service. He has been succeeded as Financial Secretary by Mr. Devon Rowe who brings to the position years of experience at the highest levels of the Public Sector. Already he has demonstrated his ability to make a positive impact as the administrative head of the Ministry of Finance and Planning. I must again place on record my appreciation to the staff of the Ministry of Finance and Planning for their unwavering and professional support; and to my personal staff for their patience and commitment, particularly in those difficult moments which come with the territory. I would also like to recognize the contribution of the staff in the departments and agencies which underpin the work of the Ministry. In particular, I would also like to recognize the contribution of the Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, the Financial Secretary and the Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) along with the members of my advisory group, the Hon. Shirley Tyndall, Mr. Dennis Morrison and Mr. Colin Bullock for their role in bringing the IMF negotiations to successful conclusion….Read More Download the Finance Minister’s Budget 2013 Speech herelast_img read more

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Running and spinning a tight web of connections

first_imgBright future Huisman is now convinced that Brussels is at least on a par with the US capital and she has no intention of leaving anytime soon. “Brussels is still a place where I can develop personally,” she says. “Brussels is a microcosm of the world and a place where so many different areas are represented. “There are times when the EU does not work, but then there will always be a great leap forward at some point and I want to be part of that.” The ringtone on her mobile phone is Johann Sebastian Bach, but that might be the only note of calm in Truus Huisman’s hectic life. As the head of Unilever’s European public-affairs office in Brussels, she has for the past two years co-ordinated that consumer goods giant’s various EU interests. Her task is to keep abreast of daily developments in EU institutions, liaise with the other public-affairs teams across Europe and represent Unilever in different trade associations.  She sees herself both as a link inside the company and as the person who connects the company to the rest of the world. “I am a bit like a spider in a web and I really have to make sure that the web is strong,” says Huisman, who is also well aware of the danger of becoming entangled. “I have to make sure that I see the broader picture as well. If you can’t see that, you can’t be successful.” She points proudly to a plaque in her office naming her as Unilever’s 2008 ‘communications champion’. “It is just an internal award but I was really quite touched when I received it,” she says. Keeping track A small but busy team in Brussels helps her to keep tab on EU issues ranging from food-labelling to legislation on cosmetics. She would like to be seen as an inspirational boss who instils energy. “As long as we get things done, I don’t mind if one comes into work at eight or eleven in the morning,” she says. Huisman gets up early every morning to go for a one-hour run. Earlier this month, she defied the rain-soaked streets of Brussels to take part in a half-marathon. She is preparing to run a full marathon in New York in November. “My significant other thinks I am mad,” she admits. Early training She first came to Brussels in 1991 to work for a non-governmental organisation concerned with water and her impression then was that the city was a bit backward in what it had to offer professionally. Huisman had just finished an internship at the US Congress in Washington, DC and completed a Masters in the history and management of international organisations in her native Netherlands. She was hired as the secretary-general of the EU Federation of Youth Hostel Associations, where she stayed for six years. “Their office was situated in Molenbeek, one of the more obscure places in Brussels to have an office, and they told me that I would get the job after the interview since I actually managed to find the place.” She then worked for the public-affairs consultancy Cabinet Stewart, where one of her clients was Unilever, which she joined in 2002. last_img read more

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ANADIGICS Front End Modules Integrated in New Buffalo 802.11 ac Routers

