Labour has pledged to transform the social secur

first_imgLabour has pledged to “transform” the social security system and to set out a bill to repeal cuts to disabled people’s benefits within a year, in one of the headline measures of a mini-manifesto devoted solely to disability issues.The document, Nothing About You, Without You, was launched last weekend in Manchester, and expands on policies laid out in the party’s main election manifesto, as well as including some new pledges*.One of these is a promise to develop a network of “independent living hubs”, which would “be run by disabled people, foster independence, facilitate peer or advocacy support” and provide practical support.This mirrors the pledge made by the Labour government in its Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People report in 2005, which called for every area to have “a user-led organisation modelled on existing CILs [centres for independent living]”.The party has told Disability News Service (DNS) that it will ensure local authorities have the resources to create these hubs, although decisions on whether to set them up will be made locally.  There is also a promise to halve the disability employment gap, a pledge originally made by the Conservative party in 2015 but now dropped from its latest manifesto after the government made little or no progress towards achieving the target over the last two years.Labour has so far declined to say how long it would take to halve the gap, other than “as soon as possible”.The disability manifesto also says that local public sector or voluntary organisations would carry out the new “personalised, holistic” assessments that it previously announced would replace the heavily-criticised work capability assessment and personal independence payment (PIP) assessment.Labour’s disability manifesto is the product of a series of disability equality roadshows held across the country over the last six months, a process headed by the shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams, with the party stressing that it has been produced “with and for disabled people”.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) said disabled people had been “demonised and dehumanised by the Conservative’s devastating cuts and a social security system which punishes, rather than supports, disabled people”.He said: “Labour will ensure that disabled people and people with mental health conditions have access to the support they need and will work with disabled people to build an inclusive society, where no one is held back from fulfilling their potential and realising their aspirations.”Much of the document is devoted to attacking the record of the Conservatives in government over the last seven years, while there are few details about the policies Labour is proposing.One such example is its pledge to “build more accessible and disabled-friendly new homes” as part of a commitment to build 100,000 new affordable homes every year.When DNS asked what proportion of these homes would be built to Lifetime Homes standard and how many would be wheelchair-accessible, the party said this would be “needs-led”, although a Labour government would make funding available for councils to “assess and fully meet local needs”.Despite the lack of detail in the disability manifesto, there are many statements of principle – and some firm policies – that are likely to attract disabled voters.The document pledges to deliver an education strategy that is “inclusive”, and says a Labour government would replace the current assessment for the new education, health and care plans – introduced under the coalition government’s Children and Families Act 2014 – an eligibility test that Labour says is being used to restrict support to “all but those with the most severe needs”.The disability manifesto also promises to “change the culture of the social security system, from one that demonises sick and disabled people to one that is supportive and enabling” and is “efficient, responsive, and provides basic support”.It also promises “stronger laws and proper enforcement of the Equality Act” to protect disabled people from discrimination at work and when applying for jobs, and says there will be a new right to flexible working for “employees with an impairment or chronic condition”.There is a pledge to ensure university courses are accessible to disabled students, “including through scrapping tuition fees, [and providing] course support and support for living costs” – although there is no mention of whether a Labour government would reverse Tory cuts to disabled students’ allowance – and another to increase the number of disabled apprentices.And there is a pledge to provide “seed corn funding” to develop local organisations offering “supportive” employment for disabled people who cannot participate in mainstream work.It says that an example of the kind of enterprises that might benefit is Enabled Works, in Leeds, a workers’ co-operative that was set up following the closure of the Leeds and Pontefract Remploy factories.On public transport, the disability manifesto promises to stop the expansion of driver-only operated trains, because “guards are essential for allowing disabled passengers access to trains”, while Labour will reverse the cut to the funding of the Access to All rail station access improvement programme, first revealed by Disability News Service last year.There is also a promise to “open up democracy” to disabled people, by ensuring that the party’s own disabled members can “participate fully in all local party activities, and that there is a fair and accessible selection process for all candidates for local, regional and national levels of political office”.The disability manifesto pledges to make “reasonable adjustments for disabled candidates in recognition of the additional costs that they face”.But there is no mention of reopening the Access to Elected Office Fund, which provided funding for the extra costs faced by disabled candidates seeking election to parliament and local councils, and was closed by the Conservative government after the 2015 election.*One of the only analyses of Labour’s disability manifesto to be published so far, by disabled activist David Gillon, can be found herelast_img read more

