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Are Facebook quizzes pushing the boundaries of decency

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China OKs Costa Rican meat exports

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rican beef and other dairy products will soon be sold in Chinese markets, following the approval by the Chinese government of exports from three Costa Rican meat processing companies, Agriculture and Livestock Minister Gloria Abraham said Sunday at the opening of “Expo San Carlos 2012,” an agriculture fair held in the province of Alajuela, northwest of San José.Three meat processing plants, Coopemontecillos, GICO and El Arreo, meet China’s import requirements and have obtained certification to export to the Chinese market, Abraham said. Two more plants expect approval soon.“[Costa Rica’s] beef an dairy industries face a horizon full of opportunities,” the minister said. The government will also support three new projects in the region, including the construction of a dairy plant, the creation of a fund to finance small and medium producers and the reactivation of agricultural machinery services in San Carlos.Costa Rica and China signed a free trade agreement in 2010, paving the way for the elimination of tariffs on exports of Costa Rican coffee, meat, juice and other products. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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TRAVEL ALERT UPDATE Rains landslides close eight routes across Costa Rica

first_imgNo related posts. Heavy rains, landslides and deteriorating infrastructure have closed eight routes across Costa Rica, according to the National Roadway Council, or CONAVI.There is some respite for drivers, however: the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) announced that Route 32 connecting San José and Limón would reopen Saturday. MOPT estimated the total cost of repairs at over $300,000.  The following routes remain closed:Route 226 at El Jardín. CONAVI hopes to reopen the road on Monday, Oct. 14, weather permitting.Route 150 at Caimital. Authorities say the route hopefully will reopen by next Wednesday, Oct. 9. Drivers should use Route 160 between Samara–Nosara in the meantime.Route 225 at Tucurrique Oriente. The Roadway Council recommends drivers travel along the local road to Pejibaye and turn onto Route 408 to head back east.Route 142 at Nuevo Arenal–Represa. Lightweight vehicles should take Route 6 to Upala to reach Route 4.CONAVI did not provide alternate routes for the following closures:Route 708 at Bajos del toro–El Silencio.Route 301 between San Luís and Bijagual.Route 962 at Tronadora-Río Chiquito. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Love Costa Rica Music video celebrates countrys elections and democratic tradition

first_imgIt was only a matter of time before the 2014 election earned its own music video. The 13-candidate bonanza, which resulted in an unexpected runoff last Sunday, caused ripples of excitement through Costa Rica last week, especially among younger voters, who have been vocally disenfranchised with what they consider politics as usual.“El Día que Costa Rica Decidió Cambiar” (“The Day Costa Rica Decided to Change”) is the latest video to hit YouTube, after a notably video-studded election cycle. Produced by Oxygen Productions and featuring the music of Cocofunka, “El Día” is both a documentary of Election Day and a funk-infused tribute to Costa Rican democracy. Posted on Monday, the video had garnered about 3,800 views at the time of writing, including 97 thumbs-ups and only one thumbs-down.The video incorporates sound bites from diverse everyday citizens, as well as quick MTV-caliber shots of the Central Valley as voting took place. Echoing the Tico electoral process, the video is remarkably upbeat.We’ll see what they come up with for the second round of voting on April 6. Facebook Comments Related posts:Video: Opposition candidate Luis Guillermo Solís casts his ballot, encourages Ticos to vote Tico elections authority cites security concerns in decision to close polling station in Venezuela Non-career politician Luis Guillermo Solís wins Costa Rica presidential runoff in a landslide Solís wins big but bigger challenges may be ahead, say analystslast_img read more

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Finance Ministry updates income tax brackets raises taxexempt salary limit

first_imgEmployees whose gross monthly income is less than ₡793,000 ($1,455) will be exempt from paying income tax, according to the latest update for the fiscal year 2015 approved by the Finance Ministry last week.Finance Minister Helio Fallas on Friday signed a decree with the new income brackets, and President Luis Guillermo Solís is expected to sign it and send it for publication in the official newspaper La Gaceta this week.The new tax provisions would cover income earned starting on Oct. 1. An income tax of 10 percent would be charged for salaries between ₡793,000 ($1,455) and ₡1,190,000 ($2,183).Workers whose monthly salary is equal to or exceeds ₡1,190,000 would pay 15 percent on the amount over that figure.Employers are responsible for collecting the tax and paying the Finance Ministry no later than the 15th of each month.The income tax brackets are calculated using a formula that takes into account the consumer price index (IPC) as reported by the National Statistics and Census Institute, which recorded an annual increase of 5.46 percent when comparing 2013’s IPC with 2014.Once published, employers must use the provisions of the new brackets for the next payment scheduled on Nov. 15.Last year’s calculations resulted in all salaries lower than ₡752,000 ($1,380) being tax-exempt. Facebook Comments Related posts:Finance Ministry could lower Costa Rica income tax brackets Restaurant owners say 2 percent bank charge on credit, debit transactions could cause problems Tax on Costa Rica corporations is unconstitutional, says court Finance Ministry submits tax reform bills to Legislative Assemblylast_img read more

