Post-truth politics?

first_imgThe death of “truth” has been long in coming, and in fact is said to typify the post-modern age in which we presently live. The “truths” that came out of the Enlightenment tradition and the scientific method have all been undermined. A good percentage, if not most, of humanity have been cast adrift in the search for some form of certainty. In America, the ascent of Donald Trump to the presidency has presented us with a new term to describe this post-truth condition which attempts to make it not too dystopian –“alternative facts”.But this, in itself, presents a new set of problems as we know to our cost in Guyana. Here our leaders have asserted so many “facts” that they swore were the “truth”, only to have them retracted without even the slightest apology, suggests that the new “alternative facts” preclude the need for any. It would seem in this brave new world, one can assert anything that comes to one’s lips and hold it to be “truth”. The problem for the citizens is that especially politics, being essentially a matter of rhetoric seeking to persuade, would have them engage in actions based on the claims. And therein lies the rub.For instance, will we be raking in over US million per day starting in 2020 and continuing for the next 30 years, as one Minister asserted as a matter of “truth”? Some citizens might just believe him and start easing up on eking out a grubby living on their farms, since it was also promised that those monies would be invested to deliver the good life to Guyanese. If, in fact, the Minister was not speaking the “truth” that farmer’s life could possibly be ruined.The philosopher Julian Baggini has just published a new book, “A short history of truth” and offers some advice for the perplexed post-truth, post-modern (but not post-racial) Guyanese in the following excerpts. He suggests a “triage of truth” that posits three questions: “Are there any experts in this field? Which kind of expert in this area should I choose?  Which particular expert is worth listening to here?If there is genuine expertise to be had, the second stage is to ask what kind of expert is trustworthy in that domain, to the degree that the domain allows for expertise at all. Once we have decided that there are groups of experts in a domain, the third stage of triage is to ask which particular ones to trust. The trickiest situations are where the domain admits significant differences of opinion.Perhaps the most important principle to apply throughout the triage is the 18th Century Scottish philosopher David Hume’s maxim: “A wise man … proportions his belief to the evidence.” Trust in experts always has to be proportionate. Any economic forecast, for instance, should be seen as indicating a probability at best, an educated guest at worst.Proportionality also means granting only as much authority as is within an expert’s field. When an eminent scientist opines on ethics, for example, she is exceeding her professional scope. We should not confuse thinking for ourselves with thinking by ourselves. Taking expert opinion seriously is not passing the buck. No one can make up your mind for you, unless you make up your mind to let them.What Baggini says, to belabour the point, is particularly true in politics which is not known for its attention to truth to begin with. To most Guyanese who have been locked in ethnic politics for over half a century, there is a great reluctance to question the pronouncements of “the leader”. But the suggestion on proportionality should temper our urge to abandon the “triage of truth”. While we suspect there might not be any single “TRUTH”, we know for sure it is not in the possession of any single person or group.Baggini suggests a methodology, as we say in the vernacular, to “pick sense from nonsense”.last_img read more

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Fort St. John to host breastfeeding challenge

first_imgThe event is held worldwide, put on by the Quintessence Foundation to see how many children can be breastfed at one time. In 2009, Fort St. John’s high attendance earned it a gold certificate. The challenge begins at 11:00 a.m. and registration begins at 10. Currently, the record for the most mothers feeding in one place at one time is over 3700 in the Phillipines. Fort St. John’s goal is a little more modest, as the Society can only hold so many.- Advertisement – For more information contact Kim Begg at kbegg@live.ca.last_img

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Chelsea duo plus Arsenal, Everton, Spurs and Man United stars up for PFA prize