first_img Ultra-low EVM in the toughest modulation formats, enabling extremely high transmission data rates High gain and output power levels to ensure optimal performance in infrastructure and multimedia applications High-precision, integrated power detector to ensure accurate power control over varying load conditions and extend dynamic range Industry-leading integration of the PA, LNA with bypass option and SP3T Tx/Rx switch with Bluetooth (SP2T Tx/Rx switch for 5 GHz models) to simplify RF design and reduce time-to-market Compact 3 mm x 3 mm x 0.6 mm QFN package with RF ports internally matched to 50 Ohms and DC blocked to reduce PCB space requirements ANADIGICS has announced that they are shipping production volumes of the AND0281 and AND0581S WiFi infrastructure front-end integrated circuits (FEICs) to Buffalo for the new WXR-1750DHP router. This high-performance 802.11ac router features three antennas with simultaneous dual-band capabilities and four gigabit wired Ethernet ports.The Reliance on WiFi networks continues to grow as the number of connected devices rises.  ANADIGICS WiFi infrastructure FEICs support this trend by providing an industry-leading combination of integration, efficiency, and linearity to minimize time-to-market and maximize throughput at extended ranges. The WXR-1750DHP 802.11ac router includes HighPower and Beamforming technologies to ensure optimal performance for even the most demanding users.This family of WiFi infrastructure FEICs leverages the Company’s patented InGaP-Plus™ technology and uniquely designed architectures to combine a high performance power amplifier (PA), low-noise amplifier (LNA) with bypass option and RF switch on a single die. This level of integration greatly improves manufacturability and reliability, while reducing PCB space requirements.  The AND0281 is optimized for 2.4 GHz applications with 28 dB linear power gain and -35 dB dynamic error vector magnitude (EVM) at +18 dBm output power. The AND0581S operates in the 5 GHz frequency band with 29 dB linear power gain and -35 dB dynamic error vector magnitude (EVM) at +16 dBm output power.  Both FEICs are tuned for optimal performance in 802.11ac applications.ANADIGICS WiFi Infrastructure FEIC Family Key Facts and Highlights:last_img read more

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10 Security Predictions for 2011 from Imperva

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#Trends It’s prediction season on the Internet, and today’s dose of futurism comes from security firm Imperva. The company just released its Security Trends for 2011 paper. Among other things, Imperva predicts consolidation of the cyber-crime industry, convergence in international privacy and data security laws, and more state-sponsored cyber-attacks targeted at private industry.Trend #10: Convergence of Data Security and Privacy Regulation WorldwideImperva cites cooperation between the FTC and the EU on data security laws and the recently announced White House subcommittee on privacy and security ( “with the goal of fostering consensus in legislative, regulatory, and international Internet policy realms”) as evidence of a trend towards standardized international security and privacy laws.Trend # 9: Cyber Security Becomes a Business ProcessThe report claims that “security is no longer a tactical technical activity, but is becoming a strategic business process.” Imperva cites acquisitions of security companies by traditional tech companies like Intel and HP and the increased presence of security practices in companies’ business objects as evidence. The report suggests that security professionals need to become business process experts.Trend #8: Hackers Feeling the HeatImperva predicts smaller criminal operations will either be stamped out by international law enforcement, or acquired by larger organizations. “The current powerful cyber-crime organizations will consolidate their power and grow (after all, antitrust laws don’t apply to them),” the report says. Cisco has previously commented on how similar cybercrime is to traditional business in its Mid-Year Security Report, report.Trend #7: Mobile Devices Compromise Data SecurityThis one’s pretty self-explanatory: Imperva expects to see data breaches caused by mobile devices in one way or another. Lost or stolen devices, trojans that target mobile devices, security breaches at carriers (like the AT&T iPad e-mail leak) and security flaws in mobile apps (like those found in Citi’s app) are all possible causes. Those seeking advice on security in the post-PC era should check out our coverage of a Forrester report on the subject.Trend #6: Data Security Goes to the CloudThat other hot security topic, cloud security, is also addressed in the report. Imperva expects that good technical solutions to cloud application security will emerge in 2011, but that data security (protection for data stores in the cloud) will lag behind. We suggest readers check out our post 5 Resources for Migrating to the Cloud Securely.Trend #5: File Security Takes Center StageImperva predicts a rise in data breaches in he form of compromised files (such as Excel spreadsheets) rather than database records. This will lead to a greater demand for solutions to secure file repositories and file servers.Trend #4: Misanthropes and Anti-socials: Privacy vs. Security in Social NetworksThe report cites recent measures Facebook has taken recently to improve privacy on its site as evidence that social networks will continue to improve security and privacy options. It seems that the Google Buzz class-action lawsuit would further support this prediction.Trend #3: Man in the Browser Attacks Will Man UpImperva suggests that “Man-in-the-Browser” attacks (also known as “proxy trojans”) will increase and become more sophisticated in 2011. According to the report:Most prominent Trojans, such as ZeuS, Gozi, URLZone, Sinowal, Limbo and SpyEye, all have MitB capabilities that allow then to selectively intercept requests and replies and manipulate them based on configuration files delivered from the C&C. Quite commonly, such malware injects additional fields into HTML forms and sends out the information from the to the attacker.Trend #2: The Insider Threat – it’s much much more, than you had imaginedThe report cites a study Imperva conducted that found that insider data breaches are actually more common than external breaches. However, the report says, external breaches are more likely to be reported. Imperva suggests that as privacy regulation will force companies to disclose more breaches and the insider threat will become more apparent.Trend #1: Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) Meets IndustrializationImperva expects to see more state-sponsored cyber-attacks in the 2011. As we just reported, the Stuxnet worm was most likely designed specifically to sabotage nuclear facilities. The report says “all fingers are pointing to government agencies as the Stuxnet driver” and notes that this is a departure from profit-driven cybercrime. The report cites the 2009 botnet driven denial-of-service attack that hit the US and South Korea, but it was never proven conclusively that North Korea was behind the attack. Oddly, the report doesn’t mention Operation Aura, another likely case of government backed cyber-espionage.Photo credit: Circo de Invierno. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… klint finley Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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SQL Server 2012: Microsoft’s Case for Structured Data in the Cloud Era

