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Remarks by President Trump in Roundtable Discussion on Vocational Training with U.S. and German Business Leaders
Cabinet Room 12:58 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Chancellor, thank you very much. Such a great honor to get to know you, to be with you. I want to thank all of the business leaders who have joined us to discuss a subject that’s very important to me -- training our workforce for the 21st century, especially with respect to manufacturing jobs. We’re working every day to bring back jobs to our country, and thousands and thousands are already coming back. You’re seeing it, you’re reading about it in the papers every single day. We want to make sure that we have the workforce development programs we need to ensure these jobs are being filled by American workers. Germany and the United States have incredible opportunity to deepen our partnership as we continue to develop a strong workforce in both of our countries. Both Germany and the United States are pioneering job-training programs. Here in the United States, companies have created revolutionary high-tech and online courses. And, of course, for decades, Germany has been a model for highly successful apprenticeship -- that’s a name I like, "apprentice" -- apprenticeship programs. As a result, Germany’s youth unemployment rate is much lower than many of the other countries, especially the EU countries. I welcome collaboration between our two countries and our industry leaders. We have some of our great industry leaders here, as you know, Chancellor. Great people. We must embrace new and effective job-training approaches, including online courses, high school curriculums, and private-sector investment that prepare people for trade, manufacturing, technology, and other really well-paying jobs and careers. These kinds of options can be a positive alternative to a four-year degree. So many people go to college, four years, they don’t like it, they’re not necessarily good at it, but they’re good at other things, like fixing engines and building things. I see it all the time, and I’ve seen it -- when I went to school, I saw it. I sat next to people that weren’t necessarily good students but they could take an engine apart blindfolded. Companies across the country have a chance to develop vocational training programs that will meet their growing needs and to help us achieve greater prosperity. The German apprenticeship model is one of the proven programs to developing a highly skilled workforce. Germany has been amazing at this, and I’m glad that the leaders of so many companies represented today have recently launched successful programs right here in the United States. And we need that because we’re training people as the jobs are pouring back in -- and they are coming back in big league. I believe that both countries will be stronger if we continue to deepen our bilateral cooperation on vocational training as we build off the best ideas, create the greatest opportunity for growth, and improve the lives of so many workers. I want to thank everybody in the room. I want to thank my daughter Ivanka, who’s with us today. And mostly -- and most of all, I want to thank -- Chancellor, I want to thank you very much. It’s a great honor to have you in the White House. It’s a great honor to have you in the United States. And I look forward to spending time with you. Thank you. CHANCELLOR MERKEL: (Speaks German.) PRESIDENT TRUMP: Maybe before the press leaves I’d like to ask some of the folks around -- the great leaders of industry and business to introduce themselves, say a couple of words. And then we’ll get onto a little bit more private meeting, okay? Ginni. MS. ROMETTY: Okay. I’m Ginni Rometty with IBM. And we’re going to talk about two programs. One is a certification program, which, Mr. President, today, we’re going to announce 2,000 veterans that we’re certifying in cybersecurity to be employed. And then the second is something called P-TECH, a public-private partnership. Think of it as a six-year high school, but the graduates come out with an associate degree and with a curriculum that business will hire. And we will have 100 schools by the end of the year. And you’ll meet one of our recent graduates. In a second, Janiel Richards will introduce herself and tell you about herself -- trained at the intersection of business and technology. PRESIDENT TRUMP: Great job. PARTICIPANT: We’ve found that a lot of the private-sector companies have done a great job trying to train the workforce for the jobs that they need, the jobs of the future. In a lot of cases in America, we’re finding that we don’t have enough qualified applicants for the jobs that we have available, so in working with the private sector -- and Ginni has been a great leader of that -- the White House has been trying to get behind a lot of these programs that can help make sure we’re training the American people for the jobs that we’re hopefully going to be producing in the future. SECRETARY ROSS: Our hope is that, today, we really come with a way forward, some specific programs where we can interact between the educational community, the business community, and the government. Because this is a monumental problem that needs a monumental solution. MS. RICHARDS: Thank you for the introduction. Good afternoon, all. Thank you for the opportunity to share my story. It is both an honor and a pleasure to be here today. As mentioned, my