first_img1 Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante are among the nominees for the 2016-17 Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award.The pair have played a key role in the Blues’ Premier League title charge, with their side currently sitting seven points clear at the top with seven games left to play.Alexis Sanchez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane also feature on the six-man shortlist.Kante, who was shortlisted last year for his part in Leicester’s remarkable season but did not make the top three, is the bookmakers’ favourite for the accolade, with the winners to be announced at Grosvenor House in London on Sunday, April 23.The defensive midfielder has started all but one of Chelsea’s 31 Premier League games this season.His teammate Hazard, who has netted 14 goals in 29 games this term, is his main contender for the prize.Among the other contenders, Everton forward Lukaku – the top flight’s leading scorer this term with 23 goals – is battling it out with a number of his fellow nominees for the Golden Boot.Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic has scored 17 goals in his first season in English football, while Sanchez has notched 18 times to brighten up what has been a disappointing campaign for Arsenal.Kane – the only English nominee in this category – has netted 19 goals for Tottenham despite two spells out with ankle problems. He was third in the voting last year and has also been shortlisted for the Young Player of the Year gong alongside Spurs team-mate Dele Alli.Alli, who turned 21 on Tuesday, won the Young Player award last year and has enjoyed another brilliant season, scoring 16 goals to help Mauricio Pochettino’s side emerge as Chelsea’s nearest challengers.The Tottenham duo are joined by Lukaku, Burnley defender Michael Keane, Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.Keane’s impressive form for the Clarets this term earned him a first England senior call-up late last year, and he now has two caps to his name. Pickford has performed well between the posts in a struggling Black Cats side, while Germany international Sane has won rave reviews of late following his big-money summer arrival from Schalke.Having won last season’s Women’s Super League crown without losing a game, Manchester City are understandably well represented for the women’s Player of the Year prize. England right-back Lucy Bronze, who won the award in 2014, is joined by the club’s top scorer Jane Ross and midfielder Jill Scott. Alongside the City trio on the six-woman shortlist are Ellen White, Karen Carney and Caroline Weir.Ross and Liverpool midfielder Weir both look set to feature in the Scotland team that face England at Euro 2017 this summer.Bronze and Scott will represent England at the showpiece tournament in Holland, along with attacking midfielder Carney – a consistently strong performer for Chelsea last term – and Birmingham forward White, who scored the winner against the United States at the SheBelieves Cup last month.Chelsea’s Millie Bright and Manchester City’s Nikita Parris – both also going to the Euros with England – have been nominated for the women’s Young Player of the Year gong.Three City players get the nod in this category too, with Parris joined by Georgia Stanway and Keira Walsh. Weir is again nominated, along with Birmingham’s Jess Carter.Men’s PFA Players’ Player of the Year 2017Eden Hazard – ChelseaZlatan Ibrahimovi? – Manchester UnitedHarry Kane – Tottenham HotspurN’Golo Kanté – ChelseaRomelu Lukaku – EvertonAlexis Sánchez – ArsenalMen’s PFA Young Player of the Year 2017 Dele Alli – Tottenham HotspurHarry Kane – Tottenham HotspurMichael Keane – BurnleyRomelu Lukaku – EvertonJordan Pickford – SunderlandLeroy Sané – Manchester CityWomen’s PFA Players’ Player of the Year 2017Lucy Bronze – Manchester City WomenKaren Carney – Chelsea LadiesJane Ross – Manchester City WomenJill Scott – Manchester City WomenCaroline Weir – Liverpool LadiesEllen White – Birmingham City LadiesWomen’s PFA Young Player of the Year 2017 Millie Bright – Chelsea LadiesJess Carter – Birmingham City LadiesNikita Parris – Manchester City WomenGeorgia Stanway – Manchester City WomenKeira Walsh – Manchester City WomenCaroline Weir – Liverpool Ladieslast_img read more

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U.S. deficit forecast for year falls to $260 billion

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe deficit picture, according to the CBO, will be even worse if Bush succeeds with a top domestic priority, persuading Congress to make the tax cuts of his first term permanent. They are scheduled to expire at the end of 2010. Extending the cuts through 2016 would add $2.2 trillion to the deficit, CBO analysts said. The cost would climb to $3.26 trillion if a permanent fix is made to the alternative minimum tax that was designed for the wealthy but is ensnaring more middle-income taxpayers. The report provided an alternative scenario that envisioned the number of troops based overseas in the war effort would drop from the current level of 220,000 to 55,000 by 2011. This scenario, which also assumed no further spending for hurricane relief, would reduce the deficit forecast by $1.5 trillion over the next decade. WASHINGTON – The federal deficit will shrink dramatically this year from an earlier forecast but will total $1.76 trillion over the next decade and could be double that if President George W. Bush’s tax cuts are made permanent, Congressional Budget Office analysts said Thursday. The $260 billion deficit forecast for the current federal fiscal year, which will end Sept. 30, is $112 billion below the office’s last estimate, made in March. The bulk of the improvement came from a gusher of tax revenues this year, reflecting a rebounding economy and healthy corporate profits. But the CBO forecast the improvement as short-lived, projecting the gap between revenues and spending will rise to $286 billion in 2007 and total $1.76 trillion over the next decade. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Spectrolab expands market

