Tributes have been paid to Stephen Hawking the wo

first_imgTributes have been paid to Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned physicist and “disability icon” who was seen by many disabled people as a hugely-important role model, who died this week.Among the disabled people who highlighted the importance of his achievements was the political journalist Dr Frances Ryan, who said on Twitter: “Growing up disabled in Britain, you don’t get many role models.“But seeing a genius, witty and kind Prof gain the world’s respect from his wheelchair meant something. All of us know we can reach for the stars.”Professor Tom Shakespeare, professor of disability research at Norwich Medical School, said on Twitter that “as well as his brilliant career in Physics”, Hawking had “allied himself to the disability rights struggle time and again” and “always challenged assumptions”.He added: “Stephen Hawking showed that you could make strides, even if you couldn’t walk; that you could have a powerful voice, even if you couldn’t talk; that you could be disabled and change the world. RIP.”Another disabled campaigner, Kaliya Franklin, who tweets at @BendyGirl, said Hawking showed others that “the richness and depth of human experience is part of all [of] us, regardless of appearance or ability to speak out loud” and that he had showed that disabled people “could achieve anything, at a time when so many were still institutionalised”.There was also irritation from many disabled people at the repeated efforts of the mainstream media to hail Hawking as an “inspiration” for “overcoming” his impairment.Disabled scientist Fiona Robertson said on Twitter: “Don’t say he ‘overcame’ his illness.“He was still disabled. He was both disabled and brilliant, not ‘in spite of’.”Robertson was another who had seen Hawking as a role model.She said: “As a young teenager, my battered copy of A Brief History of Time revealed to me how much people yearn for the complexity of science, to understand reality, to connect with that awe.“As a disabled scientist, I looked to #StephenHawking to see that I still had a role to play.”She was one of many who pointed out that he was only able to be “the light of cosmology” because “he had access to medical care, social care, adaptive technology, mobility aids”.She added: “He succeeded because of his brilliance *and* his access to support.”Franklin agreed, pointing out that he was enabled to live his rich life by “the NHS, PAs to support independent living, PAs to support his work, assistive tech and most importantly, to be surrounded by people determined to ensure those things happen”.The Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds highlighted “the wondrous ways Professor Hawking explained the cosmos and its complex beauty” but also how he had supported disability rights, including criticising cuts to support for disabled students and fighting to protect the NHS.Marsha de Cordova, the disabled MP and Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, said Hawking had been “a ground-breaking physicist, a firm advocate for the NHS, and a staunch defender of the welfare state and human rights – from opposing the Vietnam war to standing up for the Palestinian people” and had “never let his disability define him”.Disability Rights UK marked Hawking’s death by reposting the speech he gave as the fourth annual Jack Ashley Memorial Lecture last October.In the lecture, he spoke about his life with motor neurone disease, and his belief in the principles of the NHS, that good care should be provided “at the point of need, to everyone, without regard for personal circumstance, or ability to pay”.He added: “It is important that care is available, without any of the added burdens for people that come with private health insurance.“My team and I have had experience of dealing with health insurance companies in the US, and that disappointing experience shows that a health insurance company will try its best not to pay.”He also spoke in the lecture of his public row with Jeremy Hunt over the health secretary’s “cherry picking” of evidence on weekend NHS care, which Hawking said was “unacceptable”.He added: “International comparisons indicate that the most efficient way to provide good health care is for services to be publicly funded, and publicly run.“The more profit is extracted from the system, the more private monopolies grow, and the more expensive health care becomes.”He also said in his lecture that disabled people “must find new ways of doing things”.He said that he had travelled internationally, visited Antarctica, dived in a submarine, and experienced gravity-free space flight, as well as writing books, appearing in television programmes, and lecturing in the Royal Albert Hall.He told the audience: “I am not showing off. I am explaining that disabled people can do anything if they have a fierce will to succeed.”But he stressed, as other disabled people did this week after hearing of his death, that his international travel “involves an entourage of dedicated assistants and nurses, and my fame protects me against some of the types of indignity that we often suffer”.last_img read more

