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We must better empower universities to help deliver knowledge-based economy

Claire Aiken
I WONDER what Benjamin Franklin, one of the great societal contributors in US history would make of civic leadership in our world today? As one of the founding fathers of the US, Franklin’s imprint on his community and country reached far beyond his 80 odd years, indeed it was apt, that it was he who said ‘some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until they are 75’.

Time to review your IT infrastructure and be vigilant

Trevor Bingham
Ransomware has become the threat-of-the-day for most enterprise organisations, as they struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing threat landscape and barrage of attacks from money-hungry cyber criminals and hackers.

Could you be stupid but just don't know it?

Barry Shannon
BERTRAND Russell once said: “One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision” So, here’s a question– have you ever heard of the Dunning-Kruger effect? No? Well have you ever found yourself listening to someone pompously holding court and spouting complete ill-informed nonsense? You probably wondered how someone so disengaged from reality and removed from the actual facts of the matter had the brass neck to present themselves with such confidence and overwhelming self-belief, even when it was clear to the dogs in the street they were talking rubbish.

Taxing times lie ahead

Richard Ramsey
TAX has been a big talking point in recent years – we’ve had the sugar tax, the pasty tax, the plastic bag tax, and even the caravan tax.

What exactly is Grade A office space?

Declan Flynn
FOR those in the world of commercial property, Grade A is a term that you’ll hear most days and, if the office or investment sector is of interest to you, it’ll be the benchmark against which you compare the majority of assets.

Dollar gains are gradually being unwound . . . .

James Beattie
DONALD Trump propelled the US dollar higher with his surprise Presidential election win in November on expectations that his policy platform would deliver stronger US economic growth and thus, higher US interest rates.

So what happens next?

Jonathan Dobbin
AS we face Brexit uncertainty, the impending UK election, and a lack of an Assembly in Northern Ireland, many continue to wonder about the health of the world’s economy - the bigger picture.

Let's set about reversing this 'brain drain'

Roseann Kelly
I WAS delighted last week to learn that Invest NI is supporting the creation of 300 new jobs through the expansion of Pearson Plc, and I'll be happy to walk the few stairs to the floor below my office at Millennium House to personally give a very warm Northern Ireland welcome.

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