The equality and human rights watchdog has appoint

first_imgThe equality and human rights watchdog has appointed eight disabled people to its disability committee, including leading activists, advisers and academics.The new appointments mean that all 14 members of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) disability advisory committee (DAC) will be disabled people.The committee was formed last year to replace the statutory disability committee, which had powers under the Equality Act 2006 to take important disability-related decisions within EHRC, such as allowing it to overrule officers on critical and strategically-important legal cases.The DAC does not have these powers. Instead, its members will inform the commission’s work on protecting and promoting rights and equality for disabled people.The new members are Liz Sayce, Lord [Colin] Low, Professor Nick Watson, Simone Aspis, Miro Griffiths, Fazilet Hadi, Sarah Coleman and Maddy Kirkman.Sayce is the former chief executive of Disability Rights UK (DR UK) and its predecessor organisation RADAR, who retired from that post last year after 10 years.She has a background in mental health and disability policy and is a member of the governing committee of Healthwatch England and the government’s social security advisory committee, and is a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission.She is also a former director of policy and communications at the Disability Rights Commission.While at DR UK, she spoke out on issues around disability employment, the rights of disabled asylum-seekers, and for reform of the Mental Health Act and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.But she is still best-known among many disabled activists for writing a controversial report for the coalition government on employment support for disabled people.Lord Low (pictured) is a vice-president and former chair of RNIB, and a former law lecturer and researcher.He speaks regularly on human rights issues in the House of Lords as a crossbench peer, and spoke out last summer against the “personal misery” caused by “neoliberal austerity”, which he said was part of a 40-year project to “systematically shrink” public sector spending.He has also spoken out against the harm that Brexit will cause to disabled people.Watson is professor of disability research in the School of Social and Political Sciences, and director at the Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research, both at the University of Glasgow.He is probably best-known to many activists as the co-author of a research report which concluded two years ago that the research successive governments had relied on to justify slashing disability benefits – through the biopsychosocial model of disability – was riddled with inconsistencies, misleading statements and “unevidenced” claims.He was also co-author of the Bad News For Disabled People report, which found in 2011 that there had been a “significant increase” in the number of negative stories about disabled people in national newspapers over the previous six years.Aspis has more than 20 years’ experience of campaigning for disabled people’s rights, particularly on inclusive education at The Alliance for Inclusive Education, and currently also acts as an advocate for autistic people and those with learning difficulties who have been sectioned and cannot secure their release from psychiatric hospitals.She has also previously worked with the UK Disabled People’s Council and People First, as well as with the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance on the shadow report it submitted last year to the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities.Griffiths, a campaigner, researcher and adviser on disability rights, and a former project officer for the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), is another who has spoken out to warn of the damaging impact of Brexit on disabled people’s rights and social justice.He has also spoken publicly of how governments in the UK – and abroad – have shown “a clear lack of appreciation and respect” for disabled people’s organisations by ignoring their views and advice when developing new policies.He spent six years on Equality 2025, the government’s now-disbanded high-level advice body of disabled people.Hadi is a former solicitor and local authority equality manager who spent two decades at the disability charity RNIB, including as deputy chief executive, and is a former chair of the Law Centres Federation.She has previously told peers that she believed the private sector had done a better job of implementing the Equality Act than central and local government.She spoke out six years ago to warn ministers that it felt as though disabled people were “a group under siege” and that the government had been drawing false distinctions between “disabled people” and “tax-payers” and between “deserving” and “undeserving” benefit claimants.Coleman is a policy officer with Mencap, and is a former youth worker and advocate, and has led community involvement projects and delivered disability equality training, as well as having experience as a family carer.Kirkman is a former national disabled students’ officer at the National Union of Students, and currently works in the third sector in Scotland, conducting research and strategy projects with a small disability charity, and continues to be an active member of the disabled students’ movement.The new members join DAC’s existing members, the acting chair Dr Rachel Perkins, Dr Marc Bush, Helen Chipchase, Professor Anna Lawson, Michelle Scattergood and Colin Young.All 14 members of the committee self-identify as disabled people.The new appointments completed an application process that began last November. The members of the committee are set to nominate their own chair at their next meeting.David Isaac, EHRC’s chair, said: “Improving the lives of disabled people is at the heart of everything we do and creating a strong DAC with such a wealth of expertise and personal experience across such a broad range of fields is essential to our work.“Only by this means will the commission’s work be well-informed, relevant and effective in advancing the rights of all disabled people in this country.”last_img read more