HAVE you signed up for 2014Luke Walsh Richard Be

first_imgHAVE you signed up for 2014?Luke Walsh, Richard Beaumont, Kyle Amor, Matty Dawson and big Mose Masoe have.And there’s still time to join them and take advantage of the great Early Bird offers before the December 24 deadline.Our Early Bird Junior Season Tickets are priced the same as 2006 prices – starting from the equivalent of just £4.25 per match.Early Bird Adult tickets save £58 on matchday tickets and that is nearly three games free!Season Ticket Holders guarantee their spot for the year and can also take advantage of 10 per cent off items in the Superstore as well as priority availability for cup and play-off games.You can also save £15 on the 2014 home and away shirt if you buy them together.And, throughout the stadium new purchasers can look forward to saving nearly 10% off the full price Season Ticket.To find out more click here.If you want to use our interactive seat picker to find out what is available in the Totally Wicked North and Solarking South Stands click here and select Season Tickets.Fans can buy their season tickets at the link above, at the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052.Be part of it and be the heartbeat – #saintsheartbeatlast_img read more

SAINTS completed their third win over the Tigers t

first_imgSAINTS completed their third win over the Tigers this season with a comprehensive 52-6 display at a rain soaked Langtree Park, writes Graham Henthorne.Three tries in the opening quarter of an hour put the writing on the wall for the visitors and three further four pointers later in the half put the game beyond the Tigers.Morgan Knowles, enjoying life in the second row for a change got the scoring under way in the fifth minute taking advantage of a bizarre gift pass from the Tigers full back who literally handed the ball to him 10 metres out from the line.A massive defensive effort had kept the Tigers pinned in their own end prior to this try and this was the story of the day for the visitors who had to resort to increasingly novel ways to get away from their own line due to the punishing defence of the Saints.A huge 40/20 kick from Danny Richardson, which actually went into touch on the Tigers 1 metre line, eventually resulted in a try for Aaron Smith as the hooker darted over at the side of the posts.In contrast to the visitors the Saints, led from the front by Captain Joe Ryan, were finding it easy to make ground down the middle of the field. Runs from Ross McCauley and Levy Nzoungou put the Saints on the Tigers line and a great miss pass from Ricky Bailey gave Dave Eccleston an easy touch down in the right corner.He got his second after a scrum on the visitors’ 40 metre line. The ball was spread right, Matty Costello poked his nose through the line then passed it out to give his winger space to round his opposite number for the score.Bailey (pictured against Warrington) got just reward for his support play as he took Richardson’s inside ball to go over at the posts to put the Saints 28 points to the good after a similar amount of time.The Tigers then brought the Saints back down to earth with a long range try. A chip over the defensive line on tackle 2 was taken by the left winger who rounded Eccleston on his way to the line.The “comeback” was short-lived, however, as Knowles scored his second at the break. Ryan’s fabulous offload was taken on the burst by Richardson who gave Knowles a clear run to the line as the second row ran a great inside cross over line wrong footing the defence.The opening of the second half was greeted with a torrential downpour which affected handling and restricted any thoughts of expansive play.Jonah Cunningham scored a trademark try plunging low at dummy half to get the scoring under way in the second period with his hooking partner Smith going in for his brace with a similar effort on his re-introduction.Regan Grace rounded off the scoring and the match with his customary try in the corner benefiting from quick hands from Bailey and Calvin Wellington.Next week’s trip to play Hull FC will present the Saints with a much sterner task than was faced today in the form of the Tigers as they look to gain revenge for the Saints two earlier victories.Phil Atherton and Chris Worrall did well off the bench assisting Ryan down the middle with Richardson and Fairclough moving the team around the field well.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Morgan Knowles 2 (5, 38), Aaron Smith 2 (10, 64), Dave Eccleston 2 (14, 24), Ricky Bailey (29), Jonah Cunningham (53), Regan Grace (78).Goals: Danny Richardson 8.Castleford U19s:Tries: Declan Sheehan (34).Goals: Kieran Gill.Half Time: 34-6        Full Time: 52-6Teams:Saints:18. Ricky Bailey; 2. Dave Eccleston, 3. Matty Costello, 4. Calvin Wellington, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Danny Richardson, 7. Rob Fairclough; 8. Ross McCauley, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Levy Nzoungou, 11. Olly Davies, 13. Morgan Knowles, 21. Joe Ryan.Subs: 15. Chris Worrall, 16. Ben Morris, 20. Jonah Cunningham, 23. Phil Atherton.Castleford:1. Ash Robson; 5. Pat Diskin, 3. Russ Barton, 4. Kieran Gill, 2. Declan Sheehan; 6. Luke Adamson, 7. Tom Holmes; 8. Rory Dickson, 9. Brandon Moore, 10. Will Maher, 19. Will Plimmer, 12. Brandon Pickup, 13. Connor Fitzsimons.Subs: 14. Luke Million, 15. Connor Hughes, 16. Brandon Douglas, 18. Davey Dixon.last_img read more