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first_imgNo – 67.8% (3,147)Yes – 32.2% (1,493)3. In a referendum in which the options on the ballot paper were ‘Remain’ and ‘Theresa May’s deal’, how would you vote?Click to enlarge.Remain – 83.9% (3,965)Spoil ballot/not vote – 7.9% (374)May’s deal – 5.7% (268)Don’t know – 2.5% (119)4. During a campaign for that referendum, should all Labour MPs be free to campaign for their preferred choice?Click to enlarge.Yes – they should all be free to campaign for their preferred choice – 47.4% (2,222)No – Labour should take a collective position for its frontbenchers to follow – 45.4% (2,126)Don’t know – 7.2% (336)The survey was open from 9am on Friday 1st March until 8pm on Sunday 3rd March. Thank you to all 4,726 readers who took part.Tags:Labour /Weekly Survey /Brexit /no deal /Public vote / LabourList readers believe that the latest Brexit strategy being considered by Labour – which would see the party abstain on Theresa May’s deal on the condition that it was put to a public vote – is the right course of action, our latest survey has found.57% of 4,726 respondents approved of the plan, which is likely to be implemented via an amendment at the next meaningful vote before 12th March, while 43% opposed it.The survey also found that LabourList readers are narrowly in favour of allowing all Labour MPs – including frontbenchers – to freely campaign for their preferred choice in a fresh EU referendum.Over 47% agreed with the idea of suspending cabinet collective responsibility in another public vote, as happened in the 1975 EEC referendum, while more than 45% believed Labour should take a position for frontbenchers to follow. Over 7% were not sure.Some Labour MPs have suggested that a referendum would be invalid unless the popular option of ‘no deal’ were on the ballot paper, but also that this would be irresponsible – and there should therefore not be a public vote at all.Asked whether ‘no deal’ should be an option in a fresh EU referendum, LabourList readers were strongly opposed, with almost 68% against and over 32% in favour.If a choice were presented to the public without a ‘no deal’ option, an overwhelming majority of LabourList readers – 84% – say they would opt for ‘Remain’ rather than vote for Theresa May’s Brexit deal.Just 5.7% of respondents chose May’s deal. A further 7.9% said they would rather spoil their ballot or abstain, and 2.5% didn’t know how they would vote.1. Labour could abstain at the next meaningful vote on the condition that Theresa May’s deal is then put to the public in another referendum. Is this the right course of action for the Labour Party?Click to enlarge.Yes – 56.9% (2,660)No – 43.1% (2,017)2. If another EU referendum is held, should ‘no deal’ be an option on the ballot paper?Click to enlarge.last_img read more

SAINTS will face a hungry Salford side looking t

first_imgSAINTS will face a “hungry” Salford side looking to gain a valuable home win.That’s the view of Head Coach Nathan Brown who is preparing his charges for the Round 19 Super League clash this Friday.“Our last match together won’t count for much!” he said. “We played in snow, had a very young side out and it was all about getting through it and gaining a win. This is a different scenario as we will have a much more experienced squad out this time.“The key for us is to move forward and have an improved performance on our match with Bradford. Salford have a fair few ex-Saints players in their line up and also blokes who are probably playing for their futures too.“I would imagine after a week off they’d come back hungry and be ready for us. They have pace in the wings and a handy half back partnership too.”Although Saints have lost Sia Soliola for an extended time there’s better news on Anthony Walker and Gary Wheeler.“Walks and Wheels will train with the side this week and when they are fully fit we can then decide where they play – whether that is using dual registration or in the side. A lot depends on the state of the squad at the time.“Luke Thompson missed the last game with a virus and he is back in contention too but even though Ade Gardner’s head is ok we won’t be seeing him back for an extended period. Mark Percival is only a young lad and isn’t physically as big as say Luke Thompson.“Jonny Lomax also pulled through the Bradford game well. Long term we see him at fullback but we opted to roll him at stand off and fullback on the advice of the medical team because of the distance you cover in each position“Paul Wellens has adapted his game nicely as a result and has done well for us. It suits us that they can play either position and are confident in either spot.”Tickets for Friday’s match at Salford remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052.last_img read more