ANOTHER edition of the Saintsrlfccom Podcast is n

first_imgANOTHER edition of the Podcast is now available to download. We reflect on the fantastic win over Leeds and preview the Magic clash with Wigan by speaking to Mike Rush, Jonny Lomax, James Roby and Paul Wellens. To download click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes. Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on twitter or email with Podcast in the subject line.last_img

Elderly couple displaced after house fire in Wilmington

first_img According to New Hanover County Dispatch, the call came in around 7:20 a.m. Wilmington Fire Department responded to 18 Madison Street.The fire department sent out a tweet just after 8:30 a.m. that the fire was extinguished and the cause was improperly discarded smoking materials. Officials said smoke detectors alerted the people inside and they were able to evacuate safely.Structure fire at 18 Madison is extinguished and investigation complete. Cause was improperly discarded smoking materials. Smoke detectors did alert occupants allowing them to evacuate safely— WilmingtonFD (@WilmingtonFD) February 8, 2018 Fire crews respond to structure fire on Madison Street Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: WilmingtonFD/Twitter) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An elderly couple has been displaced from their home following a fire Thursday morning on Madison Street in Wilmington.Officials responded to reports of a house fire off Burnett Blvd. Thursday morning.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wrightsville Beach renourishment project ahead of schedule

first_img They also visited the renourishment site near Johnny Mercer’s Pier Tuesday.The work is being done in 1,000ft increments along the beach from just north of the Holiday Inn to the Blockade Runner Resort.Town Manager Tim Owens says crews are making good progress.Related Article: Widow warns area of beach where husband died is ‘dangerous’The hope is the project will be done by the third week of March. Beach renourishment project in Wrightsville Beach on Feb. 27, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A renourishment project along a New Hanover County beach is ahead of schedule.The Army Corps of Engineers gave some local leaders a tour of the dredging going on in Wrightsville Beach.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Dozens gather on beach for Hands Across the Sand rally

first_img Dozens of people came out to participate in the Hands Across the Sand international demonstration. One Kure Beach resident said he wanted to make his voice heard about offshore drilling and reusable energy.“It means there is community support, it means that people need to get together and band together to send a voice to Raleigh and Washington that this is what is important,” resident John Shalanski said.One message Shalanski said he hopes the day brings is that this issue should be a number one priority.Related Article: Black History Month: Young Wilmington rapper impacts the community“I hope that people hear the message that people are out here in the rain and shine, and it looks like it’s going to be rain, to send the message that this is our desire. This is what people want,” Shalanski said.Different organizations like Surfrider and Sierra Club hosted this event and were happy to see others support them. One organizer said seeing others take part in this event was inspiring.“Our environment is endangered and this is the legacy that we are leaving our children and future generations,” Shalanski said.There was also a Hands Across the Sand rally at Wrightsville Beach. Hands Across the Sand Rally (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The rain did not stop a handful of people from gathering on different beaches in the area to protest offshore drilling Saturday.“I’m inspired by this. It’s a horrible and rainy day here on beautiful Kure Beach and we got, you know, two tents full of people here. I think it’s great,” organizer Dana Sargent said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Columbus County family gets new home for the holidays

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s been a year-long journey, but one Columbus County family will soon get a brand new home thanks to Habitat for Humanity.“I still can’t believe it. It’s one of my main goals to own a home because when I was young, I didn’t have a place to call home,” said Beatrice Hernandez.- Advertisement – Hernandez has always dreamed of owning her own home. It’s a goal that extends beyond her own desires.“It’s really important, especially for my kids. Cause I want them to have a place to call home,” said Hernandez.That dream will soon be a reality thanks to Habitat for Humanity.Related Article: Hurricane recovery round table gives residents access to more help post-FlorenceVolunteers from Pender, Duplin, New Hanover, Brunswick, and Columbus counties are working on the house.“Originally, we stepped in to do this build, and we were going to sub-contract out most of it and then come out and just do some of the finishing touches, but we had some last minute change of plans,” said Volunteer Coordinator Chris Teeter.Those volunteers aren’t the only ones doing the hard work. Habitat for Humanity recipients are required to spend at least 250 hours building their own and other Habitat homes.“They get to learn the skills so once they get in their home they can get the hammer and do any minor repairs that they have to,” said Teeter.Construction of this home in Whiteville is part of the Mountain to the Sea Challenge, which aims to build a Habitat home in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties.As for Hernandez, she thought this day would never come.“I just want to say thank you for all the support, and thank you for Cape Fear Habitat and friends and family. I wouldn’t have done it without them,” she said.Once complete, Hernandez will take on a zero-percent mortgage from State Employees Credit Union.The house is expected to be finished around Thanksgiving.last_img read more