name is Janiel Richards. In am 19 years old, and I am from (inaudible). Enrolling in IBM’s P-TECH school was the best decision for me personally and professionally. I did not fully realize the weight of the opportunity I was given; however, looking back, it was a life chance. P-TECH strengthened my confidence and provided me with mentors who helped me strive. I learned the importance of understanding computers, and gained new skills in both coding and programming. I graduated the program in four and a half years -- relatively early -- and I graduated with my high school diploma and associate’s degree in computer science, as well as internship experience at IBM. I learned that technology is omnipresent and opens endless doors. I am now a digital commerce design developer at IBM, where I use my skills to create website pages and checkout pages for the marketplace. I’m also pursuing my bachelor’s degree at Early College. Without the support of P-TECH and IBM, I would not be where I am today. I believe that every student should be offered this chance. Thank you all. PRESIDENT TRUMP: That’s a great job. Thank you very much. Great job. Wow. Who wants to follow that? (Laughter.) MR. KAESER: Mr. President, Chancellor, Vice President, my name is Joe Kaeser, and I work for Siemens. It's a company which has been in this great country for more than 160 years. We produce revenues and services worth $24 billion ever year, and 60 manufacturing sites in all 50 states in the country. So thank you for what you’re doing. (Inaudible) in that aspect we brought the apprenticeship to the country, which has, in the meantime, also (inaudible) Department of Labor, so we roll it out everywhere in the community. And I feel very honored today to be part of an initiative that brings not only the apprenticeship and the training for the current manufacturing into play, but also the next generation of manufacturing going forward so we combine the present and the future for our great America and great manufacturing. PRESIDENT TRUMP: Great job. Great company too, by the way. Great company. Marc. MR. BENIOFF: Well, thank you very much, Mr. President, I am delighted to be here, and great to see you and the Vice President as well. Salesforce, as you know, is the fastest-growing of the top five software companies in the world today, and we’re on a path to create 2 million jobs and add 200 GDP to the world economy through our platform. Our software, as you know, 90 percent is engineered here in the United States, and, as the Vice President knows, handmade in Indianapolis and in San Francisco, where I’m from. And I’ll tell you, as we have kind of created these jobs all over the world, I see a great opportunity right here in the United States to create apprenticeships. And we’d love to encourage you to take a moonshot goal to create 5 million apprenticeships in the next five years. And I think the key is, is that we see all these great programs and all these great companies doing workforce development. But if we all came together, if we all unified and created a great program with your leadership, I think we could create this 5 million extra jobs in the U.S. And you know, our companies are some of the greatest universities in the world. We shape these employees, we train them, we educate them, we bring them in, and I think we can do this. I think this is really exciting. THE PRESIDENT: Well, congratulations, and you’re going an incredible job. And nice to know you. And really, what you’ve done is just amazing. And let’s do that, let’s go for that 5 million. Okay? (Laughter.) Very good. Ivanka, go ahead. Say something. MS. TRUMP: Thank you. And welcome, Chancellor, and to the many U.S. and German CEOs who are here today to discuss vocational education and workforce development. I applaud my father’s commitment to creating millions of jobs, and specifically making sure that all Americans have the skills required and necessary to fill the jobs both of today and of the future. As many of us realize, ingenuity, creativity often comes from the determination of the private sector, so it’s great to have such great private sector leaders here to share their thoughts and best practices with us today. And thank you for being here. THE PRESIDENT: Klaus. MR. ROSENFELD: Mr. President, Madam Chancellor, ladies and gentlemen, my name is Klaus Rosenfeld. I am the CEO of Schaeffler. Schaeffler is a global automotive and industrial supplier with more than $14 billion U.S. sales, around 87,000 people globally and 75 clients. We manufacture bearings and other high-precision components and systems for a broad variety of applications and sectors. Our products are everywhere where things turn, be it in cars, machines, airplanes, trucks, or even in washing machines. The company is family-owned, so we place great value on a culture where we think long-term and focus on quality, technology, and innovation. For us, the employee has always been critical, and will always be critical. We have started business in 1969 in South Carolina. Since then, the Schaeffler family has invested more than a billion in the Palmetto State. We have grown through acquisitions. We’re about to finish multimillion expansions in Ohio and South Carolina. For us, the U.S. is critical. We have started our first program here in the ‘80s -- 1980 in Wooster, Ohio -- and since then we have spent a lot of money in vocational dual training. Thank you very much, Mr. President. THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you, Klaus, very