It communication – Tele Trust http://teletrust.info/ Wed, 18 May 2022 00:05:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://teletrust.info/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/icon-2022-02-02T204231.652-150x150.jpg It communication – Tele Trust http://teletrust.info/ 32 32 It is the youngest children who have lost the most during confinement https://teletrust.info/it-is-the-youngest-children-who-have-lost-the-most-during-confinement/ Tue, 17 May 2022 23:15:00 +0000 https://teletrust.info/it-is-the-youngest-children-who-have-lost-the-most-during-confinement/ Young children have lost social skills, as well as literacy and numeracy, due to the pandemic … [+] lockdowns (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Getty Images Young children seem to have suffered the most from school closures imposed during lockdowns. In addition to affecting literacy and numeracy skills, lockdowns have also hampered language and communication […]]]>

Young children seem to have suffered the most from school closures imposed during lockdowns.

In addition to affecting literacy and numeracy skills, lockdowns have also hampered language and communication development, physical coordination, and social and emotional skills, according to news reports. to research.

The results indicate that the early years of education are a key target for interventions aimed at reversing learning loss from Covid-19.

And they underpin fears at the start of the pandemic that the social and emotional impact of lockdowns could be as damaging as the effect on education.

Millions of children around the world have seen their education disrupted in the past two years, with exams, school transitions and regular schooling disrupted.

But children early in their education have been particularly affected, according to a study in the UK commissioned by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), the biggest funder of school research in England.

Researchers examining the impact of the pandemic on children starting reception in 2020/21 – aged four and five – found that only 59% were achieving expected levels of development by the end of the school year , compared to 72% the previous year. – pre-pandemic – cohort of the year.

Areas examined included language and communication skills, physical development and personal, social and emotional development, and literacy and numeracy skills.

This equates to three additional children in every class of 30 students who are not where they should be.

“The early years are a crucial time for children’s development, both in terms of academic achievement and social and emotional well-being,” said Professor Becky Francis, CEO of EEF.

“It is therefore of particular concern that fewer children have achieved expected levels of development by the end of reception class.”

While all primary school children – ages 5 to 11 – lost during the pandemic, researchers found evidence that younger children were the most affected.

The principal of a nursery school, for children under five, said the impact of the pandemic on children’s development was clear when the closures were lifted.

“Many have struggled with vital aspects of early childhood development, such as the personal touch or fitting into larger groups of children,” said Ruth Coleman, head of Highfield Nursery School in Ipswich.

“We saw more children who also had separation anxiety from their parents. Some children were further behind with speech and language development than we expected.

Lockdowns have also exacerbated the achievement gap between disadvantaged students and their classmates across all age groups, according to researchers from York University, the National Institute of Social and Economic Research and Education Policy. Institute, who conducted the study.

And although students have made progress since returning to face-to-face learning last summer, they were still behind expected achievement levels, the researchers found.

Disadvantaged pupils had slipped up to an additional month behind their peers in reading and maths by the end of second grade – aged six to seven – putting them seven months behind, compared to six months before the pandemic.

Researchers have called for a package of supports for schools to lessen the impact of school closures, with targeted interventions for children most in need of extra help.

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Kenyan government seeks to control Safaricom call charges – IT News Africa https://teletrust.info/kenyan-government-seeks-to-control-safaricom-call-charges-it-news-africa/ Tue, 17 May 2022 07:20:49 +0000 https://teletrust.info/kenyan-government-seeks-to-control-safaricom-call-charges-it-news-africa/ The Kenyan government wants to control the rates Safaricom charges rivals for terminating calls on its network to protect small telecommunications companies. The new regulations set by the state aim to prevent dominant telecom operators from making profits on mobile termination rates (MTRs). In this regard, Safaricom will now charge a fee to cover only […]]]>

The Kenyan government wants to control the rates Safaricom charges rivals for terminating calls on its network to protect small telecommunications companies.

The new regulations set by the state aim to prevent dominant telecom operators from making profits on mobile termination rates (MTRs). In this regard, Safaricom will now charge a fee to cover only its competitors’ call interconnection costs.

MTR, according to business dailyare the charges that a mobile service provider levies on other telecommunications service providers for terminating calls on its network.

Kenya’s Information and Communication (Interconnection) Regulations 2022 paved the way for the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) to control Safaricom’s interconnection call rates. However, this will only happen if Safaricom controls more than 25% of mobile services revenue.

Airtel and Telkom Kenya say current tariffs prevent them from competing with Safaricom.

“A dominant telecommunications licensee shall adopt cost-based interconnection rates as set by the Authority from time to time,” the new regulations state.

“A dominant telecommunications service licensee must set interconnection tariffs based on an objective criterion, respecting the principles of transparency and cost orientation,” he says.

