A userled campaign is celebrating a £200 000 bi

first_imgA user-led campaign is celebrating a £200, 000 “birthday gift”, after the Scottish government announced funding that will pay for some of the extra costs faced by disabled people who want to stand in next year’s local government elections.One in Five a cross-party Scottish campaign which was launched a year ago, said the announcement of the new Democratic Participation Fund for Disabled People – which will be run by Inclusion Scotland on a pilot basis until May 2017 – was “magnificent news”.The fund will run alongside the Access to Politics for Disabled People project, which is offering non-financial support to disabled candidates standing in May’s election to the Scottish parliament and prospective candidates for the 2017 elections.The £200,000 funding could embarrass the UK government, as its own Access to Elected Office fund has been lying dormant since the 2015 general election while its effectiveness is reviewed.Jamie Szymkowiak, founder of One in Five, said the announcement provided disabled people with “plenty of time to consider standing for selection in the 2017 local government elections”.Marco Biagi, Scotland’s minister for local government and community empowerment, said: “We know disabled people often find it difficult to access elected offices due to the many barriers that exist, and the additional cost of being disabled is one of them.“I am delighted to announce this funding, which comes as a direct response to one of the key demands from disabled people’s campaign organisations, who all highlight that funding is a major barrier for disabled people to even consider accessing politics.”Pam Duncan-Glancy, Labour’s One in Five ambassador, said the announcement was “a great birthday present” for One in Five.She said: “Paying for the extra costs associated with being disabled – like covering the costs of personal assistants or accessible travel – is a huge barrier.“This fund will make immeasurable difference to disabled people seeking to be involved in politics.  We are proud to have been key to making it happen.”Inclusion Scotland research has found that less than five per cent of MSPs are disabled people.Sally Witcher, chief executive of Inclusion Scotland, said: “This new fund has the potential to make a real difference, not just to individual disabled people, but ultimately to the strengthening of Scottish democracy.“Participation in public and political life is everyone’s human right and there is much work to do to ensure that this right can be fully exercised by disabled people.”Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, said: “The Scottish government are leading the way in helping disabled people become elected politicians.“The UK government needs to move faster and introduce a larger fund in England and Wales.”She added: “We also want Scottish politicians to press the UK government to change electoral law to enable job-sharing in elected political office, so that more disabled people and carers can stand for election.“This is needed in local, regional and national government.”Members of One in Five and other disabled people’s organisations celebrated the campaign’s first anniversary outside the Scottish parliament this week (pictured).They called for political parties to make this May’s elections as accessible and inclusive as possible, by taking measures such as producing manifestos in accessible formats, subtitling campaign films, hosting hustings in accessible venues, providing more British Sign Language interpreters, and extending the use of livestreaming of campaign events.Since its launch, One in Five has signed up more than 40 political organisations and local party branches to its five-point charter.It has also persuaded the Scottish government to change the rules governing elections to the Scottish parliament so that spending on a parliamentary candidate’s disability-related costs will no longer count towards the legal limit on their election expenses.Duncan-Glancy said: “The challenges facing disabled people in politics are numerous and we have been quite overwhelmed by the engagement of all political parties in Scotland who have embraced the challenge with open arms, honesty and a thirst to do better.”last_img read more