WE would like to invite you to a great day of Pray

first_imgWE would like to invite you to a great day of Prayer and Worship at Langtree Park on October 12.The Lord has laid a burden on the hearts of Leaders in the North to call for a day of Repenting, Rejoicing and Seeking God for the North and the whole of the Nation.Working in Partnership with the National Day of Prayer, the North is inviting the Nation to St. Helens to stand together and call on God to heal us, forgive us and transform this Nation again.We are also pleased to announce that the 2013 National Day of Prayer and Worship is being facilitated through this gathering and we are welcoming those who attended Wembley 2012 to come to St. Helens and stand with us there.Worship will be led by both regional and national worship leaders and prayers will be offered by Local, Regional and National leaders alike.Tickets are £12.50 (for seated) and £10 (for pitch, standing), per person, no concessions.All tickets are subject to the stadium’s booking fee (charged per ticket).To find out more download the leaflet below or click here to buy.last_img read more

Club Community Match

first_imgIn preparation for our Armed forces themed clash with Leeds Rhinos tomorrow, where the armed services will form a guard of honor and  parade the pitch, SCDF were joined by local Padre Clive Doran who led the service.Prior to Saints vs Leeds Rhinos clash tomorrow, there will also be an Armed Forces bucket collection and as well as the Army, Navy and RAF, the Army Cadet force will be in attendance and the half-time entertainment will be sung by military band ‘Liverpool Scottish’.The match ball will also be delivered by special guests of the Veterans of the Foundation ahead of the official Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29th June.You can read all about our Armed Forces in our official matchday programme on sale for £3 around the stadium.Tickets for Saints’ clash with the Rhinos at the Totally Wicked Stadium are still available and are on sale from the Ticket Office, via 01744 455 052 and online here.Tickets for Saints Coral Challenge Cup Semi Final against Halifax, Saturday July 27 (KO 4:30pm) at the University of Bolton Stadium, are also on sale by clicking here.last_img read more


first_imgThe atmosphere is set to be huge with the maximum number of tickets now sold in home areas of the stadium.The game, as a result, is now ALL TICKET with none left to purchase from the Ticket Office and there will be no cash turnstiles on any stands, including the away end.You can follow all of the action on the Club’s Match Centre here.last_img

Viewer wins 500 gift card in Local Market Sweepstakes

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For the past month, WWAY has been giving out prizes in daily contests in the Local Market Sweepstakes. Every day, we’d ask a question or have a secret word and it’s been winner’s galore. But there was one overall winner.Ronda Strickland is the lucky winner of our Local Market Sweepstakes. She entered in for one question and won in our drawing for a $500 gift card to Lowes Foods. She says it was sheer luck she won the contest and still can’t believe she got the call telling her she was a winner.- Advertisement – “I was surprised. I only answered one question and it just- when I got the phone call that I won, I was just kind of like in shock. Not really sure. Until he called me back the second and then I knew it for sure that I had won,” Strickland said.Ronda is already set to use her gift card to buy some groceries on her list. But she still needs to get all of her coupons together first.last_img read more


first_img When he sold the home, local artist Katherine Wolf-Webb knew she had to purchase it.“His wife had connections with South America, so that’s the Mediterranean feel you get here and he built it for them,” Wolf-Webb said.The house has a beautiful staircase and a large dining room that overlooks an enclosed courtyard.Related Article: Wilmington approves $9M for initial storm cleanup fundingWolf-Webb converted the garage and an upstairs room into an art studio.She says the craftsmanship of the home makes it a remarkable place to live.“You can tell that it was built with love and attention and excellent design,” she said.The Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Azalea Festival Home Tour runs Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15. Click here for ticket information. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hidden behind large magnolia trees, you’ll find a commanding Mediterranean-inspired home on this year’s Azalea Festival Home Tour.Located near Wilmington’s Oakdale cemetery, the Wolf-Webb home was built and designed 12 years ago by John Wallace.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Multiple Brunswick Co coastal communities order mandatory evacuations