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Environmental agency orders suspension of pineapple farming project

first_imgRelated posts:Environmentalists demand halt to pineapple expansion Alleged gold miners end protest at Corcovado National Park Meet Costa Rica’s cleanest beaches Costa Rican court orders effective protection for Corcovado National Park TheEnvironment Ministry’s Environmental Technical Secretariat (SETENA) has ordered the immediate suspension of all work at a pineapple farming project in the southern Pacific region until the developer complies with various requirements. The decision came after protesters earlier this week in San José criticized the government for issuing permits to the controversial Del Monte project.The ministry indicated in a news release on Thursday that SETENA’s Council issued the order on Wednesday, following a recommendation from Minister Édgar Gutiérrez.Gutiérrez submitted his request after evaluating the results of an on-the-ground inspection conducted by officials from the ministry, SETENA, the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), and the National Museum.Experts found that the project lands are too close to protected areas, including the Térraba Sierpe wetland and four archaeological sites that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared as World Heritage.The ruling orders the developer —PINDECO, a local subsidiary of Del Monte— to suspend any actions that  affect grasslands, forests, rice fields or trees, as well as the construction of any type of infrastructure.Council members said it is imperative that staff of SINAC’s Osa Conservation Area clearly mark all wetland areas inside the property before any kind of work resumes.“The developer then will procede to place clear boundaries following guidelines from SINAC and the Osa Conservation Area,” the ruling reads.The document also prohibits the company from growing pineapple within any wetland area and demands that the developer refrain from conducting any soil movement or land preparation “until experts from the National Museum confirm the need for further archaeological evaluations at other sites within the property.”The agency granted National Museum officials a one-month deadline to respond and make all necessary recommendations regarding the evaluations.The Osa Peninsula region is world-famous for their stone spheres and other pre-Columbian artifacts. The area intended to be used for pineapple farming does not contain any World Heritage territories, but there are at least nine sites within the property where National Museum experts have found archaeological artifacts.SETENA urged the company to move forward with the environmental permit requirements of appointing an environmental officer and presenting a prevention and protection plan. The plan must address the protection of all nearby wetlands and any other water source prone to pollution through farming activities.Recommended: Caminos de Osa rural tourism project offers a unique way to see Costa RicaCompany surprisedDel Monte’s Legal and Corporate Relations Director for Colombia, Ecuador, Central America and Brazil, Luis Gómez, told the daily La Nación on Wednesday that SETENA’s ruling surprised the company but that it will be respectful of the law.Gómez said the company is not considering work on any wetland or archaeological areas.“A company like Del Monte would never think about violating legal principles,” he said, denying that Del Monte has any plans to grow pineapples inside wetlands or disrespect the boundaries of UNESCO World Heritage sites.Environmental groups demonstrated Monday in downtown San José and in front of the Environment Ministry against the farming permits granted to PINDECO.Pineapple production in Costa Rica has been broadly criticized for years following public reports of cases of public health problems linked to contamination of soil and water by chemical substances used in farms.Farming companies also have been taken to court for alleged abusive labor practices and land ownership disputes. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Belgium defeats Costa Rica 41

first_img Facebook Comments The giant Manchester United target man got his second with a powerful header after running into space with great speed.He then set up strike partner Michy Batshuayi for the fourth and the pair did a little dance to celebrate.Belgium’s Group G rivals from the World Cup will have been warned, with unpleasant viewing for England, Panama and Tunisia.Costa Rica will face Serbia, Brazil and Switzerland in the group phase. Related posts:The best photos from Costa Rica’s loss to Tunisia – and the afterparty Costa Rica defeats Northern Ireland 3-0 Ready for Costa Rica Who’s taking the reins in Costa Rica? World Cup 2018: Two Costa Rican fans travel to La Sele’s rival countriescenter_img Costa Rica’s Men’s National Team hoped for a strong showing against Belgium in its final international friendly before the 2018 World Cup. However, it was not to be.A powerful brace from Romelu Lukaku and a glittering performance from Eden Hazard led Belgium to a 4-1 over La Sele in Brussels. Despite an early lead thanks to a strong goal from Costa Rican captain Bryan Ruíz, the multi-talented Red Devils were just too much for Costa Rica in the end.The team that beat Egypt 3-0 last week, with a world class Hazard pulling the strings was 2-1 up by halftime thanks to finishes from Dries Mertens and Lukaku.Belgium fans did watch in horror as Hazard, showing great form lately, limped off in the 70th minute. His teammates later dispelled any fears of lasting damage to the diminutive Chelsea forward.“I’m not too worried about Eden; he’s a tough guy. He gets kicked all the time, bur soon gets over it,” said Lukaku after the game. In 2014, oddsmakers expected Costa Rica would not score a single goallast_img read more