Street Turkeys of Wilmington Help restock local food bank for the holidays

first_img If you would like to help support our local Food Bank, please come out to The Landing at 530 Causeway Drive, Wrightsville Beach on Wednesday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and drop off one or more of the items listed below.Additional donations may be made that same day from 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at the following Harris Teeter locations: Lumina Commons (1940 Eastwood Road, Wilmington), Mayfaire Community Center (6805 Parker Farm Road, Wilmington), Hanover Center (3501 Oleander Drive, Wilmington) and Oak Landing Shopping Center (8260 Market Street, Porter’s Neck).“At last year’s event, we collected over 13,000 lbs of food and $12,000 in cash donations, 100% of which was donated to our local Food Bank,” Jai Isear, Jr. said. “In turn, the Food Bank was able to provide over 71,400 meals to the hungry in our area! We hope this year’s event will be even more successful than last. To date, this event has helped the Food Bank provide nearly 470,000 meals!”Related Article: Teachers and students rally for school choiceIf you will be unable to attend the event, you can participate in the Virtual Food Drive online. All donations are tax deductible.Items Needed:Frozen turkeys & hamsCanned stewsSoupsTunaRavioliPeanut butterCerealCanned fruits & vegetables ·Rice, pasta, dry beansInfant formula,Diapers & wipes.No glass.This food drive is sponsored by the Men’s Bible Study Group and the Outreach Committee at Wrightsville United Methodist Church. Street Turkeys of Wilmington food drive (Photo: Jai Isear, Jr.) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The 10th annual Street Turkeys of Wilmington will take place Wednesday to help re-stock the shelves of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington.The Food Bank provides food and supplies for over 90 area food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and group homes.- Advertisement – last_img read more

WPD gets warrant for teen who hit Panera drivethru menu

first_img According to a news release, police got several tips after it released a copy of the video of the crash on social media.Ferris faces several charges, including hit & run property damage and reckless driving to endanger persons or property. Quaylyn Ferris (Photo: Wilmington PD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have issued a warrant for the 18-year-old they say backed into the menu board at Panera Bread and drove off.Police say they’ve identified Quaylyn Ferris of Wilmington as the driver of the burgundy Chevrolet Tahoe that drove recklessly through the drive-thru area on June 17 around 10 a.m. The crash caused about $4,800 worth of damage.- Advertisement – last_img read more

We complied with SCH regulations over Tal Qares site – AX Group

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Credit: Temple Rescue MaltaCredit: Temple Rescue Malta The construction and development firm AX Group, says that it complied with all regulations to protect the archaeological features on its development site at Tal Qares.Responding to a request for comment in regard to an updated social media post by Temple Rescue Malta, the CEO of AX Group Michael Warrington, said that the company had complied with ‘all the recommendations of the Superintendent of the Cultural Heritage.’Warrington explains that the land the company developed had been owned by the company for the last 25 years and had been brought into the rationalization scheme for development in 2006.This update comes following a Facebook post by the Facebook group Temple Rescue Malta, who state that development was destroying the Tal Qares archaeological site.Tal-Qares Archaeological Site ‘being destroyed’ for new development – Temple Rescue MaltaAccording to AX Group, an extensive study had been carried out by the company with the support of the SuperIntendent for Cultural Heritage.An ancient rubble wall was discovered on the property during their surveys and was deemed to be the only item which would need to be protected during the excavation and development phases.Requests for comment regarding the points raised by Temple Rescue Malta, have been sent to the Superintendent for Cultural Heritage.WhatsApplast_img read more