first_img The town says residents and visitors should make arrangements to leave as soon as possible. The bridge to the island will be barricaded in the coming hours, but no later than 8 p.m. on Wednesday.Residents who choose not evacuate by the time the bridge closes will be able to leave after the closure, but will not be able to access back to the island. Town Hall will close at noon on Wednesday. The mainland areas of Sunset Beach remain under a voluntary evacuation.Oak Island issued a mandatory evacuation that went into effect at noon Tuesday.Related Article: Chef José Andrés serves free meals to furloughed federal workers in DCIn Holden Beach, the town says everyone should be off the island by 8 a.m. Wednesday.Bald Head Island issued a mandatory evacuation Monday.Brunswick County has issued a mandatory evacuation for unincorporated areas.A mandatory evacuation for Southport residents starts at 8 a.m. Wednesday.In New Hanover County, a mandatory evacuation went into effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Kure Beach. In Carolina Beach, all residents should be off the island by 8 p.m. Wednesday.Town of Wrightsville Beach officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation that begins at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Hurricane (Photo: MGN Online) SUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Several coastal communities in Brunswick County are issuing mandatory evacuations. This includes Town of Sunset Beach, Oak Island, Holden Beach, Southport, Holden Beach, and Bald Head Island.The Town of Sunset Beach is issuing a mandatory evacuation of the island.- Advertisement – last_img read more

HEALTH FAIR 2019 PREVIEW Lung health

first_img Tonight, NHRMC Lung Program Director Lorraine Sieminski joined us to talk about lung health and why it is so important.Make sure to join us for the WWAY Health Fair Thursday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The free event is at Independence Mall in Wilmington.Click here for more information WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thursday you are invited to get some expert advice for your health at the 2019 WWAY Health Fair sponsored by New Hanover Regional Medical Center.As the big day approaches, we are talking with some of NHRMC’s experts about health tips and a preview of some of what you can learn at the Health Fair.- Advertisement – last_img

Fix to Kelly dike system still in limbo following community conversation

first_imgKELLY, NC (WWAY) — It was days after the storm when hundreds of lives were impacted by historic flooding in Kelly. People had to be rescued by helicopter. All as water breached the dike system.Little has changed and that’s why county leader met tonight with neighbors to talk about it.- Advertisement – The White Oak Dike is in the hands of the local community. It stretches more than 10 miles and Richard Smith, who owns parts of it, said nine parts of it gave out in the storm.Floodwaters broke the dike hear off Kelly Cove. (Andrew James/WWAY NEWS)Rural Kelly has no where near the financial resources to restore it. Now six months later, neighbors like Smith are still trying to regain access to his boat slip, moving dirt around on the White Oak dike.“We’re just trying to get some hope so that we can get it built back,” said Smith.Related Article: Boiling Spring Lakes hosts community party and concertHope is hard to come by out here. Smith has spent weeks simply acquiring sand and this week was the first time he was able to bring a backhoe onto the land. Bladen County leaders along with neighbors came together to talk to the Army Corps of Engineers at the Centerville Baptist Church.The Corps of Engineers says they gave the dike to the Lyons Swamp Drainage and Levee District decades ago.“We have been at this sort of situation for a while now,” said Mitch Hall with the Wilmington district of the Corps of Engineers.The Corps doesn’t have the dike on the rehab or inspection program list anymore. Hall said that happened in 2001 when overgrowth and vegetation problems arose and they told the local water district to fix them. Because of that, the corps of engineers said little can progress in federal help for rehab work to the half century old system.“We’ve talked to locals about ways of perhaps bringing the project back online,” said Hall, “And at this point I think that’s where the discussion still lies.”It’s not the answer flood victims wanted half a year since the storm.“There just hasn’t been much done as far as progressing on getting it built back,” said Smith.County leaders say that in the past they estimated $30 million dollars was needed for upkeep in a request they sent to the state.“Write your Governor, talk to your county commissioner, and go to your legislative and ask for money,” said District 1 county commissioner Ophelia Munn-Goins.last_img read more

Earthquakes in Greece and Papua NewGuinea

first_imgA magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit Papula New Guinea’s New Britain island, 186 miles (300km) east of Kandrian, on Saturday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.The quake struck at 1130 GMT at a depth of 33 km, the Center added.Meanwhile, there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries after a 5.3 magnitude earthquake jolted central Greece on Saturday, authorities said.The tremor struck at 1046 GMT. Its epicentre was 8 kilometres south-west of the town of Galaxidi, according to the Athens Geodynamic Institute. The area has been shaken by quakes in the past. A Reuters witness felt the quake faintly in the capital Athens, 129 km to the west.The fire brigade reported no injuries.“Quite strong and long,” one resident of the western city of Patras in the Peloponnese, 51 kilometres from the epicentre, wrote on the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre website.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