first_imgSYLMAR Fifty years after Spectrolab started experimenting with solar panels that would someday power moon exploration, the aerospace firm is coming down to Earth. The company, a Boeing subsidiary, had made photovoltaic products that convert sunlight into electricity. Most of its products are built for outer space, but the terrestial market for solar power is booming. “Our core business is space, to make space products to support (Boeing’s) core business,” said president David Lillington Tuesday during a press conference. “But we see terrestrial photovoltaic use as a huge opportunity.” A quarter of the company s business is devoted to earthly products, which is a quarter more than last year, Lillington said. And while Spectrolab s solar cells are much more costly than industry-standard silicon, they are more powerful. Spectrolab uses a metal called gallium-arsenide, which holds up well in space but is much more sturdier than it needs to be for use in cell phones, computers and the solar panels attached to your neighbor s roof. Gallium-arsenide is 200 times more costly than silicon, according to Spectrolab spokesman David Garlick. But gallium-arsenide absorbs sunlight more quickly. A standard cell converts 28 percent of the sunlight that hits it into electricity, Lillington said. In 10 years Spectrolab aims to make solar cells that convert 40 percent of the sun s energy. A typical silicon cell converts 16 percent of the sun s rays. Making powerful cells is the key to affordability because the more sunlight they can convert, the fewer panels consumers need to buy. “The cost has been reduced substantially with that higher efficiency,” said Dan Blake, director of the Economic Research Center of the San Fernando Valley at California State University, Northridge. Solar power and other alternative forms of energy will become more cost-effective as the price of oil rises, Blake added. That is good news for Spectrolab, which also has positive prospects in space. “Spending on space is coming to life,” said Mary Anne Sudol, an aerospace analyst with Caris & Company. Spectrolab was founded in 1956 by Alfred Mann, a scientist from Portland, Ore. The lab grew quickly and logged a number of accomplishments early on. The company s solar panels powered the satellite that took the first pictures of Earth from space. The company s solar panels were used on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, when astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Today, the company s solar panels power two Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, and Spectrolab makes more spacecraft solar cells than anyone else. “The space side of our business is doing well and will continue to do well,” Lillington said. “I believe we re very well positioned to maintain our leadership.” julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Study: Antidepressant users aren’t getting therapy

first_imgMore than half of antidepressant prescriptions are written by family doctors, and there are only about 40,000 psychiatrists nationwide. That’s one reason some experts believe there is little follow-up care. In addition, Dr. Darrel Regier, the American Psychiatric Association’s director of research, said that carrying out the FDA treatment recommendations would push up costs up more than 50 percent. Stettin and other doctors said follow-up therapy has probably improved a bit since Medco’s study was done because of heavy press attention, particularly about antidepressants and suicide concerns with teenagers. Medco plans to see if that’s so. Meanwhile, the number of children taking antidepressants dropped 18 percent in the first three months of 2004, an earlier study by Medco found. Overall antidepressant use, which rose about 10 percent a year early in the decade, rose by less than 2 percent last year before picking up slightly this year, according to IMS Health. U.S. sales exceeded $12.5 billion last year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“Many of these people probably should have had more follow-up than they did, regardless of the FDA guidelines,” said Dr. Glen Stettin of Franklin Lakes-based Medco, which paid for the study. In early 2004, the Food and Drug Administration recommended that new antidepressant users see a doctor once a week for the first month and three more times in the following two months. That advice is the agency’s “best estimate” of what’s reasonable, said Dr. Thomas Laughren, director of the Division of Psychiatry Products at the FDA. Laughren said he is concerned that so few people in the study failed to get therapy, but said the sicker patients probably got more help. The Medco study also looked at treatment through the first three months and found that more than half the children and three-quarters of adults still had not had a mental health visit. Fewer than 15 percent of patients got all the treatment the FDA recommends in the first month, according to the study, which was published in this month’s American Journal of Managed Care. TRENTON, N.J. – A huge study found that patients on antidepressants rarely get the psychiatric therapy needed right after they start the drugs, a time when risk of suicidal behavior can rise temporarily. Two-thirds of children and even more adults did not see a doctor or therapist for mental health care once within a month of beginning drug treatment, according to the study by Medco Health Solutions Inc., which manages prescription benefits for health plans. Experts suggest the cost of therapy, a lack of follow-up by busy family doctors, and a shortage of psychiatrists in some parts of the country might help explain the problem. Medco’s study of 79,488 adults and 5,026 youngsters reviewed prescription and doctor visit records from July 2001 through September 2003. That was before the government urged drug makers to put warnings on their products calling for close monitoring of suicidal thoughts or violent behavior in the early weeks after starting the drugs. last_img read more