much. MR. KRÜGER: Thank you, Mr. President and Mr. Vice President. From my side, thank you for inviting us. Yeah, it’s a great pleasure for us, for me. I would like to explain why, at BMW, we call the United States of America our second home. I’m proud to be here because we were -- nearly 25 years ago we were founding our biggest plant in the BMW Group network in South Carolina. We created 9,000 jobs, and we know that in the area around South Carolina, I know we created an additional 4 to 5 to 6, 7 jobs -- the 9,000 people we employ at BMW in South Carolina. We have invested heavily in the further education and training and vocational training. It was around about $200 million in the last five years, and I can commit that we will invest another $200 million into training in the next five years. We are proud, as we are the biggest net exporter of vehicles in the United States. We have an annual net (inaudible) of $10 billion -- exported from South Carolina. Seventy percent of our production is being exported. And I’m proud to be here because we have one apprentice who’s with us from -- we have two main programs at Spartanburg, a BMW Scholar Program, which was founded in 2011 and has around about 100 people in the program, and they graduate and create -- get a great job at BMW. We are very proud on the skillset -- we need them for maintenance jobs. And I would like to talk about as well employment of skilled veterans, which we are setting up with our dealers in the United States to have their highly qualified veterans working for BMW dealers in the future. THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’ve seen your plant in South Carolina. It is incredible. And congratulations, that’s really great. Thank you. MR. KRÜGER: Thank you. May I invite you for the 25th anniversary in June? (Laughter.) THE PRESIDENT: I know I shouldn’t have said that. (Laughter.) You know what, if I can, I will do it. MR.KRÜGER: Thank you very much. THE PRESIDENT: I wish I could, but if I can I’ll do it. Absolutely. MS. DAVIS: Mr. President, Madam Chancellor, ladies and gentlemen, my name is Marie Davis, and I work at Schaeffler’s Automotive and Industrial Plant in Cheraw, South Carolina. Cheraw is a small town with a population of 5,800, and is nicknamed “The Prettiest Town in Dixie.” It is a great honor for me to be here today along with my peers -- apprentice Chad Robinson with Siemens Gas Turbine Plant of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Maria Puckett with BMW, from BMW plant Spartanburg, South Carolina -- and to be able to share my experiences with you regarding the Schaeffler apprenticeship program. BMW and Siemens also have very similar programs. I joined the Air Force after high school and served for four years. After returning home, I applied to and was accepted into the Schaeffler apprenticeship program. This is a very unique three-year program of classroom and hands-on experience, completed in conjunction with Northeastern Technical College, which provided me with special skills for my career. As part of the program, I also received an associate’s degree in machine tool technology and a Department of Labor certificate as a certified journeyman apprentice. After completing my apprenticeship, I worked as a CNC operator, was then promoted to (inaudible) leader, and am now planned maintenance supervisor. I am very glad that such an apprenticeship program existed in Cheraw, which allowed me to start and build my career with Schaeffler. I hope that more companies will follow BMW, Siemens, and Schaeffler and offer apprenticeship programs to develop skills that will allow for more manufacturing in the United States. It is an incredible privilege to be invited here today. Thank you so much for listening to me. THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Great job. Thank you. Very nice. I know this one. (Laughter.) MR. LIVERIS: Mr. President and Madame Chancellor, what an honor it is for me to be here. I’m Andrew Liveris from Dow Chemical. I feel like Germany is our home, to match my BMW colleague’s point about the U.S. being home. We have been in Germany, and in fact the Chancellor’s backyard of former Eastern Germany for a long time. And the Chancellor graced us with a visit to our apprenticeship program there which -- Mr. President, the two things I want to talk about today is in fact apprenticeship, and -- there’s a book here that I can show which has DOW and Siemens’ name on it. And just to let you know that we are working already together as two collaborators across the Atlantic to actually scale up programs like the one that was mentioned by the young lady to my right. So I want to talk about that and how we can scale it up through this great leadership that you’re showing. And I also want to talk about veterans and displaced workers, especially in places like Michigan, where we are based. We have community college work called Fast Start, which is taking displaced workers and reskilling them. When new tech meets industrial tech, as Madame Chancellor says, opportunity is there. But we’ve got to create it by scaling right. So I want to also talk about that. And my last comment is, a big thank you for lending us or giving us Ivanka and Jared. They’ve been a tremendous duo in making this program real in very short weeks. Thank you. THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Mr. Vice President. VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: Thank you, Mr. President. Let me just express my appreciation, along with the President, for the participants in this important conversation. All the businesses that are gathered here from across the United States and across Germany are an inspiration, and the innovation that you’re bringing to career and technical and vocational education and to apprenticeship. I’m especially impressed, Mr. President, with Janiel, and I don’t know that I’ve seen a more inspiring debut at the Cabinet table than anyone. (Laughter.) Let me also express my appreciation to the Chancellor for suggesting that we bring together, across the Atlantic, business leaders who have really been breaking new ground in this area, for which Germany is so celebrated. We’re grateful for your leadership and look forward to sharing ideas about how we can strengthen the workforce in both of our countries. And lastly, let me just thank the President. As a former governor from a great manufacturing state, I can tell you that one of our very first conversations was about the innovation that Indiana was bringing to career and technical and vocational education. I can assure you that the passion that you see at this table today by the President is authentic, and at his direction, we’re going to work as an administration to strengthen the opportunities from secondary education on forward to open the doors for more vocational education, more technical education, and more apprenticeships across the United States to the betterment of the people of this country. And we look forward to working with our international partners to drive greater opportunities for Americans. So thank you, Mr. President. THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Mike. Appreciate it. Okay, thank you folks. END 1:18 P.M. EDT
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Paid InternshipДо 30 апреляBusiness Development&Sales Internship Opportunity @ Microsoft Russia Start date: August-September 2017 Duration: till February 2018 Both full-time and part-time (20 or 30 hours per week) are available Location: Moscow, Russia Application deadline: April, 30 Please apply via https://aka.ms/salesinternshiprussia Who are we? It’s a time of exciting change and new thinking at Microsoft. We’re focused on improving the day-to-day lives of our customers, delivering meaningful impact through ground-breaking technology and providing a truly unified experience. Through incredible services like OneDrive, Skype, CRM and Office powering a Mobile First, Cloud First world, we deliver a positive blend of work and play across different devices, locations and users. Across digital life, we’re reinventing productivity. In order to fuel this change, we need people prepared to challenge convention, question the status quo and collaborate with likeminded individuals that don’t fear failure but see it as a necessary step toward making a mark on the world. We look for highly energetic people with initiative and drive. We want passionate, curious individuals who can think laterally and ask new questions. The role This isn’t your average tea-making, hand-holding internship. We’ll put you on real projects from the start, developing your natural talents and providing you with insights that will change the way you look at everything from smartphones to search engines and beyond. Our Sales teams are the lifeblood of Microsoft. They know how our products help our customers and ensure we keep our competitive advantage. Join them and learn the ins and outs of selling products to the enterprise customers. This Sales Internship is your chance to become the essential connection between our clients and the technologies that help the customers expand the size of their businesses and become more profitable. As a Sales professional at Microsoft, you’ll work closely with the sales teams which serve as the human face of our multi-billion-dollar global company. You will become a trusted counsellor who inspires enthusiasm and guides enterprise clients to make shrewd technology decisions that are in the best interests of their companies. By applying for this Intern Business Development&Sales track, you will be considered for all available Business Development&Sales roles including Account Executive, Business Development Manager, Inside Sales Executive, Licensing Sales Specialist, Partner Sales Executive, Channel Sales Executive, Solution Sales Professional etc in both B2B and B2C businesses. All of these roles support and promote our solutions for Enterprise customers and/or consumers and/or support Partners in their businesses. Projects/Responsibilities: In particular, you will be involved in: · Supporting the sales team through interaction with the Field Account Managers and the accounts directly; · Working directly with accounts to drive monthly sales and Microsoft KPIs; · Interacting with customers to answer their questions and address their issues; · Prospecting and identifying business development opportunities; · Engaging on sales data collection; · Gathering insights on sales on a regular basis to provide analysis at a product and segment level; · Process improvement, business change management and customer and partner research; Preparing regular forecasts and pipeline reports, using Microsoft’s tools and resources. Our Intern program provides you with an opportunity to experience the technological industry first-hand. By applying your education to a real-life working environment, you will receive