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now scott fulton Tags:#enterprise#news Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Unstructured data, for lack of a more poetic phrase, exists. In fact, there’s more of it now than at any time in history – the growth rate Forrester experts cite is 80% annually, and perhaps rising. All this year, analysts have been asking whether Microsoft would come to embrace unstructured data, or what some call “NoSQL databases.” But by now, it’s grown so large that it’s encompassing Microsoft.So amid today’s stunning news that the company plans to integrate Hadoop support in Windows Server, even insofar as to consider adopting it as a role alongside Web server (IIS) and DNS server, there’s this structured database management system whose roadmap to general availability was announced this morning at the PASS Summit in Seattle.Where data lives nowFrom the perspective of the corporate balance sheet, SQL Server is the jewel in the crown, and has consistently been so for over a decade. While the Windows and Windows Live division shook off a 6% annual income decline in fiscal 2010, the Server and Tools division made up for part of it with a 19% annual income gain. SQL Server is by no means in trouble as a product.But SQL Server 2012 needs to distinguish itself today in a way the product line has never had to before: to defend the viability of structured data in a market where the fun and excitement has centered around “big data” in the cloud. “Big data” had to break several bonds in order to attain cloud scale, one of which being the tabular indexing formats that an RDBMS like SQL Server depends upon. It would be nice if structured databases could get big without running into that performance drag.Not all data has to be big, though; and in fact, critical business databases don’t have to scale up just because the cloud is available. That’s the case that Microsoft is trying to make today.“There’s a variety of data that is living out there. The growth is really being driven by a shift from human-generated data to machine-generated data,” says Doug Leland, SQL Server’s general manager for product management, in an interview with RWW. “The first couple of decades of traditional database management systems dealt with data largely generated by transactional processing systems, oftentimes through human input. Now, we’re collecting data from a much broader range of sources – everything from sensors, RFID tags, videos, audio clips – which by nature are coming in at larger volumes, because there are more machines connected than people, and they’re coming in with different formats: structured, unstructured, semi-structured. The reality is, the volume is growing and the diversity of the data is growing.”An iTunes for data?Being able to draw an uninterrupted line around the new contours of this market, and include SQL Server completely therein, will be difficult for Microsoft (as it is for everyone else). Its strategy thus far appears to be to build a rough outline of what could later evolve into a kind of “data ecosystem,” analogous to the apps ecosystems that drive mobile devices and that have already inspired Microsoft to change course with Windows 8 architecture. The storefront for that data marketplace was announced this time last year, with the idea of promoting Windows Azure as a presenter of public (or commercially published) data for consumption by business users however they will.“However they will” has never been fleshed out, so today Microsoft is adding a new component to the mix. It’s an extension of the database’s new visibility tool, formerly code-named “Crescent” into a console for browsing public data. And keeping with the “browsing” theme, Microsoft is calling it Data Explorer.“What Data Explorer allows a customer to do is easily discover data, either inside or outside the organization, including in the Data Marketplace,” explains Leland, “[as well as] bring that data in, integrate it, transform it, and merge it with other data sets to create new, valuable data sets that can either be shared across the organization or even published back up to the Data Marketplace for broad consumption.” Details of how licensing will work, not only for data consumption but also for modification and republishing, have yet to be determined.In a company blog post this morning, Microsoft Corporate VP Ted Kummert, who leads the Business Platform Division – and who delivered the keynote at the PASS Summit also this morning – outlined his vision of the Data Marketplace this way: “Imagine if everyone, regardless of what type of data frameworks or platforms they use, could achieve deep business insights by amassing and analyzing enormous amounts of data not just from their own organization, but from all over the world using a global data marketplace. As futuristic as that may seem, we believe we are uniquely positioned to bring this vision to life. Our existing assets across the public and private cloud, as well as our commitment to providing choice and flexibility for our customers, make us the only vendor delivering on this vision today. And now more than ever, with our latest data platform innovations, we are ready to help our customers harness the currency of tomorrow.”center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts last_img read more