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Alexis Sanchez turns attention away from football to make acting debut in film

first_imgAlex Sanchez may have had a difficult season at Manchester United – but he now has a welcome distraction due to the emergence of his acting career.The Chile international stars in a new film called Mi Amigo Alexis, which was released in his native Chile on Thursday. The movie was Sanchez’s idea and filming started last year, according to executive producer Rocio Jadue.“Everybody loves him [in Chile],” said Jadue. “He is considered a big hero.”The film has been put together by award-winning director Alejandro Fernandez Almendras and, rather than being a movie about the United star’s life, it instead focuses on a story of a 12-year-old boy, Tito, who accidentally meets his hero Sanchez.“The unexpected friendship between the child and the idol brings teachings for both: Tito discovers his true path in life and Alexis is reunited with the stories from his childhood that make him remember the reason why he loves football,” the film’s synopsis reads. 2 LATEST Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ gameday cracker Sanchez could be given an Old Trafford escape route this summer LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS deals Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Sanchez, 30, has struggled for form at Old Trafford since his switch from Arsenal last season.The former Barcelona star scored just one goal in 20 Premier League appearances this season and has been linked with a move away in the summer.Fernandez believes people will be impressed by Sanchez’s acting in the film. 2 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT GETTY REVEALED center_img no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star huge blow shining Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January REAL DEAL Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REPLY Sanchez is set to star in a film tense “I think people will be surprised at how Alexis acts – what he does and says,” said Fernandez. “He goes beyond what we see on the pitch.”And Sanchez himself has admitted acting is a very different challenge to playing football.Speaking to ADN Radio Chile, Sanchez said: “It’s different from playing soccer. There, you are not worried about the cameras. I am a perfectionist and I want things to go well. In the end, I was relaxed and happy and it came out natural.”last_img read more

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World-class banking for 2010

first_imgA section of the massive Absa Bank callcentre in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Wilma den HartighThe 2010 Fifa World Cup will not only boost South Africa’s tourism industry, it will also be an opportunity for the country to show off its sophisticated banking system to the world.According to Nikki Tyrer, Accenture South Africa’s heads of customer relations management, the financial services sector should make the most of this opportunity by offering efficient service to visitors at all times.According to Accenture research, South African banks will be under severe pressure during the World Cup. With more than 3-million visitors expected in South Africa, foreign exchange and ATM facilities will experience much higher volumes of tourist traffic.Coping with this demand will require meticulous planning. Banks should, for example, set up additional exchange counters in branches and ensure ATMs are always online and stocked more often.Tyrer said that while the services locals and international tourists needed may be fairly similar, the visitors could require more help in areas such as language. More than this, plans must be made for situations such as an ATM machine swallowing a foreign tourist’s bank card late in the evening when the traveller is due to fly home the following morning.South African banks could learn from the Bank of China, she said, which set up a multilingual call centre for international tourists as part of its drive to improve customer service during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.All their branches and key staff were given training in business acumen, service etiquette, foreign languages and servicing customers with disabilities. Tyrer said tourists travelling to South Africa are unlikely to prefer a specific bank and all branches will be a key point of contact for many clients. Banks should consider additional signage in foreign languages and employ more floor staff to help with queries.Prof Hennie van Coller, head of the Afrikaans Department at the University of the Free State, says the skills needed for a multilingual call centre can be readily found . “South Africa definitely has all the language expertise needed to set up a facility like this,” Van Coller said.The university’s foreign language departments have already discussed setting up such a facility. He explained that it will also be useful in other sectors such as health, safety and general communication queries.Volunteers from across the county could participate and need not be stationed in one place, Van Coller said. Postgraduate foreign language students could also get involved in the project, which could be structured as part of the courses.Accenture also recommended that banks extend operating hours, step up security and even expand product offerings. For the Beijing Olympics, the Bank of China created targeted products for tourists such as “Olympic Temporary Accounts” and safe box facilities.Other financial services institutions could also step in, which insurance companies, for example, offering short-term insurance against theft, or medical cover.Doret Els, an economist with financial and investment firm Efficient Group, said the financial sector has already started taking steps in the right direction. “The latest development that allows people to pay for fuel with credit cards is very useful to South Africans and foreigners,” Els said.She added that international visitors are used to sophisticated financial systems, which is why electronic banking systems are so important. Most tourists would prefer to make transactions electronically, instead of carrying large amounts of cash on them.Accenture’s research had similar findings. Small businesses and vendors may require point-of-sale (POS) facilities for foreign tourists. Tyrer said financial institutions could supply POS facilities at a reduced rate for smaller businesses.“If we have good financial structures it will attract more investment into the country in the future,” Els said. “This is a great opportunity that South Africa has to leverage.”According to Accenture, the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany resulted in an annual GDP increase of 0.7%. Revenues from tourism and travel exceeded US$400-million (R4-billion), with a further $2.62-billion (R512-billion) attributed to retail sales during the four-week tournament.South Africa stands to draw similar benefits for growth and investment, with its GDP expected to grow by about $2.1-billion (R21.3-billion) – a figure many economists consider to be an underestimate. Tyrer encouraged all sectors of the economy to prepare to create a positive experience for tourists, encouraging them to return.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articles2010 to give SA a $2.5bn boost Top marks for SA auditing SA banking net spreadsSA banks overtake global giants Standard Bank on the money Useful linksAccenture South AfricaUniversity of the Free StateEfficient GroupSouth Africa 2010FifaSouthAfrica.info: 2010last_img read more