Disabled campaigners and politicians have raised s

first_imgDisabled campaigners and politicians have raised serious concerns about the social care inspection regime, after last week’s revelations that the number of cancellations and postponements rose by more than 360 per cent in just one year.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has so far refused to say why the number of inspections of adult social care services that were cancelled or rescheduled rose so sharply from April 2015 to April 2016.The figures – revealed by CQC after a freedom of information request by Disability News Service (DNS) – show 25 inspections were cancelled in April 2015, rising to 103 in April 2016, while the number of inspections rescheduled increased from 25 in April 2015 to 130 in April 2016.Despite CQC’s refusal to explain the rise, the Department of Health (DH) was in disarray this week, suggesting at one point that “ultimately the cancellations are a result of funding and fee issues, of which we would not comment”.But when DNS tried to clarify how the fees CQC charges care services to be regulated was connected with a rise in the number of cancelled inspections, a DH spokeswoman said she was “not attempting to make a direct link between funding and cancellations”, and then that it “would be both incorrect and wrong to quote me as suggesting that fees and funding are linked”.Despite the continuing refusal of both DH and CQC to explain why cancellations and rescheduled inspections have risen so sharply, disabled campaigners and politicians have suggested that the figures pose serious questions about the way CQC is being run.Professor Peter Beresford, co-chair of the service-user network Shaping Our Lives, said there had been concerns ever since CQC replaced its predecessor organisations about whether it was well-funded enough to “make possible the sensitive and thoroughgoing regulation that the human services for which it has responsibility demand”.Beresford said CQC had continued to make news “for all the wrong reasons” since its launch.He said this may reflect “the worrying state of social care more generally” but that the cancellation figures provided “no reassurance” that CQC was able to take on the “increasingly difficult and important role it has to play across social care and health”.He said: “Perhaps a root and branch review is now needed and one that puts service-users and carers more strongly at the centre of its operation – rather than apparently weakened, as its poor handling of the Experts by Experience issue has suggested.”Jonathan Bartley (pictured), the Green party’s work and pensions spokesman, who is standing alongside Caroline Lucas in a job share to lead the party, said CQC’s regime of adult social care inspection “appears to be disintegrating”.He said: “The potential impact that so many cancelled inspections will have on rooting out abuse and other poor practice in places where so many people are potentially vulnerable is alarming.”Labour’s shadow minister for social care, Barbara Keeley, also raised concerns after being shown the figures by DNS.She said: “It is worrying to see such a significant increase in the number of CQC inspections being cancelled and rescheduled.“These cancellations, especially if they are last-minute, can be disruptive to staff and to service-users.“We need an effective body to root out abuse and raise quality standards in social care.“Ministers need to reconsider the cuts they are making to the CQC’s budget and whether this is impacting on the organisation’s ability to do its job properly.”The freedom of information request was originally submitted by DNS in an attempt to discover the impact of changes to CQC’s troubled Experts by Experience (EbE) programme.Earlier this year, three of four new contracts to run the EbE programme – in which people with experience of using services accompany CQC inspectors on their visits – were handed by CQC to Remploy, the disability employment business formerly owned by the government but now mostly owned by the scandal-hit US company Maximus.In February, DNS reported that these contract awards had led to confusion, chaos and a stream of resignations by Experts, particularly over Remploy’s decision to slash their hourly rates of pay.The CQC figures show that inspections that were cancelled or rescheduled as a result of “insufficient non-CQC resources” (which includes those where there were problems finding Experts to take part) rose from six in July 2015 to 26 in April 2016, an increase of more than 330 per cent.Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said she believed the Experts by Experience programme had been “corrupted to fit in with austerity budgets”, while the “spirit and purpose of the programme has been lost”.  Bott led the National Centre for Independent Living when it developed the programme with CQC’s predecessor, the Commission for Social Care Inspection, working with local disabled people’s organisations (DPOs), which she said was “still the best way of running a programme like this”.  She said: “A number of DPOs including ourselves and Spectrum sent a letter of concern about the last tendering process to CQC, but our concerns were not addressed.“Experts have to be locally recruited and supported in the community. This work is not suitable for large national contractors.”She added: “I’m not surprised people feel let down and no longer want to have anything to do with it.“It’s not just a question of recruiting experts but also providing support during and after the inspection.  “If this doesn’t happen then many people are excluded from being able to take part.  “The hourly rate is a crucial principle to get right as it reflects respect for the expert. Lowering the fee undermines this principle.”Last week, journalist and former Expert by Experience Claire Bolderson wrote in her blog that the Remploy part of the EbE programme was “in chaos”, with Experts “leaving in despair”, emails going unanswered, and some Experts being asked to travel “absurd distances” to inspections, while senior Remploy staff had apparently been told by CQC in April that “the company was ‘non-compliant’ in almost a dozen areas”. Meanwhile, the Commons public accounts committee has warned that the Department of Health (DH) is not doing enough to safeguard the interests of disabled adults and other service-users receiving personal budgets for social care.Its report was published against a background of increasing demand for adult social care, but a real terms fall in spending by English local authorities.The committee concluded that it was “not assured that local authorities can fully personalise care while seeking to save money, and are concerned that users’ outcomes will be adversely affected”.It criticised DH for its “complacent” response to concerns about social care funding, as it had told the committee that this had been addressed through the spending review process, which introduced new powers for local authorities to raise council tax by an extra two per cent to increase social care funding, and provided extra money through the Better Care Fund.The committee also warned that adults who receive council-funded social care “are not yet getting the support they need consistently in order to get the most out of personalising their care”.And it pointed out that DH does not believe that “everyone counted by local authorities as having a personal budget does actually have genuine choice and control over the services they receive”.The report calls for more research to show how local authorities can implement personal budgets “to maximise benefits to users”.The previous day, the Commons communities and local government committee launched an inquiry – and an appeal for written evidence – into “the financial sustainability of local authority adult social care and the quality of care provided”.Clive Betts, the committee’s chair, said that adult social care was “coming under increasing pressure as a result of growing demand and declining local authority budgets”.He said: “Our inquiry will look at the financial sustainability of this care and support to see what can be done to allow councils to continue to meet their legal obligations for future generations.”last_img read more