Telecom operators will still be able to negotiate MTR rates. However, if the larger telecom operators fail to reach a fair deal with the smaller ones, the CA will be forced to set lower rates to allow the smaller operators to compete with the dominant operators.

Safaricom topped the 25% revenue share according to the latest industry data from the CA.

Telcos earned 280.1 billion shillings ($2.4 billion) in industry revenue, with Safaricom taking 82.4% of voice revenue, 78.4% of data, 83.8% of SMS and 97% other mobile services.

Airtel also gave figures that it pays Safaricom. It pays Safaricom 300 million shillings ($2.6 million) per month or 3.6 billion shillings ($31 million) per year in MTR, highlighting the adverse effect of high tariffs on their business.


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What is digital citizenship and how to buy technology for it https://teletrust.info/what-is-digital-citizenship-and-how-to-buy-technology-for-it/ Mon, 16 May 2022 15:35:52 +0000 https://teletrust.info/what-is-digital-citizenship-and-how-to-buy-technology-for-it/ What is digital citizenship in primary and secondary education today? Digital Citizenship aims to educate students about internet safety, but it is much more than that. A decade ago, the only digital citizenship education students could have received was to watch out for online predators. Now it encompasses more than just security. Almost half of […]]]>

What is digital citizenship in primary and secondary education today?

Digital Citizenship aims to educate students about internet safety, but it is much more than that. A decade ago, the only digital citizenship education students could have received was to watch out for online predators. Now it encompasses more than just security.

Almost half of students in grades 4 to 8 (40%) have connected or chatted with a stranger onlineaccording to a study by Center for Cybersecurity and Education. Of these, 53% gave their overseas phone number and 15% tried to meet in person.

These statistics have school districts wondering how they can better educate students to understand internet safety as a key part of digital citizenship.

Educators and school leaders must also fight against untrustworthy sources of information, which students will naturally not be able to identify without guidance and instructions. It’s a concept even adults grapple with: Nearly 2 in 3 say fabricated news greatly upsets them about current events and issues, a Research bench report shows. Twenty-three percent of Americans surveyed admitted to sharing fake news.

the Dig Cit Doctors, Kristen Mattson and Lee Ann Lindsey, founded their company Edvolve as a digital citizenship resource for schools. The duo even created a free educational resource for schools PK-12.

Mattson says digital citizenship includes “scaffolding skills like digital health and wellbeing, media and information literacy, and social responsibility throughout a child’s kindergarten experience. in 12th grade.

LEARN MORE: Connected STEM classrooms break down silos for K-12 students.

What are the nine elements of digital citizenship?

Mike Ribbleauthor of The Digital Citizenship Handbook for School Leaders and Digital citizenship in schoolsexplains that safety is the foundation we can all agree on as the “common denominator”, but the need for additional training expands from there to include intelligence and sociability.

It uses these three Ss – safe, savvy and social – to guide school leaders towards a comprehensive digital citizenship curriculum framework.

Districts hoping to improve their digital citizenship education can use Ribble’s framework of nine themes to empower students:

  • Digital access ensures the equitable distribution of technology and digital resources.
  • Digital commerce focuses on the use of money on digital platforms, including buying, selling and electronic banking.
  • Digital communication and collaboration is the electronic exchange of information.
  • digital label refers to standards of online conduct, which involves being considerate of others.
  • Digital fluency empowers people to make good decisions online. One of the ways schools can focus on building digitally savvy citizens is to help them decipher real versus fake news.
  • Digital health and wellbeing focuses on the physical and psychological well-being of online users.
  • Digital law refers to understanding online actions and creating rules and policies around digital behavior.
  • Digital rights and responsibility means the freedom to use the Internet and digital tools while retaining the responsibility to inform adults of potential problems.
  • Digital security and privacy emphasizes awareness of cyber threats, including attacks and privacy breaches, and works to prevent them.

Schools can incorporate these topics into comprehensive instruction to ensure they focus on more than basic online safety. Educators should teach each theme while students use online spaces for class work, research, and other projects.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ONLINE LEARNING: Game-based education prepares students for a digital future.

How to consider digital citizenship when planning tech purchases

District leaders have many decisions to make when purchasing new technology for staff and students. Digital citizenship must be a priority during the planning and purchasing process to fully implement it in education. Leaders can follow these expert tips when buying and implementing new technologies.

Choose tools that provide authentic interactions.

Ribble cautions against buying and integrating “tech for tech’s sake.”

“Buying tools and platforms that allow young people to interact with content, with each other and with their teacher in the most authentic way possible” is helpful, says Mattson.

Integrate digital citizenship into the curriculum.

As student lives and responsibilities shift to online platforms, digital citizenship must be fully integrated across the curriculum.

“To truly create a culture of digital citizenship, we need to connect the curriculum with policies, practices, and purchases that advance the goals we have for our students,” says Mattson. Educators can incorporate it into a research project in a science class or an English lesson that helps students identify the credibility of sources.