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Google nurtures talent in South Africa

first_imgGoogle’s faith in South Africa’s technological potential has resulted in a world first for theonline giant, with the establishment of theUmbono technological incubator in Cape Town.(Image: Shamin Chibba) MEDIA CONTACTS • Shannon FallickConsultant, AfricaPractice+27 11 022 6564 or +27 83 721 4978 RELATED ARTICLES • Google Street View gets into gear • SA internet use passes 5m mark • Bringing internet to SA’s unconnected • Innovation at technology awards • Cape Town a top emerging innovatorShamin ChibbaSouth Africa’s tech gurus will finally get a chance to become part of the global technological community after Google announced the creation of its new technology start-up incubator in Cape Town last month.The world’s biggest online corporation has invited tech innovators living in South Africa to join their six-month Umbono programme, a pilot for Google that, if successful, may be implemented in other countries.The programme will act as a springboard for tech entrepreneurs, turning their computer- or mobile-based ideas into businesses.Umbono (isiZulu, meaning “vision” or “idea”) will provide successful candidates with between R173 000 (US$25 000) and R346 000 ($50 000) in equity funding, as well as free office space at Hub Cape Town, business training, free bandwidth, mentorship and access to expertise, and networking and marketing events to help the participant grow.According to a Google press release, the programme is meant to encourage growth within the South African developer community. Google is also trying to make the internet accessible to more people in Africa through this programme.The chosen teams will benefit from a mentor base comprising local and international experts. Team members must be able to legally live and work in South Africa in order to qualify.Umbono’s programme manager Johanna Kollar said the mentor base is a key component of the initiative. Experts will provide guidance on topics such as product design, commercialisation, legal incorporation and valuation.Kollar added that the experts, whom she refers to as Googlers, will participate on a volunteer basis.“Our Googlers from around the world, who are volunteering their time, are passionate about technology in Africa and will be able to help teams with the challenges they face, whether it be on the product, business or technical front,” she said.Cape Town, Africa’s technology capitalThe Mother City was chosen as the incubator’s base of operations because it’s fast becoming Africa’s very own Silicon Valley. The city has, in recent years, positioned itself as a hub of innovation and technology thanks to initiatives such as the Silicon Cape Foundation, an IT networking body which is collaborating with Google in running Umbono.Foundation board member Justin Spratt said the programme gives technology enthusiasts the opportunity they need to learn and grow. “There is a lot of talent and enthusiasm for technology [in Cape Town], and many ideas just need that window of opportunity,” said Spratt.Bandwidth Barn, a Cape Town-based business incubator, was also brought on board. Along with the Silicon Cape Foundation, Bandwidth Barn is there to provide assistance to the selected teams to ensure they get the most out of their six months.The city also possesses respected tertiary institutes, namely the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University, which have strong IT courses.For Kollar, Cape Town has the ingredients that make it the perfect environment to run a tech-based company.  She added that at this point in time there are no plans to extend the incubator to other parts of the country.Referring to local start-ups such as Yola, MXit and Twangoo, Google South Africa’s country manager Luke Mckend said that this dynamic tech scene applied not only to Cape Town, but the entire country.“Google’s latest investment with Umbono is a great extension of our overall strategy in the region to strengthen the web ecosystem,” said McKend.Budding tech gurus still have time to applyThe selection committee will comprise angel investors – individuals who typically invest their own money into start-ups – and Google employees, who will then pick the candidates based on various criteria including the business potential of the idea, applicability and suitability to regional and global needs, and ability to bring the idea from concept to execution.The first round of application ends on 15 April. However, the website will still accept applications past the deadline. Kollar said the application process will remain open year-round as people always have good ideas. She described the potential successful applicants as passionate about technology and committed to their business idea, explaining that they should be willing to see their idea through to the prototype and, thereafter, use their technical skills to push the product to the next level.“Beyond that, teams must have the vision to scale their prototype or product to a regional or global business,” she said.She said that Google aims to choose at least five teams for this year’s programme, but added that this number will depend on quality of the teams and interest from the angel investors, who will receive a 10% share in the business in exchange for their financial contribution.According to the Google website, the programme prefers teams to apply even though individuals are allowed. However, individuals are discouraged from applying if they do not have a computer programming background, which is one of the criteria.Applicants are allowed to submit several ideas but are advised to submit one strong idea instead as it will stand a better chance of being successful.last_img read more