Tehran fumes as Britain seizes Iranian oil tanker over Syria sanctions

first_imgOil supertanker Grace 1 on suspicion of being carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria is seen near Gibraltar, Spain July 4, 2019. REUTERS/StringerOil supertanker Grace 1 on suspicion of being carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria is seen near Gibraltar, Spain July 4, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer British Royal Marines seized a giant Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar on Thursday for trying to take oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions, a dramatic step that drew Tehran’s fury and could escalate its confrontation with the West.The Grace 1 tanker was impounded in the British territory on the southern tip of Spain after sailing around Africa, the long route from the Middle East to the mouth of the Mediterranean.Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador to voice “its very strong objection to the illegal and unacceptable seizure” of its ship. The diplomatic gesture lifted any doubt over Iran’s ownership of the vessel, which flies a Panama flag and is listed as managed by a company in Singapore.Panama’s Maritime Authority said on Thursday that Grace 1 was no longer listed in Panama’s international boat registry as of May 29.U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said the British move was “excellent news.”“America our allies will continue to prevent regimes in Tehran Damascus from profiting off this illicit trade,” Bolton said on Twitter.Shipping data reviewed by Reuters suggests the tanker was carrying Iranian oil loaded off the coast of Iran, although its documents say the oil is from neighbouring Iraq.While Europe has banned oil shipments to Syria since 2011, it had never seized a tanker at sea. Unlike the United States, Europe does not have broad sanctions against Iran.“This is the first time that the EU has done something so public and so aggressive. I imagine it was also coordinated in some manner with the U.S. given that NATO member forces have been involved,” said Matthew Oresman, a partner with law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman who advises firms on sanctions.“This is likely to have been meant as a signal to Syria and Iran – as well as the U.S. – that Europe takes sanctions enforcement seriously and that the EU can also respond to Iranian brinkmanship related to ongoing nuclear negotiations,” he said.Authorities in Gibraltar made no reference to the source of the oil or the ownership of the ship when they seized it.But Iran’s acknowledgment that it owned the ship, and the likelihood that its cargo was also Iranian, drew a link between the incident and a new U.S. effort to halt all global sales of Iranian crude. Iran describes that as an illegal “economic war.”European countries have so far tried to appear neutral in the escalating confrontation between Tehran and Washington, which saw the United States call off air strikes against Iran just minutes before impact last month, and Tehran amass stocks of enriched uranium banned under a 2015 nuclear deal.The Gibraltar government said it had reasonable grounds to believe that the Grace 1 was carrying crude oil to the Baniyas refinery in Syria.“That refinery is the property of an entity that is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria,” Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said. “With my consent, our port and law enforcement agencies sought the assistance of the Royal Marines in carrying out this operation.”A spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed Gibraltar’s move.U.S. SANCTIONS TIGHTENEDSpain, which challenges British ownership of Gibraltar, said the action was prompted by a U.S. request to Britain and appeared to have taken place in Spanish waters. Britain’s Foreign Office did not respond to a request for comment.Iran has long been supplying its allies in Syria with oil despite sanctions against Syria. What is new are U.S. sanctions on Iran itself, imposed last year when President Donald Trump pulled out of an agreement that had guaranteed Tehran access to world trade in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.Those U.S. sanctions have been tightened sharply since May, effectively forcing Iran from mainstream oil markets and making it desperate for alternative customers. Iran has grown more reliant on its own tanker fleet to transport whatever oil it can sell and to store a growing stockpile of unsold output.The U.S.-Iranian confrontation has escalated in recent weeks, taking on a military dimension after Washington accused Tehran of attacking tankers in the Gulf and Iran shot down a U.S. drone. Trump ordered air strikes but called them off at the last minute, later saying too many people would have died.European countries opposed Trump’s decision to exit the nuclear deal last year, and they have promised to help Iran find alternative ways to export, but with little success so far.Iran has said it wants to keep the nuclear deal alive but must receive promised economic benefits. This week it announced it had accumulated more low-enriched uranium than the deal allows and from July 7 will refine uranium to a greater purity than permitted.By restricting Iran’s ability to move oil, U.S. sanctions have choked off Tehran’s Syrian allies, causing fuel shortages in government-controlled areas. In May, Syria received its first foreign oil for six months with the arrival of two shipments, one from Iran, a source said at the time.Earlier this year, Reuters revealed that the Grace 1 was one of four tankers involved in shipping Iranian fuel oil to Singapore and China, violating U.S. sanctions.The 300,000-tonne tanker is registered as being managed by Singapore-based IShips Management Pte Ltd. Reuters was unable to establish contact with the firm for comment.It was documented as loading fuel oil in the Iraqi port of Basra in December, though Basra did not list it as being in port and its tracking system was switched off. The tanker reappeared on tracking maps near Iran’s port of Bandar Assalyeh, fully loaded.Homayoun Falakshahi, senior analyst at London-based energy data firm Kpler, told Reuters the ship had loaded Iranian crude in mid-April from Iran’s export port of Kharg Island.A maritime intelligence source said the ship may have made the journey around Africa to avoid the Suez Canal, where such a large super-tanker would have had to unload its cargo and refill after passing through, exposing it to potential seizure.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Cybercrime Prevention Centre Launched in Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement by Daily Monitor, Flavia Nalubega 1 September 2010Kampala — A cybercrime prevention centre has been launched in Uganda to fight crime related to the misuse of the internet and such other technologies. Ms Josephine Nabukenya, the dean, Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, Makerere University, said: “According to a 2004 research, 90 per cent of respondents said they had been victims of identity theft whereas at least 25 per cent confessed to having got involved in activities related to cybercrime.”The African centre for Cyberlaw and Cybercrime Prevention is an initiative of the United Nations’ African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of offenders. The Computer Misuse Bill that is expected to curb crime was passed by Parliament recently and is only awaiting approval by the president to make it law.last_img read more