“Every teacher needs to understand this intentionality,” Ribble says, adding that teacher preparation programs are beginning to focus on teaching future educators this need.

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The Metaverse Has The Power To Improve Healthcare, And It Has Already Begun https://teletrust.info/the-metaverse-has-the-power-to-improve-healthcare-and-it-has-already-begun/ Sun, 15 May 2022 23:30:10 +0000 https://teletrust.info/the-metaverse-has-the-power-to-improve-healthcare-and-it-has-already-begun/ Not everything has to be fun and playful in the Metaverse, especially when its best use cases are those that most need an alternate reality. Thanks to a few companies that have big marketing machines, the word “Metaverse” has become confused in the hype and controversy. While the current use of the coined word may […]]]>

Not everything has to be fun and playful in the Metaverse, especially when its best use cases are those that most need an alternate reality.

Thanks to a few companies that have big marketing machines, the word “Metaverse” has become confused in the hype and controversy. While the current use of the coined word may be new to our ears, the technologies that enforce it have been around for some time now. And they aren’t always used for games or entertainment, although that’s what everyone thinks these days. In fact, one of the most frequent early adopters of these technologies comes from the medical field, which is constantly testing new digital equipment, theories, and experiments to help improve lives. So, as mainstream media, automakers, and social media continue to spotlight new ways to experience different worlds, the metaverse, its concepts, and applications are already creeping into medical and scientific institutions, ready to bring health care to another, augmented reality level.

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If you ask anyone about the metaverse today, they’ll either look at you like you’re crazy because they have no idea what that means, or they’ll look at you like you’re crazy to glorify games and virtual worlds. like Second Life. Through the way it has been portrayed, especially by Meta, formerly Facebook, it has become the stigma that the term and concept will carry for the next few years. In its most basic form, however, the so-called Metaverse is really nothing more than a combination of AI, AR, VR, blockchain and related technologies that attempt to tie the digital and physical world together into one. more consistent. Sometimes even something as simple as a virtual video call is already Metaverse-worthy, with or without the glasses.

This type of visual communication can be essential not only for keeping people close socially while physically apart, but also for keeping the world going even when locked indoors. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people to resort to video calling for work and even doctor appointments. Telemedicine has become a thing over the past couple of years, but it’s not going to stop there. With the help of VR and AR apps, medical personnel and healthcare workers can extend their reach, even when the reality is not in front of them.

No, it’s not the scary scenario of performing surgeries remotely (more on that later), but the simple case of training staff or even informing patients through virtual channels. While nothing really is better than the real thing, some stuff, like learning to use machines, doesn’t really require in-person training most of the time. And if charts and graphs are effective in educating patients about various diseases and medical conditions, imagine how a more interactive and realistic demonstration in the metaverse can be more effective.

Designate: 8chile

Digital twins

The phrase may conjure up gruesome imagery, especially scenes from iconic ’80s horror movies, but digital twins are less scary or even less dramatic than they look. Essentially, a digital twin is roughly an exact replica of a physical thing, in this case a person, based on real-world data. This replica can undergo hundreds of simulated changes in minutes or even seconds, which would normally take hundreds of years in real time.

In this application, machine learning and AI take center stage over augmented reality and virtual reality, determining possible outcomes based on changing factors. To put it bluntly, a digital twin could be used as a virtual guinea pig, testing different drugs and doses, different procedures and different treatment options to see which will have the best possible outcome for a patient. All of this can happen in seconds, maybe even in the middle of an operation.

Digital twins can be used on more than humans, of course. The same type of high-speed trial and error can be applied to drug development, virus analysis, the study of animals and plants, and anything that can be solved with certain simulations. Of course, thinking of all this data as just numbers and text would be boring and even painful, so 3D models can go a long way in visualizing and understanding the results of these simulations. Bonus points if you can also see them in the Metaverse!

Designer: Phillips

AR surgery

Thanks to Hollywood, many people probably imagine that surgery in the world of augmented reality and the metaverse involves doctors performing procedures miles away or even in distant countries from the patient. While it can save lives, we don’t really need to go that far to reap the benefits of technology in the operating room. Just being able to see more information than is physically in front of us goes a long way to enhancing our knowledge and understanding, which is really at the heart of augmented reality, without the hype and sensationalism.

Doctors need a lot of imagination when working with patients, not in a fancy way. They might not have a clear view of what they are operating, or they have to work with microscopic materials that would be impossible to see with the naked eye. Although these professionals have been working like them for decades, that doesn’t mean things have to stay that way, especially if technology can help ease the burden.

AR-assisted surgeries have already been performed with great success, but you often don’t hear about them unlike the news on this or that new Metaverse platform. Being able to see where to drill inside a bone or where to put a screw can make procedures faster and safer. Of course, you’ll need better AR glasses to get there, because the current consumer models we have just won’t cut it on the operating table, pun intended.