Three unions are boycotting a scheme that aims to

first_imgThree unions are boycotting a scheme that aims to monitor the number of disabled people and other minorities working in the broadcasting industry, because of its failure to release a detailed breakdown showing figures for individual programmes.Delegates at the TUC disabled workers’ conference in Bournemouth heard that the flaws in Project Diamond meant disabled people were “still likely to be denied access to work” and the ability to “change public perception in a positive way”.They heard that the refusal of workers in the industry to fill in Project Diamond monitoring forms was heaping pressure on the broadcasting industry over its refusal to release programme-by-programme data.The monitoring system was created by broadcasters BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Sky through the Creative Diversity Network, and aims to capture the equality data of all those working on programmes they commission.But the conference also heard that if a disabled character is played on television by a non-disabled actor, that is still counted in Project Diamond statistics showing how many roles are perceived by audiences to be disabled characters.Natasha Hirst, from NUJ, the journalists’ union, said it was “absolutely disgraceful that that is considered acceptable across the industry”.Proposing a motion that called on the TUC to demand transparent data and for potential penalties for offending broadcasters from the regulator Ofcom – which was passed unanimously – Hirst said the industry’s failure to release detailed figures meant “we cannot drive through the change and the transformation we need to see in broadcasting”.The Project Diamond monitoring scheme is currently being boycotted by NUJ, the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and the media and entertainment union BECTU, although not by the actors’ union Equity.Hirst said the boycott has been effective because workers had been refusing to fill in the monitoring forms.She said: “It is a great example of the power of action the trade union movements can have in creating and influencing change.”She added: “Disabled people are being denied the opportunity to work by the casting of disabled people in roles we should be filling.“We need complete transparency from the media companies if Project Diamond is going to have the impact we need it to have. The way it is being done is wrong.”Phoebe Kemp* (pictured, right, with Hirst), an Equity delegate, who seconded the motion, said: “We have to have access to the full statistics. We know they have the information, they won’t give it to us.”She also raised concerns about non-disabled people playing the roles of disabled characters.She added: “Nothing About Us Without Us. It is time for the broadcasting and entertainment industries to take note of that.”The conference also unanimously passed an Equity motion which criticised the continuing use of non-disabled actors to play disabled characters.Simon Balcon said that most delegates would consider such practices to be “akin to blacking up”.He said: “Great progress has been made in the area of representation in terms of race and sexuality but much more is needed to provide realistic portrayals of disabled people.”Mik Scarlet, an NUJ delegate, said: “When you go for a casting and you are disabled, it is most likely that you will not get the role.“They will see you because they can tick a box to say they have seen some disabled actors and then they will give it to a non-disabled actor.“What it means is the portrayal is not real.”Iain Scott-Burdon, from Unison, said he was “absolutely fed up” with seeing producers “hiring fakes” for films and television dramas.He said: “Non-disabled people playing our parts; they are as fake as you can get.“We need real, authentic Deaf and disabled people, professionals and experts at what they do.“We need to stop hiring fakes.”He also highlighted a positive example in which producers hired a Deaf child actor, Maisie Sly, for the Oscar-winning short film The Silent Child, which Scott-Burdon said was “really well received by the Deaf community”.*During the conference, Kemp performed an extract from her new one-woman play, May, based on the life of the disabled suffragette Rosa May Billinghurstlast_img read more

Whiteville plans to rebuild city hall

first_img The proposal is to demolish this building and build a new one in the same location.“Moving forward, trying to get a better office for the staff. And then obviously for the city and have pride in the city as well. Community and the citizens will have pride in the community with a new building,” Darren Currie, Whiteville city manager, said.Council hopes construction will start by mid fall and the project could cost up to $3,000,000. WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — City council members discussed the construction of a new city hall. The current building is around 80 years old and has a major problem with mold.Moisture seeped into the building throughout the years.- Advertisement – last_img

Trial begins for Hampstead man accused of 2015 murder

first_imgDennis Westberg (Photo: Pender Co. Sheriff’s Office) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A jury selection is underway in the trial of a Hampstead man charged with murder.Dennis Westberg is accused of shooting and killing Larry Joshua Goodson.- Advertisement – The shooting happened in June 2015 in the 400 block of Moores Landing Road.Westberg called 911 and told the operator Goodson was threatening him. Investigators say it appears the two had been drinking together in the home the night before.last_img