World Bank Launches New Online Portal

first_imgAdvertisement The Web site provides a summary of all member countries’ financial obligations to the institution through data sets that allow filtering, analysis, creating visualisations and sharing through social media.The project comes barely six months after the government launched the Kenya Open Data Initiative that makes key government data freely available to the public through a single online portal. This means that details on loans, grants and credits secured by the government are no longer a secret.“We are committed to transparency in development, and we want to make the Bank’s financial information more re-useable, accessible and useful to citizens, civil society and journalists,” said Mr Prasanna Lal Das, the World Bank Finances Programme Lead, when he officially launched the portal at iHub in Nairobi last Thursday. – Advertisement – The World Bank open data project was unveiled in July last year and Kenya becomes the first African country for the World Bank to commission the Open Financial Data portal.The country scored another first in July last year by being the pioneer sub-Saharan African state to launch an open data website.Open data is a concept that propagates information should be freely available to everyone for use and can be republished without restrictions on copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.Currently, the portal has 125 data sets that cover all the present and former members of the World Bank which comprises two institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA).The portal is updated monthly and the information can be viewed and saved in multiple formats such as Portable Document Format (PDF), spread sheets (xls/xlsx), Really Simple Syndication (RSS), Resource Description Framework (RDF) – web feed formats and comma-separated values (CSV) – text and numbers.Under the data set titled Financial Intermediary Funds (FIFs) – multilateral financing arrangements for which the World Bank provides trustee services that include committing and transferring funds to projects, the portal shows that Kenya received $38,443,645 through the global fund to fight aids, tuberculosis and malaria initiative in the last quarter of 2011.To make the portal accessible to a majority of people, the Bretton Woods institution has developed the World Bank Finances mobile phone application in October 2011 that is available for download free of charge to iPhone and iPad users.Hand citizens informationThe Bank is working to launch a similar Android application as well as a fully functional mobile Web version of the site by June this year.The latest data from the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) shows that there are 26.4 million mobile subscribers – representing 68.1 per cent of the population. The total number of Internet subscriptions stands at 14.3 million. Mobile Internet subscriptions account for 89.9 per cent of the total Internet users.“We are weighing the possibility of using SMS to increase data penetration. A majority of Kenyans do not have access to Internet-enabled phones,” said Mr Prasanna Lal Das. He called on mobile developers to help the multilateral lender come up with on mobile solutions that will hand every citizen financial information.Project administrators said that a Swahili version of the portal will be ready in the next six months, to exploit the status of the language as the lingua franca in Eastern Africa.This is the first time the Washington-based lender has moved to shed off its secretive opaque image, by opening up its loans and grants files that were hitherto unavailable in the public domain.The lender is responding to an increasingly critical and informed global community, thanks to the growth in Internet penetration.The site provides a summary graphic presentation comprising total approved disbursed and undisbursed amounts in US dollars together with borrower’s obligation – outstanding and overdue amounts of all active developmental credits and grants as at the date indicated.The site is integrated with social media applications like Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to provide a forum for discussions and feedback on the data provided.Source: Daily Nationlast_img read more