a solid foundation of experience as a Microsoft intern. Through project-based work across key business initiatives, as well as hands-on experience you will be exposed to many aspects of the business and draw upon your varied skill set and build a professional network. Qualifications and requirements · Graduating in 2017 or January-February 2018 from full-time Bachelor, Specialist or Master program or graduating in 2018 or 2019 from full-time Master Program; · Degree in business/management/marketing/economics/finance or related disciplines or degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Development, IT Security or related technical discipline (ie math, physics) is a big advantage; · Previous experience in a sales/business development/consulting role will be an benefit; · Strong motivation to work as a front-line Sales&Business development person dealing with customers; · Customer obsessed; · Good understanding of the relationship between technology and business; · Passion for technology and innovation; · Excellent communication, negotiations and cross-group collaboration skills; · Strong listening skills; · Competency in Building Successful Relationships; · Good project management skills; · Self-motivation&proactivity; · Analytical problem solving skills; · Passion for driving results and seeing projects through to completion; · Fluent Russian and working level of English; · Able to work full-time or part-time from August-September 2017; · Able to work full-time starting from February 2018; · Desire to build a long-term career at Microsoft in a similar sales role, particularly as the part of our Microsoft Academy for College Hires (MACH) program; Most important is the willingness to gain new skills and learn further. We offer: · Paid internship with real responsibilities and impact from day one; · Personal and career development support, opportunity to learn Microsoft products and to become an expert; · Dynamic and prestigious work environment; · The best tools and technologies at your fingertips; · Opportunity to become full-time employee and MACH program participant in February 2018. Please apply via https://aka.ms/salesinternshiprussia Selection process: · Scenario assessment (online test) – March-April · Video-interview (online) – March-April · Screening interview (Skype) – April-May · Interview/Assessment (@ Microsoft Russia) – May 22-25 Find more information in our brochure www.aka.ms/opportunitiesatmicrosoft Have a look at the video about internship experience https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOfSHvn3b2E Explore our Interns&Graduates blog – it contains some insight from Russia as well http://microsoftstudents.eu/ Benefits of working at Microsoft We value different life experiences and viewpoints. We seek out people from diverse backgrounds and encourage them to take risks and approach challenges unconventionally. We will invest in your health and financial future, and encourage you to pursue your interests and passions away from the office. Our products and technologies help you balance life away from the office and enable you to manage your schedule efficiently. Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted. All applications will be considered under the terms and conditions of confidentiality in accordance with the regulations of personal data protection.
Paid InternshipДо 30 апреляTechnical Sales&Account Management Internship Opportunity@ Microsoft Russia Start date: August-September 2017 Duration: till February 2018 Both full-time and part-time (20 or 30 hours per week) are available Location: Moscow, Russia Application deadline: April, 30 Please apply via https://aka.ms/technicalsalesinternshiprussia Who are we? It’s a time of exciting change and new thinking at Microsoft. We’re focused on improving the day-to-day lives of our customers, delivering meaningful impact through ground-breaking technology and providing a truly unified experience. Through incredible services like OneDrive, Skype, CRM and Office powering a Mobile First, Cloud First world, we deliver a positive blend of work and play across different devices, locations and users. Across digital life, we’re reinventing productivity. In order to fuel this change, we need people prepared to challenge convention, question the status quo and collaborate with likeminded individuals that don’t fear failure but see it as a necessary step toward making a mark on the world. We look for highly energetic people with initiative and drive. We want passionate, curious individuals who can think laterally and ask new questions. The role This isn’t your average tea-making, hand-holding internship. We’ll put you on real projects from the start, developing your natural talents and providing you with insights that will change the way you look at everything from smartphones to search engines and beyond. The Technical Sales&Account Management Intern helps driving customer&partner technical sales enablement to increase their capacity and capability and successful customer deployments and consumption. Microsoft is proactively engaging in a transition to becoming a cloud-first, mobile-first company. As part of this transformation the intern is responsible for accelerating Cloud adoption (Azure, Office 365, CRM Online, ect) and consumption in his/her clients&partners and building and developing active cloud practices for key cloud workloads. The person may also be responsible for other technical areas like · Business