COMING to the game on FridayWere looking for the

first_imgCOMING to the game on Friday?We’re looking for the best fan created banners at Langtree Park!We want to create a cauldron of noise – and a sea of red and white – for our World Club Series clash with the Roosters.So get creative… the best banner will receive a special prize!We will reveal the winner next week on @saints1890last_img

Police Man arrested after jumping in ocean to run from officers

first_imgSURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Police arrested a man who officers say jumped out of a car in Surf City and then into the ocean before ending up in North Topsail Beach hours later Wednesday.Surf City Police Chief Ron Shanahan said around 4:15 p.m., a car drove fast past officers so they pulled the car over.- Advertisement – After an officer noticed some sort of controlled substance inside and asked one of the men, identified as Zachary Kingsbury, 20, to step out of the car, that’s when Kingsbury he took off running.Shanahan says one of the passengers was arrested.He said Kingsbury went into the ocean, so officers got a drone in the air to follow him.Related Article: Police charge driver with DWI in crash that killed twoAfter following the man via drone until the battery died, Shanahan said officer called the Coast Guard and North Topsail Beach Police for help because they knew the man was swimming toward North Topsail.Pender EMS, a fire marine unit and Surf City Fire Department also responded.Finally around 7:45 p.m. North Topsail Beach Police arrested Kingsbury near the water near the Wicker Avenue beach access.Shanahan said Kingsbury was taken to the Pender County Jail.last_img read more

Wilmington International Airport almost back on track after snow

first_img The only depature to Dallas from ILM was scheduled to leave at 7:00 p.m. tonight and has been canceled. The only arrival from Dallas that was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tonight has also been canceled.As always, check with your airline before heading to the airport. Photo: MGN WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After a day of canceled flights this week at the Wilmington International Airport, majority of flight schedules are looking back to normal.The only flights not set to arrive or depart from ILM are American Airlines Dallas flights.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Countdown is on until United Airlines takes off at ILM

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — United Airlines will soon be Wilmington International Airport’s latest addition.Thursday night an executive with the airline was the keynote speaker at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting.- Advertisement – From giving out a lifetime achievement award to Fred Eshelman, to going over the Chamber’s accomplishments from last year, to learning more about United Airlines, the meeting was very eventful.Grant Whitney, United Airlines’ Vice President of Domestic Network Planning, went over why they chose ILM.“It’s a thriving community that we have long been looking at,” Whitney said. “We’re excited about both the business component of Wilmington but also the leisure component of Wilmington.”Related Article: American Airlines flight makes emergency landing at ILMRight now ILM has American Airlines and Delta Airlines. However, starting April 9 that is going to change. United Airlines will being four flights a day.“Two flights going to Chicago each day and we have two flights going to Washington Dulles each day,” Airport Director, Julie Wilsey said.Wilsey said United will not only bring more options for travelers, but more jobs and economic growth.“We’re a very strong business community,” Wilsey said. “We’re also a very big tourism industry. And of course we have residents who live here who want to travel abroad and throughout the U.S. So tickets have been for sale since November they’re selling pretty well. And we think it’s good for both people who want to get to Wilmington and people who live here who travel for both business and leisure.”Growing business and tourism, along with the Port City itself, are just a few of the many reasons why United chose ILM.“We’re gonna bring customers to Wilmington who’ve flown on United for many, many years. And we also look forward to taking people from Wilmington not only domestically in the United States but also globally,” Whitney said.Wilsey said in a recent two year study the airport’s economic impact on the region was $1.6 billion. With the latest addition, Wilsey hopes that trend will only continue to grow.As for staffing the new airline, United will be hiring from within the area.last_img read more