Wilmington Planning Commission approves The Avenue development

first_imgDozens attend Wilmington Planning Commission meeting on May 2, 2018 (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It looks like even more development is coming to Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington.It was a packed house at the Wilmington City Planning Commission’s meeting Wednesday night as residents had the chance to share their thoughts on “The Avenue,” a proposed development off of Military Cutoff Road.- Advertisement – Previously, traffic congestion had city officials wary to approve the project given Military Cutoff’s current issues with traffic.Last year, a city staff review said “the proposal is a major destination-type project in the wrong location with insufficient road system connectivity to distribute the heavy traffic volumes generated by the development.”“But there was one big problem, according to your planning staff: It was the wrong project for that location,” Landfall resident, Terry Reilly, said in part at Wednesday’s Planning Commission Meeting. “And therefore they recommended that it not go forward. I would like to know from the planning staff what’s changed? Nothing significant has changed from last year.”Related Article: City leaders approve new apartments, retail at vacant movie theater siteDevelopers updated the plan to address the traffic issue.Last week, neighbors had a chance to see the updated plans for the project.Most who spoke at Wednesday’s Wilmington Planning Commission meeting were opposed to the project and its special use permit, which would increase building height in the urban mixed use district.The planning board approved “The Avenue” project and voted in favor, 4 to 3, for the developer to have the ability to build 75 foot buildings.The plans now to go to the Wilmington City Council for approval.last_img read more

Topsail High athletic director resigns

first_imgThe Topsail Baseball will have a new head coach in 2019. (Photo: Dustin Dorsey/WWAY) HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Topsail High School Athletic Director Barry West has stepped down from his role with the school.Pirate Baseball Coach Aaron Rimer confirms that West announced his decision last night at an end of the year banquet for the Topsail Lacrosse team.- Advertisement – The announcement comes in the wake of an investigation into the school following the forfeiture of wins due to an ineligible player on the Topsail Baseball team that ultimately left the Pirates out of the NCHSAA playoffs.Parents of the baseball team said West and Topsail Principal Berry Simmons failed the students when they did not recognize the player was ineligible at the beginning of the season. It is the sole responsibility of the athletic director to check if a player is ineligible.The player, Alex Postma, suffers from severe anxiety and was ineligible due to an academic concern from the 2017 Fall semester according to his mother.Related Article: Whiteville baseball chasing third straight state titleAn investigation is still underway from Pender County Schools into the Topsail Administration.last_img read more

Tractortrailer pulls down power lines closes part of 16th Street

first_img As of 2 p.m., the roads were cleared. However, 16 Street and the CSX rail remains closed as Duke Energy works on repairs.The driver of the truck is being checked by EMS.Current traffic map on Waze. Traffic on Waze map on April 23, 2019. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An incident involving a tractor-trailer pulled down power lines and closed South 16th Street near Marstellar Street in Wilmington Tuesday afternoon.Wilmington Fire Department says the truck got entangled with the lines and broke a power pole. It happened just after 1 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img

Malta based businesses meet Japanese businesses in Italy

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Malta Chamber Business ForumMalta Chamber Business Forum Representatives of Malta based business met senior officials from Japanese companies who have base in Italy, during a Business Forum organised by the Malta Chamber of Commerce Enterprise and Industry.The business forum was organised in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in Italy and the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Italy.The delegation was led by the Ambassador of Japan to Malta, Keiichi Katakami, and was welcomed by the Malta Chamber President David Xuereb, who highlighted the Chamber’s role as an influential interlocutor for fostering existing and new business relations between Malta and Japan.Ambassador Katakami lauded the significant improvement in commercial and economic ties since the visit of the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe and announced the imminent opening of the Maltese Embassy in Japan by the end of the year.WhatsApplast_img read more

PN MEP David Casa made lead rapporteur for EUs social fund

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Nationalist MEP David Casa has been made the lead rapporteur for the EU’s body supporting educational and employment opportunities for Europeans.In addition to his new roles as a member of the European Parliament Bureau and Quaestor, Casa will now be responsible for negotiating the European Social Fund + (ESF+)The ESF+ is understood to provide opportunities for around 10 million Europeans on a yearly basis, helping them to learn new skills and seek better jobs.Read more:David Casa elected EP QuaestorMetsola and Casa reconfirmed EPP coordinators in their EP committeesResponding to his new role, Casa said that, ‘the ESF+ is a tool that has huge implications and can deliver incredible results that can positively impact the lives of European citizens – I am confident that I can contribute to improving the way this fund is used.’The ESF+ is believe to provide greater inclusion and mitigate unemployment which result from economic crises. The fund is also part of the EU’s bigger picture plan for remodeling the European economy.WhatsApplast_img read more

