READERS FORUM FOR OCTOBER 1, 2016

first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays READERS POLL question is:  Should City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr tell the pubic who is the consultant and what he is being paid to administer the Employees Health Care program?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

How fraudsters are attacking Open Banking weaknesses

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Two years ago, opportunity for the FinTech community was abound with the arrival of Open Banking. And while the initial uptake was slow to materialise, we are now finally realising the potential of an application program interface (API) integration as 2020 gets underway.But as we celebrate the second anniversary of Open Banking, fraud is becoming a major concern for financial institutions considering partnering with start-ups and smaller FinTech firms. Criminals are seeing Open Banking as a means of gaining easy access to millions of consumers’ banking and personal information – writes Mark Taylor, fraud market expert, Featurespace.They know that FinTechs do not necessarily have advanced fraud systems in place – a recent open banking survey of FinTechs by cyber security firm Trend Micro found the average provider has just 20 employees and no dedicated security professional. Big brands are also aware of the potential weak spots created through open banking. continue reading »last_img read more

WEL Entrepreneur Josiah St. Jean encourages young people to reach the top

first_img Share 112 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews WEL Entrepreneur Josiah St. Jean encourages young people to reach the top by: – October 13, 2011center_img Share Tweet Josiah St. JeanJosiah St. Jean, a young entrepreneur and owner of Pictastic Photo Studio in Roseau who has benefitted from the Waitukubuli Entrepreneurship Levé (WEL) programme is encouraging other young entrepreneurs to persevere to reach the top despite challenges.The Waitukubuli Entrepreneurship Levé (WEL) held a press conference earlier this week to promote their second Entrepreneur and Business Mentor Retreat as part of activities to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week in Dominica from November 12th to 18th, 2011.Mr St. Jean who is a product of WEL’s programme said that he has received a lot of support from WEL’s Business Support initiative; a programme he believes caters for the sustainability of small businesses on the island.“In a time when unemployment is a really big issue, I think this is the perfect time for young persons to rise up and stop complaining. I think WEL creates an opportunity for every young person to fulfill their dreams and not just sit on the ‘block’, but instead be a part of something that will be worthwhile in the long run.” Mr St. Jean currently employs two persons at his company, with intentions of employing more persons as the business continues to grow.He is encouraging young and upcoming entrepreneurs to stand up and grab the opportunities that are being provided by institutions and business-support groups like WEL.“My encouragement to every young person that wants to be a part of the programme is to go ahead and do it. I think it will benefit young person better in the future and we also have a lot of foreigners opening businesses in Dominica. Dominicans are afraid to take risks, they are afraid to take challenges. We need to as young people to rise up and take the challenge and WEL gives each person the opportunity to do that. Like me to have people employed it also benefits the economy in the long run.”President of the Dominica Youth Business Trust, Natasha YeeloyPresident of the Dominica Youth Business Trust, Ms Natasha Yeeloy, who has been partnering with WEL over the years to provide support to budding entrepreneurs, commended Mr St Jean on his recent achievement.The Dominica Youth Business Trust is keen on continuing to promote youth entrepreneurship, with focus on access to small business macro-financing, entrepreneurship training, and mentoring and business support services.“If you are someone out there thinking that; I have a business idea, I haven’t been able to find a job but this is something I have a passion for, this is something I’ve studied or this is something I have a level of interaction for and I’m thinking how I can turn this passion or idea into a viable business, then this retreat is for you. Come with your idea and see what happens.”For the second year to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week in Dominica, WEL along with Jungle Bay Resort and Spa, DYBT and Invest Dominica Authority will be hosting the Entrepreneur and Business Mentor Retreat at the Jungle Bay Resort from November 12th to 19th, 2011. Nikima RoyerNikima Royer of WEL says that the retreat will promote a number of goals.“It is meant to create a lasting support network among the island’s business leaders and upcoming entrepreneurs thereby reinforcing entrepreneurship as a viable career path for Dominica’s youth, to instill confidence in Dominica’s most emerging entrepreneurs through technical skills as well as motivational leadership training to strengthen economical and social ties between business leaders in Dominica and Dominicans abroad particularly in the areas of green investment and innovation in order to stimulate the creation of new business”.President of WEL, Sam RaphaelPresident of WEL Sam Raphael hopes that the retreat will serve as a form of encouragement to Dominica’s entrepreneurs.“Many young people in our island live in distant communities and maybe they don’t have the social contacts to be able to realize their potential. So what if we were to come together and connect, and connect the resources that are available and create resources and maybe encourage and mentor these young people that maybe we can make a difference. This is the business of WEL.”Last year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week activities involved more than 7 million people taking part in 38,000 events in 104 countries worldwide.This year, Global Entrepreneurship Week will take place from November 14th to 20th under the theme; ‘starting tomorrow’s business today’.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

‘Out of this World’ Halloween happenings in Derry and Strabane

first_imgDonegal people looking for spooktacular Halloween celebrations this year won’t have far to go as Derry and Strabane promise to host a party that’s ‘Out of this World’. The City and District are planning a party like no other as it marks the 30th anniversary of their Halloween festivities.The official “best Halloween destination in the world” is gearing itself up for the best celebration yet with a packed programme of events and activities for revellers of all ages to enjoy and participate in. Among the key highlights of the festival include a welcome return of the Awakening of the Walls when the ancient City Walls will come to life with music, animation and light, creating a realm of fantasy fire and flame from Friday 28 to Sunday 30th October from 6-8pm each night.Other highlights include spooky Gothic organ recitals at the Guildhall on the evening of Sunday 30 October, terrifying haunted tours at the Tower Museum, Weird and Wonderful Witches Tales at the Guildhall, a Halloween panto at Strabane’s Alley Theatre, Monstrous Halloween workshops and Storytelling at Strabane Community Library and family entertainment including mask making workshops and arts and crafts at the Craft Village.New to this year is a Made in Derry Halloween focused food tour on Saturday 29 October from 12-4pm where you can adorn your favourite Halloween costume and eat and drink your way around the city centre and sample delights from over 30 different food and drink producers and venues.On Halloween night Monday 31 October, both Derry and Strabane will host an evening of fun and entertainment when the City of Bones Street Carnival Parade will make its way along Derry’s Queen’s Quay from 7pm followed by a fabulous Fireworks Finale at 8pm, while in Strabane, the Upper Main Street car park will be transformed into a family friendly fun area from 7-8.30pm and a fireworks display over the River Mourne at 8pm. Every year, the crowds are bigger, the music gets louder and the costumes get more creative making it an unforgettable experience for all who attend. So book now for a Halloween that’s simply ‘Out of this World!’. For more info go to www.derrystrabane.com/Halloween‘Out of this World’ Halloween happenings in Derry and Strabane was last modified: October 12th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more