Photos Nigret parking fence unlawfully removed over three nights

first_img SharePrint WhatsApp 1 of 5 The Rector at the St Luke’s Pastoral Centre in Nigret Dun John Buhagiar explained to how the fence that was at the entrance of the church’s paring area has been removed over a period of three nights. The fence was set up after the parking which belongs to the Church and is private property was being used abusively. Vehicle carcasses and broken down cars without licences or plates were being left in the church’s carpark without permission. Dun Buhagiar explained that during the first night, an unknown person bent the fence. He elaborated that on the second night someone broke the padlock and how the fence was eradicated from the wall on the third. The rector explained to that he had filed a report with the Police. He also explained that since the fence has been broken, vehicle carcasses have reappeared in the parking lot, with the addition of a trailer. Curia’s Administrative Secretary Michael Pace Ross also spoke with He said that the Curia is aware of the issue. He added that since he parking area is used by those to go to mass on Saturdays and Sundays the carcasses should be removed. Pace Ross added that he has made contact with the owner of the trailer and had asked him to remove his vehicle from the area since neither the Curia nor the Rector gave him permission to park in the private lot. <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Malta Chamber of Planners proposes reducing permit validity Ombudsman proposes onestopshop

first_imgThe Malta Chamber of Planners while it welcomed the new Regulations on Excavation and Construction Practices, it observed that the regulations alone are not sufficient to address the current problems within the industry. The Chamber submitted its feedback as part of the five-day long consultation process after a draft law was proposed in the wake of buildings collapsing adjacent to construction sites.READ: Excavation suspension: Is there a legal basis?Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had announced a temporary ban on all excavations works until the draft law comes into force.READ: Fault with construction in Malta ‘lies with Government’ – PDOn reducing permit validity and requesting a completion dateIn its proposals, the Chamber of Planners noted that a completion date needs to be set as soon as the work starts, since it is in their opinion unacceptable to leave sites excavated or in abeyance for more than one calendar month.The Chamber urged the Government to consider reducing the validity of planning permits, explaining that this would ensure that construction projects which have commenced are actually finished and that sites do not remain under development for more than is necessary.Among other proposals, the Malta Chamber for Planners said that workers on site should have a working knowledge of tools, equipment and machinery used and a basic knowledge of work best practice. Further it proposed that all demolition and excavation works should be carried out by licensed persons or companies which are insured against third party liabilities in case of damages.The Chamber of Planners also proposed that prior to the commencement of works on site, the method statement should be forwarded to the relevant neighbours for a one-week consultation and the cost of engaging an expert by third parties is to be borne by the developer.Construction Appeals TribunalThe Malta Chamber of Planners also proposed setting up a Construction Appeals Tribunal. According to their proposal, the Tribunal is to be composed of an architect / structural Engineer, a lawyer and a geologist. Further, the Chamber added that works would have to stop once a case is filed with the Appeals Tribunal while a decision should be delivered within two months from when the appeal is filed.One-stop-shop proposalThe Commissioner for Environment and Planning within the office of the Ombudsman has proposed a one-stop-shop. In a statement, the Commissioner explained that the purpose of setting up a one-stop-shop would be to receive all complaints related to the environment whether it is built or natural environment. The Commissioner for Environment and Planning explained that this would save people time on trying to locate the correct entity with which to lodge a complaint, saying that all enforcement directorates would be found in this one-stop-shop.READ: Watch: ‘Stop breaking the law, leave 76cm!’ – Commissioner for Environment and PlanningThe Commissioner further explained the purpose of having such one-stop-shop saying that complaints filed would be delivered to the enforcement officer in the locality, all entities are informed about the complaints, a digital archive of documentation filed with the various entities would be made available to the public, to the Office of the Ombudsman as well as the different authorities, suggesting a system similar to the one used by the Planning Authority.The Commissioner for Environment and Planning also proposed that in addition to site managers and architects being present on site for when crucial decisions need to be taken, architects and site managers have to submit the orders issued in writing as well as plans with the one-stop-shop within 12-hours such decisions were taken.READ: ‘A manager needs to be on-site for all key decisions’ – construction consultationREAD: Updated: Demolition and excavation permits suspended until further notice – MuscatWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Kaspersky Lab Key security incidents that shaped the threat landscape in 2013