CFCC partners with Yamaha for new training program

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College is helping give their students a leg up in the workforce. CFCC announced their partnership with Yamaha Thursday morning.The college offers an introductory course right now to train marine technicians, and the program is only growing.- Advertisement – The program is designed to give students a hands-on opportunity to develop skills that they can directly apply in a job. Students will come out with a certification to work directly at a Yamaha shop or another dealership.As part of the partnership, Yamaha has already donated two motors for students to work with. The company says the market is hot for skilled laborers rights now, especially in Wilmington.“As our technicians get older and they’re retiring and moving out, we have no young, skilled labor coming in to replace that. So, that’s created the problem as well, of the fact that the industry is just growing that fast at this point.” said Mark Harden, of Yamaha.Related Article: George Thorogood, Eddie Money coming to The Wilson CenterHarden says that students coming out of this program will be eligible for jobs at a dealership, with the opportunity to move up. In a market like Wilmington, he says students could expect a starting salary from $15-18 per hour.The program is a work in progress right now. A second introductory course will be introduced in January, and CFCC plans to keep advancing the curriculum.last_img read more

Brunswick County to end curfew open public offices maintain burn ban

first_img All four Brunswick County distribution sites will operate from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, distributing water and food. The sites include:Spring Lake Park (210 Pine Road in Boiling Spring Lakes)Northwest District Park (1937 Andrew Jackson HWY NE in Leland)South Brunswick Middle School (100 Cougar Drive, Boiling Spring Lakes)Town Creek Park (6420 Ocean Highway East in Winnabow)After Sunday, Sept. 23, these distribution sites will close.Beginning Monday, Sept. 24, citizens in the affected areas may continue to get water and MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) at certain fire departments:Boiling Spring Lakes Volunteer Fire Department (3059 George II Hwy in Boiling Spring Lakes)Northwest Fire Department (5029 Northwest Road in Northwest)Navassa Volunteer Fire Department (336 N. Main Street in Navassa)Waccamaw Volunteer Fire Department (4045 Whiteville Road NW in Ash)Winnabow Volunteer Fire Department (161 Governors Road SE in Winnabow)Related Article: FEMA approves additional $3M for New Hanover CountyDonations and VolunteersBrunswick Family Assistance continues to coordinate donations and volunteer efforts in Brunswick County. Those wishing to donate or volunteer should contact Brunswick Family Assistance by calling them at 910-654-4766.Curfew Ends; Burning Ban Still In PlaceUnincorporated areas of Brunswick County will be under a curfew from midnight until dawn Monday, Sept. 24. The curfew will end Monday morning.A burning ban remains in place for all unincorporated areas of Brunswick County in the wake of Hurricane Florence. All burning within 100 feet of a structure is banned, to allow Brunswick County to focus first responders and resources on hurricane recovery efforts. The ban will remain in place until further notice.Unincorporated areas are areas not in a city or town.Utilities UpdatesWater service has been restored to all areas of the Brunswick County Public Utilities distribution system, including Boiling Spring Lakes and River Mist. A system pressure advisory remains in place for the areas of Southport, St. James, Boiling Spring Lakes, Caswell Beach, the Long Beach Road area and the George II Highway area until further written notice.Customers who find they have no water service should first check to make sure their shut-off valves are on and that they have no damage to their plumbing. If after checking those things customers still have no water, they should contact Brunswick County Public UtilitiesMonday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.: 910-253-2860 or 910-253-2657After hours: 910-371-3490 or 910-45400512Customers experiencing a grinder pump malfunction should call 910-253-2657.County Offices Re-Open Monday, With Some ChangesBrunswick County government offices, including parks and libraries, will open on a regular schedule Monday, Sept. 24, with some offices temporarily relocating due to damage from Hurricane Florence.Tax Administration will be relocating to 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply. The License Plate Agency and Tax Collections will relocate to the Utility Billing office in Building I on the government complex. The License Plate Agency will not re-open Monday, Sept. 24; a reopening date will be announced as soon as it is available.County Building Inspections, located in Building I on the county complex, will open a satellite office at the Leland Town Hall beginning Monday morning. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Recovery from Hurricane Florence continues in Brunswick County as some distribution sites close and others prepare to open, the curfew for unincorporated areas ends and a burning ban remains in place, and County offices prepare to reopen as work to repair utility lines continues.Distribution Sites- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington man who supplied cocaine to gang members sentenced