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Top Five areas for consideration when it comes to a MultiCloud platform

first_imgBy Rachel Ryan, Marketing Manager for Interxion Dublin.For a long time, Irish companies have hesitated to use cloud computing. But that is now changing very quickly and they are using several cloud providers all at the same time. Research in Action was commissioned by Interxion to conduct a study to determine this.It examines how many companies are using an integrated multi-cloud strategy, the benefits they see and where the obstacles lie. Research in Action surveyed 1,400 people from seven European countries, 150 of them from Ireland. These were IT decision-makers in companies with an annual turnover of 250 million euros or more.The adoption of MultiCloud strategyThe MultiCloud system is a clear reality of the next era in cloud computing but only 6.7% of Irish companies have implemented an integrated MultiCloud strategy while 16.7% said MultiCloud has grown organically. Companies are attempting to match their cloud strategy to their business objectives, but reluctance remains due to a number of possible mitigating factors.Ultimately its clear companies want to work in the most efficient manner possible and the MultiCloud strategy provides this opportunity as we can see with 34.7% of Irish companies planning to implement strategies in the next 18 months and 30.7% in the long term. Irish companies are on par with their European counterparts who averaged 38.9% in the next 18 months and 32.4% in the long term; a common trend among all companies surveyed. Interestingly Ireland has the highest percentage when it comes to not pursuing an integration strategy with 7.3%. On the whole, most companies in Ireland are now dealing with multi-cloud in some way.What are the benefits of an integrated MultiCloud strategyThe survey shows that 18% of Irish companies say the technical advantages of the MultiCloud were the main deciding factors.For Irish companies, 30.0% stated they flexibly use the Clouds that are most cost-effective for their specific purposes, compared to the European average at 26.1%. 19.3% stated that maximising reliability for services while 14.7% said avoiding vendor lock-ins were the main benefits they identified. Only 5.3% want to improve data privacy with a MultiCloud strategy despite the potential threats that come from a security breach. The European average was 5.0%What are the barriers to a MultiCloud strategy Every country that participated agreed that the largest obstacle to implementing an integrated MultiCloud strategy was the integration of services between cloud services because it was difficult to manage. 29.3% of Irish companies found this problematic while 19.3% stated that the increased complexity of managing various services was the biggest barrier. 16% of respondents stated that security risks were a barrier to MultiCloud strategies.Which areas are particularly promising for MultiCloud30% of Irish companies stated that they view Platform as a service (PaaS) as the most promising area in the MultiCloud system because it delivers a framework for developers. Developers can build upon existing and create customized applications. Companies also believe utilizing PaaS is beneficial or even necessary. If there are multiple developers working on the same development project, or if other vendors must be included as well, PaaS can provide great speed and flexibility to the entire process.The Infrastructure as a service platform (Iaas) which ranks highest on the average European scale comes in a close second in Ireland at 29.3%. IaaS is the most flexible cloud computing model, it also gives clients complete control of their infrastructure which is extremely important in today’s society. Hybrid infrastructures comes in at 19.3% while Software as a Service (SaaS) is at 16.7%. Ultimately, the three most important characteristics companies look for in a MultiCloud strategy is total cost savings, security and faster delivery time.Which provider is best suited to MultiCloud strategyCloud chaos is problematic but can be managed easily with the correct use of MultiCloud strategy. The general shift in business priorities is leading to more companies adopting MultiCloud strategies, but which is the best provider? When determining what is most important, companies seem to prioritize performance of the application over compliance and security regulations and availability/resiliency requirements.Irish companies rely on the HyperScale Clouds like AWS, Azure and Google Cloud favourably with 35.3%. Similar understanding with the European countries who also favour HyperScale Clouds like AWS, Azure and Google Cloud with 30.5%. Second is the industry-specific cloud offerings in combination with hyperscalers (18.7%). The following options are scored evenly. Irish companies are following the common trend among their European counterparts and investing in MultiCloud strategies be it purposefully or organically. The next five years will see a considerate increase in Irish companies having a Multicloud strategy in place.Irish companies want a system where they can build their own framework and design applications of their choosing. For these reasons Irish companies believe the Platform as a service (PaaS) has the most potential followed by the Infrastructure as a service platform (Iaas). These two are the current platform preferences but this could all change in a matter of weeks down to trends in technology being so fickle.When it comes to the best MultiCloud provider, Irish companies rely on the HyperScale Clouds like AWS, Azure and Google Cloud favourably which is on par with their European counterparts. Overall MultiCloud strategies are becoming more common among Irish companies and that percentage will only increase in time. Irish companies are starting to realize that the short-term loss in costs is by far outweighed by the long-term gain.last_img read more

