…“they are indispensable in the public service”By Devina SamarooThe public service has a crucial role to play in transforming Guyana, Minister of State Joseph Harmon charged to a roomful of administrative professionals who were eager to begin their training in public service efficacy on Wednesday morning at the Impeccable Banquet Hall, Brickdam.The event, which was organised by Zoywins Consultancy, under the theme “Shine like a Diamond”, coincides with worldwide celebrations of Administrative Professionals’ Day in recognition of the valuable contributions of administrative staff to the success of organisations.Both Private and Public Sector workers from across seven administrative regions gathered to participate in the seminar where they were brief on areas related to the development of cooperative style, strategies to prevent conflict and master cooperation and efficiency; maintenance of healthy lifestyles; among others.In delivering his opening remarks, Minister Harmon underscored the importance of being involving in training programmes of thisMinister of State, Joseph Harmon delivering remarks at the opening of the Administrative Professionals Workshop at the De Impeccable Banquet Hallnature, noting that the knowledge gained may attribute to career advancements and increased earnings.Harmon, who has responsibility for the public service, emphasised that administrative staff are an indispensable part of the delivery of public/ customer care service, and as such, he noted that it is most advantageous for organisations to invest in the proper training and development of these individuals.“Administrative professionals or secretaries are particularly important to this process in a number of ways, specifically, many of you, if not all of you, are the first point of contact between your organisation and the public. You are the face of you department or agencies or companies in which you work,” he explained, highlighting that as a consequence, administrative professionals contribute significantly to the way in which their employers are perceived.Harmon even shared a personal experience to support his assertions.“When we came into office under the coalition Government, I had the responsibility of organisation work of the Ministry of the Presidency, and from day one up to maybe day 40/50, people were coming to see me on a daily basis and sometimes by the time they get to me, they would have gone through sometimes two layers or three layers of persons and sometimes some of them come in vexed because they say “the people give me a hard time before I get to you”; and so I have been at pains to point out to those members in the public service that they are the faces of that administration, these are the people that interact with the public on a daily basis; therefore, if you are not courteous and you do not treat the public well, by time they come to me to deal with their problems, I have to unwind them, I have to spend an extra five or 10 minutes telling them that this is not the kind of administration we will have,” Harmon related.On this note, he charged that administrative professionals ought to be considered the backbones of organisations.“Your day to day work is the foundation of your organisations’ accomplishment. You take care of the details and the success achieved with respect to task undertaken… in reality, it cannot be done without you,” he stated.In further underscoring the importance of the public service in transforming the country, Harmon reminded that in delivering quality service, administrative professionals must strive to look beyond political, racial and religious persuasions.“It does not matter which political party you voted for… public servants should deliver with strict neutrality and integrity,” he noted.In conclusion, Minister Harmon urged the participants to work assiduously both individually and collectively, not only in striving for self-development but to bring about massive changes in the quality of public service being delivered in Guyana.“You are the agents of change,” he charged.
1 Serie A giants Roma are ‘unconvinced’ Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge can fill the void left by Chelsea-bound forward Edin Dzeko.Former Manchester City star Dzeko is on the verge of a return to the Premier League, with Chelsea close to agreeing a deal to bring him to Stamford Bridge.And in response to those claims Roma have begun looking at alternatives for Dzeko and are keen to have a deal in place in the event of the Bosnian’s departure.But it would appear Liverpool frontman Sturridge is not on their radar as, according to Corriere della Sera, Roma are not convinced the England international can fill Dzeko’s boots.Sturridge has made just 14 appearances for Liverpool this season and has endured several battles with injury during recent campaigns.His future at Anfield remains unclear and he may be forced to quit before the end of the month to boost his chances of being included in England’s World Cup squad. Liverpools Daniel Sturridge is NOT on Roma’s radar
Still, they will work with sheriff’s officials. “They will be clearly recognized as law enforcement,” he said. Even though Friday’s driving session was their first behind-the-wheel practice, the CSOs have been training since July 17. After they finish up training, the CSOs will join patrol deputies for on-the-job training. CSO Yeni Deciga said the experience has been very beneficial. “It has been thorough, great,” she said while a small squad car piloted by a fellow CSO cautiously coasted around cones. “The deputies make sure we understand what we do.” The 30-year-old Palmdale resident previously worked security at the Valencia Town Center, and her concern for her city brought her to the CSO position. Deciga said there will be some challenges, chief among them establishing a positive relationship with the public. But she said she is excited about getting out into the area. “We want to set the example here,” she said. “I can’t wait to get out there and help.” Fellow CSO Jim Wienke said he wants to help the community as well. Unlike Deciga, this is his first exposure to law enforcement. “I can’t wait to interact with the public,” Wienke said, a smile slowly gracing his face. “But, then again, the biggest challenge will also be dealing with the public.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We have made a pretty big commitment to this,” he said near a white Jeep 4X4 dotted with sheriff’s logos. “I’m really happy with this group we have.” Once trained and deployed, the CSOs will respond to routine calls for service from the public, like taking crime reports in which there are no immediate threats. “If someone called in saying their bike was stolen, a CSO would respond to that,” Bozegian said. The institution of CSOs also ushers in a new Internet-based crime reporting system, in which residents can log on to a Web site and alert officials about similar small-scale crimes. Even though CSOs have been used by the city before, Bozegian said this is the first time they have served as city employees. LANCASTER – Several sheriff’s patrol cars cruised Friday morning through the parking lot of Clear Channel Stadium, but in a refreshing turn of events, it wasn’t a crime in progress. It was a driver’s training program for Lancaster’s community service officers that brought out the black-and-whites. Fifteen CSOs were hired by the city of Lancaster after the City Council approved the additions in January. The CSOs were hired to perform law enforcement duties not requiring sworn personnel, providing patrol deputies with additional time to pursue more pressing situations. Assistant City Manager Mark Bozegian is pleased with the CSO hirings.