Productivity (Exchange, Skype for Business, SharePoint, Business Intelligence, Visio, Project ect); · Secure Infrastructure (Active Directory, Windows Server, Enterprise Mobility Suite, System Centre, User Identity & Access, Security Management, Desktop Virtualization, ect); · Data Platform (SQL Server Enterprise (EE) & Standard, BizTalk, Azure, Analytical Platform System, Power BI, Microsoft Dynamics, Azure HDInsight Service, ect) · Developer Technologies The person may also be responsible for consulting his customer/partner re full stack of Microsoft products, solutions and services. By applying for this Intern Technical Sales and Account Management track, you will be considered for all available Technical Sales and Account Management roles including Account Technology Strategist, Technical Sales Professional, Partner Technology Strategist, Technical Account Manager, Technical Evangelist etc. The purpose of all these roles Intern roles is to communicate and demonstrate the value of Microsoft solutions&services to meet the customers’ needs. Projects/Responsibilities: In particular, you will be involved in: · Leading discussions with various customers and system integrators about Microsoft solutions; · Determining the appropriate solution to address the customer’s pain or opportunity; · Delivering Technical Presentations, Demonstrations and Architecture discussions; · Maintaining and expanding technical and sales skills, deployment, consumption capabilities as well as relevant industry, competitive, and market knowledge; · Delivering satisfied clients willing to provide references that can be leveraged in future sales engagements. Our Intern program provides you with an opportunity to experience the technological industry first-hand. By applying your education to a real-life working environment, you will receive a solid foundation of experience as a Microsoft intern. Through project-based work across key business initiatives, as well as hands-on experience you will be exposed to many aspects of the business and draw upon your varied skill set and build a professional network. Qualifications and requirements · Graduating in 2017 or January-February 2018 from full-time Bachelor, Specialist or Master program or graduating in 2018 or 2019 from full-time Master Program; · Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Development, IT Security or related technical discipline (ie math, physics) is a big advantage; · Working experience in technical consulting, IT security, software development, IT solutions deployment, IT support is a huge benefit; · Previous experience in a sales/business development/consulting role will be an advantage; · Client facing experience will be an plus; · Knowledge and hands-on experience in Microsoft Technologies will be a benefit; · Software development skills is a plus; · Knowledge of competitor products and solutions is a benefit as well; · Strong motivation to work as a front-line Sales&Account management person dealing with customers; · Customer obsessed; · Good understanding of the relationship between technology and business; · Passion for technology and innovation; · Excellent communication, negotiations and cross-group collaboration skills; · Strong listening skills; · Competency in Building Successful Relationships; · Good project management skills; · Self-motivation&proactivity; · Analytical problem solving skills; · Passion for driving results and seeing projects through to completion; · Fluent Russian and working level of English; · Able to work full-time or part-time from August-September 2017; · Able to work full-time starting from February 2018; · Desire to build a long-term career at Microsoft in a similar function, particularly as part of our Microsoft Academy for College Hires (MACH) program; Most important is the willingness to gain new skills and learn further. We offer: · Paid internship with real responsibilities and impact from day one; · Personal and career development support, opportunity to learn Microsoft products and to become an expert; · Dynamic and prestigious work environment; · The best tools and technologies at your fingertips; · Opportunity to become full-time employee and MACH program participant in February 2018. Please apply via https://aka.ms/technicalsalesi...ssia Selection process: · Scenario assessment (online test) – March-April · Video-interview (online) – March-April · Screening interview (Skype) – April-May · Interview/Assessment (@ Microsoft Russia) – May 22-25 Find more information in our brochure www.aka.ms/opportunitiesatmicrosoft Have a look at the video about internship experience https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOfSHvn3b2E Explore our Interns&Graduates blog – international section contains some insight from Russia as well http://www.beyourfuture.net/ Benefits of working at Microsoft We value different life experiences and viewpoints. We seek out people from diverse backgrounds and encourage them to take risks and approach challenges unconventionally. We will invest in your health and financial future, and encourage you to pursue your interests and passions away from the office. Our products and technologies help you balance life away from the office and enable you to manage your schedule efficiently. Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted. All applications will be considered under the terms and conditions of confidentiality in accordance with the regulations of personal data protection.