Designer: Augmedics (via Medicine Johns Hopkins)

Blockchain Records

Not everything about the metaverse has to be visible, or at least not in its real forms. Of course, the Metaverse can be reduced to 1s and 0s, like any computer program, but most people who experience it will focus on digital artifacts like VR objects. One of the “unseen” technologies associated with the Metaverse is blockchain, and despite misconceptions, it actually has the potential to protect virtual people and data, including medical records.

Designate: Chen Kai Zhang

Blockchain has come under a lot of criticism due to its association with controversial applications such as cryptocurrencies and, more recently, NFTs. Like any other tool, however, it is truly agnostic. Blockchains are more concerned with keeping a record of transactions cryptographically joined together in a chain. Each node in a blockchain network contains a copy of this chain and is constantly updated with new transactions. The decentralized and cryptographic nature of blockchains makes them nearly perfect for protecting data, such as sensitive medical records.

Of course, that’s the ideal scenario, but blockchains are so new to the ears and minds of anyone outside of the IT industry that its applications to things like financial and medical records still blow minds. people, especially legislators. Given the highly sensitive nature of medical data, it may take some time before a stable and reliable blockchain system is accepted and in place.

Designer: Functionland Design

Gamification

The metaverse of having fun and playing isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially when done in moderation. In fact, playing games isn’t a bad thing, despite the connotations and biases that even surround the word. People have long learned that games, or more specifically playful activities, can be beneficial for learning and adapting to new things. It can even help people cope with trauma or stress.

Gamification, or the application of game thinking and game mechanics to non-gaming activities, has been around for years now. From leaderboards to levels to high scores, these little things can provide a sense of accomplishment that reinforces the new knowledge we’ve just gained. And since the same technologies that are used to make games also make the Metaverse, the intersection of gamification and the Metaverse is pretty much in the bag.

Nasa, for example, has hired a game developer who specializes in using games to train people, especially doctors, in the diagnosis and treatment of different conditions. The idea is to train astronauts to have enough medical knowledge in case of an emergency, in case it is the doctor on board who needs treatment. These educational tools have all the hallmarks of typical mobile games, except they train you with some serious, life-saving skills rather than just smashing the screen to kill.

Designate: Ex-Level

Conclude

The Metaverse may look new, but it’s actually built on old technology. AR and VR have been around for decades, but only now are they becoming more commercially available. Blockchain technologies are finally becoming more understandable even for lawmakers. The psychology of games lurks in plain sight in productivity tools and educational materials. You never thought of them as formal games.

The hype around the Metaverse might make many people’s eyes roll, but all that focus has some benefits. It shines a light on what the Metaverse can actually do, even separated from all the social and entertainment aspects. It sheds light on how these technologies have actually worked behind the scenes in different fields, including medicine, and how the metaverse can be used to not only improve lives but also save them.

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Putin brandishes the nuclear threat in Ukraine. Is it a void? https://teletrust.info/putin-brandishes-the-nuclear-threat-in-ukraine-is-it-a-void/ Sun, 15 May 2022 08:00:29 +0000 https://teletrust.info/putin-brandishes-the-nuclear-threat-in-ukraine-is-it-a-void/ Putin brandishes the nuclear threat in Ukraine. Is it a void? News Sports Entertainment Life Money Technology Travel Opinion As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine reaches its third month, experts are looking into the possible use of nuclear weapons by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not going as well as […]]]>
Putin brandishes the nuclear threat in Ukraine. Is it a void?

As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine reaches its third month, experts are looking into the possible use of nuclear weapons by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not going as well as military analysts predicted.
  • Despite Russia’s unpredictable leader, few see a major risk of nuclear war.
  • Nuclear risk assessments are largely based on public statements and official doctrine.

Even Vladimir Putin – destructive, isolated, determined to restore his version of Russia’s greatness – surely wouldn’t use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, would he?

The short answer is, like so many things with Putinwe don’t know – probably not.

The Russian President’s invasion of Ukraine is not going as smoothly or as quickly as many military analysts predicted. Ukraine put up fiercer resistance to Russian troops than expected. The Pentagon says Moscow’s poor tactics, from communications to coordinating supply lines, appear to have hampered its progress. The flow of weapons to Ukraine by its Western allies has strengthened its chances of victory.

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🌱 ‘Lock It Or Lose It’ Campaign + Hoover Service Club Scholarships https://teletrust.info/%f0%9f%8c%b1-lock-it-or-lose-it-campaign-hoover-service-club-scholarships/ Fri, 13 May 2022 21:35:20 +0000 https://teletrust.info/%f0%9f%8c%b1-lock-it-or-lose-it-campaign-hoover-service-club-scholarships/ Rise and shine, Hoover! Let’s start this Saturday on the right foot. Here’s everything you need to know in town today. First, today’s weather forecast: A thunderstorm in the afternoon. High: 84 Low: 68. Here are today’s top three stories at Hoover: Hoover Police are seeing fewer gun thefts thanks to their “Lock it or […]]]>

Rise and shine, Hoover! Let’s start this Saturday on the right foot. Here’s everything you need to know in town today.