first_imgRufus Lamar Parker (Photo: NHSO) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man who sold cocaine to a gang is going to prison for six and a half years after pleading guilty to multiple drug charges.According to a news release from the US Attorney’s Office, Rufus Lamar Parker pleaded guilty to six counts of distributing powder cocaine and other charges.- Advertisement – Parker is the fifth of six defendants to be sentenced in this case.Parker supplied the Blood gang members with powder cocaine that they then turned into crack cocaine and sold in the Wilmington area.He was arrested during Operation Tourniquet in 2017.last_img read more

Professor finds ancient piece of nature living along Black River

first_img Professor David Stahle discovered the fifth oldest tree species in the world in our very own Black River, near Ivanhoe.“We knew it was a remarkable natural area,” Stahle said. “Thousand-year-old trees on both sides of the road. We could tell. We’re experts. We could tell they’re old.”Stahle thought he was coming to the Black River to find trees that were only a few hundred years old.Related Article: Mandatory evacuation lifted in Pender County, curfew is in place“First tree we cored a thousand tree rings,” he said. “Well we hadn’t found that in all our previous studies in the southeast. We hadn’t found trees quite a thousand years old and there were hundreds of those here at Black River.”Stahle hit the jackpot when he found a tree that is around 2,624 years old.On Thursday, he unveiled his discovery of the oldest known Bald Cypress Tree in the world, right here on the Black River.Angie Carl, with The Nature Conservancy, says this is an amazing discovery.“All up and down the Black River is old growth Cypress,” Carl said. “It’s a world-class river and this is just the diamond in the middle of this tiara of amazing forest.”Carl says this is the oldest Cypress den in the world, and it’s right on the East Coast. She says it’s rich with all kinds of ancient trees.Stahle says this discovery paves the way for future research and preservation.“We think that if we could document the tail of the age distribution,” Stahle said. “In other words, how old they can get, the sheer magnitude of their age, their great antiquity might contribute to their interest and to their ultimate preservation.”Stahle says this Bald Cypress dates all the way back to 605 B.C.Carl says The Nature Conservancy is hoping to make sure all the land along the Black River becomes protected. BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Imagine finding an ancient landmark right in your own backyard.A professor from the University of Arkansas came all the way to North Carolina and found one of the oldest trees in the world right here in Bladen County.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Malta 5th from bottom in female employment rate across EU

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Malta has been ranked 5th from last in the rate of female employees in the European Union in 2018. According to Eurostat, only 63.4% of females were registered as employed.The figure is significant given that gender equality has grown in importance in the past years and especially with European countries pushing to achieve higher female employment rates while also decreasing the gender pay gap. The Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat had stated that in Malta, equality exists on paper but not in practice.However, Malta has seen improvements in the past years. Since 2017, the female employment rate increased by 2.8%. This increase can be a result of new initiatives which are continuously being launched and implemented, such as the ‘Women on IT’ initiative and ‘Prepare the Ground for Economic Independence’. Results of this change can be seen in recent news where half of new judicial appointments were given to females.Second in EU on Male employmentFrom the same report, Malta has also been registered as the second highest country across the EU with the greatest male employment rate in 2018. The rate sits at 85.7%, an increase of 1% since 2017. This high rate of employment is a factor in the economic growth Malta has been enjoying for the past few years.Eurostat statistics have also shown that Malta has exceeded Europe’s 2020 employment rate targets of 70%, with Malta’s total employment rate standing at 75%.WhatsApplast_img read more

Tablet wars Another Samsung tablet banned

first_imgAdvertisement The Duesseldorf Higher Court banned the sale of the tablet computer because it found the tablet infringes on Apple’s design rights and looks too much like the iPad.The appeals court also ruled that the altered Galaxy Tab 10.1N, does not infringe on Apple’s designs, and will be allowed to be sold in Germany.The Galaxy Tab 7.7 infringed on Apple’s community designs, unitary industrial design rights that protect the intellectual property of products sold in the European Union, the court said in a press release. Parent company Samsung Korea is not allowed to distribute the Tab 7.7 in the European Union, except in Germany, the court added. – Advertisement – Germany was not included in the ban in the E.U. on Tuesday, because the distribution of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 was already banned in Germany by the lower regional court of Duesseldorf in October 2011, when it ruled that Samsung’s German subsidiary infringed on Apple’s design rights, the court said. However, the lower regional court rejected an Europe-wide ban at the time because it said Samsung Germany and Samsung Korea were two separate entities. The German subsidiary was legally independent from parent company Samsung Korea and both companies are not the same when it comes to the design regulations, the court said.The appeals court however decided on Tuesday that the German subsidiary is a branch of the parent company and acted on its behalf, and that is why Samsung Korea was also banned from selling the Tab 7.7 in Europe, the court said. The back side and edges of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in particular resemble the iPad in an unacceptable way, the court said.The court also ruled in another proceeding between Apple and Samsung on Tuesday concerning the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. The 10.1N is an adjusted version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, that was banned in Germany along with the Galaxy Tab 8.9 by the higher regional court of Duesseldorf in January.The higher court ruled on Tuesday that the 10.1N is sufficiently adjusted and does not infringe on Apple’s community designs. The court thereby confirmed the decision of the lower regional court of Duesseldorf made earlier this year and declared that the Galaxy Tab 10.1N can legally be traded in Germany.Both rulings are final, the court said.Apple did not immediately comment on Tuesday’s ruling. Samsung said it was disappointed with the court’s ruling on the Galaxy Tab 7.7, and would take all available measures to ensure the product is available in Europe. The company welcomed the ruling on the Galaxy Tab 10.1N and added that “should Apple continue to make legal claims based on such a generic design patent, design innovation and progress in the industry could be restricted.”At the beginning of July, a U.K. judge reached a completely opposite conclusion from his German colleagues. He ruled that Samsung tablets do not infringe on a registered Apple design because “they are not as cool” and the Galaxy Tablets “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design.”The decision of the higher court of Duesseldorf will impact all markets across the E.U. according to a statement from Samsung. The U.K. is also a member of the E.U.Apple and Samsung are currently locked in courtroom battles in different jurisdictions around the world, each claiming the other has infringed on their patents. Source: computerworld.comlast_img read more

Kaspersky Security for Mac

first_imgAdvertisement Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac$30.20Amazon.comTrend Micro Smart Surfing for Mac$49.95Trend MicroLike its predecessor Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 for Mac, Kaspersky Security checks for viruses any time a file is accessed.Its iSwift technology avoids re-checking files that have already been deemed clean, to boost performance. You can run a full or quick scan at any time. Unlike the lightweight Kaspersky Virus Scanner (for Mac), Kaspersky Security doesn’t offer scheduled scanning.The antivirus uses malware signatures to detect known threats and behavioral detection to catch those so recent they don’t yet have signatures. – Advertisement – New in this edition, a Web antivirus component steers users away from known malicious and phishing URLs and marks dangerous URLs in search results.It also checks Web pages for malicious code and prevents download of malicious files. The Web antivirus supports Safari, Firefox, and Chrome.Like Symantec’s iAntivirus, Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac $30.20 at, and several others, Kaspersky Security includes Windows-based malware in its scan, on the basis that your Mac might transfer these to Windows systems on the network.As a guard against password theft via a key logging or screen capturing Trojan, Kaspersky Security offers a virtual keyboard. It also implements a number of self-protection technologies so it can’t be disabled by targeted malware.Full-scale Parental ControlTrend Micro Smart Surfing for Mac $49.95 at Trend Micro offers parental control in the form of optional content filtering.Kaspersky Security’s parental control goes quite a bit beyond content filtering, though it will filter out objectionable content in 14 categories.It can also force Safe Search on certain search sites, and prevent downloading of music, videos, applications, or archive files (which might contain any of the other three categories).Parents can set a daily maximum for each child’s time on the Internet. There’s also an option to define a time-range during which Internet access is permitted on weekdays and on the weekend.Kids sometimes share information that’s too personal, like the home phone number or address. Kaspersky Security can block transmission of parent-defined private information.The social networking component tracks each child’s correspondence on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Parents can review the messages and, if necessary, block certain contacts.In addition to viewing social networking messages, parents can view a history of the child’s Internet activity and look into any violations of time scheduling or private data transmission.Kaspersky Security for Mac is available directly from the Kaspersky website. You can also install it using one of your licenses from Kaspersky ONE Universal Security $79.95 at Kaspersky Lab North America | United Kingdom, which protects multiple Windows, Mac, and Android devices.Source: PC MAGlast_img read more