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Why Innovation In Renewables Is Driving Electrification Worldwide for 2019 and beyond

first_imgInnovation In Renewables Is Driving Electrification Worldwide Over 840 million people worldwide do not have reliable access to energy. The United Nations notes that this number has been reducing gradually since it launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. The UN’s 7th goal reads as: “Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”. SDG7 aims to promote electrification in developing nations, while also improving global access to renewable energy and clean technology.All UN member states are currently working towards reaching the 17 goals set out by the SDGs, encouraging innovation as the deadline for completion approaches. New technology has opened the door for more renewable energy projects across the world, and countries across Africa are seeing radical change through the implementation of pico-solar and mini-grid installations.Small-Scale OptionsMost existing electrical infrastructure across sub-Saharan Africa relies on fossil-fuel generators and power plants, but it is not extensive enough to provide energy for all the communities across the continent, particularly those in rural areas. It is estimated that there are 600 million people living without electricity access across Africa, 100 million of whom live in major urban centers.Faced with a growing need to supply access to clean, renewable energy, governments have invested in creating an environmentally-friendly grid that is easy to access and can be expanded if needed. As a result of these needs, mini-grids have become very popular. These small decentralized grids can run on solar, and provide electricity for local consumption, reducing the need for diesel generators and large coal-based power grids.A steady, local supply of energy ensures not only that the community can become self-sufficient, but also improves quality of life. A mini-grid in the village of Bisanti, Nigeria is able to support 340 households as well as the community’s small businesses, the school and the local clinic. Having dependable access to energy ensures that commerce can thrive by opening for longer hours, gives clinics the opportunity to store medicines in cold storage, and provides individuals with the ability to power their fridges, phones and fans.Global prices for solar PV solar module prices dropped 80% between 2009-2015, which has helped lead a revolution in Africa’s energy sector. Along with the implementation of batteries, mini-grids are giving governments across the continent an option for a transition away from fossil fuels while providing energy access for rural communities.Isolated villages or smaller communities also face a more specific energy access issue: low demand. In areas where setting up a mini-grid is not economical, pico-solar installations have become a go-to. Pico-solar installations function as miniature battery packs powered by a small solar cell, they enable communities to use them to power for phone chargers, electric lamps, and small household appliances. In some cases, larger pico-solar can even be used to service larger electricity demands such as televisions and freezers.Described as a “development that is currently unfolding at an incredible speed and yet continues to occur somewhat below the radar” by the United Nations Environment Program, pico-solar has seen widespread implementation across Sub-Saharan Africa. These projects are much smaller than mini-grids, making them cheaper to set up and maintain.Their size makes them very cost-effective units and they are used in conjunction with popular mobile phone payment schemes that make them very cheap alternatives over diesel or kerosene power generators. Traditional stoves and kerosene lamps can cost a household more than a third of its monthly income, pico-solar reduces the cost of energy by providing clean and easily accessible power.Global ImpactsThe International Energy Agency predicts that by 2040, 70% of Africa’s rural energy supply will be supplied by mini-grids and pico-solar installations. Additionally, a study by the Global Green Growth Institute shows that a transition away from fossil-fuel generators could save 470 million metric tons of CO2 per year – the equivalent of Brazil’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. However, there are some barriers currently limiting the growth of small scale solar infrastructure. There is an inadequate regulatory framework in place to define how developments should be carried out, while a lack of business models and financing has further limited implementation of these options.A recent report by the Powering Jobs Census has shown that the continued growth in electrification and improving global energy access would also generate job opportunities and reduce inequality. This is welcome news for the African and Asian regions who are looking to bring electricity to 840 million people. Mini-grids and pico-solar could yield the answer to “jobless growth” by providing employment opportunities in the development and maintenance of their installations.In Kenya, decentralized energy companies already employ over 10,000 people, with that number expected to climb as the market for small-scale solar developments grows. Meanwhile, in Tanzania, the implementation of pico-solar projects in various communities has resulted in a 500% surge in local employment rates.The 17 SDGs have been put in place to fight climate change and decrease world inequality while promoting sustainable development. Not only that, but it is also set to revolutionize how we use renewable power as a tool to improve energy efficiency and community well-being. While SDG7 focuses on global electrification, it emphasizes clean, renewable power – ensuring that access will not just benefit the 840 million people that desperately need it, but also the remainder of the world’s ever-growing population.By Teague Egan, who is an American businessman, entrepreneur, investor, inventor, and philanthropist. He is the founder and CEO of EnergyX, a sustainable energy company focused on lithium extraction, separation, recovery, and refinery technology, as well as solid-state battery storage.Standard Microgrid Project Engineer Admire Ncube accesses usage and performance data from the micro-grid in Ngwerere, on the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia. REEEP/JASON MULIKITADespite significant progress in recent years, the world is falling short of meeting the global energy targets set in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for 2030. INTERNATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY AGENCY (IRENA)rene Electrification, renewables, energyA solar home system sold by M-Kopa, a Kenyan solar energy company headquartered in Nairobi. MKOPAMore 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. 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A snapshot of the global blockchain ecosystem 2019