First, today’s weather forecast:

A thunderstorm in the afternoon. High: 84 Low: 68.


Here are today’s top three stories at Hoover:

  1. Hoover Police are seeing fewer gun thefts thanks to their “Lock it or Lose it” campaign. Around 9:00 p.m. each night, the Hoover Police Department posts to its Facebook page, reminding drivers to lock their car doors. According to Captain Keith Czeskleba, the best place to store your gun is inside, but if you can’t, keep it hidden and protected in your car. (WBRC)
  2. Two Hoover residents and real estate agents host a Fur the Love gala and silent auction for Hand in Paw. Saturday’s gala dinner and silent auction will benefit Birmingham’s Hand in Paw charity which seeks to improve human health and well-being through animal-assisted therapy. The event, hosted by Ashley Lemley and Gina Musser, will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hand in Paw premises at 617 38th St. S. in Birmingham. (Sun vacuum cleaner)
  3. On Thursday, the Hoover Service Club handed out $28,000 in scholarships and awards. 10 seniors from Hoover and Spain Park high schools received scholarships and six middle school students were honored for their exemplary academic performance and citizenship. Two awards were also given to a senior from each high school who understands the importance of serving their community. Congratulations to all the winners! (Sun vacuum cleaner)

Today at Hoover:

  • Mt Laurel Crafty SaturdayAt the Mt Laurel Public Library (10:00 AM)

From my notebook:

  • Four people are wanted after several designer handbags were stolen from Belk to Hoover. (ABC)
  • The deadline for submitting donations for RV gift bags is Friday, May 18.. Drop off at the Finley Center at the Hoover Met Complex. Contact Windy Allen if you have any questions at RVPark@hoovermetcomplex.com or call 205-739-7363. (Facebook)
  • Don’t miss these four open days this weekend in and around Hoover! (Patch)

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You are now aware and ready to go out this Saturday! I’ll be back in your inbox on Monday with your next update.

Miranda Fraraccio

About me: Miranda Fraraccio was born and raised in Rhode Island and now lives in New York. She works as a writer for content creation agency Lightning Media Partners and is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she earned a degree in writing, speaking, and communications. In her spare time, you can find her traveling, drinking tea, or photographing her neighborhood as a street photographer.

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North Korea receives offers of aid to fight COVID as it runs out of vaccines https://teletrust.info/north-korea-receives-offers-of-aid-to-fight-covid-as-it-runs-out-of-vaccines/ Fri, 13 May 2022 07:25:00 +0000 https://teletrust.info/north-korea-receives-offers-of-aid-to-fight-covid-as-it-runs-out-of-vaccines/ People wearing protective face masks walk amid concerns over the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in front of Pyongyang Railway Station in Pyongyang, North Korea on April 27, 2020, in this photo released by Kyodo. Mandatory Credit Kyodo/via REUTERS/File Photo Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, May 13 (Reuters) – North Korea […]]]>

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SEOUL, May 13 (Reuters) – North Korea is facing its first confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 without a known vaccination program, sparking fresh calls for the government to accept aid that could save lives, help protect its struggling economy and possibly lead to a diplomatic overture.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s office said on Friday it intended to help the North, including by providing vaccines, and that specific measures would be discussed with Pyongyang.

North Korea is not known to have imported or administered COVID-19 vaccines and is one of only two countries that has not launched a vaccination campaign. Until Thursday’s reports from state news agency KCNA, it had never reported a confirmed case of the disease.

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His unexpected admission that infections were “exploding” across the country led some observers to hope that Pyongyang could soon accept vaccines.

“The unveiling of the outbreak via KCNA, which is a primary channel for external communication, indicates that North Korea may seek support for vaccines,” said Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korea Studies. Seoul Koreans. “Isolation and control are not enough to overcome the crisis without vaccines.”

Others said it is still unclear whether North Korea’s stance is softening and that there are many obstacles with geopolitical implications.

Some analysts say “vaccine diplomacy” with North Korea could ease tensions in other areas such as the country’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

“If inter-Korean cooperation materializes, it would help defuse military tensions and reopen talks, and could lead to humanitarian exchanges such as reuniting separated families,” said Cheong Seong-chang, director of the center. North Korean Studies from the Sejong Institute in South Korea.

But the politicization of aid may also be a major reason why North Korea has been reluctant to agree.

Pyongyang might be more likely to reach out to its allies in Beijing first, Cheong said, although Pyongyang had turned down an earlier offer of 3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Chinese company Sinovac Biotech.

