Monthly Archives: October 2012

SpreadsheetGear Adds Microsoft Excel Compatible WPF and Silverlight Controls to the Leading .NET Spreadsheet Component

LENEXA, Kansas, Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/Asianet-Pakistan — Today, SpreadsheetGear LLC announced the immediate availability of SpreadsheetGear 2012.  SpreadsheetGear 2012 enables developers to easily add scalable ASP.NET Excel Reporting, dynamic Dashboards from Excel Charts and Ranges, powerful Windows Forms, WPF and Silverlight Spreadsheet Controls, comprehensive Excel Compatible Charting, the fastest and most complete Excel Compatible Calculations and more.

“With SpreadsheetGear 2012 we have added some of the most frequently requested features including WPF and Silverlight controls, multithreaded recalc, 64 new Excel compatible functions, Windows 8 support, Windows Server 2012 support, Visual Studio 2012 support, improved memory efficiency and performance particularly in 64 bit applications, custom row and column header text and styling for XAML controls, save to XPS and more,” said Joe Erickson, Founder and CEO, SpreadsheetGear LLC.

SpreadsheetGear and Silverlight:  Performance and Excel Compatibility in the Browser

SpreadsheetGear for Silverlight is built on the same high performance Excel compatible spreadsheet and charting engines as SpreadsheetGear for .NET, enabling developers to take their browser based applications beyond the limits of HTML and JavaScript.

Multithreaded Recalc: Easily Take Advantage of Multicore Processors

SpreadsheetGear 2012 makes it possible for developers to take advantage of multicore processors without the complexity of multicore programming by efficiently breaking workbook calculations into tasks using the Microsoft .NET Framework Task Parallel Library APIs.

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About SpreadsheetGear

SpreadsheetGear LLC is a privately held software publisher located in Lenexa, Kansas and the leading developer of Microsoft Excel compatible spreadsheet components for the Microsoft .NET Framework and Silverlight.  Our key developers have over fifty years of combined experience developing high-performance, commercially available spreadsheet technology which is used by most of the Fortune 500. SpreadsheetGear has helped developers in thousands of large and small companies from around the world to build better, faster and easier to use solutions.

SpreadsheetGear LLC is a Premier member of the Microsoft Visual Studio Industry Partner program.

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US and UK GDP Data Examined

Government Officials, Businesses and Consumers Will Have Breathed a Sigh of Relief Last Week, When Data Was Released That Confirmed the UK’s Exit From Recession

LONDON–(Marketwire/Asianet-Pakistan – October 31, 2012) – The US followed suit on Friday and posted a 2% rise in GDP, compared to the UK’s 1%.

In the UK, the significant growth in GDP has been attributed to tourist events such as the Jubilee and Olympics, although the FTSE 100 index is still the worst performer out of 8 major equity indices and the only one not to hit a new high for the year.

It’s a similar story across the pond: whilst President Obama will be looking to focus on economic growth in the run up to the election, Mitt Romney believes that the economy is still moving too slowly.

Ashraf Laidi of City Index has commented that the UK GDP data exposes an economic gap filled in by one-off events like the Olympics, and notes that the “manufacturing and construction sectors remain in recession with PMI surveys below the 50.0 level.”

Trading after the GDP Reports

Here’s an example of how to spread bet following the GDP data releases.

In the light of the news, you might believe that the UK 100 will rise in line with the positive economic data. You’re confident that the market will rise and strengthen off the back of these reports, that you place a £10 long or buy position on the FTSE 100 index.

For every point the market moves above your entry point you stand to gain £10. If it moves 10 points in rising momentum for UK stocks, you’d stand to make £100 (£10 x 10pts).

However, if the market moves against you and falls below your entry point, you’d stand to lose £10 for every point it falls and potentially more than your initial deposit if you don’t utilise risk management tools such as guaranteed stop losses.

Ensure you fully understand the risks involved before opening a position.

Spread betting, CFDs and forex trading are leveraged products which can result in losses greater than your initial deposit. Ensure you fully understand the risks.

About City Index:

City Index provides access to a wide range of instruments including margined foreign exchange, CFDs and, in the UK, financial spread bet0ting.

Joshua Raymond
City Index

N West sets target to reduce road fatalities

Pretoria: North West MEC for Human Settlements, Public Safety and Liaison, Nono Maloyi, says the province will intensify efforts to reduce road accidents and fatalities.

“We want this province to become an accident free area and that requires hard work and dedication, hence we saw it fit to employ more law enforcement officers. We are going to operate Arrive Alive campaigns on 24/7 basis throughout the year,” said Maloyi.