first_imgIf 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: @SimonCocking Blockchain’s Got Talent Research by TeqAtlas: salaries, alumni, investments Presently, Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrencies are way beyond the level of technological curiosity. In fact, Top and respected corporations like IBM are now known to be among the top Blockchain employers. However, the massive banks now prefer to make more direct and straightforward Blockchain investments. Note that VCs have made a calculated investment of more $8.7 billion in the Blockchain companies dating back from 2014 to Q1’2019.The truth is, it is quite hard to get in touch with people who truly understand the complexities of these systems work, given the fact that these systems are neither stable nor static. There is really limited technical know-how who are experts in this field. The ever-increasing demand for Blockchain technical know-how has resulted in a high salary scale.Following the prediction of Gartner, A business value of about $176 billion is expected to be created by Blockchain by 2025 while it is also expected to increase to over $3 trillion by the year 2030. So, this has prompted the demand for Blockchain technical know-how to be on the rise.TeqAtlas, a Market Intelligence Platform focused on emerging technologies, has analyzed data on 2.9k current vacancies, 807 disclosed salaries, 1.6k investors and 2.5k funding rounds – and here is what they have discovered.From the year 2013-2018, Job opportunities have grown at 139% CAGRWith such inrush demand for one of the most sought-after technology tool, a unique style of creating new jobs will also occur. The jobs associated with this technology undergo a mind-blowing 139% CAGR growth in the last 6 years. Well, on Angel.co, more than 2000 job opportunities have been listed and made available by the end of Q1’2019, following the job opportunity history on Angel.co, that’s almost the same number and amount of the opportunities listed in the whole of 2018.A salary scale of $81k-$144k is available for Blockchain expertsIn addition, the salary scale for jobs related to Blockchain ranges from $17k to $271k per year, according to Glassdoor. In fact, it was stated that the largest part of the job offers a salary scale of between $81k to $144k per year.The US average salary is 2X lesser in value than the average Blockchain salaryThe United States is regarded as the home of the highest paying jobs that are related to Blockchain. Following cryptocurrencyjobs.co, the average salary for jobs related to Blockchain is over $100k per year in the United States. This is about $57k (or 117%) more than the typical USA average salary.Blockchain job opportunities are led by IBMIBM has several times been reported as the main and dominant force, which drives Blockchain initiatives. A lot is involved but the well-known includes, IBM Blockchain Trusted Identity, IBM Blockchain for Trade Finance, IBM Blockchain World Wire, IBM Food Trust, TradeLens. Following the information on IBM’s website, over 330 job opportunities were available for in the month of March. It was even found out that, among non-technological oriented companies included in the top-10 Blockchain recruiters, there are Big Four accounting companies.London is leading the chargeCurrently, London is the top city in the world as regards job opportunities related to Blockchain. The city provides 26% of the total worldwide vacancies. In the United States, New York, and San Francisco occupies 19% and 13% accordingly, making them the leading cities in North America.Successfully Blockchain Startups have been possible by Stanford alumniIn comes at no surprise that American universities are also involved in the development of Blockchain. In fact, almost half of the alumni who head 18 companies that deliver significant funding in the development of Blockchain are from American Universities. In 3 recognized CEOs have an alumnus of Stanford.Blockchain developers are in more demand than the other positions in the industryAccording to