first_imgAdvertisement Some of the revelations of the past year raised questions about the way we use the Internet nowadays and the type of risks we face. In 2013 advanced threat actors have continued large-scale operations, and cyber-mercenaries, specialist APT groups “for hire” which focus on hit-and-run operations emerged. Hacktivists were constantly in the news, together with the term “leak”, which is sure to put fear into the heart of any serious sys-admin out there. In the meantime, cybercriminals were busy devising new methods to steal money or Bitcoins.Privacy loss: Lavabit, Silent Circle, NSA and the loss of trust:No ITSec overview of 2013 would be complete without mentioning Edward Snowden and the wider privacy implications of his revelations. One of the first visible effects was the shutdown of encrypted e-mail services such as Lavabit and Silent Circle. The reason was their inability to provide such services under pressure from law enforcement and other governmental agencies. Another story which has implications over privacy is the NSA sabotage of the elliptic curve cryptographic algorithms released through NIST. – Advertisement – New “old” cyber-espionage campaigns: up to 1800 victim organisations in 2013:The majority of the cyber-espionage campaigns that Kaspersky Lab’s analysts have seen were designed to steal data from governmental agencies and research institutions – Red October, NetTraveler, Icefog and MiniDuke all behave this way.The most widespread campaign of the year was NetTraveler espionage which affected victims from 40 countries all over the world.For the first time ever cybercriminals harvested information from mobile devices connected to the victims’ networks – clear recognition of importance of mobile to hackers.Red October, MiniDuke, NetTraveler and Icefog all started by ‘hacking the human’. They employed spear-phishing to get an initial foothold in the organisations they targeted“We predicted 2012 to be revealing and 2013 to be eye – opening. That forecast proved correct – 2013 showed that everybody is in the same boat. In truth, any organisation or person can become a victim. Not all attacks involve high profile targets, or those involved in ‘critical infrastructure’ projects.  Those who hold data could be of value to cybercriminals, or they can be used as a ‘stepping-stones’ to reach other targets. This point was amply illustrated by Icefog attacks this year. They were part of an emerging trend that appeared in 2013 – attacks by small groups of cyber-mercenaries who conduct small hit-and-run attacks. Going forward, we predict that more of these groups will appear as an underground black market for ‘APT’ services begins to emerge”, – Costin Raiu, Director of the Global Research and Analysis team, Kaspersky Lab commented.Stealing money – either by directly accessing bank accounts or by stealing confidential data – is not the only motive behind security breaches. They can also be launched to undermine the reputation of the company being targeted, or as a form of political or social protest. Ongoing hacktivist activities have continued this year as well. ‘Anonymous’ group has claimed responsibility for attacks on the US Department of Justice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the web sites of various governments. Those claiming to be part of the ‘Syrian Electronic Army’ claimed responsibility for hacking the Twitter account of Associated Press and sending a false tweet reporting explosions at the White House – which wiped $136 billion off the DOW. For those with the relevant skills, it became easier to launch an attack on a web site than it is to co-ordinate the real-world protests.Bitcoins ruling the world:The Bitcoin system was implemented back in 2009. In the beginning, this crypto currency was used by hobbyists and mathematicians. Soon, they were joined by others – mostly ordinary people, but also cybercriminals and terrorists. They provide an almost anonymous and secure means of paying for goods. In the wake of the surveillance stories of 2013, there is perhaps little surprise that people are looking for alternative forms of payment. And it is gaining popularity – in November 2013, the mark surpassed the 400$ for one Bitcoin.The methods used by cybercriminals to make money from their victims are not always subtle.  Apart from Bitcoins, which could potentially be stolen, ‘ransomware’ programmes became a popular means of making easy money – cybercriminals block access to a computer’s file system, or encrypt data files stored on the computer. Then they warn you that you must pay in order to recover your data.  This was the case with theCryptolocker Trojan. The cybercriminals give their victims only three days to pay up, accepting different forms of payment, including Bitcoin.last_img read more

