Jessica Folcker

Five Top Tips to Make a Career in Tech

As young adults pick up their exam results and start the next chapter of their lives, career choices are at the forefront of many broadening minds. Perfect timing then to remind some of those female young minds that a career in tech is definitely worth serious consideration. Although more are beginning to do so, it is a real shame that the field remains male dominated. I would never have chosen this career path myself as a young woman – luckily I fell into it by accident and it is the perfect fit. I believe it could be the best fit for more young women.

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Twenty-two states sue Trump administration over carbon rule replacement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twenty-two states, including New York and California, and seven cities on Tuesday sued to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s replacement of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, arguing it prolongs U.S. reliance on coal power and obstructs states that pursue cleaner electricity generation.

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Celebrating Africa’s Digital Potential on UN Youth Day

Many things have been said about the future Africa and its potential, it has been called the Opportunity Continent, the Next Frontier and Africa rising, with all of these true. For me the excitement comes in how Africa can, and will one day lead in the digital economy, not only creating a better future for its young people, but for people across the entire continents, whether here in Africa or elsewhere like in Europe or the US.

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Banking on Security: Keeping Data Secure in Financial Services

The protection of sensitive data in line with regulations, both for banks and other financial services organisations, is currently a big challenge. The way these organisations operate has changed dramatically in recent years, due mostly to the fact that financial institutions are not only heavily regulated by data privacy requirements, but they are also under mounting pressure to be open to consumers and businesses about how they are protecting their data from potential breaches.

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'Expect craziness' as China readies debut of Nasdaq-style board

Eight months after President Xi Jinping unveiled plans for Shanghai’s technology innovation board, the first batch of 25 companies - ranging from chip-makers to biotech firms - will debut on the STAR Market.

Modeled after Nasdaq, and complete with a U.S-style IPO system, STAR may be China’s boldest attempt at capital market reforms yet. It is also seen driven by Beijing’s ambition to become technologically self-reliant as a prolonged trade war with Washington catches Chinese tech firms in the cross-fire.

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The Rise of e-Commerce in Latin America

Being home to richer nations such as Uruguay and Chile whose GDP per capita parallels those of mid-ranking EU countries, alongside poorer states such as Peru and Colombia which have a GDP per capita lower than the poorest EU member state, it is unsurprising that Latin America is universally known for being one of the most economically diverse areas in the world. 

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Senate to grill Facebook over plans for Libra cryptocurrency

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are set to grill Facebook Inc on its cryptocurrency plans on Tuesday, as the project continues to draw intense scrutiny from financial regulators and politicians across the globe. Facebook is fighting a rearguard action to get Washington onside after it shocked regulators and lawmakers with an announcement on June 18 that it was hoping to launch a new digital coin called Libra in 2020.

Libra: Why Sharing Your Money is Harder Than Sharing a Photo

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll be aware that Facebook has announced plans for its own cryptocurrency, Libra. All part of its ambition to transform cryptocurrency, and provide a substitute for cash, payment cards and bank transfers – within and across borders. With the help of its digital wallet Calibra, which is expected to launch in 2020, Facebook’s stated mission is to enable global financial inclusion. It’s a bold move, and one I’m not sure they’ll find as easy as competing with Snapchat. 

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Navigating the Choppy Waters of Equity Tokens

Cryptoassets continue to attract significant and growing attention from consumers, markets, governments and regulators globally.  Whilst often controversial, it is beyond doubt that the underlying blockchain technology provides great opportunities across sectors from financial services to consumers.  

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(VIDEO): Inside Lenny Kravitz's Brazilian Farm Life

 

(Architectural Digest) Lenny Kravitz takes us on a tour of his incredible Brazilian farm compound. Built on an 18th-century coffee plantation, his home is set on a working farm that feeds every guest that comes through. Featuring a Brazilian barbecue, a full-sized football field and 19th-century Portuguese colonial-style farmhouses and outbuildings, it's a wonder Lenny ever wants to leave home.

Blockchain, a Barrier Against Ransomware

The importance of technology in our daily lives is so undeniable that it has become an integral element in every segment of human organisation, ranging from communication, economy, access to information, healthcare, government and so on. This article will focus on the problems raised by ransomware software, and describes how blockchain technology can negate its effects.

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Breakingviews - Deutsche Bank retreat depends on uber optimism

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Any cocksure child knows that owning up to mistakes is part of growing up. By that metric, Deutsche Bank is just beginning to mature. Boss Christian Sewing on Sunday effectively called time on the lender’s multi-decade attempt to create a global investment bank with a swingeing plan to shrink its trading unit and put 288 billion euros of assets into runoff. But the retreat depends on friendly markets and an absence of blunders.

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Breakingviews - Review: The conundrum of no good jobs

HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - If Western economies are at full employment, then why are people still hurting? That is the conundrum David Blanchflower lays out - and endeavours to answer - in his new book. Echoing John Maynard Keynes, the British-American economist contends that the West has still not emerged from the long, dragging “semi-slump” that followed the 2008 financial crisis.

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Shell boss: Net zero is 'the only way to go'

Ben Van Beurden calls for industries to urgently step up collaborative efforts to support the Paris Agreement and overcome systemic barriers to faster decarbonisation

The chief executive of oil giant Shell has issued a direct call for businesses around the world to collaborate in support of the Paris Agreement, warning that the net zero transition is now non-negotiable and that the public will simply "not stand for" current emissions trajectories and the resulting warming.

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Amazon Tribe Saves Millions of Acres Of Rainforest After Beating Big Oil And Government In Court Battle

The Waorani indigenous people of Pastaza Province, a place in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, have impressed the world with their bravery and determination. These simple people, at one with nature, have defended themselvesand their land against big oil companies coming to drill for oil with permission from the government who had never received consent from the indigenous people of the land. The people stood up to the Ecuadorian government’s fraudulent actions in court and triumphed!

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Breakingviews - Review: An economist learns the value of the local

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Why don’t more unemployed people move to other cities to find work? How do schools contribute to inequality? Or why do some depressed areas recover, while others languish? These questions, which have plagued and puzzled economists for decades, have acquired new urgency. Raghuram Rajan, a former Indian central bank governor who is in the running to replace Bank of England chief Mark Carney, thinks the answers will be clearer if they are studied through a new lens.

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Global commodities trade and consumption place the world's primates at risk of extinction

A recent study published in the peer-reviewed journal PeerJ -- the Journal of Life and Environmental Sciences highlights the fact that the economic benefits of commodity export for primate habitat countries has been limited relative to the extreme environmental costs of pollution, habitat degradation, loss of biodiversity, continued food insecurity and the threat of emerging diseases.

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