the statistics on Glassdoor, the Blockchain software engineers are the most sought after job opening with over 680 job opportunities out of almost 3000 in total.Communication software gets the largest average deal amount per companyThe leader in terms of the total invested amount happens to be the FinTech industry. PwC survey indicates that FinTech also leads in terms of the number of backed companies. However, the communication software industry claims the lion share of the deal amount per company only due to the Telegram’s TGE ($1.7 billion) and Kik’s deals (TGE, Series A-D) that secured $217 million.Blockchain companies have caught the interest of over 800 VC firmsThe total number of deals they were involved in was dominated by DCG. In fact, 21 deals ahead of Pantera Capital and Blockchain Capital combined. The United States serves as a harbor to 8 out of 10 investors. Not ignoring the fact that over 50% of those who invested in Blockchain are Venture Capital firms.Angel/Seed rounds are a playing ground for most active and vibrant investorsThe most active investors mainly participate in the Angel and Seed conventional rounds, which points out the prevalence of the conventional funding instruments. The exception is TaaS, which is inactive – their entire portfolio consists of TGEs.A significant part of the investors focused on FinTech Blockchain startupsA large part of the most active investors is interested in the FinTech sector, which is also leading in terms of backed capital. The investors are willing to back the companies with significant amounts, and it is clear that they treat FinTech as a serious investment and not just a side project to diversify the portfolio.A lot of bets are placed on Blockchain technology by the biggest banksThe largest Blockchain deal banks have ever participated in happens to be R3, which is around $107 million. Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ was the only bank among the ones mentioned in the chart below that didn’t participate in R3. They opted for R3’s project Corda Enterprise. While the inception of R3 investment was about to take place, over 35 investment banks were said to participate in the funding process. Based in New York, R3 is a firm that leads a consortium of over 300 firms to build and use Blockchain technology.center_img The upward trend associated with recently Established Blockchain firmsThe Blockchain market becomes more competitive. More than 600 blockchain companies were founded all over the world in 2017. Even though this number dropped last year, there is a positive trend with over 275 new companies founded in 2018 compared to 213 established two years ago.ConclusionsIt’s no news that when it comes to Blockchain-related talents, the United States is outright top leaders. Well, over 50% of investors that have shown interest in the Blockchain technology are venture capital firms. Although, Europe hasn’t been lagging behind as they tend to create more job opportunities and also make provision for reasonable average salaries compared to the United States. Multinational corporations have helped in making job opportunities more lucrative by regularly employing Blockchain developers. FinTech industry still stands as the most elevated level of Blockchain adoption. The non-technological companies which occupy positions in the top ten include PwC, EY, KPMG.Read the full Blockchain’s Got Talent Research by TeqAtlas here.About TeqAtlasTeqAtlas is the Market Intelligence Provider that drives and eases scouting of emerging technologies for SMEs. Our goal is to encourage tech professionals all over the world to adopt modern solutions and wide-spread digitalization.TeqAtlas Analytics & Research provides a knowledge base for tech pioneers.Products & Services database helps find vendors for any job.Investment Opportunities provides the data you need preparing for the next funding round, benchmarking your company against competitors and looking for the lead investor.More 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.Homelast_img read more