Reversible USB cable design finished

first_imgAdvertisement The design for the new reversible USB interface which the standardized connection for data transfers between electronic devices  has been finished.It is going to be available in new devices.Users will no longer have to worry which way round the part is facing when plugging it into a device.It is small enough for mobiles but “robust enough for laptops and tablets”, its designers said. – Advertisement – However, the new USB cables will not connect into the current ports that are found on millions of devices.The group developing the next generation of USB cable and connector consists of Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Renesas, STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments. The agreed exact specifications have been passed back to the non-profit USB Implementers Forum.“Interest in the USB Type-C connector has not only been global, but cross-industry as well,” said Brad Saunders, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group’s chairman.“This specification is the culmination of an extensive, co-operative effort among industry leaders to standardise the next generation USB connector as a long-lasting, robust solution.”The new Type-C standard will be similar in size to the current MicroUSB connector, typically used for charging mobile phones and cameras. It will also allow data speed transfers of up to 10 gigabits per second, double what is possible at the moment“In addition to the trend of smaller and more mobile devices driving reduced connector sizes, customers expect ease of use, excellent performance, and high reliability in connectivity solutions,” said Tom Bonola, who works for HP and is part of the USB 3.0 Promoter Group.The new reversible USB is similar to Apple’s Lightning cable, which is reversible and has been standard in all of its iOS phones and tablets for several years.The first USB cables were released in the mid-1990s and, until now, could only be plugged in one way to ensure a data connection.Source: BBClast_img read more

Hackers hit three Greek banks with ransom demandssources

first_imgHackers have staged cyber-attacks on three Greek banks. Image Credit: Cryptocoins News Advertisement Nov 30 Hackers have staged cyber-attacks on three Greek banks and demanded a ransom in bitcoins, a virtual monetary unit, to stop their disruption, banking sources said on Monday.The sources said the hackers managed to block the Internet banking activity of three Greek lenders for a few hours last Thursday but did not penetrate the banks’ security or obtain confidential client data or access to accounts.[related-posts]“All they achieved was to block the web banking for a few hours. Nothing else,” one banker told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. The sources said the hackers had given the name of their group as Armada Collective. – Advertisement – The banks had refused to pay up and alerted the security services and the Greek central bank, which are investigating.“We informed the police and the country’s secret services are involved,” a second banker said. “It’s an easy to handle situation. There is no need for bank clients to worry.”A hacking extortion group using the same name was reported in mid-November to have staged sustained Distributed Denial of Service attacks on several private email services.The attacks work by overloading the websites until they are forced to inhibit access or go offline.[Reuters]last_img read more

Huawei Partners with MTN to Give Laptops and School Bags to Kireka

first_imgAssistant Inspector General of Police Asan Kasingye handing over a laptop to the administration of Kireka Barracks School as MTN CEO Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte, MTN partners and students witness. Advertisement Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider has today partnered with MTN Uganda to give laptops and schoolbags to pupils of Kireka Barracks School located in Kireka a suburb of Kampala.This partnership is in relation to the ongoing 11th edition of  MTN’s 21 Days of Yello Care initiative; a staff volunteerism project that aims to continue driving access to education, particularly through the digitalization of teaching and learning in the countries in which MTN operates. This year the project is running under the theme “Investing in Education for All”.The Huawei team joined MTN staff to take part in the various community activities that were being carried out at the school such as cleaning, painting, renovation and eating lunch with the students.Assistant Inspector General of Police Asan Kasingye handing over a laptop to the administration of Kireka Barracks School as MTN CEO Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte, MTN partners and students witness. – Advertisement – Mr. Hao Wen, the Huawei MTN Account Group Director noted that:”In this regard, Huawei and MTN have jointly given to Kireka Barracks School laptops and School bags worth 10,000,000UGX to the teachers and pupils to aid in administrative work, computer skills transfer and welfare of the children.”In response to this, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte, the MTN CEO thanked Huawei in particular for its contribution that is going to make a difference in the lives of the children of the school.“Thank you so much our partners for the giving to this cause, which shows the spirit of giving back to the community as corporates who want to bring a change in the lives of Ugandans. Today I pledge that the 21 days of Yello Care is not the end, but a beginning of a continuous commitment from MTN and its partners to really contribute and invest in the education of this country,” he added.[related-posts]The Assistant Inspector General of Police Mr. Asan Kasingye, who is also the Chief Guest commended MTN and its partners for investing in Education because it was a way of making the future of the children brighter than the days he went to school.The School also received a donation of a renovated classroom blocks, text books, food stuffs, plates and cups, cleaning equipment and 40 three seater desks from MTN Uganda.last_img read more


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