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Now That Bitcoins Are Worth More Than Their Weight In Gold, Is It Time For Central Banks To Make Their Own?
BTC Keychain/Flickr, CC BY-SA Nafis Alam, Sunway University and Graham Kendall, University of Nottingham The history of gold trading can be traced back hundreds of years while bitcoin, a digital currency that uses encryption and works independently of central banks, has been around for less than ten. But the cryptocurrency is now starting to challenge gold as the investment of choice. Its meteoric rise is such that on March 3, 2017, bitcoin overtook gold for the first time, trading at US$1,290 compared to US$1,228 for an ounce of gold. All the gold that has ever been mined would easily fit under the legs of the Eiffel Tower – in fact, multiple times. Gold’s scarcity is one reason for its value. Another reason is that it’s a very nonreactive metal so it doesn’t tarnish, which is important if you’ve invested millions and don’t want it to slowly deteriorate. Most governments keep some of their funds in gold (as the video below explains). But although gold is seen as a safe haven in times of crisis, it is still subject to the usual market fluctuations of any commodity. Once the bitcoin reaches its full potential (all bitcoins are mined) the value will be much more stable. How much gold is there and why is it a good investment? What is bitcoin? Bitcoin is a virtual currency used for electronic purchases and transfers. It has recently been gaining popularity and a growing number of businesses, including WordPress, Overstock.com, and Reddit, now accept it as a form of payment. Microsoft already accepts bitcoin payments through its Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile platforms, while those shopping online at Shopify may use bitcoin as payment. Bitcoin is also moving outside the virtual space; what may be the world’s first bitcoin store, House of Nakamoto, opened early this year in Vienna. There, people can buy bitcoins for euros, and vice versa, from a dedicated bitcoin ATM. Drinkers in Cambridge can pay for beers at a pub called The Haymakers. The number of bitcoins is capped at 21 million. As of March 2017, there were almost 16.2 million circulating. The supply of coins grows steadily because of the way bitcoin is programmed. Each “miner” (“mining” is lingo for the discovery of new bitcoins – anyone with computer knowledge and access to blockchain software can act as a miner) introduces new coins to the supply at a rate of around 12.5 coins every ten minutes. Mining is the process of adding transaction records to bitcoin’s public ledger of past transactions (blockchain). The blockchain confirms transactions as having taken place to the rest of the network. Even as far back as 2013, bitcoin was worth almost as much as gold. And, at the end of 2016, the total value of bitcoins in circulation was US$14bn. A good investment opportunity? Investment in digital currencies, such as bitcoin, has emerged as an alternative to traditional forms of money and created a niche that’s driving major innovations in the financial sector, such as peer-to-peer lending, and digital wallets. As traders gain confidence in alternative forms of money and payment mechanisms, bitcoin is seen as a possible investment alternative. In fact, bitcoin exhibits similar features to gold – limited global supply, maintaining value and hedging against global market volatility. Such is the exuberance in bitcoin investment that it actually outperforms the precious metal, generating an annual return of 155% compared to gold’s annual loss of 6% during the same time period. Even though Bitcoin seems a profitable investment tool, its value can be as volatile as the value of the gold, depending on the perceived risk of owning bitcoin as a commodity. Bitcoins are encrypted for security purposes, but while the coding identifies the currency itself, it does not identify its owner. If someone hacks the miner system and gets a secret bitcoin code they will eventually become the rightful owner. Even though Bitcoin seems a profitable investment tool, its value can be as volatile as the value of the gold, depending on the perceived risk of owning bitcoin as a commodity. What, then, is pushing the investment value of bitcoin? One driver is increasing demand from developing countries, especially Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. These countries are experiencing economic distress and weakening currencies, making their local currencies unpredictable and volatile. As a result, it’s becoming increasingly popular to use bitcoin as a natural hedge against paper currency. Another contributing factor to the rise of bitcoin is the possibility of a trade war between US and China. US President Donald Trump has indicated that he may impose 45% tariff on Chinese imports. This may lead to a weakening yuan, and capital outflow from China as investors will resort to more stable currencies such as euros. The hike in bitcoin’s price during financial troubles is also a testament