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Trading as a Business The Methods and Rules to Beat the Market

first_imgBy Uday TankMost people who wish to learn how to become profitable traders need only spend a few minutes online before reading such phrases like “trade your plan; plan your trade” and “keep your losses to a minimum.” For many traders, such information can seem more like a distraction rather than any actionable advice because what you really need are some set of rules to help you beat the market each time you trade.As a trader, you want to learn how to set up your charts and make a business off your trades, so that they can fetch you as much returns as possible. Well, you will find within the context of this article some tried-and-true methods that have guided different types of traders, with a wide variety of trading account sizes in the past.Always work with a trading planA trading plan is a written set of guidelines that specifies a trader’s entry, exit, and money management criteria. Even though it is sometimes a time-consuming endeavour, it is still worth the efforts. With the help of technology, it is now easier to test a trading idea – using the backtesting approach – before risking real money. This is a highly advisable method of trading if you want to continually beat the market. Backtesting allows you to determine the viability of a trading plan, as well as the expectancy of the plan’s logic. Once you’ve developed a plan and backtesting shows good results, then you are good to go with such a trading plan.Treat Trading Like a BusinessIf you want to be a step ahead of the market each time you go online to trade, you need to approach trading as a part-or-full-time business, and not a job or a hobby. As a hobby, trading can be expensive and difficult to sustain in the long-term because there is no real commitment to learning. As a job, trading can become frustrating as there is no regular paycheck. However, trading should be treated like a business, where you incur expenses, taxes, losses, stress, uncertainty, and risk. By and large, as a trader, you are a small business owner and as such, you need to strategize and conduct extensive research in order to maximize your business potential.Exploit TechnologyTrading is a highly competitive business, and if you want to continually excel, you need to assume that the person sitting on the other side of a trade is making judicious use of technology. You can use your smartphones to get market updates and monitor trades virtually from anywhere. Backtesting is another important technology that allows you to test your trading idea before implementation.Online trading software like the ones you find on Metatrader platforms can also make your trading experience profitable, and you can employ the help of an mt4 forex broker whenever you want to use this software. Also, there are some Charting platforms that offer traders an infinite variety of technologies to monitor charts, and analyze the markets. Even the internet technology that we take for granted today – like high-speed internet connections – can make a lot of difference to your trading account.Develop your trading methodology based on factsWhether you are a new or existing trader on any of the forex platforms, it is always crucial for you to develop your trading methodology strictly based on the market facts. Taking the time to develop a sound trading methodology is always worth the efforts, even though it is sometimes tempting to believe in the “so easy it’s like printing money” trading scams you will find on the internet. Hence, facts and not hope or emotions should be the major driving force behind your trading plan.Protect your trading capitalAs mentioned earlier, trading is just like a business. And like a business, you need to protect your capital in all that you do. It could take a long time for you to save enough money to fund a trading account, so you shouldn’t throw away such capital by risking too much. But, it is important to note that protecting your capital isn’t synonymous with not having a losing trade. In fact, all traders have losing trades; that is part of what makes trading a business. However, protecting your capital entails not taking too many unnecessary risks and doing everything within your power to protect your trading account.last_img read more

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Municipality holds roadshows to prevent fires

first_imgNot forgetting that winter is also flu season. Therefore it is of utmost importance that community disaster awareness campaigns incorporate public health issues.“Increasing public awareness about hazards is a vital element in any comprehensive strategy for disaster risk reduction,” said Mr Nqobizizwe Mabaso from the uThukela District Disaster Management Centre (DDMC). The DDMC has the responsibility to promote public awareness of hazards and risks on a continuous basis in order to create a culture of prevention, and there needs to be a large degree of public participation and understanding.“Public awareness and the creation of widespread understanding about disaster reduction are crucial elements in disaster risk management strategies. However, in order to sustain public awareness, other sectors of society must be involved in the dissemination of information,” Mr Mabaso concluded.Vital information tips were shared with the community during the road-shows.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite UThukela District Municipality carried out winter season disaster awareness road-shows from June 23 to 29.This was done across all five local municipalities to educate communities about issues related to fire, veld fires and other disaster scenarios which are prone to occur at this time of the year.The purpose of these community disaster awareness campaigns was to promote a culture of risk avoidance behaviour among communities through integral education and public awareness, and also to increase knowledge on a multitude of hazards and safety practices.The winter season is associated with veld fires on farms, strong winds and high temperatures. All these conditions can cause complex occurrences. During this cold season, communities use many forms of heat generation to warm their homes, some of which are dangerous.Most rural communities are still living in traditional thatched houses which are vulnerable to fires. Therefore, communities need to be reminded of precautionary measures when using potentially dangerous equipment and also to be encouraged to implement fire breaks around their homes.Veld / farm fires are a cause for concern during the winter season and the majority of these fires are caused by human negligence.last_img read more

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2 new units for special school2 new units for special school

first_imgInkanyezi Special School has opened two new units at the school.The first unit is for  blind and partially-sighted learners. Mr Khumalo, who is also partially-sighted, is the class teacher.The learners use a braille machine for reading and writing.The second unit is for deaf and hard-of-hearing learners. Mrs Busi Shabalala and Mr KL Miya, who is deaf, are the class teachers.The children have fun learning and making new friends at the school, and are very keen in their studies. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