New Snowden leak NSA program taps all you do online

first_imgAdvertisement You’ve never heard of XKeyscore, but it definitely knows you. The National Security Agency’s top-secret program essentially makes available everything you’ve ever done on the Internet — browsing history, searches, content of your emails, online chats, even your metadata — all at the tap of the keyboard.The Guardian exposed the program on Wednesday in a follow-up piece to its groundbreaking report on the NSA’s surveillance practices. Shortly after publication, Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former Booz Allen Hamilton employee who worked for the NSA for four years, came forward as the source.This latest revelation comes from XKeyscore training materials, which Snowden also provided to The Guardian. The NSA sums up the program best: XKeyscore is its “widest reaching” system for developing intelligence from the Internet. – Advertisement – The program gives analysts the ability to search through the entire database of your information without any prior authorization — no warrant, no court clearance, no signature on a dotted line. An analyst must simply complete a simple onscreen form, and seconds later, your online history is no longer private. The agency claims that XKeyscore covers “nearly everything a typical user does on the Internet.”As The Guardian points out, this program crystallizes one of Snowden’s most infamous admissions from his video interview on June 10:“I, sitting at my desk,” said Snowden, could “wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge or even the president, if I had a personal email.”While United States officials denied this claim, the XKeyscore program, as the public understands it, proves Snowden’s point. The law requires the NSA to obtain FISA warrants on U.S. citizens, but this is pushed aside for Americans with foreign targets — and this program gives the NSA the technology to do so. The training materials claim XKeyscore assisted in capturing 300 terrorists by 2008.The Guardian article breaks down how the program works with each activity, from email monitoring to chats and browsing history, and includes screenshots from the training materials.The Guardian reached out to the NSA for comment prior to publication. The agency defended the program, stressing that it was only used to legally obtain information about “legitimate foreign intelligence targets in response to requirements that our leaders need for information necessary to protect our nation and its interests.”“XKeyscore is used as a part of NSA’s lawful foreign signals intelligence collection system,” the agency said in its response. “Allegations of widespread, unchecked analyst access to NSA collection data are simply not true. Access to XKeyscore, as well as all of NSA’s analytic tools, is limited to only those personnel who require access for their assigned tasks … .“In addition, there are multiple technical, manual and supervisory checks and balances within the system to prevent deliberate misuse from occurring. Every search by an NSA analyst is fully auditable, to ensure that they are proper and within the law. These types of programs allow us to collect the information that enables us to perform our missions successfully — to defend the nation and to protect U.S. and allied troops abroad.”XKeyscore is the second black mark on the NSA’s record in the past few weeks. The Guardian’s first story uncovered PRISM, a highly controversial surveillance program that reportedly allows the security agency to access the servers of major Internet organizations including Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, YouTube and Skype, among others.Snowden’s information led to a public outcry for transparency, and the U.S. government pushed to declassify more information about PRISM in an effort to paint a clearer picture about the program.Snowden has been charged with espionage. He is currently holed up in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport while his request for asylum is under review by Russian immigration authorities, according to Snowden’s lawyer.Credit: BBClast_img read more

Microsoft Looking at Investing in Foursquare

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft is reportedly in talks with Foursquare to acquire an equity stake in the social location service.Bloomberg reports that both Microsoft and American Express are competing for a stake in Foursquare, which is also in talks with other companies for a possible investment.Foursquare had raised $41 million in debt in April and also talking to venture of converting their holdings into equity stake. Foursquare has been actively updating its services by launching an interactive app on Windows 8and also updating its Android app with push notifications in a bid to attract more advertisers.Microsoft had earlier invested in Facebook in 2007 and ensured that it does not partner with Google especially for web search. Apple was last rumored to be in talks for making Foursquare data available on Apple Maps for iOS devices. – Advertisement – Credit: BGRlast_img read more

NSA is building codecracking quantum computer

first_imgAdvertisement The National Security Agency(NSA) is building a quantum computer that breaks into the encryption that keeps messages secure and hopes to harness the special qualities of quantum computers to speed up its code-cracking efforts.It is believed that the NSA has spent about $80m on the project but it has yet to produce a working machine.The NSA expects the system when done to break encryption systems used online and by foreign governments to keep official messages secure. – Advertisement – It is being developed under a research programme called Penetrating Hard Targets and is believed to be conducted out of a lab in Maryland.Current computers attempt to crack encryption are limited to generating possible keys to unscramble data one at a time. Using big computers can speed this up but the huge numbers used as keys to lock away data limits the usefulness of this approach.A quantum computers exploit properties of matter that, under certain conditions, mean the machine can carry out lots and lots of calculations simultaneously. This makes it practical to try all the possible keys protecting a particular message or stream of data.The hard part of creating a working quantum computer is keeping enough of its constituent computational elements, called qubits, stable so they can interact and be put to useful work.Documents leaked to the Washington Post by Edward Snowden suggest the agency’s researchers are having some success developing the basic building blocks for the machine.Source: BBClast_img read more