CNN in talks to buy 200million rated website Mashablecom

first_imgAdvertisement Pete Cashmore, now 26, created Mashable.com from his room in Banchory, Aberdeenshire, in 2005 when he was just 19 in a bid to escape the boredom of his studies.Seven years on, the technology news site now has its head office in New York and Cashmore, who was once dubbed the ‘planet’s sexiest geek’, is set to live up to his name by becoming one of the world’s wealthiest men.If the buyout by CNN takes place it will cement Cashmore’s success as a dotcom multimillionaire and marks another milestone in the extraordinary rise of the former teenage blogger. – Advertisement – Now employing more than 40 people, Mashable covers and aggregates a wide range of news related to the fast-evolving social media and Internet sector covering companies ranging from start-ups to larger players including Facebook and Twitter and has 50 million page views a month.Like other mainstream news outlets CNN, which is owned by Time Warner Inc and was founded by Ted Turner in 1980, has been trying to expand its digital business to compete more effectively in the web-based social media age.Last August it bought Zite, a news application for the iPad designed to give users a personalised magazine-like experience, for up to £16million.However, it has played down reports of a sale, with a spokesman saying the company did not ‘engage in speculation’.Cashmore, who already writes a blog for CNN, went to his local school, Banchory Academy, but was forced to spend large amounts of time at home following problems after surgery for appendicitis aged 13 and fell behind with his studies.It was then the self-described ‘geek’ discovered the internet which became his bedside companion and he began to blog about social media.He said working on the site made him feel like he was achieving something in bed and following his health problems said he had become ‘driven’.The site soon began to make a small amount of money from advertising each month and he was able to take on another writer.Speaking about the rise of Mashable he told Canada’s Globe and Mail in an earlier interview: ‘Not only did I not have connections, I wasn’t in [Silicon] Valley.  ‘But I did have an outsider perspective, and as it turned out that was an advantage because there’s a mass market that wants to know what the coolest gadgets are and how to use Facebook, Twitter and other [technology] to get ahead.’Cashmore, who now has more than 2.2million followers on Twitter, says he doesn’t own a television and doesn’t watch movies claiming he prefers to ‘participate’ via the internet rather than be ‘broadcast to’.He said he didn’t tell his parents about his website and they only learned of his success when a Daily Mail reporter knocked on the door.Technology blogger Felix Salmon said the deal could be announced today, although another person familiar with the matter said it was not likely to be announced this week.CNN spokeswoman Christa Robinson, commenting on the Mashable reports said: ‘We do not engage in speculation about our business and we aren’t commenting on these reports.’Source: Daily Maillast_img read more

Google to pay 225 million fine for Safari privacy evasion

first_imgAdvertisement The fine would be the largest penalty ever levied on a single company by the FTC, but it’s still a financial wrist-slap for Google, which earned $2.9 billion last quarter.Under the terms of the deal, which remains subject to approval from FTC commissioners, Google would admit no wrongdoing.Google has previously acknowledged skirting the privacy settings on Apple’s Safari Web browser, a move that let advertisers track users in unintended ways. Google immediately disabled the technology when privacy researchers exposed it in February. – Advertisement – Asked to comment on its deal with the FTC, Google provided CNN with the following statement: “We cannot comment on any specifics. However we do set the highest standards of privacy and security for our users.”An FTC spokesman declined to comment on the issue.The Safari controversy erupted five months ago after a researcher at Stanford University found that Google had overridden Safari’s default privacy settings.That sounds dire, but the actual consequences of Google’s evasion were fairly trivial. The maneuver related to ad targeting and allowed advertisers to deliver messages customized to users’ recent browsing history. Individual users’ personal information was never collected.Sites use files called “cookies” to follow users’ movements and log-ins as they travel through the Web. Apple’s Safari has far stricter tracking restrictions than any other major browser: By default, it blocks third-party cookies. That’s a problem for ad networks like Google’s, which rely on those cookies to measure their campaigns and to enable some ad functions.Google admitted using a technical maneuver to evade Safari’s default settings. The problem, pointed out by Stanford University researcher Jonathan Mayer, was that Google’s workaround went much further than Google apparently realized.“The Safari browser contained functionality that then enabled other Google advertising cookies to be set on the browser. We didn’t anticipate that this would happen,” Google told CNNMoney at the time. “We have now started removing these advertising cookies from Safari browsers.”Google’s Safari dodge caught the attention of the FTC, which is monitoring Google’s compliance with the company’s privacy pledges under the terms of a settlement deal finalized in October.The October deal stemmed from Google’s blunders with Google Buzz, an early social networking effort that violated Google’s written privacy policies. Google agreed to undergo regular, independent privacy audits and to pay penalties of up to $16,000 per individual violation for any future privacy missteps.In its statement to CNN about its talks with the FTC, Google emphasized that it considers the Safari skirmish a minor one.“The FTC is focused on a 2009 help center page published more than two years before our consent decree, and a year before Apple changed its cookie-handling policy,” the company said. “We have now changed that page and taken steps to remove the ad cookies, which collected no personal information, from Apple’s browsers.”Source: CNNlast_img read more