Google introduces Publisher Center to let news sites directly update details section

first_imgAdvertisement Google has today introduced the Google News Publisher Center, a new tool that lets news publishers keep Google News current on the changes they have made to the structure of their site.Media companies can now directly edit the Google News record of their news site.The Publisher Center lets you make the following changes:Update your news site details, including changing your site name and labeling your publication with any relevant source labels (like Blog, Satire, or Opinion).Update your section URLs when you change your site structure (e.g., when you add a new section such as or your sections with a specific topic (like Technology or Politics). – Advertisement – Previously, you would be frustrated if you tried to contact the Google News team to change or fix something related to your site, or even find out why something is being shown the way it is.Now you can finally skip the frustration and just do it all yourself.Source: TNWlast_img read more

Safaricom set to move into digital Television broadcasting

first_imgAdvertisement Kenya’s largest telecom Safaricom has applied for a digital television broadcasting licence.The move according to the company is to allow it to take advantage of the technological convergence that comes with TV migration. Safaracom revealed that this will allow it to expand its presence in the wireless internet market.The company has already applied for the licence, complete with approval for a set-top box. – Advertisement – Safaricom is mainly interested in using the proposed set-top boxes to deliver internet to households that own a TV set, CEO Bob Collymore stated.Safaricom plans to sell the universal set-top box in the local market, meaning buyers will also have access to all free-to-air TV channels.Safaricom is the latest firm that has sought type approval for a set-top box. It has also applied for a digital broadcasting licence, which CA has yet to approve, said Francis Wangusi, the director general of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA)Via itwebafricalast_img read more

Sony at CES 2017 534 Million PS4 Consoles Uncharted 4 has 87

first_imgSony unveils a higher-end PlayStation 4 Pro better-equipped to handle 4K graphics and VR content. Image Credit: SONY Advertisement Sony’s CEO Kazuo Hirai has revealed that the company has sold 53.4 million PS4s over the console’s lifespan. For what it’s worth, the PS3 sold more than 80 million consoles worldwide as of November 2013. Let’s not be surprised to see the PS4 surpass the PS3 numbers.In a little less than a month, the company has sold 3.4 million PS4 consoles. It’s no mean feat considering it already had strong sales leading upto the holiday season and the Xbox One S receiving drastic price cuts in primary markets like the US and UK. PS4 sales topped 6.2 million units from November 21 to January 1. PS4 software sale for the same period passed 50.4 million units.Uncharted 4 Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has reached 8.7 million total copies sold worldwide across digital and retail, as of December 21, so it may have increased since then. Hirai however didn’t, mention how much of these sales could be attributed to the PS4 Pro or PS4 Slim though he did say that PS VR is selling well, without providing figures, NDTV news reports. Quite a few regions don’t have the PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim or the PS VR just as yet. Sony hasn’t mentioned when the consoles will be available globally.[related-posts]last_img read more

Fenix International reaches 100000 customers as part of Africas infrastructure revolution

first_imgAdvertisement Fenix International, a venture-backed technology company providing a next generation energy solution, has reached 100,000 customers in Uganda. This figure stands at double the 50,000 customers Fenix had 12 months ago, and comes just over two years after the company celebrated its 10,000th customer in 2014.Its flagship solar power system, ReadyPay Power, is generating radical access to energy in Uganda where over 80% of people lack access to electricity: roughly 600,000 people in Ugandan households are now benefiting from the 1.2 million watts of solar installed across the country.In addition, Fenix estimates that more than 200,000 dangerous and polluting kerosene lamps have been displaced by their product. With an estimated $23 billion spent per year on kerosene, the company’s battle against ‘dirty light’ will continue to bring safe, affordable power to the millions who live off-grid. – Advertisement – Fenix’s business model uses a pay-to-own payment plan. Customers pay just $0.15 per day for the entry level product, with 36 months to complete payment for the entry level $160 solar home system. This inclusive price point is the most affordable pay-to-own home solar system in Uganda and is key to the company’s scale in a country where the average salary is less than $2/day.[related-posts]Lyndsay Handler, CEO of Fenix International, said: “Since we started selling ReadyPay on the pay-to-own model in 2014, we’ve seen exceptional demand. I’m incredibly proud of our team, who’ve worked hard to reach last mile customers in this underserved market and relentlessly provide an exceptional customer experience.”“Arriving at 100,000 customers showcases our fantastic growth record, but more importantly it represents more than 600,000 Ugandans who now have power and bright, safe light in their homes for the very first time. In addition, all of our off-grid customers build up a credit score, opening up new access to financial services and additional product upgrades.”Hitting the 100,000 customer milestone brings the total of solar leases deployed by Fenix to over $20 million. ReadyPay works by unlocking access to the battery as soon as a customer makes a micro instalment which are facilitated by MTN Mobile Money.  Fenix’s unique partnership with MTN, Africa’s largest telecom, has seen customers generate over 2.5 million mobile power payments so far.Building on a robust financing model, a high-quality product, and utter commitment to exceptional customer experience, Fenix is now poised to take ReadyPay and additional product lines to new African markets in the coming year.last_img read more