The MEC further announced that he will be launching the Festive Arrive Alive Campaign and Operation ‘When Duty Calls’ on Friday at the Mmabatho Stadium.

On Tuesday, more than 35 summonses worth R13 500 were issued to defaulting motorists during a cross-border operation along the R510 road linking North West and Limpopo.

The R510 road is extensively used by heavy delivery vehicles and it experiences high volumes of daily traffic while vehicles that are un-roadworthy, unlicensed or even stolen commute on this road without being detected.

Out of 425 vehicles stopped during the operation that was held in partnership with the South African Police Service (SAPS), Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), Transnet and Moses Kotane Local Municipality, summonses were issued in different offences ranging from driving without a licence, unlicensed and un-roadworthy vehicles.

Road safety education material was distributed to motorists as they were further encouraged to be considerate on the road, obey the law by observing the speed limit and the road rules.

Religious groups can help SA address anger

Cape Town: Religious groups can play a critical role in addressing the immense anger that many South Africans still harbour years after apartheid ended and can help many to find healing and reconciliation, says President Jacob Zuma.

Addressing a crowd of over 2 000 people from different religious groups at the 4th Interfaith Action for Peace in Africa at the Good Hope Centre on Tuesday, Zuma said years on, many South Africans still bear the emotional wounds of apartheid.

“Our society is very angry. When people quarrel today, they kill one another. Taking the life of a human being today has become very easy.

“When workers are on strike, they are very angry, they burn things, they destroy properties. When communities are protesting they actually destroy what they are protesting about that should be delivered to them.

“That’s an anger that’s abnormal,” he said, pointing out that religious groups could play a key role in addressing this anger.

Joined by MPs on stage, he said though the Truth and Reconciliation Commission had addressed some of these wounds, there was never enough time to address these wounds properly because the country had needed to get right to work to rebuild itself after the first democratic elections in 1994.

However, Zuma said now was the time to “focus seriously on healing and reconciliation”.

He said South Africans were a unique people and that before the Codesa negotiations, no one in the world believed the country could ever reach a resolution.

“But because I believe God is with us in this country, we were able to come around and arrive at a conclusion,” he said.

He said the mistake many South Africans have made was thinking that by ending apartheid, the country had solved all its problems, but there were still more issues to be worked on.

The summit on social cohesion on July 4 and 5 this year, he said, had brought labour, business, the government and all social partners together because of a shared common destiny as South Africans.

“I believe we are capable of solving the many challenges we have as a country, as a people,” he said.

Zuma also said faith-based organisations had a critical role to play in strengthening the kind of society that is envisaged in the Constitution – particularly in social reconciliation and national healing.

However, he said it was not possible to build moral societies without ensuring there was a visible difference in the lives of ordinary people, adding that South Africans must work together to create more jobs.

He called on religious leaders to help build South Africa and instil in South Africans the values that the country’s forebears hoped for.

“It cannot be done by government or politicians only,” he said, adding that all dominations and religions should together.

Speaking before Zuma, the President of Interfaith Action for Peace in Africa, Ishmael Noko, said Africa’s greatest problem was not that it was poor, but it managed its resources badly.

Noko urged religious communities that criticised governments for not being democratic to also examine whether their own structures were democratic.

The organisation was founded on 2002 when 110 religious leaders from Africa committed themselves to working together for peace.

Minister Nathi Mthethwa to file court papers challenging the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry

The Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa has decided to challenge, legally, the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry by Western Cape Premier, Ms Helen Zille and have it set aside, whilst appropriate platforms are followed to address the challenges of crime in Khayelitsha.

The legal team is currently finalising the papers and are expected to be filed before the end of this week. The Minister’s decision follows a protracted process initiated by him in the spirit of goodwill and inter-governmental cooperation, including one-on-one discussions with the Premier. During their meeting as well as exchanges of correspondences, the Minister outlined substantive reasons why he believed the establishment of such a commission was a premature approach in addressing the challenges of crime in Khayelitsha.

“I have indicated during my engagements with Premier Zille, substantiated my reasons and proposed an approach around the challenges of crime in Khayelitsha. I have further emphatically stated that we do not question her powers to set up such a commission, however remain convinced that there were various avenues where the issue could have been raised, but never was.”

“The rationale behind setting up of such a commission, which at a strategic level only focuses on the South African Police Service (SAPS) and not the Western Cape Metro police, is suspicious if not questionable. Despite the engagements we held with the Premier over the past weeks, it is evident that she is determined to continue with the commission by hook or crook, which leaves us with no option but to challenge the matter, through the legal framework,” stated the Minister.