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One dead in N11 crash

first_imgThe vehicle went off the road after taking a slight bend, and rolled. It then hit a ditch and rolled further before coming to a standstill.4 other people were in the vehicle, and they all sustained serious injuries. The injured were treated by paramedics on scene and then transported to hospital.Police, RTI and EMRS responded to the scene.Traffic on the N11 was not obstructed, but other motorists had to pass with caution while heavy rain continued to fall. 1 person’s life was lost in a horror collision this afternoon on the N11 just outside Elandslaagte, near Ladysmith.The driver of a Hyundai Elantra travelling towards Ladysmith allegedly lost control in the inclement weather conditions and the vehicle rolled, killing 1 person. The person who was fatally wounded was flung out of the vehicle and died at the scene. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Water leaks pop up near Country Club

first_imgWater leaks have popped up all over the place in the County Club area and surrounding streets.Reservoir Road and Cove Crescent have been hit by pipe bursts, with water flowing from the leak in Reservoir Road for 2 days now. The leak is on the sidewalk, with clean drinking water flowing into a storm water drain and going to waste.Motorists are complaining about the problem, having to drive in the oncoming lane to avoid the water in the road. According to Cove Crescent residents, they have had to endure a leak for a number of weeks now. It’s so bad that water has pushed up through the tar.Both leaks are right outside people’s homes and are a major inconvenience for the residents. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

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Dressed in red for the night

first_imgAcaciavale Primary School held their dance in the Civic Hall, while the Crown Hotel boasted popular Durban band ‘The Tyles’.Slow ballads got the love birds into the groove, not forgetting the mouth-watering meals for patrons to enjoy.What a night it was – love in the air, great music, and food fit for kings and queens! Click here for the Valentines dance video http://youtu.be/exxgXAYQt9g Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but those who went out to celebrate the occasion last night will surely have memories to treasure.Numerous Valentine’s dances were held in town last night, all of them packed to capacity with star-crossed lovers.Ladies and gents ‘dressed to the nines’ – mostly in red, white and pink – were surely not disappointed by the top-class musicians who provided the toe-tapping entertainment.center_img WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Scientists to protect rare snake in St Lucia

first_imgOverall, scientists estimate that 18 snakes live on the reserve, said Matthew Morton, Durrell’s Eastern Caribbean program manager.“In one sense it is a very worrying situation, with such a small population restricted to a single, tiny site,” he said. “But in another sense, it’s an opportunity … It means that we still have a chance to save this species.”The non-venomous brown snake was declared extinct in 1936, but somebody later spotted one on the rocky reserve in 1973 and rare sightings have since been reported. Late last year, Durrell, with help from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other groups, launched a search for the snake on the larger of the two Maria Islands.A team of six scientists and several volunteers spent five months scouring the rocky outcrop where they found some snakes slithering around during the day, looking for lizards and frogs to eat. Once they captured the snakes, they implanted microchips that will transmit data for at least 10 years, including information about their lifespan and other unknown details, Morton said.Scientists also collected DNA samples, but the results on whether the snakes are genetically diverse won’t be known for several months. Diversity is important because it would allow for a more successful breeding program, scientists say. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Patients with chronic pain give advice Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img There’s currently a lot of in-breeding on the 12-hectare (30-acre) islet where the snakes live, but scientists did not spot many deformities, which is encouraging, Morton said.Brian Crother, a U.S.-based expert on Caribbean snakes who was not involved in the project, said he was excited about the finding.“It provides us with another opportunity to preserve a piece of biodiversity that we thought we had lost forever,” he said.As a result of the scientists’ findings, Durrell called the St. Lucia racer the world’s rarest snake, but Crother and other scientists disputed the claim.“I think saying `rarest’ is a good way to bring attention to a desperate situation, but whether it really is the rarest, I don’t think you can say for sure,” said Crother, interim biology department director at Southeastern Louisiana University.Scientists are now trying to figure out the best way to save the snake, which is less than three feet (one meter) long and is known for being gentle and comfortable with human beings.Morton said moving some snakes to St. Lucia’s main island isn’t an option because the mongoose, its biggest predator, lives there and will destroy the population. He said breeding the reptiles on other offshore islands is a possibility, but scientists have to determine whether there’s an adequate food supply. Top Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Associated PressSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – A snake that scientists had declared extinct long ago has been found living in a nature reserve on a tiny isle just off the east Caribbean island of St. Lucia, conservationists said Tuesday.At least 11 St. Lucia Racer snakes were spotted and tagged by a group of international scientists hunting for the snake in the Maria Islands reserve, which is part of St. Lucia and located about one kilometer (0.6 miles) south of the main island, according to the British-based Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Frank Burbrink, a biology professor at the College of Staten Island who was not involved in the project, said the snakes should be bred in another place to ensure their future.“You don’t want to put your eggs in one very, very, very small basket,” he said.Morton said the trick is to ensure that people are aware of the snake’s plight so they can help with their conservation.But he acknowledged that could be difficult, noting: “These aren’t whales or fluffy little animals that people like.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories last_img
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