A Republican congressional candidate linked to a threatening mailing targeting Hispanics says the intent of a letter he did not authorize was lost in translation. Tan Nguyen, whose campaign headquarters and house have been searched in a widening voting-rights probe, told reporters Sunday that the media had poorly translated the Spanish-language letter sent by a campaign manager to 14,000 Hispanic families in Orange County. Nguyen said the word “emigrado,” translated by the media as “immigrant,” actually referred to a legal permanent resident, or green-card holder. So, Nguyen’s argument went, the sentence warning that immigrants could be jailed or deported for voting referred to green-card holders who cannot vote, and not immigrants who have become naturalized U.S. citizens. Only U.S. citizens can vote. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Nguyen declined to say who came up with the idea for the letter or who translated it into Spanish, but argued that the controversy amounted to a “debate over translation.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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Social Media continues to dominate the discussion of business marketers. A report on the state of Social Media advertising by the SocialMediaExaminer came up with some interesting facts based on a survey of 3800 marketers.Marketers rank the top five social media tools in the following order: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs and YouTube were the top five social media tools. While Google+ doesn’t make the current top five tools, there is growing interest. Currently about 40 percent of marketers are using Google+ and 70 percent of marketers say they want to learn more about it while 67 percent say that they’ll increase their use of it.43 percent of people aged 20-29 use social media sites more than 10 hours every week94 percent of companies with marketing departments have adopted some form of social media as part of their advertising campaigns85 percent of business that use social media report an increase in their market exposure76 percent of marketers plan to increase their use of videos and plan on investing on content to appear on Youtube53 percent of companies using social media for at least three years report increased sales60 percent of companies dedicate at least one full working day to social media marketing every weekBut are all these rosy statistics only a slanted view on the full reality of social media marketing? Some businesses are finding that the use of Social Media doesn’t always bring positive results.The Telegraph from the UK, for example, quotes Anthony Cooper, Pearlfinders managing director, as saying that “We saw investment in social media increase steadily throughout 2011, to reach the highest levels ever by the end of the year. However, as financial services brands embraced new methods for communicating with customers, they opened themselves up to criticism and negative sentiment… When it comes to spending on social media, marketing budget-holders in this sector are left wondering about the benefits, and many are simply putting spending on hold until they have developed a clearer picture of how social media can be harnessed to improve their brands… This represents an interesting about-turn. ”
The PlayersSony’s new CEO, Kazuo Hirai, is the best thing to happen to the company since the PlayStation 2. Like his predecessor Howard Stringer, Hirai speaks fluent English and “gets” the Western market. He studied here as a child and even translated for the Beastie Boys when they toured Japan. Unlike Stringer, who never learned Japanese, Hirai also “gets” Sony, and he showed the ability to turn around a struggling business when he headed up the PlayStation division. He’s also shown that he’s willing to make hard calls, announcing roughly 10,000 layoffs and stating that “We will force through reforms, and there will be no sacred cows” – gutsy rhetoric for a company steeped in tradition and faced with Japan’s worker-friendly labor laws.The PrognosisSony isn’t going bankrupt in the near future, but when upper management acknowledges the bleeding, things are bad. There are problems that won’t get better on their own. Sony’s phones are likely to languish in the U.S. and Europe, and perform better in Japan. Some mildly interesting consumer electronics products, like the new Google TV box, won’t be enough to change the company’s fortunes. Its film and video division (one of the few lines of business still making a profit) will probably perform well, but without an anchoring technology, distribution will depend on third-party partners. Gaming remains Sony’s strongest chance to gain a distribution foothold in the living room, and the next year will be critical.If Hirai has his way, the Sony of 2015 will be a smaller, more focused, more innovative company that may have shed much of its commodity electronics business to focus on gaming, telecommunications and entertainment content. If he doesn’t get his way, Sony will continue to leak money until it breaks up under its own weight.Can This Company Be Saved?Of course it can, but three things need to happen. First, Hirai needs to be able to make several rounds of painful cuts and dramatically reduce the company’s exposure to commodity business. Second, it needs to deepen partnerships with major U.S. mobile carriers and produce at least one flagship phone that can compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy 3. Finally, the PS4 game console must put Sony back on top of the gaming