Facebook Google eBay and Amazon form lobby group

first_imgAdvertisement “The Internet isn’t just Silicon Valley anymore,” Beckerman told TG Daily. “The Internet has moved to Main Street. Our top priority is to ensure that elected leaders in Washington understand the profound impacts on the Internet and Internet companies on jobs, economic growth, and freedom.”“We want to educate (lawmakers) about the impact of the Internet in their congressional districts. In September, we’ll do a full rollout and announce companies and announce policy positions.”A unified lobbying group makes sense, considering the major Internet companies that are allegedly involved in the effort spend a significant amount of money on federal lobbying. In the second quarter of this year, Google spent $3.92 million, Facebook spent $960,000, Amazon spent $690,000, and eBay spent $400,600 — all up between 10 percent and 200 percent from the second quarter of 2011. – Advertisement – As businesses increasingly move to the Internet and “the cloud,” Internet companies such as Google and Facebook have a vested interest in educating lawmakers about the Web. Perhaps the most noteworthy recent example of the disconnect between Silicon Valley and Capitol Hill is the Stop Online Piracy Act, a controversial anti-piracy bill that almost passed in Congress this year.The Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, along with its brother, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), was supported by many lawmakers, despite the opinion of Internet and tech-related companies that it would most likely “break the Internet.” Several Internet companies, including Wikipedia, Craigslist, and Reddit even blacked out their websites in protest of the two bills. SOPA and PIPA were finally put on indefinite hold at the end of January.Some of the other issues Internet companies lobby on include H1-B visa restrictions, privacy and security issues, free trade agreements and online sales taxes.In theory, a pro-Internet lobbying group would help ensure lawmakers fully understand how the Internet works before they try to police it. But this is a lobbying group, which means it will, in reality, favor the companies involved, education be darned — not an Internet Defense League. Source: pcworld.comlast_img read more

6tag Is Like Instagram For Windows Phones

first_imgAdvertisement Windows Phone users have been left out of all the Instagram fun for quite some time, but now the photo-sharing app is making its way to Microsoft-powered smartphones.Well, sort of — it’s not an official version from Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. And you might not want to download it just yet.A French developer has created an Instagram app called 6tag, which includes most of Instagram’s features, filters and sharing capabilities to Facebook, Twitter and so on. The free third-party app sounds like a sweet deal for Windows Phone users itching for Instagram, but according to Windows Phone developer Travis La Marr — and as posted to WithinWindows.com and spotted by The Verge — some major privacy concerns exist within the app. (Not to mention the chance that Facebook could pull integration at anytime.) – Advertisement – [related-posts]WithinWindows.com notes 6tag seems to be keeping a copy of public and private videos on its servers and doesn’t encrypt data; it reportedly sends details such as a username and authentication tokens with uploaded content to its servers in France. The app also doesn’t list a privacy policy, which typically reveals how data is uploaded and protected. This is in violation of Windows Phone App Certification Policy 2.8.6tag has not yet responded to a request for comment.6tag isn’t the only Instagram client for Windows Phone. Another app, dubbed Instance is also available for Windows Phone devices. It allows users to upload photos to Instagram and has a collection of filters. It also supports pinning users and hashtags to the Windows home screen. In our experience, Instance has remained a fairly stable app on a variety of Windows Phone devices.Although Microsoft has reportedly already created an Instagram app for Windows Phone, it’s unknown when — or if — it will officially be approved by Facebook.Credit: Mashablelast_img read more

MTN Uganda Launches Elite Club to Reward Loyal Customers

first_imgAdvertisement MTN Uganda launched MTN Elite a program designed to recognize and reward most valued customers.By use of a personalized card customers will gain access to exclusive privileges, comprising of a dedicated MTN Relationship Manager, free and discounted phone devices, priority access to MTN Service Centers, and discounts from carefully selected Elite lifestyle partners including, Serena Hotel Kampala, Lake Victoria Serena resort, Nyumbani Décor, Mbawo Timberworks, Kenya Airways, Brussels Airlines, SPOTCLEAN Drycleaners, Hertz Rent a car, and restaurants; Khana Khazana, Il Patio, Haandi and Tamarai.“At MTN Uganda, we appreciate our customers and are committed to delivering propositions and services that enable us give back to them. The MTN Elite program will deliver a superior brand journey for its high value customers, by creating memorable brand moments for them,” said MTN Chief Marketing Offer Ernst Fonternel.The MTN Elite Club complements the Asante Sana, MTN cash back and MTN 141 loyalty programs. MTN 141 which is a loyalty points program in which customers get bonus minutes and bonus SMS has had phenomenal success with over 5 million MTN customers currently using it. – Advertisement – In the last 15 years of successful operation in Uganda, MTN has transformed the market, maintained market leadership, changed lives and set new trends for Uganda’s telecommunications industry.“In partnership with both public and non-profit credible organizations, MTN has executed sustainable projects and has provided such services to customers and the community”, Fonternel said.last_img read more

US China reach agreement on guidelines for requesting assistance fighting cyber crime

first_imgThe United States and China have reached an agreement on guidelines for requesting assistance on cyber crime or other malicious cyber activities, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday. Image Credit: Xinhuanet Advertisement The United States and China have reached an agreement on guidelines for requesting assistance on cyber crime or other malicious cyber activities, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday.The agreement was reached in talks in Washington this week among officials including U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Chinese Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun.The Justice Department said in addition to the agreement, China and the U.S. will conduct “tabletop exercises” in the spring with a number of scenarios designed to improve understanding of the expectations for response and cooperation. – Advertisement – The talks had long been planned to follow a landmark agreement between the two countries reached in September. The next round will come in June, the Justice Department said.[related-posts]China’s Ministry of Public security said the agreement would have a “major impact” on the implementation of internet security measures, adding that the two sides resolved to maintain frank discussion on the issue.The statement made no mention of a report from China’s Xinhua news agency this week on the hacking of sensitive personnel records on people holding U.S. security clearances at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) last year. Xinhua said the hacking was criminal, not state-sponsored.The Washington Post reported Wednesday that multiple people had been arrested in that case, which compromised data on more than 22 million federal workers, though people close to U.S. officials told Reuters they believed it was a legitimate intelligence target and a government-sponsored intrusion.U.S. officials have said they are unaware of any evidence demonstrating that the hacked OPM data had been used for any nefarious purposes.[related-posts]last_img read more

Safer Internet Day Browse safely

first_imgImage Credit: Shutterstock Advertisement In the world today, the number of internet users continues to grow exponentially, not with this ease of executing daily tasks! We shop, pay utility bills, read the news, check on friends and family & even keep track of our health and so much more online. With a greater internet penetration, comes bigger concerns of internet safety among both children and adults. This has necessitated the ongoing dialogue about internet security and internet safety.Internet Safety has been defined as the knowledge of maximizing the user’s personal safety and security risks to private information and property associated with using the internet. Internet Security on the other hand Internet security relates with security of your browser, network and on a more general level as it applies to other applications or operating systems on a whole. While most talk of internet safety sounds like grave paranoia, people who have had to obliterate horrible experiences of cyber bullying, cyber stalking, online predation and internet scams from their minds know otherwise.Today we celebrate Safer Internet Day & we want to see to it that we all stay safe while making things happen at a click of a button. Some malware and malicious or criminal websites can be detected by basic instinct or common sense while you might have to look out for some of the following things while browsing the internet;If an advert flashes on your screen prompting you to go ahead to win or claim a brand new iPhonee6 Plus or some other fancy gadget or shoes. It looks too good to be true, and it probably is. Slow down, before you click!Image Credit: 4.bp – Advertisement – 2. Be wary of websites that are advertised in unsolicited email updates from strangers and even on social media.3. Roll your mouse pointer over a link to reveal its true destination, displayed in the bottom left corner of your browser. Check that it is not different from what is displayed in the text of the link from either another website or an email.4. Check for a padlock in the browser window or ‘https://’ at the beginning of the web address to signify that it is using a secure link. “s” stands for “secure”. Without this, do not enter personal information on that website be it a social network or a simple sign-up for a newsletter or some kind prize.5. If you suspect malicious activity on a website, check for an address, phone number and/or email. If still in doubt, send an email or call to establish authenticity.6. Beware of “pharming” my simply checking for correct spellings in website’s addresses, for extra words, and make sure the address displayed is exactly what you’re looking for.7. Beware of websites that hype investments for fast or high return and seek professional advice whenever you plan to transact online.8. So much can be said about Cookies (files on your computer that store information about you between web browsing sessions, so that you don’t have to sign into sites every time you visit or create quicker searches), and you can read about these in websites’ privacy policies.9. Protect your gadgets with up to date security software programs like anti-virus before connecting any device to the internet.10. Endeavor to download and upgrade your browsers as often as you can in order to access the latest security protocols that are inbuilt like the automatic detection of malicious and fraudulent websites.10. Endeavor to download and upgrade your browsers as often as you can . Image Credit: imgurSince the shift from very official use of the internet to its lifestyle approach in our daily lives and the advent of social media, the advancement of cybercrime and an influx of predators online have been realized. This is a call to be cautious about your daily use of the internet especially when it requires you to submit personal data and protect your children too. Play your part.[related-posts]Download our PC Tech Android App and keep updated on the move.last_img read more

Vodafone Uganda Visits Nina Interiors Ltd During the Top 100 midsized Company

first_imgVodafone Uganda Research and Insights Manager Anthony Tenywa (left) expounds the benefits of technology during a courtesy call to Nina Interiors a furniture retail, in Kampala recently. Listening on, were Hurry Mugisha Head of SME, Vodafone Uganda (middle) and Juliana Kagimu Mukasa, Nina Interiors Operations Director. Advertisement Telecom firm; Vodafone Uganda with its bid of supporting Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Uganda on Friday last week Anthony Tenywa; Research and Insights Manager together with Hurry Mugisha Head of SME at Vodafone Uganda made a courtesy call during the Top 100 mid-sized company weekly visits to Nina Interiors LTD; an enterprises that generalizes in home and office furniture and decorations.“We aim to enable SMEs to work faster and smarter by identifying their internet needs and develop solutions that directly meet these needs”, said Anthony Tenywa; Research and Insights Manager at Vodafone Uganda.SMEs contribute up to 70% of Uganda’s GDP, and are therefore an important engine for growth of the economy. The continuous growth in technology is an indicator that businesses need to evolve with it if they are to benefit from these changes. Integration of ICT in business will improve productivity and efficiency of businesses. – Advertisement – “Vodafone is taking deliberate steps to bridge the digital gap and SMEs, so that they can leverage the benefits of ICT integration in businesses” stated Hurry Mugisha; Head of SME at Vodafone Uganda.Notably, the Top 100 mid-sized companies’ survey is an initiative of KPMG and the Nation Media Group represented by Daily Monitor in Uganda that has been conducted since 2009 in Uganda as well as in Kenya and Tanzania with the purpose of identifying Uganda’s fastest growing medium sized companies in order to showcase business excellence and highlight some of the country’s most successful entrepreneurship stories.last_img read more

The 2nd Annual Youth Connekt Summit Themed Connekting Youth for Continental Transformation

first_imgH.E President of Rwanda; Paul Kagame (Left) shares a moment with Alibaba Group Executive Chairman; Jack Ma (Right) at the first annual Youth Connekt Summit in Kigali, Rwanda at the Kigali Convention Centre. (Photo Courtesy: Youth Connekt Flickr page) Advertisement Rwanda will once again host another Youth Connekt Summit from October 8th to 10th, 2018 at the Kigali Convention Centre. Themed ‘Connekting Youth for Continental Transformation’ it will focus on the youth’s role and gains from the recently signed ACFTA that has put cross-border trade at the forefront of the African development agenda.Hosted by the Government of Rwanda, in partnership with UNDP, African Union, and African Development Fund (ADF), the event will attract delegates, government leaders, world business leaders, academics, leaders of civil society organizations, development partners, media partners, youth entrepreneurs from across the continent.Following last year’s success, this year’s event is said to be bolder, bigger, and impact full as it is set to launch the YouthConnekt Hub, and YouthConnekt Empowerment Fund. – Advertisement – There was no mention/comment of who might be the Key guests at the event asides from the President of Rwanda, H.E Paul Kagame. At the inaugural summit graced likes of Alibaba Executive Chairman & Former Chief Executive, Jack Ma, Impact Investor & Founder Akon Lighting Africa; Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, Akinwumi Adesina; President Africa Development Bank, and Tony O. Elumelu; Founder of Tony Elumelu Foundation.Jack Ma on behalf of Alibaba Group committed to setup a USD$10 million fund for Africa’s entrepreneurs, as well as training up-to 200 young entrepreneurs at the Alibaba Headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China in the fields of eCommerce, Artificial Intelligence (A.I), and The Internet.The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the event will launch the YouthMobile Hackathon. UNESCO initiative that leverages computer science education and the widespread availability of mobile phones to empower its students. The students are introduced to coding as both a resource to solve local issues and as a tool to develop complex learning skills.Meanwhile, some of the sessions that will be covered include; How to become an effective leader in your business, JobConnekt Masterclass & GigKorner Experience, Building & Sustaining the Connekted Innovators Network, Leadership & Politics for Women, to mention a few.The summit looks at over coming barriers such as; lack of trade facilitation, Inadequate border infrastructure, limited access to finance, limited market information, corruption and insecurity, limited knowledge, education, and business management skills.Youth Connekt Africa mentions that its five (5) key goals of the summit are; create over 10 million jobs for youth, empower youth with skills, nurture young leaders, connect over 100 million young Africans, and close the gender gap which currently stands at 66% male and 34% female.To attend, (FOLLOW THE LINK) for registration.last_img read more


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