“If the situation gets more out of control, it will be difficult to refuse Western support,” he said.

Authorities in Pyongyang appeared suspicious of receiving only a limited amount of vaccines and then being pressured to accept more, an independent United Nations human rights investigator said in February.

South Korean officials have said the North does not want vaccines from Anglo-Swedish Sinovac or Astrazeneca, preferring American products Moderna and Pfizer, and talks with global vaccine-sharing program COVAX have stalled. because the North had refused to accept compensation. clauses concerning side effects.

“But that was before the epidemic, and now they are in an emergency situation,” Kwon Young-se, the South Korean candidate for the post of unification minister responsible for inter-Korean relations, said Thursday during a meeting. a confirmation parliamentary hearing.

If North Korea agrees, the international vaccine-sharing program COVAX can provide doses to help the country catch up with international vaccination targets, said a spokesperson for Gavi, the charity that helps run the program.

Thae Young-ho, a former North Korean diplomat turned South Korean lawmaker, called on Yoon to seek temporary exemptions from sanctions at his upcoming summit with US President Joe Biden to allow the shipment of fuel and generators from electricity in the North.

“Everyone is talking about supporting vaccines, but North Korea doesn’t have the infrastructure to keep vaccines in cold storage or the energy to keep the system going,” he said. “It’s like giving rice to a household that doesn’t have a stove and firewood.”

Washington said Thursday it supports aid to North Korea, but currently has no plans to share vaccines.

“We urge the DPRK to work with the international community to facilitate the rapid vaccination of its population,” a State Department spokesperson told Reuters, using the initials of North Korea’s official name, the Republic. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

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Starbucks suspends stock buybacks: is it time to sell the stock? https://teletrust.info/starbucks-suspends-stock-buybacks-is-it-time-to-sell-the-stock/ Thu, 12 May 2022 15:23:00 +0000 https://teletrust.info/starbucks-suspends-stock-buybacks-is-it-time-to-sell-the-stock/ Immediately after becoming the interim CEO of Starbucks (SBUX -1.56%), Howard Schultz suspended the company’s share buyback program. “This decision will allow us to invest more in our people and our stores – the only way to create long-term value for all stakeholders,” he said in a press release. The ubiquitous coffeehouse giant just posted […]]]>

Immediately after becoming the interim CEO of Starbucks (SBUX -1.56%), Howard Schultz suspended the company’s share buyback program. “This decision will allow us to invest more in our people and our stores – the only way to create long-term value for all stakeholders,” he said in a press release.

The ubiquitous coffeehouse giant just posted its all-time best result for a second fiscal quarter — $7.6 billion — so the move likely surprised many investors. Despite a mostly positive quarter, Schultz understands that now is not the time for Starbucks to rest on its laurels, especially in an uncertain economic environment.

Rather, the business must invest in building a foundation that will allow it to continue to be successful. That this seems to be his strategy is a good reason to be optimistic about the title.

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Starbucks is playing the long game

In the five years from its 2017 fiscal year to its 2021 fiscal year, Starbucks has reduced its number of outstanding shares by 20%. It has also increased its dividend payouts in each of the past 10 years. In the first two quarters of fiscal 2022, Starbucks repurchased $4 billion in stock and paid $1.1 billion in dividends. The company will continue to pay dividends.

The board of directors is still authorized to repurchase an additional 52.6 million shares. But QFrankly, management thinks there are better uses for their money.. The management team estimates that the share buyback yields a return of 10%. “With Starbucks’ hoard of global assets, a 10% return isn’t good enough for me,” Schultz said of the fiscal year. Call for Q2 results.

Instead, Starbucks needs to allocate capital to more productive uses. Investing in employee training, increasing salaries, upgrading store equipment and developing a communication tool with partners are high on the list. And given the continued push for unionization at its cafes, doing more to take care of its employees should be Starbucks’ top priority right now. This will benefit the business for years to come by strengthening the company’s position as a leader Restaurant chain where people like to work.

Management says it plans to invest more in digital capabilities, which is the most profitable opportunity available. And as part of an effort to accelerate new store growth, 90% of its new locations will have drive-thru, a sign that Starbucks is adjusting to changing consumer preferences. In fact, 75% of orders at company-operated stores in the U.S. last quarter came from drive-thru, mobile ordering or delivery. Strengthening its physical and digital infrastructure to better meet customer expectations will be crucial.

“We are confident that the investments in our partners, our stores and our brand that we announced today will generate returns above historical levels and accelerate our long-term growth,” Chief Financial Officer Rachel Ruggeri said at the conference call. telephone with analysts. Based on financial terms alone, redirecting capital away from share buybacks and back into the business is the smart move.

While this may initially seem like a defensive move that involves some weakness in Starbucks’ financial position, I strongly believe this is the right strategy to increase long-term company value. Management sees record demand in the United States and wants to position the company to handle its next stage of growth.