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Uber reports more than 3,000 sexual assaults on 2018 rides

first_img(AP) – In a long anticipated safety report, ride-sharing giant Uber says more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during its U.S. rides in 2018. That figure includes 235 rapes.The company hailed the report released Thursday as the first of its kind. The company said it provides a look into the traffic deaths, murders and reported sexual assaults that took place during more than one billion annual rides arranged in the U.S. using Uber’s service.Uber and its ride-hailing competitor Lyft have long faced criticism for not doing enough to protect the safety of their riders and drivers.last_img read more

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a month ago​City Group announce Official Gaming Partner

first_img​City Group announce Official Gaming Partnerby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCity Football Group and EA Sports announce a new global partnership that sees the gaming giant become the Official Gaming Partner of Manchester City, New York City FC and Melbourne City FC, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukBuilding on the existing Manchester City partnership that saw the City kit worn 246 million times and Sergio Aguero’s avatar scoring 217 million goals in EA SPORTS FIFA 19, the new global partnership will see a deeper and more integrated approach.Each club will develop its own strategy for fan engagement and will continue to have esports players representing the club at big tournaments all over the world. City Football Group’s collection of players include Manchester City’s Shaun ‘Shellzz’ Springette, Melbourne City’s Marcus Gomes and NYCFC player, Chris Holly, who made esports history by becoming the first ever eChampions League winner in May 2019. Manchester City’s collaboration will include a monthly lifestyle gaming show, created by CityTV, on the latest trends in football and gaming, focussing on the EA SPORTS FIFA Team of the Week, EA SPORTS Player of the Month and other landmark moments in the football schedule. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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4 days agoChelsea forward ​Abraham pumped for ‘massive’ Ajax clash

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea forward ​Abraham pumped for ‘massive’ Ajax clashby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham is eagerly anticipating his side’s UEFA Champions League clash against Ajax this week.The Blues are hoping to get a positive result against the top side in the group.Ajax have two wins from their first two games, while the Blues have one win and one loss from those matches.”We know it’s a massive game for us,” Abraham told reporters. “Ajax are like us, with a lot of young players that like to keep the ball and play good football.”Off the ball as well they like to win it back quickly. It’s not going to be easy but I believe in myself and my team. Hopefully, we can get a result there.” last_img read more

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Texas Freshman Ryan Newsome Takes Time To Chat With Young Fan

first_imgTexas WR Ryan Newsome receives praise for interacting with a family.Texas WR Ryan NewsomeAll too often, college athletes find themselves in the news for the wrong reasons. Well, today, Texas freshman Ryan Newsome instead deserves some praise. Newsome, a three-star wide receiver who will join the team this fall, apparently made himself a fan at this past April’s spring game. While most of Texas’ players reportedly didn’t respond to a four-year-old Longhorns supporter yelling “hook’em” before the contest kicked off, Newsome took the time to go over and talk to him for a couple of minutes.It had such an impression on the young boy’s father, he went on Rivals and posted the entire story to the community. Newsome found it today and tweeted it out, telling his followers that it brought him joy.Stuff like this brings me so much joy! This is just the beginning for me! pic.twitter.com/3LwBOhBb1v— Ryan Newsome (@NewBoi17) May 24, 2015Very cool. Don’t be surprised if you see a few custom “Newsome” jerseys in the stands this fall.last_img read more

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