to its increasing attraction as a hedging tool. When Cyprus’s economy crashed in 2013, the price of bitcoins spiked as people resorted to other forms of payment than the national currency. In 2015, when the Chinese currency was in free fall, people in the country turned to bitcoin alongside gold. And after the Brexit vote in the UK, when global currencies and stock markets tanked, bitcoin’s value rose more than US$100 compared to the previous day. This was mainly due to some of the speculative money flowing out of the pound and yuan making its way to bitcoin. Increased government support Bitcoin is not just getting increased interest from tech-savvy individuals and banks such as Barclays, BBVA, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan, State Street, Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS. Governments are also lending support to the cryptocurrency. The Australian government plans to reduce tax on bitcoin transactions. Current treatment of the digital currency under the goods and services tax (GST) law means that consumers are “double taxed” when using it to buy anything already subject to GST. The government plans to change this. Meanwhile, the UK’s chief scientific adviser has said that governments should use bitcoin’s underlying technology – blockchains – to help with taxes, benefits and passports. Taking its cue from bitcoin, the US government is planning to launch a legalized cryptocurrency called Fedcoin, which can be exchanged for a physical dollar. Bitcoin is not considered legal tender because it is not backed by any government. What we can say with certainty is that we cannot use gold to buy bitcoin directly but bitcoin can be used to buy gold. Bitcoin pricing is also motivating the much-anticipated establishment of the first bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the United States. An ETF is an investment company that has no restrictions on the amount of shares it can issue. The approval of a bitcoin ETF would make the cryptocurrency more attractive to risk-averse institutional investors as it would allow an easier way to gain access to bitcoin than buying it directly. Such is the dominance of bitcoin that the Bank of England issued a white paper on the subject, investigating the possibility of central banks minting their own cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin’s appeal, compared to gold, comes from two factors. First, it can be used as an easy medium for payments (for a limited but growing number of transactions), which gold cannot replicate. And with their limited supply of 21 million, bitcoins are likely to attract higher demand compared to gold. The debate over the supremacy of gold versus bitcoin will continue. What we can say with certainty is that we cannot use gold to buy bitcoin directly but bitcoin can be used to buy gold. You can decide which you prefer. Nafis Alam, Professor of Finance, Sunway University and Graham Kendall, Professor of Computer Science and Provost/CEO/PVC, University of Nottingham This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
WikiLeaks on Tuesday began publishing what it claims is the CIA's secret "hacking arsenal."The cache, which includes 8,761 files, allegedly comes from the agency’s cyber intelligence center. It includes details on a vast trove of hacking tools the clandestine agency allegedly uses to gather intelligence.“Recently, the CIA lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal,” the anti-secrecy organization wrote in an introduction. “This extraordinary collection, which amounts to more than several hundred million lines of code, gives its possessor the entire hacking capacity of the CIA."If the files are genuine, their release marks the latest embarrassing episode for the intelligence community. Last year, a group calling itself “the Shadow Brokers” released classified NSA hacking tools that revealed so-called "zero-day" exploits, or unknown code flaws in popular products the government is exploiting.CIA spokesman Jonathan Liu told POLITICO, “We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents.”The files, posted Tuesday morning, include specifics on a variety of hacking techniques, such as malware, viruses and zero-days. WikiLeaks said it had received the cache after it had "circulated among former U.S. government hackers and contractors in an unauthorized manner."One of those people provided WikiLeaks "with portions of the archive," the organization said.The group said the source “wishes to initiate a public debate about the security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyberweapons.”WikiLeaks also noted it had redacted information in the files about CIA targets and specific attack techniques.During the recent U.S. presidential race, WikiLeaks made headlines when it published Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's personal emails. Intelligence officials believe Russian-backed hackers stole Podesta's internal communications and laundered them through WikiLeaks.
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