business. That’s going to require a solid hardware platform, an extremely competitive price point (the Xbox 720 may sell for as little as $100), and content that leverages Sony’s entertainment titles, from existing PlayStation franchises to its movie and music libraries. There’s been some interesting movement on the game front (like its acquisition of the streaming game service Gaikai), but execution is everything.The Deathwatch So FarResearch In Motion: Things are hurtling downhill even faster than expected. Massive losses – more than 11 times worse than expected – and new delays in its Hail Mary BlackBerry 10 operating system update have made the company’s dire situation even harder to ignore.HP: No change in statusNokia: No change in status38 Studios: No change in statusBarnes & Noble: No change in status Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… cormac foster Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Sony has posted losses for four consecutive years, and the company has lost its leadership position in just about every market it used to dominate. Can Sony’s new rock star CEO refocus the company before Apple, Microsoft and Samsung devour everything it has left? The BasicsRemember the Walkman? The CD? The CD Walkman? Sony created (and co-created) all of them, along with the Trinitron TV, Blu-Ray discs, the PlayStation and dozens of other consumer electronics devices that helped create our modern world. But over the last few years, others have captured Sony’s traditional markets, while very little Sony innovation has made an impact. The result is a bloated workforce, unsold inventory and a stock that’s down more than 90% from its all-time high in 2000.The ProblemsSony lacks focus. It’s not unusual for large Asian corporations to do a bit of everything (Samsung builds dump trucks and Yamaha makes golf clubs), but Sony’s product line is particularly aging and messy. Because it has tried to do too much for too long, Sony hasn’t done anything particularly well. As the company’s new CEO put it: “It’s one issue after another. I feel like ‘Holy s***, now what?’”Consumer electronics used to be Sony’s cash cow, but now it’s more of an expensive hobby. Sony’s VAIO line of PCs no longer commands a premium. Improving phone cameras have eroded point-and-shoot camera sales, and Sony’s SLRs have barely dented the market. Sony’s eReader charge died long ago.But the biggest devastation has come in TVs. While Sony packed its spendy sets with features like Google TV, Samsung made a less expensive, more reliable product that still included the things (like Netflix and Pandora) that customers really wanted. Earlier this year, Sony admitted defeat, hacking its ambitious plan to produce 40 million TV sets per year by 50%. Gaming also hasn’t gone well. The company that pushed Sega out of the console business has fallen on hard times. The PS Vita handheld has been a flop, even in Japan, where the previous generation PSP continues to outsell it even as tablet and smartphone gaming threatens the entire category. The PlayStation 3, Sony’s gaming bread and butter, is aging poorly. Despite a giant pavilion at the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Sony barely made a peep at the show. Microsoft, which also had no new hardware, still made a stir with its SmartGlass platform announcement. Game publishing looks no better, with the once-mighty Sony Online Entertainment now best-known for being part of a 2011 hack that compromised millions of accounts. Phones are still a growth business, but Sony is late to the game. Its newest Xperia Android smartphones are solid middle-of-the-pack contenders, while Samsung and HTC are worlds ahead in features and carrier relationships. Unless Sony can create meaningful tie-ins with its gaming or entertainment properties, purchasers will consider Sony handsets only when the price is right. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Deathwatch#enterprise#gaming#mobile#television
Tags:#security#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The discovery of the Flame virus earlier this year brought cyberespionage to the international stage. Flame is highly sophisticated spyware, software designed to snoop on infected machines, of unprecedented complexity and scale. But spyware does not need to be created by government-backed hackers to be highly effective. Sometimes simple viruses work just as well. That is the lesson of Mahdi, a new strain of spyware discovered on computers in the Middle East and Iran.Mahdi (also termed Madi) was discovered by security firm Kaspersky Labs in conjunction with Seculert. The spyware is propagated by a clever ploy known in security circles as spear-phishing. The term phishing refers to using links in social media and email to lure users to visit a malicious website or to download a malicious file. Spear phishing uses the same principle but targets individuals rather than a mass audience.In the case of Mahdi, individuals in Iran, Israel and a smattering of other Middle Eastern countries received emails linking to a specific article or to download a PowerPoint presentation with religious-themed slides. The targets included employees of critical infrastructure companies, financial services and government agencies, according to Kaspersky Labs’ analysis. The lion’s share of the victims were in Iran (387 of 800 known victims) with 54 cases in Israel. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dan rowinski A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The software reportedly performs the following functions:KeyloggingScreenshot capture at specific intervalsScreenshot capture initiated by a communications-related event, such as when a user opens up a social networking site like Facebook or uses services like Skype or GmailBackdoor updatesRecording, saving and uploading of audio filesRetrieval of data files of 27 different typesRetrieval of disk structureDeletion and binding (not fully implemented) Given the nature of Mahdi and the targets Kaspersky and Seculert identified, it seems to be a cyberespionage attack focused on specific people in the countries where it has been discovered.From a technical perspective, Mahdi is fairly simple. It does not exploit any Zero Day vulnerabilities (security flaws unknown to security companies or software publishers), nor does it rely on a complex network of command-and-control servers; only four are known to exist.This type of attack is much more common on the Web than the gargantuan Flame. Graham Cluley, a researcher for security company Sophos, said that the average user is much more susceptible to “run-of-the-mill malware” than something like Flame. Dr. Mike Lloyd, chief technology officer of security management company RedSeal Networks, agrees. “Mahdi should remind anyone of the old idea that people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones,” he said. “This latest malware does not show signs of being complex and expensive, but the relative simplicity of the weapon – compared, say, to Flame – does not mean it’s less effective at reaching its goals. Globally, our infrastructure is weak – there have been steady increases in complexity, and networks continue to become more interdependent.“Research shows that easy attacks work,” Lloyd continued, “and are at the core of the majority of detected breaches. Attackers do not need major nation-state resources to compromise most defenses. The motivation behind this specific outbreak may be international espionage, but these techniques and others demonstrate how easily defenses can be compromised, including for corporate espionage, theft or acts of war.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… brian proffitt Related Posts Rackspace has become the first vendor to deliver on the promise of true cloud-computing portability for businesses with Wednesday’s launch of the first commercial cloud service using OpenStack cloud technology. The news specifically announces that from this point forward, all new Rackspace Cloud customers using cloud services will have their cloud hosted on OpenStack technology.Techies hear a lot of hype about OpenStack these days. The open source cloud project that was kicked off by Rackspace and NASA in 2010 has a lot going for it, including practically a bazillion commercial vendors throwing resources into it, including Red Hat, HP and SUSE, which are basing their respective cloud strategies on OpenStack.Why It MattersThat Rackspace, one of the founders of this project and current parent company of the OpenStack subsidiary until the OpenStack Foundation is officially launched, has made this move is no big surprise. It’s their baby, after all. But the move is significant because it will provide actual portability for cloud users – a feature that’s notably lacking in the cloud ecosystem.It’s been heavily touted that OpenStack is open source, which is all well and good, because it delivers that warm-puppy feeling that says that by using open source code, you are a smart IT manager who loves penguins.A Compatibility RealityIn reality, it also means that any applications you have running on your servers can finally be used on a private cloud, on Rackspace’s cloud, or any other OpenStack-compatible cloud, such as the ones that will be eventually offered by HP, Red Hat, or SUSE.Contrast this with the Amazon Web Service Elastic Cloud Computing (AWS EC2) and the Google Cloud Platform, where your data and apps will be hosted and there they will stay – unless you go through the headache of migrating your apps away from EC2 or Google.AWS and Google don’t really buy into hosting a cloud on your own hardware, though even after arguing against it in 2010, Amazon later started working with partners like Eucalyptus to enable migration of workloads from private clouds to the AWS cloud and back again.Public vs. Private CloudsThere’s a big difference, though, between migrating workloads and actually hosting the cloud software natively within your own datacenter. That’s why a lot of companies, fearful of the instability and potential insecurity of the public cloud, are very keen on private clouds.Rackspace is well aware that it is basically inviting customers to install their cloud software and run it wherever they want. That is, after all, one of the usual consequences of using an open source project.“We are not a company that wanted to hold a customer hostage,” John Engates, Rackspace CTO told ReadWriteWeb. “We want to offer customers better service and support.”If that sounds vaguely familiar, it should: it’s nearly the same motto used by every commercial Linux vendor. OpenStack, like Linux, is free to use and modify, so commercial vendors like Rackspace are adopting a similar service-and-support revenue model for the cloud platform.Ultimately, Rackspace is hoping that OpenStack will prove to be as disruptive to cloud computing as Linux was to servers and mobility. That’s a good bet to make, and one that could make Rackspace more than just another cloud vendor. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Open Source How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …