Monday, June 23, 2008

Euro 08

We have the four semi-finalists: two expected and two unexptected. Russia and Turkey are doing a Greece, though with different routes. Turkey prove themselves as a passionate team whereas Russia succeeds with its speed and technique. The lesson is that it is anyone's game today. There is no dominance of one nation as Italy and France struggled awfully. This again brings into question whether money is the best driver of sports success?

300th post: Eight jobs for the future

Here are eight jobs which I think will become more prevalent in the future and if you start studying today you might want to check some of these routes. Many are not new but they will grow in number and scope.

  1. Designer: design is taking over and is becoming a key fetaure of many products and services. This reaches from web to interior design.
  2. Engineer: Engineering will stay a key role in today's world, from electronics via robotics to hybrid design of fusing new technologies.
  3. Web developper: Web 2.0 is the new hype and what will be web 3.0, no one knows but it certainly will need people to come up with new ideas. The programming won't be the key issue but how to design it (see 1).
  4. User content manager: the i generation is taking over, media corps have to fuse user content into thier output, how to manage this is somehting for a new kind of marketing.
  5. Data security officer: The government certainly needs one, as collecting data becomes cheaper, somebody needs to take care of the details.
  6. AI developper: the notion of articifical intelligence has been around for a while, but only our new gadgets come close to the AI paradigm. again it is about design and development, rather than the execution.
  7. Climatologist: Going green is the new fashion, the climate is a constant theme and scientist receive huge funding for stuyding the climate.
  8. BPO consultant: business process outsourcing is nowhere near its capacity, as the West struggles the East will catch up, and someone needs to sort it out.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Siemens corruption in Greece

Siemens' questionable practices reach beyond Germany, as it has been revealed that their executives paid PASOK officials when the party was in power. Read more here.

The allegation is that former high ranking socialist party executive, Theodoros Tsoukatos, a close confidant of former prime minister Kostas Simitis, was sent 420,000 euros (1 million Deutsche Marks) offshore to a friend's private bank account in 1999 which was later transferred to party coffers.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Child poverty

The IFS reports the the reason for the increase in child poverty is mainly among couples with only one worker.

However, there has been a large rise in the risk of poverty for children living
in couple families, driven by those households where one adult worked
full-time and the other did not work and by those households with no
full-time workers. This may well be related to the slow or negative real
growth in entitlements to benefits and tax credits between 2005–
06 and 2006–07

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Child poverty rises again

Finally DWP has published its annual HBAI report. It shows that between 05/06 and 06/07 100,000 more children have ended up in poverty. The total is now at 2.9 million, far off from the 2010 goal. The reason is not quite clear but will be revealed at tomorrow's IFS seminar.

It is quite clear however that the ca 4bn pounds proposed will not be enough to reach the 2010 target, something more like 6 or 7 bn pounds, anticipating the reverse effects of recession, will be needed.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Rühmkorf is dead

The 78 year old lyricist died on Sunday in Hamburg. He was one of the best poets of postwar Germany.

„Schaut nur nicht so bedeppert in diese Grube. / Nur immer rein in die gute Stube. / Paar Schaufeln Erde, und wir haben / ein Jammertal hinter uns zugegraben.“

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Kirsty does political On Location^3

Kirsty Allsopp makes political statements on her flagship property show. She wants stamp duty abolished. While that might make sense, the programme is not the right place to make such statements. Especially when she is so close to Cameron. TV entertainment should stay politically neutral.