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Some IT Departments Resist Moving to Cloud-Based Systems and More

first_imgTags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Are IT Fears Holding Back Cloud Computing?As corporate IT workers adapt to the shifts towards decentralized, cloud-computing services in place of in-house technology assets, they have to be asking themselves: “Am I working myself out of a job?” This fear, justified or not, is one way to explain the persistent efforts of many enterprise IT departments to forego public cloud-computing services in order to maintain their own private-cloud systems. It may also offer insight into the hype around datacenter tools such as Hadoop, Cassandra and Pig. MoreHow Windows 8 Throws Computer Users Under the BusWhatever you think of Windows 8’s Metro interface on smartphones and tablets, Microsoft’s decision to force computer users to deal with Metro will needlessly alienate and confuse many of the company’s most loyal customers. It’s as if Apple suddenly required Mac users to rely on iOS instead of OS X. MoreMore Top Stories Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Twitter May Have the Edge in Online AdsFor all their popularity, social networks have turned out to be barren soil for advertisers. Facebook famously has 901 million users, but it only saw $4.12 in revenue from each of them last year. Twitter has taken even longer to implement a business plan for monetizing its 140 million users. But as it reveals its strategy, it’s starting to look like it may have an edge over Facebook in selling ads online. MoreTop Trends of 2012: Video on TabletsOne in every ten tablet users views video content almost daily on their device, according to a new report by comScore. The study also found that tablet users are nearly three times more likely to watch video on their device compared to smartphone users. Nearly one in four smartphone owners now owns a tablet, according to comScore. That’s an increase of 13.9 percentage points since a year ago. 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The deal would give a much-needed social network injection to its SharePoint business collaboration platform. Yammer – with an estimated valuation of $500 million – makes business-oriented social network tools for internal company sharing and discussion centered on blog posts and automatically generated content (such as notifications that a document is ready to edit or a sale has been closed). MoreReadWriteWeb ChannelsStart5+ Ways Entrepreneurs are Different from Everyone ElseStartup Talent Wars: Why You Can’t Be Like Steve Jobs 6 Skills Every Startup Team NeedsBizWhy Google’s Chromebox Is Better for Small Businesses Than Big CorporationsDell Sheds $2 Billion in Retreat From PC BusinessEnterpriseFollow ReadWriteEnterprise on Twitter.Q: Why Does Microsoft Need Yammer? A: To Save SharePointAre IT Fears Holding Back Cloud Computing?5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing Your Company’s Social Media Tools HackFollow ReadWriteHack on Twitter.The 6 Best Ways to Run Microsoft’s .NET in the Cloud MobileFollow ReadWriteMobile on Twitter.Nokia Versus Android: Death by a Thousand CutsApple’s Opportunity: Disrupt the Credit Card BusinessApple’s ‘647 Patent: What It Is and Why it’s Bad for the Mobile EcosystemReadWriteWeb CommunityYou can find ReadWriteWeb in many places on the web, a few of which are below.ReadWriteWeb on FacebookReadWriteWeb on TwitterReadWriteWeb on Google+ReadWriteWeb on LinkedInReadWriteWeb on PinterestSubscribe to the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-UpWant to have this wrap-up delivered to you automagically? You can subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-Up by RSS or by email. Brian Proffitt wonders if the resistance to cloud-based systems by IT departments is more about protecting companies or actually about protecting IT workers’ jobs. Fredric Paul explains how Windows 8 throws computer users under the bus. After the jump you’ll find more of this week’s top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web – Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web – plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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