For investors, now is not the time to sell stocks. Starbucks’ winning days are far from over.

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Elon Musk and Twitter: how much does it cost? https://teletrust.info/elon-musk-and-twitter-how-much-does-it-cost/ Wed, 11 May 2022 21:05:00 +0000 https://teletrust.info/elon-musk-and-twitter-how-much-does-it-cost/ Elon Musk is the founder and CEO of Space X and Tesla, and is expected to be the new owner of social media platform Twitter. Musk, who bought 9.2% of Twitter in early April, recently made an offer to buy the entire platform for $44 billion. Of course, this decision caused a stir in the […]]]>

Elon Musk is the founder and CEO of Space X and Tesla, and is expected to be the new owner of social media platform Twitter. Musk, who bought 9.2% of Twitter in early April, recently made an offer to buy the entire platform for $44 billion. Of course, this decision caused a stir in the markets and on the social agenda. He also promised “free speech” to Twitter users with his April 25, 2022 tweet: “I hope even my worst critics stay on Twitter because that’s what free speech means.” After this breakthrough from Musk, the markets started to react. This acquisition also had an impact on Tesla, Inc. The company’s shares lost 12.18% in value in one day. As a result, Tesla lost $126 billion in value in 24 hours. Shares of Twitter also fell 3.89% to $49.68. So why did Musk make the move… so he could tweet “freely”?

Thoughts in 280 characters

The story of the rise of Twitter, which today has nearly 321 million active users worldwide, dates back to 2006. When the app’s founding partner first came up with the idea, it designed as an SMS communication platform where people could communicate with their friends and then opened that idea up to other founding partners. The application was developed and became what it is today. The first tweet on Twitter was made by Jack Dorsey, the platform’s former CEO, on March 21, 2006, at 9:50 am. The tweet read “just setting up my twttr”. Today, on Twitter, an average of 500 million tweets are shared per day, which represents 200 billion tweets per year. However, when compared to other apps, Twitter lags behind its rivals in terms of the number of active users. When we look at the list, we can see that he is in 17th place. At the same time, it cannot be said to provide much profit compared to other social media apps. Still, Musk bought Twitter with a hefty sum.

Why is Twitter important?

When we moved to Web 2.0 technology, we predicted that there would be changes in our daily lives. A web system in which we are active and able to share has enthused companies. With the introduction of social media apps in our lives, we have started spending a large part of our lives on these apps. Scholars have already started conducting various research on the subject, realizing the winds of change that this will create in societies. It was obvious that our daily lives were going to change, but we could not have foreseen that other applications, especially Twitter, would be so effective in international relations, politics and agenda setting. Today, as country leaders make important statements on Twitter, tweets from Twitter users can change the course of events. It is now possible to talk about the bureaucracy of social media. With the Arab Spring in 2011, we realized how effective Twitter can be in social events. Twitter’s role in the “Me Too” and “Black Lives Matter” movements is quite significant. At this point, we know that the structure of social movements has changed. In fact, social media is now the most important weapon of these movements. Everyone is now a journalist, everyone is a reader. This platform, where all kinds of thoughts and information are shared, has become a treasure trove of data.

Next release: Web 3.0

”Everything is change. The only thing that does not change is change”: The Greek philosopher Heraclitus actually explained today’s world, which is changing every day, centuries ago. Maybe we didn’t expect there to be so many innovations when the internet came into our lives and it affects our daily lives. But the effects of much greater changes await us in the future. Web 2.0 was not the latest development. The “virtualization” movement, in which the pandemic process was also effective, began to gain momentum. It is no exaggeration to say that we have moved on to the next stage, web 3.0, which will allow a decentralized connection without any intermediary. Musk won the right to sit on the board of directors when he bought the largest share of Twitter. However, he didn’t accept it because if he did, he couldn’t buy Twitter today. Musk, along with Tesla, made more than $3 billion in first-quarter profits. When we look at Twitter’s revenue last year, we can see that it was $5.8 billion. In other words, if we consider the profit he made in a short time with Tesla, in this sense, Twitter will not make much sense in terms of profit. So why did Musk, the world’s richest businessman, buy Twitter for $44 billion, mostly in cash? We’ve given one of the possible answers to this above in several places: because it’s a treasure trove of data. Today, it takes an average of 10 years to obtain this much data. However, there is already an application where the data is stored, namely Twitter. In fact, Musk doesn’t just want to tweet freely, he also wants data. Big tech companies are now in the race to see who will shape the world of tomorrow. Whoever takes the lead wins.

In fact, we had similar discussions when the “metaverse” was announced. The reason for introducing this virtual world, which has not been fully developed and will reach the desired level in 10 years on average, was to get a place in the race. The world is preparing for the next version of the Internet, Web 3.0. As Facebook gears up for the next release with the Metaverse, Musk is set to move on to the next release with Twitter with its open source functionality and free speech rhetoric, giving everyone a blue tick.