MS Paint is not going away to be made optional in Windows

first_imgAdvertisement Talks that Microsoft was planning to kill off its beloved MS Paint application led to a flood of nostalgic lament Monday, but the tech giant has now reassured Windows users that the beloved computer graphics app is here to stay.Howls of protests and mournings, as well as some fairly dubious fan art, filled social media after Microsoft had released a list of features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.In a blog post written late on Monday, Microsoft clarified that it is not “killing” Microsoft Paint and will rather be bringing the app to the Windows Store as an optional download. As the MS Paint app was mentioned in the deprecated column in the released list, it was earlier assumed that the app will not be in active development and will likely be removed from future releases. – Advertisement – Microsoft said: “MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free. Paint 3D – the new app for creativity, also available for free with the Windows 10 Creators Update, will continue to get new feature updates. In addition to the new 3D capabilities, many of the MS Paint features people know and love like photo editing, line and curve tools, and 2D creation are in Paint 3D.”Credit: Fortune.comlast_img read more

CoinPesa RoundBob Swipe 2 Pay Selected For The StartupBootCamp Africa

first_imgSolomon Kitumba, team lead at Swipe 2 Pay. (Photo Credit: YouTube Images) Advertisement Three (3) Ugandan startups, CoinPesa, RoundBob, and Swipe 2 Pay were among the twenty-two (22) startups chosen from the 1,004 application that were submitted, to participate in the second annual Startupbootcamp Africa – accelerator programme.The StartupBootCamp accelerator program is focused on high-growth startups in blockchain technology, connected devices, payment solutions, capital markets and asset management, integrated supply chain, eCommerce, retail tech, insurance tech, alternative financing, identity management, digital connectivity, data and behavioral analytics and enabling technologies.The accelerator is anchored by leading corporate sponsors including; Old Mutual, RCS, BNP Paribas, Nedbank and PwC, and global sponsors Google, Amazon, and Cisco that support and grow the program and selected startups. – Advertisement – The 22 startups selected from Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Ireland, and Ghana, will be narrowed down to 10 startups that will be selected to join the 2018 cohort of the accelerator programme. Over the span of the two selection days i.e. from July 11th to 12th, the startups will have the opportunity to present their pitches to sponsors, investors, thought leaders, industry experts, business men and women.The selection of the 10 will take place at the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) headquarters in Cape Town, South AfricaThe 3 Ugandan startups are represented by Suleiman Murunga (CoinPesa), David Gonahasa (RoundBob), and Solomon Kitumba (Swipe 2 Pay).1. RoundBod RoundBob is an online platform that provides the market varied travel content built across demanded thematic areas. They leverage the travel wallet to negotiate the best deals on Trip packages, Flights, Hotels, activities all over the world.2. CoinPesa CoinPesa is an online money transfer platform that uses Blockchain technology – allows its users to access digital currencies from any web enabled device. The team aims at boosting convenience for its customers, by integrating their system with mobile money.3. Swipe 2 Pay Swipe 2 Pay is a financial management application (Available for Android users) which enables SME’s accept both card and mobile money as a mode of payment and not only to accept payments but also make sense of their sales data, as a smarter of thinking about and running your business.According to the team, their solution goes beyond payment processing in that it includes a free point-of-sale app and a free business intelligence portal, enabling business owners to monitor their store performance.last_img read more