Airtel unveils new Visa debit ATM cards for mobile cash withraw

first_imgAdvertisement Airtel Kenya on Thursday introduced a debit card that will allow its mobile money transfer customers to withdraw money from Visa automated teller machines (ATMs) across the world.This means thatAirtel money subscribers can access to about 10,000 ATMs in KenyaThe Airtel Money Visa debit card is a partnership between the mobile operator, Visa and Chase Bank and will solve the problem of its agents lacking float as well as widen its agency network. – Advertisement – Currently, the telco has about 15,000 agents.It will cost a subscriber Sh50 to withdraw any amount of money from Kenswitch ATMs and Sh30 when using a Chase ATM. Airtel subscribers will pay Sh100 to withdraw money from a Visa-enabled ATM in Kenya and Sh250 outside the country.Credit: www.businessdailyafrica.comlast_img read more

UBA Customers To Recieve Notifications On Twitter

first_imgAdvertisement If you are a customer of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc you can now have notifications on your account transactions sent to your Twitter message box in addition to the text message and email alerts that already exist.The bank made the announced in a statement saying that customers will now have the option of receiving transaction alerts in their Twitter direct messages inbox.This is the first time any bank in Uganda will offer customers a third option of receiving their transaction alerts via their twitter handle. – Advertisement – The bank said the Twitter Notification Service will not replace the current SMS alerts system in place for all of the bank’s customers, but will complement it for added convenience for all those who subscribe to the service.According to UBA’s director, Information Technology, Rasheed Adegoke, “Twitter is increasingly becoming a popular means of communication especially among the young adults. As a highly innovative bank, we are giving the Millennials, who are increasingly banking with us an option to get transaction alerts on their preferred platform.”Hello Africa, Have You Heard About @ubagroup Twitter Notification Service? Click Here To Find:— UBA Group (@UBAGroup) June 26, 2014If you are a UBA customer seeking to receive twitter powered transaction alerts through your twitter account, visit the UBA Group website or the UBA twitter page to register.On the UBA Group website, customers will be requested to; click on the Twitter notification service page; enter their account number; click on submit. By following the displayed instructions to log into their personal account and enabling access, the customers can sign on to this service seamlessly. The alerts will only be seen by the customer, since it goes into his or her direct message box, just like an SMS message going to a phone.Source: LeadershipNGlast_img read more

Lamudi Android app gets new update

first_imgAdvertisement Online real estate marketplace Lamudi has released an updated version of its popular Android app to make it easier for house-hunters in emerging markets to buy or rent property on the go.Version 2.0 of the app, Lamudi: Property for Sale & Rent, offers overall better speed and performance, making it easier to browse through Lamudi’s global catalogue of more than 900,000 property listings using an Android device.The app has been optimized for devices with lower storage space and the overall application size has been reduced, ensuring downloading the app is also much faster. Push notifications that lead users directly to newly published listings have also been introduced.Contacting agents via email has been simplified, with users’ existing contact details saved for future use. The app has a new product detail page and a fresh design for saved searches. It also now supports the Android Lollipop operating system. The app is also available on iOS. – Advertisement – Lamudi, the leading property portal for the emerging markets, launched its Android app in June last year. The app is available in more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.Kian Moini, Lamudi’s Co-founder and Managing Director, said: “Anyone who works in the real estate business knows just how important mobile has become. This is particularly true of the emerging markets in which we operate, where the smartphone penetration rate is soaring and demand for mobile Internet services is ever increasing. This is why we are focusing our efforts on mobile – to ensure Lamudi is delivering a high-quality app that meets the changing demands of house-hunters in emerging countries.”The app has customised search functions, allowing users to easily filter results by country. A key feature is the match alerts, which notify users as soon as a property that suits their needs hits the market. Users can also create a list of favourite properties, which can be accessed at any time and on any device.All listings feature high-­quality photo galleries, detailed property information, maps, and multiple contact details for property owners or agents. House­-hunters can also share their favorite properties with family and friends via Facebook, Twitter or email.Download the Lamudi Android app on Google Play today!last_img read more

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