So why did he buy Twitter?

There is no single answer to this question. In fact, there is no single reason for all the developments taking place today. It is only possible to say that large companies are preparing the transition to the next version of the Internet, Web 3.0. Twitter, a publicly traded company, today has only one owner. This raises new debates. Acquiring Twitter may not seem commercially plausible, but it is certainly a strategic move. Will companies pioneering change also seize the opportunity to dominate the world? We will find the answer in the near future.

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IT Recruitment: Addressing the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage https://teletrust.info/it-recruitment-addressing-the-cybersecurity-skills-shortage/ Wed, 11 May 2022 07:07:14 +0000 https://teletrust.info/it-recruitment-addressing-the-cybersecurity-skills-shortage/ Around the world, the use of technology has increased to deal with the challenges posed by the pandemic. The need for remote access to essential business tools and/or enhanced online customer experiences is greater than ever. As a result, the demand for professionals with technical capabilities in areas such as cybersecurity and coding has increased […]]]>

Around the world, the use of technology has increased to deal with the challenges posed by the pandemic. The need for remote access to essential business tools and/or enhanced online customer experiences is greater than ever.

As a result, the demand for professionals with technical capabilities in areas such as cybersecurity and coding has increased dramatically. As reported in the UK Digital Economy Council Jobs and Skills Report 2021it is estimated that in the UK, vacancies related to technology represent around 13% of all vacancies, the second highest by sector.

Here are four ways to tackle the skills shortage and find talent for success.

1. Look for soft skills

Technical skills and expertise have always been a given in industries such as technology and cybersecurity.

But as teams are stretched by skills shortages, the vital importance of soft skills is underscored. When asked about the most important factors to consider when hiring, modern tech leaders are likely to cite a good cultural fit as key to their search. Similarly, many will also stress the importance of peer feedback on soft skills when evaluating the performance of existing employees. These types of qualities and skills will often be more important than how many years of experience a potential new team member has or how proficient they can write code.

[ Also read IT retention: 5 strategies for becoming a talent magnet. ]

As these skills have become more integral, the traditional belief that a cybersecurity expert is someone who simply monitors threats and writes code to mitigate them has become much less prevalent, and soft skills have taken over. the front of the stage. To be successful, the modern developer must have a much better understanding of broader business goals and possess the skills to build cohesive and productive teams, be an effective communicator, and have the potential to become a leader in the future.

2. Remember that work is not a physical place

At the start of the pandemic, most organizations did a great job transitioning to remote work and keeping businesses going. Now, work is no longer seen as a physical place, and the sooner leaders catch up with this notion by providing flexibility and changing their thinking about productivity, the more likely they are to build successful teams.

I’d bet most tech leaders think the rise of remote work hasn’t hurt team relationships, and some might even say remote work has dramatically improved those relationships. In 2022, with the help of technology, it is perfectly possible to foster strong relationships despite the physical distance between teams.

With employees now better able to take on the most important challenges, it’s time for managers to take advantage of the increasingly remote nature of work and tap into a new pool of talent.

[ Read also: Hybrid and remote work: 3 new leadership rules ]

The challenge is to bring everyone on the journey with you. Every industry will struggle to convince the old guard that remote work is the future. By accurately measuring and reporting team productivity, as well as having open discussions about challenges, most can be brought to this more modern way of thinking.

Bringing a new member to the team shouldn’t be a process of finding someone exactly like everyone else in the company.

3. Focus on culture fit

With the distance that comes with remote work, cultural fit has never been more critical. Bringing a new member to the team shouldn’t be a process of finding someone exactly like everyone else in the company. In fact, fostering a healthy environment in which different viewpoints and ideas can coexist is an essential part of what makes an effective team.

Team cohesion in technology means that everyone is able to effectively express their ideas through regular creative and critical thinking sessions, and in their day-to-day collaboration with team members. Thus, everyone becomes a valuable member of the teams and contributes to successfully meeting the challenges.

A good culture allows teams to develop trust, goodwill and camaraderie. A cohesive team will diagnose and resolve technical issues faster, and be able to create something far more valuable than any individual could have created on their own.

4. Recruit strategically and widely

To close the skills gap, organizations have a responsibility to broaden their recruitment and ensure they are properly incentivizing potential employees, especially those who have recently graduated, into tech roles. Also, feel free to look further and engage with potential employees working overseas. If a candidate is based in a convenient time zone and has the necessary language and communication skills to succeed in an international role, there’s no harm in giving them the opportunity to fill one of the many vacancies in technology.

[ Get exercises and approaches that make disparate teams stronger. Read the digital transformation ebook: Transformation Takes Practice. ]

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